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Old 04-23-2020, 11:41 AM   #1
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1999 GMC Suburban K2500 DD

Why would anyone daily drive a Vortec 454 rig you ask...because AMERICA.

I don't have a name just yet for this one, need a little more seat time.

1999 model year with 88k miles on the clock. To my surprise most of the need-to's have been done, including new 4-hole injectors.

I'll do a few tune-up items, drop all the fluids (including the Dexcool), better exhaust, a tune, and drive the hell out of it.

It came with PY0 16" wheels that will be re-shod with LT265/75R16 Yokohama Geolandars G015 A/T's. Ordered some 2" steel spacers to get the rear tires out where they need to be. Installed Savana van HVAV knobs and a full audio setup with a double din headunit and back up camera.

So far I'm super excited to be back in a GMT400. This is replacing my fully loaded 2017 F150 Lariat crew cab...super nice pickup, just too "new" for me...I will miss the cooled seats and heated steering wheel, however!

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Old 04-27-2020, 09:09 AM   #2
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Re: 1999 GMC Suburban K2500 DD

Hit the Burb with some Mothers CMX ceramic spray, jury is still out on how long it will last, but the shine is for sure nice!

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Old 04-30-2020, 06:30 PM   #3
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Re: 1999 GMC Suburban K2500 DD

Soooooo much better! New tires are on, I need the spacers for the rear wheels to be here now...soon.





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Old 05-01-2020, 07:56 AM   #4
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Re: 1999 GMC Suburban K2500 DD

Good looking burb. She just screams, lets go help Mad Max get the bad guys!
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Old 05-01-2020, 01:57 PM   #5
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Re: 1999 GMC Suburban K2500 DD

How is the highway mpg on the Burb?

I am looking at a van with the same engine with the concept of shedding payments.
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Old 05-01-2020, 02:03 PM   #6
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Good looking burb. She just screams, lets go help Mad Max get the bad guys!
Thanks, Bill! It's a beast for sure!

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How is the highway mpg on the Burb?

I am looking at a van with the same engine with the concept of shedding payments.
I'm not sure yet, hoping for 13-15mpg on the highway. First around town tank was 11mpg. It still needs exhaust and a computer tune.
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Old 05-01-2020, 03:13 PM   #7
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Re: 1999 GMC Suburban K2500 DD

Very nice find, but then you know I'm a lifelong fan of all things big block.😎
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Old 05-01-2020, 03:18 PM   #8
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Very nice find, but then you know I'm a lifelong fan of all things big block.😎
Thanks, somehow I knew you'd approve!
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Old 05-02-2020, 05:55 PM   #9
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My harness form CE Auto Electric Supply showed up early, again. These guys are awesome! Tony also put a handwritten "thank you" on the invoice...this is also not the first time this has happened. Great company can't say enough about them!

New Spyder headlights and TYC marker/park lamps are in, and the HD harness with my own 4hi mod is installed. Basically just need a diode between the Hi and Lo beams, you want 12v to trigger from the Hi side to the low side to make all 4 come on when you hit the Hi beams.

Also pulled the grill guard off and has been put for sale with the Hella Comet 450 fog lights.









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Very enlightening. Looks good man!
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Very enlightening. Looks good man!
Thanks Bill, I see what you did there!
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:38 AM   #12
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Spent a little time on the GMT800 console last night. Everything is painted/dyed to the correct interior color. Also finished the blank and installed the power ports and pigtails for the wiring.

I don't care for the 95+ torpedo...it only has usable space for one drink and the shape is a little too much for my liking. I had considered doing an 04-08 Ford F150 console, but they are just a touch too wide, tons more storage though...







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Old 05-19-2020, 04:57 PM   #13
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OK, so GMT800 console is painted and installed/wired. I used 1/8" thick 1.25" wide strap to make the brackets.











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Popped the 2" spacers on Friday night, probably could have gone another 1/2" on each side, but is far better than it was!

Had some time to build brackets for my fogs on the diesel bumper, and put everything on. I'm still waiting on some electrical parts to do the wiring, but all the hard parts are installed. Probably should have done the bumper with the impact strip, but the smoothie is growing on me.





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Old 07-02-2020, 02:06 PM   #15
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Some gratuitous "it's almost clean pics"



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Re: 1999 GMC Suburban K2500 DD

Very clean truck and I like you updates you made. That rig should serve you well and in comfort too. I would also be curious about your highway mileage when you get the chance to calculate it. Thanks.
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Very clean truck and I like you updates you made. That rig should serve you well and in comfort too. I would also be curious about your highway mileage when you get the chance to calculate it. Thanks.
Thanks!

Last tank back and forth to work was 11.2mpg. This is with the Blackbear tuned ECU. Definitely drives much better
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Last tank back and forth to work was 11.2mpg. This is with the Blackbear tuned ECU. Definitely drives much better
Well that sounds all right. You can probably add a couple more MPG to that if you are on the highway for an extended period of time. What kinds of differences did you notice with the blackbear tune?
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Well that sounds all right. You can probably add a couple more MPG to that if you are on the highway for an extended period of time. What kinds of differences did you notice with the blackbear tune?
The throttle is more responsive, crisper/firmer shifts, power when you need it. I would say 13mpg tops on the highway. It's heavy and has 4.10 gears. But I also managed 10.5mpg towing a 12' enclosed tandem axle trailer at 71mph almost 180 miles 1 way. That impressed me.

At $2.50/gallon for fuel, it still costs me $1k less/year to drive an average of 15k miles over my 2017 F150. Tags/taxes and insurance are just sooo much cheaper.
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