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Old 01-24-2016, 09:39 PM   #11
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I pulled a 35' 7000# dry with my 2008 GMC 5.3/ 4 speed. I was happy if I keep it under 3000 rpm and it would pull all day. My tranny temps were up to 210 with no issues. When I up graded to a 2013 Chev 5.3 / 6 speed the down shifts were smoother.
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:00 PM   #12
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I'm pulling a 2503S Mini Lite, about 5,000 lbs, with my 2009 5.3L, 4X4, extended cab, 6.5ft bed, 3.73 rear end, 4-speed transmission, tow package Silverado. 7500lb capacity per owners manual.

No problems on flat and level at 60-65mph in the Midwest.

Sounds like the only difference between us may be the 3.42 rear end??
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I pulled a 35' 7000# dry with my 2008 GMC 5.3/ 4 speed. I was happy if I keep it under 3000 rpm and it would pull all day. My tranny temps were up to 210 with no issues. When I up graded to a 2013 Chev 5.3 / 6 speed the down shifts were smoother.
Yeah, the 6-speed tranny is SOOOOO much nicer than the 4-speed!
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:43 PM   #14
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Good feedback, thanks. Will definitely look at more cooling.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:36 AM   #15
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To change gearing you would need to do both front and rear axles to keep 4WD function or disable it which has its own challenges.
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My 2013 Chev 5.3 /6 speed uses a 3.42 rear end. The big difference was the harder downshifts with the 4 speed.
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Thanks, I will see how it does early spring. Plan to stop by my GMC dealer. He is a pretty straight shooter. I will get some advice from him on necessary upgrades.
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rockfordroo, sounds about the same. Does it struggle on hills?
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rockfordroo, sounds about the same. Does it struggle on hills?
No. I haven't had any concerns here in the midwest. Lots of ups and downs on the road from Springfield, MO down to Branson, MO. No real concerns. Of course, I haven't hit the Rockies yet, either!

Maybe the 3.73 is the difference, I don't know.
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If you plan on cross country towing - you will need more truck- that's the reality that most of us have learned, just because they say it will - doesn't mean you should.
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