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Old 12-09-2019, 01:39 PM   #21
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Yep. Fixated on thermostat, missed tranny temp.
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Old 12-09-2019, 01:46 PM   #22
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The 165-180F trans temps before needing a cooler are from decades ago. Transmissions and factory synthetic fluids are good for well over 240F these days. Some transmissions, like Ford, run just over 200F on purpose and is controlled by a thermostat.

Unless you see over 240F frequently I wouldn’t give it a second thought.
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My 2017 Super Duty trans temp is about 200º to 210º empty/normal towing and 220º to 225º mountainous towing. Been the same with two other late model trucks I've used.
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Old 12-19-2019, 08:18 PM   #23
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GM dash gauges are notoriously inaccurate. I use an Edge Insite to monitor what my coolant temp REALLY is-often 10-25* lower than the dash shows. You can also monitor other parameters your dash doesn't show.

It can also read & clear trouble codes if needed.

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Old 12-19-2019, 09:03 PM   #24
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Handling

Not sure of the motor, but if it's a Duramax, do nothing, if it's a gasser drive it s bit and see if it has enough power for ya. If not, cold air intake, exhaust and chip, AFE makes good stuff. But I would say handling is most important. Air bags and a compressor, big Hellwig sway bar, possible shock upgrade and be sure the tires can handle it. When you wear out the brakes get slotted and or vented rotors with tow pads. Follow heavy use maintenance with all synthetic Amsoil. Have good safe dependable travels.
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Not sure of the motor, but if it's a Duramax, do nothing, if it's a gasser drive it s bit and see if it has enough power for ya. If not, cold air intake, exhaust and chip, AFE makes good stuff. But I would say handling is most important. Air bags and a compressor, big Hellwig sway bar, possible shock upgrade and be sure the tires can handle it. When you wear out the brakes get slotted and or vented rotors with tow pads. Follow heavy use maintenance with all synthetic Amsoil. Have good safe dependable travels.
It's a gasser and has all the power i need more so then my 03 6.0 truck comes with cold air intake the after market stuff does not make it better , Air bag should come from factory for towing all ready put those on air lift ultimate 5000, sway bar standard , brakes are fine and feel no need for slotted disc's never had problems with the 03 brakes , stock exhaust is also fine on chevys 2500's , when the shocks wear out then i'll put the rancho 9000 on like i did on the 03 . as far as amsoil I think it's over rated for the price for me it's castrol full synthetic . same I used for the 03 with 205,000 and still pulling strong no oil usage . The only concern i had was tranny temps and it seem Chevy has that under control so i can save my money for other things . And not fond of chips found no real use for them I think Chevy has the tune right for the engine and longevity
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