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SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Just bought it, doing brakes and a few other things to make it road-worthy
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Re: SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Postby SunDogAZ [OP] » Jun 05 2020, 7:37am

Today we finished the front end. It was a long hot 10 hour day, but we are done. I will take it for an alignment tomorrow.

The parts at the top are from the assemblies we got from the junkyard, which helped to build the assemblies below.

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New bearing and hub assembly on the junkyard knuckles and dust shields:

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Another time I will clean and paint the knuckles and the shields.

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All of the front suspension and the CV axle removed from the front left.

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We spent at least 2 hours using 2 saws all's and diablo bits sawing thru the cam bolts. And we got little replacement kits:

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Sway bar with old bushings which we replaced:

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All back together now:

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Some day I'll get in there and clean up the rust.

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NOTE, the lower control arms that I bought earlier we did not use. Instead, I got a better matching set with the cross beam and pad for bump stop. Unfortunately, I neglected to get any pics. But they are pretty much identical to the originals.

The lower control arms came with the ball joints, so the new ball joints from the suspension kit I can use for the old lower control arms when I refurbish them.

I'll give another update after the alignment.

Thx
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Re: SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Postby nealinator » Jun 05 2020, 12:35pm

Lots of work there. Great pictures and updates. Sure would have been the ideal time for a quick wire brush and spray with rust converter when everything was removed.

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Re: SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Postby SunDogAZ [OP] » Jun 05 2020, 3:00pm

nealinator wrote:Lots of work there. Great pictures and updates. Sure would have been the ideal time for a quick wire brush and spray with rust converter when everything was removed.

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I agree, but that will be a task for another day. We spent most of our time dealing with rusty bolts, getting parts, and the heat was brutal.
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Re: SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Postby nealinator » Jun 05 2020, 3:08pm

Yeah...I can imagine. What else is slated for the truck? Hopefully you get to drive it some now!
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Re: SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Postby SunDogAZ [OP] » Jun 05 2020, 3:59pm

nealinator wrote:Yeah...I can imagine. What else is slated for the truck? Hopefully you get to drive it some now!


I just dropped it off for alignment. Some friends of mine are leaving today for a camping trip north of here about 3 hours. Probably means 30 degrees cooler in temp. I will probably leave in the morning with the truck, as I have to work all day today. Will be nice to go on a trip with it after all the work put into it.
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Re: SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Postby silentbravo » Jun 06 2020, 12:47am

Might be a good opportunity to get some pics of the truck out and about too, in case Truck of the Month contest ever comes back... may have some good submission material :D
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Re: SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Postby SunDogAZ [OP] » Jun 06 2020, 2:18am

Got the truck alignment done today. They said they dialed it in so everything is in the green, but did notice a little play in the gear box.
When I drove it home a few hours ago, I did hear a little bit of creaking sometimes when I turn? Not sure what that is yet.

Finished work a little while ago, and was able to get back to one of the original problems. I put the ABS fuse back in, cleared the ABS front right sensor DTS code with my scan tool, and drove it for a few miles. The ABS and Brake lights are now off, and no more 31 dings after you turn the ignition.

So, most everything is up to snuff now. Truck rides and steers great, feels like a new truck. Real Happy!

I am going to keep my ear open for the little bit of creaking that I was hearing and will update as I figure things out.
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Re: SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Postby SunDogAZ [OP] » Jul 16 2020, 5:50am

Update:

Hey everyone, I've been busy this past month or so, and have managed to begin the stereo system upgrade.

To start with, I replaced the 6.5 inch factory speakers found in each of the 4 doors with some Kicker 100W speakers I ordered from Crutchfield:

Fronts (tweeters were separate, don't have pics yet):

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Rears:
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I also replaced the factory stereo system with a decent (but not high end) double din Kenwood:

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_113DPX594B/Kenwood-Excelon-DPX594BT.html

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I am looking into adding an amp and a pre-made 10" sub box (or 2x10), the kind that are made to go behind the rear seats. I've never added an amp and sub before, so more new territory for me.

I am not sure if I will need a capacitor or not. Some say yes, others say no. What do you guys think?

So far, the speaker upgrade (at least one maybe two of the original speaker were blown) and the new stereo system have made for a great improvement of sound quality and clarity. The volume seems to choke out early. But, it won't be complete until the sub is in!
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Re: SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Postby nealinator » Jul 16 2020, 1:52pm

I only see guys putting in capacitors on big competition level builds. Most amps are sufficient for typical use unless you are pushing it to the limit or it is undersized for the speakers.

A lot of guys have gone with this powered sub and have been very happy with it. Seems very reasonable cost and no building involved. If my hearing were not bad and decent sounding audio not wasted on me...I would be getting one.

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Re: SunDogAZ's 2005 GMC Sierra Z71 Crew Cab

Postby SunDogAZ [OP] » Jul 24 2020, 2:14am

My neighbor ordered one of these what I call "poor man's cold air intake" for his 2005 Tahoe 5.3 from Amazon for about $55 plus another $15 for a black rubber reducer hose. So, did I follow suit? Yes! Just installed it.

You remove the old air box and air intake system, but you keep the MAF assembly and connect the new parts to it.

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I also removed the bottom plate below the air box and left it open, and installed this 2 panel metal sort of half a box that came with the kit.

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