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Old 02-26-2013, 06:44 PM   #121 (permalink)
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Talked to GM factory rep at Louisville Farm Show. He said that there is not a single part that is the same between the 2013 and 2014 Sierra 1500 trucks.

Said new HD's would be out by Jan 2014.

He gave me a 10 minute tour of the GMC Sierra 1500 SLT crew cab. It weighs 900 lbs less than comparable 2013 model.

Couldn't get inside, but got around with doors open and touched several things on the truck. Got a carpet-like fenderwell liner that is supposed to reduce road noise and rock chips. Larger crew cab entry and several other things that I already forgot. Looks like some improvements, still not sure if I want to wait or get a 2013.
I gotta call BS on the weight loss. I don't see a full size crew cab 1/2 ton weighing less than 4400 pounds
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:16 PM   #122 (permalink)
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Talked to GM factory rep at Louisville Farm Show. He said that there is not a single part that is the same between the 2013 and 2014 Sierra 1500 trucks.
Either he was exaggerating for effect or he drank the kool-aid.

GM would be insane to change every single part of the truck, i.e. transmission, driveshaft, diff(s), knuckles, fuses, relays, alternator, HVAC, brakes. They have long standing suppliers for those parts and contracts with built-in year-over-year price reductions.

Of course, they changed the part numbers on all the identical parts . . . just to make life miserable in the stock room.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:35 PM   #123 (permalink)
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I gotta call BS on the weight loss. I don't see a full size crew cab 1/2 ton weighing less than 4400 pounds
idk about 900lbs, but I do know its at least 500lbs. Lots of aluminum body panels, magnesium chassis/body parts, and high strength steel in the frame allows for considerable weight savings.

Its easy to pick up a couple pounds here and there, and it adds up fast.

For example, the front seats in the current trucks weigh around 70 lbs a piece if I remember correctly. With some redesigning and substituting lighter materials, you could probably save 75 lbs there (combined between the two seats) alone.

Make the spare tire wheel aluminum instead of steel. (or maybe even run-flat tires and delete the spare tire altogether?? Theres at least 80lbs of weight dropped)

Magnesium control arms instead of forged steel.

All aluminum engines instead of iron-block engines.

Magnesium front axle housing.

Just a couple places that would be easy weight savings that I could think of off the top of my head. 50lbs here, 10lbs there, etc. It adds up.

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Old 02-26-2013, 09:11 PM   #124 (permalink)
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I saw both the new GMC and Chevy at an autoshow in the Quad Cities a couple weeks ago. In peson I thought the new Chevy actually looked better then the GMC. Both looked better inperson compared to the pics.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:37 AM   #125 (permalink)
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Part number thing made me a little suspicious but the guy repeated it several times. Sheet metal is thinner, but harder.

Only way they are going to get the mandated fuel mileage is to lighten the truck.

Just telling you what I was told by the company guy. He was actual GM employee, not a dealer salesman.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:20 AM   #126 (permalink)
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Spy pics of the 2014 Denali.


http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2013/03...ra-denali.html
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:10 PM   #127 (permalink)
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That looks good! I like the rear bumper without the steps ALOT more than the one with.

Can't wait for these to hit the lots.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:38 PM   #128 (permalink)
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still waiting for the 11 all terrain
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:43 PM   #129 (permalink)
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That looks good! I like the rear bumper without the steps ALOT more than the one with.
x2. I like the idea and functionality of the step bumper a lot, but it kinda just looks awkward. Maybe it will look better in person.
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I like those wheels alot better then the 20s that are on mine.
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