- Oct 8, 2014
- Reaction score
- Willamette Valley
I had to use 3 of the clamps and they work flawlessly.
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You're right...upon inspection this morning 2 bolts are broken. One on the passenger side front and the other drivers side rear of which looks like a pain to get to. I went a head and bought the dorman exhaust clamps for all of them.The exhaust manifold leaks are likely from broken bolts at the ends of manifolds. Dorman makes special clamps to fix that instead of drilling out and tapping and keeps from pulling head(s).
I don't think your rig has a fan clutch, should have electric fans, unless I am wrong. I do see a fan clutch listed at RA but my 05 Z71 has electric fans. Plus I had seen another thread about an 04 Tahoe that talked about electric fans. Maybe they had done a conversion.
If you want to really set up that suspension and have a better feel, use OE parts and install front and rear Hellwig sway bar kits.
Of course not that goes with old verbiage ''get what you pay for ''. I'll probably get a set done where I got the heads sitting on my 68 mustang done at which has a 390. Little pricey but damn good work was just comparing average prices around my area. There are a good amount of LS engine builders here that I think I'll be fine.The clamps are different part numbers depending on the location of d/s or p/s front or rear. They are designed to allow for easy enough access to install. Don't settle for heads that are just the cheapest. Do the research and ask here for suggestions. Too much work to settle for inferior heads.
Thanks!You should check all of the brake lines carefully as it’s not unusual for those to fail. I personally would go ahead and replace all of them. As for replacement brakes, I use the PowerStop Z36 kit on my ‘03 Escalade. They feel stronger than oem and don’t put out a lot of dust. I bought replacement calipers from NAPA that have a lifetime guarantee. I also replaced my front suspension with the higher end Moog parts. I sourced my parts from Amazon, Rockauto, and Napa.
Yes. Need to be at least 17's.@Tonyrodz, don't you have to go to a bigger 17" wheel for those bigger rotors and calipers?
I used the higher end moog steering / suspension parts on my tahoe and have no complaints. They have grease zerks and went 37,000 miles no problems so far. Your Tahoe should have a steering gear box, not a rack and pinion. If the gear box is good at that mileage consider your self lucky and keep it! Remanufactured ones that don’t have slop are hard to find! I learned that the hard way by replacing it anyways with everything else like you mentioned hahaThanks!
I did see Moog parts on amazon and was going to ask about those as well as the powerstop rotors. Looks like the suspension and steering components are worn out and just need a good over hual. Mechanic said the steering rack was ok but not a bad idea to change that out to if I was to go and replace everything else. I also got Bilstein B6 shocks on the list. This weekend the water pump, belt. fan clutch, hoses and radiator are being replaced and I might go ahead and do the AC condenser.
I'll def buy new brake lines through....I didn't even think about that.