Escalade hatch on Tahoe

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Forum members: Please be assured that I am not knocking either Escalade or Yukon. 100% not. Awesome vehicles!!! Love them all.

Nor am I suggesting any one of these great rigs is any better (or worse) than they other. Nope. Just saying that sometimes, we have something specific in mind or on our wish lists. And for one reason or another we go with something different than what we REALLY want. When that happens, we become unhappy with what we have, no matter how great it is.

Sometimes it just puzzles me on the lengths that people are willing to go to in changing interior, then exterior, then...
Doing that seems to just take the process a lot longer and could potentially end up being more expensive.

I love Eskys and Yukons! I would not turn the opportunity to own either of them down.
But if that is what I wanted my truck to be inside and out, I would probably just sell my Tahoe and find one.

My Tahoe cannot compare to a lot of the really nice rigs other members have.
Not perfect. Sooo not perfect!

Not a performance truck or tricked out rig either. Just a simple 04 Z71 with 206k+ miles on her, a few imperfections and a fair amount of work that could still be done.
Will I try to make improvements? Sure.

But it is what it is; and that's fine. On the upside... I won't have to keep explaining to RMV inspectors that is really is a Tahoe under all this, even though everything they are looking at says Cadillac.
I agree with what you said. My path has just been to improve my simple 04 Tahoe Z71 with 335k miles as I've become aware of some of the creature comforts available on the higher end SUVs. It really is unfortunate that the higher end rigs were only offered in AWD which to me is a negative, not a positive.

That is why I'm dumping improvement funds (new 6.0, trans, rear axle, front suspension/steering, interior creature comforts) into an 18 year old Tahoe vs buying a new one.
 

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At this point, it might be easier to just go get an Escalade rather than trying to make a Harley out of a scooter. Cycle people don't take offense at the example just used! But, you know what I mean... Easier to find what you really want than it might be trying
Thanks for such a helpful response….. not…. :rolleyes:
if that was the answer I was looking for I wouldn’t even be here…. The whole point of a forum is to share our enthusiasm for these vehicles and showing off what like to do to make our rides our own and unique, and that’s all I’m trying to accomplish. Not trying to make my Denali an Escalade, I’m simply trying to add a feature I’d like to have…. Jeez man….
 

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Thanks for such a helpful response….. not…. :rolleyes:
if that was the answer I was looking for I wouldn’t even be here…. The whole point of a forum is to share our enthusiasm for these vehicles and showing off what like to do to make our rides our own and unique, and that’s all I’m trying to accomplish. Not trying to make my Denali an Escalade, I’m simply trying to add a feature I’d like to have…. Jeez man….
I apologize and very sorry for what I said being taken in the wrong light.

People here know I am the last person to put down other people's rides or what they do with them.

I was mainly referring to some projects that start off with rear vent covers and expand, with what seems to be no end in sight, to hood, grille, hatch, seats, cluster...
The point I was making was not that doing any of that is stupid or wrong... Just that by the time someone goes through all the trouble to basically make conversion from Tahoe/Sub to Escalade, logistically and financially, it might be easier to find one that already was an Escalade.

That is all. Simple as that. No harm intended. No hate on doing any kind of modifications.

I may recommend not doing some things or state what my personal preference might be, but certainly will not poop on what others are doing or want to do...

Please, I hope you will accept my apology and hope you know I support 100% EVERYONE's right to make their truck their own with whatever modifications or add-ons they like.

I am really not "THAT GUY" fueling forums with all kinds of disrespect, hate or negativity...

P.S.: Escalade seats would be nice for heating and cooling.
 

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Thanks for such a helpful response….. not…. :rolleyes:
if that was the answer I was looking for I wouldn’t even be here…. The whole point of a forum is to share our enthusiasm for these vehicles and showing off what like to do to make our rides our own and unique, and that’s all I’m trying to accomplish. Not trying to make my Denali an Escalade, I’m simply trying to add a feature I’d like to have…. Jeez man….
I don't know what your situation is, so this is coming from that ignorance: Can't you convert an AWD Escalade into a pushbutton, or even floor shifted 4WD? Not an expert on this by any means, but it seems you'd need the pushbuttons, the TCCM, the encoder motor and potentially a different transmission. You might need coding on top of that -- I don't know.

That said, is 1/2 your fun just seeing if you can do this, and a big smile as you succeed at each piece?
 

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I don't know what your situation is, so this is coming from that ignorance: Can't you convert an AWD Escalade into a pushbutton, or even floor shifted 4WD? Not an expert on this by any means, but it seems you'd need the pushbuttons, the TCCM, the encoder motor and potentially a different transmission. You might need coding on top of that -- I don't know.

That said, is 1/2 your fun just seeing if you can do this, and a big smile as you succeed at each piece?
Not sure what you’re getting at here…. Did you maybe quote the wrong thread reply? My comments in this thread have nothing to do with converting an Escalade to 4WD….. I’m simply trying to figure out how to make air cooled seats a function in my truck.
 

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Not sure what you’re getting at here…. Did you maybe quote the wrong thread reply? My comments in this thread have nothing to do with converting an Escalade to 4WD….. I’m simply trying to figure out how to make air cooled seats a function in my truck.
Yeah, I think I responded to the wrong person. That, and I hope you get it working because I would like to do the same. What would be really awesome is being able to do it for the front and 2nd rows.
 

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Yeah, I think I responded to the wrong person. That, and I hope you get it working because I would like to do the same. What would be really awesome is being able to do it for the front and 2nd rows.
I had the opportunity to pull the rear seats or the cooling mechanism out of the platinum edition that I got the parts from last summer, and decided not to. I kinda wish I had now as it would be cool to have my mid row seats cooled as well. I may look into after I figure out how and where to pull power and get wired set up. I’m gonna do the research on it this week while I’m out of two.
 

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Yeah, I think I responded to the wrong person. That, and I hope you get it working because I would like to do the same. What would be really awesome is being able to do it for the front and 2nd rows.
Ironically enough I thought a couple years ago about looking into converting my AWD Denali to a 4x4 because I was thinking better fuel economy in the summer when I don’t need full time AWD. But I decided against it, one for the amount of work involved that such a project probably would involve and it would be WAY above my skill level, and also because I actually really enjoy how the AWD system in my truck makes it handle on the windy mountain roads lol that I drive all the time.
 

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