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Old 02-08-2014, 01:24 AM
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Tow vehicle ? for X80

So a guy at my work made me an a good offer on my 2500 Chevy silverado and the only thing I use it for is towing our X80 so I am thinking about getting a Suburban and getting rid of my wife's tahoe and my truck and get one vehicle that does both. We have a jeep and honda as our commuter cars so this would be a 3rd vehicle. I know 2500 suburban will tow it but I found a great deal on a 2009 1500 4x4. What mods can I make to it so it would be able to tow to the lake which is about 5-10 miles away and maybe 2-3 times a yr a 100 mile trip to an different lake? I was thinking better brakes, a chip, cold air intake what else? What can I do to the suspension, it already has a 4in lift? Thanks
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Old 02-08-2014, 02:19 AM
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Doors it have the 5.3? If so, I wouldn't even consider it for pulling an X80.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:33 AM
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Yes it does have the 5.3, my trailer also has triple axles if that matters. I saw a thread where a guy was pulling one about the same distance as me with a Tahoe. I would love to find one with the 6.0 but cant seem to find one in my price range.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:12 AM
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What is the advantage to getting rid of a tahoe and pickup to get a suburban when you already have 2 other vehicles? If you can't do this and get a 2500 w/ 6L suburban in your price range I don't see why you would.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:44 AM
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Yes it does have the 5.3, my trailer also has triple axles if that matters. I saw a thread where a guy was pulling one about the same distance as me with a Tahoe. I would love to find one with the 6.0 but cant seem to find one in my price range.
Our Tahoe with the 5.3 had struggles pulling our 45. I seriously wouldn't even think about pulling an 80 with that motor.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:14 AM
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Our Tahoe with the 5.3 had struggles pulling our 45. I seriously wouldn't even think about pulling an 80 with that motor.
Agree...the 5.3 liter is a dog...take a pass.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:21 AM
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The suburban sold so I guess that was a good thing. Ok so what I am hearing is do not get anything smaller than the 6.0 but would it be ok to get the 1500 model or do I have to go to the 2500?
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:36 AM
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The suburban sold so I guess that was a good thing. Ok so what I am hearing is do not get anything smaller than the 6.0 but would it be ok to get the 1500 model or do I have to go to the 2500?
1500 would be fine, IMO.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:47 AM
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If you want an SUV get a 2500 Suburban with the 8.1.....it will get basically the same mileage as the 6.0.

Or if you want a pickup, Chevy 2500 or 3500 with a Duramax. '06-newer would be best.

Stay away from all 1/2 ton everything....they are not up to the task of pulling that monster.
BTW, you know the X-80 is too wide to go down the road without a permit right?
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:50 AM
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I knew it was 9ft but I have never been pulled over. Maybe its because I have my firefighter sticker on the back.
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