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Old 12-09-2016, 12:12 PM
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I have a 2012 GMC Denali - Short Bed - 6.2L - Purchased used with 25,000 miles on it.

I would rate the ride and stability excellent on this truck. The power of the 6.2 is excellent, with & without towing. Of course the Denali is all wheel drive.

I personally don't like the longer bed from a looks perspective, backing up, with & without towing is more of a pain due to the longer wheel base etc. Of course if I was using as a "Work/Construction truck" the longer bed would be a must.

Towing the X25 - probably a bit over 6K lbs total package, acceleration with the 6.2 is great - certainly would not go 5.3L with this much weight. Stopping performance is good. What I notice with the leaf spring rear suspension on rough road the entire rig - (Truck/Boat/Trailer) will like to get into a bounce rhythm that is a bit unnerving at first. What I have found to alleviate this - If she starts this buck rhythm, simply give the gas peddle a little goose and she will settle right out.

I am having a trailer issue - (Yes the Breaks have been bleed) On a bouncy road (Construction Zones) Over bumps & hard on the breaks - The entire package bucking like a wild hog, the trailer breaks are locking up - Again, seems counter intuitive, goose the gas, she settles down then back into the breaks and it is a smooth as silk stop. I now know when it's going to happen, leave plenty of room between me & the next vehicle (Just good towing practice) but certainly unnerving the first couple times.

In my case, I believe the actuator spring is shot, & will probably replace in the spring. Possibly more tongue weight would help, but not sure how to accomplish that. I have lowered the ball as far as I can go and still keep the trailer fairly level. - (The emergency breaking buck happens with my Touareg also, so def a trailer issue)

As far as the 6.2, certainly not enough miles to comment on the long run, but very happy so far with this truck!
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Old 12-09-2016, 12:20 PM
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How is towing with these two trucks? I have an 04 Silverado and my Maristar 230 pushes it around a bit. It handles braking fine, it's more that when the trailer bounces, it makes the rear of the truck bounce around. Has anyone towed a big boat with one of these trucks? Do they do a good job of controlling a large MC?
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My Silverado High Country with the 6.2L Handles my X23 with ease. My truck is lifted with 35 in tires and it doesn't skip a beat. The X23 with the trailer and fuel is probably pushing close to 8,000 lbs.
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Old 12-09-2016, 12:27 PM
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The truck handled all of this with zero issues. The 6.2L is hands down the best upgrade you can get.




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Old 12-09-2016, 01:25 PM
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Nice looking combo!! Probably going to upgrade in a year or so. A 3/4 ton is overkill for my usage and needs, although I love the idea of diesel. The Silverado 1500 and F150 are on my short list, and I'd be choosing the V8 option, with the intention of throwing a supercharger on top. We go up to Tahoe once a year- last year I was getting passed by semis while I was towing my 190.
I can't imagine how hard a naturally aspirated truck would have to work to tow 5.5K at altitude.
Looking forward to bringing something new home.
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Old 12-09-2016, 05:05 PM
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They just look funny. I agree with Aric, I don't think they make that big of a difference in the ride.
When you guys say long bed are you referring to the 6.5' or 8' bed?

For a half ton I would say 6.5' bed and for 3/4 or 1 ton a 8' bed are my preferences.
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Old 12-09-2016, 05:28 PM
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When you guys say long bed are you referring to the 6.5' or 8' bed?

For a half ton I would say 6.5' bed and for 3/4 or 1 ton a 8' bed are my preferences.
I was meaning the 6' 6" box, not the 8 footer. The 5' 6" box was just too short sometimes.
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Old 12-11-2016, 09:46 PM
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So Aric - your dads F150 pulls the x23 with no issues? I currently have a 2008 f150 fx4 and it does ok - ready to get rid of it - considering f150 xlt fx4 short bed with 3.5 ecoboost, or may flip to gmc 1500 or 2500 with a 6.2. Pull a large snowmobile trailer and x10. Trying to figure out what is best - the shorter beds fit in my garage which is why I am going in that direction.
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Old 12-11-2016, 10:02 PM
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We've got a 30, and it pulls it great. Definitely handles it better than my 2015 silvy with 3.42s and the 5.3 did with the x25.
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Old 12-11-2016, 10:03 PM
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Ok thanks
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Old 12-11-2016, 10:07 PM
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6.2L beats the echo boost all day long...

Make sure to drive it on the freeway at 77-85 mph and verify no shake... Those issues were pretty much in the 14/15 era and to be honest most was related to excessive backlash in the rearends.. if you had a great dealer like I did you got it fixed if not then you traded it.. there were also issues with the tires.. I had 3 that where "egg" shaped ... got three new ones.. and then after all that and putting 5k miles on their truck while they fixed mine it was fixed and is the smoothest vehicle I have owned... hands down the best riding truck I have ever owned.. smooth and seems unlimited power...

Stay away from low mileage 14/15's they probably have the issue... and everyone is just hoping to sell to someone unaware...

if you can get the 8 speed with 3.42's that is the best combo available, as the 3.73's are no longer available in the 1/2 ton... to bad... because mine hauls a%$!

I have a late 14 but never had issues with the radio, did get the seat fix... and they forgot to glue the hood... but it is a first year run so it is expected.. shouldn't be at MSRP of $54k but it is... Ford has issues as does Dodge and yes even Toyota...

oh and sales are down... maybe with the change up top they have changed but 20% off MSRP should be doable all things being equal... just tell the GM dealer you are going to buy a Ford... or gasp a Dodge.. ROFLLMAO!
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