2024 2500 Mod Progress

This is one is kinda tough to make out between broad daylight and LED lights. I put in two of the Boost Auto lighting mods; about a 10 minute job. The auto fog light mod activates the fogs any time the parking/running lights are on-no need to reach down and tap that fog light button every time. The other is the all lights/6 high mod. This allows lows, highs, And fogs to be on when your highs are selected. It even works with IntelliBeam/auto high beams.

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Nice truck and nice mods.
 

Congrats on the new ride. Was planning on going the 1500 route but love the new looks of the 24’ 2500 HD. I’m doing lots of research on whether to go duramax or gasser. Why did you go gasser and not duramax?
Thanks man!
I was originally shopping for a half ton AT4 too actually. Specifically, a 6.5’ bed with the 3.0. My last several trucks have been crew cab, short bed half tons, and I was sick and tired of how short the beds are typically. (Granted, GM is more generous than Ford) I do a lot of projects around the house and have gotten interested in woodwork/building things; the shorter beds make hauling lumber a hassle. That configuration is exceptionally hard to find, and because of that, your negotiating power is somewhat limited.

While I was researching trucks, I saw the new AT4 HD and was absolutely blown away. I had never even considered a 3/4 ton, mostly because of price, but also because I don’t Need one. But damn they look good! After some research, I realized that GM has priced the half tons so high that they are now basically the same price as the HD gassers! Wow. Further, the 3/4 tons ALWAYS have a full size bed-no more endless hunting. This just keeps making more sense for me. Then, I find out that, not just the diesels, but the gas 3/4 tons, hold their value better than the 1500’s. Even better.

Obsessively watching YouTube and reading forums, I learn that it’s disturbingly common for Duramax’s (both 3.0 & 6.6) to leave people stranded with Very low mileage and for people to be truckless for months on end waiting for answers and/or parts. 😳 I can’t stomach that.
In the 1500, that only leaves the 6.2. As awesome as that engine is, it’s plagued by lifter failures, gets less-than-stellar gas mileage, requires premium, and is also subject to the complications of AFM/DFM/whatever they’re calling cylinder deactivation now.
The 6.6 gasser has none of the problematic EPA systems from the 1500’s, none of the problematic EPA systems of the diesels, and doesn’t require premium fuel. Fuel mileage is weak, but not outrageous, and not Much worse than my previous 5.3 or a 6.2.

On top of allll that, I don’t need a 3/4 ton, I certainly don’t need a diesel 3/4 ton, I don’t need modern diesel problems, and I can’t handle modern diesel truck notes! 😅 So I spent about the same as a new 1500 AT4 on a truck that I like more, for about $10k less than a diesel, and about $6k less than msrp when most of my local dealers were adding markups.
 

Thanks man!
I was originally shopping for a half ton AT4 too actually. Specifically, a 6.5’ bed with the 3.0. My last several trucks have been crew cab, short bed half tons, and I was sick and tired of how short the beds are typically. (Granted, GM is more generous than Ford) I do a lot of projects around the house and have gotten interested in woodwork/building things; the shorter beds make hauling lumber a hassle. That configuration is exceptionally hard to find, and because of that, your negotiating power is somewhat limited.

While I was researching trucks, I saw the new AT4 HD and was absolutely blown away. I had never even considered a 3/4 ton, mostly because of price, but also because I don’t Need one. But damn they look good! After some research, I realized that GM has priced the half tons so high that they are now basically the same price as the HD gassers! Wow. Further, the 3/4 tons ALWAYS have a full size bed-no more endless hunting. This just keeps making more sense for me. Then, I find out that, not just the diesels, but the gas 3/4 tons, hold their value better than the 1500’s. Even better.

Obsessively watching YouTube and reading forums, I learn that it’s disturbingly common for Duramax’s (both 3.0 & 6.6) to leave people stranded with Very low mileage and for people to be truckless for months on end waiting for answers and/or parts. 😳 I can’t stomach that.
In the 1500, that only leaves the 6.2. As awesome as that engine is, it’s plagued by lifter failures, gets less-than-stellar gas mileage, requires premium, and is also subject to the complications of AFM/DFM/whatever they’re calling cylinder deactivation now.
The 6.6 gasser has none of the problematic EPA systems from the 1500’s, none of the problematic EPA systems of the diesels, and doesn’t require premium fuel. Fuel mileage is weak, but not outrageous, and not Much worse than my previous 5.3 or a 6.2.

On top of allll that, I don’t need a 3/4 ton, I certainly don’t need a diesel 3/4 ton, I don’t need modern diesel problems, and I can’t handle modern diesel truck notes! 😅 So I spent about the same as a new 1500 AT4 on a truck that I like more, for about $10k less than a diesel, and about $6k less than msrp when most of my local dealers were adding markups.
Totally understandable on your choice. I don’t need a 3/4 ton myself but you are right when I first saw the refresh I was wowed. Also with the 1500 I hate how the gas tanks are so small with no option for larger ones. At least with 3/4 tons u get a 36 gallon tank which i currently have on my ram 1500 hemi.

The thing is in Canada the 6.6 duramax is in pretty much every 3/4 ton. I did a vehicle search in my province and it looks like there’s 2 gassers and the rest are duramax. Would easier to make a deal on a duramax that they have on lots then try to find a gasser with certain options. Also like the fact the the duramax holds their value compared to 1500s. Downside is not a huge fan of DEF but if I am not hauling things then it’s really not a big deal.
 

Did a quick one yesterday. One of the options my truck didn’t come with was the tailgate step lights. I had GM points from buying the truck and they more than covered the (silly) GM price. Easy sub ten minute mod. Would make a lot more sense if they were triggered by opening the step; oh well.
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Making progress. Still deciding on a leveling kit and tires, considering exhaust options, want to have the grille/emblems painted, and need to order the painted fender flares. Maybe some audio improvements. 🤔
 

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Making progress. Still deciding on a leveling kit and tires, considering exhaust options, want to have the grille/emblems painted, and need to order the painted fender flares. Maybe some audio improvements. 🤔
Cognito 3 inch with fox shocks would he my choice
 

Following that, I spent a ridiculous amount of money for black OEM emblems and fender badges. I would’ve gone eBay on these as well, but couldn’t find anyone selling similar fender vents/badges, the new bumper-side badges, or the front grille AT4. Original emblems were removed with soft pry tools, no heat, and the bulk of the adhesive with a 3M wheel. I follow that with WD-40 and a microfiber towel and then isopropyl alcohol before placing new emblems. I used the GM instructions I posted in my other thread, painters tape, and measuring calipers for locating the new emblems. The fender vent and bumper badges pop right off and snap back in place without adhesive. The AT4 on the front grille is an absolute bitch to get off. Remove the radiator cowl under the hood and violently yank your brand new grille towards yourself to disconnect the clips. It will still be bolted to the truck on each side behind the fenders. Use a towel or something to keep the grille pulled forward and use a long screwdriver to break the tabs off the back of the emblem. The new one snaps right back in.

My truck is filthy from the long drive home, so pardon my mess.
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who thought getting that front grille AT4 badge off was a major b****! I did everything I could to get it off without breaking the tabs, but finally gave up and basically did what you did.
 

I wasn’t completely sold on the black and red GMC emblems front and rear, and honestly, the HyperDip was already wearing like shit despite lots of coats. I’m not a fan of emblem overlays; they look a little cheesy close up. But, I wanted to know what it would look like when I have them painted all-gloss black. I dig it.
 

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I wasn’t completely sold on the black and red GMC emblems front and rear, and honestly the HyperDip was already wearing like shit despite lots of coats. I’m not a fan of emblem overlays, they look a little cheesy up close, but I wanted to know what it would look like with all gloss black emblems. I dig it.
That doesn't look bad. I just bought the factory black GMC's to put on mine. They still have the little chrome ring but better than the red. I'll post pics when I get all the logos changed. I am in a Summit White and hate the chrome!
 

That does complete the blackout look. Did you decide on a leveling kit yet? I’m on the fence too. I don’t want to compromise ride quantity and my last two trucks that I leveled just weren’t quite the same as factory. Depends how you’re going to use it I guess. Mine is mostly road use.
 

I am trying to find a true 3" kit. I don;t want to be leveled for when I pull a trailer and maybe a 4 wheeler in the bed in the future.
 

This is one is kinda tough to make out between broad daylight and LED lights. I put in two of the Boost Auto lighting mods; about a 10 minute job. The auto fog light mod activates the fogs any time the parking/running lights are on-no need to reach down and tap that fog light button every time. The other is the all lights/6 high mod. This allows lows, highs, And fogs to be on when your highs are selected. It even works with IntelliBeam/auto high beams.

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I just found your post and your story sounds much like mine. I have never thought I needed a 3/4 ton but once I figured out its about the same price as a 1/2 ton I really stared liking the idea. For 2024 I dont like any of the 1500 factory wheels but I love the black standard 2500 wheels like you have. If I add the price of wheels to the 1500 its the same as a 2500.

I may copy many of your mods but I would really appreciate a link to the mod to allow the fogs on when high beams are on. On my Jeeps I have been able to do that but never cracked the code on my GMC.
 

I had never even considered a 3/4 ton, mostly beThat cause of price, but also because I don’t Need one. But damn they look good! After some research, I realized that GM has priced the half tons so high that they are now basically the same price as the HD gassers! Wow. Further, the 3/4 tons ALWAYS have a full size bed-no more endless hunting. This just keeps making more sense for me. Then, I find out that, not just the diesels, but the gas 3/4 tons, hold their value better than the 1500’s. Even better.
pretty much sums up why I went 3/4 gasser along with the payload on 1/2 tons is rather wanting.
 

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