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Not sure where to post this, figured here was as good start. I don't frequent these forums often, but I will need to spend some time searching for more information here ..

So, the wife crashed the 07 TBSS last month. Its her primary vehicle but she has a spare in the meantime. I've gone back and forth with insurance since then and now I am ready to start the repairs myself. Additionally, while the truck is down, I am going to attempt some other issues that have come up over the years.

I've already ordered a bunch of replacement OEM parts for the front end; what's actually available, and some of the discontinued parts seem to still be available at various sources.

Here's what else I'm looking to fix while I'm at it ..

Body work - collecting parts currently, fenders, headlights and things ..

Tires - Need a new set of tires, and one of the TPMS sensors has been intermittent for a while. Reprogram or buy relearn tool, I'm not sure.

Suspension - drivers side CV shaft boot is torn and flung the grease all over the wheel components. Some of the bushings on the control arms are completely destroyed or worn out. End links look pretty beat up. Also, rear airbags deflate overnight but they work fine otherwise. Probably good to replace soon due to age and not to overwork the compressor.

Exhaust - I've noticed a ticking sound, looks like a few of the manifold to head bolts have broken ( more missing on the passenger side ), looks like a pain to repair in vehicle.

Stereo - half of the speakers stopped working, she would prefer to keep the head unit, I'm thinking about aftermarket speakers here.

HVAC - seems to blow hot even when you don't want it to. Won't blow cold from what I am told. Not sure which actuator or blend door is causing this, I'll need to do some searching and trouble shooting on this issue ..

Brakes - seem worn, need replacement but the OEM seem to not work all that good to begin with. Looking to upgrade, the Bear kit is the only big brake kit I can find at the moment.

Thats a lot and that probably doesnt cover everything now that i look it over ... if anybody has any good information or can point me in any direction that would help a lot. Thanks for reading


- Dan
 

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Those are some excellent points.

As for the TBSS .. it's her vehicle and she wants to keep it and fix it up a bit. Doesn't seem too bad, it's just a lot of little things. It was a clean truck, completely stock, engine runs good, it just turned over 100k miles not too long ago.

I did make the suggestion about using the insurance money as a down-payment on a dark horse mustang or a c8 .. 馃 she did not find that amusing.

Good idea on the rear coil springs; we have never towed anything so that wouldn't make much difference. Something to consider; as well as the offer to buy used airbags; I'm not too far away in the South Bay area ..

Maybe big brake kit is the wrong wording. I'm looking for improved braking performance. Sounds like the Baer kit might be a worthwhile upgrade.
 

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We don't track the TBSS, but we do take it to the track on occasion ( Laguna Seca above ) .. 馃槈

For the most part, she uses it to pick up the kids from school, and grocery shopping. The brakes were just something I wanted to address while I have some down time with the body repairs.
 

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Boxes of OEM GM parts are starting to roll in. I'm a little slow on progress; haven't had a day off from my full time job in the last few weeks.

@nrmerritt .. appreciate the offer. I'm still undecided on the rear spring setup at this time, but ill keep that in mind.

Still undecided on the rear spring options, need to make a decision on a few things here soon.
 
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