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Is any of this really true?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by yamahatim, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. yamahatim

    yamahatim Senior Member
    Messages: 165

  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I've heard the GMT900 trucks are a little flimsy. Like don't stand on the bed rail.....
     
  3. Raconteur

    Raconteur Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 138

    The steel is thinner . No Doubt !
     
  4. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,316

    My hood and roof metals are paper thin.
     
  5. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    That is truely sad, and they all wonder why they were all circling the big toilet bowl a couple years ago
     
  6. CharlesW

    CharlesW Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I didn't read the aricles linked to, but one thing to keep in mind is that the big push for economy has resulted in many weight saving measures.
    Windshields, door glass, body panels are one place that lighter and thinner materials are used in newer vehicles.
    As is often the case, an improvement(?) carries with it some side effects.
     
  7. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    my 2010 Ford CVPI got hit by an acorn the other day while driving, put a big dent in the middle of the hood. The other day I was in the bed of my 82 crewcab, looking at the roof, and I noticed shoeprints. No dents or anything, but somebody had definitely walked on it. I would not dare walk on a new truck.
     
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    You can tell the metal is thinner on our 2 07's but after you drive them it's hard to go back to our 01 snd 02. IMO the newer trucks just keep getting better and better. We linex our boxes over the rail when brand new so I'd assume that would help keep the box from denting.
     
  9. EXR

    EXR Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    I notice my hood flexes a little in the centre while driving..didn't do that on my 03.

    I think all the new trucks are like that gm/ford/dodge....steel costs have gone up.

    Its too bad.
     
  10. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I'd hate to back a brand new truck underneath the loader bucket where I get my sand/salt mix. Although it looks pretty cool when they drop stuff in the bed on those new truck commercials.
     
  11. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,552

    2 guys that I know that plow with single cab long bed one 08 and one 09 Chevy's have dent's in the cab corner's from the loaded bed smacking the cab when they hit a pile hard. That pretty much made up my mind.
     
  12. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    yea the new trucks arent the best, its more or less people buying them to say they have them. my boss no joke tapped a tree a most and it cost ins 8g'sin damage. he needed a new bed, bumper brackets mounting hardwear and some other small ****!
     
  13. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I had a tree fall across the bed of my 97 last winter. It collapsed the drivers side rear bedrail, folding the rear bedside down, mostly because a bed crossbrace underneath the floor was rotted and allowed it to "give". The top of the bedrail was protected by stainless decorative bedrail caps, and at the rear some thick steel brackets that go to my tailgate sander, so the tops of the bedrails didn't even get a ding. The pass side bedrail was fine, and the tailgate wasn't even hurt.Ins co couldnt find a replacement bed anywhere in their database so they had to price building a whole new bed, it was enough t otoal the truck value-wise. So I bought it back for a grand, swapped on the used bed I had already bought for $300 to replace my rusty one, been driving it ever since. I would love to see what a big huge pine would do falling crossways across the bed of one of these new so-called trucks.
     
  14. JustinD

    JustinD Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    The 07.5+ trucks are definitely thinner than the 07 down trucks, and the paint is much much thinner too. I have a few buddies who have had them back to the dealer for paint defects, I have seen them with no paint under the rocker. Sucks when you pay 50k+ for a truck and it ends up being cheesy!!!