Yup, the day finally came. Today my friend and I removed it. did the job out in my driveway, it took us roughly 6hrs including breaks. Which is not that bad, i was planning on a lot more. Had no issues, only broke 1 1/2" drive Craftsman ratchet somehow... but the whole project was a pretty much breeze.
Then came the hard part. the guy giving me a hand, needed a hand... so he brought over this 2003? Avalance that needed a fuel pump... omfg. I hate GM proudcts and that job drove the point home. We spent 4hrs doing that fuel pump.
what a pita that job was. the whole way the thing was desinged, sucked. Total crap design. I've owned so many GM's (used to be a big GM buff) and they're stuff has gotten better, but you can still tell it's a GM when you're working on it...
But I'm still riding on my 35" Xtreme AT's, and they look awsome on the stock truck. The pitman arm nut was interesting... the nut came off very easily even after it was torqued to 375 and loctited, which I watched. Dang pitman arm was one of the easiet bolts to get off. I cleaned it up very well and used Redloctite, and torqued it to 250 Lb/Ft, and then used a breaker bar to turn it more. and paint marked it. Went on a lot tighter than the sucker that came off. Either way, truck fits in garage now, easier to work out of the bed, still has a lot of ground clearance, 35's look rocking on it now and it's using all OEM parts. On shocks I did ended up going with Monroe Reflexes.
It's been a long day.... I'm getting out of here.