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    Quote Originally Posted by amrg View Post
    Great results! Has the idle speed been raised from 550 rpm (stock). If not and with you already making 90% of max torque at 2500 rpm a higher stalled TC isnt necessary, esp if you plan to tow alot

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    Yep! Not sure what it is actually set at now but I can approximate it when I drive it next.

    And exactly, the reason for going with this specific cam was to not have to buy an aftermarket converter lol. When I spoke to Texas Speed about the kind of camshaft I wanted, they indicated that if I go much larger, then they would recommend a higher stalled converter which was something I didn't want to install. The future setup will deff need a new converter. Have one spec'd by Circle D already
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    >>The Duke Build Thread<<

    '09 Hummer H3T Alpha - "The Duke"

    - Modified, probably.


    SOLD --- '09 White H3 - "Lil' Sparta"
    295/75/18 Trail Grapplers, STARR HIDs, LED taillights, Magnaflow Exhaust, Air Doc CAI, Supermodulation TB, Defenderworx Fuel Door.


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    Local Sighting - Badass H3T

    Saw this badass H3T not too long ago. Not sure if he's local but boy is his rig sweet.

    Anybody know him?

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    >>The Duke Build Thread<<

    '09 Hummer H3T Alpha - "The Duke"

    - Modified, probably.


    SOLD --- '09 White H3 - "Lil' Sparta"
    295/75/18 Trail Grapplers, STARR HIDs, LED taillights, Magnaflow Exhaust, Air Doc CAI, Supermodulation TB, Defenderworx Fuel Door.


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    The Duke's New Look

    This was a bit of a spa day for the Duke.

    All of the trim on the truck was getting a little weathered, and the front A-pillar trim pieces most of all (like on all H3s for some reason). I kept applying plastic trim restore and honestly, they don't last that long after a detail and takes time to apply. So I looked around and found this trim restore paint from Dupli-Color. Yes, it's a trim paint and not restorer.



    Even in the picture you can see how weathered the bed trim is and I wanted to make the truck look as close to new as possible.


    ​So I began by removing ALL of the trim pieces from the truck. Bed rail trim, rear bumper, tailgate inner wall piece, tailgate outside bottom trim piece A-piller, fake hood vent, roof rack trim & rear cab trim. Only two items I didn't do was the front bumper (new from previous damage), and fender flares because they both looked decent already.

    Rear end trim pieces almost all removed here.



    Once I removed the trim pieces, I laid them out and washed them with some water and degreaser prior to paint and let them dry in the sun. Notice the difference of fading on each piece. Soon they will all be consistent!




    I couldn't find all of my pictures of this process because they are spread out between my phone and GoPro (and I did this a long time ago lol) but I also masked off the whole vehicle except for the bed and trim-painted the plastic bed and even the auxiliary fuel tank after degreasing them. I know the paint is not meant for the tank but I didn't want to drain and unbolt it. Has held up well so far, and if it starts peeling or coming off then I'll remove it and properly paint it or powder coat it black.

    Once the bed was done, I moved on to these. I got lucky and scored a set of the roof marker lights off of eBay. Wasn't the cheapest purchase for what they are (basically just plastic pieces) but I always wanted them to complete the look of the truck. Whoever had them didn't install them right on their A-pillar trims, so I decided to dremel out my own A-pillar pieces and swap over the corner lights to mine. Here's how one of them turned out compared to before.



    Couldn't find the pics of the install. But if anybody does this on their own then you will need riv-nuts and a riv-nut gun along with some caulking to seal the new holes you will be drilling into your roof.

    Finally, after all the trim pieces had cured with a few coats of paint on them, they were reinstalled and a trip to my local tint guy was in order. I elected to go with a light ceramic tint on the front windshield and rear windows/rear cab window, as well as ceramic tint to the front windows dark enough to match the rears (since the rears already had privacy glass from factory).

    Here's how it came out after a wash and wax a few days later. Love it. The roof marker lights, tint and trim really freshened up the look of the truck in my opinion. Very happy how it turned out.

    Shortly after this, I also installed the roof marker bolt caps (that mine didn't come with) that were 3D printed by German of Lased Designs to cover up those ugly holes you might notice. I also swapped out the bulbs for some LEDs that are much brighter, the bulbs looked really dim at night.

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    >>The Duke Build Thread<<

    '09 Hummer H3T Alpha - "The Duke"

    - Modified, probably.


    SOLD --- '09 White H3 - "Lil' Sparta"
    295/75/18 Trail Grapplers, STARR HIDs, LED taillights, Magnaflow Exhaust, Air Doc CAI, Supermodulation TB, Defenderworx Fuel Door.


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    Making Way for Big Mods -- More Parts!!!

    Lots of fun stuff and miscellaneous items in this post.

    New in box Rancho 4" suspension lift kit. Was very excited when this showed up.

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    Being one of the few to be able to snag one of these overlooked kits made me very happy. I consider myself very lucky to have one after actively searching for used kits at the time and to have these just "pop-up" years after they stopped making them.

    Trip to the drag strip using the T to tow the race car. The total weight is near the manufacturer limits but she seems to do just fine.

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    For all you a$$ fans

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    Around this time, I also did this mod to the lower side-trim piece on the drivers seat. Mine had started to sag and turn on my seat heater to High. Didn't take a pic of mine, this is one that I found online to address the issue. You put a screw in through the trim panel and into the seat plastic behind it to keep the panel from slipping down.


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    New tires showed up for the lift install. All loaded up for their temporary new home until the lift goes on.

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    I went with 35.00x12.50x17 Toyo MT tires. They are a bit heavier than a Trail Grap in the same size fyi, but sturdier construction evidently. Really wanted to go with a 37" tire but since I love to daily drive this thing, I figured to table that idea lmao.

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    And here are the new wheels! I absolutely love them. Method Racing 312 in matte black and made from solid A356 aluminum.

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    Left these with my buddies over at K9 Motorworks to mount and balance for me.


    Also pulled the trigger on the Lased Designs dual Optima battery tray. Needed to replace the battery anyways so I purchased two and installed the new Optima Yellowtop in the truck. Mine is still wrapped up and in the box, here's a pic of how they look from German of LD. I need to get around to installing it, the battery and tray have been sitting in my garage for quite a while now lol. Still deciding on what color to powdercoat it. Probably white or black. Hmmmm...

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    And finally... dropping off a couple of blocks to my engine builder, MPR Racing Engines. One is my buddies. Coyote 5.0 and the other is an aluminum 6.2L LS3, for The Duke. Heh-Heh.... I just well can't leave it alone and I scored a nice little deal to build this thing. For those of you don't know, the 6.2L LS3 will drop right in an Alpha. Just need to re-use the Alpha LH8 specific oil pan and the Alpha LH8 headers.

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    More to come... when I feel like posting
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    >>The Duke Build Thread<<

    '09 Hummer H3T Alpha - "The Duke"

    - Modified, probably.


    SOLD --- '09 White H3 - "Lil' Sparta"
    295/75/18 Trail Grapplers, STARR HIDs, LED taillights, Magnaflow Exhaust, Air Doc CAI, Supermodulation TB, Defenderworx Fuel Door.


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    This is gonna be bad ass when it's done. Nice choice on the wheels. I hope it all goes smooth. Best of luck to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gpcalero View Post
    Lots of fun stuff and miscellaneous items in this post.

    New in box Rancho 4" suspension lift kit. Was very excited when this showed up.

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    Being one of the few to be able to snag one of these overlooked kits made me very happy. I consider myself very lucky to have one after actively searching for used kits at the time and to have these just "pop-up" years after they stopped making them.

    Trip to the drag strip using the T to tow the race car. The total weight is near the manufacturer limits but she seems to do just fine.

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    For all you a$$ fans

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    Around this time, I also did this mod to the lower side-trim piece on the drivers seat. Mine had started to sag and turn on my seat heater to High. Didn't take a pic of mine, this is one that I found online to address the issue. You put a screw in through the trim panel and into the seat plastic behind it to keep the panel from slipping down.


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    New tires showed up for the lift install. All loaded up for their temporary new home until the lift goes on.

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Views: 35
Size:  1.15 MB

    I went with 35.00x12.50x17 Toyo MT tires. They are a bit heavier than a Trail Grap in the same size fyi, but sturdier construction evidently. Really wanted to go with a 37" tire but since I love to daily drive this thing, I figured to table that idea lmao.

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    And here are the new wheels! I absolutely love them. Method Racing 312 in matte black and made from solid A356 aluminum.

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Size:  2.29 MB

    Left these with my buddies over at K9 Motorworks to mount and balance for me.


    Also pulled the trigger on the Lased Designs dual Optima battery tray. Needed to replace the battery anyways so I purchased two and installed the new Optima Yellowtop in the truck. Mine is still wrapped up and in the box, here's a pic of how they look from German of LD. I need to get around to installing it, the battery and tray have been sitting in my garage for quite a while now lol. Still deciding on what color to powdercoat it. Probably white or black. Hmmmm...

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    And finally... dropping off a couple of blocks to my engine builder, MPR Racing Engines. One is my buddies. Coyote 5.0 and the other is an aluminum 6.2L LS3, for The Duke. Heh-Heh.... I just well can't leave it alone and I scored a nice little deal to build this thing. For those of you don't know, the 6.2L LS3 will drop right in an Alpha. Just need to re-use the Alpha LH8 specific oil pan and the Alpha LH8 headers.

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    More to come... when I feel like posting
    And obviously reusing all of the alpha engine accessories and their respectivd brackets

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    06 H3, Birch White, Lux , Cooper AT3 35s, Borla Performance Cat-back, Bilsteins front w/ 1/2" extended stops, Hunner sleeve, Air Doc w/ K&N filter, Oem Roof lights, 55W HID Headlights and 35W Fog lights.

    09 H3 V8, Arctic Silver, LS376/480 Conversion, 3000 stall, Custom E-fans, 37" KM3 tires, XD Rockstar Wheels 17x9, OEM Sliders, 40K External Trans Cooler, Bilstein 5160s front 5100 rear, O.D. Steering Bracket, 2" Body Lift, Custom Exhaust, Custom intake pipe & K&N filter, Custom PCM tune, Pioneer DVD unit, Aurora 40" LED Light Bar, 50 W HID Headlights

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