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Default Help me beef up my truck for towing

I posted this thread over on FSC, but I figured I could ask you guys as well...

I have a 2003 sierra 1500 regular cab longbed 4.8 w/ 3.42 gears. I'm looking to tow my s-10 using a uhaul trailer.

trailer weight is 2200 pounds. S-10 after figuring in all the stuff on/in it I'm guessing is about 3500 pounds.

The listed max trailer weight for my truck is 6300 pounds. Even though I'm a hair under that, I would like to "beef" up my truck a bit to handle the weight.

I'm not looking to do extensive mods, basically I'd like to bolt on or upgrade as much as I can without having to do major changes.

Here's what I'm thinking:

brakes: rears have new ceramic pads with stock rotors. I was going to upgrade the front to better (drilled/slotted?) rotors and better pads. I'm looking for recommendations here.

fluids: change all the fluids out to synthetic. Engine oil, trans fluid, rearend fluid

suspension: change all the shocks out for heavy duty units, thinking about adding helper bags or add-a-leafs

engine: K&N filter already installed, but more power via airbox, exhaust and potentially other mods depending on usefulness.


That covers the basics. Obviously I'll do other things like new filters and other maintenance items, but basically I want to invest money into things that will do the most good.

Any help is appreciated. I'm looking for recommendations for everything. Brake rotors and pads, fluids, shocks, the works.
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If its a auto, look into putting a electric fan and thermostat on the transmission, ive seen it done for some haul rigs and rock crawlers for the sake of not over heating it, newer model vehicles come with a transmission thermostat. Atleast its another idea to research into, not sure if it would be vital or not.
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If its a auto, look into putting a electric fan and thermostat on the transmission, ive seen it done for some haul rigs and rock crawlers for the sake of not over heating it, newer model vehicles come with a transmission thermostat. Atleast its another idea to research into, not sure if it would be vital or not.
I need to get new gauges for my truck since I have the ever popular "stuck" speedometer.

New gauge clusters off ebay come with a trans temp gauge that does work.

I'll have to double check, but I believe my truck did come with a tow package that included a trans cooler. It does have a class III hitch already.
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Don't worry about that other stuff, one of the most important things you can get for towing is a transmission fluid cooler and an engine oil cooler with a gauge for each to monitor transmission fluid and engine oil temperature. Other than those two, the only other thing that might be worth it is an add-a-leaf kit.
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Buy a programmer so you can bring the trans shift firmness up to save your 4l60e and buy coilover shocks
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Don't really need much. A tranny oil cooler would help though.
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Don't worry about that other stuff, one of the most important things you can get for towing is a transmission fluid cooler and an engine oil cooler with a gauge for each to monitor transmission fluid and engine oil temperature. Other than those two, the only other thing that might be worth it is an add-a-leaf kit.
I would think better brakes would be important. lol.

Going through my truck's codes it does have the heavy duty trailering package with a trans cooler.
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If they are good enough to lock up a tire or activate ABS, then they are not the weak link. Better brakes will just make them lock up sooner.

As long as you give yourself more slow down room when you have to come to a stop, you'll be fine. Sounds like you'll be fine as-is... just put a tranny temp gauge in and you're set.
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If they are good enough to lock up a tire or activate ABS, then they are not the weak link. Better brakes will just make them lock up sooner.

As long as you give yourself more slow down room when you have to come to a stop, you'll be fine. Sounds like you'll be fine as-is... just put a tranny temp gauge in and you're set.
Truth be told, I think the brakes need to be replaced anyways. There have been instances where I'm pretty sure I mashed the pedal to the floor in a hard-braking situation and didn't lock anything up.

Obviously I'll do that long before I try to tow anything.
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Truth be told, I think the brakes need to be replaced anyways. There have been instances where I'm pretty sure I mashed the pedal to the floor in a hard-braking situation and didn't lock anything up.

Obviously I'll do that long before I try to tow anything.

If you slam on the brakes and nothing happens, bleed your brakes and check your soft libes. Sounds like you have an issue.
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