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As a interested (still looking for one) SSR buyer, I'm following along with all these recommended changes. Actually, I'm kinda "stunned" at the number of different "fixes" that many seem to feel are really needed to get everything (right).
I thought about this before I bought mine. However these trucks are 11-14 years old and were really one off designs. So to me it is not surprising that little tweaks here and there have been needed and have been developed. The GREAT part is the support for these 'upgrades'. This truck has such a strong following that all of these DIY fixes have been designed, published and you can BUY them. I think this is impressive and goes to show the great quality of people here and their dedication to making the SSR an enjoyment to own and drive!
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Can you shed some more light on this issue? I don't know what the bed light fix is and what problem it is fixing. I couldn't find anything with a search.
Walston, It is in the Library--"Bed Light Fix"----A simple Fuse change, and Bed Cover dome light bulb change!! HA! "So easy a cave man can do it"

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Walston, It is in the Library--"Bed Light Fix"----A simple Fuse change, and Bed Cover dome light bulb change!! HA! "So easy a cave man can do it"

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I thought about this before I bought mine. However these trucks are 11-14 years old and were really one off designs. So to me it is not surprising that little tweaks here and there have been needed and have been developed. The GREAT part is the support for these 'upgrades'. This truck has such a strong following that all of these DIY fixes have been designed, published and you can BUY them. I think this is impressive and goes to show the great quality of people here and their dedication to making the SSR an enjoyment to own and drive!
My quest to fix the R before something happens is at the point where if someone were to ask my wife if we built it ourselves she would probably say "Yeah, pretty much!".


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Are there courtesy lights in the floor on the R or is the only light from the rear view mirror?
The only light in the cab is on the mirror. You can do like I and several others have done, add LED lights under the dash and wire them into the mirror light. Dicktator has a write up about this, where you don't have to run a wire to the mirror. Only to the right kick panel where the wiring goes up to the windshield area.
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As a interested (still looking for one) SSR buyer, I'm following along with all these recommended changes. Actually, I'm kinda "stunned" at the number of different "fixes" that many seem to feel are really needed to get everything (right).

Having just scanned the ignition switch (how to) file, It didn't seem to be what I would call a (3:00 A.M. type of fix)...............plus can I hear some further commentary on how many have had ignition switch failures. I've owned multiple GM cars/trucks since the 50's and none ever gave me an ignition switch failure.
GM's ignition switches have had issues starting with the 99 newer Silverado trucks and the 02 newer Trailblazer. This is the same switch the SSR uses too. I have replaced many of these switches over the years on these vehicles. The switch is like a old set of points in a point type distributor. And we all know how they had to be replaced all the time. The newer gray cover switch has been more failure proof then the all black one has been. The gray cover switches started appearing in 05. So there is a chance if you have a 05 or 06 you may have the gray switch already.
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As a interested (still looking for one) SSR buyer, I'm following along with all these recommended changes. Actually, I'm kinda "stunned" at the number of different "fixes" that many seem to feel are really needed to get everything (right).

Having just scanned the ignition switch (how to) file, It didn't seem to be what I would call a (3:00 A.M. type of fix)...............plus can I hear some further commentary on how many have had ignition switch failures. I've owned multiple GM cars/trucks since the 50's and none ever gave me an ignition switch failure.
Most aren't "fixes", most are upgrades, trying to head 'em off at the pass or improve factory performance. We have a lot of SSRs out there which are bone stock and the owners want them that way. I think the core members here are more interested in better performance, handling, and reliability. From daily drivers like myself to people who travel with them, we want them to be all that they can be.

One of the problems with this forum is perception. Among the 24,000 built, there must be at least 20,000 still in action, and we have "16,400 members". But those are just people who signed up at one time and may not even own an SSR any more. Some of them came here because they had a problem,(which I'm sure we solved) then never came back. That makes the site look like the SSR is plagued with problems when it's really not.

The ignition switch problem is real and not limited to the SSR. It came with the changes in electrical architecture across the industry, as a result of new electric gizmos and possibilities. This was back in 2003-06, and it's only gotten worse. Stupid people dying because their keyrings weight 3 lbs and don't know what to do when the engine dies, is just bizarre.

You can decide what you think you need for yourself, but don't make the mistake of thinking we don't know what we're talking about... most of the time.

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