Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Suspension and Ride
I have a 02 Chevy 1500 extended cab, its got a 3" body lift and i wanna Raise the front end up slightly about 2-2 1/2" would a leveling kit do the trick? and where would be the cheapest place to find one??? any help would be great! thanx!
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I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado Z71. I recently had it leveled out. I installed new skyjacker shocks to get a smoother ride. I think I'm beyond that. My ride is extremely rough. Enough to make my stereo come lose. Is there any way I can smooth this riding quake down? I thought about bushing kits....any suggestions?
I drove a GMC 4500 over some expansion joints last week. Talk about bounce with no load.....and I was going no where near 80.
Believe what he told you. When you start raising or lowering the rear end you change pinion angles etc and set yourself up for all sorts of driveline vibrations/problems if you don't know your way around suspensions.
"a truck that is over rated for what my use of this truck is."
Look at it this way, you have a truck that is capable of hauling/towing almost anything you want instead of a light-duty that you would have to worry about overloading etc. To me that is worth the bit rougher ride etc. Some complain about the LT tires on their truck and change them out for passenger car tires...again I put up with the bit stiffer ride to know that I can haul/tow anything I desire within reason.
I’m not sure what I will do. Good luck to you. K
Now if you have a new body style 2007 Silverado or Sierra, then there are no more torsion bars. They ditched the torsion bars in favor of coil over shock setup. There are several companies that make a spacer type of leveling kit. I think REVTEK makes one, I think most of the suspension companies make em. I would check out the Rancho one here:
Also would like suggestions on an air intake. thinking a cold air intake system.
Also will take any other suggestions that people have done to there toys.
This is to a youtube video where the guy has installed a Fabtech 6 inch suspension lift and 35's.
One thing I can add is that I have driven over this stretch of freeway for over 30 years in different cars and trucks, including Dodge, Ford, Chevy, and Toyota trucks, some with 3/4 tons and old solid front axels.
No other truck has bounced this bad over the same concrete slabs. I do know that the wheel base is an issue, but I have had a long bed Ford F150 which is close to the same lenght as my Chevy Crew cab and never experienced such a bouncy ride.
On top of all this, I was lead to believe Chevy's ruled in ride comfort my whole life and this is my first new truck I have ever owned, so I have been very dissapointed with my purchase.
Does anybody have any ideas or helpfull solutions to fixing this? I'm not expecting a glass smooth ride, I do expect a somewhat rough ride over the concrete slabs, but not as bad as I am experiencing. Should I replace the shocks? I have read that Bilstien shooks are good shocks.
I will have to buy some new tires for it. Do you or anybody have an alternative to the Michelin LTX M/S tires mentioned here? I'm trying to keep the budget of tires closer to $100 a piece, and would like to know if other brands offer stronger sidewalls.
Oh, and anybody with info on the strength of the sidewall on the Continentals? Stronger than the stock Generals?
If you bought a truck new, and paid a little over invoice, and paid for the Premium Warranty, and paid all them taxes, at what point is it financially right to sell the truck and take a hit on all that money I'll be loosing? I know I'll loose a lot as it is, but how can I minimze my loss?