Last post on Mar 07, 1999 at 8:38 AM
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#6 of 15 z71 Cult
Feb 06, 1999 (8:14 pm)
The are not Bilsteins but they are bigger than the z85 firm ride option needed for towing. I read in Truck Trend magazine that 60% of Chevy extended cab 4x4s come with the z71 option. It rose to cult status when Chevy started putting "z71" decals on the side in place of the "4x4" decals. From what I can tell, it is marketing and history driving it. But then again, I had the money and I bought into the vanity. Maybe it will help resell. Nevertheless, I think the ride is comfortable enough. I have no complaints.
Feb 08, 1999 (5:53 am)
I was compelled towards the Z85 after I read reports of harsh ride on Z71. But after trying both, I feel the Z71 is very compliant. Firm and sporty yes, but even wash-board chop is smoothly damped, never harsh. But the best part with Z71 is you get a front stabilizer (sway) bar so that it corners much flatter.
#8 of 15 bilstein or not?
Feb 13, 1999 (2:42 pm)
the print out I received from the chevy dealer
showed the Z71 pkg having "high pressure Bilstein gas shocks, off road jounce bumpers, stabilizer bars, skid plate pkg, high cap air cleaner"...
#9 of 15 dave40
Feb 13, 1999 (10:37 pm)
Want to upgrade those Z-71 stock shocks ?check out this www.edelbrock.com
IAS Performer Shocks.
Feb 14, 1999 (4:48 am)
The Bilsteins did not come on mine, they are Tenneco shocks. But I still like them.
Feb 26, 1999 (12:18 am)
I am very satisfied with the ride of my Z71! Takes bumps very well as well as road seams.
Man this 1 cool machine!
Mar 04, 1999 (6:08 pm)
In the 1999 GMC brochure there is another option ( I don't remember the code) that is selectable suspension. With an onboard switch you can choose between the standard smooth ride or trailering. I assume this is through gas shocks. Is this option not offered on the Chevrolet?
Mar 04, 1999 (11:46 pm)
ZX3 adjustable ride suspension. It is only available on the two wheel drive models.
Mar 07, 1999 (8:34 am)
Does anyone know whats included in the Z85 Firm ride package ? The blue shocks are Monroe made by Tenneco . Can't find out which ones exactly by looking at www.tenneco.com