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Dec 14, 2003 (1:08 pm)
Information for anyone who wants to replace the manual self-leveling rear shock absorbers on their 2000-2004 Tahoe/Yukon with conventional shock absorbers. I have 2002 Tahoe. I replaced the original equipment shock absorbers with Bilstein shock absorbers.
When I replaced just the shock absorbers, the rear ride height of my vehicle dropped approximately 1 1/2 inches.
To prevent a drop in the rear ride height the rear springs need to be replaced. You have a couple of options if you want to replace the springs.
Bilstein sells the springs. Their part number is 199021. They were selling for $57 each when I priced them. That did not include shipping. I do not know if Bilstein makes these springs or if they just sell you a Chevrolet spring.
You can also use the rear spring that Chevrolet uses on Tahoes that come equipped with conventional shock absorbers. The part number is 15182559.
My Chevrolet dealer was selling the spring for $64.01 each.
You can also buy them online at places like:
I purchased my springs at www.buy-gm-parts.com for $37.72 each. Shipping to my home was $11.31.
gmpartsdirect.com was selling the springs for a cheaper price, however, their shipping price was higher.
After replacing the rear springs the rear ride height of my vehicle was approximately one inch higher than the stock ride height.
The biggest difference that I noticed with the Bilstein shock absorbers is better handling around curves.
If you do the work yourself, use caution when removing the self-leveling shock absorbers. They are highly pressurized. They will want to extend to their maximum length. Do not get your fingers or hands crushed between the extending shock and any fixed object.
Dec 16, 2003 (5:52 pm)
Hey Guys (and Dolls)
Recommend me a tire to replace my factory tires on my 2003 Tahoe LT. I dont want to spend a fortune, but I cant stand the "Floaty-Boaty" ride I get now with the cheap Firestones Chevy equips this vehicle with. Maybe I should have bought the Z-71? I want the tight ride..not the feeling Im riding on marshmallows? Anyone out there know what I mean??
#4196 of 6471 Check Post 4152
Dec 16, 2003 (7:08 pm)
I replaced the Firestone Wilderness LE's with some Yokohama Geolandar HTS and the ride is much tighter and it doesn't slip in the rain anymore!
Dec 17, 2003 (5:15 am)
Not sure if they make them sized for the 'Hoe, but I've been very happy with a set of Michelin Cross Terrains on one of my vehicles.
Dec 17, 2003 (6:19 am)
I just dumped the original 265 70 16 Firestone Wilderness LE's and went with 275 70 16 Michelin LTX M/S. It is hard to explain - but this one size of LTX M/S is different than the other sizes. It is almost a blend between the normal LTX M/S and the new Cross Terrain. It was the original tire that went on Toyota LC with 16 inch wheels. I priced them at Sams - Discount tire matched the Sams price plus gave me a $50 rebate. Total price out the door $623.00 including 8.25% tax.
I also looked at the Yokohama Geo HTS, but in the larger size I wanted it was only a few $ more for the Michelin. If I would have stayed with the 265 70 16 - I would have went with the Yokohamas.
#4199 of 6471 I got the Yokohama's DELIVERED
Dec 17, 2003 (1:19 pm)
for $410 (($350 + $60) from Tirerack.com. Another $40 to get them put on and balanced at my local shop.
I can't believe these tires were so cheap, much cheaper than the Bridgestone Dueler HT's and way much cheaper than the Michelin Cross Terrains with the same performance. Perhaps Yok is pricing them low to steal initial market share.
I used to pay almost $750 for the Michelin Pilot Sports for my BMW...that was pricy every 25k miles but the tires were awesome.
Dec 18, 2003 (8:10 am)
I vote with Z71 Bill. I got Big O to Price Match Costco on Mich LTX M/S 265/70R16 Load Range E. Good ride, Good grip, front end doesnt float at much on water. About $650 price matched. I had them on my Burb and kept them rotated, and no funny "your front end's out of alignment" type wear. You want to pay attention because the Select LT at Sears has a lower treadwear rating than the Michelin branded LTX's. It looks close to the same tire but I believe treadwear was about a 100 points lower. Check the MFR's web sites, because Michelin gives you 50 bucks off, or free schwag every now and then.
#4201 of 6471 I run the Yokohamas on my Tahoe.
Dec 18, 2003 (10:49 am)
Tahoe z71, I had the Geolander AT's put on it,
These aer wonderful tires. Dirt snow, water, they are excellent. 40,000 miles and counting. Regular rotations and about half of the tread life is left on them.
Dec 19, 2003 (8:00 am)
Does anyone have any idea on the percentage of Tahoe's that are effected by the piston slap problem? I have heard that it is a relatively low percentage - but I wanted to confirm that.
Also, does anyone know how soon the problem usually becomes apparent? My Tahoe has approximately 15k now - would the problem have already shown itself if it is going to?
Dec 19, 2003 (8:40 am)
Mine started at 18k miles (only when it was cold) and I could only hear it from outside the vehicle for about 15 seconds. Then I took a long trip towing a trailer and now it doesn't do it anymore. Have about 25k miles at this point. I'm not concerned, I had a 2.7L Toyota Tacoma that did something similar and I recently seen the guy that bought my truck and he has over 200k miles on it. It's supposed to be common on those engines as well. I guess the difference is a $18K sticker price and a $40K+ sticker, but it's still just a machine:)