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Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Sierra 2500, GMC Sierra 3500, Suspension, Truck
#18 of 123 Re: 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ext cab rough ride [keytonkid]
Nov 04, 2006 (7:16 am)
This is an answer to my own question asked in my reply dated 10/31/06 in which I asked if anyone knew if the 2 1/4" block between the leaf springs and rear axle could be removed, which would lower the rear end of the truck. This week I talked with the service manager of the dealer where I purchased this truck. He advised me would not be acceptable to remove this block; it would only cause additional problems (he did not say what kind). The conclusion I have reached concerning this truck is that I have purchased a heavy duty (this is my own description) Silverado 1500 ext. cab. two wheel drive that has a suspension like a four wheel drive (torsion bars, lift block on rear springs), that will haul a heavy load and pull a heavy trailer, a truck that is over rated for what my use of this truck is. And I did not realize this until I had purchased it, with little input from the salesman to design the purchase to my needs. Live and learn. One question I would appreciated someone's comments on is: what is the royal velvet shackles I have seen mentions in several e-mails I have read from this site and in what way do they help the rough ride. Thanks to all for your help.
#19 of 123 Re: 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ext cab rough ride [keytonkid]
Nov 04, 2006 (12:20 pm)
"This week I talked with the service manager of the dealer where I purchased this truck. He advised me would not be acceptable to remove this block; it would only cause additional problems."
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.
#21 of 123 factory suspension packages
Dec 12, 2006 (8:07 pm)
Are any of you guys familiar with the different supensions available on the new Silverados? I recently ordered one and they appear to have put the Z85 trailering/handeling package on instead of the Z60 high performance. I've been waiting for two months to get this truck and now it's not what I ordered but I don't want to re-order over the suspension if there isn't much to gain in performance or ride quality.Any insight would be appreciated, it's on the way to the dealer this week.
#22 of 123 Re: 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ext cab rough ride [jneal]
Feb 07, 2007 (6:11 pm)
You can take the blocks out with no ill effects, other than sitting a little lower if you really load it up. I took the same blocks out of my 02 Z71 4X4 ext cab with no ill effects. Just need the std 2wd u-bolts (2 in. shorter). Levels the truck out and makes the bed more accessible. I admit raised trucks look nice, but the little lower height makes it nice to load and unload the bed, get in and out, sit on tailgate, etc. Good luck, Jim.
Feb 06, 2007 (4:51 pm)
I got an 07 silverado classic crew cab, with the ls2 package. which for standard features says i got z85 suspension for handling and trailering and the solid smooth ride... which i dont quite get which do I have? The ride seems to be quite bumpy so if i do have the z85 suspension is it possible to put z71 shocks on the truck and have that improve the ride?
#25 of 123 Would Bisteins Help?
Mar 21, 2007 (7:02 am)
I just bought an '07 Classic ext. cab W/T. It has a rough ride especially around town. Just wondered if the Bilstein shocks would make much difference in the ride. The truck is used mainly for transportation not hauling.
#26 of 123 Re: Would Bisteins Help? [xbbuster]
Mar 21, 2007 (10:35 am)
Bilsteins would make a difference and so would the tires.
#27 of 123 Re: Would Bisteins Help? [obyone]
Mar 21, 2007 (10:50 am)
I thought perhaps it was the rack and pinion steering that was giving it a rough ride. I had a '95 reg cab Chevy truck with 99,000 miles on it with Monroe shocks and Michelin tires that rode like a Cadillac compared to the '07.Thanks for the info.