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Johnny--2k
post Jun 9 2017, 09:42 AM
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Just picked this up as a daily/second vehicle. 05 Z71 2WD. Always had a soft spot for these. This is my 4th GM Truck after having a 99 Tahoe, 96 Tahoe, and an 04 Denali, all as 2nd vehicles when I lived in the bitter cold of Wisconsin. Now, I'm just trying to keep miles off my other car since it's leased and I have an 80 mile round trip to work and back and I just bought a house, so hauling stuff in my car is not very convenient. Anyways, nothing major planned. Cluster repair in progress now, needs a new front right hub and an A/C recharge but otherwise it's in great shape!

Any must-do mods for these trucks? Would definitely like a leveling kit for the front as I hate the raked look.

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post Jun 9 2017, 08:40 PM
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post Jun 11 2017, 07:48 AM
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post Jun 12 2017, 08:39 AM
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Imho, the most common mods are:

1. Ford Keys to raise the front a bit - But don't go overboard.
2. By now, you probably need new shocks. Bilstein 5100's do well
3. Blackbear tune!
4. Cold Air Intake
5. Catback Exhaust.


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post Jun 13 2017, 05:38 AM
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post Jun 15 2017, 10:26 AM
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Thanks! Actually, my other car is the ATS-V. I really wanted a 6-speed and on top of that couldn't bring myself to cough up nearly $100k for the CTS-V! blink.gif

As far as the ford keys, I take it that's a pretty easy/cheap fix? Also, I had one person tell me instead of going up in the front, to go down in the rear, and level it out that way. What are my options if I decide to go that route? I know the 4wd guys can move to the 2wd springs, but what choices do I have on mine?


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post Jun 15 2017, 01:33 PM
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Imho, the easy route is to just get the Ford keys and bring the front up an inch or so and be done. It doesn't take much, but you still want a bit of a rake so it's not nose high with a heavier load.

That's probably going to be less costly than changing the rear springs. Plus, you really need the clearance in the back, if you will ever do any towing or offroading. You don't want them any softer either.


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post Jun 16 2017, 09:40 AM
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QUOTE (Scott @ Jun 15 2017, 02:33 PM) *
Imho, the easy route is to just get the Ford keys and bring the front up an inch or so and be done. It doesn't take much, but you still want a bit of a rake so it's not nose high with a heavier load.

That's probably going to be less costly than changing the rear springs. Plus, you really need the clearance in the back, if you will ever do any towing or offroading. You don't want them any softer either.


Awesome, thanks! I'll have to check out how easy the keys are to do. If it's an easy/quick fix, then I may go that route sooner rather than later.


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post Jun 16 2017, 02:39 PM
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QUOTE (Johnny--2k @ Jun 16 2017, 10:40 AM) *
QUOTE (Scott @ Jun 15 2017, 02:33 PM) *
Imho, the easy route is to just get the Ford keys and bring the front up an inch or so and be done. It doesn't take much, but you still want a bit of a rake so it's not nose high with a heavier load.

That's probably going to be less costly than changing the rear springs. Plus, you really need the clearance in the back, if you will ever do any towing or offroading. You don't want them any softer either.


Awesome, thanks! I'll have to check out how easy the keys are to do. If it's an easy/quick fix, then I may go that route sooner rather than later.


It is easy, but you should use a torsion bar tool to be safe. Then after you as satisfied with the result, get a front end alignment.


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post Jun 20 2017, 06:45 AM
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QUOTE (Scott @ Jun 16 2017, 02:39 PM) *
QUOTE (Johnny--2k @ Jun 16 2017, 10:40 AM) *
QUOTE (Scott @ Jun 15 2017, 02:33 PM) *
Imho, the easy route is to just get the Ford keys and bring the front up an inch or so and be done. It doesn't take much, but you still want a bit of a rake so it's not nose high with a heavier load.

That's probably going to be less costly than changing the rear springs. Plus, you really need the clearance in the back, if you will ever do any towing or offroading. You don't want them any softer either.


Awesome, thanks! I'll have to check out how easy the keys are to do. If it's an easy/quick fix, then I may go that route sooner rather than later.


It is easy, but you should use a torsion bar tool to be safe. Then after you as satisfied with the result, get a front end alignment.


I've seen a few threads mention that you can crank the stock keys. Would this allow for enough to level out the front with the rear or is it really not recommended? I may just end up finding a shop to do it all since time is a big issue for me with my work schedule. I'm constantly traveling for work, so my time home is limited unfortunately.

Thanks again for the info guys, and sorry for all the questions. New to the GM truck world, always done work on cars and a lot of imports but GM is a new venture for me.


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post Jun 20 2017, 08:25 AM
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QUOTE (Johnny--2k @ Jun 20 2017, 07:45 AM) *
QUOTE (Scott @ Jun 16 2017, 02:39 PM) *
QUOTE (Johnny--2k @ Jun 16 2017, 10:40 AM) *
QUOTE (Scott @ Jun 15 2017, 02:33 PM) *
Imho, the easy route is to just get the Ford keys and bring the front up an inch or so and be done. It doesn't take much, but you still want a bit of a rake so it's not nose high with a heavier load.

That's probably going to be less costly than changing the rear springs. Plus, you really need the clearance in the back, if you will ever do any towing or offroading. You don't want them any softer either.


Awesome, thanks! I'll have to check out how easy the keys are to do. If it's an easy/quick fix, then I may go that route sooner rather than later.


It is easy, but you should use a torsion bar tool to be safe. Then after you as satisfied with the result, get a front end alignment.


I've seen a few threads mention that you can crank the stock keys. Would this allow for enough to level out the front with the rear or is it really not recommended? I may just end up finding a shop to do it all since time is a big issue for me with my work schedule. I'm constantly traveling for work, so my time home is limited unfortunately.

Thanks again for the info guys, and sorry for all the questions. New to the GM truck world, always done work on cars and a lot of imports but GM is a new venture for me.


You can absolutely try to use what's left in the stock keys. Just find the keys in the cross member, raise the front wheels so the suspension is unloaded, then turn the bolts to the right the same number of turns. Pretty easy. However, if it's a rust belt truck, you might want to spray some penetrating oil on the key bolts the day before.


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post Jun 20 2017, 06:05 PM
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welcome! nice v btw. I will have one in my stable in the next couple years.


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post Jun 22 2017, 11:47 AM
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QUOTE (Scott @ Jun 20 2017, 09:25 AM) *
You can absolutely try to use what's left in the stock keys. Just find the keys in the cross member, raise the front wheels so the suspension is unloaded, then turn the bolts to the right the same number of turns. Pretty easy. However, if it's a rust belt truck, you might want to spray some penetrating oil on the key bolts the day before.



Gotcha! Thanks!

QUOTE (02burgundybeast @ Jun 20 2017, 07:05 PM) *
welcome! nice v btw. I will have one in my stable in the next couple years.


Thank you!


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post Jun 25 2017, 05:32 PM
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