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    Cisco
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    Greenville, SC
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    2016 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ

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  1. Anybody have rear airbags??

    I have the 2016 Silverado LTZ and at the beginning of the year I installed the Firestone Ride Rite air bags with the Air lift Wireless air compressor. I went with the Firestone air bags because it mounts in a way that I could still mount a hide away goose neck plate. If I had went with the Ride Rite airbags I couldn't have used a goose neck plate because the side brackets would be in the way of the goose neck brackets. I went with the Air Lift compressor because I liked the features a little better and it didn't hurt that it was less expensive. First off the quick connect fittings that came with the Firestone air bags were made by Parker. Usually Parker makes a good product but these fittings were junk. They would not stop leaking any way you put the air lines. I went and purchased Eaton brass quick connect fittings to replace them and they hold air better. Other than that, there isn't much to say. They are just airbags. Second I want to give my opinion on their operation and use. Again, this is my opinion. I have a lot of experience working with heavy duty air bags on semis, I have no experience with air bags on pickup trucks. I have noticed that when I tow my 22' equipment trailer and it's empty it rides very bouncy when I level the truck. I prefer to let the rear suspension ride about an inch lower than level in order to get a smoother ride. This does not apply when I have a load. When it's loaded I can usually level it and it feels good. Definitely better than without the airbags. It feels planted to the road and gets rid of that small side to side movement that you get under factory suspension. Air bags vs my weight distribution hitch? I feel that the airbags give you a better ride by far than the weight distribution hitch alone. If I had to choose between one, it would be the airbags. If you want the ultimate ride, get both. Third, I would definitely get an on board air compressor. In my opinion it's almost impossible to keep the air regulated otherwise. When I first installed the airbags, the only way I knew they were leaking was because of the frequent air compressor cycling time. I could not hear the leak because the bags were just barely seeping. The Firestone air bags require that you have a minimum of 5 psi at all times, so you don't damage the bags. The Air Lift bags do not have this requirement so you would be OK here, but it is very hard to maintain 5 psi in an air bag without ever having a leak. Just here alone, you would have to check it every day to make sure you were OK. My compressor cycles about twice a week for 5 psi. I guess that means that twice a week the airbags fall below the threshold. Who has time to check them twice a week when the compressor does it for you without you telling it too? Next, if your ride height pressure for your load is lets say 35 psi, it's different based on load, trailer length, weight and terrain. It's very normal that when I'm towing the compressor cycles while I'm towing. Maybe once or twice but the point is how are you going to do that without an on board compressor? All airbag systems leak to some degree. I highly recommend it and it will make your life easier.
  2. 16' Silverado LTZ

    A few pictures of my truck in it's current state!
  3. My 2015 came with Goodyear SR-A and my 2016 came with Goodyear Eagle LS2's and they both did'nt do well in the rain. I needed 4wd to drive on wet grass in the mornings. They are dangerous in the snow even with 4wd. They don't like to stop on snow. I just put BF Goodrich TA KO2's which ride like crap compared to the Goodyears. I feel like i'm in a wagon. They weigh a whole lot more that the goodyears but they have way more traction. It requires plenty more gas to spin them out even in the dirt. I lost about 1 to 2 mpg on my fuel economy rating. When I tow with them, they wander more than the Goodyears. I have TA KO2'S on my 2003 2wd Silverado and in the snow they would outperform my 4wd with Goodyears. The traction issue is probably your tires because I'm in SC and I'm getting the same rain you are. The BF Goodrich tires aren't slipping and sliding but I remember the goodyears were.
  4. Tire Pressure Question

    When i had the factory P275/55 R20 Goodyear Eagle LS2's I would run 32 psi on all 4 tires. I would even tow up to 6,000lbs with that PSI. If I towed more I would probably raise the rear air pressure. 32psi gave me the best traction for a tire that didn't have good traction to begin with. This also gave me a Cadillac ride compared to what I put on it after. According to the tire load index this size tire at 32 psi is rated for 2315 lbs. / 1.10 = 2104 lbs. My truck probably weighs under 6,000 lbs. that gives me roughly 2,000 lbs. payload or tongue weight. To ride around empty that's plenty. I ran these tires at 32 psi for about 11,000 miles when I took them off and I only lost about 2/32nds. They wore evenly and the little bit of traction you could get would be at this pressure. I replaced them with LT275/55 R20 BF Goodrich TA KO2's. According to the tire load index this size tire would be around 45 psi to 50 psi to get equal weight. 45 psi = 2,085 lbs. and 50 = 2,270 lbs. I called BF Goodrich and they recommended I run 55 psi but it is a very bumpy ride. I've only had them on for about a week so I don't know what pressure is going to work the best. If you do go with an LT tire expect to up the air pressure. If you run an LT tire at factory pressure you could potentially ruin the tire especially if you tow. Here is the link for a tire load index https://toyotires-1524598101.netdna-ssl.com/media/1541/application_of_load_inflation_tables_20151020.pdf
  5. Based on the details released the tire would be mounted under the bed like the regular Colorado. The bed installed spare tire holder is an option that is available.
  6. I bought them on Amazon. They are made by Deezee. https://www.amazon.com/Dee-Zee-16321-Running-Board/dp/B003P5YJWW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479757872&sr=8-1&keywords=Dee+Zee+16321+NXt+Running+Board+Step I bought them on Amazon. They are made by Deezee. https://www.amazon.com/Dee-Zee-16321-Running-Board/dp/B003P5YJWW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479757872&sr=8-1&keywords=Dee+Zee+16321+NXt+Running+Board+Step Thank you. I bought them on Amazon. They are made by Deezee. https://www.amazon.com/Dee-Zee-16321-Running-Board/dp/B003P5YJWW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479757872&sr=8-1&keywords=Dee+Zee+16321+NXt+Running+Board+Step
  7. I can't wait to see the midsize off road shootouts! I don't think that the new ZR2 will lose to any truck in it's category. I'm definitely going to consider it as a second truck! Great Job GM!!
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