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    Akron, OH
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    2018 Silverado 1500 LTZ Crew Cab Max Tow
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  1. I saw a friend of mine put air valves through his license plate years ago, I just copied the idea. The kit only gives you enough nuts to mount the valve through the bumper (1 nut on each side). I ordered an extra set of valves off Amazon so I could have extra nuts, so my license plate is sandwiched between the nut holding the valve on and the outer nut. This way I can take the plate off (for whatever reason) without undoing the valves.
  2. I have only had mine for a few months, but I agree with most of your statements. The major difference is the psi for each load. Do you have the NHT Max Trailering package? Mine does, and it must be the heavier springs. I too run around 10-12 psi unloaded just because it states to have at least 5psi in the instructions and I thought 10 was a good number. Not much difference in ride with my Bilstein 5100's. I too mounted my valves as my license plate bolts. IMG_20180511_180815496 by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr I tow a race car on an open steel trailer. Tongue weight with that is about 600lbs, plus about 800-1000 lbs of fuel, tools, spares, etc in the bed. I only need 30-35psi to level the truck back out (my bilsteins are on the top setting in the front). I also do not have a WD hitch. I dont have the on board compressor either, since I usually have air bottles with me when I am towing the race car. However, if I did have an on board compressor I wouldn't have to carry the air bottles to the track. I dont mind setting the pressure as its just one of those things to check when hooking everything up and preparing to tow. Here is a picture of it leveled back out with all that weight. IMG_20180601_140227534_HDR[1] by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr
  3. How is the ride with the top spacer on the Bilstein's? What setting did you put the snap ring on? So did you get almost 2.5" total lift in the front? This looks good, and I would like a little more lift on mine, but I have heard the Bilstein on the top notch with a spacer rides rough.
  4. What Weight Do You Tow?

    I have not. What region is he from? I tend to do more track events than autocross.
  5. What Weight Do You Tow?

    I have an '18 Max Tow with the 5.3L and 8 speed. I tow my race car on an all steel open trailer with a total weight around 5500lbs. I usually have the bed loaded down with another 1000lbs of spare fuel, tires, tools, etc. This truck doesn't even know it is working most of the time. I live in Ohio so most of the highways are pretty flat, but I have drivin south into some of the hills in Virginia and it did great, never struggled. IMG_20180530_200629018 by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr IMG_20180601_140227534_HDR[1] by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr
  6. Shock Install Questions

    As others mentioned you do need to remove the entire assembly. That video is of an older model where the spring sits inbetween the frame and the control arm. IF you have the proper tools it is no big deal to compress the spring and put it on the new shock assembly. I was not worried one bit during my swap.
  7. Tires

    This is very close but not 100% accurate. Yes the P-metric or Euro metric sizes will all either be SL or XL. Typically no load range is given. LT metric tires have the load ranges you listed. However, the number of plies, or ply rating (8, 10, etc) is from the bias ply days and no radial really needs more than 2 plies to carry the rated load. Because most people still believe more plies are better, some manufacturers include a 3rd ply in their MT or AT tires as a marketing gimmick, but really are not necessary. The extra ply just adds weight and more material to generate heat and possible failures. LT tires use the same type of ply material as the P-metric or passenger applications, but the LT tires usually have heavier belts, thicker gages, and sometimes extra reinforcements. To the OP, Load Index is a better indication of the load the tire is able to carry. LT metric tires in the load range C, D or E will be far more than is needed for a 1/2 ton pickup. With a load index of 113 you will max out the load on the vehicle before you max out what the tires are capable of. Plus, being a P-metric or Euro-metric tire it will be lighter than an LT. This will help with fuel mileage, and will usually be less expensive.
  8. I came from a 2000 3/4 ton that was all stock. Being a 3/4 ton it really wasn't bouncy, but I didnt care for the 4 speed and the lack of power at highway speed. This '18 NHT blows the old 3/4 ton out of the water, and it only got better with the Bilsteins. If you're happy with the truck now no need to change anything, but if the rear bounce starts to bother you upgrading to the 4600 or 5100 will make it better.
  9. The Bilsteins took all of the bounce away. It absorbs the bumps without issue. I tow a 7000lb car/trailer combo and I dont even know it is back there now. Very stable. Airbags will not help with the bouncing, but will help with squat and leveling the load. I also have a set of Firestone Ride Rite air bags on my truck to keep it level when loaded up.
  10. It should be in here also since the shocks control the motion of the truck, loaded or unloaded. The Bilsteins tow far far better than the stock NHT shocks did. The NHT were too bouncy and couldn't handle a load as well.
  11. 2018 Max Tow, Stock wheels and tires, Bilstein 5100 on highest setting (approximately 1.8" lift): Bottom before, top after by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr IMG_20180626_182652411_HDR by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr I still have about 1/2"-3/4" of rake, but I also have air bags in the back to keep it level while towing and loaded up. IMG_20180601_140227534_HDR[1] by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr
  12. I voted for the second option and here is why. I have an '18 NHT Max Tow truck that did not come with Ranchos. My Brother has a '16 Z71 with Ranchos. Having ridden in both trucks stock, the Ranchos are more harsh. You can feel the bumps more and the truck has more movement up and down. My NHT shocks were quite the opposite. Very soft, and bouncy. You dont really feel any bumps, but the truck takes longer to settle out. It keeps bouncing a bit after each bump, a little like they are worn out but not as extreme (I have had this truck since mile 0 and it felt the same). I put Bilstein 5100s on mine with the max lift on the front. The difference is night and day over both Rancho and NHT shocks. The truck feels WAY more controlled. Over bumps the TIRE quickly moves to absorb the bump instead of the truck moving up and down. They feel slightly firmer than the NHT shocks, but not as bone jarring rough as the Ranchos. Plus I got almost a 2" level out of the Bilsteins.
  13. Check out the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo3. It just launched in March but is much improved over the previous Revo2. Much better in wet, wear, and off road. It is comfortable and quiet on the road also. Plus it looks cooler than the Falken or Conti in my opinion.
  14. My '18 Max Tow came with the same tires. Even though they are P-Metric they are capable of handling the load limit of the vehicle, so no worries there. They are a 112 load index which means they can handle 2469 lbs. Assuming you stick to the Max Tow GVWR of 7600lbs, that's only 1900lbs per tire. I just wish I had something that looked more aggressive. I am saving up for some Method's and some A/T tires.
  15. It is 2 coats of VHT Nightshades spray paint, with 3 coats of clear. Then wet sanded and polished. I too did not want to go too dark. You can still see a hint of red through the black, but they do not stand out as much like the bright red lights did on the black truck. This picture was in direct sunlight with the sun to my back, and brake lights on. Still plenty bright. They look even cooler at night! IMG_20180813_134306042_HDR by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr IMG_20180813_134310953_HDR by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr

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