5100's are the best struts for the money. But not sure most who want a level want a "Bilstein 5100 ride." They are off-road oriented shocks. Compared to the Ranchos they will give you an much "stiffer" & "planted" ride. If you are looking for a "better ride." You should define what "better" looks like for your vehiicle. The stock Ranchos are absolute garbage but are on the "extremely soft" side of struts. Another EXTREMELY IMPORTANT factor of the equation is what springs are you running. The stock springs are EXTREMELY soft. Aftermarket springs are going to give you that firm, planted feel, with less travel off-road. It all depends on what you are going to do/want. For all intents and purposes the "soft" suspension is what 80% of people want and are ultimately disappointed when they install an "off-road suspension." FWIW if you want to actually upgrade your suspension you should replace: Front Struts Springs Extended End Links Rear Shocks Upper Control Arms
Gonna be somewhere in between. Spring rate is more important than the strut in relation to softness. If you do any serious off-roading that obviously would not be a great setup, but if it's 98% on pavement, and you are just looking for a couple extra inches, you are probably going to be satisfied. But like anything it's a give and take. You are also going to change the geometry of your CV axles, ball joints, tie rods, etc. If you are going to stick them at 2.5 I'd also recommend that you run aftermarket UCA's and extended end links to keep it tight. If it were me, I'd go for something like this: https://www.alligatorperformance.com/cognito-210-p0874-3-inch-performance-ball-joint-leveling-kit-with-fox-ps-coilover-2-0-ifp-for-19-20-silverado-sierra-1500/?gclid=CjwKCAiAm-2BBhANEiwAe7eyFPjcTn21I1lrM3lRhd151ogEz_hdf3AzTEnz3F3mnPEEg90pNfvDnBoC8ygQAvD_BwE 5100's are the best budget set of struts & shocks IMO. However, if you are going to spend $500 on shocks and another $300 on labor, you might as well do it right and replace the coils and add UCA's hence why I'd go for something like the Fox lift I posted above. But your line of thinking is correct and you are actually improving your vehicle unlike 99% of the morons on here installing Rough Country components and bolting on straight garbage to get a couple extra inches on their 60k vehicles. 2.5 - 3" is the sweet spot for sure. Whatever you do make sure you get it aligned after you do it. Again to spell it out for future reference: Front Struts Coil Springs UCA's Extended End Links Rear Shocks Optional: +1 leaf spring in the rear if you want to keep the rake Will give you a proper 2.5-3in lift in the front and a proper 1-2in lift in the rear. But like I said whatever you do, get ready to change some CV Axles, Ball Joints, etc.
Depends on what coils you run with them just as much as the struts themselves.
Yeah, I have zero clue why Chevy has gone in the direction they have. They think it looks futuristic or something but the front ends on most of the new Silverado's & Tahoe's are laughably soft and awkward looking. It's like they are trying to pander to the pocket protector wearing grandpa demographic. GMC $hits all over Chevy in regards to the Yukon & Denali half tons this generation. Part of the problem is that they made the half tons a lot larger and roomier and with the short box like everyone on here has, the proportions are so off. Look frickin terrible. Chevy has the most loyal customer base in the history of mankind. People would still buy them irrespective of how they look based on that badge on the front. It is what it is. GMC's are the best looking of all the trucks this go around and it ain't really close. I'd buy a Ford before I bought a Chevy though this gen (actually I would just buy an older vehicle or an SUV) and the RAM's look the worst of that group but sell the best. Again, what people base their decision off of going to be different for everyone. Yukons look fire this go round FWIW... Isn't this a GM truck forum, to talk about GM trucks? Just because somebody interrupted youlls circle jerk doesn't mean he's wrong. I tried telling people a while back how soft and goofy the CCSB looks and got hit with similar reception. What's funny to me is that if you just spent 50K on something, wouldn't you be pretty assured with what you bought before you bought it? Seems like a lot of folks on here had no clue with what they were buying and get uber insecure when anyone has a differing opinion. In life there are plenty of people who are jealous of what others have and are just low life haters. In life there are also plenty of sheep who have never had a thought of their own and just want the flavor of the month. They seem to be tissue paper soft when that flavor is questioned...
Had a car seat in mine plenty of times. Seems pretty easy to buy a different type of seat. And the difference between a standard/regular box and a short box is the difference in fitting surfboards, fishing poles, dirt bikes, motorcycles, and most importantly yourself, in the back of your truck. Now if you simply use your truck as a mall crawler and grocery getter no doubt, the extra space in the cab is going to be more beneficial, but for everyone else, that 16" of space is the difference between having too short a bed and something that is basically a custom fit. And that is not even touching on the proportions of the truck and how a short box looks goofy AF and how a standard/regular box was the reason that trucks became so popular in the first place. But ill leave that one alone as the natives on here get a little butthurt when you go down that road. The simple truth is, if you are driving a CCSB you would be infinitely better off with a full size SUV and you are a poser only driving a truck for the "status." But again, I digress.
`19 DC SLT here, you're preaching to the choir brother. Been trying to educate the masses around here for a while now but the sad truth is, most people are uninformed. Plenty of people who never give it a second thought, don't really even know they have the option. Seems like GM is ready to totally do away with DC's entirely for this very reason. The simple truth is trucks are far too fashionably popular nowadays and the average consumer isn't worried about a foot and a half here or a foot and a half there, they simply want the status symbol. Nothing more utilitarian being built these days vehicle wise than a 4wd half ton DC with a removable camper shell. Literally the best of all worlds. If you don't have 4 grown adults in your vehicle a majority of the time, there is zero rationale for not owning a double cab.
What looks better? Or what is going to hold up better? Vinyl wrap is going to look OEM if done right. But it won't hold up forever. Rock chips, scratches etc. I don't know where you drive your vehicle and the grille is a lot less prone to rock chips than say a bumper, but it's super annoying when you get a rock chip or two in whatever you are wrapping as they only get worse until you wrap them again... That grill cover is definitely going to hold up better but it also is not going to look factory. From a distance I'm sure it looks fine but if someone gets up close to it, it's going to look like you put a cover on your grill. I'm not trying to deter you from doing either, and if it were me I'd by the wrap for pennies on the dollar and learn to do it myself (you can give it a go for $30 or less if you wanted to. All it is is wrap, a squeegee and a heat gun/hair dryer. Watch a couple YouTube videos, something like a grille is really easy...
Duratracs are arguably the GOAT All-Terrain tire. I think most people: 1) Can't afford another set of duratracs 2) Want a bigger tire than what come on a TB 3) Put aftermarket rims on that don't have the same radius as their Duratracs But no mistake, Duratracs are a really nice tire. The only other tire I would consider running is a Nitto Ridge Grappler as they are much lighter and just as quality and aggressive looking.
This... is not a better interior than this... When you factor in the Tundra also has a navigation and entertainment system that runs like it is from 2003 and cheap plastic all over it's not even close. That is not even touching on the dinosaur engine or the exterior styling. Trust and believe I went to the Toyota dealership wanting and ready to buy a full sized Toyota based on how much I enjoyed my 4Runner for the past 13 years, but when it comes down to I couldn't do it not to mention your money goes a lot farther elsewhere. I walked across the street and walked out the door with a fully loaded SLT for 42,500, I would have a hard time getting into a fully loaded TRD Pro Tacoma for that kind of money. Point remains that Toyota's aren't as bulletproof as their fanboys would like to think, and I'm not going to sacrifice every other aspect of the vehicle for that one iota of difference in reliability. But make no mistake... that that LT interior looks like utter dog$hit. In fact, that might be one of the ugliest interiors I have ever seen lol. I would be hard pressed for anyone to find a worse interior in any vehicle lol. We definitely agree on that...
As you stated, most of the time anything that is going to go wrong with the car will pop up while it is under warranty and it is on the dealership to get the kinks out. No doubt. Not suggesting anyone work on a vehicle under warranty, but there are few things that you can't fix yourself while it is out of warranty. I don't drive a Chevy as I fully agree that this gen of Chevy also is ugly AF albeit nowhere close to as bad as the Tundra which is why I bought a GMC. If you prefer the Tundra interior over a GM interior, it's only because you drive an LT. Hell an LT doesn't even have a center console that goes to the dash. Not sure what to tell you other than I would never buy an LT either. I totally agree that a LT's interior is total garbage lol and that I'm not a big fan of the new Chevy frontend, especially the LT lol. Between an SLT or Denali and the Tundra Platinum or TRD Pro it's no comparison. I'd drive a Ram or a Ford before I bought a Tundra.
As someone who exclusively owned Toyotas for the past two decades, this is a myth. What makes Toyota's better than everyone else is their simplicity in their engineering. Everything is easier to fix. But that doesn't mean that it won't break. They do have rock solid tranny's in their mid size platforms i.e. 4runner & Tacoma but beyond that they aren't going to be as maintaince free as everyone likes to think. On my 4runner I blew an alternator, broke all four power door locks, blew up an A/C compressor and obliterated all the OEM suspension i.e. ball joints, cv axels, etc. (albeit I did have a lift on it). I went to the dealership after I totaled my last Toyota looking to buy a full-size platform but the fact is, the Tundra's are ugly AF and aren't built as solid as the 4Runner, LandCruisers & Tacomas and a LandCruiser is pushing six figures. In the end sure those vehicles that I just mentioned are going to be a slight step up in reliability and easier to fix due to the superior engineering, but it's not enough to make a rational person choose a Toyota over a GMC. My dad has had his 96' Chevy for going on 25 years now and with proper maintenance it is still a creampuff. You are going to have to replace the suspension on any vehicle every 75k miles and beyond that all the half tons on the market are built pretty solid although not sure I'd trust the electrical engineering on a Ram. IMO I'd suggest learning how to fix & detail your truck yourself, putting on a truly quality aftermarket suspension after your 3yr/36k mile warranty is null and void and doing as much preventative maintaince as you can within reason and you will get a solid 12-15 years/150-200k miles out of any vehicle built in todays day and age.
I'm right there with you for the most part as your thought process was almost identical to mine albeit I wasn't coming from a 3/4 ton. However I opted for the SLT over the AT4 because as you have highlighted the "features" on the AT4 are trash things that can be done much better aftermarket. Couple thoughts. The 5.3 gets closer to 16/17 city which is actually pretty good and I drive with a lead foot. The suspension and wheels and tires is an easy aftermarket fix and you can easily put a better suspension than either the Raptor or TRX has for a fraction of the cost. 5-7k for coilovers, UCA's, wheels/tires and rear deaver leafs. And lastly, just supercharge your 5.3. That's an easy 250hp. All the TRX or Raptor is is a base truck with a good suspension and supercharger. I'd argue that the Raptors are extremely overpriced as they are too much in demand and I'd never by a Chrysler no matter how they try to brand it, and especially not the first year of an entirely new platform. Sounds like you should drop about 10-15k into your T1 and you'd have something that is superior to a Raptor or TRX in every way. Yeah it's closer to 16-17 but I agree, costs $50 at the pump, tops.
It's the same reason the SLT costs more than an SLE. Styling and bells and whistles. I found a loaded SLT with 1,500 miles on it for 42,500 OTD so I drive a SLT. But I can also call a spade a spade and agree that the Denali is the better looking truck. When I bought my truck you could find a Denali for under 60k but I couldn't justify 17.5k for Amp research steps, HUD, slightly better gauge cluster and a slightly nicer grill so I didn't. In all actuality if the Denali was only 8k more, I would be driving a Denali. The better question is how does an AT4 cost more than a SLT? And how does Chevy even sell half tons this generation? A loaded SLT is the second nicest truck on the road right now, but there is no doubt that the Denali is slightly nicer. And 8k is what $75 a month difference on a car payment? Not that big a difference in the grand scheme of things.
There's a wrap out there that would work. Not saying it's a perfect absolute match but there is something that is 99.8% exact that nobody would take a second glance at. Wrapping is the way to go but unless you do it yourself and buy the wrap in bulk you might just be better off selling the chrome parts and buying color matched ones. Personally, I think the chrome bumpers look great where as the painted ones look cheap. However, the mirror covers and door handles look cheap in chrome...
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