Thanks, it was the exact look I was going for as well. I have a 1" rear block coming, but not totally sure if I will put it in or not. I need to do some more measuring. I'll put a jack under the rear hitch and raise it that inch and see what it looks like first. From one angle, the front is noticeably higher than the rear, but other angles it looks good. It rides significantly better with the Bilstein 5100's, the difference was instantly noticeable. I believe I have the 4 ply tires? I went with the cheaper, lower load rating if that helps. I wanted 285/60/20, but that meant spending another $4-500 in just the difference from 275 to 285 and couldn't justify it. I saved the tire cost and put it into the Bilstein's.
Had Bilstein 5100's installed in the front and rear. Front set at 2". Swapped out the stock tires for Ridge Grapplers, 275/60/20. Also had a Flowmaster FlowFX Muffler installed. 1" rear block on the way to level out the rear and give it a touch of rake again.
I had my oval Flow FX muffler installed yesterday, 3" inlet/outlet, offset inlet/center outlet, ordered from here: https://realtruck.com/p/flowmaster-flowfx-mufflers/v/chevy/silverado-1500/2020/ Initial thoughts on the 5 mile drive home are as follows: It is quite a bit quieter than I expected. It has a stock/slightly higher sound level than stock with a deeper tone. When you get on it, you can tell something is there, but I can't say that someone that didn't know you put the muffler on (ie: wife/neighbor) would notice. I honestly was expecting a little more noise. It's kind of like the gentleman/dad exhaust vs. the 40 series I had on my truck in high school. Pretty much what I was going for. Just my initial thoughts and opinions may vary from others experiences here.
Got my front Bilstein 5100's installed on my 21' RST Z71 5.3L yesterday. I did the front and the rears both. I did the install for the rear's myself but didn't feel comfortable with doing the fronts. First impressions - Quite noticeable difference/improvement in ride quality over the stock Rancho's. I understand the "more planted" feel that other guys are saying now, but I was confused about what that really meant, but the 5 mile trip home I caught on. I was torn between going with the 1.5" or 2" setting. I went with the 2" setting. Measurements from level cement to top of wheel well before were as follows for stock: Front - Driver 38", Pass 37 7/8" Rear - Driver 39 1/8", Pass 39 1/4". Once swapping the rear shocks for the Bilsteins, the front measurements didn't change, but gained a 1/4" on the rear on each side exactly. I'm thinking that may settle out with time. Measurements after adding the front struts to the 2" groove are as follows: Front - Driver 39 5/8", Pass 39 5/8" Rear - Driver 39 1/8" Pass - 39 1/8". I also had stock size (275/60/20) Ridge Grapplers installed to replace the stock tires. I wanted to go 285/60/20, but the cost increase/difference of over $400 from stock size, I decided not to for that small difference. So on my setup, the 2" groove yielded 1 5/8"-1 3/4" on the front, which I am happy with because I was torn between the 1 1/2" and 2" setting, so in the middle is great. From the measurements, the front is now 1/2" higher than the rear and it does appear to be higher from an eye test. I will be adding a 1" block in the rear to hopefully get it back to at least level or a slight rake to the eye test. Just my initial thoughts. I will post photos over the weekend.
I'm doing the Bilstein front adj. shocks on my 2021 RST z-71 along with Bilstein rear shocks. I'm only looking to raise the front 1.5" and leave the back as is. Any photos of trucks w/a 1" rear block incase I need to go that route incase the front looks too high?
I ended up ordering a set of front & rear Bilstein shocks. They are to be installed next week along with stock size Ridge Grapplers. I'm wondering if I will need a 1" block for the rear or not? I figure I'll see what it ends up at first. Looking forward to it.
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