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About truckmann

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  • Birthday 12/09/1977

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    Tulsa, Oklahoma
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    2014 Silverado LTZ Z71
  1. Bilstein shocks thread

    I don't have any experience with the black shocks since I had the stock Ranchos. The 5100s are night and day better than those. The Ranchos were so bad it actually felt unsafe to drive at times on highway curves. My truck does have 145,000 miles on it, so that may also be a factor, but I saw no signs that the stock shocks were leaking or otherwise bad.
  2. Bilstein shocks thread

    The 5100s will help a bunch. I hated how mine felt like it would hop over bumps in the road. It doesn't do that anymore and feels like it stays planted much better without the jarring bumps. It also feels more stable in turns.
  3. Here are the stock style connectors. https://www.mightymousesolutions.com/product-page/oem-quick-connects?fbclid=IwAR0j0WmYM6hNn0unTkj2wJoqNcbxembYpN2CIBSS_eljsbdz92IlAHDySZA
  4. The seats stay up when folded up still. The detent that holds the lower seat up holds it in place.
  5. I did this. It works fine. Kind of wish I would have cut a little less off than what I did, but not for any good reason other than I don't think I need to cut that much off. It works fine.
  6. Another Bilstein thread

    The rear shocks are longer, but they do not change ride height at all. You'd have to change the rear blocks or springs to do that.
  7. So far the only thing I miss when dropping the factory nav is not being able to see speed limits on the DIC anymore. It's minor just something to note. If I can find a good deal on a 2.5 HMI with factory nav I may upgrade. Oklahoma is terrible at putting speed limit signs up so it was handy to have it available in the DIC.
  8. Bilstein shocks thread

    If you are seeing that S/DShockingBIL5100 part number for $297 I'm not really sure what that is, but it's not what you need. It doesn't have any part numbers for the shocks and the fitment list doesn't make sense. It looks like some kind of universal kit for lifted trucks and I bet it's 4 of the same shock. I don't see a package deal for $360 but if I put the correct front and rear shocks in the cart and use the 5% off code it comes out to $356.60 then there is $32 in sales tax of where I live making the shipped total $388.69 I can get them on Amazon for $358.32 right now. Someone mentioned AJUSA earlier and they are $334.79 shipped with a 2% off code. Doesn't look like they will add on tax.
  9. I got my HMI and radio modules back from @th3magpi3 last week and installed on Friday. Everything is working as expected and it ended up being much cheaper than any other option I could find.
  10. Bilstein shocks thread

    Same here. Did mine in the driveway with jack stands. Used a cheap spring compressor to move springs over. I had to unbolt my top ball joint too since my truck already had the RC spacer on it. It was really pretty easy though.
  11. Another Bilstein thread

    It's a pretty easy job and you won't need any additional parts even to raise the front, but you will need a spring compressor to install them.
  12. Bose Subwoofer replacement!

    No experience with that, but I'd guess it will work fine. Quite a bit more expensive than an LC2i or even an LC7i though.
  13. Bilstein shocks thread

    I already had one that I bought a few years ago like this. http://a.co/d/iDAVVvo The install is complicated a little bit by already having the RC spacer since (if they are installed correctly) the nuts are on the bottom, which means the front axle is in the way to remove the rear bolt. I had to unhook the top ball joint and the steering linkage to be able to get that bolt out. Still wasn't very difficult though just a few extra nuts to remove.
  14. Bilstein shocks thread

    I don't know what's best, but I just put my front 5100s on last night. My truck already had the RC spacers so I left the 5100s at the stock setting and re-used the spacers. I also found I have what looks to be a 1/2" strut spacer on top which I didn't realize wasn't a factory piece until after I put it back together. I haven't measured it, but it's close to level or sometimes looks like the front might be slightly higher than the rear. I actually might have left the top spacer out if I realized it wasn't stock at the time, but it looks fine so I'm just going to leave it for now. I only took it on a short test drive after I got done so far, but it seemed to ride much nicer than the old Ranchos that I took off.
  15. They discontinued the HD radio sometime in 2015. 2014s and early 2015s still had HD radio. I read it was due to reception issues. Then it came back in 2016.

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