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Just finished reading all 20 pages of this thread. I am trying to learn and not to be a pain in the arse to anyone. I have lots of questions since buying my 05 ext cab w/5.3L Z71 about a month ago. Only 119,750 miles.

Was hoping to find some info on a couple of things in this thread. Got hints but nothing in depth. If someone can point me to a post or thread discussing the following I'd be very appreciative.

1) Converting rear drum brakes to disc brakes. What year/model trucks will fit mine or do I have to go aftermarket.???

Or should I just replace all the drum brake parts as needed.?

2) OEM stereo has Bose speakers and still sounds like crap. I have a couple of very good amps and a subwoofer that I could use in this truck.

Does the factory head unit have RCA connectors to support the install of my amps or do I have to go with an aftermarket radio? Would like to use stock radio and just be able to bypass the internal amp by hooking up my amps.

3)The truck is tight and clean and runs great. But I think I need new shocks front and rear. Any recommendations on make/model of shocks for this 4x4.?? Just want it comfortable for riding on the bad roads in this part of the country. Not looking to do any serious off-roading at this time.

 

As time goes on I'm sure I'll have more questions but as I said I'm trying to find the answers on my own so as not to be asking repetitive questions on the forum.

Thanks for any and all help Y'all can provide me.

Rick

 

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On 7/14/2019 at 6:18 PM, RivGuy said:

Just finished reading all 20 pages of this thread. I am trying to learn and not to be a pain in the arse to anyone. I have lots of questions since buying my 05 ext cab w/5.3L Z71 about a month ago. Only 119,750 miles.

Was hoping to find some info on a couple of things in this thread. Got hints but nothing in depth. If someone can point me to a post or thread discussing the following I'd be very appreciative.

1) Converting rear drum brakes to disc brakes. What year/model trucks will fit mine or do I have to go aftermarket.???

Or should I just replace all the drum brake parts as needed.?

2) OEM stereo has Bose speakers and still sounds like crap. I have a couple of very good amps and a subwoofer that I could use in this truck.

Does the factory head unit have RCA connectors to support the install of my amps or do I have to go with an aftermarket radio? Would like to use stock radio and just be able to bypass the internal amp by hooking up my amps.

3)The truck is tight and clean and runs great. But I think I need new shocks front and rear. Any recommendations on make/model of shocks for this 4x4.?? Just want it comfortable for riding on the bad roads in this part of the country. Not looking to do any serious off-roading at this time.

 

As time goes on I'm sure I'll have more questions but as I said I'm trying to find the answers on my own so as not to be asking repetitive questions on the forum.

Thanks for any and all help Y'all can provide me.

Rick

 

1. Converting rear to disc is doable, but the easiest way is to find a newer rear axle with discs and swap it in. But mostly not worth it. I got 144,000 miles out of my factory drum brake shoes.

2. The factory radio isn't great and doesn't allow for decent EQ or anything. I went with a Kenwood DDX series head unit; it has L/R output as well as sub connection,  Bluetooth, USB, aux, DVD, camera connections, etc. Went with an adapter harness from Crutchfield and it was plug and play. You will not regret ditching the factory radio.

3. I have Bilstein 5100s front and rear, approx 112,000 miles on them and I like them. Many have 4600's and really like them. There are a lot of good shocks out there. I would check alignment as well, that said, I have had it checked twice on my 2006 and it hasn't needed any adjustments, which is impressive.

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If you do want to swap in a rear axle with disc brakes, make sure it has the right gear ratio, and also that it's the right width, as they come in 3 different widths (DRW, SRW, and DRW cab&chassis).

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On 7/19/2019 at 12:25 AM, davester said:

If you do want to swap in a rear axle with disc brakes, make sure it has the right gear ratio, and also that it's the right width, as they come in 3 different widths (DRW, SRW, and DRW cab&chassis).

The only rear ends worth considering swapping in would be half ton, so they will all be the same width. But do have to check the ratio, as well as change the brake proportioning valve if I remember right. Like I said, not worth it, drums work fine.

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