Hello, I have been helped by various posts on this forum for a long time but now joined mainly to ask some questions about upgrading my van.
Here is the scenario; my dad purchased the 2000 Chevy Express Conversion Van new from a dealership back in 2001. We used it as a family vehicle for many years but as us 'kids' grew up and married off, the van was left unused. So I purchased it from my dad and have been fixing it up. Whoever did the conversion was an idiot. They took an Express 1500 and made it into a conversion van that weighs 6,800# empty.
*The front doors are so heavy we had to reweld the hinges because the factory spot welds were peeling off.
*The van had front DRUM brakes which we changed out for a set of Brembo slotted disk brakes.
*Changed rear axle ratio from whatever stock was down to 3:73
*I upgraded the wheels from 15" to 17" and the tire size from 26" to 30.5" (yes the front tires rub sometimes, but it is 10X better in snow and rides better.).
*I replaced the rear leaf springs with 3/4 ton leaf springs and coil-over heavy duty shocks.
*Upgraded the full exhaust system from the manifolds back with 3" pipe and a high flow cat and Thrush muffler.
*Replaced the engine after I was a dumbA$$ and never refilled the coolant with coolant after having to add water due to a leak and the block froze and cracked. The replacement engine was taken from a 1999 Chevy Suburban.
*The transmission was replaced with a Monster Transmission brand 4L60-E rated up to 600hp and tuned for towing (quick firm shifts) and a heavy duty torque converter.
*Replaced all ball-joints and steering bushings.
*New "heavy duty" shocks for front suspension - which didn't change anything like I was hoping.
Anyway, now I want to upgrade the front suspension because it is SO SOFT that the van struggles to ride flat if the road has any bumps in it.
It is 2WD, so no front axle.
1: I want to upgrade the front and rear sway bars, can I just put 3/4-ton or 1-ton sway bars on it? Will they fit?
2: I want to upgrade the front springs and shocks with 3/4 ton springs and shocks. Is this possible?
2b: I would also be happy if anyone new of an air suspension or air-adjustable shocks that might work as well. I can't seem to find anything for front suspension for 2wd Chevy vans or trucks.
Thanks for any help.
I have a 2014 1500 LTZ and was looking to upgrade to something with Apple car play.
I took it to a local shop this week and got my truck back yesterday and I’m disappointed with what they put in, on my drive home unit shut off twice and is laggy. Was a pioneer brand unit. I’m going to be requesting they remove it, Any suggestions what I can swap too? I’d like to retain my factory mic and usb functions as I lost those with the unit they recommended.
I was looking at this not sure on quality though. Thanks!
New member here. Feels great to come back from the "dark side". After owning and loving my 07 Tahoe LT3 and then having a horrible experience with an 09 Tundra, I finally landed in the drivers seat of my lovely 15 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain.
Ive looked through the various options and lurked on the forums for a while and I cant seem to find a solution to my problem that fits my needs. I'm aware of the kicker audio upgrades for the sierra, and custom (or pre-made) enclosures for under the rear seat. Unfortunately since I use my vehicle for work and frequently have expensive audio/visual equipment in the rear of my truck, a rear seat enclosure isn't an option.
While bose is a love hate brand, I had no issues with the stock bose system in my 07 Tahoe. The stereo in my all terrain is decent, but I would love a little low end grunt. I am aware of the dual voice coil nature of the bose sub, if you would even call it one.
Has anyone added the center console bose enclosure to a non-bose truck with the center console? Is it possible?
Hey guys, I want to work on my truck and upgrade it but i dont know what i should do. What are some things you have done to your engine and drive train to enhance performance and add durability?
*I drive a 2014 LTZ 5.3
Good Afternoon fellow 6.2L enthusiasts.
I apologize if this sounds like a commercial or a rant. I just like to share what I've experienced and discovered.
So, I don't know about you, but I've been searching for a way to cram more air into my L86 that won't break the bank. I've done hours upon hours looking for the perfect bolt on's or practices that will help the block breath deeper.
I've learned that swapping intake manifolds are not worth it however, porting makes it one bad ass manifold. (which i've done)
I threw on an AFE CAI and that really helped get the air moving. (momentum GT pro 5R)
Headers and a bigger full exhaust helps get the flow rolling. (I'm rocking TSP 1 7/8 Headers with a 3.5" full exhaust (catted with Cal Cats) and a Flowmaster Pro series Muffler)
Cylinder Heads and a Cam shaft will transform your truck. (going with TSP Heads and a Trick Performance Cam package)
And a basic tune wakes these bad boys up. (local dyno-tuner)
That being said after the above you're looking anywhere between 430-530 HP N/A. Obviously the Cam specs are going to swing that number.
Now, The one thing that I have NOT been able to find is a Larger Throttle body that will fit the L86 Stock Manifold. So I did what most have done and ported that sucker out. The only issue is it will never be larger than 87mm. Until this came along.
FYI slight modification is required to the stock Manifold. You need to shave the base of the Vacuum port as well as the MAP sensor base for the frame to fit. Once that is done you're rocking.
I was able to Port match the TB Bore to the manifold inlet and smooth out the transition. Honestly I can immediately feel the difference. When I get a little bandwidth I will throw on some videos of Cold/warm starts, take offs etc.
If you have any questions feel free to reach out!
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