Factory "Rancho" Tenneco Shocks Love 'Em or Hate 'Em/Upgraded
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1. For Members with Factory Rancho shocks on your K2, Do you still have them and Like/Love them or Have you ditched and upgraded to New Shocks?
Love My Factory Rancho's, or they still seem to Work/Feel Good25
Ditched them In Favor of Something Better or Because of Mileage or Failure27
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!
Hope you guys are doing well!
Found a lovely deal for a chevy 2016 - LT Z71 - V5.3
This is my first truck and looking to lift it. found a good price for Rough Country lift kit - 3.5 inch
BILSTEIN 5100: https://psp.ae/product/bilstein-performance-shocks-15/
Rough Country KIT: https://www.roughcountry.com/gm-suspension-lift-kit-275-8.html
Many people been complaining about how cheap the rough country shocks are, so I was thinking is it possible to install Bilstein 5100 shocks kit on this kit? or would they not fit into these?
This way I would lift the truck + level it + have some what better shocks
I thought about selling the Rough Country shocks instead
Your thought and experience are much appreciated!
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