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This thing rides like a pregnant cow!! Long story-short traded my 2001 siverado z-71 in for an 05 mini cooper. Then traded the wifes denali in for an 05 crew-cab silverado 4x4.

 

The handling on this truck is terrible compared to my 01 Z-71. I want to change out the stock shocks and add a rear sway-bar and later add new LT rated tires after the crappy dungflops wear out.

 

Can't find any shocks for the 05' are they the same as the 04'. I'm not brand specific but am willing to pay ~250.

 

If anyone knows the part #s would sure appreciate it.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

P.S. the mini drives like a raped ape and will take corners at 80mph.

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yeah its a 1500 crew. We test drove the HD 1500 crew but it road like a tank and felt heavy even with the 6.0.

 

You would think that if the crew was heavier that GM would compensate by adding stiffer shocks and a sway-bar.

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This thing rides like a pregnant cow!!  ......

The handling on this truck is terrible compared to my 01 Z-71. I want to change out the stock shocks and add a rear sway-bar and later add new LT rated tires after the crappy dungflops wear out.

 

Can't find any shocks for the 05' are they the same as the 04'.  I'm not brand specific but am willing to pay ~250.

 

P.S.  the mini drives like a raped ape and will take corners at 80mph.

 

 

 

 

I know perceptions and handling are subjective, but with my 04 Crew I've never had a better handling Silverado. The weight distribution front/rear makes it way more stable than either my 99 or 01 Ext Cab. Maybe you have a warranty issue, bad shocks, etc. Did you get the Z71 package on the Crew? Even though the shocks are not all that great they are an improvement over the non Z71 package trucks. I agree the OEM tires are pathetic. I didn't know the General was using Dunlops now...I got the Bridgestones. 10000 miles and they are 1/2 worn out (this might be a good thing) I hope you can figure this out. If you can come up with a way for a 5000+ lbs truck to handle like the Cooper then please share. Best of luck...

 

vroten :D

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Well I personally think your truck should ride nice and smooth, but if you arent satisfied then I would recommend some Rancho RS9000x shocks. They are adjustable and you should be able to dial in the ride you want. As far as tires, my OE Bridgestones were gone at 16k....they werent bald but I did not like them. I replaced them with Goodyear Wrangler ATS and couldnt be happier. Keep in mind the price for 17" tires is a bit more than 16".

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This probably wont help you and really doesn't pertain to you but I thought Ide throw it into the mix....

 

I have an 05' WT 1500 ext cab 4wd with a light duty power package and my grand father, brother, and uncle all have 1500 ext cab z71 4wd (04, 03, 03 respectivly). My truck rides ALOT stiffer than theirs and has a taller stance. Thats not to say theirs doesn't handle good or ride nice.. but its definitly alot different. I dont know exactly why mine is so much stoughter than theirs.. i thought the light duty power package was some minor differences and nothing major, so my guess is becuase its a WT (not that I care, I like it).

 

I agree that you would think that GM would stiffen up the crew to compensate for the added weight. But what I have found in the past is shocks, while they do improve ride quality, they dont improve handling quality (leaning in corners) quite as much. It sounds like the suspension needs stiffened up?

 

PS:... I agree, the Rancho 9000 shocks are nice shocks... I had a set on my 79 and those things really could take the hits and keep the tires planted...

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I agree with hiho,I love Goodyear's and don't run anything but.

I traded the factory Bridgestones right away.

I'm getting excellent wear on my AT/S's...11,000 miles and hardly look like there worn at all!

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Thanks for the replies. I noticed that even sitting at a light and having cars go by the truck would sway from the wind generated by passing cars. On the freeway the truck rolls up and down like a huge boat. And going around corners whoa!!! The truck rolls and sways. I actually feel unsafe driving at high speeds (80) on the freeway and going around corners at (60). Never once did I have this feeling in my 01 siverado (even with oem shocks and tires). It always felt planted and handled well.

 

Granted the crew handles bumps really smoothly but I would rather have a stiffer ride with more responsiveness.

 

I had monroe sensatracs and 285 revos on my old truck and it handled great.

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Thanks for the replies. I noticed that even sitting at a light and having cars go by the truck would sway from the wind generated by passing cars.

 

 

 

 

Yea..but your gonna get that with pretty much anything. My ol' 94' single cab weighs significantly less and does that as well. And your crew is a larger truck..and the force of winds is exponential, so it'll act greater on something larger.

 

Have you talked to your dealer about poor handling? Maybe something they can fix?

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I don't mean to be taking turns out of school, but why didn't you test drive the truck before you bought it? Personally, I would expect a totally different ride with that extra bit of overall length and weight compared to an extended cab. Not jumping down your throat over the matter, just curious 'cause you never mentioned it. :D

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The way I read this, you are describing two problems. Ride and handle. It might be as simple as your ride height is too high (torsion bars cranked) which makes it want to plow through the corners and makes the ride much stiffer. It did on my truck. Your alignment could be way out too. Don't forget your tire pressure. Low pressure can make it handle weird.

 

Bill

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Before you take it in for service I would go to your salesman and tell him whats going on and that you would like to test drive a similiar truck. This way you will know whether or not you have a problem. As someone mentioned above, check the tire pressure. Sometimes they do wierd things with the tires (like fill them up to max or deflate them a lot to get the truck to fit) during trucking so you could have really high pressure if the dealer did not check and adjust.

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Thanks for the replies. I noticed that even sitting at a light and having cars go by the truck would sway from the wind generated by passing cars. On the freeway the truck rolls up and down like a huge boat. And going around corners whoa!!! The truck rolls and sways. I actually feel unsafe driving at high speeds (80) on the freeway and going around corners at (60).  Never once did I have this feeling in my 01 siverado (even with oem shocks and tires). It always felt planted and handled well.

 

Granted the crew handles bumps really smoothly but I would rather have a stiffer ride with more responsiveness.

 

I had monroe sensatracs and 285 revos on my old truck and it handled great.

 

 

 

 

 

What you're describing here sounds like a front swaybar link being broke or not connected. I had the long bolt break and the truck felt like it was going to roll completely over going around a turn. You need to talk to your saleperson and have them give the truck a thorough inspection.

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