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  1. General Information
    The Tahoe
    Tahoe 4 Door
    Summit White RPO code: 50U
    LT with all options and then some

    My 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe started its life being born at Janesville Assembly in Janesville, Wisconson

    Tahoe was then bought for $30,464 by an unknown buyer in Monroe CT, but based on what a Chevy dealer told me the original owner(s) bought it as a special purpose service vehicle i.e. police car, EMT fly-car or such.

    Tahoe was then bought by a used car dealer who used it as his personal car for awhile until he broke a rear brake line and decided to sell it.

    I bought the truck in June of 2011 and since I have been trying to fix her up and bring her back to factory specs and condition.

    As of August of 2013 she has 202,000+ miles and over $4,500 have been invested in the truck for repairs, routine, and preventative maintenance.
    Here's the vin look up:


    Navigator back up light
    55 watt driving lights under bumper
    Hopkins 7 blade wiring harness
    Sylvania Silverstar Ultra Headlights Low/High
    Sylvania LEDriving 168/194/2825 licence plate lamps
    Sylvania Silverstar lights all around

    Stock exterior features:
    Tow hooks
    Factory 10,000lb class III/IV receiver (truck is rated for 7000lb)
    Power towing mirrors
    OEM running boards
    Chrome bumpers w/ chrome accented black trim
    Chrome accents everywhere
    Factory deep tinted security glass.
    Patriotic magnets on rear
    GMTC sticker on back window.

    Magnets with stickers for B&M and K&N, then need to find a Procomp sticker
    Needs to be repainted
    New OEM reproduction grill
    OEM reproduction bumpers
    OEM reproduction chrome accented black trim
    Back up cam
    DIY light bar for more aux lights
    DIY tailgate light bar
    NNBS upper reflector mod

    Kenwood radio head unit,
    GM stock premium sound system
    Aftermarket floor mats
    4 tool boxes (electrical box, basic tool box, socket tool box, and electrical tools box.)
    2 tool bags (big bag with specialty tools and small bag with drill and impact wrench)
    Premium power leather seats
    Leather wrapped steering wheel
    Beige/tan interior color.
    Wager heated seat cover
    Sylvania LEDriving 168/194/2825 front map lights and entry lights
    Sylvania Silverstar 194 bulbs in map lights
    Sylvania Longlife 211-2 dome lights
    Sylvania Longlife 194 door courtesy lamps
    My crap..

    Aux switches:
    Momentary on that flashes park lights and dash lights.
    On-Off that switches on back up light when not in reverse
    On-Off-On that controls park lights(up) and aux lights(down)

    Made but not installed:
    10 toggle switch panel for over head blank spot.

    Brake controller
    Better head unit
    Fix damaged leather
    More LEDs
    Gauge pod
    View screen for back up cam

    Radio and driving the car :P
    OBDII monitoring system

    Power train:
    5.7L Vortec V8 with 250 HP and 330 ft lb of torque
    4L60e automatic transmission Rated at 360 ft lb
    New Process 241 electronic shift transfer case (filled with Valvoline Dexron VI)
    G80 rear limited slip diff with 3.42 gears
    American Axle Manufacturing front diff (filled with Valvoline GL-5 oil)
    American Axle Manufacturing rear and front one piece drive shafts.
    Factory aux tranny cooler
    ACDelco PF52 oil filter
    Valvoline SynPOWER oil
    Shepherd Auto Parts 34" OEM radiator
    New AC Delco hoses and thermostat

    105 amp stock style Valuecraft alternator
    Duralast 800cca battery
    Re manufactured ACDelco starter.
    Big Three upgrade using 1/0 AWG KnuKoncept Fleks Kable
    Upgraded over sized fuse leads using 4 AWG KnuKoncept Fleks Kable
    Over sized starter cable using 1/0 AWG KnuKoncept Fleks Kable

    Under hood storage box mods:
    Scosche ANL fuse holder w/ Raptor 150 amp 24K gold fuse
    Bussmann 6 ATC fuse block
    Grote 7 way terminal box w/ easy connect 10AWG ground
    Different colored wire for each power lead

    Full ABS brake system (needs to be fixed)
    Front: AC Delco disks with New aftermarket calipers and AC Delco ceramic pads w/ dust prevention system
    Rear: AC Delco drums and ceramic pads w/ dust prevention system
    New Master brake cylinder.

    Full factory stainless steel exhaust system

    2 B&M 13,000 btu tranny coolers
    B&M remote tranny filter
    B&M cast deep transmission pan
    Autometer tranny temp gauge
    Autometer oil temp gauge
    Dual Procomp 12" aux cooling fans with temp/manual control
    B&M aux remote oil cooler w/ fan
    Power steering cooler
    140 amp AC Delco alternator, DC Power 185 amp alternator or Singer 250 amp alternator
    Goodyear Gatorback belt
    K&N drop in air filter.
    Painted white calipers and drums
    Theres a lot of other things not worth listing.

    Factory Bilstein shocks
    Front is independent torsion bar with sway bar.
    Rear is solid live axle with leaf springs and sway bar.

    Replace factory shocks with new Bilsteins
    Add Roadmaster Active Suspension

    Factory wheels :D w/ New BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A 245/75R16 E tires
    The factory tires were BFGoodrich as you see on the spare.

    Fix or replace factory spare's rim.
    Maybe a TPMS

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  1. #2


    Great looking rig!

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  2. #3


    Minus some places on the hood being down to primer and flaking off yah she does look great.

    1996 Chevy Tahoe LT 5.7L V8 4X4 205,000+ miles. Built proudly at Janesville Assembly in Janesville, Wisconsin
    Basic mods: Lights all over, bunch of electrical work, and a couple cooling mods.

    Check out my other mods in My Garage:

  3. #4


    Added new info and pics

  4. #5


    Re Did my pics so you can see the shocks. Will get a pic of the Bilstein logo on the factory shocks.

  5. #6


    Added tons more info and made it easier to read!

  6. #7


    Updated with the work I did over the summer and pics of the new tires

  7. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    North Plainfield, NJ


    WOW! That is a nice looking truck and I appreciate your mods too! Thanks for the suggestion on the trans replacement (L465e); I haven't done anything yet pending research into everything that I want/need to do. Good luck with yours!
    1997 C1500 Suburban
    "Lady Catherine The Burb"

  8. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by ahager57 View Post
    WOW! That is a nice looking truck and I appreciate your mods too! Thanks for the suggestion on the trans replacement (L465e); I haven't done anything yet pending research into everything that I want/need to do. Good luck with yours!
    Thanks! I plan to upgrade to a 4L65e once my tranny goes which likely won't be for a long time.

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