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    Default differences in z71

    i have a 1996 silverado350 v8 sportside does anybody know what differs in the z71 to a nomal truck

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    I think I read somewhere that the main difference was the suspension, but I am unsure what other differences there are. I have a 93 z71.

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    my z71 has 4 wheel drive with locking hubs on it...also the stock suspension is different...some z71's have a different gear ratio than other models

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    I know that my Z71 (2002) came with skid plates and a transmission cooler.. along with that I believe it does have a different susp. set up. I also have a tow package but i believe that may come on all 4x4 models...that might help you a little bit
    Justin - Beavercreek,OH

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    The biggest difference is the suspension and badging.
    Z71's have progressive rate springs and badging identifying them as a Z71.
    The gear ratio can be optioned on any GM truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06SCSilverado View Post
    my z71 has 4 wheel drive with locking hubs on it
    Could you please explain what that means?


    Z-71 usually means skid plates, better shocks, goofy sticker
    When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses not zebras.

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    Hey, i like my z71 sticker!! haha. Anyway, you're right, just bilstein shocks and skid plates from what I've read

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06SCSilverado View Post
    my z71 has 4 wheel drive with locking hubs on it...also the stock suspension is different...some z71's have a different gear ratio than other models
    Would really like to hear this.....

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    Cool differences in Z-71

    The Z-71 depending on year has stiffer springs or torsen bars, stiffer and larger gas shocks, lower gear ratios,larger radiator, tranny cooler (from 1-ton truck) skid plates, posi or locker rear end and some years had engine oil cooler and the all important Z-71 decals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2COR517 View Post
    Would really like to hear this.....
    as in your halfway up a hill and can't make it all the way and start to roll back your hubs lock down keeping you from rolling backwards

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