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02-02-2011, 02:34 PM #1
Upgrade To New Struts With Ccm Level, plz help!
I have an '08 NNBS Silv which currently has the CCM 2.5'' lvl kit and 33'' tires (285-70-17)
I have been very happy with the set-up and height so far. After having put almost 25,000 miles on my truck while running this set-up, I am considering upgrading my front end suspension set-up. I am happy with the current height (2.5'' lift), but was wondering what my options were as far as potentially improving my front end suspension performance.
Some of the options I am considering are:
-Upgrading to bilstein shocks?
-Replacing the strut towers themselves?
I am very open to suggestions and would appreciate any advice you can give me!
Mike08 Silverado LT 4x4 5.3L V8 Granite Blue
K&N 63 Series | MBRB XP Cool Duals | CCM 2.5'' Leveling Kit | Pro Seat Covers 2 Tone |
Blacked Out Tails + Front Badge | 6000k HID Conversion Kit | 10'' Fi Sub w/ custom box |
02-02-2011, 02:53 PM #2
If you are going to replace the front shock/strut with a adjustable type you can not go any higher with the lift because the shock/strut will hit the upper control arm. If you look at ReadyLifts 4" kit they include a new upper control arm to clear the shock/strut. If you add the Bilstein adjustable shock and adjust to the stock length than you should be fine.
02-02-2011, 09:42 PM #3
Ok thanks for reply,
So you basically have to get a full lift-kit (4''+) if you want to go higher than 2.5'' with a leveling kit?
02-02-2011, 09:45 PM #4
You definately don't want to go any higher than where your're at. If you get bilsteins, set them at zero or just get direct replacements that aren't adjustable.
02-02-2011, 10:01 PM #5
Yeah, Bilstein has several different product lines that are not made specifically for leveling. Check out something other than the 5100s.
02-02-2011, 10:22 PM #6
I have read that leveling kits can lead to the pre-mature death of your ball-joints. Like I said I have over 40,000 miles on my truck now, and have had the kit for two years+.
Was just wondering, are there any signs to look for to know if ball joints are going to be going out soon?
Also, @ how many miles is it suggested that you replace the stock shocks on NNBS? Any other suspension components?
02-03-2011, 02:48 PM #7
I would change the stock shocks at 30,000 miles. They go bad slowly so you don't notice until you put the new shocks on. I have over 86,000 miles on my 6" lifted '05 Z-71 and it still has the factory balljoints. Just keep them GREASED. I grease mine every 3,000-4,000 miles.
02-03-2011, 04:18 PM #8David
2004 Silverado 2500 Crew Cab 4x4, AMSOIL EA air filter, Granatelli MAF sensor, Throttle body spacer, Magnaflow exhaust (true dual to 2 in 1 out muffler), 6" ProComp lift (add a leaf and 5" superlift rear block), Bilstein shocks, 35's (Cooper Disoverer ST) and 4.10 gears, Rhino Liner, EGRUSA fender Flares and widow visors, extended stainless steel brake lines, firestone airbags w/onboard air compressor, Pioneer Avic X940BT navigation, Accel backup camera.
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