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    Question 2002 Suburban Suspension Upgrades

    2002 Suburban purchased used with 116K miles.
    Has the G65 manual auto level, also has the ZW7 chasis package, premium smooth ride. I think this means it has the Nivomat self-leveling shocks, no air lines or electrical connections on shocks, no air bags.

    I am considering the Readylift 69-3005 kit. Comes with indexed torsion bar keys, shock extenders, and 1" spacers for the rear coil springs.
    Also looking at he Bilstein 4600 series HD shocks. They recommend repalcing the rear coil springs with their springs #19020, to maintain ride height when replacing the nivomat style shocks with their conventional shocks.

    Current shocks don't seem bad, but you never know how bad the ride is until you improve it.
    My thinking is; if I have to undo the bottom front shock mount to install the leveling kit, I may as well undo the top and replace the shocks now instead of later, since I don't konw the age or brand of the current shocks. Same with the rear, if the spring has to be replaced to switch to conventional shocks, may as well do it now while I have the spring out to put in the spacer.

    Anybody have any experiences with this or a similar combination?
    Any thoughts/recommendations?

    Thanks,
    Don
    Last edited by dmatre; 09-08-2011 at 02:37 PM.

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    Welcome to the club. I've never had or worked on that set up, but your looking at good products, Bilsteins and ReadyLift. I would go with Bilsteins recommendations.
    :cool:

    2005 Chevy Silverado Z71 Crew Cab
    6" Skyjacker lift w/Edlebrock dual front remote resoviour shocks, single rear remote. Rancho skid-plate.
    17" x 9" M/T Classic Lock Wheels, 35" BFG A/T or M/T tires
    4.10 PercisionGears w/factory locker, T/A Performance rear-end cover
    Banks CAI intake, ported throttlebody, JBA coated headers, over-sized Magnaflow cats, Magnaflow cat back exhaust, Diablo tuned
    B&M aluminum deep transmission pan
    Warn brush guard w/Warn 9.5 XP winch, PIAA bulbs, Line-X bedliner, AWS Black tool chest, Extang tonneau cover
    Weather Tech floor mats
    Cover-Craft seat covers
    Dash mat cover
    Formula One window tint
    One black Lab in rear seat.
    :glasses:

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