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differences in z71

Discussion in 'Chevy C/K Truck Forum' started by uk mac, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. uk mac

    uk mac New Member

    i have a 1996 silverado350 v8 sportside does anybody know what differs in the z71 to a nomal truck
  2. okysmokey911

    okysmokey911 Rockstar 100 Posts

    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.
  3. 06SCSilverado

    06SCSilverado New Member

    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
  4. Z71_usmc_rebel

    Z71_usmc_rebel Rockstar ROTM Winner 100 Posts

    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
  5. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    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.
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Could you please explain what that means?


    Z-71 usually means skid plates, better shocks, goofy sticker
  7. maxpower_454

    maxpower_454 Member

    Hey, i like my z71 sticker!! haha. Anyway, you're right, just bilstein shocks and skid plates from what I've read
  8. 2COR517

    2COR517 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Would really like to hear this.....
  9. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    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.
  10. 06SCSilverado

    06SCSilverado New Member

    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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