Ground Clearance - Chevrolet Forum - Chevy Enthusiasts Forums

Ground Clearance


  Reply  
Old Guy's Avatar
CF Beginner

Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2

January 24th, 2010, 10:57 AM   #1  
Ground Clearance

I am getting close to retirement and want to get a Silverado. I have seen different ground clearances and want to know what option causes the height of the body to be raised, the Z71 sport package, 4x4? I am a short guy and want as low of a clearance as I can get and I am not interested in the truck being able to leap boulders or climb 60 degree hills, just haul around an ATV, snowmobile, lawn tractor or small fishing boat once in awhile.

 
therewolf's Avatar
Super Moderator

Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 2,395

January 24th, 2010, 11:03 AM   #2  
This all sounds easy enough for a standard Silverado 1500-2WD. Assuming you're talking about a small fishing boat, and not doing much off road driving.

The 4WD model is a little better for you if you occasionally leave the tarmac.
Of course, the trim level and luxury options for any new vehicle are only limited by your preference and budget.

The 2500HD comes with a 2 inch body lift, and is made for daily heavy usage. The much-touted Z71 is an off-road package which includes a special rear-end, shocks, wheels, and a exterior decals. All this may not be right for you.

Just take a step back and look at the vehicle you're considering. If it's got a normal suspension, it should be pretty obvious. Most drivers say get the smallest V8 you can afford, if you're concerned about MPG. Also look into the possibility of getting the new six-speed tranny, but I believe you'd be getting the 342(think highway mileage) rear with that from the factory.


Last edited by therewolf; January 24th, 2010 at 11:12 AM.
 
992door's Avatar
CF Active Member

Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 294
Winterville, NC

January 24th, 2010, 2:03 PM   #3  
The new silverados the 1500 2wd and 4wd are the same height

Posted By: therewolf The 2500HD comes with a 2 inch body lift, and is made for daily heavy usage.
Not true the frame is just taller on them.

 
nauticstar87's Avatar
CF Veteran

Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,842
Danbury Texas

January 24th, 2010, 2:23 PM   #4  
My 07 2500HD sat what felt sorta high, for bout two months then seemed like the front end dropped some. Might just be all in my head, but it feels like it settled. When I park beside a 1500 my truck obviously sits higher, but you can look and see my frame is bigger, and I have bigger springs. It doesn't look like the I have a body lift though, bed is right on the frame.

But for Old Guy, a 1500 2WD Silverado sounds right. If you have the pocketbook a 4WD doesn't hurt but is more expensive to maintain because of the transfer case and front diff, more fluids to change.

 
Old Guy's Avatar
CF Beginner

Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2

January 25th, 2010, 5:12 PM   #5  
Truck Size

Thanks all. I bet the difference in body height is readily seen in the truck type, i.e. 2500 vs 1500. I figure the 1500 will suit me just fine. Now I just need to explore this site to see what kind of problems are typical, if any.

 
s34n's Avatar
CF Veteran

Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,042
sacramento,ca

January 25th, 2010, 5:26 PM   #6  
another site you can look for problems on the silverado is carcomplaints.com put in the yr make and model and give all problems.

 
therewolf's Avatar
Super Moderator

Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 2,395

February 9th, 2010, 3:42 PM   #7  
Oh, TOO TRUE, check the RPO code for the HD trucks and you'll see RPO code

--"HVY"-"Identification 2 INCH BODY RAISE, HD model"-

Furthermore RPO code Z85 states "chassis package: HIGH PAYLOAD, FIRM RIDE"

These RPO CODES are DOCUMENTED GENERAL MOTORS FACTS!

- as to whether the frame on the 3/4 ton pickups is "taller", or it is raised in any other manner over the 1/2 ton bodies, that remains UNPROVEN...


Last edited by therewolf; February 9th, 2010 at 3:48 PM.
 
nauticstar87's Avatar
CF Veteran

Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,842
Danbury Texas

February 9th, 2010, 5:20 PM   #8  
i don't have either one of those codes in my HD.

 
992door's Avatar
CF Active Member

Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 294
Winterville, NC

February 9th, 2010, 9:31 PM   #9  
Posted By: therewolf Oh, TOO TRUE, check the RPO code for the HD trucks and you'll see RPO code

--"HVY"-"Identification 2 INCH BODY RAISE, HD model"-

Furthermore RPO code Z85 states "chassis package: HIGH PAYLOAD, FIRM RIDE"

These RPO CODES are DOCUMENTED GENERAL MOTORS FACTS!

- as to whether the frame on the 3/4 ton pickups is "taller", or it is raised in any other manner over the 1/2 ton bodies, that remains UNPROVEN...
Please show me where that "HVY" RPO code is because i cant find it.

 
gotstylez's Avatar
Super Moderator

Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1,644
ohio

February 9th, 2010, 9:55 PM   #10  
http://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/F-..._fart_.shtml#1 LOL

 
Tags
Search this Thread
Sponsors
Related Topics