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4x4/Z71, What's the difference really?

4x4/Z71, What's the difference really?

Postby 09JuggaloZ71 [OP] » Nov 09 2012, 4:53am

So I was just curious if anyone could lend some knowledge about these newer trucks, if there really is any difference between a regular 4x4 labeled truck and the Z71's. Some even say just Z71, not Z71 4x4. I bought some Z71 4x4 stickers and stuck them on in place of my original 4x4 stickers so I was considering upgrading to THE "Z71" Rancho 5000 shocks so as to technically BE a Z71, since I see mine already has skid plates, lockers and I've added oem fog lights too.
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Re: 4x4/Z71, What's the difference really?

Postby NWilliams » Nov 09 2012, 2:30pm

The person who buys your truck in the future is going to be really disappointed. You should update your VIN.... :lol:
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4x4/Z71, What's the difference really?

Postby Machster69 » Nov 09 2012, 3:29pm

Well z71 is a package (skid plate, shocks?, STICKERS etc) and does not indicate 4x4. A 2wd can come with a z71 package...
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Re: 4x4/Z71, What's the difference really?

Postby rdmorgan05 » Nov 09 2012, 7:56pm

Mine is a 2WD Z71... On the NNBS there is a Z71 suspension package and a Z71 appearance package that can be added to any 2WD or 4X4 drivetrain truck. Mine has just the suspension package not the appearance package
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Re: 4x4/Z71, What's the difference really?

Postby 09JuggaloZ71 [OP] » Nov 24 2012, 4:58pm

rdmorgan05 wrote:Mine is a 2WD Z71... On the NNBS there is a Z71 suspension package and a Z71 appearance package that can be added to any 2WD or 4X4 drivetrain truck. Mine has just the suspension package not the appearance package


Yours is an 05?(by your s/n I'd assume so) Because I know the current body style silverado/sierra has very few differences mechanically from the predecessor body truck. I've looked at shocks everywhere and come up with the same conclusion, 07-12 have SAME part#, 2wd,4wd,Z71 whatever! ALL 07-12 from W/T 2wd, LS, LT to LTZ Z71's use the SAME friggin shocks.. If we want a different "ride" from a base model 2wd we have to go buy aftermarket shocks. Way to freaking cut corners but still jack up the prices, GovernmentMotors
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Re: 4x4/Z71, What's the difference really?

Postby McFly » Nov 24 2012, 5:34pm

Don't the Z71's come w/ a limited slip differential?
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Re: 4x4/Z71, What's the difference really?

Postby 19trax95 » Nov 24 2012, 5:35pm

McFly wrote:Don't the Z71's come w/ a limited slip differential?

I have a 4x4 that came with the g80 so its not linked to z71.
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Re: 4x4/Z71, What's the difference really?

Postby McFly » Nov 24 2012, 5:38pm

You can get a limited slip in a 4x4 ; but I thought it was part of the Z71 option package. I have my 2nd Z71, both have LS diffs.
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Re: 4x4/Z71, What's the difference really?

Postby 1500VHO » Nov 24 2012, 5:42pm

Hi Jugg,

From the Chevy Web Site:

Suspension Package, Off-Road, includes 1.81" (46 mm) shocks, off-road jounce bumpers, stabilizer bars, (B71) Wheel flares, (NZZ) Skid Plate Package, and Z71 decals on rear quarters (Z71)

(NZZ): Skid Plate Package, includes aluminum front underbody shield starting behind front bumper and running to 1st cross-member, protecting front underbody, oil pan, differential case and transfer case, frame-mounted shields (NZZ)

Gear ratios and tire size "might" also be different. Depends on how it was originally ordered from the factory.

I think that is it. Hope this helped, :D
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