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Difference between chevy silverado 1500 z71 & z85?

Postby farside1 [OP] » Oct 29 2011, 10:39pm

Could someone please tell me the difference between the z71 designation and and the other 1500 that just has the 4x4 decal on the truck. If someone were to go from the z71 to the other type of truck (i'm sorry I don't know what to call the other one) what would they be giving up or gaining? I have heard that the other one rides better in the city but I don't know if that's true or not. Also if this has been covered before could someone get me the link. I did a search and couldn't find anything. Thanks.
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Re: Difference between chevy silverado 1500 z71 & z85?

Postby ASTE25 » Oct 29 2011, 10:44pm

The Z-71 is basicly a suspension package (stiffer springs, firmer shocks and some extra skid plates.) They also usually (maybe always) come with the G-80 locking rear axle.
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Re: Difference between chevy silverado 1500 z71 & z85?

Postby farside1 [OP] » Oct 29 2011, 10:46pm

Is the locking rear a good thing? Which one tows better?
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Re: Difference between chevy silverado 1500 z71 & z85?

Postby ASTE25 » Oct 29 2011, 10:49pm

Yes, the locking rear end is a good thing. The locker operates as an open rear end until one wheel starts to lose traction, then it locks, sending power to the wheel with traction as well. I would think a Z-71 would tow better because of the stiffer springs.
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Re: Difference between chevy silverado 1500 z71 & z85?

Postby farside1 [OP] » Oct 29 2011, 10:51pm

Thanks!
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Re: Difference between chevy silverado 1500 z71 & z85?

Postby ASTE25 » Oct 29 2011, 11:10pm

Did you get my last PM?
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Re: Difference between chevy silverado 1500 z71 & z85?

Postby farside1 [OP] » Oct 29 2011, 11:24pm

No. Said it had been deleted before it was sent?
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Re: Difference between chevy silverado 1500 z71 & z85?

Postby ASTE25 » Oct 29 2011, 11:26pm

I resent it.
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Re: Difference between chevy silverado 1500 z71 & z85?

Postby cobra19946 » Oct 30 2011, 12:57am

they had the Z85 at the local dealership when i bought my truck. When i asked what the difference was, the dealer said just the suspension and badging. the Z85 is your basic silverado. like ASTE25 said, it is stiffer suspension. if you plan on ever doing a lift kit on your silverado, dont waste the extra 5G on the Z71, you will just be cutting it off anyway.
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Re: Difference between chevy silverado 1500 z71 & z85?

Postby 2011chevy » Oct 30 2011, 1:09am

The Z71® Appearance Package, available on Extended Cab Standard Box and Crew Cab™ Short
Box models, includes body-color front bumper lower and center sections with body-color end
caps, a body-color grille with chrome insert, unique Z71 decals, bright door sill plates, chrome recovery
hooks, body-color outside mirrors and door handles and fog lamps. 18" aluminum
wheels and 18" tires and front and rear Rancho® shocks raise the Z71 performance level even higher.

On LT models, requires Extended or Crew Cab models, Trailering Package and Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package. Tires may be upgraded to on-off road tires. Not available with exterior color Imperial Blue Metallic or Steel Green Metallic.
On LTZ models, requires Extended or Crew Cab models and Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package. Tires may be upgraded to on-off road tires. Not available with exterior color Imperial Blue Metallic or Steel Green Metallic.

In order to choose this feature, you also need to add: Z71® Off-Road Suspension Package18" x 8" aluminum wheelsOn-/off-road blackwall tires -Air cleaner, high-capacity -Recovery hooks, chromeSkid Plate Package
White Diamond Tricoat
Leather Light Titanium/Dark Titanium
20" Chrome Wheels
Goodyear Eagle LS2
6" Oval Step Bars
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