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Old 07-21-2014, 03:33 PM   #1
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GM Trucks Z71, LT, LTZ

On GM trucks, do the different packages change the handling of the trialer and truck. I am looking to get a new truck. Will one of the packages make the ride more enjoyable. My current Z71 is very bumper.
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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LT & LTZ are trim levels. LT is above LS and WT but below LTZ. More chrome and leather. Z71 is an optional appearance and suspension package available on all levels of trim.
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LT and LTZ are trim levels. LT is a step above the WT (work truck) and has more cushy things that come with the package and more options available like leather, sunroof, etc. There is usually a 1LT and a 2LT option package. LTZ is a higher tier for Chevys. It includes everything in the 2LT package and then some. Often with the 2LT and LTZ packages there are ride enhancements. For example in the case of my HHR, its a 2LT which has FE2 sport suspension, not available on the LS or 1LT. In the case of a truck I don't know.

Z71 is an RPO code for the 4WD package. Depending on the year that includes 4WD, the G80 locking rear end, and a skid plate covering the transfer case.

4WD could affect handling but in a full size truck it won't make that much difference really. My '08 Sierra has the Z71 package and rides pretty nice. Keep in mind, they are still trucks. Although the 2014s and 2015 ride better than the previous generation.

The sales brochure has everything you need to know about these packages.

http://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam...-ebrochure.pdf
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The Z71 package is not limited to 4WDs and I don't believe there is a difference in suspension. I recently sold a 2WD 1500 with the Z71 package. It had a locking diff and skid plates. The skids plates were worthless to me but the locking diff came in handy when I got stuck in snow a few times.
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Thank you for the help.
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The Z71 package is not limited to 4WDs and I don't believe there is a difference in suspension. I recently sold a 2WD 1500 with the Z71 package. It had a locking diff and skid plates. The skids plates were worthless to me but the locking diff came in handy when I got stuck in snow a few times.
What year was it? Packages change from year to year. For a long time the Z71 logo on the side of the trucks said "Off Road". They all say 4WD now. So what I'm thinking is that this may have been on an older one and that the package was different back then.
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What year was it? Packages change from year to year. For a long time the Z71 logo on the side of the trucks said "Off Road". They all say 4WD now. So what I'm thinking is that this may have been on an older one and that the package was different back then.
It was a new body style 2007. It had the Z71 stickers but not "off road". I don't see the Z71 as an option when I build a new 1500 2WD on Chevy's site but here is a 2014 2WD Z71. http://www.vernonautogroup.com/web/n...-Texas/1366190
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It was a new body style 2007. It had the Z71 stickers but not "off road". I don't see the Z71 as an option when I build a new 1500 2WD on Chevy's site but here is a 2014 2WD Z71. http://www.vernonautogroup.com/web/n...-Texas/1366190
Most interesting. I looked up my '08 when I got it and the Z71 package included the 4WD. I was just on Chevy's web site and sure enough you can get the Z71 package and no 4WD.
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I believe the Z71 package includes Bilstein Shocks.
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Here are the brochure comments for Z71 for 2012 Silverado.

Once you leave the job in the rearview mirror, there’s no limit to
where your sense of adventure can lead. From climbing mountains
to just kicking up some fun, the available Z71 OFF-ROAD PACKAGE has
what it takes: skid plates to deflect rocks and other debris, 46mm
high-pressure gas-charged shocks, and off-road jounce bumpers
to help level the ride while you clamber over rutted two-tracks and
broken terrain. When one rear wheel loses its grip, our AUTOMATIC
LOCKING REAR DIFFERENTIAL redirects power to the wheel with traction.
AUTOTRAC® even lets you shift into 4WD at any speed. And if you’re
going to have an off-road attitude, you might as well look like it.
The available Z71 APPEARANCE PACKAGE1
boasts a brawny look with a
body-color grille and front bumper, Z71 graphics, bright doorsill plates,
chrome recovery hooks, body-color outside mirrors and door handles,
and foglamps. Factor in 18-inch aluminum wheels and RANCHO® FRONT
AND REAR SHOCKS and you’re ready for what the dirt throws at you.
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