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Old 07-17-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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2018 Silverado Crew Cab Z71

This is really not an exciting thread but I like to see other's new truck upgrades so why not post. I'm getting old I guess. I got tired of having five vehicles and none I could haul the whole family with or trade with my wife while hers is in for service. So I bought this 2018 Silverado Crew Cab Z71 from Jim Trenary Chevrolet in Union, MO. It's not a fully-loaded LTZ but it has everything I wanted and the price with incentives was good. Here's my upgrade list:
  • Mud guard delete
  • Window tint
  • Bedrug
  • Bed cover
  • GM sub/amp kit
  • Level kit
  • Bilstein shocks
  • BFG K02 tires
  • Leather seat kit
  • GM under bed lighting kit
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Old 07-17-2018, 05:31 PM   #2
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Re: 2018 Silverado Crew Cab Z71

First things first, got the bedrug and bed cover installed. Purchased them both from Autoanything.com with a 20% discount and free shipping promo they were running...paid $327 for the bedrug and $229 for the American Tonneau soft roll-up cover. This is my second of the same tonneau and it's perfect for my needs, nice quality as well.
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Old 07-17-2018, 05:41 PM   #3
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Re: 2018 Silverado Crew Cab Z71

Got the mud guards deleted, and sent them to a new home with another forum member. This mod was not painless, because there are small factory plastic trim pieces on all four corners that are removed and thrown away at the dealership. I had to re-purchase those pieces, plus the original factory fasteners from the dealership to the tune of about $140. But it looks much better for my taste.
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Old 07-17-2018, 05:44 PM   #4
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Re: 2018 Silverado Crew Cab Z71

Here she is sitting with the family daily drivers.
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Old 07-17-2018, 06:10 PM   #5
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Re: 2018 Silverado Crew Cab Z71

Tackled the audio upgrade. This is a factory integrated kit made by Kicker, also sold as a GM part. It includes wiring, sub, and digital signal processor all plug-and-play. The sub enclosure is under the passenger rear seat. The reviews in a long thread on www.gm-trucks.com were overall positive. I like retaining the factory components. The install was kind of a pain. Basically, you route power wiring from the battery, through the firewall. And wiring from the factory radio module to the kick panel area. And wiring from the sub up to the kick panel area. All of the connectors are provided. The painful part was accessing the firewall grommet which is behind the fuse panel. I had a helper who worked on that while I installed the rest. He ended up removing the fuse panel to get a clear shot through the grommet and make connections.

The verdict? Much better than factory, or factory Bose. It hits pretty hard for a single 10" and the range is increased throughout the factory speakers. It has little to no distortion. I'm not really an audiophile but IMO this thing really jams now. Just exactly what I was hoping for. These are stock photos from Kicker.
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:38 PM   #6
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Now it looks like the factory Z71 offroad truck I think they should build. BFG 275/70/18, Bilstein 5100's front and rear w/ .5" strut spacer on top, 1" over rear blocks, 1.75" hub adapter/spacers. Ride is very nice! I'm almost "done" with the list I have. Still need leather seats, bed lighting kit and centennial bowties.
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:02 AM   #7
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Re: 2018 Silverado Crew Cab Z71

Looks good. I have a 2015 LTZ 2WD and am planning on doing the leveling kit to bring up the front and go with 285's, hopefully. Thanks for the info on the sub, this is also something I want to do next. I took off my mud flaps as well. When I do my leveling kit and tires I will probably get rid of the front air dam. I like the way it looks and gives it a higher "lifted" look. I like my factory chrome rims but I am also really considering going with 18" rims so I can get some more meat and have a more comfortable ride.
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Old 11-30-2018, 03:54 PM   #8
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Re: 2018 Silverado Crew Cab Z71

Needed storage in the bed, this Swing Case by Undercover is handy and very well engineered. I recommend it for anyone looking for a solution besides a big box.
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Old 11-30-2018, 04:55 PM   #9
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Re: 2018 Silverado Crew Cab Z71

That is a good looking truck
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:52 PM   #10
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Thank you, it has really grown on me and I'm in love with the color. I think I'll have her a long time.
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Old 12-12-2018, 08:49 AM   #11
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Re: 2018 Silverado Crew Cab Z71

Truck looks great. Thanks for posting. Can you detail the components of the leveling lift? I’m to take delivery of a 2019 z71 Suburban in the next few days and am interested in at least leveling the front rake.
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