Fabtech 6-Inch With 4-Inch-Diameter Coilovers
The Chevy 1/2-ton truck is as American as apple pie, and making room under your 1/2-ton Bow Tie for bigger tires has been a staple dietary requirement since Chevy trucks first hit the dirt. With the latest Chevy trucks there is a coilover-shock front independent suspension and a supple set of rear leaves out back, making the Silverado one of the nicest-riding trucks on the road today. But when you decide to upgrade for bigger tires, it's important to install a suspension that doesn't give up those sweet ride characteristics. We recently upgraded an '07 Chevy with Fabtech's 6-inch suspension kit and its massive 4-inch-diameter Dirt Logic coilover front shock and were delightfully impressed with the performance of the truck. The suspension didn't take incredibly long to install either. We're not sure if most new 1/2-ton truck owners are looking to make their trucks into extreme wheeling rigs, but this kit definitely offers some smart details that should help when running moderate off-road trails.
Getting behind the wheel of the Fabtech 1500 Silverado was the only way to really see what those big shocks and new altitude were all about, so we headed out for some dirt and street testing and found the truck still rode excellently. Whether bashing though rutted dirt berms or speeding over speed bumps, the suspension seemed to soak up abuse. We always felt in control and there was little if any body roll. One issue we did notice was some funny noises, though we assume most of it is the valving in the massive Dirt Logic coilover shocks. There was some creaking that we heard when driving up onto a curb and into a parking spot which was odd, but could have been anything from the frame twisting to the new spring add-a-leaves seating. As with any newly install suspension it's a good idea to go over all the mounting hardware after your first hundred miles and make sure it's all tight, and this is probably what the truck needed. All in all the bigger 1/2-ton still rode well, had no tire rub, and took a good beating off road. If you're looking for a kit to give your Silverado some lift yet still want it to handle some basic trail abuse then the Fabtech kit might be right for you.