From The Driver Seat
The tire-bed gap at the rear of the truck was pretty large on the new truck, and the McGaughy's 2/4 drop put an end to that. Ride quality decreased initially, as the rear suspension only had about an inch before the truck was riding on the bumpstops. The factory bumpstops are a dense foam, and are about four inches long, so we trimmed an inch off the bottom to give more room for the suspension to cycle. There's still a large margin of safety, as there's no way the tires are going to rub with three inches of bumpstop left. We could have gone with a much shorter polyurethane bumpstop, and that's still an option in the future. Our chosen wheel and tire package complements the chrome bumper, grille, and emblems better than the factory machined aluminum, and the Nitto NT420S performance tires add some much-appreciated grip. The installed Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors (TPMS) needed to be synced with the truck through a process of releasing and adding pressure, or you can have your dealer do the same. Our favorite part of the install was the sound of the 5.3L V-8 after the True Flow intake and MBRP exhaust. We drove with just the intake installed for a day and really liked the added rumble that kicked in at about 1,900-rpm under load, and at any rpm under WOT. When the truck was at part throttle, like when maintaining speed on the highway, the truck seemed as quiet as ever. Bolting on the MBRP exhaust only added to the great sounds, but it was noticeable at idle while outside the truck. Inside the truck at cruising speeds, the truck sounded quiet and tame, but mash on the throttle and the intake and exhaust let the V-8 be heard.