In this economy, it is getting harder and harder to find budget-friendly ways to make your truck look and perform better. Luckily for us, there are still companies out there that understand this and are making parts that do the trick, without eating a hole in your wallet. We came across this completely stock 2010 Silverado 1500 with a 4.3L V-6 and just the sight of it sent shivers down our backs, the same shivers you get when you hear gears grinding.
To solve this problem, we first contacted Rancho Suspension. They offer a leveling kit called the quickLIFT. Basically, it utilizes the coil spring from the factory strut and replaces the shock with a taller one. We also ordered a new set of Rancho 9000XL shocks for the rear. This combination levels the truck and gives it a better than factory ride, however, doesn’t cost as much as a traditional lift kit. For wheels, we called Black Rhino and had them send out a set of chrome 20x9-inch Serengeti wheels for a clean, yet tough look. We wrapped these with Falken’s new Wild Peak A/T 285/50R20 tires. Since the owner will never take this truck off-road, the Wild Peaks will give the look of a dirt/mud tire, but perform amazing on-road and won’t whine like other agreesive off-road tires. In order to gain back some of the horsepower and gas mileage our V-6 lost to the heavier wheels and tires, we had Gibson install one of their exhaust systems. This will help the engine exhale and sound better. To get more air into the engine, aFe sent us a replacement drop-in air filter. This costs half of what a full intake system costs and can be cleaned instead of having to be replaced. Follow along as we take this factory Silverado and make it a mild-mannered menace.