We always strive to bring our readers the newest and hottest products and trends in the custom truck scene. This means that every time a new truck or SUV hits the streets, we aren’t too far behind modifying it. This time around, we are tearing into the latest SUVs out of Detroit—the Chevy Tahoe in particular.
When we got word that Crown Suspension in Brea, California, had a 2/4-inch lowering kit for the new SUVs, we sourced a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and ordered the required parts. These included the front coils (PN: 351520), rear coils (PN: 371540), and rear shock extenders (PN: 5010000). When they arrived, we pulled the truck into our Eastwood tech center and got to work. No matter how hard the manufacturers work on designs, a new set of larger wheels and tires will always make a new truck or SUV look better. For this Tahoe, we ordered up a set of 24x10 DUB Shot Calla chrome wheels and matched them to Falken’s latest SUV tire: the STZ-05. This combo is the perfect upgrade for our lowered Chevy and really set off the new lowered stance. Follow along to see how we made the new Tahoe look even better in less than an hour.
01. We loaded up the truck with the lowering kit and pulled it into our Eastwood tech center to bring it down to a better height.
02. After getting the truck up on our lift, we pulled the factory rolling stock off. To remove the struts, we simply unbolted the three 15mm studs at the top and removed the two 15mm bolts holding the bottom in.
03. With all five fasteners removed, the strut slid right out from under the truck, which is a big perk of the new body style.
04. Over at our coil spring compressor, swapping the factory coils for the Crown Suspension replacements was a breeze. There was one 18mm bolt that held the coil hat to the shock stem.
05. As you can see in this side-by-side photo, the new coil is slightly shorter than the factory version, but it also has a different spring rate, which will make it compress more under load, bringing the front down 2 inches.
06. To complete the install, we slid the new strut back up into the truck.
07. Using the factory hardware, we tightened everything down and made our way around to the rear of the Tahoe.
08. In order to remove the rear coils, we first had to unbolt the lower eye of the shock. This gave the axle room to droop, taking pressure off the coil.
09. With no pressure on it and with screw jacks supporting the axle, the coil was pulled out to make way for the replacement.
10. To help maintain factory suspension geometry, Crown Suspension includes this shock extender that bolts right to the shock mount and helps keep the shocks from becoming too horizontal.
11. Since the Tahoe had chrome accents on the body, the owner selected these 24-inch DUB Shot Calla wheels (also in chrome) and wrapped them in Falken’s newest street tire, the 305/35R24 Ziex STZ-05. The clean 10-spoke wheel design and high-mileage performance tire is a killer combo that would upgrade any new SUV.