Last month, we showed you how to lower your new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. But maybe that isn’t your style. If you go to the mountains or desert and want meatier tires, then this system is perfect. It comes from Crown Suspension and consists of a front strut spacer (PN: 931330, $100.00) and a rear coil spring spacer (PN: 1628, $50.00). The best part is that it costs $150 and installs in less than an hour. To complement the toughness of the Tahoe, we sourced a set of 20x9 Black Rhino Sierra wheels and wrapped them with 305/55R20 Nitto Trail Grappler rubber. With the parts and Tahoe in hand, we pulled into our Eastwood tech center and got to work adding some flair to this ’Hoe
As you can see, the Tahoe just looks mean with a simple leveling kit and bigger tires.
1. The all-stock Tahoe looked like it belonged in the parking lot of a bank -- not cruising the trails and backroads.
2. After removing the wheels and tires, we unbolted the sway bar from the lower control arm.
3. Next, the top nuts from the strut were removed and set aside. They will be reused later.
4. The two lower bolts were also loosened, and the entire strut was lowered from the vehicle.
5. Over on the workbench, we installed the 3-inch spacer to the top of the strut using the factory hardware.
6. Since the new strut assembly is taller, we had to unbolt the spindle from the upper control arm for reassembly. First, we removed the outer tie-rod end.
7. Next, the upper ball joint was unbolted and pried from the spindle. This gave us the requisite room to squeeze the taller strut assembly into place.
8. The strut was bolted into place using three new nuts, which were included in the kit.
9. The lower bolts were then threaded up to hold the bottom of the strut securely to the lower control arm. We then reassembled the front and moved to the rear.
10. The first step was to remove the lower shock bolt. Then the sway bar was unbolted to give the axle enough droop to install the spacer.
11. Here you can see how the factory coil spring cup sits inside the spacer and the spacer rests on top of the axle. This gives the rear a 1½-inch lift that makes the Tahoe sit even.
12. The sway bar and shocks were reattached and the install was complete.
13. To hold our wheels on, we ordered these lug nuts from Monster Lug. They come in multiple colors and even have different colored caps that can be swapped out.
14.The new-for-2014 Black Rhino wheels and Nitto tires really set off the look of the Tahoe.