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Old 05-07-2003, 06:42 PM   #1
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Z71 or Z85?

I just bought a 2001 Silverado last week. I did a carfax and had a Chevy dealer get me a print out on the warranty. Everything looked good and the price was fair so its sitting in my garage now. I also got a print out on all the options and checked it against the glovebox door. Problem is its printed in Chevyspeak and I don't know what half that stuff means. Does anybody know where I can get a break down on what all that alphabet soup means in English? The truck has 4 wheel drive but has the Z85 touring supension instead of the Z71 off road package. I asked the service manager what the differance was and he said he wasn't sure. Not much help there so I thought I'd ask you guys.


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Source: http://www.gm-trucks.com/RPO_2001.shtml

The following is a list of all 2001 Regular Production Options (RPOs)...
RPO Description

AC7 Pipe Fuel Tank Fill Vent-Unrestricted
AE7 Seat FRT Split, Driver, PASS
AG1 Adjuster FRT ST Power, Multi-Directional, Driver
AG2 Adjuster PASS ST Power, Multi-Directional
AJ1 Windows Deep Tint, All Except W/S and DRS
AL4 Seat RR BKT
AM7 Rear Seat Folding
ANJ Window Tinted Export Complaint, Non-Deep
AN3 Seat FRT, Individual (Non BKT)
AS3 Rear Seat +Suburban/Utility
AT5 Seat Rear CTR, Folding
AU0 Remote Function Actuation - Keyless Entry (Domestic)
AU3 Lock Control Side Door, Electric
AU8 Remote Function Actuation, Specific Frequency
AX4 Restraint Conversion Seat, MAN, European
A04 Windshield Tinted, Less Upper Shadeband
A31 Window Power Operated, All Doors
A95 Seat FRT BKT, High Back, Driver and PASS RECL
BAG Parts Package Export
BA5 Ornamentation EXTR, Custom
BG9 Covering Floor Rubber
BPH Appearance Package Chevrolet "Off Road"
BS1 Insulation Acoustical Package
BVE Steps Runningboard, Side
BVF Steps Runningboard, Side, Color Keyed
BW1 Ornamentation Exterior, Rear End
BW2 Molding B/S Deluxe
B30 Floor Covering Carpet
B32 Covering Front Floor Mats, AUX
B33 Covering Rear Floor Mats, AUX
B35 Covering Rear Floor Mats , Carpeted Insert
B37 Covering Floor Mat, Front and Rear, Aux
B39 Covering Floor Carpet, Load Floor
B58 Covering Floor MAT, FRT and RR, Carpeted Insert
B71 Wheel Opening Flares
B85 Molding - Body Side , Exterior, Bright
B96 Molding Wheel Opening
CF5 Roof Sun Glass, Sliding, Electric
C25 Wiper System Rear Window, Intermittent
C36 Heater Auxiliary
C49 Defogger Rear Window, Electric
C5F GVW Rating 8, 500 LBS
C5H GVW Rating 6, 900 LBS
C5M GVW Rating 6, 100 LBS
C5U GVW Rating 6, 800 LBS
C5W GVW Rating 7, 000 LBS
C5Z GVW Rating 7, 200 LBS
C6P GVW Rating 8, 600 LBS/3, 900 KG
C6W GVW Rating 9, 200 LBS
C60 HVAC System Air Conditioner FRT, MAN Controls
C68 HVAC System Air Conditioner FRT, Auto, Electronic Controls
C69 HVAC System Rear Air Conditioner
C7H GVW Rating 6, 400 LBS/2, 900 KG
C7K GVW Rating 6, 500 LBS
C7L GVW Rating 12, 000 LBS
C7W GVW Rating 11, 400 LBS
C85 Lamp Fog, Suppress When Headlamps On
C86 Manual Trans, Shift Indicatior Lamp, Tell-Tale, Suppression
DE2 Mirror, O/S LH and RH, Manual Control, Folding, Color
DF2 Mirror, O/S LH and RH, Wide Load, Folding, Stainless Steel
DF5 Mirror, I/S R/V LT Sensitive, Compass, O/S Temp Display
DG5 Mirror, O/S LH and RH, Wide Load, Large
DH2 Mirrorn I/S Front Van LH and RH, Illuminated, with Dual Sunshade
DK2 Mirror, O/S LH and RH, Remote Control, Electric, Heated, Color
DK6 Interior Roof Console
DK7 Interior Roof Console, Custom
DK8 Console Roof Interior, Deluxe
DL8 Mirror, O/S LH and RH, Remote Control, Electric, Heated
DP1 Mirror Provisions Convex Glass
DR2 Mirror O/S LH and RH, Remote Control, Electric, Heated Light Sensitive, Manual, Folding, Color
D07 Console Front Compartment, Floor, Custom
D44 Mirror O/S Color
D48 Mirror O/S LH and RH, Remote Control, Electric, Color
D55 Console Front Component, Floor
EQ9 Equipment Underride Protection
E37 Pickup Box Inner Dark Composite
E52 Body Equipment One-Piece Lift Gate With Lift Glass
E62 Body Equipment Step Side, PUBX
E63 Fleetside/Wideside Pickup Box (6 1/2 Foot and 8 Foot)
E95 Conver Tonneau, Rear Component
FW1 Manual Electric Control, Ride and Handling
F60 Spring Front Heavy Duty
GTY Axle Wide Track
GT4 Axle Rear 3.73 Ratio (DUP With 5 x 1)
GT5 Axle Rear 4.10 Ratio (DUP With GT8)
GU4 Axle Rear 3.08 Ratio
GU6 Axle Rear 3.42 Ratio
G63 Provisions Luggage Carrier, Roof
G65 Level Control Manual, Self-Adjusting
G69 Level Control Auto, Air, HD
G80 Axle Positraction Limited Slip
HOT Appearance Package GMCn"HotnTruck"
HVY Identification 2 Inch Body Raise, H.D. Model
JC5 Brake Vac Power, Wheel Disc 7, 200 LBS.
JH5 Brake HYD Power, 4 Wheel Disc, 7 200 LBS
JH6 Brake HYD Power, 4 Wheel Disc, 9, 900 LBS
JH7 Brake HYD Power, 4 Wheel Disc, 12, 000 LBS
J81 Indicator Switch, Export
KA6 Rear Seat Heater
KC4 Heavy Duty Engine Oil Cooling
KC5 Accessory Electrical Receptacle
KG8 130 AMP Generator
KL5 Modification Engine, Natural Gas
KL7 Conversion Propane Gas (LP Gas)
KL8 Conversion Propane Gas (CNG Gas)
KNP Heavy Duty Transmission, Cooling System
KUP Throttle Control Electronic
K05 Engine Block Heater
K18 Reactor System Air Injection, Electric
K34 Cruise Control, Automatic, Electronic
K47 Air Cleaner High Capacity
K53 Fuel Sender Assembly, Robust Fuel System
K65 Generator 105 AMP, Dual
K68 Generator, 105 AMP
LB7 Engine Diesel, 8 CYL, 6.6, DI, V8, Turbo, HO, Duramax
LM7 Engine Gas, 8 CYL, 5.3L, MFI, Iron, GM
LQ4 Engine Gas, 8 CYC, 6.0L, MFI, Iron, GM
LR4 Engine Gas, 8 Cechy, 4.8L MFI, Iron, GM
L18 Engine Gas, 8 CYL, 8.1L, MFI
L35 Engine Gas, 6 Cyl, 4.3L, CPI, V6, 90 DEG, HO
MG5 Transmission MAN 5 SPD, GETRAG, 84 MM, 4.00 1ST, O/D
ML6 Transmission MAN 6 SPD, ZF, 105 MM, 5.79 1ST, 0.72 6TH, O/D
MT1 Transmission - 4-Speed Auto W/Elect Controls H.D. (Hydra - Matic 4L80 - E
MW3 Transmission - 5-Speed Manual (5.61:1) New Venture Gear
M1F Power Take Off Rear PTO
M30 Transmission MAN 5 SPD, NVG, 109MM, 5.61 1ST, O/D
M32 Transmission - 4-Speed Auto W/Electric Controls L.D. (Hydra-Matic 4L60-E)
M74 Transmission Auto 5 SPD Allison LCT 1000, 3.10 1ST, 1.00 4TH .71 5TH, O/D, CONV Clutch
NP1 Transfer Case - (Electric) - Two Speed
NP2 Transfer Case- (Manual) - Two Speed
NP3 Transfer Case-All Wheel Drive (AWD)
NP5 Steering Wheel Leather Wrapped
NP7 Steering Column EEC Approved
NP8 Transfer Case - (Active) - Push Button Control, 2 Speed
NW7 Traction Control - Electronic
NZZ Skid Plate Off-Road
N05 Locking Fuel Filler Cap
N12 Rear Exit Tail Pipe
N88 Wheel-Premium-Aluminum-17 x 7.5,
N93 Wheel - New - Aluminum - 17 x 7.5
PF4 Wheel - Cast - Aluminum- 16 X 7.0
PF9 Wheel - Cast - Aluminum- 16 X 7.0
PTO Engine Controls For PTO Application
PY0 Wheel - New - Aluminum - 16 X 6.5
PY2 Wheel - Bright Chrome Appearance- 16 X 6.5
P03 Bright Hub Caps
P06 Bright Rally Trim Rings W/Bright Hub Caps
QAN Tire All P265/7OR 17 - 113S BW R/PE ST TL AL2T
QBN Tire All LT245/75R16/C BW R/PE ST TL 00R
QBX Tire All LT245/75R16/C WOL R/PE ST TL OOR
QCC Tire ALL P255/70R16 BW R/PE ST TL ALS
QCJ Tire All P255/70R16 - 109H WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
QCP Tire All P255/70R16-19H BW R/PE ST TL ALS
QC3 Wheel 16 x 7, Aluminum, Special
QE4 Wheel Spare 16 x 6.5, Aluminum
QGA Tire All P245/75R16-109S BW R/PE ST TL AT
QGB Tire All P265/75R16-109S WOL R/PE ST TL AT
QGC Tire All P265/75R16-114S BW R/PE ST TL AT
QGD Tire All P265/75R16-114S WOL R/PE ST TL AT
QHS Tire All P265/75R16 - 114H BW R/PE ST TL AT "A" TEMP Rating
QIW Tire All LT245/75R16E R/PE ST TL OOR BL
QIX Tire All LT265/75R16/C BW R/PE ST TL OOR 12OQ
QIZ Tire All LT245/75R16/E BW R/PE ST TL OOR 12OQ
QJP Tire All P265/70R17-113S BW R/PE ST TL OOR
QMJ Tire All P265/70R16 - 111S BW R/PE ST TL AL2
QMK Tire All P265/70R16 - 111S WOL R/PE ST TL AL2
QNF Tire All P235/75R16 - 106S ALS BW R/PE ST TL ALS
QNG Tire All P235/75R16 - 106S WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
QNK Tire All P245/75R16 - 109S BW R/PE ST TL ALS
QNL Tire All P245/75R16 - 109S WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
Q4B GVW Rating 6, 200 LBS
R4W Tire Brand All Michelin
R4Y Tire Brand All Goodyear
SLT Equipment Chevrolet 'LT' Sales Package
TL1 Grille Special
TP2 Battery Auxiliary
TQ3 Battery 770 CCA (Dual)
TRB Provisions Lamp, Roof Mounted
TRW Provisions Lamp, Roof Mounted
TR2 Lamp Turn Signal, Enlarged
TR6 Headlamps Control Leveling System, Manual
T2H Ornamentation Exterior, Export Unique Requirements
T2J Ornamentation Interior, Export Unique Requirements
T65 Lamp System Daytime Running, Export
T74 Headlamps Control Automatic, Delay
T79 Lamp Fog, RR
T84 Headlamps RH Rule of the Road, E Mark
T89 Lamp Tail and Stop, Export
T9H Provisions Lamp, Fog, Front
T96 Fog Lamps - Front
UB2 Radio AM/FM Stereo, Seek/Scan, Auto Reverse Music Search Cassette, Multiple CD, Auto Tone, Clock, ETR
UB8 Horn High Note
UC2 Speedometer INST, Kilo and Miles, Kilo Odometer, Positive Bias
UD4 Alarm Vehicle Speed, 120 K/H
UE1 Communication System Vehicle, G.P.S. 1
UG1 Opener Garage Door, Universal
UK3 Control Steering Wheel, Accessory
UK6 Radio Control RR Seat and Earphone Jacks
UL0 Radio - AM/FM Stereo, Cass. (Europe Compliant)
UL1 Radio - AM/FM Stereo, Seek/Scan, Clock, and ETR. (European Frequency Radio, Base On All Models For European Export, Requires UL2)
UL2 European Frequencies
UL9 Radio - AM/FM Stereo, Seek/Scan, Auto Reverse Music Search CASS, CD, Auto Tone, Clock, ETR, Bose
UM6 Radio - AM/FM Stereo, Seek/Scan, Auto Reverse Cassette, Clock and ETR
UM7 Radio - AM/FM Stereo, Seek/Scan Clock, and ETR (Base On All Models)
UN0 Radio - AM/FM Stereo, Seek/Scan, Compact Disc, Auto Tone Control, Clock, and ETR (Radio Will Not Snap Fit Into I/P - No Attaching Fasteners)
UP0 Radio - AM/FM Stereo, Seek/Scan, Auto Reverse Music Search Cassette, Compact Disc, Auto Tone Control, Clock, and ETR (Radio Will Not Snap Fit Into IP- No Attaching Fasteners, CD Will Be Remote Mounted Other Than the IP)
UQ3 Speaker System Performance Enhanced Audio
UQ5 Speaker System 4, Dual Front DR MTD, Dual Extended RGE Quarter Mounted
UQ7 Speaker System Premium Performance, Enhanced Audio Bose
UW3 Radio AM/FM Stereo, Seek/Scan, Auto REV Music Search Cassette, Data System, Clock, ETR
UY2 Wiring Provisions for Camper/5th Wheel Trailer
UY7 Wiring Harness Truck Trailer, HD
UO1 Lamp Five, Roof Marker, Truck
U1Z Player Multiple Compact Disc, Passenger Compartment
U19 Speedometer INST, Kilo and Miles, Kilo Odometer
U34 Display Celsius Temperature
U68 Display Driver Information Center
VB3 Bumper Rear Step, Chrome, Impact Strip
VB5 Bumper Front Color
VG3 Bumper Front Impact Strip
VK3 License Plate Front, Front Mounting Package
VP6 Noise Control
VR4 Trailer Hitch Weight Distributing Platform
VR6 Hook Tie-Down Shipping
VR7 Hook Tow, Second, Rear
VT4 Bumper Front Color Keyed
VT5 Bumper Rear Color Keyed
VYU Provision Snow Plow Preperation
VZ2 Calibration Speedometer A
V10 Cold Climate Package
V22 Grille Radiator, Chrome
V43 Bumper - Painted, Rear Step - With Step Pad
V53 Luggage Carrier Roof
V54 Roof Mounted Luggage Carrier
V60 Gulf States Organizations - Vehicle Statement - Incomplete Vehicle
V76 Front Towing Hook
V92 Trailer Provisions
WT1 Appearance Package Exterior #1
XAN Tire Front P265/70R17-113S BW R/PE ST TL AL2
XBN Tire Front LT245/75R16/C BW R/PE ST TL OOR
XBX Tire Front LT245/74R16/C WOL R/PE ST TL OOR
XCC Tire Front P255/70R16 BW R/PE ST TL ALS
XCJ Tire Front P255/70R16 WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
XCP Tire Front P255/70R16-109H BW R/PE ST TL ALS
XEC Tire Front LT215/85R16/E BW R/ST ST TL HWY
XEF Tire Front LT215/85R16/E BW R/PE ST TL 00R
XGA Tire Front P245/75R16-109S BW R/PE ST TL AT
XGB Tire Front P245/75R16-109S WOL R/PE ST TL AT
XGC Tire Front P265/75R16-114S BW R/PE ST TL AT
XGD Tire Front P265/75R16-114S WOL R/PE ST TL AT
XGK Tire Front LT245/75R16/E BW R/PE ST TL OOR 120Q
XGL Tire Front LT265/75R16/C BL R/PE ST OOR
XHH Tire Front LT245/75R16/E BW R/PE ST TL ALS 120Q
XHS Tire Front P265/75R16-114H BW R/PE ST TL AT "A" Temp Rating
XJP Tire Front P265/70R17-113S BW R/PE ST TL OOR
XMJ Tire Front P265/70R16-111S BW R/PE ST TL AL2
XMK Tire Front P265/70R16-111S WOL R/PE ST TL AL2
XNF Tire Front P235/75R16-106S BW R/PE ST TL ALS
XNG Tire Front P235/75R16-106S WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
XNK Tire Front P245/75R16-109S BW R/PE ST TL ALS
XNL Tire Front P245/75R16-109S WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
XYK Tire Front LT215/85R16/D BL R/PE ST TL HWY
XYL Tire Front LT215/85R16/D BL R/PE ST TL OOR
YAN Tire Rear P265/70R17-113S BW R/PE ST TL AL2
YBN Tire Rear LT245/75R16/C BW R/PE ST TL OOR
YBX Tire Rear LT245/75R16/C WOL R/PE ST TL OOR
YCC Tire Rear P255/70R16 BW R/PE ST TL ALS
YCJ Tire Rear P255/70R16 WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
YCP Tire Rear P255/70R16-109H BW R/PE ST TL ALS
YD6 Spring Rear, Base Equipment
YD7 Axle (used with RO5) For Scheduling GVW Plate
YEC Tire Rear LT215/85R16/E BW R/ST ST TL HWY
YEF Tire Rear LT215/85R16/E BW R/PE ST TL OOR
YE9 Convenience Package Comfort and Decor Level #3
YF2 Sales Package Ambulance Upfitter
YGA Tire Rear P245/75R16-109S BW R/PE ST TL AT
YGB Tire Rear P245/75R16-109S WOL R/PE ST TL AT
YGC Tire Rear P265/75R16-114S BW R/PE ST TL AT
YGD Tire Rear P265/75R16-114S WOL R/PE ST TL AT
YGK Tire Rear LT245/75R16/E BW R/PE ST TL OOR 120Q
YGL Tire Rear LT265/75R16/C BL R/PE ST OOR
YHH Tire Rear LT245/75R16/E BW R/PE ST TL ALS 120Q
YHS Tire Rear P265/75R16-114H BW R/PE ST TL AT "A" Temp Rating
YJP Tire Rear P265/70R17-113S BW R/PE ST TL OOR
YMJ Tire Rear P265/70R16-111S BW R/PE ST TL AL2
YMK Tire Rear P265/70R16-111S WOL R/PE ST TL AL2
YNF Tire Rear P235/75R16-106S BW R/PE ST TL ALS
YNG Tire Rear P235/75R16-106S WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
YNK Tire Rear P245/75R16-109S BW R/PE ST TL ALS
YNL Tire Rear P245/75R16-109S WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
YYK Tire Rear LT215/85R16/D R/PE ST TL HWY
YYL Tire Rear LT215/85R16/D BL R/PE ST TL 00R
Y91 Merchandised Package Luxury Edition
ZBN Tire Spare LT245/75R16/C BL R/PE ST TBL OOR
ZBX Tire Spare LT245/75R16/C WOl R/PE ST TL OOR
ZCC Tire Spare P255/70R16 BW R/PE ST TL ALS
ZCJ Tire Spare P255/70R16 WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
ZCP Tire Spare P255/70R16-109H BW R/PE ST TL ALS
ZEC Tire Spare LT2 15/85R16/E BW R/ST ST TL HWY
ZEF Tire Spare LT2 15/85R16/E BW R/PE ST TL 00R
ZGA Tire Spare P245/75R16-109S BW R/PE ST TL AT
ZGB Tire Spare P245/75R16-109S WOL R/PE ST TL AT
ZGC Tire Spare P265/75R16-114S BW R/PE ST TL AT
ZGD Tire Spare P265/75R16-114S WOL R/PE ST TL AT
ZGK Tire Spare LT245/75R16/E BW R/PE ST TL 00R 120Q
ZGL Tire Spare LT 265/75R16/C BL R/PE ST OOR
ZHH Tire Spare LT245/75R16/E BW R/PE ST TL ALS 120Q
ZHS Tire Spare P265/75R16-114H BW R/PE ST TL AT "A" Temp Rating
ZMJ Tire Spare P265/70R16-111S BW R/PE ST TL AL2
ZMK Tire Spare P265/70r16-111S WOL R/PE ST TL AL2
ZNF Tire Spare P235/75R16-106S BW R/PE ST TL ALS
ZNG Tire Spare P235/75R16-106S WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
ZNK Tire Spare P245/75R16-109S BW R/PE ST TL ALS
ZNL Tire Spare P245/75R16-109S WOL R/PE ST TL ALS
ZQ1 Chassis Package Smooth Ride
ZW7 Chassis Package Premium Smooth Ride
ZW9 Base Body or Chassis
ZX3 Manual Chassis Package Select Damping
ZYK Tire Spare LT215/85R16/D BL R/PE ST TL HWY
ZYL Tire Spare LT215/85R16/D R/PE ST TL OOR
Z55 Chassis Package Bi-State Real Time Damping
Z71 Chassis Package "Off Road"
Z82 Trailer Provisions Special Equipment, H. D.
Z83 Chassis Package Solid Smooth Ride
z85 Chassis Package Increased Capacity
Z88 Conversion Name Plate GMC
2GA Tire Front P245/75R16-109S BW R/PE ST TL AT (SEO)
3GA Tire Rear P245/75R16-109S BW R/PE ST TL AT (SEO)
4GA Tire Spare P245/75R16-109S BW R/PE ST TL AT (SEO)
5B5 Window Power Operated, Side
5GA Tire All P245/75R16 - 109S BW R/PE ST TL AT
5G4 Provisions Lamp, Roof Mounted
5M5 Equipment Transmission, Manual
5M7 Provisions Speedometer Calibration
5S3 Equipment Engine, Gas, 4.3L, V6
5T5 Seat Override (SEO)
5V1 Carrier Spare Wheel W/O Tire
5X7 Provisions Wrecker Emergency Lamp (SEO)
5X9 Provisions Wrecher Preperation
5Y0 Wiring Provisions Body Builder Emergency Lamp
6C7 Passenger Dome Lamp
6E2 Cylinder Unit Single Key System, Coded DF81 (SEO)
6E8 Cylinder Unit Single Key System, Coded NU97 (SEO)
7T6 Fuel Fitting, Line Take-Off (SEO)
7Y9 Batter 770 CCA (Single)(SEO)
7Z1 Horn Dual, High Note
8A7 Generator 130 AMP (SEO)
8B0 Battery 600 CCA and 770 CCA (Dual) (SEO)
8E8 Bumper Front Painted, Black (SEO)
8E9 Bumper Front Painted, White (SEO)
8F6 Ornamentation Exterior, Uplevel, Shipped Loose (SEO)
8G9 Mirror O/S LH and RH, Wideloop, Stainless Steel (SEO)
8S3 Alarm B/U Electrical, 97 Decibels (SEO)
8S8 Wiring Provisions Odometer Security (SEO)
8T7 Shaft Front Wheel Drive with Protective Cover
8X5 Generator 105 AMP, Dual (SEO)
8Y8 Battery 600 CCA (Dual) (SEO)
8Y9 Battery 770 CCA (Dual) (SEO)
9F8 Mirror Outside LH and RH, Wide Load, Large (SEO)
9L4 Wiring Provisions 12 Volts Power Supply (SEO)
9N8 Mirror AUX O/S, 6 IN, Spot, Dual, Convex, Stainless Steel (SEO)
9P2 HVAC System Rear Air Conditioner and Aux Heater (SEO)

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Old 05-07-2003, 08:53 PM   #3
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Hey harleyjohn, do a Ford, do a Ford!!

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Sorry Chas, friends don't let friends do Fords.

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Old 05-07-2003, 09:46 PM   #5
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chas and eric,

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Old 05-07-2003, 09:53 PM   #6
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Z71 or Z85?

Greetings Mike!

I don't think that you will be sorry that your truck has the "Firm Ride and Handling Package" rather than the "Off-Road Package" based upon my experience with my 1995 K1500 Z71 Club Cab short-bed pickup. My understanding of the difference at the time included:

1. Z71 had heavy duty quad shocks, heavy duty springs with additional lift, and taller tires on cast aluminum wheels.

2. The "Firm Ride and Handling Package" included specially tuned springs with no additional lift, gas charged shocks, wider (low-profile) all-season touring tires, revised (larger) sway bars with revised bushings, and steering gear with "close ratio".

My Z71 did nothing to increase my desire to ever own another pickup of any kind. It rode like the proverbial lumber wagon empty; and even with my trailer that was only 800 pounds below its maximum trailer tow rating it still rode and handled like the proverbial log wagon. The tires were doing well to last 35,000 miles, and even the very best gas filled replacement shocks the ride still did not improve the ride quality. My K2500 Suburban rides and handles much better than the Z71 could ever hope to, and its current set of tires has covered 57,000 miles and it appears from tread measurements that they will be good for another 9,000 to 10,000 miles (same brand as was on the Z71).

Congratulations on your find. I think that you will find it to be a very versatile vehicle.

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Thanks for the info. Its nice to have someplace to ask a question and get a good answer. I'm not a bit sorry about the Z-85 package and I have no intension to take this thing rock climbing so I don't think I'll need the skid plates or the extra ground clearance. But I did manage to get the AS stuck in the mud earlier this spring and had to pay someone to pull it out. So as far as I was concerned the 4x4 was non-negotiable. The truck rides great on the highway, a little choppy on rough roads but not bad at all. By far the best riding truck I've ever owned (6 so far). As far as the towing capacity my AS is listed at 6300# max. With just the wife and me and a 92# lab "puppy" we should be in good shape.


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You forgot to mention that the Z71 package had skid plates to protect the transfer case and front differential. They are worth their weight in gold IF you spend any time in rocky terrain or off road.
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