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What's up y'all! Just bought my first truck last night, a 22 Rado Z71! Couldn't be more excited! I'm all ears on any need-to-knows or just general advice!

I bought the truck as I live in Alaska and soon to move in North Dakota so a more adequate winter vehicle is a necessity. Along with that I plan to make the drive from AK to ND in March so a vehicle with towing capacity that can handle some winter roads is needed.

With that being said I am thinking of lifting the truck but am unsure if I should wait until after the 2,000 mile plus drive. What are your thoughts?

Thanks all and Happy Thanksgiving!
 

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Welcome Aboard. Congrats on your purchase
 
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I'm a retired sports car racer and thus not a fan of lifting unless you are going to do some REAL rock crawling, Chevrolet has built some significant safety features into your truck that help "keep the shiny side up" when the worst starts to happen. Raising your truck defeats many of those roll-over safeguards, Plus it reduces your fuel economy - even worse if you add wider tires and/or wider/offset rims. Just my two cents, but I was the Idaho State Highway Fatality Coordinator and have taken on sport bikes in the twisties in a mini-van ;-).
 

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I'm a retired sports car racer and thus not a fan of lifting unless you are going to do some REAL rock crawling, Chevrolet has built some significant safety features into your truck that help "keep the shiny side up" when the worst starts to happen. Raising your truck defeats many of those roll-over safeguards, Plus it reduces your fuel economy - even worse if you add wider tires and/or wider/offset rims. Just my two cents, but I was the Idaho State Highway Fatality Coordinator and have taken on sport bikes in the twisties in a mini-van ;-).
fair enough then. I think with it being a winter drive the safest thing to do is leave it as is! The truck came with wrangler duratrac's on it, are these fairly decent winter tires or should I look into something more suited towards snow and ice, in your opinion?
 

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fair enough then. I think with it being a winter drive the safest thing to do is leave it as is! The truck came with wrangler duratrac's on it, are these fairly decent winter tires or should I look into something more suited towards snow and ice, in your opinion?
The Duratrac are decent. Also depends on where you drive and all.
I swapped mine out for Continental TerrainContact A/T:

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I leveled mine out. Looks so much better this way in my opinion.
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...wow yea it does! Any effect on towing?? What did you use?

Edit: also, looks like you did the wind defector on the bottom of the front bumper delete, that looks really sharp too... hmmm
 

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...wow yea it does! Any effect on towing?? What did you use?

Edit: also, looks like you did the wind defector on the bottom of the front bumper delete, that looks really sharp too... hmmm
I used the Rough Country front Nitrogen shocks. I used to tow a Kendon motorcycle trailer. Sold it and just received a Moto-Tote motorcycle hitch carrier.

Yes, got rid of that ugly air dam below. Once you take it off, you can see the mud tires so much better from the front and the truck looks more aggressive.
 

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fair enough then. I think with it being a winter drive the safest thing to do is leave it as is! The truck came with wrangler duratrac's on it, are these fairly decent winter tires or should I look into something more suited towards snow and ice, in your opinion?
I like the wrangler duratracs but can’t say about winter driving as I switch to studded winter tires here in NE Oregon. Studs really do help on icy roads
 

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I used the Rough Country front Nitrogen shocks. I used to tow a Kendon motorcycle trailer. Sold it and just received a Moto-Tote motorcycle hitch carrier.

Yes, got rid of that ugly air dam below. Once you take it off, you can see the mud tires so much better from the front and the truck looks more aggressive.
Do you have spacers on your wheels? Those are the stock midnights right?
 

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I had the Bora 1.25 inch spacers on my Midnight. Just took them off though. I think I might list the here for sale in a week or so. Im fine with the look without them on there with the F.W. tires with my stock Midnight rims.
 
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