Suspension and Steering Parts for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The Silverado is a full-size pickup truck manufactured by Chevrolet. Your steering and suspension systems play an important role in your motors handling and reduce wear and tear as well. When selecting the suspension replacement parts and accessories for your truck, you can choose from a wide variety of OEM and aftermarket components compatible with your Silverado 1500.How do you select Silverado 1500 steering and suspension replacements?
- Gather your vehicles information: You will want to know the model year and trim model of your Chevrolet Silverado. This will help you find the suspension and steering accessories that are compatible with your truck. In some cases, you may be able to use the VIN to find compatible suspension components and accessories for your vehicle.
- Select a brand type: You can choose between OEM and several aftermarket branded options for your suspension system. Some aftermarket option brands include Bilstein, KYB, Monroe, and a wide range of other aftermarket name brands. If you prefer original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, you can select from those made by GM or ACDelco.
- Select the proper placement: Some components such as the bushing or tie rods may be specific to a particular part of your Silverado steering or suspension such as the wheels.
A lift kit can be an aftermarket or OEM upgrade for your Chevrolet Silverado 1500. A lift kit works by lifting the suspension of your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to increase the clearance underneath. This is helpful when you take your vehicle off-roading. Most kits will elevate your vehicle anywhere between one and three inches from its normal height. This will allow you to use larger tires with your Chevrolet Silverado 1500.What is the difference between OEM and aftermarket parts?
- OEM parts: OEM parts for your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are manufactured by the same factory that GM uses for the original factory-installed parts. These parts are manufactured using the same factory specifications and materials as the original.
- Aftermarket suspension parts: These parts can be made by a wide range of companies. Aftermarket suspension and steering components such as bushings, ball joints and control arms can be made with different materials and designs for performance use.
- Shock absorber: These types of suspension components use a piston sealed inside a metal tube. This tube is filled with either a gas or a liquid. When your truck hits a bump, the shocks will compress and absorb the shock.
- Struts: These work similarly in the suspension system and are made of a coil spring, spring seats, shock absorbers, bearings, and a steering knuckle in a single assembly.