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'00 Chevy 1500 - How Do You Beef Yours?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Jkmola, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. Jkmola

    Jkmola Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Just wondering what anybody might do to beef up their truck. For instance, can you put heavier or stronger front axles on your truck? How about any other components? What about the rearend? Anything that you would do to a stock 1500 to make it a better or stronger truck qualifies. I already have some ideas on some things I want to do, but I'm just always looking for more!
     
  2. snowpoe

    snowpoe Member
    Messages: 41

    Front suspention put on timbrens or a leveling kit or different rate torsion bars(I have a leveling kit but do not have a plow yet)

    Rear add a leafs or the inflatable air bags for differant loads,I think they are same cost as timbrens but are adjustable

    3:73 or 4;10 gears

    Tranny cooler with a temp gage/upgrade the servoe, put shift kit in or adj. computer for firmer shifts

    Higher output alternator & dual batteries

    You will still were out ball joints & go thru brakes quicker and also posably wear out wheel & axle bearings sooner but you would have to be hualing heavy loads for this to happen

    The 3/4 tons are built with most of this stuff from the factory & have a beefier trans,axles ,bearings etc. but I think a 1/2 ton set up right will handle most ofwhat you through at it,but it will wee out sooner than a HD truckwesport
     
  3. jcesar

    jcesar Senior Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 492

    I have a 96 gmc 1/2 ton that I plow with. Put heavier torsion bars in the front, and some timbrens. It works fine. As far as the rear, you can buy an add a leaf kit for it. I would imagine that you could go with 3/4 ton axles, but have never done it on anything newer than a 76 chevy. So I cant help ya there. Good Luck
     
  4. WildRidge

    WildRidge Member
    Messages: 80

    I've swapped out the torsion bars and added timbrens on the front.

    Added a leaf in the rear.

    Did a lot of replacing things last season such as ball joints, brake pads, and even a wheel bearing. All part of the business though.

    Lookin to add a tranny temp gauge.