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Old 11-10-2020, 02:00 PM   #1
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Mods to my 2016 Silverado 1500 Z71

So I am thinking of adding the following to my truck to improve the towing experience and I was wondering if anyone has already done so and what they think about it:

1. Range Technology Active Fuel Management Disable Device (Blue)
2. K&N Cold Air Intake Kit: High Performance
3. Some form of airbag suspension (could use a recommendation on which one).

Just to re-state what is in the title, my truck is a 2016 Silverado 1500 Z71 and I am towing a 2021 Cougar 26RBS.


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Old 11-10-2020, 02:20 PM   #2
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I have not used the AFM disabler. On a Ram all I have to do is select a gear and it stops the deactivation of cylinders.

K&N Cold Intake - Useless unless you want to increase the noise level in the cab. That's all I could ever tell it did...along with the chips, catback exhausts etc.

Air Bags - I have used AirLift and they worked quite well. Helped my truck when it was overloaded which brings me to -

Your trailer is 8800gvw and 30' on your Z71 1/2 ton. Air bags, engine mods to increase power are indicators of trying to improve a truck that has more trailer than it wants. Have you scaled your rig yet?
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Old 11-10-2020, 02:40 PM   #3
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The airbags tell me you believe you have exceeded the payload of your truck. The airbags won't change the payload. As noted, the Camper is 8K lbs and 30' long. What is the payload of your truck? It is in your driver door frame:
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Old 11-13-2020, 01:45 PM   #4
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On the ram tow haul also shuts off the mds. On the 2500. See if your chevy is the same. Air bags are nice to keep you level.
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Old 11-13-2020, 01:53 PM   #5
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I had a 2011 Silverado 1500 that I used the AFM Blue on and while it kept the engine running on 8 cylinders all the time, it did nothing for towing the TT. The only thing it did while not towing is stop the delay in acceleration from going from 4 cylinder active back to 8. And burned more gas!
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Old 11-13-2020, 02:51 PM   #6
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I have a K&N drop-in (OEM shape/size) The engine is more responsive, but not more powerful. Keeping the OEM air box eliminates the loud engine intake noise. quiet cabin = happy DW. Air bags? Yes, to level the truck when the bed is packed for a trip, then hook up to the TT and let the WDH do it's job keeping it level after the weight of the tongue is in play. I installed a pair of HellWig air bags ac couple of years ago. It was the only brand that I didn't have to cut off/remove the bumpstops. Direct bolt on, opted for one fill valve since I don't have L or R leaning issues.
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Old 11-13-2020, 03:16 PM   #7
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Tow Haul on my 2019 Ram 1500 deactivates the cylinder canceling... That being said, Air bags won't give you any additional towing capacity.. might keep the back from sagging.. had Firestone Air bags on my F150 and Have Air lift bags in the coils on my Ram... both helped keep the back end level while towing and both ride like lumber wagons if you forget to lower the pressure without the trailer.. which I've done numerous times...
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