While there is a large selection of performance parts and accessories available for the current-generation Chevry Silverado 1500, General Motors suggests buyers stick to official OEM-backed parts from its accessories catalog. These parts can also be installed without voiding the truck’s factory warranty, giving owners peace of mind when modifying their vehicles.
The automaker recently identified four of the most important performance parts Chevrolet Silverado 1500 buyers can purchase from its performance catalog. The “Big 4” as the automaker calls them will improve the performance of the truck and, most importantly, will allow the owner to keep on relying on that three-year factory warranty.
The “Big 4” include the Cat Back Exhaust Upgrade System, Air Intake Upgrade System (available for the 5.3L L84 V8 and 6.2L L87 V8 engines), Front Brembo Big Brake Upgrade System and Rancho Two Inch Suspension Lift Kit from the Chevrolet Performance catalog. The exhaust upgrade kits increase horsepower and give the truck a more aggressive sound, while the air intake upgrade helps reduce intake restriction and looks great with the hood up.
The two-inch suspension lift is perhaps the most important upgrade here, giving the truck more ground clearance and thus improving its off-road capability. This lift kit is compatible with all Chevy Silverado 2WD and 4WD models, though it does require a front camera reconfiguration and electronic power steering recalibration due to the two-inch lift. For this reason, this part should be installed by an official GM dealership rather than at home or by a third-party shop.
The Brembo big brake upgrade kit, meanwhile, improves brake pad surface area by 89% to improve stopping power and improve brake life. Customers who want to match the front brake caliper color to the rears can also opt for the Color Keyed Rear Calipers.
“Keep your Silverado capability ahead of the curve, equip it with Chevrolet Performance Big 4,” the automaker said in a statement. “This core group of Chevrolet Performance upgrades is designed to help increase horsepower, reduce airflow restriction, provide an integrated 2-inch suspension lift and enhance brake system thermal capacity, all without voiding your New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Whichever Chevrolet Performance parts you choose, rest assured that they are seamlessly integrated with your Chevy Silverado right from design stage for fit, appearance and compatibility.”
The Chevrolet Big 4 upgrades were announced this week as part of the SEMA360 online show. Chevy has also shown off numerous other performance upgrade parts during SEMA360, including the Electric Connect and Cruise Package and Camaro SS drag racing parts. The SEMA360 online show kicked off on November 2nd and will shut its virtual doors on November 8th.