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  • When it involves upgraded variations of full-size trucks, Chevrolet’s Silverado ZR2 Bison is particular in its personal means.
  • We’ll present you across the Bison bundle, which has the identical suspension because the common ZR2.
  • Car and Driver suspension knowledgeable Dan Edmunds explains the way it works and reveals its diploma of flex, as proven in our Ramp Travel Index check.

The Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Bison could lack the high-output bragging rights of the Ram TRX or the long-travel wide-track suspension of the Ford F-150 Raptor, but it surely has a number of options of its personal. For starters, it is inexpensive than these two vans, and it presents a locking entrance differential and Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers. In this video, resident suspension knowledgeable Dan Edmunds explains how the ZR2’s suspension works and reveals how a lot it flexes in comparison with different vans with the Ramp Travel Index check.

The Silverado ZR2 on this video has the Bison bundle, which provides high-clearance bumpers and underbody safety together with totally different wheels and inside options however leaves the truck mechanically unchanged in any other case. Because the suspension is similar, the findings on this video apply to the usual ZR2 as properly.

We begin on the entrance, the place the Multimatic DSSV dampers seem prominently. The spool valves contained in the shocks provide better management however, as Dan reveals by turning the wheels to 1 facet, the three-chamber design takes up valuable area.

After weighing a mounted wheel and tire, Dan switches to the rear suspension, which options inverted Multimatic dampers and blocks beneath the leaf springs to attain its carry. Alas, these inverted rear shocks sit extra inboard than we might want on an off-roader, requiring house owners to think about their placement—together with the differential—when straddling rocks.

Given the suspension similarities to the usual Silverado and the overlanding intention of the ZR2, particularly when paired with the Bison bundle, its rating of 444 is unsurprising. It’s greater than the equally priced and outfitted Toyota Tundra TRD Pro (408) however decrease than vans with vast observe long-travel suspension, such because the last-generation Colorado ZR2 Bison (501) and F-150 Raptor (559).

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From promoting them to testing them, Carlos Lago has spent his whole grownup life consumed by automobiles. He at the moment drives the inventive behind Car and Driver video.

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