To delete or not to delete Z55 on 2013 Burb. F/R Coil spring part numbers??

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    I'm looking at possibly deleting my Z55 air ride or just running a Bilstien B8 5100 (height adj strut) up front with different front springs and replace the compressor with a Doorman unit and some Arnott AS-2700's rear air shocks to keep the rear air ride for towing.

    My stock compressor and rear shocks are shot with only 60k... I pull a 32ft camper during the summer months, and I run 295/55/20 Ridge grapplers (used to run 305 Mud grapplers, wife hated them), so I need a leveling kit (to clear the tires) and air bags or something to help with towing.

    I currently have a 1.5/2 in strut spacer and rear pucks for a leveling kit. I'd like to keep my same height but do it with new springs and shocks (5100's) instead of a spacer and puck as another cheaper option vs the air setup...

    Anyone know if they make a raised rear (lift) spring for 07-13 burbs (just read something about Z71 rear coils???) I'd run them with 5100's and air bags for when I tow. From what I've read you need to replace the coils when you delete the air ride, just not sure if it's true and if it is what are the part numbers?.

    I have looked at the Monroe conversion kit, but I'd rather put my own together because I'm not a Monroe fan, would rather have a kit with Bilstein 5100's.

    Any info is appreciated, school me if I need it. I'm open to ideas, and experience from others. I know this has been discussed thoroughly, just not finding exactly what I'm looking for as far as part numbers for coil springs etc...

    Thanks

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    I'd keep the factory system and rebuild the compressor. How much does that camper weigh?
     
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    Around 6500lbs give or take
     
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    I guess the point of my post is I have a lot of questions. Can I run the Bilstiens up front with stock springs and set them on the stock height setting, or would I be better off running a moog or equivalent spring with the Bilsteins and setting them higher without the strut spacer? I'm trying to read up as much as I can, some seem to run springs, some don't. Hard to know what the best option is. I guess that's what I'm looking for, is my best option to fit my needs, 80% of the time it's just my wifes kid crusier, other 20% it's a camper hauler/off road bus. Money can be spent, not looking for the cheapest option, but if my best option is cheapest, so be it.
     
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    I'm definitely leaning that way, just because of the towing part. Off amazon I'm looking at around $780, that's for 2 Arnott 2700's, Dorman Compressor, and 2 5100's for the front, and e-bay resistors.
     
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    Sorry I cannot be of more assistance, mine has the ZW7 with regular shocks. My minivans had auto level suspension and I replaced the shocks in one with Monroes which lasted about 4 years, can't complain for the price. When my ZW7s original shocks go, I'll try to replace them with AC Delco originals. Arnott's are good products I hear. More folks will chime in after the weekend is over, be patient and give this thread a bump Monday night.
     
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    the strut shock is on rock auto, you will have to have a spring compressor or take them to a shop to have them swapped out
    the arnott's for the rear are 2708 if your keeping the air ride. they are like $150 each and a $50 core each
    here is the part information needed for the front and recent price, plus there is a 5% off code in the vendor forum

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    I added the strut spacer so I've dealt with a spring compressor, no big deal for me, and I'm looking at the AS-2700 not the reman AS-2708's you listed.

    Got everything priced out at rock auto and amazon, depending on which manufacturer you choose it's about a horse a piece.

    I do have one question, If I go with the 5100's up front, since I used the upper strut spacer, and cut down the mounting bolts on the stock strut mount, can they be reused after the spacer is removed, or should I buy new upper strut mounts?
     
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    You can go all out and ditch the entire system. Rear springs can use moog 81069 and could reuse front spring on 5100s. Get helper bags for the rear. The bags will more than handle the trailer way better.
     
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