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I didn't want to post up anything until I did a search and looked through a bunch of threads (20 pages here), and I still can't find my answer.

I'm not illiterate when it comes to cars at all, but when it comes to trucks, I'm a little less knowledgeable. So my history is I had a stock '08 Nismo 4WD. I got rid of it and recently picked up a '07 Nismo 2WD as a hauler for stuff around the house. I've had to fix a few issues with it and I just wanted something with a few more creature comforts, so I picked up a '16 SL CC 2WD. My brother will probably pick up the '07.

Anyway, I do like the ride quality and ride height of the Nismo compared to the SL. I know it's still under warranty and all, but I just wanted to get some opinions on what I should do to get a similar ride height and ride quality as the Nismo (and yes, I know the answer would be to keep the Nismo or get a Pro-4X). Any constructive help would be appreciated.
 

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The Nismos use bilstein shocks, so you can order some of those for your truck.

I think that your best bet is to upsize your tires to a 32" diameter tread to match those of the Nismo.

The smaller 16" rims on the Nismo, coupled with taller sidewalls from the 32s will give the truck a softer ride qualty than your 31.5s on 18 inch rims on the SL.

You could go the route of aftermarket coilovers for your front suspension, but they will end up costing you about 700 to 2000.
 

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The Nismos use bilstein shocks, so you can order some of those for your truck.

I think that your best bet is to upsize your tires to a 32" diameter tread to match those of the Nismo.

The smaller 16" rims on the Nismo, coupled with taller sidewalls from the 32s will give the truck a softer ride qualty than your 31.5s on 18 inch rims on the SL.
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Thanks for the help everyone! I can wait to do the tires until they get a little more worn out, but I can change the shocks now. Are the Nismo shocks the 5100's that I see people talking about? Or is it just better to get OEM ones? Also, I noticed the rake of the truck...would a short lift in the front and rear get rid of that?
 

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Thanks for the help everyone! I can wait to do the tires until they get a little more worn out, but I can change the shocks now. Are the Nismo shocks the 5100's that I see people talking about? Or is it just better to get OEM ones? Also, I noticed the rake of the truck...would a short lift in the front and rear get rid of that?
The stock Bilsteins are 4600 series so slightly different than 5100s. When you get into lifting and leveling you're going to alter the ride all together. My recommendation, aside from the previous comments on wheel and tire differences, would be get a full set of 5100s all around and just go with 1 inch lift in the front. Leave the rears at stock height so you're not affecting how the truck rides when hauling a load.

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