This year, the newly designed Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks spread a wave of excitement throughout the automotive world. The redesign also presented a uniquely agitating – and potentially dangerous – challenge for independent repair shops. In the content below, we explore the purpose and design details behind the 2019 remodels, the inherent problem created for shops and vehicle owners, and the custom-designed solution.
2019 Truck Redesigns
The automotive world consistently looks forward to remodels and newest models with impatient agitation. Thus, when rumor of redesign surrounded the full-size pickup truck, an American automotive staple, enthusiasts listened closely. The rumor was quickly realized; in order to reduce weight for fuel efficiency, both the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra pickup truck models were redesigned in 2019.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
According to Chevrolet, nearly a century of truck building experience was placed into the new Silverado, a truck that is “bigger, stronger, and lighter than the previous generation.”
Exterior: The Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s primary exterior evolution is noticeable at first glance: a front grille with working air curtains. The body itself is defined, sculpted, modern, and altogether refined. Widened by 7 inches, the truck bed has increased payload capacity. The entire vehicle weighs nearly 450 pounds less than previous models, fulfilling the goal for increased fuel efficiency.
Interior: The interior also went through extensive updates. For optimized towing capabilities, new technology was installed to ease the process of hooking up a trailer. Among increased towing competences, Chevrolet introduced a variety of safety features, including a rear camera, surround-vision view, lane change alert, front pedestrian braking, and much more.
GMC Sierra Pickup Truck:
GMC’s pickup truck boasts revolutionary redesign, offering “unprecedented levels of presence, purpose, and power.”
Exterior: The GMC Sierra was built to break away from previous designs. Unlike the evolutionary additions to the Chevrolet 1500, the Sierra features a new build, new bodywork, and redesigned grille – the result is a bold, tall, and prominent truck. Advanced lighting and polished aluminum wheels complete the new look.
Interior: The 2019 Sierra interior is spacious, allowing for more room in the driver’s seat and the crew cab. Leather, dark-finish aluminum, and open-pore wood trim make up the interior.
As mentioned, the primary goal for the redesigns was heightened fuel efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy stresses the importance for efficient vehicles, from monetary savings and reduced oil dependence to reduced climate change and increased energy sustainability. The redesigns made economic sense; however, the evolutionary and revolutionary redesigns that awed the automotive world led to one significant issue – the redesigned trucks do not fit well onto traditional automotive service lifts. When being serviced and lifted in the air, these vehicles require that special, wider frame engaging lifting adapters are used on the lifts to properly raise the trucks without damage.
Placing vehicles onto improperly equipped lifts can lead to severe, often unnoticed, issues. The newly lowered front frame of the redesigned trucks, for example, can often crack when placed onto traditional automotive service lifts without proper lifting adapters. Truck purchasers, bringing their vehicle to an independent repair shop, are largely unaware of the issues. Independent repair shop owners are often unaware of the issue as well. Even small, unnoticed cracks may begin rusting, leading to potentially intensified damage over time. Current truck owners, future purchasers, and repair shops may continue causing additional damage without realizing and correcting the problem.
Thus, custom-designed solutions for independent shops with a plethora of automotive service lifts had to be designed and built.
The Solution: SVI’s Specialty Lifting Adapters
SVI exists to create innovative solutions for any customer. Specialty lifting adapters for virtually any lift were designed to accommodate the 2019 Chevrolet 1500 Silverado and GMC Sierra truck models. In fact, we designed the very equipment the redesigned trucks were prototyped upon in the Michigan General Motors plant. Knowing these vehicles well, we knowledgeably supply the proper automotive lifting adapters for use by repair shops.
What We Offer:
Our specialty lifting adapters for the 2019 Chevrolet 1500 Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks are applicable to Rotary, Challenger, Bendpak, Benwil, Forward, Wheeltronic, Mohawk, Gilbarco, Globe, Manitowoc, and virtually any other lift make available. Are you looking for a specific adapter? You can view our entire collection here. Once we build a custom adapter, we publicly provide it. This is why our selection is so extensive and diverse.
Don’t see the exact adapter your lifts require? Call SVI today at (800) 321-8173 with any questions, concerns, or inquiries. We are dedicated to serving our clients with custom solutions that reflect a unique level of quality.