Chevy Tahoe is one of the most iconic SUVs of all times and its no wonder that it gets a lot of attention from off-road enthusiasts, however, Chevy Tahoe prerunner is not something common that you see on every desert trip like a Ford Ranger or Chevy Silverado. Being an SUV its often overlooked, by the fans of desert racing because, well, trucks with their long base are anyway more suitable for this kind of activity, however if you’re looking for something more special than another Silverado or F150 project build, Tahoe may be a good option to consider.
CHEVY TAHOE PRERUNNER MUST HAVE PARTS
- Mid or long tavel suspension kit
- Suitable tires
- Prerunner (bulge) fenders with bigger clearance
- Low profile off-road bumper
- Other mods like light bars, tire carriers, seats, radio etc.
The similarity with Silverado trucks plays a key role here because many of the front suspension solutions can be utilized or adapted to a Tahoe. Short, mid and long travel kits will improve articulation and stability of the suspension even on the toughest terrain with lots of high peed bumps. Late model Tahoes come with either springs or air bags on the back that can be easily converted to coilovers with tougher off-road shocks like Fox or King.
There are not many Chevy Tahoe prerunner kits on the market today, however there are few brands that do offer solutions for this model and one of them is famous BajaKits by Brenthel brothers. These guys are famous for fabricating some of the best off-road race vehicles for such famous events like Baja 1000 and Dakar race.
There are few base suspension kits that give about 9 inches of travel which may be enough for recreational off-roading, however if you’re up to something more serious you should definitely check out their complete racing prerunner kits for 2WD and 4WD applications that give impressive 18″ of suspension travel.
Once you made up your mind on the suspension setup it’s the right time to think about the tires. If you run long arm setup with a short to mild travel and want to stick with stock fenders – 33” tires would be the best bet. More aggressive suspension setups with larger tires will require some modifications in the fenders department.
As of right now 2015&UP Chevy Tahoe bulge fenders are not available at the moment but you should definitely check out Fiberwerx as they may be releasing a set anywhere in the future. Bushwecker cut-out flares may also work if your wheel travel allows some clearance in the bottom position.
2015-2017 Chevy Tahoe offroad bumper is also something that is not available on the market at the moment but you can fabricate one on a custom order.
The rest of modes for Chevy Tahoe prerunner project are pretty much universal so you can choose any non-model specific application to make your off-road adventures even more comfortable and safe.
You will definitely need something to light up your path on the trails, so a roof or bumper mount LED lightbar is a must.
Racing buckets or suspension seats with multi-point harness will keep you planted no matter how hard you jump on a high speed bump. Spare tire and tools can be either mounted on a tailgate tire carrier or simply kept in horizontal position in the cargo are for better weight distribution.
We hope that our short write-up and these beautiful pictures will help you to see the full potential of this model and inspire to build a truly capable Chevy Tahoe prerunner project.