New member here. Discovering vehicles as a hobby late in life. I do have some good basic mechanical skills and am not afraid to tackle most things as long as I can follow a good guide. So about 3 years ago I replaced my trusty '97 1500 cheyenne with a really nice example '04 AWD Silverado SS. Its not my daily driver, it sits and looks pretty mostly, I use it when I need a truck for truck things, or in the winter when it snows here, or for a country drive here and there. Anyways I killed the rear end in it a few months ago and have been saving up some cash for an upgrade/repair.
I wanted some opinions from SS owners on which parts to go with. I want an upgrade in reliability mainly. Im guessing the diff failed, from what I read this is common? So Im guessing I need a diff and new set of gears maybe. I honestly dont know, Ive never messed with drive line stuff before and I will most likely be taking it to a shop for the repair unless you guys tell me its basic stuff and to go for it myself. I would like to hear what you guys are guessing failed and what I will need to replace. Also what mild upgrades you recommend. This truck is going to stay stock as far as motor goes so I just want it very reliable for stock power. I do have some fun with this truck here and there but Im not a kid, I dont beat on it really, just the occasional hard launch or 4 wheel snow drift.
So yeah before I go to a shop or open it up myself I want to research what some parts options are going to cost me and most likely what I will be replacing. Really any advice here is welcome and yes I have used the search function but the amount of information that pops up is overwhelming so I figured I would just post.
Thanks in advance for any help guys