1998 Chevrolet Suburban

"Bad Mama Jama"



Big block 4WD daily driver with an early Pro Comp lift kit.

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I owned a 1998 Yukon 1500 for about a decade and in that time became a fan of CK based trucks. Before I moved to Reno in 2016, I sold the Yukon and bought a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 4WD that had been lifted with an early Pro Comp kit. I wanted the big block because, as everyone knows, there's no replacement for displacement, but I have since learned the only real purpose of a big block is for towing. You don't get as much low end torque as with the 350, and the Suburban is much less zippier than my old Yukon. It's quite a struggle to get onto the 580 northbound at Second Street just before the Spaghetti Bowl and cross the four lanes necessary to continue north. I don't recommend the big block unless you are towing or hauling a lot of people (kids) around. The truck is my daily driver, and I also like to take it on off highway trails like the road up Peavine and jeep tracks in the Virginia Range behind my house. It is incredibly useful for hauling loads (a 4x8 sheet of plywood fits perfectly in the bed, which I don't think is an accident), and my partner and I enjoy car camping with it in the desert. It is much roomier in the back than the Yukon was, and my partner and I sleep comfortably with our 80lb dog.


  • Engine Size: 454 ci