2019 Chevy Colorado ExCab Diesel ZR2 - Bison Build

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emulous74

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Got the sPOD Bantam Touchscreen installed today. While the unit is not cheap, the install was a breeze and it looks great in the engine bay and on the inside. The touchscreen was mounted using ram mount balls and a medium length socket arm. I just ordered a short socket arm to see if that looks/functions better. I mounted the ball inside the cubby between the heated seat controls, drilled another hole (actually two as I drilled the first hole on the wrong side) to run the ethernet cable to power the touchscreen. Ran the cable alongside the plastic cover going from the center console to the footwell.

Typing on the screen was a little annoying, but I did get it done. To save a headache, press Save immediately after you typed in the words, if you hit the advanced features button, you loose what you wrote when you go back.

I drilled a hole through the firewall alongside the hood latch cable, got a rubber grommet at Lowes (Home Depot doesn't carry them in the stores in Austin), but I'm still going to seal up everything with silicone. I mounted the Bantam on the engine bay fuse box cover. I chose this orientation so I can easily mount another Bantam next to it if I ever need to expand.

Still waiting for Baja Designs to exchange out my 20" light bar that is going under the low bar on the grill. Also ordering the extension lines for the lights in the rear bumper.

I really like this location, still have access to every button and can still use the large area beneath. It's right at hand from the driver's seat, so really easy to operate and see. The only problem with it there is can only use two fingers to switch out of park (hence I'm going to try the 1" shorter arm).





















Remember to ground to Chassis as the smart alternators mess with the Bantam.

 
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PeTas

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Got the sPOD Bantam Touchscreen installed today. While the unit is not cheap, the install was a breeze and it looks great in the engine bay and on the inside. The touchscreen was mounted using ram mount balls and a medium length socket arm. I just ordered a short socket arm to see if that looks/functions better. I mounted the ball inside the cubby between the heated seat controls, drilled another hole (actually two as I drilled the first hole on the wrong side) to run the ethernet cable to power the touchscreen. Ran the cable alongside the plastic cover going from the center console to the footwell.

Typing on the screen was a little annoying, but I did get it done. To save a headache, press Save immediately after you typed in the words, if you hit the advanced features button, you loose what you wrote when you go back.

I drilled a hole through the firewall alongside the hood latch cable, got a rubber grommet at Lowes (Home Depot doesn't carry them in the stores in Austin), but I'm still going to seal up everything with silicone. I mounted the Bantam on the engine bay fuse box cover. I chose this orientation so I can easily mount another Bantam next to it if I ever need to expand.

Still waiting for Baja Designs to exchange out my 20" light bar that is going under the low bar on the grill. Also ordering the extension lines for the lights in the rear bumper.

I really like this location, still have access to every button and can still use the large area beneath. It's right at hand from the driver's seat, so really easy to operate and see. The only problem with it there is can only use two fingers to switch out of park (hence I'm going to try the 1" shorter arm).





















Remember to ground to Chassis as the smart alternators mess with the Bantam.

Pardon me my ignorance,....but what is this thingy do?
Also, I meant to ask...what is the widest tires I can mount on the Bison without any mods?
Thank you again!
 

emulous74

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Pardon me my ignorance,....but what is this thingy do?
Also, I meant to ask...what is the widest tires I can mount on the Bison without any mods?
Thank you again!
It's a control unit for all accessory electronics you hook up, like winches, lights, fridges, etc. In the engine bay you connect all the accessories to this unit, and then you only connect one wire to the vehicles battery, it saves a lot of time in wiring and provides for a clean engine bay, as instead of running separate switches for each accessory, you control them all through the touchpad.

You really need to research on your own for the tires, I suggest signing up a www.coloradofans.com and zr2zone.com as the tire thing has been discussed a lot. In my experience on the ZR2, if you don't want to mod, keep the stock tire size.
 

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Aaaah....understood, thank you for the explanation!
I still have time to get different tires, but I was thinking also that I will get the AEV rims and accordingly sized tires for it. But like I said, I still have few year before the stock tires are completely shaved.
 

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Aaaah....understood, thank you for the explanation!
I still have time to get different tires, but I was thinking also that I will get the AEV rims and accordingly sized tires for it. But like I said, I still have few year before the stock tires are completely shaved.
Keeping the truck 100% stock a 265/70/17 (31.7") or 255/75/17 (32.1") will fit. Anything larger may cause some rub in the right conditions.
 

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Does any of you guys has front camera addon on your truck?
If you are talking about the Camera system, with the add-on front camera, that does not work with the 2019's trust me, I tried having it installed and it's sitting in my house as it's not compatible. If you are talking about the Dashcam, I know of few folks have ordered it over on coloradofans, but not sure what the results were.
 

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If you are talking about the Camera system, with the add-on front camera, that does not work with the 2019's trust me, I tried having it installed and it's sitting in my house as it's not compatible. If you are talking about the Dashcam, I know of few folks have ordered it over on coloradofans, but not sure what the results were.
No, not dash cam.
I did found this, it says GM....not sure is that applies to Chevy as well.

2014 - 2019 GM Front Camera Kit for 8" Display
 

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No, not dash cam.
I did found this, it says GM....not sure is that applies to Chevy as well.

2014 - 2019 GM Front Camera Kit for 8" Display
I've never seen that camera system before, but I do know that the 2019 Infotainment systems do not have the same inputs as the early (2018 and prior) infotainment systems, so I don't see how they can say the same kit will fit 2014 to 2019. My suggestion is give them a call and see if they are aware of the changes to the systems and if they will let you return it if it doesn't fit.
 

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I've never seen that camera system before, but I do know that the 2019 Infotainment systems do not have the same inputs as the early (2018 and prior) infotainment systems, so I don't see how they can say the same kit will fit 2014 to 2019. My suggestion is give them a call and see if they are aware of the changes to the systems and if they will let you return it if it doesn't fit.
I have called them, but I did not asked that question. I will although call tomorrow and find out.
 

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I have the EchoMaster front camera, it works for 15-18year models, they are working on a 19 model. I find the camera is great for picking your line in rocky terrain. The Echomaster is a plug and play unit.
 
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I have the EchoMaster front camera, it works for 15-18year models, they are working on a 19 model. I find the camera is great for picking your line in rocky terrain. The Echomaster is a plug and play unit.
Hey, can you point me in the direction that EchoMaster front camera is working on a 19 model. The only front camera I'm aware of that works with the '19 Infotainment system is the Dashcam. I have the optional front camera from EchoMaster for the whole camera system and if I can at least use that camera it would be great.
 

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Echomaster is working on a 19 model, nothing yet. I think it would be worth waiting for the Echomaster. The camera module attaches to the back of the nav unit, it was two oem plugs that plug into the nav unit. You run a single cable out to the front bumper. You have four dip switches on the module that must be in the correct position, My 17 screen gives a great picture, you can run the front camera when ever you want, it's seamless with the backup camera.
 

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Echomaster is working on a 19 model, nothing yet. I think it would be worth waiting for the Echomaster. The camera module attaches to the back of the nav unit, it was two oem plugs that plug into the nav unit. You run a single cable out to the front bumper. You have four dip switches on the module that must be in the correct position, My 17 screen gives a great picture, you can run the front camera when ever you want, it's seamless with the backup camera.
Sorry, I misread your post, thought you said it is working on the '19, not that EchoMaster is working on the getting it to work with the '19s. My bad.
 
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Great :unamused:
If I drive with the AC on, it is nice and cold. But when I stop, the air slowly goes to warm. I had Toyota RAV4 2013, I never used auto on AC, it was always on manual with 73 degrees set and fan blowing hardly mid speed I was never war in that car.
Not sure what to think about this system in my truck. Maybe the AC can't keep up, maybe it a bug, like you said.
It sounds like the electric fan (on the engine) is not kicking on when the AC compressor cycles. I converted my first gen Colorado and old Silverado over to electric fans. Both had to have an extra wire ran to the AC compressor's clutch so the fan would kick on when it did. Otherwise it would do the exact thing you are describing.

The Compressor compresses fluid which generates heat. The heated fluid gets cooled down up in the rad area. The cooled down fluid then gets de-compressed and rapidly cools at that time... cold air is made.

The fact that it works when moving makes me think that the compressor/strength I fine.
 
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