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Colorado Diesel 4x4 Long Travel build

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  1. Sonny Marton

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    #1 Sonny Marton, Aug 3, 2017
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    Hi y'all,

    I would like to introduce my new adventuring rig and myself. My truck is a 2016 Colorado Diesel Z71 4x4 that is currently sitting at 20k miles. I am located in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and work as a software engineer. My wife is an athletic trainer and a teacher. We were both born and raised in Central Texas, then attended the University of Texas, and lastly moved to the greater Seattle area last year for work.

    My rig is somewhat unique and is not a typical overlanding build as it is getting a full long travel suspension front and rear. The main purpose for my rig is for my wife and I to have fun. Whether that is to hit some trails and service roads in Pacific Northwest, take the truck and quads (Yamaha Raptor 700R and YFZ 450R) out to the sand dunes, camp/glamp, take a long road trip, find a nice remote viewpoint, drive up a pass to go ski/board, or go to an overland rally to learn and meet new people.

    You can follow my instagram @overland_tractor

    I am a huge go getter, will do all the work I can myself and like to do things only once (the right way). I am constantly going through forums trying to learn new things, meet/help others and just check out other cool builds. I plan on doing better a better job at documenting our travels in the truck, as I now have a gopro and camera to use. Also starting this thread should help as I have a place to keep everything updated.

    I will admit that I don't have as much experience in the offroading/overlanding world as I would like to. I have come from another world, as my previous build was a 1990 300ZX with an LS3 swap, an ultimate street and track build (picture attached). However the new rig will be much better suited to having fun in the PNW and beyond. I look forward to gaining experience and learning as time goes on.

    Following is a list of things purchased, things needed and things wanted. It will continue to change and grow as time goes on.

    Purchased (some pieces not installed):
    - Method Grids Black (6)
    - Falken AT3W 35x12.5x17 (6)
    - Baja Kits +2 Prerunner Kit this kit includes our boxed upper and lower arms, custom heat treated axles, grade 9 hardware kit, extended brake lines and steering extension
    - Baja Kits Frame Side Bypass Mount
    - Custom King 2.5 Coilovers
    - Custom King 2.5 Bypass
    - Baja Kits Spring Under Kit
    - Deaver Springs
    - Baja Kits Bump stop Kit
    - King 2.5 Bump stops
    - King 2.5 rear shock
    - King 2 Tube Bypass
    - Fiberwerx front and rear fenders with bumper caps
    - All In Trucks Tune and dsp4 switch
    - ProFab intake and intercooler pipes
    - FloPro Aluminized Exhaust
    - Leitner rack
    - Leitner MaxTrax mount
    - Leitner MaxTrax pins
    - (2) MaxTrax pair grey
    - (2) Leitner Rotopax mounting plate
    - (3) Diesel 2 gal Rotopax
    - Water 2 gal Rotopax
    - (2) Rotopax extensions
    - (2) Rotopax lock mount
    - Leitner HiLift bracket
    - HiLift Jack Extreme
    - Leitner RTT mounts
    - (4) Leitner light mounts (for bar or pods)
    - Fire extinguisher
    - Camp Chef 2 Burner Camp stove with bag and hose adapter
    - 2 Gallon propane tank
    - (4) Camping chairs
    - Folding table
    - Lighter

    Future:
    - Sliders
    - Superskidz (all 5 pieces)
    - Lights on lights on lights
    - Roof rack
    - Go pro mount on windshield
    - Pressure down tool
    - Bottle jack
    - Offroad jack
    - Winch
    - Front and Rear bumpers
    - Recovery kit
    - Twin onboard compressor
    - Dual battery setup
    - SPOD or other similar
    - Cooler/Fridge
    - First aid kit
    - Map/gps setup
    - Radios
    - Hard cases
    - ? Water filtration system
    - Grill
    - AX and Shovel mount on rack inside?
    - Inverter
    - Outlets with inverter
    - Solar panel setup
    - Tool kit (so I dont have to take my tools from home)
    - Lantern
    - Flashlights
    - Zippo
    - Paracord
    - Sleeping bags
    - ? Fishing poles

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  2. ChuckB

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    Your truck is cool. But as a former Z32 owner, that Z is sweet!!
     
  3. Sonny Marton

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    I have another Z32 sitting in the garage, a slicktop. But I wont get to it for awhile.
     
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    #4 Sonny Marton, Aug 4, 2017
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    20604667_1837502166265126_6736105627260977040_n.jpg 20543941_1837565249592151_8915652237687234520_o.jpg I received my Fiberwerx front fenders, bumper caps and rear fenders in today
     
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    Keep us updated! Most of the people I know underrate the Colorado and how well it actually performs. Personally biased as a GM fan, but that truck will take you a long ways, and using it like you are will hopefully open some other Colorado-doubting people to the quality and wide usage of it.
     
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    I think it's plenty capable. Just had a service 4wd issue worked out so I hope I don't have any other random issues.
     
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    Glad to see another Chevy build here. How do you like the diesel?

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    It's been great! Just under 30 mpgs while I have the RTT on. That'll go down once I put the 35s on....
     
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    With 35's you'll be stretching out your final gear ratio. You don't expect the MPG to improve or at least stay the same?

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    Got my Kings in today. Just need the front bypass mounts, rear spring under kit and bump stop mount.

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  11. darthyota

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    Hey I stoked to see where you're build goes but I'm afraid that you're not going to have enough rear shock if you plan on running any high speed stuff. Based on the above setup your front is going to way out perform the rear which is going to cause it to donkey kick quite dramatically which can be dangerous.
     
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    It will be a spring under setup in the rear so I will have a little more travel than stock, just waiting on the Deaver stuff to get here. Eventually I'll go to a bed cage, as I thought the same thing about the rear kick.
     
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    What kind of travel are we looking at front and rear!? And are we thinking of re-gearing for those 35s?
    PS. It's gonna look B.A. With those big boots under it!!
     
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    I'm actually not sure of the exact travel im the rear but around 13.5" up front.

    Regearing will come with either Nitro gears or Yukon if they develop some.
     
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    Nice looking rig that's getting turning into a great travel vehicle.
     
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    What diffs do the new cannon/colorado twins use? Something other then 10 and 12 bolt gm stuff?
     
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    Not sure of model number but unfortunately it's unique to the Colorado/Canyon
     
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    They are all new Dana Axles. Similar to a D44 but a bit bigger if I recall.
     
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    #19 Sonny Marton, Aug 11, 2017
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    Received my Bora spacers for the rear. These will get me by until I have the rear widened some.

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    Fenders are on but need to do final fitment. Hope to get the front suspension installed tomorrow.
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