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TheBison

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Wanna sell your aev crome badge? Ill even send you another black aev decal if you want it
It got a little bent up when I removed it but I saved it and I think it could be reused. Let me take a pic and I'll PM you!
 

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I’ve been seriously thinking about the prinsu but that drilling I’ve heard is wild. I’d have to pick up a choke collar for the drill bit to not drill down too deep. Love the look of them though.
 

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I’ve been seriously thinking about the prinsu but that drilling I’ve heard is wild. I’d have to pick up a choke collar for the drill bit to not drill down too deep. Love the look of them though.
Yep, I'm a bit intimidated by the drilling but I drill 3/4" holes for antenna mounts at work all the time without too much concern. I'll just have to be careful!
 

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It's been a couple of busy days! We got the Prinsu rack on without too much trouble other than the drilling. As many have said, drilling into the roof channels is an absolute b*tch. I started with my decent titanium bits and partway through the first hole I had to run to the store and get cobalt bits - and I snapped a few of those too. The end product is worth it though! The final plan is to mount lights to the front of the wind deflector a la a KC M-rack (but for a fraction of the price!). We currently have a 23Zero 180 degree awning and wall set to go on the rack as well as an Ironman 13 gallon flat water tank to go on top. Pics to follow when it's all mounted up.
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In addition to the roof rack, I'm mostly finished building a seat delete platform for the 60% side of the back seat. I really like the Goose Gear system but the price is out of my range. Using their product as a guide (and their instructions to figure out mounting options) I built our own out of some 1" OSB and lumber scraps sitting around (because with current lumber prices I'm not buying wood products unless I have to!). Everything has been test fit, and now I need to put bedliner on the platform before I do the final bolt-in. I added a divider between the platform and the rest of the rear seat to mount something soft as an armrest at the same height as the door armrest to give a backseat passenger a bit more comfort. I'll post of pics of this when it's got the finish on and it's all bolted in.
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Nice build, the rear seat delete is nice. My father in-law just helped me build a rear seat delete for my Zr2, have my fridge on it, gained a lot of storage as well.
 
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What’s your feeling on the rivnuts? I’m so close to pulling the trigger and just using my mag drill to do the holes, but I’m mulling over the idea of dropping the headliner and using nylon nuts and longer bolts instead of the rivnuts. Do you trust the rivnuts?
 

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What’s your feeling on the rivnuts? I’m so close to pulling the trigger and just using my mag drill to do the holes, but I’m mulling over the idea of dropping the headliner and using nylon nuts and longer bolts instead of the rivnuts. Do you trust the rivnuts?
The rivnuts seem pretty solid so far. I was able to tighten the mounting hardware to them pretty tightly and didn't feel any movement, and compressing the rivnuts with the supplied "tool" was not difficult. That being said, the truck hasn't been driven since I finished the installation yesterday so the jury is still out on real-world security.
 

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What’s your feeling on the rivnuts? I’m so close to pulling the trigger and just using my mag drill to do the holes, but I’m mulling over the idea of dropping the headliner and using nylon nuts and longer bolts instead of the rivnuts. Do you trust the rivnuts?
So I'm working for a company that produces rivnuts and I can say that they are really really good when set correctly. The setting tool must be adjusted properly and the rivnuts must be from good quality and, ideally, have a knurling on the outside.

Unfortunately not all are made equally, but in general they are very good and actually get used more often by oem's lately.
 
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TheBison

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A quick side project: bed lights. Picked up a cheapo kit at Walmart that included 8 lights and a tailgate-actuated switch. I tapped power from the trailer electrical socket (I don't tow with the Bison, that's what I have my F250 for :grimacing:). Given the $30 cost, it's worked pretty well for a few months now.
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So I wrapped up a couple of details today. First, the seat delete has received its coat of bedliner and now it's bolted in tight:
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We started to add a few items to the roof rack. A 23Zero 180 degree awning (we also bought the wall kit but haven't tried it yet):
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And an Ironman 4x4 50L/13 gallon flat water tank:
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We haven't had the opportunity to do a "systems test" with all of the new additions, but we're headed to the Overland Bound 3rd Annual Buena Vista June Jam on Friday and that's really close to home so we're not too far away if any adjustments are needed . More scenic pics to follow!
 

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Well, happy to report that our test run went well! Sleeping under the awning with the wall kit was great (we hung a tarp to cover the gap next to the cab) and our new cots were very comfortable. We of course learned some lessons (bring an outdoor rug for inside the awning, make sure to park the rig at the correct angle to drain water from the rooftop tank, come up with some better camp organization) but we're on the right track I think.
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Nice looking truck! I'm a Ford man but I have always liked the Colorado. I always thought that if Chevy had put a decent suspension and a beefed up engine, it could compete with the Raptor.

What part of Colorado? I'm originally from Pueblo.
 
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Nice looking truck! I'm a Ford man but I have always liked the Colorado. I always thought that if Chevy had put a decent suspension and a beefed up engine, it could compete with the Raptor.

What part of Colorado? I'm originally from Pueblo.
Thanks! I usually like Fords myself (I've had a Bronco II :laughing:, an F150, and currently have a diesel F250 for ranch work) but I REALLY don't like the look of the new Rangers... I originally hail from Colorado Springs, but abandoned the Front Range for some solitude about 12 years ago.
 
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