2018 ZR2 Dusk Diesel build - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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2018 ZR2 Dusk Diesel build

Hi! I'm new here, former Jeep guy, wanted something that was better for daily driving and also missed having a truck. Got this ZR2 back in October and couldn't be happier.

Modest build here.

So Far:
-RC 1.25" Leveling Kit
-Midwest Overland Industries winch mount
-Warn Zeon 8S winch
-RC ZR2 Light bar mounts
-RC 30" curved "black out" light bar
-Rigid Industries "Ignite" backup lights (wired to reverse lights)
-Replaced factory reverse bulbs with LED's
-Replaced high beam bulbs with Sylvainia Silverstar Ultra bulbs
-Replaced three chrome "Colorado" badges with black ones
-Weathertech floor mats
-Center console organizer from amazon (It counts!)

To go:
-Nitto Ridge Grappler 265/70R17's
-Green Diesel Engineering tune
-589 Fab rear shock skids
-LED Dynamics low beams

I took some measurements before and after the leveling kit install and then again after adding 100+ pounds to the front bumper. I measured at the very front edge of the bumper under the bowtie.
-Pre leveling kit: 28.125"
-Post leveling kit: 30.250"
-Post winch install and front end alignment: 29.750"

To my knowledge, I might be the first person to do both the MOI winch mount as well as the RC light bar mount. They both use the existing bumper holes so the light bar mount gets sandwiched between the winch mount and the frame of the truck which pushes the winch mount 1/8" forward. This causes a couple issues:
-The light bar blocks access to the winch so the winch has to remain in "engaged" all the time, which is why I went with the Zeon 8S over the 10S. (a bit faster) and I used the Warn solenoid relocation kit to put the solenoid under the hood on top of the passenger side fender well. (But it only takes a minute to remove the light bar with a single Allen key if needed)
-The bottom lip of the bumper is pushed forward by 1/8" which makes it impossible to install 6 of the 25,000 T-15 screws without stressing the plastic but if you pop the green retaining clips out of their steel bracket and then just use them like non-captive nuts, this gives you 1/8" in either direction so no problem.

MOI has you leave out three air handling plastic pieces that live behind the grille. The two lower pieces aren't even used in the Diesel, but the upper piece (goes in front of the main radiator) is structural, so I just trimmed off the bottom bit that was in the way and reinstalled the top 3/4 of it. I included a pic of all the items not reinstalled. From left to right: Factory bumper, lower air dam, the bit I trimmed off the large plastic piece, and the air scoop duct. None of these items are used on the diesel, as you can see the two black rectangles block all the air going through this area, hopefully the winch and light bar will block the same amount. Also wound up with two extra 10mm bolts.. Hope these weren't important!

Sorry, the pic of the solenoid is upside down.
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Very nice truck. I like how the average person wouldn't know you have a winch installed.

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How does one go about replacing the Colorado name plates with black ones?

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How does one go about replacing the Colorado name plates with black ones?
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All you need is a blow dryer and some dental floss. I used painters masking tape to mark the position of the old ones. The black ones are a little larger so just make sure they both start from the same distance from the front of the door jam.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B019W...mob_b_pd_title

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Nice truck!

Shock skids should be one of the first things to get if planning to go over any big rocks.
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How does one go about replacing the Colorado name plates with black ones?
Don’t get the ones that do not have the foam template around them (actual factory new oem) as they are a breeze to install.

I installed a set of the redline badges a few months back, very easy. Just take your time. Paid $90 shipped for 3.
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How does one go about replacing the Colorado name plates with black ones?
Don’t get the ones that do not have the foam template around them (actual factory new oem) as they are a breeze to install.

I installed a set of the redline badges a few months back, very easy. Just take your time. Paid $90 shipped for 3.
The ones I got from amazon are also attached to a one-step install template.
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Washed it and swung by the lake for a sunset photo op!
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Nice truck!

Shock skids should be one of the first things to get if planning to go over any big rocks.
Thank you! Just placed the order from 589fab!
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Don’t get the ones that do not have the foam template around them (actual factory new oem) as they are a breeze to install.



I installed a set of the redline badges a few months back, very easy. Just take your time. Paid $90 shipped for 3.
Were did you get the factory ones at?

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The ones I got from amazon are also attached to a one-step install template.
Hmmm.. it doesn’t appear they have the foam template from the pictures. Shows them marking lines on the painters tape to get them lined up which is not needed with the foam templates.

You also stated the black ones are “slightly larger”... Why would GM make them slightly larger? Makes zero sense, why I feel the ones you got from amazon were not oem.

The oem Redline badges I got were exactly the same size as the chrome badges. I took the foam template off the one of the Redline badges, placed them over the stock badges, taped around the foam template and it was as simple as that.

2018 ZR2: Factory Sports Bar with OEM Off Road lights, Off Highway Equipment switch for lights, OEM rubber floor mats, Redline badges, Red tow hooks.
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Were did you get the factory ones at?

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This is how I installed mine. Tascaparts Is where I got mine.

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Great looking truck. A couple little things I did to mine may interest you. I got a set of black duramax badges off ebay and changed them out on the hood. I also copied someone’s idea from this site and hit the tail pipe with flat black grill paint, made it blend much better than stock. How much did the winch set up set you back $ ?
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Great looking truck. A couple little things I did to mine may interest you. I got a set of black duramax badges off ebay and changed them out on the hood. I also copied someone’s idea from this site and hit the tail pipe with flat black grill paint, made it blend much better than stock. How much did the winch set up set you back $ ?
I'm gonna get those duramax badges! Thank you!

$1250 for the Warn Zeon 8S winch (from 4WP, I've seen them for sale online for around $1000)
$125 for the Factor 55 flatlink
$675 for the MOI winch mount
$24 for the MOI fairlead
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Looks great. Love White ZR2's
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The ones I got from amazon are also attached to a one-step install template.
Hmmm.. it doesn’t appear they have the foam template from the pictures. Shows them marking lines on the painters tape to get them lined up which is not needed with the foam templates.


You also stated the black ones are “slightly larger”... Why would GM make them slightly larger? Makes zero sense, why I feel the ones you got from amazon were not oem.

The oem Redline badges I got were exactly the same size as the chrome badges. I took the foam template off the one of the Redline badges, placed them over the stock badges, taped around the foam template and it was as simple as that.
Hmmm... I never said they were OEM, nor did I say they had a foam template. The front of the letters (the whole ”COLORADO” badge) are stuck to a single piece of thick clear vinyl, so you can see the letters sitting on your bottom alignment tape) I’m more than happy with my amazon letters. $55 and they were on my doorstep in two days. Took about five minutes to install all three sets. Someone asked me where I got my letters and I told them. My Warn winch isn’t OEM either.

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