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I like the looks of the Akkon headlights, but that’s about it. They seem to put out worse light than the factory headlights, and I’m not a big fan of the LED strip in them.
I would like to take the factory lights open them up, paint the reflectors black, and then put in a HID kit. But for now, these will work.

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I got the lined up okay. The cut off isn't that great or straight.

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After I had installed the camera system I had set the dip pins incorrectly. So when I put the truck in reverse the front camera came on. It look all of about 4 hours for me to back into a pole. :(
I looked at replacing the rear bumper with an aftermarket off-road bumper, but I since I tow I decided it would be best to stick with sometime OEM. I decided to go with the AEV rear bumper instead of the factory ZR2 on. Man this thing was a pain to install by myself, but with a little time I got it.

Look at the nice packaging from AEV

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I like the Duratracks that came on the Colorado. I think it is a great tire and they do great in the snow. However, I have wanted 33's since I bought the truck. I have been waiting for the stock Duratacks to wear out but they keep going....while I wait I decided to take the Colorado over to my buddy Rob's to install the AEV 33 inch tire kit. Rob used to do collision repair and has worked for custom fabrication 4x4 shops. I thought if anyone was to cut into the ZR2 it would be best if it was Rob.

As soon as he pulled off the wheel liner he found a mice nest. Damn it!!!! I brought him over some mice repellent and some dryer sheets which he stuffed into the wheel liner when he put them back.

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I've been meaning to start a build thread for years. Just now getting around to it. Going to start at the beginning and work up to where the truck is currently at. Zr2 is very capable out of the box so not much is needed to get the truck to where I want it.

I'm a Toyota convert. I had a built FJ and a built 4Runner prior to buying the Colorado. We love camping, and exploring the Colorado mountains. From remote mountain steams, to old mines, to tubing down ski runs, Colorado has a lot of fun places to explore and get out. Having a capable 4x4 has become a necessity for us, and has allowed us to see a lot of awesome stuff this state has to offer.

We got to the point where we had outgrown our 4Runner. It was a 2001, with over 200k on the clock. It still ran great and would wheel with the best of them, but the 3.4L V/6 and 33 inch tires didn’t instill confidence while towing our camper to the mountains, moab, etc, etc. On our last trip to Moab we were doing 20 mph over a mountain pass watching the transmission temperature shoot through the roof. As we waited on the side of the road (with our 3 year old daughter) for the transmission to cool, my wife expressed it might be time to look at something newer that could pull the camper at a more comfortable pace.

I started to look at new Tacomas as we knew we wanted the flexibility of having a bed. Then when I found out I could get a diesel in the Colorado I started to look at them more. I started reading about the ZR2 package with dual lockers, built in brake controller, exhaust breaking, and those pretty gold multimatic shocks. I felt like the diesel would have enough torque to pull my camper up the passes and still be a small enough package where I could park it downtown at work without much hassle.

When I started to look at the Colorado, I really liked how “done” they were from the factory. Lots of stuff I would do if I bought a Tacoma was already done on the ZR2. From the sliders, to the bumper cut outs, to suspension, to the additional cabin sound insulation. I felt like the platform was 95%+ there. I started thinking how much more I would spend changing things on a Tacoma to get it to where I wanted and the only thing, I thought the ZR2 would need would be 33 inch tires.
I went and drove a diesel ZR2 and thought it was great. I then started searching around for one that was optioned as I wanted. I knew I wanted the diesel, bose, nav, and the engine heater would be a plus. I was open to different colors but my daughter expressed that she really wanted a red one. A few days later my local dealer called me and told me they had a Cajon Red one in bound. He sent me the build sheet and told me he would call when it hit the lot. I read the build sheet and it had nav, bose and even the engine block heater. He called me a few days later and I came down and bought it.

Enough with the back story on to the pictures!

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Did you know they make an electric ZR2 for your kid? 4WD, 4 motors, rubber tires, it will actually go off-road albeit slowly. It even has a working tailgate for the bed where you can load your dog up at. Charlie is a big fan of the Colorado...both the electric and diesel versions.

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When I picked up the truck I didn't like how much the spare tire hung down so I had them install an OEM bed mounted spare tire kit. It takes up a lot of room and will eventually be replaced by the one from 589 fab.

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GM sent me GM Cash when I bought the truck and I used it to buy the floor liners. I really like floor liners. They have excellent coverage and contain messes well. Only complaint is that they cover the door appliqué a little but it's a minor gripe for how well they work.

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Nice truck, +paint selection. The GM floor liners are the way to go, I wouldn't be without. my only big bitch about those is the fact that they left the anchoring "snaps" or whatever you call them open, they leak when the pan fills with melting snow / water. I took mine back shortly after I bought the truck and asked that they swap them with the weather tech set. Big mistake. they were so flimsy and cheap, nowhere near the quality of the OEM set. Took the old ones back. now I just put a dab of silicone on the top of the snaps to seal them for the winter.
 

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Nice truck, +paint selection. The GM floor liners are the way to go, I wouldn't be without. my only big bitch about those is the fact that they left the anchoring "snaps" or whatever you call them open, they leak when the pan fills with melting snow / water. I took mine back shortly after I bought the truck and asked that they swap them with the weather tech set. Big mistake. they were so flimsy and cheap, nowhere near the quality of the OEM set. Took the old ones back. now I just put a dab of silicone on the top of the snaps to seal them for the winter.
Thanks! Good to know about the GM floor liners. I got mine with the GM cash when I bought the truck. They work well for me, however now I need to make sure they are getting wet underneath.
 

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I really like the looks for the factory wheel, but wanted something black to tone down the red a bit. I decided to take the wheels down to my local powered coater and we decided on a ultrahigh gloss black. Really happy with the way they came out.

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I like the factory Duratrac's, the factory size is just a bit on the small size. I decided to go up to a 285/70/17 (aka 33) but stay in the Duratracs.

All mounted up.

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I thought the OEM tire carrier took up a lot of room before. With the 33 mounted it becomes worse....

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I decided to continue the black out theme and had some ZR2 decals made.

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Then got some mountain stickers off Etsy for above the Colorado emblems.

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Nicely done. I like the black wheels with the Cajun Red. The rubber upgrade looks great too, did you have to adjust the speedo or gearing?
 

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Nicely done. I like the black wheels with the Cajun Red. The rubber upgrade looks great too, did you have to adjust the speedo or gearing?
Thanks! I like the way to came out as well. I did not adjust the gearing, but I did end up tuning it and I believe the tune accounted for the 33's in the speedo.
 
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