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Finally got around to torching the garbage finish off the Lifetime LEDs that was flaking.

Aircraft stripper.. makes a mess. Removes the paint pretty well, takes some getting used to using to get the paint to lift.





Coarse steel wire wheel the piss out of it when it won't lift.





Might as well get a splash of color on the back to match the stripes.








Started on some overall wiring diagrams for the truck:


Major systems





Lighting systems


 

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Did you wire them into reverse lights or Independant switch?
I am little nervous to cut into stock wires, herd these trucks are sensitive to change in load


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Did you wire them into reverse lights or Independant switch?
I am little nervous to cut into stock wires, herd these trucks are sensitive to change in load


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I installed some LED pods under my bumper (and even though Thunderbear's red bezel is super sexy, I couldn't bring myself to cut into my bumper). I chose to splice the pods into the trailer wiring instead of my truck reverse lights.

If you're curious, it's the center pin of the 7-pin connection and I'm pretty sure it's a purple wire. If you do this, you won't have to worry about the load, it's meant to power halogen reverse lights on a trailer, so a pair of LEDs is fine. Mines been set up for 2 years now.


Thunderbear: sweet ride!

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Did you wire them into reverse lights or Independant switch?
I am little nervous to cut into stock wires, herd these trucks are sensitive to change in load


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Went to the 7 pin trailer plug, like @BearL. Going with quality LED pods, you should be fine. There is only one manufacturer for Amber/White flush mounts, so I was forced to go with subpar lights.



You could potentially cut the plastic rather than the metal of the bumper, but you would need to carve up the heatsink on the lights pretty heavily to clear the reinforcement bracket on the bumper steps.
 

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How hard was it to cut the bumper there to install the lights? I'm planning on doing the same this weekend and I'm nervous.
 

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The flush mounts? It wasn't hard, just tedious (and scary, being a painted surface). A lot of blue painters tape and careful measurements, and you're fine. I used a dremel with a small cutoff wheel, and went through like thirty discs because of the angle. For the mounting holes, you can hold the bezel up and drill through it to keep from walking the bit anywhere, or use pilot holes. Be sure to check clearances with your hitch before marking, so the lights actually fit where you want.



Metal's pretty soft, just take your time.
 

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and they say you shouldn't plow with a Colorado. Looks plenty capable to me, wonder how well it pushes sand! lol
 

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Well, this last time it basically graded my driveway because the ground wasn't frozen, so it pushes dirt and rocks just fine. Blades' full of gravel right now, along with all the berms. Going to have to regravel this spring, more than likely.
 

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Ordered an 18" DD Stage Series, and a STEDI 22" lightbar, thanks to one of you assholes that posted about STEDI lights.
I sincerely hope that I was "that asshole" that turned you onto STEDI lmao. I too used chinesium **** for so long that when I first fired up the st3k I nearly **** my pants as it was way brighter than my 50" double row 4D osram "500 watt" chinesium bar I ran on the roof rack of my tahoe.

I'm enjoying this build thread. Did you say that you found a set of baja designs brackets a la carte? I want a set of their a-pillar brackets to move my rear STEDI C-4 pods up front and replace them with STEDI's equivalent of the BD S2, but I don't know where to find the BD a-pillar brackets, and other manufacturers brackets stick up to high or out too wide. I want my a-pillar lights to be low profile.<img id="hzDownscaled" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img id="hzDownscaled" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img id="hzDownscaled" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;"><img id="hzDownscaled" style="position: absolute; top: -10000px;">
 

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Ha, it probably was you, I think there are only three of us that have that brand. I spent a day or two researching STEDI, well worth it, they make amazing stuff. The dollar exchange differential makes it a stupid easy decision to buy.


BD brackets came from Diesel Power Products. Hopefully they have a Christmas sale, because they are a tad spendier than I would have liked. Also ended up priming and painting them, because they were banged up from shipping 2,500 miles to The Great Land.
 

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Impressive work T-Bear! I am eyeing up that Android interface and front camera. Thanks for the tips and offer to help. If I move forward with that mod I will take you up on it.
 

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Ha, it probably was you, I think there are only three of us that have that brand. I spent a day or two researching STEDI, well worth it, they make amazing stuff. The dollar exchange differential makes it a stupid easy decision to buy.


BD brackets came from Diesel Power Products. Hopefully they have a Christmas sale, because they are a tad spendier than I would have liked. Also ended up priming and painting them, because they were banged up from shipping 2,500 miles to The Great Land.

Did you wire your STEDI up to the bright beam head lights? If so, is it really as easy as it sounds? Plug them in the existing connection, wire up the switch and that’s it?
 

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Did you wire your STEDI up to the bright beam head lights? If so, is it really as easy as it sounds? Plug them in the existing connection, wire up the switch and that’s it?
My setup is far different from that.

I have a dedicated switch controller for my lights, a Feniex 4200 Mini, with relays running for all six circuits.













If you did want to run the high beam/STEDI bar, the way to do it is to tap the highbeams and run a relay to power the LED bar. I'm sure someone here has done it that way. The other option is to pick up a GM light switch with the fogs and sport bar light switches integrated.
 

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Dang, this is the ultimate build thread to follow...
Hah, I don't know that you'd have a lot of agreement on that front. No flashy lift and big tires, just a build that makes the Colorado the truck it should have been from the factory, and a couple of other utility modifications.
 

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Hah, I don't know that you'd have a lot of agreement on that front. No flashy lift and big tires, just a build that makes the Colorado the truck it should have been from the factory, and a couple of other utility modifications.
Ahh but not everyone cares about flashy lifts or big tires. You have a lot of cool useful mods and they are done tastefully. Plenty to admire. :grin2:
 

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Exactly, big lift kit and whatever stupid rims are trendy coated in plastidip do nothing for me...he has documented some interesting new mods that I've not seen or even thought of. I'm a fan.
 

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BD brackets came from Diesel Power Products. Hopefully they have a Christmas sale, because they are a tad spendier than I would have liked. Also ended up priming and painting them, because they were banged up from shipping 2,500 miles to The Great Land.
Thanks for posting these. I'm now considering the following:

1. Buy these brackets a la carte for $120, and move my STEDI C-4 Pods up front on these, and then buy new reverse lights (Probably the STEDI 10W mini that competes with the BD S2 Sport) which should cost about $60 USD after shipping and dollar conversion, and then a new dual harness for $12 on amazon that I'll piggy-back on the STEDI high beam harness I already have in place. So for about $200 I could bring my C-4 pods up front on the A-pillars and replace them with 10w minis which would look better on the back of the truck for sure and be smaller but only 2000 lumens vs the 8400 lumens I have on the back right now..

2. I buy the BD GM squadron pro kit and 2 x the driving lens (since the ******* gm kit only comes in a spot config) for a total of $490 after forum discount and keep all my rear lighting power and get the squad pro's I've always wanted up front + spare spot optics if I ever fee like changing them out.

3. I go with plan #1 and have more lighting in the mean time for only $200 and then eventually upgrade the C-4 pods to squadron pros for $387 later on, and the put the C-4's back on the rear and use the 10W minis for camp lighting on that 589 fab half rack I've been eyeballing..

**** me idk what to do, all routes end up working out to between $500 - $600 either way.
 
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