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Hello All,

Starting to build out my 2016 Z71 Diesel Colorado. Have had it since Dec 2016 and .2 miles.

Current:
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Stock with my 2005 2500HD Duramax trade in:
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I've been planning this for awhile now, and have broken it out into phases:

PHASE 1 - Daily Life

[REMOVED] Bakflip G2
[INSTALLED] Weathertech front & rear floor liners
[INSTALLED] Weathertech 360* Sun Shades
[INSTALLED] Sapphire V1 Ceramic Coating
[INSTALLED] 265/70R17 BFG All-Terrain KO2
[INSTALLED] DECKED Truck Storage System+Dividers+L Tracks+Drain Plugs
[INSTALLED] Mann Provent 200 Catch Can
[COMPLETE] Remove Useless Spare Tire
[COMPLETE] AJT Designs Key Fob Swap
[INSTALLED] Center Console Organizer
[INSTALLED] HD Mil type battery terminals
[INSTALLED] GM Performance Leveling Kit
[INSTALLED] SAMLEX 600W Inverter + Front Dash 110v Outlet
[INSTALLED] Second Skin Damplifier Pro
[PLANNED] CB Radio with remote head
[PLANNED] NITRO 4.56 gearing

PHASE 1.5 - Offroad Power Prep

[INSTALLED] PowerTray Colorado Blank
[INSTALLED] Blue Sea Systems Terminal Block+Bus Bar+6x Fuse Block
[INSTALLED] Switch Pros SP-9100 8x Switch
[ORDERED] 589Fab ARB Twin Mount

PHASE 1.5 - Offroad Performance

[INSTALLED] ARB Summit Front Bumper
[INSTALLED] Engo 10k winch w/ Synth Line
[INSTALLED] Merchant Automotive HD Tie Rod Sleeves
[ORDERED] KING 2.5 RR Coilovers+Rear Shocks
[PLANNED] SPC or Camburg or Total Chaos Upper Control Arms
[PLANNED] Front Diff Drop Kit from AutoSpring
[PLANNED] Add a leaf kit from AutoSpring
[INSTALLED] N-FAB RKR Rails
[PLANNED] AEV Snorkel
[PLANNED] Dielectric grease all the things
[PLANNED] ARB Twin Air Compressor kit
[PLANNED] ARB Front locker
[PLANNED] Prinsu Roof Rack 40" Light Bar Cut
[ORDERED] S&B Cold Air Intake


PHASE 3.5 - Rooftop Tent Setup

[PLANNED] 12" Datin Bed Rack
[PLANNED] CVT Shasta Summit Tent


PHASE 3 - Lighting & Armor

[PLANNED] RIGID 202513 Diffused LED Pair
[PLANNED] RIGID 202113 Spot LED Pair
[PLANNED] RIDIG 202213 Flood LED Pair
[PLANNED] 589Fab Shock Skids
[PLANNED] SuperSkidz Aluminum Set
[PLANNED] Factor55 Flatlink
[PLANNED] Factor55 Flatlink RopeGuard

PHASE 4 - ALL IN

[PLANNED] AEV High Mark Fender Flares
[PLANNED] Expedition One Rear Bumper
[PLANNED] Trasharoo Spare Tire Trash Holder
[PLANNED] RIGID 40" Spot/Flood Combo Light Bar
[PLANNED] RIGID Lightbar Security Kit SR-Pro
[PLANNED] 2x 42L Alu-Box for Prinsu
[PLANNED] Road Shower RS4 7 Gal 55" Long


PHASE X - WHEN MX HAPPENS
[PLANNED] 315/70/R17 AT; KO2, KM3, or Duratracs
[PLANNED] 5x Method 701 Bronze Wheels


Total Cost: Arm+Leg+Firstborn+Favorite pet

I'll admit I'm biased towards some of the brands/items based on previous builds, but open to feedback and suggestions.

- ARC
 

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PHASE 1 - Daily Life

2016 Z71 Crew Cab Short Bed Diesel Colorado


[REMOVED] Bakflip G2
In my old aircraft hangar garage after installation

New Garage about to be removed


[INSTALLED] Sapphire V1 Ceramic Coating
Never wax + easier wash + hydrophobic + protection


[INSTALLED] Weathertech front & rear floor liners + 360* sunshades (TX was hot)


[INSTALLED] 265/70R17 BFG All-Terrain KO2




[INSTALLED] DECKED Truck Storage System+Dividers+L Tracks
Corona always seems appropriate for working on things after growing up on Fast & Furious movies




[INSTALLED] Mann Provent 200 Catch Can because oil in intake =/= longevity
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[COMPLETE] Remove Useless Spare Tire + Winch + Heat Shield; will put full size spare on top of DECKED





[COMPLETE] AJT Designs Key Fob Swap (Bad-donkey + Waterproof


[INSTALLED] Center Console Organizer

[INSTALLED] HD Mil type battery terminals
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[INSTALLED] GM Performance Leveling Kit
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PHASE 1.5 - Offroad Power Prep


[INSTALLED] SWITCH PROS 9100
Interior
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PowerTray Setup
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PHASE 2 - Offroad Performance
[INSTALLED] ARB Summit Front Bumper
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[INSTALLED] Engo 10k winch with Viking Synth Line. "Custom" Solenoid box. lol.
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[INSTALLED] Merchant Automotive HD Tie Rod Sleeves.
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PHASE 4 - Lights&Armor
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PHASE 5 - ALL IN
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Garage Porn !

Sockets :love:
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Spare/oversized sockets
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German NWS pliers rebranded by Irwin
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Nothing special, but how nicely these fit together makes me happy.
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Gotta start somewhere... Yellow bins from Harbor Freight medium organizers (black and clear plastic bins)
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This vacuum is a game changer. 18V ?! 20V ?! and a cord ?!
Disclaimer: Do not be alarmed by the HF jack stand. It's from the original run, not the recalled run
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Everyone should have a label maker, especially one that makes heatshrink labels for wiring.
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Anti headache medicine:
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Did some experimenting with battery cable end terminating/crimping. Purchased both lug crimpers (bolt cutter crimpers) and a hydraulic crimper (yellow handle special). Both produced cold welds and excellent ends, but the hydraulic wins for not creating a pinch of excess material. Both the bolt cutter and hydraulic crimper were actually metric and bastardized for AWG, but the hydraulic style evenly applies pressure to the fitting whereas the bolt cutters, by design, start towards the handles and finish at the end, which is where the excess goes.

Dealing with 1/0 AWG & 4AWG Ancor marine grade tinned copper battery cable. Runs about $5-8/ft for 1/0 and $1-2 for 4AWG. Found easily on Amazon and at West Marine stores.
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Bolt cutter style 4AWG for winch (excess copper to the left side...):
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Bolt cutter 1/0 AWG for battery cable:
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Angle grinder cutoff wheel shows a nice cold weld. Not easy to get through:
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Hydraulic yellow handle 1/0 AWG crimp:
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Angle grinder cutoff. Very pleased with it:
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Just for fun, I cut into some factory crimped cables for comparison.
From top to bottom:
Bolt Cutter Crimp 1/0 AWG
Bolt Cutter Crimp 4 AWG
Auto parts store special 4AWG...
Engo original battery cable 4AWG
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Sealed all my new winch cables with marine grade dual wall adhesive heatshrink:
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Oh man, jealous of your garage/tools set up. Like how much planning you've put into this. Following!
 
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Oh man, jealous of your garage/tools set up. Like how much planning you've put into this. Following!
Thanks ! I know it was just straight up bragging but I was hoping someone would appreciate it.

I'm also an excessive planner. Professionally and personally haha. Build thread is a reflection of the spreadsheet that tracks weight & balance, maintenance checklists, torque specs, and generic stuff I don't want to have to look up every time. Every time I learn something about the truck, or find something I want to do, I'll throw it in my nerd spreadsheet.

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Why do my posts sit "awaiting approval before being displayed publicly" ? That a forum thing now ? (Not saying it wasn't before, but it has not been on previous/other forums I've been a part of)

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An estimated $15k+ to go “overlanding”?

I hate being poor. :cautious:
I'm of the camp that I'm glad there are people like this so we can see what $15k might look like, even though it'll never be in my budget or interest to do it myself. "Your money, your truck", etc. plus we get a cool thread to follow!
 

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An estimated $15k+ to go “overlanding”?

I hate being poor. :cautious:
I should rephrase. $15k to build the overlander of my dreams. haha. I have camped and done some mild trails in it basically stock with slightly oversized tires. h

I'm of the camp that I'm glad there are people like this so we can see what $15k might look like, even though it'll never be in my budget or interest to do it myself. "Your money, your truck", etc. plus we get a cool thread to follow!
haha great attitude friend. I wish more people in the world had your attitude as opposed to the "I'm not interested in this so it must be banned and illegal". Can't stop the tinker; I enjoy doing the work. I'm also hardly alone. I've really enjoyed lurking on G2Skier's ZR2 build, F8l's 2018 Canyon, and Deadly 99's Canyon+Trailer Build.

Edit: Forgot about Golee33's insane(ly awesome) Z71 build.
 
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I should rephrase. $15k to build the overlander of my dreams. haha. I have camped and done some mild trails in it basically stock with slightly oversized tires.
Looking forward to your updates. Your budget is impressive.

I looked at your build sheet and I’m trying to figure you out. :unsure:

I find this build interesting and count me as subscribed.
 

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Very well organized, you and I are both spreadsheet nerds! I very much appreciate someone who pays close attention to detail. So, I do have a few initial questions/comments:
1. What purpose does the trim removal tool serve for changing the cabin air filter?
2. I have always found the Weathertech floormats to be the best floor liners for keeping out dirt, sand, etc...except in this case (have them in all of my vehicles, except the Canyon). It may surprise you that the OEM GM all weather floorliners are better quality and provide far more coverage than the Weathertech ones, including a lip that covers the sill plate and much taller/longer side walls to protect from dirt getting flung between the rug and liner.
3. Have you considered creating a tool kit for maintenance or repairs in the field? Stuff happens, and it appears you have plenty of spare sockets.
4. What branch did you serve in? The Pelican case, spartan stencil, and tool organization seem to hint at veteran...
 

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Very well organized, you and I are both spreadsheet nerds! I very much appreciate someone who pays close attention to detail. So, I do have a few initial questions/comments:
1. What purpose does the trim removal tool serve for changing the cabin air filter?
2. I have always found the Weathertech floormats to be the best floor liners for keeping out dirt, sand, etc...except in this case (have them in all of my vehicles, except the Canyon). It may surprise you that the OEM GM all weather floorliners are better quality and provide far more coverage than the Weathertech ones, including a lip that covers the sill plate and much taller/longer side walls to protect from dirt getting flung between the rug and liner.
3. Have you considered creating a tool kit for maintenance or repairs in the field? Stuff happens, and it appears you have plenty of spare sockets.
4. What branch did you serve in? The Pelican case, spartan stencil, and tool organization seem to hint at veteran...
0. Really appreciate your input, on all the threads !
1. I honestly have no idea. I've changed it twice now with just a flathead (to remove the stupid glove compartment hinge pins. Do you have a better way of doing this ?)
2. Reeeeaaaalllly. GM actually got that one right ? Damn. Well, the truck came with the original floor mats in the original packaging in the backseat, and they're still that way.
3. I have a toolkit in my decked drawers. A full set of box end wrenchs in a canvas roll, orange big box store special screwdriver with both ends, long flat head screwdriver, adjustable wrenches, small socket set, black rtv, jb weld steel, some 3/8 hosing, vinyl tape, etc...
4. Still active duty; aviator by trade. Don't want to go into any further personal details; I'm sure you understand. Yourself ? Those are pretty intricate details to pick up on without some inside familiarization.
 
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Looking forward to your updates. Your budget is impressive.

I looked at your build sheet and I’m trying to figure you out. :unsure:

I find this build interesting and count me as subscribed.
Well if you figure me out, would you mind letting me know ? hahahaha.

If everything goes according to plan, I'll have some Merchant Automotive tie rod sleeves and GM leveling kit on this weekend to regain some of the front end height I lost with the ARB summit bumper & winch. The MA tie rod sleeves weren't really planned, just fell into my lap. Figured if I have the the front suspension disassembled already and need an alignment, might as well beef up an exposed skinny component.
 

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Labor day proved very fruitful !

First on the agenda was properly routing the battery cables for my winch and finishing up wiring for that.

I ran 1.5" split loom with 2x 1/0 AWG cables from the winch to the battery:
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Then I spent about 2 hours with my trusty Fluke trying to figure out why the winch wouldn't run... Wiring diagram for the solenoid was incorrect -,- There was no 12v running to the remote, so no way to complete the circuit and engage either the forward or reverse solenoid. Frustrating, but had the opportunity to refamiliarize myself with DC systems.

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Runs like a champ now and I wound it under load so it's good to go, should the occasion call for it this weekend :D

After it ops-checked good, I finalized the wiring. Since I built that solenoid box, I labeled the wires correctly for in vs out on the remote, used clear heat shrink, and then covered them in split loom + zip ties to prevent them from touching each other.

Labelled and heat shrunk:
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Split loom covering each:
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Also if anyone is curious about the ground point driver's side front:

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It's an interesting bolt indeed ! 13mm to remove it and it's an M8x1.25

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