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Old 06-03-2018, 11:18 AM   #151 (permalink)
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I'm glad this got bumped up--I had missed it until now. Phenomenal work throughout. Like someone else said, I've never thought much of colorados, but I'm drooling over this one.
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Old 06-03-2018, 12:51 PM   #152 (permalink)
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Amazing build. Like the others, I am enjoying the original ideas.

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Old 06-13-2018, 07:29 AM   #153 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, here is another update.

I pulled everything out of the front end. I made some new tie rods out of hex stock, drilled and tapped to 3/4-16 left and right thread. It's pretty terrifying how small the stock tie rods are.







I test fit the diff and A-arms in my frame to check clearance to the oil pan and the steering rack. Everything is VERY close and some grinding in a couple spots on the diff and rack mount was required. I also swapped the two lower rack mount bolts to flat heads instead of hex bolts. It will be super nice not having the lift crossmember on there anymore acting as a snow plow.











I welded and gusseted the A-arms. The more I think about it, I think I will work on making some boxed upper A-arms. I don't trust these to take large side load.

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Old 06-13-2018, 07:46 AM   #154 (permalink)
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I had to make new mounting feet for the coilovers since the mounting bushing is integrated into the H3 A-arm.



I got the mounting brackets made for the diff and welded up.









A friend of mine wanted to practice taking some camera shots.



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your rigs starting to look similar to the trucks i saw in Iceland last summer! the tie rods look great
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:27 AM   #157 (permalink)
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Oh I almost forgot a couple weeks ago I bolted on some little street tires and went drag racing







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I welded and gusseted the A-arms. The more I think about it, I think I will work on making some boxed upper A-arms. I don't trust these to take large side load.

I was hoping you'd say that. I was going to suggest at least a backbone gusset along the whole thing, but if you're going to fully box them, even better.

Even if they hold up, I'd be worried about holding an alignment with that span of ungusseted material between the two gussets.
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your rigs starting to look similar to the trucks i saw in Iceland last summer! the tie rods look great
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Old 06-21-2018, 08:56 AM   #161 (permalink)
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More progress as of last night. I bent up my A-arm mounts and coilover towers using the swag offroad press brake. I had to make a slightly sketchy punch extension to get the parts to clear the press brake.



















I also figured out the drivers side of the steering rack has a smaller bore, so I had to turn down one of the steering clevises. That was not fun to hold in the lathe.

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The driver's side coilover tower ended up being a pain since I had to make it clear the steering shaft.







Putting things together for an initial check. I ended up using stock Silverado 2500/3500 brake hoses by flaring a 3/8"-24 nut onto the Colorado line and then using a 3/8"-24 to 7/16"-24 adapter fitting.





With the weight on it. Using the 8 lug H2 wheels, it narrowed it back up to about the width it was with the stock Colorado A-arms and 1.5" wheel spacers.





Limit strap installed. Another thing I am finding out is that the Colorado stock A-arm mounting locations combined with the location of the front diff, there is a lot of CV axle plunge. I will probably eventually fix this issue by using a taller spindle and drop the lower A-arm mount a couple inches. It will give better camber change behavior and much less axle plunge. That will have to wait though. I have a trip to the Oregon coast next month to go play on the dunes. For now, travel will just be limited with limit straps and bump stops.

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Old 07-06-2018, 08:10 AM   #163 (permalink)
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The diff is also put together with the 33 spline ox locker and larger 4.88 JK gears. I used the kit from Nitro for the JK gear retrofit. I was not impressed with the kit at all. It didn't have nearly enough pinion depth shims, the solid spacer came with like 4 shims and non of them were small enough to dial in the preload very well. Also, the solid spacer itself was too long, I actually had to machine it in the lathe. The kit came with no instructions at all either.













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Are you still running the Malibu console shift?
Or did you get the column shifter to work with the 6spd?
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Old 07-09-2018, 01:52 PM   #165 (permalink)
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Are you still running the Malibu console shift?
Or did you get the column shifter to work with the 6spd?
I am using the Malibu shifter. I have the tap shift wired up, but I still haven't gotten the tap shifting to work in the operating system yet. I originally was using the column shifter and it worked fine, but it doesn't have the manual shift buttons.
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Front end is put together (for now). I really like the ground clearance. 18.75" to the lower A-arm crossmember and 15" to the bottom of the diff.









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I started working on the rear axle right after the front was together. I cut down the AAM 11.5 spindles and the 9" housing. On the first attempt at getting the new spindles tacked on using an alignment bar, I determined the left side of the 9" housing was tweaked about 3/16". We did some flame straightening to get it close.









I got the spindles tacked on on Sunday and measured for axles so I could order them on Monday.



I got the spring perches tacked and started trying to get the Ruff Stuff truss to fit nicely.



I was very impressed with Dutchman axles. I ordered the custom length 35 spline shafts with the 14 bolt/ AAM 11.5 flange on Monday, and they were delivered on Thursday!



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Old 07-15-2018, 08:33 AM   #168 (permalink)
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Awesome work Man, love the build.

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Finished the rear axle. I had to straighten the housing a little after welding the truss on.

















And installed a Wilwood proportioning valve.

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Old 08-01-2018, 08:23 AM   #170 (permalink)
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Installed the radiator. This was a very tight fit. I ended up having to get radiator mounting brackets for a Hummer H3/ V8 Colorado which meant I had to buy another new radiator just for the brackets :/

Here is the Griffin radiator compared to the stock 5 cylinder radiator.







The 2017 Camaro ZL1 / Cadillac CTSV fan is a 19" Brushless Pulse width modulated fan that supposedly is an 850 watt fan.



The shroud needed trimmed in several placed to fit the radiator and I had to make angle brackets to mount the fan.



I had to cut about 3/8" off the waterpump nose and tack weld to make sure it doesn't try to move.



I made a new top bracket to pull the radiator forward about 1/2" also



I finished making the air solenoid manifold for my lockers and sway bar as well

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I did an alignment and finally drove it a little bit around the parking lot. It seems super stable and pretty smooth



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Old 08-01-2018, 08:41 AM   #172 (permalink)
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so much cool work going on here. the H2s look perfect on this truck with low lift and big rubber
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:09 AM   #173 (permalink)
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seriously love this build. may be the fact im partial to keeping IFS in my rig and doing a full front end change up like this.

How are you driving the fan? using a certain controller?
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:27 AM   #174 (permalink)
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This thing is the definition of a "sleeper"!!!
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Old 08-01-2018, 02:45 PM   #175 (permalink)
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seriously love this build. may be the fact im partial to keeping IFS in my rig and doing a full front end change up like this.

How are you driving the fan? using a certain controller?
My E67 ECM is controlling it. I havnt check it at higher speeds, but I've heard it might automatically shut off above about 40 mph. If that's the case, I might have to get the Lingenfelter PWM fan controller because that means in low range it will shift off when it thinks I'm going fast but really only going like 5 mph haha
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