Protect & Serve: A Winch, Lights And Beefy Bumper For A Backcountry-Bound Chevy Colorado ZR2

Chevrolet’s Colorado ZR2 is a challenging 4×4 on- and off-pavement, sporting a best cessation and drivetrain GM has ever offering in a midsize pickup. Combine a implausible cessation control of a Multimatic DSSV shocks with a traction from electronic-locking differentials during both ends, and we have a stellar performer right off a salon floor. Step adult to a discretionary 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel, and softened fuel economy and low-end torque rouse that opening to an even aloft level.

The Colorado ZR2 comes prepared to rock. But as good as it is from a factory, there are things that can be finished to rouse a lorry to a subsequent level, such as adding a heavy-duty front buffer to reinstate a cosmetic fascia. An aftermarket buffer can urge front-end protection, make it easy to supplement auxiliary lighting and a winch, and urge proceed angle.

Addictive Desert Designs’ (ADD) Stealth Fighter front buffer for a ’17-’18 ZR2 does customarily that, and it’s permitted in both winch and non-winch versions. Some facilities that make a ADD buffer appealing: a radius pattern matches a contours of a bureau fascia, it retains a bureau skidplate, it has a concept core light mountain for adult to 30-inch lightbars or brick combos, and a buffer weighs reduction than 80 pounds.

Those are a really reasons Steve Conlee, and zealous outdoorsman who spends a lot of time exploring a deserts of a Southwest and backcountry of a Pacific Northwest, had Dunks Performance in Springfield, Oregon, implement a winch-model Stealth Fighter on his Duramax-powered ’18 Colorado ZR2. Conlee’s ascent also enclosed a Warn VR 10-S winch, Rigid LED lights, and an sPOD with a switch row propitious into a ZR2’s bureau beyond console.

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Addictive Desert Designs’ Stealth Fighter winch buffer is a strong, nonetheless lightweight, steel-and-aluminum section that is built to compare a contours of a ’17-’18 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. This lorry was also fit with Rigid LED lights and a Warn VR 10-S winch.

The designation of a winch and buffer took about 4 hours, with a wiring and ascent of a lights and sPOD holding adult a rest of a day. Nothing about a designation is technically difficult. What ate adult a lot of a time was imprinting and slicing a enamel buffer cover fascia so a Stealth buffer would demeanour as if it were a Chevrolet option, and custom-mounting a sPOD switch row into a beyond console. ADD’s instructions are really detailed, creation a installation, generally slicing divided a GM cosmetic bumper, smooth. The Rigid Industries LED lights and sPOD wiring are also easy to install, with a latter providing templates for ascent a control box and switch panel. Both have plug-and-play wiring, too.

As a photos of a pivotal aspects of Dunks tech Robert Shepler doing a implement show, this whole ascent can be rubbed simply by a DIYer in their possess garage with minimal tools. The time and income for this aftermarket facelift is good spent since when it’s finished, a Colorado ZR2 is truly prepared for four-wheelin’—anywhere, anytime.

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The Stealth Fighter buffer implement began with Dunks tech Robert Shepler stealing a OEM skidplate, that was reinstalled after regulating a same 15mm bolts. We also had to mislay a dual 10mm bolts underneath that reason a buffer cover (fascia) to a impact bar (shown).

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Detaching a Colorado’s reduce middle buffer liners from a fascia customarily compulsory stealing a 7mm bolts on any middle corner. The collection compulsory for this implement are really minimal and basic, nonetheless a good pivot hollow comes in utterly handy.

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The fun partial of a designation was regulating masking fasten along a tip physique line of a buffer cover. ADD sum a taping and imprinting aspects in a PDF that is permitted on a company’s website. Very specific measurements are supposing as to where to place outlines on a fasten where a cut line will be placed so a remaining tip fascia aligns with a tip of a Stealth Fighter bumper.

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It takes a solid palm to make a initial cut. Shepler took his time and finished a initial cut 1/2-inch next a mark. This approach a new buffer could be placed to see how it aligned before creation a final trim on a remaining plastic.

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Cutting divided a reduce apportionment of a front buffer means a permit image mountain will be removed, so you’ll have to figure out how/where to mountain a permit image in states that need one in a front. The ADD winch-style buffer doesn’t have supplies for remounting it.

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The impact bar, towhooks, and atmosphere diverter (shown) were removed. The new buffer has good airflow into a radiator and a Duramax intercooler. Another plus.

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With a impact bar and atmosphere diverter out of a way, Shepler temporarily set a ADD buffer into place to check a fixing and fit opposite a remaining partial of a fascia.

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The test-fit showed a tangible noted cut line was where we indispensable to trim to for correct alignment. One change we finished was slicing a “step-up” (hidden underneath Shepler’s left hand) during a 45-degree angle instead of true as ADD’s directions indicate. We felt that slicing it this approach fit a angles of a buffer better.

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With a Colorado’s front finish prepared for a bumper, we incited a courtesy to ascent a 30-inch Rigid Industries RDS Pro lightbar in a ADD bumper. The Stealth Fighter buffer is designed for this winding lightbar, so a fit was perfect. We also commissioned a span of Rigid’s relating single-row amber lights in a bumper’s wings. (Tape on a buffer keeps it from stealing scratched during a install.)

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We also commissioned a Warn VR 10-S, along with a wireless remote winch control. The winch is not simply permitted once commissioned in a bumper, hence a need for a remote. The fake winch handle keeps weight minimized.

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Our final alteration before installing a winch buffer was relocating a engine atmosphere sensor from a bureau location, low and behind a atmosphere diverter we’d removed, to a tip indicate a dawn authorised and regulating a cosmetic tie-wrap to secure it in place.

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If we don’t have an additional physique to assistance implement a bumper, a hydraulic list cart, like those offering by Northern Tool + Equipment, is a permitted helper. The winch and buffer combo weighs reduction than 150 pounds, so a slightest costly hydraulic transport works good for this job. (Tip: Spooling out about 10 feet of handle helps entrance a winch-to-bumper ascent bolts.)

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Installation compulsory stealing a bureau U-nuts on a bottom of a front crossmember and replacing them with a incomparable 5/16-inch U-nuts granted with a ADD bumper. The bureau bolts we’d private and saved progressing were afterwards used to mountain a bumper, withdrawal a bolts lax until final buffer fixing was done. When aligned, we torqued a bolts to 13 lb-ft and reinstalled a bureau skidplate.

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With a raft of Rigid LEDs on a new ZR2, a owners indispensable a approach to simply control them from a motorist seat. Precision Design’s modular six-switch sPOD was customarily a ticket. The customarily ascent plcae we could find for a fuse/control box was underneath a Duramax coolant bottle on tip of a passenger-side middle fender.

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The enclosed templates finished drilling a ascent holes for a control box easy, and a open space on a ZR2’s buffer behind a airbox was a nice, prosaic ascent location. We finished certain there were no wires or hoses underneath a buffer before we drilled.

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A made-to-order plcae to place a sPOD six-switch rocker row was a ZR2’s beyond console where sunglasses customarily reside. The console snapped out by pulling it true down to entrance a wiring harness. sPOD has a template for a switch panel. We taped it to a face of a console and noted a corners and drew a cut lines.

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We took a time creation a cutout, afterwards went behind with a record to boost a hole so a switch row would be a cosy snap-in fit. We also used a Vari-Bit to punch a 1-inch hole in a behind of a console for a sPOD wiring strap connector to fit through.

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We routed a sPOD strap opposite a headliner, down a A-pillar, and by a firewall to a control box.

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We also used a Vari-Bit to make a 1-inch hole in a firewall customarily next a ECM. You can use mastic or “plumber’s putty” to sign a area around a handle dawn to keep H2O out.

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The sPOD control box allows quick tie of auxiliary lights and other components. We ran a 8-gauge belligerent and prohibited leads behind a engine to a battery, that is located on a motorist side.

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The final object we addressed with a buffer designation was pleat a middle buffer to compare a contour of a bumper. A pointy razor blade finished brief work of a process.

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The Addictive Desert Designs Stealth Fighter front winch buffer provides customarily a right volume of style, protection, and self-recovery and lighting mounts.

Weights Measures

Recently folks have contacted us wanting to know a weight of some of a modifications combined to vehicles in tech stories. Hence, we used a Northern Tool + Equipment 1,100-pound-capacity digital unresolved scale to import all a tools combined and private during this install. As you’ll see, a really medium boost in weight was good value it, deliberation a immeasurable improvements a aftermarket equipment provide.

• Plastic fascia: 10.5 pounds
• Steel buffer bar: 5.3 pounds
• Factory towhooks: 1.9 pounds

• ADD Stealth Fighter winch bumper: 74.5 pounds
• Warn VR 10-S: 49.4 pounds
• sPOD Rigid LED Lights: 35.7 pounds

Total weight increase: 141.9 pounds

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