BUILD 2018 Colorado ZR2

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I flew out and bought a used 2018 Colorado ZR2 today. I had test driven one locally and liked it a lot but the price was pretty insane. I found this one in Michigan and as luck would have it I have a friend who lives a mile from the dealership. So he went and checked it out for me and Dan00Hawk Dan00Hawk checked the Carfax, thank you Dan!!! It is a 3.6 V6 gasser with the 8 speed automatic transmission and factory 3.42 gears out back.

Driving 320 miles today was a great way for us to get acquainted.

I bought it to serve a few purposes, a second vehicle for us to drive around town, it will tow my Camaros once in a while, and I think I'll try the Silver Lake Dunes in August when we are out there for a week.

Planned mods:
-Tint front windows
-Shin damaging around-town hitch to keep folks from scratching the rear bumper. Probably do a shackle one.

Truck is very peppy stock. I'm tempted to run it at GLD once lol.

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IceCreamAssassin IceCreamAssassin , I checked with a bunch of ZR2 guys towing, just a little bit of squat. Most of them were diesels. But I also checked with some other Colorado guys who tow and they all said the same thing, get the tonge weight right and many of them suggest a weight distribution hitch.

I'll say this 3.6 with the 8 speed auto is peppy, I don't see why folks complain about these trucks
 
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IceCreamAssassin IceCreamAssassin , I checked with a bunch of ZR2 guys towing, just a little bit of squat. Most of them were diesels. But I also checked with some other Colorado guys who tow and they all said the same thing, get the tonge weight right and many of them suggest a weight distribution hitch.

I'll say this 3.6 with the 8 speed auto is peppy,
I always felt that airbags were a good solution for the occasional heavy load or heavy trailer. Air them up or down as needed. Looks like that's an option for the Zr2 also.

 

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Yeah I'm researching hitches, been frequently urged to get a wd one. I'm researching. I don't own a trailer yet.

Did my first mod, tinted the front windows with Manny @ Midwest Tint & Vinyl in St. Charles, good dude.

Ordered a shackle recovery hitch should be here pretty soon. Might help protect my rear bumper a little from city people.

I need to get some floor liners.
 
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I really like driving this thing, it's a truck that handles like a car.

Mods so far:
  • Tinted front windows used Manny Mascorro, $110
  • Console tray, $16
  • Rear shackle hitch to hopefully minimize parking damage from others
  • GM floor liners
  • Alread had soft tonneau cover
Upcoming plans:
  • Flush the trans buddy at dealer in Grayslake quoted me $249
  • Thinking to change diff fluids too
  • Thinking about doing a level at some point
  • I need to get an adjustable trailer hitch by end of April
  • I have a solution I'm brewing up for the front plate, the bracket just came in. I just can't bring myself to drill the front bumper