Thought I wouldn't need to remove the air dam - - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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Thought I wouldn't need to remove the air dam -

I figured with the 2" front lift and taller tires that 11" of clearance up front would be enough for most of my offroading needs. I came darn close to maxing that out the other day while trying to get to a remote spot in the canyon for work photos. In the end I didn't scrape the air dam but I came within a hair of hitting the running boards. Time for some rock sliders I think.


There was bit of erosion on the left side of the road combined with a mound of dirt on the opposite side complete with a young oak growing out of it. I didn't want to risk scratching my pain or tearing any wires/hoses under the truck by running over the oak brush so I decided to tempt air dam fate by tackling the hole. Nothing crazy to be certain but it was fun and made for nice photos. We were out taking photos with a drone but he couldn't pass up snapping shots of this. lol




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That really is one stiff chassis
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Got Saturation? LOL someone likes Light Room... But ya forget the front air dam though for sure. One of my first mods was removing that. Truck looks much better.
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Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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I didn't realize the rear was that high off the ground until I turned my head to the right to look back and ask if the bumper was going to clear and the truck started rocking. LOL

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Got Saturation? LOL someone likes Light Room... But ya forget the front air dam though for sure. One of my first mods was removing that. Truck looks much better.
All the photos from the day looked like that. He mentioned the drone shooting in RAW so he probably processed them all the same. I was wondering why they looked that way. Even pumping up saturation on my Galaxy S7 photos won't make them look this way. I'm stoked he thought to take the shots regardless. :)

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That really is one stiff chassis
That's what she said!
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Tilted vehicles and Green Grass......
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That really is one stiff chassis
I've owned a lot of vehicles. Never seen one with a chassis as stiff as this one.

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Unless the "brush" was 3" diameter banches I wouldn't worry about driving over it. There is really only one wire loom thats venerable. It runs along the bottom of the tubular crossmember near the transfer case. You can take a few seconds to pull out the clips and flip it up on top of the crossmember and snap it back in. Pics look great and I'm glad you avoided the brush to get the wheels up.

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Nice pics.

What side steps are those? They are one of the cleaner ones I've seem that appear to still be functional.
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Tilted vehicles and Green Grass......
man has this been a long winter.

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Hahaha even California has experienced and odd and long "winter" so all of this greenery and sunshine is refreshing. We've been living the Seattle life it seems and people are grumpy due to so much rain and overcast skies.

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Unless the "brush" was 3" diameter banches I wouldn't worry about driving over it. There is really only one wire loom thats venerable. It runs along the bottom of the tubular crossmember near the transfer case. You can take a few seconds to pull out the clips and flip it up on top of the crossmember and snap it back in. Pics look great and I'm glad you avoided the brush to get the wheels up.
Good to know! Very likely nothing would have happened if I drove over it but the slope was dicey enough that it wasn't worth the effort or risk. Frankly I was more worried about the paint. I'm such a weenie when it comes to scratches. Thanks!

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Nice pics.

What side steps are those? They are one of the cleaner ones I've seem that appear to still be functional.
They are the OE steps that came with the vehicle. I could look up the part number on the window sticker if you like. They hang too low for real off-roading but they are very functional otherwise AND they keep mud and rocks from being flung up onto the side of the truck. If I do a pair of rock sliders/steps they will have closed holes to keep the mud and rocks off the side of the truck.
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They are the OE steps that came with the vehicle. I could look up the part number on the window sticker if you like. They hang too low for real off-roading but they are very functional otherwise AND they keep mud and rocks from being flung up onto the side of the truck. If I do a pair of rock sliders/steps they will have closed holes to keep the mud and rocks off the side of the truck.
Cool. Thanks. Must just be the angle of the pics, because they don't look like they hang down very far. I'll probably end up buying something like the nfab wheel to wheel.

Your pics make me miss wheeling in CO. I did a lot of off roading in my Frontier when I lived out there.
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I am curious what rock sliders you find that will protect the side from spray, as I would like something like that myself. The only rock sliders I have been able to find on my initial searching are the rocky road ones, which don't appear to do much for spray.
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