loads of room but for what? - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-27-2017, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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loads of room but for what?

Hi folks: I just removed the unusable spare wheel and heat shield. With my lift I can sit on the ground and my head clears the bottom of the bed (I'm 6'1"). I zip-tied the wheel dongle so that the centering lug doesn't bang about underneath and now I have a massive void under the truck. I'm thinking of water and air tanks, maybe using the unused diesel DEF fill point for the water. It's way too much empty space not to use for something.
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Second battery, secondary gas tank, spare air tank, lockable storage. Plenty of things you could put there. Are you going to carry a spare at all?

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I'd be thinking of another fuel tank. To me, that would be the most useful.

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I second the second fuel tank and battery.

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I see the potential for the creation of a Pinto gas tank explosion.

And just in case we need a good spark, let's add a battery.
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On board air for sure.

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I see the potential for the creation of a Pinto gas tank explosion.

And just in case we need a good spark, let's add a battery.
Not at all. If you look at that space, it's very well protected. If you're worried about it, you could add a fuel cell.

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my thing with putting anything down there is that its exposed to whatever terrain you're driving thru. Whether thats pavement, dirt, mud, or a water crossing. Not a problem for me, but salted roads would cause issues if not properly protected too. I would say maybe a 2nd fuel tank or water storage if you're planning on going out for a few days at a time. Anything else, i'd be afraid that it would damage or cause issues because of its exposure.

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Thunderbear: I just ordered a full-size spare and a Wilco Offroad Hitchgate Classic. What would be a great opportunity for a manufacturer of rotomoulded plastic products would be to make a storage container the same or similar dimensions to a spare wheel complete with a centre lift point compatible with wheel lift mechanism; fill it with stuff and lift it up into the body. I have already approached one manufacturer of water containers about this idea but they were not interested.

The approach I'm planning to take with my truck is to make it an overlander/bug-out vehicle but to do it with a modular approach; air and house batteries in-a-box so they can be removed when not needed and swapped between vehicles if required. Despite this, a built-in air tank and delivery system to the front and back doesn't weigh much and there really is a lot of room under our trucks.

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The plastic storage is probably not likely. The most likely way to fit something there, and I really like idea of reusing the winch mechanism, is to build a wooden box and fiberglass it. You end up with something stronger than plastic and still waterproof. And if it works out, it's something that can be duplicated by others if you share the build plans.

The box would need QD points for air and power. An Anderson 50 amp QD would probably work.

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If I didn't need the bed space that moving the spare would take up.... I would love on-board air. Would come in handy when taking the teryx to ride, the trailer tires, etc.

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With that lift, It sounds like you need a new jack.
Onboard Air for sure, extra tow straps and tools on a winch system like @Thunderbear suggested.
Man it would be nice to put your sandbags down there in the winter.......


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A spare tire would be perfect for that spot!
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Man it would be nice to put your sandbags down there in the winter.......
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Not sure I understand the rest of your comment, but sandbags or some other weight for winter would be a great way to go. Load the weight low and right over the rear wheels.

I doubt that the winch can handle lifting 200 pounds of sand though.

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JScottM: I bought this truck to take off pavement and the lift and bigger wheels were already installed so my old spare was useless as it wouldn't fit the front and was too small. I did measure the space underneath and I'm confident my new wheel will not fit. I'm hoping to pick it up at the end of this week or next and will play just to see. There's a little frame at the back of the spare wheel well that I'll probably have to remove also; I'll play and take pics. Even if it fits, I'd have to fab an alternative heat shield and my bigger concern is it would hang too low, even with my lift; my tires are 12" wide. Moot point as I have already ordered a Hitchgate but it's still good to know if an oversize wheel will fit underneath.

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If you make a bunch of trips to Mexico, I'm sure someone down there could find a use for that "extra space".

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