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Build thread for my mom wagon

Old 07-21-2017, 09:56 PM
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Build thread for my mom wagon

So originally purchased this for my wife and traded in her lowered scion tC so she would have something to get back and forth to work in with the snow we see in south eastern CT. We had a daughter and this was much more practical.

I built a lifted 5.3 V8 2012 fully loaded Z71 Colorado, lifted it, full engine bolt ons, hated it, and traded it in for a Equinox LTZ for her with all the bells and whistles like she originally wanted. I took the terrain for my ride. Truck pictured later on in thread.

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When I purchased the Equinox I was able to score some take off Camaro wheels with brand new tires that were sitting on top of a paint booth at the dealership for years for $500, so I couldnt pass that up. Nabbed those and slapped them on the terrain as soon as I got home

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sat content for a while, then was able to find a cargo cover brand new for $40 on craigslist. Another good deal. Also at the same time installed a k&n air filter ( not pictured )

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then a member on the terrain forum hinted he was interested in selling one of the unicorn lowering sets with new equinox sport shocks and new rear alignment cam nuts so i scooped that up as well. Tinted the windows all 5% that day as well

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Spring finally arrived late to CT and i was able to clean the car up to my liking and get the paint dialed in nicely. Also debadged the whole exterior.

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Installed some 5k HIDS from xenondepot (bad picture)

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and most recently installed footwell lights, which i then converted to LED along with the rest of the interior ( dont mind the messy interior )

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Thats enough for this year. Next year ill probably do a 12" subwoofer sunk into the floor in the rear where the spare tire is, make a false floor that can be installed quickly and easily for if i need it for whatever. Also a shark fin antenna and that will probably be all so then I can start putting together the plans for a 2JZ GTE IS300 with a T56 and 6266 turbo

My last three builds for the heck of it.

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2007 Water/meth TVS Supercharged full bolt on, full suspension, lots of one off carbon Cobalt SS Supercharged

2012 Colorado Z71 2LT leather, 4 inch rancho lift, pro comp wheels, 33s, full bolt ons for motor, blacked out exterior minus handles, retros

2014 SLE1 Terrain AWD 2.4
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Old 07-21-2017, 10:33 PM
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You do a great job of tastefully modding whatever you own at the time. What did you hate about the Colorado? I'd love to have that thing the way you did it.
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Nice, but the Terrain needs a TVS
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Thank you! That means alot I appreciate it. The colorado was a dog. I think the lift and big tires and the 4.10 gears made it feel slow. If I did it again I would have turned the torsion bars down a little bit and lowered the rear even though it was 4x4 and put some 22s on it. Ive lowered everything I own, and I tried a lift, it was fun when we would have like 2 feet of snow but that happened maybe 5-6 times in 3 years so not really worth it for just that. Was a pain lifting my daughter into it, wife hated getting into it, I wear a suit to work every day, kinda sketchy on the ice in the winter getting in or out. Sounded nice, looked how i wanted it, was comfy, but the lift just killed it for me.

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some exhaust music
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Originally Posted by ECaulk View Post
Nice, but the Terrain needs a TVS
I said it needs a LSJ supercharger setup lol
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Super clean vehicles man, I really like what you have done to the current one tho, keep up the good work
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Nice looking! Sorry to hear all the effort was for not on the Colorado. You were stoked to get that.
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Originally Posted by 07MetallicSC View Post
I said it needs a LSJ supercharger setup lol
Lol I missed that part to many pretty pictures of clean paint
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how did you like the colorado before you started modding it? im starting to think of moving on to a new daily driver and id like a small truck, and im looking at the colorados. would either be a newer v6, or if i could find an older 5.3l truck, just anything to stay away from the atlas motors.
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The terrain looks really good with those wheels.
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Originally Posted by Snail_SS View Post
Super clean vehicles man, I really like what you have done to the current one tho, keep up the good work
thanks!
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Originally Posted by 63 Nova SS View Post
Nice looking! Sorry to hear all the effort was for not on the Colorado. You were stoked to get that.
I know I think the lift and wheels killed it for me, otherwise it was a great truck. they really slowed it down a lot
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Lol I missed that part to many pretty pictures of clean paint
no i didnt say it in here, but ive been saying that right along to my friends etc. lol deffinitely needs boost.
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how did you like the colorado before you started modding it? im starting to think of moving on to a new daily driver and id like a small truck, and im looking at the colorados. would either be a newer v6, or if i could find an older 5.3l truck, just anything to stay away from the atlas motors.
if possible i would suggest the newer body style with the v6 over the older with a v8. With headers, intake, dyno tune, wires, plugs, exhaust it only dynoed 268 at the wheels. newer v6 are supposed to be 300 and get better gas mileage. that would be my vote. and the interiors and amenities are light years ahead of previous gen
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The terrain looks really good with those wheels.
thanks!
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Looking good. Big tires on that truck. I got a truck myself and the most I did was Level is with some stock tires. Love the truck. Trading it in soon though for my wife's malibu. But yeah. Loving the equinox and especially the sle1
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were 33s on the truck. came factory with 31s which i forgot the brand but were beasts in the snow. never ever needed 4x4 even in blizzards. The 33s were not as agressive and i needed 4x4 engaged, but with it engaged they were pretty good. Quiet on roads too which was nice. The 4" subframe lift was heavy. i dont remember weight but it had to come on a pallet.

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were 33s on the truck. came factory with 31s which i forgot the brand but were beasts in the snow. never ever needed 4x4 even in blizzards. The 33s were not as agressive and i needed 4x4 engaged, but with it engaged they were pretty good. Quiet on roads too which was nice. The 4" subframe lift was heavy. i dont remember weight but it had to come on a pallet.

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I ran KO2's year round. During the last snow storm I engaged 4X4 once to get a trailer out. Always 2WD.
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being youre in NJ we probably get the same storms ( im in CT )
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I said it needs a LSJ supercharger setup lol
​​​​​​​can you run a supercharger on a terrain? A friend has on just like this but silver, and he wanted to buy a supercharger kit i had for it but we noticed it was direct injection. Maybe turbo setup?
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Direct injection is like a diesel, just keep turning up pressure - within reason
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​​​​​​​can you run a supercharger on a terrain? A friend has on just like this but silver, and he wanted to buy a supercharger kit i had for it but we noticed it was direct injection. Maybe turbo setup?
Direct injection has no effect on what you chose for boost, it's just how the fuel is delivered. As long as the manifold connection clears the injectors then you're golden.
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the general answer is sure, you can supercharge anything. now if your talking about a 2.4l direct injected and using an lsj blower setup, i would think the answer is not easily. im sure the direct injected 2.4l uses the same head as an lnf, and the intake manifold bolt pattern is different from the non direct injected engines. an adapter could be made but im not sure how much room you would have for the fuel lines and injectors. i dont think anyone has even looked at the feasability of the lsj blower in depth for one of these engines.
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the general answer is sure, you can supercharge anything. now if your talking about a 2.4l direct injected and using an lsj blower setup, i would think the answer is not easily. im sure the direct injected 2.4l uses the same head as an lnf, and the intake manifold bolt pattern is different from the non direct injected engines. an adapter could be made but im not sure how much room you would have for the fuel lines and injectors. i dont think anyone has even looked at the feasability of the lsj blower in depth for one of these engines.
It might require a custom manifold adapter, I'm not familiar with how the LAF engine is setup. Although an adapter wouldn't be all that bad to fabricate, the biggest issue maybe the PCV system.
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Installed a system in the mom wagon a few weeks ago. Loud as hell. Trunk looks stock as its in a custom box under the floor. 13.5" JLW3v3 JL500 watt amp. Going to amp mids and highs and do aftermarket door speakers this summer.
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