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by Cody_S » Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:15 pm

Cody_S: 2004 GMC Envoy SLT

CURRENT PICTURE:

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Drivetrain:
2WD w/ G80
3.42 gears
Hayden Maxi-Kool XL model 243012 transmission cooler

Tires:
265/70/17 Mud Claw Radial M/T
Stock rims are painted black

Suspension Modifications:
Mark's 3" suspension lift
Z71 rear springs
Skyjacker N8030 rear shocks
Moog 81114 front springs
Bilstein HD struts (part number: 24-103336)
Disconnected rear swaybar

Exterior Modifications:
Tactical Armor Group front winch bumper with shackles and hilift mount
CBI Offroad Fab hitch mounted fold down tire carrier
Debadged/demoulded
Trimmed inner fender
Anzo tail lights
Yakima MegaWarrior roof basket
4' Fiberglass whip CB antenna

Electrical Modifications
Hella Micro DE fog lights (HID converted)
Midland CB Radio
Kenwood TM-281A 2M mobile transceiver
Emergency LED strobes
PA/2-tone air horn
Pioneer touch screen head unit
Blazer Baja tractor lights on roof (HID converted)
Extra reverse/work lights on roof rack

Engine Modifications:
Exhaust resonator deleted
Flowmaster muffler

Interior Modifications:
WeatherTech mats

Recovery Equipment:
Promark Recovery winch
Tow ropes
Vehicle recovery straps
Tree saver
Shackles
Shovel
Torin High Lift jack (basically like a hi-lift) and Hi-Lift wheel adapter
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by Cody_S » Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:16 pm

Bone stock, the day I got it.
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by Cody_S » Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:17 pm

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Added strobes in grille (later switched these so that both front lights are white, and both rear lights are amber):

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by Cody_S » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:56 pm

Haven't been on here in a while to update, but I've changed the truck a bit, especially today. Added new tires:
245/65/17 BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A

And removed the plastic front bumper cover.

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by Cody_S » Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:08 am

Replaced the magnetic CB antenna with a 4' Fiberglass whip antenna that's mounted t the roof rack. Also ordered the 3" Suspension lift from Mark, waiting to get that and install it, really excited. :D
I'll post some pictures once I install it.


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by Cody_S » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:05 am

Noticed I never updated this once I cut the fender wells, so here's a new shot:

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Hard to see, but you can kind of see the CB antenna in this one.
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Should have the lift installed soon as well :)
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by Cody_S » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:06 am

Replaced the rear strobes:
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by Cody_S » Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:00 pm

Installed Mark's 3" Suspension Lift:
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by Cody_S » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:33 am

Replaced the cheap Chinese strobes in the grill with some that actually throw some light. Got a set of the E4 Super LED's from Strobes 'n More, and they are BRIGHT!
I'll post a new video once I take a daytime one, but this is all I have for now, since I just installed them tonight.


With headlights/offroad lights on:

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by Cody_S » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:47 am

Daytime video of those new front strobes:

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by Cody_S » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:22 pm

Added some cheap walmart driving lights to the back of the roof rack, and tapped into the wiring for the reverse lights, so they'll come on when the truck is in reverse. Here's some crappy cell phone pics. :P

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Also have them wired into a switch so I can turn them on as work lights.
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by Cody_S » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:19 pm

Took advantage of the warm weather today and decided to go ahead and paint the factory wheels. Should have taken them off, but without jack stands (I know, I should get some), I did the best I could to mask off the back and the tires, and went to work.

Started with cleaning the wheels:
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Then sanded them with 320 grit sandpaper, rinsed them off, and masked off the lugnuts, valve stem, and tires, as well as put newspaper inside the wheel to keep the brakes, rotors, etc. from being painted.
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First layer of black paint:
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After a few more coats of black, and a clear coat, I wound up with this:
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May touch up next weekend if needed. Very happy with how they came out, especially considering that
a) I hadn't removed the wheels, which made painting a bit more difficult
b) First time painting something of this scale
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by Cody_S » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:41 pm

Just relocated the CB antenna from the roof rack to the taillight. A 4 foot antenna mounted to the roof rack was starting to get annoying lol.

Anyways, I picked up a bumper mount from Fry's Electronics, cut the hook piece off so the part with the holes was flat, and bolted it to the top of my taillight (Anzo tails).

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And a shot with the trunk open to show the top:

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I'm not a huge fan of the bottom part being visible, but hey, it's a start at least. And don't worry, that red wire isn't replacing the coax, that's a wire I ran for the extra reverse/work lighting.
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by Cody_S » Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:43 pm

Installed a new SpeedTech PA and air horn controller today :)

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by Cody_S » Thu May 03, 2012 3:37 pm

Rewired the offroad lights on the roof. Running with 2 relays now, so I can individually control the inner and outer lights.
Also installed some HIDs the other day.

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by Cody_S » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:02 am

Got some work done on a rear cargo organizer. The difficult part was designing something to incorporate my subs (I know, I know, but it's my daily driver and I like my music). Spent the better part of all morning drafting some plans and measuring, and the better part of all afternoon/evening building it. Finally got it together, just need to add some sliding drawers in the bottom and some decoration (carpeting/camo/something).

Base of the box:
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Where it's at so far:
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Full information in the Completed Modifications section: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3467
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by Cody_S » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:14 pm

Installed front winch bumper from Tactical Armor Group, which includes a mount for my hi-lift.
Have a ProMark Recovery Winch mounted in it.
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Also replaced springs and shocks/struts:
Z71 rear springs
Skyjacker N8030 rear shocks
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Moog 81114 Front Springs
Bilstein HD struts (part number: 24-103336)
Flipped UCAs
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^ Just ignore the terrible face reflection :P

Next plan is new shoes.
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by Cody_S » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:27 pm

Pulled off the rear swaybar today.
Front's staying hooked up.

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by Cody_S » Mon May 12, 2014 2:32 pm

Added a fold down hitch mounted tire carrier from CBI Offroad Fab:

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Gives just enough room to be able to open the rear glass without having to fold down the carrier:

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