2006 Chevy Colorado Modifications - Silver Bullet

Colorado Fantastic Four

Bob Ryder
Sep 1, 2008
Photographers: Bob Ryder
Photo 2/35   |   2006 Chevy Colorado Modifications right Front Angle
For this month's Fantastic Four, we decided to pursue a basic '06 Colorado standard cab with the 2.8L four-cylinder no-frills budget cruiser. The major custom feature of the standard cab shortbed is when it is lowered, the Colorado maintains its proportional aggressive appearance.
We hooked up with Brian Doyen at Hot Motorsports in Santa Ana, California, to spin the wrenches in front of our camera during the installation. The following pages show Brian installing a DJM Suspension 3/4 static-drop kit on the Colorado. To complete the package, Brian mounted and installed a set of chrome-plated American Racing 120 Series Trench 20x8-inch wheels, which were wrapped in Toyo Tire Proxes4 255/35ZR20 rubber.
Photo 3/35   |   2006 Chevy Colorado Modifications left Rear Angle
It's not a secret that increasing both intake and exhaust flow through the engine will improve the horsepower and torque. To achieve this, Brian installed a Volant cold air intake and Volant exhaust system. To improve the Colorado's leading edge, Brian installed upper and lower Carriage Works polished billet grille inserts, which replaced the factory plastic mesh grille.
Check out how we transformed this budget Colorado into a stylish ride in just a day.
Photo 35/35   |   2006 Chevy Colorado Modifications transformation Complete
From The Driver Seat:
The only hang up on the DJM lowering kit was the front crossmember had to be notched to lube the DJM lower control arms front zerk grease fittings. The combination of the DJM lowered suspension and American Racing Trench 120 wheels wrapped with Toyo rubber made for definite cornering and braking grip.
After returning to Hot Motorsports, Brian was assisted by Alonso Martinez, as they installed a couple of Carriage Works billet grille inserts, which transformed the factory Colorado front end into a more stylish leading edge. The intake and exhaust system improved both the sound and scoot of the Silver Bullet Colorado.
Your Questions Answered
Time Spent Working: 10 hours
Mechanical Difficulty: Intermediate
(Everything was bolted on. This installation would take much longer without the use of a lift and pneumatic tools.)
Tools used:All Snap-on tools, an air impact gun, 15mm, 17mm, 18mm, 20mm, 21mm, 22mm, and 27mm assorted sockets, assorted combination wrenches, hammer, pry-bar, bench vise, Phillips screwdriver, pneumatic jigsaw, pneumatic disc sander, and Visualiner 3D imaging alignment system.
Parts Used:
Manufacturer Part Number Price
DJM Suspension static PNCA2400L-3 $480.00
American Racing Wheel trench 120 20x8 ($320.00 ea.x 4) $1,280.00
Toyo Tire 235/35ZR20 Prox ($158.99 ea. x4) $635.96
Volant intake system PN 15428 $381.94
Volant cat-back PN 1553557850 $864.00
Carriage Works grille PN 41992 $149.00
Total: $3,790.{{{90}}}


DJM Suspension
Gardena, CA 90248
Hot Motorsports
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Volant Air Intake
7 Days Tire Center
Santa Ana, CA
Showcase Custom Automotive


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