2019 Colorado ZR2

#41
In mid-July I ordered a rear bumper and tire carrier from Relentless Fabrication. They had a 16-20 week lead time because of reduced shifts. The week before Thanksgiving it shipped, and arrived at my house the Monday before Thanksgiving. Well, I spent much of that week running the household because the Mrs. had a Covid scare and she was quarantined for a couple of days - she had symptoms, but ultimately tested negative. That meant I had precious little time to get this installed on the truck and I was going to be doing it by myself.

Last weekend I was able to get a few uninterrupted hours in the garage and with a little help from the Mrs. and the boy, I was able to get it installed. This bumper doesn't rest on top of the frame rails, but is bolted to the frame on each side with two bolts on the outermost side and two bolts on the bottom, eight bolts total. You're up against gravity unless you have a jack to hold the weight.

No pics of the install because I'm terrible at remembering to do such things, but here are a few from an afternoon ride today...

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Swing gate features: Tire carrier, dual jerry can holder, a drop down camp table, 2" integrated receiver behind the license plate, and cutouts for Baja Designs S2 lights

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No more spare tire hanging down like a saggy diaper.

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Initial impressions: I wish the jerry can holder also held the military water cans. As it is, it only holds the metal fuel cans. I might take it off altogether and opt for Rotopax, which also can mount to the swing gate. I don't need 10 gallons of gas hanging out back there, but a couple of Rotopax and an LP tank mount might be just right. That also keeps the weight of the water jugs in the bed of the truck and not hanging off the back. On the whole, I'm really happy with it.
 
#42
Not knowing which water cans you have, Wavian makes plastic water cans that look to be the same size as the fuel cans. Something you might want to check into.

Years ago, someone (Wavian?) made metal water cans - essentially fuel cans with a sprayed in liner. Heavy, but sized right. Of course, if/when the liner failed, you had rust to drink.

And you will love the Baja Designs lights - they are bright!
 
#43
The jerry can holder was a free option when configuring the tire carrier, so I had them throw it in. It's no real loss if I don't end up using it.

I have the LCI military water cans and I like them because I have a 12v submersible pump & rv faucet on one of the caps for running water. All other water cans seem to use a much smaller cap, but I think the pump-faucet could be made to work on some options. I think Relentless specifically makes that holder for two metal flush seam cans. Not only are they heavy, but pricey too.
 
#44
The jerry can holder was a free option when configuring the tire carrier, so I had them throw it in. It's no real loss if I don't end up using it.

I have the LCI military water cans and I like them because I have a 12v submersible pump & rv faucet on one of the caps for running water. All other water cans seem to use a much smaller cap, but I think the pump-faucet could be made to work on some options. I think Relentless specifically makes that holder for two metal flush seam cans. Not only are they heavy, but pricey too.

I ran two of the Scepter type water containers with the spigot similar to yours in my Taco for years. I placed them in the bed forward corners, one on each side. Worked well, only ran two on long trips one was plenty for 3-4 days. One the rear swing out of the same truck I had both a single and double can holder. I soon realized I rarely needed more than 5 gallons in the USA. Mostly used the double can holder in Canada and that was to avoid paying crazy high fuel prices.
 

Greg

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#45
The jerry can holder was a free option when configuring the tire carrier, so I had them throw it in. It's no real loss if I don't end up using it.

I have the LCI military water cans and I like them because I have a 12v submersible pump & rv faucet on one of the caps for running water. All other water cans seem to use a much smaller cap, but I think the pump-faucet could be made to work on some options. I think Relentless specifically makes that holder for two metal flush seam cans. Not only are they heavy, but pricey too.
I picked up 2 of these after getting the LRA tank. I was looking for something along the lines of an alubox or pelican but nada.

Yep. They ship to the US. Prices are in Australian dollars so remember to do a conversion.
https://www.drifta.com.au/product/drifta-jerry-can-holder-bag/

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#47
Well, it isn't exactly a mod, but I just got my truck back after almost a week in the shop. I was the lucky winner of a broken heater core. Sunday afternoon the windows began to fog up and that sweet, syrupy smell of anti-freeze started to come through. By Tuesday it looked like I'd been engaged in some back seat olympics it was so foggy and steamy. The dealer took care of things under warranty and thankfully so. It was over $1k in labor for a $137 part. Hopefully this one lasts more than 18k miles.
 
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