I am new to the truck scene. I am looking for insight i came across a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 Crew Cab LS for a good price. How easy is it to make this into a good offroad daily driver. I like that its 21 mpg hwy so i figure with a lift and some 35 or 37s I wold be getting 15 depending on gearing. Anyone have experience with the 2004 offroading? Ive seen the youtube TFL has for the New year colorado.
Im more of a superbike guy. I was also considering maybe a 05 or older 2500 cummins, but I think the size of the truck and weight might make wheeling a bit difficult. however with the cummins i could probably get close to 18mpg with 37s on it.
I don't see how any of the motors offered in the old Colorado's could even turn 35's much less 37s. It would eat fuel like crazy for a truck that wouldn't have enough power to get our of its own way. Yea gear would be a must, to have any hope. Plus the money involved in lifting an old Colorado to enough height to clear tires that size. Over all it sounds like you would end up with a truck with more in the upgrades than the truck cost or would ever be worth.
The old Cummins is likely a better truck to build if you have any sort of desire to get any of your investment back when you go to get something else down the road.
If your dead set on building up a small truck for off road purposes, I would say it would be best to build up an old Tacoma not an old Colorado.
New trucks, that is a different story, I prefer a Colorado over a Tacoma. But based on your criteria given. The Tacoma is the only small truck of that era that I would sink any money into.
Best to buy something someone else has already built, assuming they did it right with the right components, and took decent care of it.
That sort of upfititng wont add but pennies on the dollar to the value if that. So usually best to let that other guy take the hit on the up fit cost.
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