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Whenever we get ready to start a project vehicle, there is little to nothing done to it already. That was not the case with our newest truck, Project Storm Trooper.
Project Build Updates
Project Storm Trooper is a 2005 GMC Canyon, with the 3.5-liter inline-five-cylinder, and yes, we did say five-cylinder. The first generation GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado may have been neglected from the pickup market, but we will surely find anything and everything to turn this into one extreme prerunner.
Complementing the mid-travel, and keeping the truck riding nice, is a set of six-inch coilovers mounted in the factory strut location. The rear of the truck has retained much of the stock parts, with the addition of some shackles and an add-a-leaf.
Every project has to have a purpose behind it, and Project Storm Trooper is no exception. The truck was, and will be, designed to take on the desert landscape while keeping all of the conveniences of an everyday vehicle.
This means the truck will retain all the creature comfort’s; air conditioning, radio, and dash. We want to be able to maintain the driving experience on and off-road. The ultimate goal of this project is to continue to keep it a street legal vehicle in the state of California.
We will show every step of the build, and what it will take, to make this the ultimate desert prerunner. There are plenty of plans for this vehicle to get it to where we want it. We know there will be challenges along the way, and want to demonstrate how we overcome them, so you take on a project like this and have a better understanding on what to do.
Project Storm Trooper will get a wheel and tire upgrade, ditching the 33-inch tires and jumping to 35-inch tires. Additionally, a long travel front and rear suspension will also be added. With the mid-travel kit up front the truck has 10 inches of wheel travel, which is better than the five inch travel from the factory.
The desert has all types of terrain such as flat sections, whoops, and jumps, all of which Project Storm Trooper will need to be prepared for. The new suspension we will look to double the amount of wheel travel–around 18 inches in the front and over 20 inches in the rear with a new long-travel leaf spring setup.
Longer front coilovers and rear shocks will also be added, giving the truck a functional, yet comfortable ride. Linking the rear of the truck was tossed around and is not completely out of the question, but we will see where the cards land.
All of the extra weight will put plenty of stress on the drivetrain and rear axle will need a complete overhaul. The stock axle will not be cut out for the work it will be put through, and an axle that is wider will increase track width in the rear to match the front.
Project Storm Trooper has a great start and we have a solid plan on where this will go. Here at Off Road Xtreme, we want to make this as awesome as possible, and will be making sure everything that is added to the project fits the final goal, creating a street legal desert prerunner.
1/2/2018 – Getting Ready For Racing
10/26/2017 – Digging Deeper: Converting An Axle From Semi-Float To Full-Float
10/12/2017 – Electric To Hydraulic: Adding Power Steering To Chevy’s LT376/535
8/31/2017 – Change Of Heart: Swapping In Chevrolet Performance’s LT376/535
7/7/2017 – A Heart Transplant Fit For A King
5/18/2017 – Falken Wildpeak M/T Tire Review
3/9/2017 – Wheelin’ Safely With ARP Bolts And Longer Studs
1/27/2017 – Building The Ultimate Off-Road Fuel Cell
1/10/2017 – New Wheels And Tires
12/29/2016 – Building A Rear Cage To Suit All Our Needs
11/29/2016 – Stopping In The Dirt With Wilwood
8/6/2016 – Off Road Nights – Temecula, CA
7/28/2016 – Getting A New Rearend
4/23/2016 – Stretching Our Legs: Installing Our Custom Long Travel Suspension
3/7/2016 – Major Change Up Front
1/25/2016 – Finishing The Front Bumper
12/15/2015 – Time For A New Bumper
11/16/2015 – Optima Battery Test
10/17/2015 – Bed Clearance
10/6/2015 – Trip To Cougar Buttes
9/30/2015 – Power Steering Troubles
9/26/2015 – Power Steering Maintenance
9/13/2015 – Introducing: Project Storm Trooper