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Since the unveiling of the all new 2nd Gen Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon there has been a buzz around the industry about the revival of the midsize pickups in the US market. That coupled with the promise of a new smaller Duramax diesel option in the near future for improved tow capacity and better fuel economy has ignited an interest from the public and a push by aftermarket companies to find new ways to customize them. The Colorado/Canyon has been the first contender in a while to stand toe-to-toe with the Toyota Tacoma and the addition of the US emissions compliant diesel engine has made the other OEs take note.

Back in Fall of 2014, the engineers at BDS got their hands on one of the first 2015 Chevy Colorado trucks in the country when they went on sale and within a few weeks had it ready to drive out for the 2014 SEMA Show with a prototype lift kit and 35” tires. Along with being first to market with several lift options, that 3.6L V6 equipped Colorado has been used for FMVSS No.126 ESC System compliance testing, as an Ultimate Adventure support vehicle, wheeled in Moab and attended events from coast to coast. [Click here to see more on the BDS Colorado build]

Fast forward about a year to early 2016, BDS Suspension and Fleece Performance Engineering concocted a plan to build up a 2016 Chevy Colorado with the much anticipated brand new 2.8L Duramax diesel. Fleece Performance picked up one of the first diesel Colorados available and after laying down stock dyno numbers they drove the truck north from Indiana to Michigan where BDS Suspension started the first part of the transformation. For Part 1 of the build, the engineers at BDS needed to check compatibility of the gas – 5.5” IFS kits over on the diesel Colorado. While most of the kit crossed over they did find some minor modifications that will need to be made before they can release kits for the diesel Colorado/Canyon. A modified* 5.5” Performance System with FOX Dual Speed Compression (DSC) adjustable coilovers (Click for gas IFS kit info, #722FDSC) was installed to give clearance for a set of (33”) 275/60r20 BFG All Terrain KO2 tires mounted on 20×9 Fuel Boost wheels.

*722H/722F/722FDSC kits will not fit diesel equipped 2016 Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon

For Part 2 of the build on this diesel Colorado, the truck is heading back down to Fleece Performance Engineering as they turn the 2.8L “baby Duramax” into a force to be reckoned with. We’re pumped to see what they come up with for this smaller turbo diesel, stay tuned for updates on Fleece’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Check out the video from Part 1 of the BDS/Fleece Diesel Colorado buildup