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Rizzo's '08 Envoy Denali

Discussion in 'Member Builds' started by rizzo20, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. rizzo20

    rizzo20 Gold Supporter

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    OK, here's the build for my Denali.

    The Truck:
    2008 GMC Envoy Denali 4x4
    5.3 V8
    3.42 Gear
    98K miles (when purchased)

    Current Mods:
    Airaid 200-206-1 Intake System
    Spintech Sport Truck SUV Muffler
    Exhaust resonator delete
    PCMofNC Tune (93 Octane, AFM/DOD turned off)
    275/45/20 Cooper Zeon LTZ Tires
    20" x 8" Chrome TBSS Replica wheels
    NORCAL SS's Modified UCA
    NORCAL SS's Belltech TBSS Stock Height Kit with Moog TBSS front springs

    LED Low/Hi Beams & Fogs (S7)
    iJDMTOY 30W White/Amber Switchbacks
    Clear Headlight Mod (amber delete)
    Spyder Smoked OE Style Tail lights
    Sony XAV-AX100 head unit
    Esky EC170-11 Back-up Cam

    Pillar vinyl removed
    Rear Glass Handle Delete
    20% Tint Front Side Windows
    Wood Grain Interior Delete (SLE Black Carbon Fiber Swap)
    White body matched rear window trim (D pillar)
    Demolded & debadged (except "Denali" badge)
    Roof Rack Delete



    Here she is when I bought her from a private seller:
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    Here's a pic of removing the vinyl coated pillars:
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    I plant to use an razor knife to trim the molding thats circled:

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    Here I have the "D" pillars removed to be painted (Duplicolor)
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    Here you can see the roof rack has been deleted along with the front plate holder, pillar covers, rain guards (ventvisors) and bug-shield.
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    Notice my SLE looking all "minivan-esque" with the black pillars. :biggrin:
     
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  2. dna59

    dna59 Well-Known Member

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    Keep the mods and updates coming. I'm intrigued to see how the D pillars look painted. I've been on the fence about it maybe being "too much" white.
     
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  3. rizzo20

    rizzo20 Gold Supporter

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    It crossed my mind about being too much white....if I don't like it I will swap for the black ones on my SLE before i sell it.
     
  4. Mooseman

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    What did you do with the screw holes for the rack?
     
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    rizzo20 Gold Supporter

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    I used stainless steel M6-1.00 x 20 MM set screws wrapped in teflon tape. In the next day or so I will take the white side moldings off and stick them on the roof covering the nutserts completely.
     
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  6. rizzo20

    rizzo20 Gold Supporter

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    I painted my "D" pillars and threw them on today.......any thoughts? Im not sure I like it. I will say it looks better than the big blob of black that forms with the stock black "D" pillar and a dark tinted tailight like you see in the pic on my last post on my SLE sitting next to the Denali. I didn't match the top piece above the rear glass yet just in case I didn't like this look.
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  7. SnowBlazer

    SnowBlazer Silver Supporter

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    I dig it. Looks good, I'm not a fan of the panoramic black look like some guys do by blacking out all the pillars. I'm a fan of breaking it up a bit.
     
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  8. rizzo20

    rizzo20 Gold Supporter

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    Thanks SnowBlazer! I've been inspired by the ride of MikeyNice. I love what he did to his Envoy and I've done a lot of the same things he did. With the pillars color matched and suspension leveled out (maybe dropped a tad) they resemble the Trailblazer SS I think.
     
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  9. SnowBlazer

    SnowBlazer Silver Supporter

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    If you're looking to drop it, hit up the SS owners forum. NorcalSS sells leveling drop kits that look great on our platform!
     
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  10. rizzo20

    rizzo20 Gold Supporter

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    As a matter of fact that is in the works. I have Tony's Belltech SS Stock height kit sitting here that I was going to put on my SLE. Last night I got the struts made up and ready to put in this weekend. I'm going to try to keep the air ride in the rear (use Tonys custom rear shocks and trimmed bump stop). I do have the Belltech rear springs from the kit to put in when the air ride fails. 20170404_075227.jpg
     
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  11. SnowBlazer

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    I'll be watching your build, man. Looking at all this has gotten my interest. :smile:
     
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  12. Mooseman

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    I really love these trucks in white even though all of mine have been black and now, soon to be mine, battleship grey.
     
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  13. Tiggerr

    Tiggerr Gold Supporter

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    I'd love to find a white 07 Rainier myself... mine is black as well..
    PITA to keep clean but looks good when you get it there...

    Thought about changing color when I get around to painting it but that's just too much crap..expensive too, to do it properly..
     
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    tsmith1156 Well-Known Member

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    Good looking ride man
     
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  15. rizzo20

    rizzo20 Gold Supporter

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    I got a lot accomplished this weekend.


    Drop struts from NORCAL SS(using two 16 mm rings) Moog TBSS front springs (#81116) , Moog strut bellow & bump stop (# K160285), Moog front lower spring isolator (#K160112), Monroe upper strut mount kit (#904968) *notice that I trimmed about 1" from new bumpstop*
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    Old strut out ready for the new assembly to go in.
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    Outer tie rod end was sloppy. Replaced both side with Moog (#ES3675 & ES3676)
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    Here's the new strut installed along with the outer tie rods, new stabilizer bushing (ACDelco #45G1557) , new stabilizer bar end links (ACDelco #45G0009)
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    In the rear time to yank the air springs, bump stops, shocks, and resonator.
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    I really wanted to give the air ride a chance but I noticed that the right rear was sagging and the compressor would run quite a bit. With the rear coil spring conversion parts already in my possession( planned to use on my SLE) I figured why not. While removing the passenger side the bag easily came apart near the top....I'm guessing this was where it was leaking.
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    The old shock is out and the new rear springs, 1" spacer, Belltech bumpstop (trimmed 1") and top isolators from my SLE. (my understanding is these are not mandatory but I wanted to be sure I wasn't going to get any noise from the metal on metal where the spring and body meet)
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    The new bumpstops, shocks, springs and Cooper Zeon LTZ's all in place :smile:
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    Resonator is chopped off 20170408_111659.jpg

    Saved the hanger and Prepped the tailpipe for the new tip later this week. I don't plan to drive it until this is complete. It can be dangerous to not have the exhaust fully exit the vehicle. Many people run it like this but I don't have to take any chances since I have another Envoy to use. 20170408_183446.jpg

    Here's a few shots of the Envoy on blocks while we take a beer break.

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    I wasn't sure what to do with the holes left in the front bumper cover from removing the license plate bracket. I got some push pins from AutoZone (#464340) and gave them some Duplicolor lovin' (prep spray--> adhesion promoter --> base color--> clear coat) and popped them in.
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    After removing the side moldings & rear badges, trimming the C pillar moldings, touchup paint paint on some chips and foaming at the mouth....here she is:
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    I expect the suspension to settle a tad more once I get a few miles on it but I love the new look! In those pics I have all the tools I used still loaded in the rear, it measures about 32" on all four corners. I have an appointment lined up for an alignment tomorrow morning. I can't wait to hit the streets!
     
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    Looks great! Curious though... you used 2 16mm spacers on the belltech struts and sit that low? Tony told me with the kit I have (supposed to be 31.5") to use no spacers to be level....
     
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    Nice updates. I like what you did with the pillars, especially how you modded the rear window moulding. Looks much better that way.
     
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    I'm using TBSS front springs, that's why I used two 16 mm spacers. If I was using stock Envoy springs I think one 16 mm is needed to achieve 31.5" - 32" height but Im not exactly sure. You may want to talk to Tony again and double check.

    Thanks! I left the top rear window molding black in hopes to paint it white later on but I think I like it this way. It blends into the rear window well.
     
  19. Snailblazin'

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    That's a nice whip right there.
     
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  20. rizzo20

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    Thanks Snailblazin'!

    I added some caliper covers and put in my tuned PCM & TCM this week. Also ordered the custom UCA's from NorcalSS. 20170413_191656.jpg 20170413_191412.jpg
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    Added a Sony XAV-AX100 head unit, it works and sounds awesome. 20170505_155222[1].jpg
     
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    Added a custom background wallpaper to my Sony HU and picked up a backup cam from Amazon for $20. 20170515_130327.jpg 20170515_130422.jpg
     
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    Finally got my camera installed, very impressed with the quality. 20170519_063552.jpg
     
  24. $ Khalid ! 9130

    $ Khalid ! 9130 Well-Known Member

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    Looking good. Is this an Android unit? Also does it allow you to play music from your phone? And lastly does it retain the chimes etc..
     
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    Yes it uses Android Auto or CarPlay if you have an iPhone. So far I've used Spotify and Pandora via the AA app and it works really well. The coolest thing is Google maps transfers from your phone over to the head unit via AA and you use that as GPS as the head unit doesn't have its own navigation.

    I would rather use Google Maps anyday over most built in nav units. Supposedly the "Waze" app will be compatible soon with AA.

    I used a GMOS-4 interface to retain the factory chimes and use of the factory Bose amp and an Axxexx ASWC-1 to retain the steering wheel controls. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
     
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    Hey Rizzo, I have the Sony xav602bt and I could never get this sob to work well with my phone. I think I be picking your brain about this at a later time. 20150922_212441.jpg
     
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    I'm no expert but maybe I can help. If we're still meeting up next week, maybe I can have a look-see. Don't suppose you have room on your camping trip for that 4" & 7" d.a. ? hah j/k.
     
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    Cool.... yes meeting up with you is still very much in the plan for my trip.... there just cheapies from harbor freight nothing special about them just the guy who uses them and the technic used to get done right. :thumbsup:

    :undecided:My brother has my porter cable d.a's held hostage. I've got to get them back someday I hope.:deadhorse:
     
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    Going to have to look into the GMOS-4 interface. I don't plan on installing an Android HU, or Apple Carplay one, but something different. Its going to be another top secret project :biggrin:
     
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    Here's a clip of my new muffler. It's a Spintech 5000 single 3" in & out. I hope to get a clip recorded soon of driving by or pulling out.

     
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    Shined the ride today and re-positioned the tailpipe tip a little bit .
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    Finally did the clear headlight mod. Here's a pic with one installed. I went with some switchback LED's also.
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