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Alright, guys, I figure I might as well continue on the Progress Log with this new truck too so here goes! The main reason for changing trucks, the Colorado still really covered what I needed, except that as of this year I'm a dad and needed more seats in the truck! Also, more power never hurt anyone.

Just got the truck less than a week ago, it's a 2009 GMC Canyon SLE2 in the V8 4WD configuration. It's Navy Blue, one owner from NJ, and had 103k miles at the time of purchase. I bought it without ever seeing it. My buddy picked it up and drove it to me as he was buying my Colorado (progress log here) and the truck was listed near him.

Known issues with the truck at the time I bought it:
  • Headlights will need polishing and/or replacing
  • Steering wheel shows some wear, I'll be replacing it
Turns out the truck also needed brakes, my buddy figured that out on the drive to NC. PowerStop kits CRK5405 and KOE15410DK are on the way now to remedy that.

Mods I have done so far:
Fixes I have done so far:
  • New Tailgate Cables (post #3)
  • PowerStop KOE15410DK Brake Kit (post #26) @ 105k miles
  • Transmission Filter and AMSOIL Signature Transmission Fluid (post #26) @ 105k miles
  • Driver's Upper Ball Joint (post #26) @ 105k miles
  • Cleaned up G105, G106, and Battery Grounds (post #26)
  • AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-90 Rear Diff Fluid (post #29) @ 105k miles
  • BAKFlip G2 Bed Cover (post #32)
  • Chrome LED Third Brake Light (post #32)
A couple of quick pics for you guys obviously more will come later too.

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Congrats on your new ride. Looks great for the mileage. Id fix that pond on your tonneau cover.
 

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Congrats on your new ride. Looks great for the mileage. Id fix that pond on your tonneau cover.
Thanks! It's definitely been kept pretty well. It was used as a truck and needs a little tlc, but that's my plans for it also. The pond was because those were dealership pics and it had just been washed off. I've already had the cover off and put it back on better than it was.

Tonight the first of many parts to come showed up, tailgate cables! I think the one in the pic was actually the better of the two.

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Glad to see those are still available. I just added a tailgate assist dampner today that I got from Badland industries. No more slamming tailgate.
 

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Glad to see those are still available. I just added a tailgate assist dampner today that I got from Badland industries. No more slamming tailgate.
Didn't know he was making those, I'll have to check them out
 

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Congratulations on finding a unicorn. Extra bonus points for bringing it to NC. I'm in Wilmington and have been searching for a CC 4wd v8 for going on 3 years now. Of course, they can be found just as you found this one - hundreds of miles away. I settled on an '11 Canyon CC SLT 4wd that popped up locally and frankly I have enjoyed it thus far. However, I still search for that V8 to come around a bit closer. Happy Trails!
 

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Congratulations on finding a unicorn. Extra bonus points for bringing it to NC. I'm in Wilmington and have been searching for a CC 4wd v8 for going on 3 years now. Of course, they can be found just as you found this one - hundreds of miles away. I settled on an '11 Canyon CC SLT 4wd that popped up locally and frankly I have enjoyed it thus far. However, I still search for that V8 to come around a bit closer. Happy Trails!
Thanks and good luck on your hunt for one!!

Ok, new bed mat got here. I pulled out the plastic factory bedliner to find a bunch of gravel/mulch packed under it. Got all that washed out and found a couple rust spots in the bed because of it. Only one is really actually bad though. I'll get it fixed up temporarily soon, then to a body shop as money allows for welding in a plate. It's structurally sound though, I can jump right beside the hole which is the worst spot and it doesn't move at all. The new bed mat should let the bed stay dried out way better than that plastic garbage...

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Also, brakes showed up for all four corners as well as the ventshades. Coated rotors and drums, ceramic pads and good shoes, should make a ton of difference stopping. Will also do a fluid flush most likely.

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Hard to believe the bed is in that bad, which isn't that bad of shape. Truck from outside looked so clean
 

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Hard to believe the bed is in that bad, which isn't that bad of shape. Truck from outside looked so clean
Yeah, it's from all that gravel/mulch soaking up water and holding it on the welds. There's a bit of surface rust underneath, but nothing like that at all.
 

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I'm constantly under mine with a can of Rust-Oleum bedliner to spray at all the seams
 

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I have the factory bedliner and I don't understand how all that crap could get under there without being noticed. Shame on the previous owner. It is easy to clean out underneath too. While unloaded, just prop up the rear center edge, spray out with a water hose, let drain, and remove prop.
 

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I have the factory bedliner and I don't understand how all that crap could get under there without being noticed. Shame on the previous owner. It is easy to clean out underneath too. While unloaded, just prop up the rear center edge, spray out with a water hose, let drain, and remove prop.
I'm honestly surprised it was packed up under there with how the rest of the truck has been kept.

After 9 hours on Saturday, I was unsuccessful in getting the first hub off. Taking the truck to my uncle sometime soon for him to do the brakes as it's likely going to require a press and I don't have one.

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While on the pricy side for what it is and does I recommend the ATD wheel hub removal tool # ATD - 8629 . It costs about $100 bucks but would have removed that hub in less than 1 minute after bolted on . This is one heck of a nut buster job and even if you only use that tool once it's well worth the cost versus the frustration of trying to separate the hub and knuckle the way you tried to . Or , make one if you can weld .
 

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Looked that up, neat tool! I'll have to keep that in mind if I have to do rotors again some day on this truck.
 

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Truck is now tinted! SunStoppers had a really good sale on XPEL PRIME XR ceramic tint, so that got bumped up the priority list. Got 35% in the front, 15% in the back.

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Thanks and good luck on your hunt for one!!

Ok, new bed mat got here. I pulled out the plastic factory bedliner to find a bunch of gravel/mulch packed under it. Got all that washed out and found a couple rust spots in the bed because of it. Only one is really actually bad though. I'll get it fixed up temporarily soon, then to a body shop as money allows for welding in a plate. It's structurally sound though, I can jump right beside the hole which is the worst spot and it doesn't move at all. The new bed mat should let the bed stay dried out way better than that plastic garbage...

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Also, brakes showed up for all four corners as well as the ventshades. Coated rotors and drums, ceramic pads and good shoes, should make a ton of difference stopping. Will also do a fluid flush most likely.

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I've got a black 2012. I bought mine when we found out we had our second kid on the way. It had more room in the back seat than anything we had at the time but now that our kids are 7 and 14 it is a little cramped back there. I took the factory bed liner out and put herculiner bed liner on it myself. Bought it at PepBoys. It was one of the easiest things I've ever done on any vehicle! I sanded and prepped one day and put the liner on the next day. I live in upstate SC and don't have a garage. I did it in the summer so I could (hopefully) do it without any rain. If you aren't going to be hauling a lot of stuff, I'd suggest using the liner once you get the bed repaired and then put a full shell on there. Those mats will hold moisture, not as much as the factory bed liner but it will still be there. I've got an ARE full cover on mine now and I couldn't be happier. I wrestled with choosing between tonneau and camper shell for months then decided that the camper shell gave me the most bang for my buck with a lot less hassle when hauling something taller than the sides. Hauling kids means hauling a lot of other stuff and having a watertight cover on the bed is fantastic. I had a tonneau on a 94 Z71 that looked great but was a pain any time I had to get into the bed.
 
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