Top Chevrolet Colorado Mods

Top Chevrolet Colorado Mods

Last Updated March 4, 2022 | Andrew Boyle

It's always a good time to modify your Chevy Colorado. Trucks are a wonderful vehicle to mod, they can be an indispensable tool for work, a great way to have fun, or simply a reliable way to move you or your cargo from point "A" to point "B." Regardless of how you use your Chevy Colorado, there are ways to make it even better. From increasing its power to making it more comfortable, there is always something to improve.

Since there are a mind-boggling number of mods available for your Chevy Colorado, we've decided to boil it down for you and present a list of the top Chevy Colorado truck mods. Though there are endless modifications available, these are some favorites. This is just a jumping-off point, as once the modifications start, they usually take a while to stop.

As is the case with GM's other pickup trucks, the counterpart to the Chevrolet Colorado pickup is the GMC Canyon. When it comes to mods, however, this distinction isn't a deal-breaker. That means many mods for either truck will be cross-compatible. So if you are looking to upgrade either truck, then the following list of mods will work for you. Here are the top Chevy Colorado mods in no particular order.

Floor Mats

WeatherTech Rear FloorLiner Chevy Colorado

Floor mats are one of the best value truck mods out there. Not only do they take seconds to install, but they will make a huge difference for your truck. Unlike the carpet that comes in most vehicles, these heavy-duty floor mats fully cover your Colorado's floors. They are precisely cut to the specifications of your truck and will stay secure instead of shifting around as you're driving. The best part about a heavy-duty floor mat is that they can be easily washed. That means you won't have to worry about tracking mud into your vehicle ever again. Once dirty, they can be removed and hosed off.

Even though this is a rather small and minor mod, having a clean interior will significantly feel the overall feel of your vehicle. Mud is nice on the outside of a truck, but on the inside, it's a whole different story. No longer will you have to worry about painstaking cleanups. With a floor mat like this, you may even consider reversing your "no eating in the car" rule. That's still up to you, of course. There are other ways to upgrade your Colorado's Interior as well.

Side Steps and Running Boards

AMP Research PowerStep Chevy Colorado

Running boards and side steps are a great mod for your Chevy Colorado or your GMC Canyon. There are a variety of steps and bars that can be installed underneath your truck. Some are tough metal bars that simply run underneath your doors, and others provide a rubberized platform to help passengers enter the vehicle. There are even running boards that can be kept retracted under your Colorado's body until they are needed.

Even if you or your passengers don't need assistance getting into your truck, the right type of side step can provide some additional protection for your truck. Beyond that even, some running boards can look good, giving your Colorado a sportier look.

Tonneau Covers

BAK Hard Folding Cover Chevy Colorado

A tonneau cover is a great mod to consider if you frequently keep things in your Colorado's bed. These covers can completely cover your truck's bed, keeping its contents dry, safe, and secure. Believe me, these are a big step up from suspending a tarp over your Colorado's bed. They stay on securely at all speeds and can be opened and closed with ease.

There's a tonneau cover for everyone's needs. If you want a simple protective cover, then there are soft covers that can roll over your Colorado's bed. If you want something more substantial, however, there are metal tonneau covers that can fold and slide into place. Best of all, tonneau covers are simple to install. All the work is done on the bed, which by its very nature is easy to access and work on.

Cold Air Intakes

K&N Cold Air Intake for 3.6L Chevy Colorado

The best way to improve the power of any naturally aspirated Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon is to increase airflow, and that's what cold air intakes do. By allowing for a larger air intake that is shielded from the heat building up under the truck's hood, cooler (and consequently more oxygen dense) air can enter your engine. Oxygen is key for combustion, so the more there is in your cylinders, the more power can be squeezed from the engine.

Cold air intakes are a great first step for increasing your Colorado's power. Along with an improved exhaust system and an ECU tune, a cold air intake can provide some serious power gains for your truck. Beyond that, cold air intakes can look great, and give your engine bay a serious and sporty look.

Exhaust Modifications

aFe Cat-Back Exhaust on Chevy Colorado

As mentioned above, an upgraded exhaust can improve your Colorado's power output. By allowing more air to flow out of your engine, more air can flow in. There are plenty of other ways exhaust mods can improve either your Chevy Colorado or your GMC Canyon.

There are several different types of exhaust mods out there for your truck. First off, there are cat-back exhausts which are meant to help exhaust fumes escape your truck's engine easily and quickly. A good cat-back exhaust can also massage the comparatively docile tones of your stock Colorado's exhaust into a powerful roar. Second, there are side exhaust systems which deposit the exhaust fumes off to the side of the truck. These also help with exhaust flow, but one of their defining characteristics is how they sound from the cabin. Because of their placement on the truck, the exhaust sound is more easily heard from the cabin.

Finally, there are exhaust tips. These are great if you don't want to drop a lot of money on a full exhaust system. They are significantly simpler to install and cost a fraction of the cost of a bigger system. While they don't improve engine performance, they can provide the visual flair of an upgraded exhaust system, and they can augment the sound as well.

Honorable Mentions

Distilling the list of best Chevy Colorado mods to this size is almost a sin. There are plenty of great mods for your truck. While the above upgrades are great places to start, there are a few mods that we would be remiss to neglect. Just like the others, these mods will work on both the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon trucks, so if you are driving a midsize GM truck, don't worry, you can get to modding.

A great place to start modding your truck are the wheels and tires. A nice set of rims can completely transform the look of your truck and greatly improve performance. A big set of knobby tires is a great upgrade for any serious off-roading.

Speaking of off-roading, a lift kit can give your Colorado the added height and suspension travel to conquer even the most difficult trails. While lifting your truck can be a difficult install, it is definitely worth it if you want to tackle some serious trails. Additionally, a lift kit (or even higher clearance fenders) can help your Colorado run larger wheels and tires, which in themselves provide an immense performance boost.

Finally, upgraded lighting can really make your Chevy Colorado shine. Extra light goes a long way when driving off-road in the dark. By being able to clearly see where you are going, you won't run the risk of driving over too difficult of an obstacle and damaging your truck. If you damage your truck due to bad visibility, you could be stranded in the woods in darkness. If you've ever seen a horror movie, that's how they generally start. It's best to avoid such situations, right?

If you drive a 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, or a 2019 Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon, then these mods will work for you. Remember, if you have a different mod in mind for your truck, there are plenty of other options available for you on CJ Pony Parts.

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Top Chevrolet Colorado Mods

Can't decide which mods to install on your Chevy Colorado or your GMC Canyon first? This guide breaks down the best mods from several categories that can help you improve your truck. From cold air intakes to floor mats, this guide has everything to improve the feel, performance, and looks of your midsized GM truck.