I can’t tell you how long I’ve dreamed of owning a mid-size pickup with a small diesel engine and 4WD. Living in Southern California, we are surrounded by plenty of great desert trails to explore. Another wonderful thing about living in Southern California is that our fuel taxes are high AF! Seriously, the taxes on fuel just went up again and there is just no way I could justify having one of our two family vehicles be a complete gas guzzler. Enter the new 2.8 liter Duramax 4-cylinder diesel engine. This thing is a real gem when it comes to efficiency. The GMC Canyon Diesel is the highest rated MPG truck on the market. Period. My personal best fuel mileage when the truck was stock was achieved on a trip to Buttonwillow Raceway from Temecula. I was able to achieve more than 35 MPG going normal freeway speeds.
This truck has really delivered everything I expected from a stock truck so far, but the factory suspension system just wasn’t cutting it. With 8.3 Inches of ground clearance in the front and the rear, and a serious forward rake, the truck needs more than a little bit of a lift and some more travel to get the traction needed to climb over off-road obstacles.
Before we get started, be sure to watch my installation video below! Then, read the article for all the in-depth details.
We reached out to Icon Vehicle Dynamics, and they sent us over their Stage V Suspension kit for the truck. This is a really impressive suspension system that will allow us to get the lift we are after while also improving front suspension geometry via added caster and increased travel from the tubular upper control arms. The Icon Stage V suspension also features 2.5″ bodied shock absorbers with remote reservoirs that have adjustable compression- thanks to the Icon CDCV (Compression Dynamic Control Valve). Having that adjustability in a vehicle that will be traversing vastly different driving conditions is an absolute must.