We love toys. Toys for big boys, to be clear, but nonetheless, toys. Take the Water Toys section of the magazine; in the title lies the very root of our pleasure: toys. Big toys, little toys, fast toys, slow toys, loud toys, and any combination. Moderation is out of the question, so bring on the best of the best toys!
Steve Warner, who hails from Huntington Beach, California, knows toys. Not only is he the fearless editor of Truckin' magazine, he is also the owner of the sweet toy package we have laid out before you. From grille to outdrive, Steve's got himself one seriously well-thought-out, matching package. At the front of the train is an '04 Chevrolet Crew Cab HD 4x4 with a big Duramax LLY turbodiesel stuffed under the hood. Bringing in the caboose is an '04 Carrera 290 Effect X with GM Performance Parts' brand-spanking-new 572ci crate motor under the hatch. With all these details, where should we start?
The color scheme on Steve's Crew Cab is not available on Chevy's option form, so don't go looking for it. Put in the capable hands of L&G Enterprises, Steve's white stocker came out an exact duplicate of his boat's gel scheme. Throwing the right hues into the mix are House of Kolor Candy Red and Blue over the factory stark white. Before finishing in the paint booth, L&G also managed to get the headlight, turn signals, and taillights smoked, adding more character to this bitchin' combo. Enclosing the bed is a Gaylord's tonneau cover, and protecting anything in the bed is a Wise Industries Bedrug kit. Finishing touches come from a Street Scene stainless Speed Grille insert and polished billet Bow Tie. A deep window tint from Quality Window Tinting matches the tinted exterior lights.
Lifting the painted exterior to new levels is a completely powdercoated suspension lift courtesy of California Super Trucks. CST's 6-inch lift and accompanying hardware was sent to Primo Powder Coating for a quick match before SoCal lift heroes Off Road Unlimited got to play installer. With a 6-inch front lift completed, Steve turned to leaf spring builder Deaver Springs for a smooth-riding, towing-capable rear lift leaf pack. With the good ride quality came a slight decrease in load capability, so Mac's Springs was called upon for a complete rear helper 'bag air-ride assist system. All of its brackets and hardware met with Primo before installation, and dual Bilstein 7100 shocks with reservoirs reside at every corner. Rolling wares from Weld and Toyo play a big part in the beautification process of this bomb combo: Sets of 20-inch Weld Velociti 8 wheels and Toyo Open Country 325/65R20 tires roll each corner of this lifted attention-getter. Adding to the safety of a long haul, ORU placed a Mag-Hytec rear differential cover in place for additional fluid capacity and better cooling. Steve is no giant, and neither is his wife, so for ease of ingress and egress, Amp Research motorized boards were installed.
The Duramax 6.6L is really no slouch in the cajones department, but with the added weight of the CST suspension options and the reality of towing looming, in went a Gale Banks Six Gun Tuner. The Banks kit touches everything from the intake to the exhaust, the intercooler to the gauges. With a six-position switch at the ready, up to 465 hp can be added at the twist of the dial. Sick! Freeing up just a bit more airflow and filtering capability for the big turbodiesel is a True Flow filter insert. Mag-Hytec was called into duty once more to aid in the fluid department for the Allison five-speed auto trans with one of its incredibly cool deep transmission pans.
Inside the luxo hauler, the mostly stock gray interior had just a bit of upgrade in the form of gray Classic Soft Trim leather seat covers with red, perforated leather inserts. Steve and his family have quite a drive to their favorite desert water locales, so Audio Innovations set up the big Chevy with some entertainment. In the dash, a Sony XAV-7W Media Center sets the main stage and directs the Sony Xplod DVX 11A DVD/CD/MP3 player mounted just below it. Ramping up the signals to the speakers are a Sony Xplod XM-2200 GTX moving 1,200 watts and a Sony Xplod XM-4060 GTX pushing another 600. Sony Xplod was once again called on for two pairs of its component system speakers, this time placed in the stock door locations. Making the bump, bump, bump is an Audio Innovations subwoofer behind the rear seat, firing a quartet of Sony Xplod 10-inch XS-L101 PS subs. For rear-passenger viewing pleasure, a pair of Sony XVM-H65 headrest monitors were slipped in, and as if those weren't enough, into the ceiling went a Sony XVM-R90D 9-inch flip-down monitor overhead entertainment system. So as not disturb the driver, rear video viewing is aurally handled with Sony wireless headphones.
Sitting pretty on a fully equipped triple-axle Extreme Custom trailer is the water version of Steve's HD. An '04 Carrera 290 Effect X is the other woman in Mr. Warner's twisted love affair. Even though it's powered by a new GM Performance Parts 572ci crate motor, Steve could not leave well enough alone. In the water world, you have to bring it hard, and bring it hard he did. Whipple Industries attacked the unknown and laid out a plan that turned a smoking motor into a 980hp fire-breathing beast of fuel-injected, blown performance. Helping the big GM mill breathe out is a through-transom IMCO tubular exhaust capped with Gibson water mufflers. IMCO set in place one of its own Extreme drives and a 1.50 ratio lower drive unit to transfer all that rage into motion. The drive twists a 30-inch Mercury stainless prop. IMCO full-hydraulic steering makes the big Carrera Cat handle like a dream. Rounding out the driving package is a pair of Dana hydraulic trim tabs.
Inside the cockpit and below decks, gray powdercoated Dana hardware abounds with features like gauge trim rings, vents, and hydraulic scissor engine hatch hinges. Time in the captain's seat is a joy with full control over the boat's operation and operations. Controls are monitored with Auto Meter gauges Pro Comp gauges, and helm work is done with an IMCO billet steering wheel and Hardin Marine throttle and shifter controls.
Audio Innovations installed multimedia amenities in the big Carrera as well. A Kenwood, sealed marine head unit signals three DEI amps to do its bidding. In all, ten DEI 6x9-inch speakers and six 12-inch DEI subwoofers spread between the cockpit, cabin, and open bow bang the beat of rhythmic entrancement. For extra-long excursions, a Kenwood Music Keg has more songs on hand than anyone could remember hearing. If one gets really bored, the two 7-inch DEI monitors and DVD player located in the below cabin can be fired up.
Overall, with the help of the right people in the industry, Steve has himself one insane pair of toys. Being part of the "industry" as we say, Steve is exposed to some of the craziest toys on this Earth. With his will to be done, he has chosen wisely and was sensible with his toy collection choices, but went into overload with optioned equipment on each. Can you blame him? Nah, it's what we do. Toys. There is nothing else you can say about them. We just have to have them.