Take one '01 Chevy HD Crew Cab dualie, shave a few things, toss on some wild paint, stuff the cab with custom threads and a sound system, and airbag it over 24-inch wheels and tires and what have you got? One of the coolest late-model Chevy dualies to ever drag onto the custom truck scene.
Matt Spence of The Woodlands, Texas, is no stranger to the pages of Truckin'. His last custom creation graced the popular Water Toys section of the magazine back in the Mar. '04 issue and featured a custom Ford Expedition and matching Jet Ski planted atop a custom trailer with chrome rollers and flame-licked fenders. Based on Matt's customizing past and the rides that currently occupy his garage, it came as no surprise to the Truckin' staff when this 1-ton busted out at last year's Texas Extreme Show. Of course, hanging out with the skilled suspension fabricators at Ektensive Metalworks in Houston doesn't hurt. Bill Carlton and the boys at EM were not scared to unleash their fabrication skills and go wild with the welder on this beast. The word no is not in the the EM team's vocabulary, so when Matt commissioned them to lay this land yacht on the tarmac, the truck could not be cut up fast enough.
To allow the front suspension to kiss the asphalt, custom upper and lower control arms were fabricated, and the upper arms were moved up 2 inches. Custom tie rod end spacers corrected geometry, while Firestone 3,500-pound airbags provide a smooth ride and allow the front fenders to close in on the huge rolling stock. KYB shocks smooth out any bumps and dips the dualie may encounter while Matt is cruising to events near and far. With the goal of stuffing a massive wheel and tire package established, the firewall was tubbed, and custom fenderwells were built to accommodate the bold hoops and skins. Once the nose was dialed and the front suspension put its signature down on the Texas soil, the Ektensive crew moved to the rear and sliced into the truck's frame.
A custom step notch was built to accept a removable tubular gooseneck, designed for hauling a fifth-wheel trailer. This dualie was built to show and tow. More than 60 feet of pipe was bent, cut, notched, and welded together to create the one-off tubular crossmember and gooseneck hitch. A pair of 4,500-pound Firestone airbags, mounted to a narrowed rearend, perform lifting and lowering duties, while working in harmony with a chrome-plated four-link rear suspension setup. The link bars were reinforced to handle the intense towing demands Matt had planned for this extra-heavy Chevy.