Joe Conduff's lifted '00 GMC Sierra has no problem dismantling the 2WD lifted category. Rugged, built to use, and shiny enough for the toughest critics, this two-tone wonder turns heads and dirt alike.
Wanting something different for his lifted wonder, Joe, owner of House of Tints, in Tustin, California, decided to mix things up by purchasing a Hummer H2 dash and center console and trying to fit them in a much smaller truck. Coated in fiberglass to provide the needed rigidity, and with the measurements taken, sections were removed to get the fit and the look just right. With the dash in place and looking sick, it was time to finish the interior and go crazy. Phil, from Kustom Rydez Unlimited, in Riverside, California, was recruited to hook up the audio and video system using products from Audiobahn and Eclipse. Phil coated the interior with Cascade Audio Engineering noise-canceling material and built a custom enclosure that houses four 10-inch Audiobahn subs under the rear seat. Two sets of Audiobahn 6-1/2-inch components and two 7-inch monitors reside in each front door panel. In the rear panels, the driver side received a chrome-plated Audiobahn amplifier, and the passenger side received the capacitors seen through clear plexiglass. Providing the signals for both the audio and video is an Eclipse 7-inch touch-screen DVD player.
Joe turned to Marco's Best Upholstery in Santa Ana, California to wrap the seat covers in two-tone Katzkin leather and add elegance to the Enduratex-covered interior panels. Manticore billet pieces supply some bling, and sunlight can easily be brought in through dual Webasto sunroofs installed by Advanced Specialties in La Habra, California. Of course, since tint is Joe's bread and butter, he applied limo tint front to back, keeping privacy a priority. It was now time to lock in the exterior and take the truck to the next level.
Delivering the truck to X Industry, in Fullerton, California, Rudy and Blas took a break from building sandrails and created a sick suspension that lifted the truck 16 inches. Using a Bulletproof drop-down bracket, the crew then built a three-link setup incorporating King Racing off-road coilovers in the front and reservoir shocks in the rear. After having each piece of the suspension powdercoated and chrome-plated, Joe bolted on 22x11-inch American Racing Traxx wheels and wrapped them with Toyo 40x15.5OR22 Mud Terrain tires. Stopping those massive wheels and tires is Brembo's finest truck brake system. Featuring 15-inch front rotors and eight-piston calipers, the truck now stops on a dime. School House Customs, in Huntington Beach, California, designed a huge 40-gallon fuel cell mounted underneath the bed, and a Concept Pattern diff cover keeps the rear looking good. Now Joe had the truck sky-high, but it still lacked the appeal needed to blow away the competition.
Enter Big G Customs in Orange, California. Joe laid down the graphics, and then the talented crew at Big G applied the House of Kolor True Blue Pearl and Sparkling Silver Mica paint. Before calling it done, Joe added a Goodmark cowl-induction hood, a Street Scene Speed Grille and bumper cover, a Sir Michaels roll pan, in.pro.CarWear lighting, and a Leer lid. Joe was only temporarily satisfied, however, because as a result of the huge lift, the truck was slower.
Magnuson stepped in and remedied that problem with its polished, intercooled Radix supercharger sitting atop the 5.3L V-8. With the addition of the Doug Thorley headers, K&N filter, Nology Hotwires, and MagnaFlow after-cat exhaust system, the GMC was now screaming through the dirt. Three Optima batteries provide the juice, and Pi-Thon Designs billet clamps and accessories add the needed shine to the engine bay.
At this point, it was clear to Joe that he had completed his rolling work of art. Bad news for other lifted truck owners but good news for us because our cameras were out and ready. Truck owners be warned, this truck is packing some heat, and getting too close may leave you sliced and diced.
Joe understands building a truck requires help and wants to thank Charlie Davis, Big B, Jeff Moore, James Williams, Jaysen, Jason, Wes Cade, and his family for their support.