What a difference an extra $50,000 makes. Add that to the base price of an '05 H2, and Tom Kamerer spent around $93k on his over-the-top customized SUV. The cost might be worth it, based on the plethora of packed-in products straining the Hummer's respectable payload capacity, thanks to the industriousness of Tom Bostic, aka Tommy Built, who built the vehicle in Pasadena, Maryland, with helping hands from Cris and Arthur.
Let's take a gander at this H2's mobile entertainment suite by starting with the howitzer in the back. Kamerer wanted something different from all the other custom Hummers out there, so Bostic suggested they build the audio system around the 369-pounds, 23-inches long, 22-inches wide (cone diameter) MTX JackHammer subwoofer that is mounted in a futuristic-looking enclosure, all of which is secured in a maroon rollcage for stability.
The rollcage was made with the help of Mad Dog 4x4. Opening the rear hatch reveals the JackHammer audio launcher surrounded by two 10-inch MTX Thunder T8500 subs, a pair of MTX TA-92001 MTX Thunder amplifiers for the JackHammer, twin TA 7402 amplifiers for the 10 inchers, and a couple of TA 7402 amps for the front and rear speakers. All in all, the system delivers 8,400 watts. The JackHammer is so large that it pumps out mega bass even at low volumes, so the two 10-inch subs act as stand-ins when the pounding of the JackHammer gets to be too much. Gray suede lines the cargo area where you don't see maroon fiberglass or steel tubing.
Two 7-inch Vizualogic headrest monitors in the rear seats are visible from the back. Three 7-inch monitors hang down from the opened rear hatch in a maroon fiberglass enclosure and a rearview camera centered above that array. Two 15-inch monitors were hidden in the rear-side glass and are invisible until they are turned on, along with a custom panel that lights up with a Fox Racing Shox 360 and an MTX logo hidden in the rear glass. Another rearview camera is mounted on the outside of the gate.
The maroon rollcage extends into the second row of the seating. Beneath those seats lies a maroon-ostrich-leather-lined box containing two Power Acoustic DVD players, an Xbox, and two Pac video amplifiers. Two 7-inch Vizualogic headrest monitors, with their own integrated DVD player, are mounted in the front seats. Between them hangs down two 7-inch monitors that are stacked atop each other and swivel independently to the left and right.
The second-row doors were built in the same way as those in the front row. Hushmat deadens unwanted vibrations in the inner panels, and the maroon, gray, and silver panels house MTX Thunder Axe three-way, 6-inch component speakers in the front doors, while the rear doors use a 5-1/4-inch, instead of the 6-inch, because of size limitations. The crossovers were surface-mounted for easy access during tuning and are back-loaded with red Varad lighting for a cool effect.
The front row continues the overall gray and maroon theme, with gray suede covering almost everything, broken up by maroon ostrich leather inserts and maroon paint on parts of the dash and doors. A Kenwood NAV 8017 head unit sources the audio and some of the video for the entire A/V system. Wiring the Hummer's setup proved to be a tricky task. A custom, billet bracket had to be fabricated to hold two 300-amp SPL Power Master alternators that operate in conjunction with the factory alternator. An SVR battery was put in the factory battery location, and four more SVR batteries were placed above the rear wheelwells. Two Cascade APS 90 power supplies in the rear of the H2 allows the vehicle to be plugged into wall power at events. Streetwires wires the system together with eight Streetwires ANL fuse holders, several distribution blocks, battery terminals, two runs of 0-gauge cable (one from each alternator to each bank of rear batteries and then to two distribution blocks and ending at the amplifiers). A Viper 791XV security and remote start system keeps the truck safe and sound.
Do you like the two-toned silver and maroon colors on this Hummer? Thank Dean "The Painting Machine," who laid on the paints and buried them with six coats of clear. The SUV rolls on 22-inch chromed wheels, BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires, and hovers higher off the ground with a 4-inch Rancho lift kit and RS9000 remote reservoir shocks. A Borla exhaust and K&N air intake keep the good and bad air flowing easier. Combined with a Magnuson supercharger, this H2's V-8 cranks more than 500 hp. The bumpers, moldings, and mirrors are all matched to the maroon body color, as are the nerf bars, the brushguards, and the front skidplate.
The Hummer also has a Warn 12,000-pound winch, a color-matched roof rack with eight overhead driving lights, four KC 6-inch lights in the front end of the vehicle, and a swing-out tire carrier with a fullsize spare. The LED taillights are colored to match the H2's body, as well, and the yellow markers were replaced with clear versions. And the Hummer has been modded even more with the very latest Fox Racing Shox 360 racing package, which includes custom billet Fox-engraved door handles and hood piece, and a limited-edition Fox Racing Shox gauge cluster overlay in the dash. The Fox Racing Shox theme was perpetuated with the embroidered headrests.
This Hummer's build took three months. Kamerer says he wanted something different, and we think he got it. If you disagree, consider this: How many H2's have you seen armed with a large-bore sonic cannon and painted with a scheme that screams "Fire in the hole!"?