GMC Yukons are very popular among all types of people. Soccer moms love them because they have room for the kids and groceries, businessmen like the luxury-appointed interior, and custom truck enthusiasts love the fact they are relatively easy to make them look good by adding a few small touches. Steve Burkett bought this 2008 GMC Yukon brand-new, but that didn’t stop him from tearing into it. Being a council member of the Swift car club, Steve needed to make his ride stand out from everyone else’s in the club. In several tech articles, we’ve shown you the steps that it took to convert this Yukon into a show truck, and now we have the full feature for you to enjoy.
After picking up his GMC at the dealership, Steve took it over to Mouse’s Kustom Fab in Phoenix. The first step was to lower it. In order to do so, a set of McGaughy’s spindles were installed up front with the factory arms. For air ride, a pair of Slam Specialties SS-7 airbags were installed and fed by ½-inch line. Out back, the factory four-link was helped along with an axle relocator kit, a custom Panhard bar, and another pair of SS-7 ’bags. Finally, a set of 26-inch Lexani Dial wheels were wrapped in Toyo Proxes ST II tires and bolted to the chassis. To achieve a level, trouble-free ride, an AccuAir system was installed. For additional show points, Steve had Westcoast Racecraft paint and pinstripe the frame.
With the suspension complete, attention could be turned toward the body. The first step was to get rid of the factory grille. In its place, a Tiarra Luxury grille was bolted in along with a matching valance insert. Next, Anzo headlights and taillights were installed. Since he kept the body fairly mild, Steve went crazy on the paint. Over the factory steel gray, Steve had Mike Royal, also of Phoenix, lay down some House of Kolor Orion Silver and Kandy Apple Red flames. He also paint matched the spokes on the Lexani wheels for a custom look. To finish off the body, Steve had Westcoast Racecraft airbrush some skulls and flames on the rear liftgate.
Looking inside, black and gray Katzkin leather adorns the seats while pinstriping can be found throughout the passenger compartment. The door panels feature 3D flames under the leather, and the headliner was wrapped in suede. For audio, CJ Silvey from Superior Autosound, also in Phoenix, installed a Pioneer headunit, which feeds two Kicker amps. The amps then provide the signal for four Kicker 12-inch L7 subs, which are located in a custom fiberglass housing in the cargo area. The amps also feed the three pairs of Kicker QS components. Gryphon was used for the video output that feeds the six 7-inch monitors throughout the interior.
Under the hood, Steve had stainless steel covers made for the fuse box, radiator overflow tank, and brake reservoir that he then had airbrushed by Westcoast Racecraft. An AEM cold-air intake was installed to help the engine inhale and a Magnaflow exhaust helps with exhaling and providing a bit of a rumble. With the massive stereo system pumping out 146 decibels of sound, an Ohio Generator 300-amp alternator was installed.
After two years he has accomplished turning a brand-new Yukon into a daily drivable, show-worthy, custom vehicle, and Steve couldn’t be prouder. He wanted to thank all of the shops and sponsors for helping with the build including Scott Harris, Mike Royal, Mouse, CJ Silvey, and most of all, his friends and family for the support during the process.