It may look basic, but the 5.3L makes plenty of power thanks to the FAST LSXRT intake, Com
We've seen big lifted trucks before that tapped out at 55 mph because of stock gears, huge tires, and a small engine that lost its cojones fighting the laws of physics. The Naivar brothers addressed this concern by having Pachie, from Andrews Automotive in Taylor, Texas, get the 5.3L V-8 ready to run. Slipping in a Comp Cams 219/233 109LSA cam, the LS engine needed more air, which is cured by a FAST LSXRT intake manifold and AEM cool-air intake. Earl's fuel line and fittings send the swill from a 20-gallon fuel cell up to the fuel injectors. Dynatech SuperMAXX stainless long-tube headers slip into Dynatech off-road intermediate pipes from AFCO Racing, which then flow into a 4-inch mandrel-bent diesel tubing that Show Time modified to exit right underneath the passenger-side door out of 5-inch RBP black tip. With no cats and no mufflers, the Comp cam helps the 5.3L sound downright ready-to-rumble. Taylor red plug wires, along with a custom EFI Live tune help the small-block churn out 355 hp. Chrome accents inside the engine compartment really pop against the painted firewall. Show Time already had a tubular trans mount in place, and after the 4L60E received a TCI 2,600-stall convertor and shift kit, it was painted then installed behind the LS. Now Brandon and Dustin had a giant rolling canvas to make people stop dead in their tracks.
Whereas all-black trucks aren't preferred in the world of magazines, we can appreciate the amount of work involved in making sheetmetal straight enough to look flawless. Providing an updated and custom look, STMW pulled the '00 front end and replaced it with steel fenders, hood, and light bezels from an '07 Silverado HD classic. Fabricating their own front bumper from ¼-inch steel, Brandon and Dustin combined the tough aesthetic of large off-road bumpers with the clean, tight fit of a street bumper. Thanks to four PIAA off-road lights, the look is even more impressive. Spyder Auto Lights one-piece headlights and an RBP one-piece grille make the Chevy look more like a Cadillac off-road prototype than an aftermarket-equipped Bow Tie. A molded roll pan, Escalade door handles, and a SnugTop F2 tonneau cover provide the backdrop for the PPG Onyx Black. A large nautical star was mapped out on the front doors and applied by Sidney Bucanek, of Asid Graphics also in Taylor, in silver and House of Kolor real fire to break up the sea of black. Ready for any black-tie affair with mud involved, Show Time's Silverado was now prepped for some tunes.
Heard from blocks away, the four 10-inch Wet Sounds subwoofers are mounted on a 2-inch tub
Popping open the SnugTop tonneau cover reveals a BedRug with four Wet Sounds Rev 10 marine subwoofers on a 2-inch tube frame. The four subs are housed in individual pods, and are powered by two large Wet Sounds amps mounted on the bulkhead. A Wet Sounds WS-420 controls each frequency and allows Brandon and Dustin to talk through the speakers with a supplied microphone. It's a trick setup, which with this truck, we've come to expect nothing else. Inside the truck, the dash was painted black and dressed up with an Escalade gauge cluster, Dima steering wheel, and plenty of billet accessories. Black leather and suede by Chuy's Custom Upholstery in San Antonio, cover the seats, floor mats, headliner, and door panels. Nathan Gonzales, Trey Mattox, and Chris Jacque, of Capital Kustoms in Austin, Texas, handled wiring the two Kicker Solo-Baric subs in the rear center console, MB Quartz components in each door, and the one-off Wet Sounds setup in the bed. No matter if you're inside or outside the truck, hearing the Naivar brother's favorite music is not an issue.
Despite his own blood and sweat in the making of the truck, Brandon was quick to thank his brother Dustin, his wife Tammy, Dustin's fiancé Kristen, and his parents for supporting and understanding his obsession. As he told us, "This has been our lifelong goal, and this is just the beginning of our trucks being in your magazine." With insane dedication and a family to help the two brothers get through the tough times, we're just as excited as they are for the future.