No doubt you have been following the buildup of our '11 Chevy Silverado we dubbed Project 12-Gauge. Working with AutoAnything, the Crew Cab was given a makeover to create a truck that was both easily drivable and completely usable for exploring in the backwoods. If you check out a couple of the photos in this feature, you will find that the fender flares are showing the after effects of life in the brush out on the trails, meaning we have absolutely accomplished our given task.

We began by altering the suspension of the truck, as the factory nose-down stance contributed to an awful lot of banging and dragging of the front bumper and air dam. Reaching into Auto Anything's online catalog netted us a Ready Lift SST system comprised of a strut spacer, upper control arm, and rear block. The added inches cleared the way for 20x9-inch BMF S.O.T.A. wheels and 275/60R20 (33 inches tall) Falken Rocky Mountain A/T tires. Bushwacker Extend-A-Flares provides the first line of preventive safety against damage from tire-tossed debris. Additional horsepower is always welcome, but the owner of this Silverado wanted to keep it to a dull roar. To balance the two, the intake was upgraded to a Volant while the original exhaust was kept in place. An Edge CTS programmer is controlled from inside the cab for a multitude of power and gauge options.

The new skin covering the factory Silver Ice Metallic paint is a full vinyl wrap printed in an urban camouflage motif. Although not exactly the correct color to be stealthy in the sticks, it does provide the Chevy with the work versus play appearance we were going for. On the roof you'll find a Surco Safari Rack and on the bumper, a Smittybilt lightbar. Both pieces added room to mount auxiliary lighting from Vision X. Up front are 6-inch Vision X halogen units and on the Safari rack is a 42-inch LED bar, along with room for plenty more storage. Headlights and taillights from Spyder add to the look with even more LED technology against black housings to better flow with the theme. A black Bow Tie and mesh grille from Street Scene grace the grille, offsetting the only shine on the truck—the chrome factory shell. Even though the truck only sits 6 inches higher, handling passenger needs was a priority. To allow entering and exiting in a smoother fashion, the truck was equipped with Amp PowerSteps. An Amp BedStep and BedStep 2 simplify getting gear in and out of the bed, which is protected by a BedRug and covered by a Bak G2 tonneau cover.

With the exterior covered and protected from the elements, it was only fitting to approach the interior in a similar fashion. Dirt and water have a way of destroying carpet and cloth seats in seconds. To remedy this concern, both front and rear seats were covered in two-tone black and gray covers from Caltrend. With a long line of fabrics and styles to choose from, we went with the "I Can't Believe It's Not Leather" series. Covering the floor are heavy-duty mats from Husky Liner, with a Husky Liner GearBox under the rear bench seat to attend to the clutter. Both the seat covers and floor liners are designed to be easily cleaned and repel the muck that is sure to invade the interior. We have spent plenty of seat time in the Caltrend covers accruing mileage to the boondocks and back. Since the completion of the truck, the only thing we changed was the addition of Fox coilover front struts for even better off-road control. All in all, we are pleased with our mail-order build and have AutoAnything to thank.


Inside the Build

Year Make Model: 2011 Chevrolet Silverado
Owner and City/State: Yusef Hussainy • San Diego, California

Engine:
Type: 4.8L Vortec
Induction: Volant cold-air intake
Exhaust: Factory
Electronics: Edge CTS

Chassis:
Front suspension: Ready Lift 4-inch strut spacer and upper control arms
Rear suspension: Ready Lift 3-inch block

Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x9-inch BMF S.O.T.A.
Tires: 275/60R20 Falken Rocky Mountain A/T