GM’s independent front suspension on their ½-ton and ¾-ton trucks has been spurring debate from off-road enthusiasts from its onset. For Jake Struthers of Odessa, Florida, the thought of having a lifted truck on 40s without a solid axle was unfathomable. To remedy the front suspension issue, the truck was delivered to Tony’s Total Performance, in Largo, Florida. There, a Dana 60 axle was bolted up using Ballistic coilovers, a custom radius arm steering setup, and a long-arm kit. With the added room under the fenders, big 40-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers were mounted to XD Armour wheels and installed.

Spinning those big rollers, the 5.3L was given a shot in the arm by way of Patriot heads, a Comp cam, and Dynatech long-tube headers. The body received Bushwacker fender flares, a Precision grille, and PPG Olympic White paint. Inside, Jake sits on factory leather as he listens to upgraded tunes from Alpine and JL Audio. Driven every day, Jake proves you can build a show truck and still drive it like you stole it.

Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500
Owner and City/State: Jake Struthers • Odessa, Florida

Engine
Type: 5.3L Vortec
Heads: Patriot Performance CNC
Induction: K&N intake
Cam: Comp Cams 281
Headers: Dynatech SuperMAXX 1⅞-inch long-tube
Exhaust: MagnaFlow after-cat
Engine Management: Tony’s Total Performance (TTP)
Output: 388 hp and 445 lb-ft
Built by: Tony’s Total Performance

Drivetrain
Transmission: 4L80E with Gearstar shift kit and Yank 2500-stall converter
Rearend: Sterling 10.25 with 5.38 gears and Detroit Locker

Chassis
Front suspension: 16-inch lift and solid axle conversion with Ballistic Fabrication coilovers from Tony’s Total Performance
Rear suspension: 14-inch Tampa Spring leaf springs, custom traction bars from TTP

Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x12 KMC XD Armour
Tires: 40x15.50R20 Nitto Mud Grappler