Everybody wants to change certain parts of OEM trucks to better fit their style or needs. This is why the aftermarket industry is so successful. Danny Vera of Houston had this exact thought when he bought his 2008 GMC Sierra. He loved the look of the Yukon Denali, but wanted a truck instead. To solve this, he enlisted the help of a few select shops to give him everything he wanted in one vehicle.
After picking his truck up at the dealer, Danny wasted no time getting it closer to the Texas pavement. He took the truck to Medicated Metalworks, in Alvin, Texas, to get the suspension handled. This consisted of Belltech 2-inch drop spindles up front along with relocated control arm mounts. The ever-popular Texas two-link brings the back half down to match the front. A quartet of Slam Specialties 'bags gives Danny the option of cruising his Sierra around the Lone Star state or laying it out on terra firma. Rounding out the chassis is a set of 24x9-inch and 24x15-inch Intro Twisted Rally wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber.
The next stop was Alamo Customs, also in Alvin, where paint and body expert Robert Meza took over. Opting for a refreshed front end, Danny had Robert install a new-body–style GMC Yukon Denali front clip on the Extended Cab. Moving around back, the tailgate handle and taillights were shaved, and a pair of LED strips was installed under the tailgate to notify following drivers of Danny's intentions. A one-off sheetmetal bumper replaced the factory version and shows exactly what Alamo Customs is capable of. After shaving a few more nonessentials, the entire truck was coated in a custom-mixed emerald green paint followed by a tricolor graphic. After multiple coats of clear, the attention was turned toward the interior.
Before leaving Alamo, the dash and door panels were smoothed and painted. That's right, the door panels look leather-wrapped, but that was a trick Robert had up his sleeve. He painted the door panels to match the future upholstery then sprayed flat clear over them so they look covered in leather. The seats were wrapped in adobe brown Ultra Leather by Miguel's Upholstery in Houston. Miguel also wrapped the headliner in brown suede and laid brown carpet over the floor. Before finishing up the interior, Custom Car and Audio, in Richmond, Texas, came in and installed a pair of Massive Audio amplifiers, two Alpine 12-inch subwoofers in a large fiberglass enclosure, and eight JBL 6½-inch component speakers.
Danny absolutely loves his truck and loves that it turns heads everywhere it goes. After all the work that went into his truck, it's no wonder that it has won an award at every show it has been to. Danny wanted to send a special thanks to Robert and the guys at Alamo Customs, Medicated Metalworks, Miguel's Upholstery, and Custom Car and Audio for all their help on the build.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
2008 GMC Sierra
Owner and City/State:
Daniel Vera • Houston, Texas
Front suspension: 2-inch Belltech drop spindles, relocated control arm mounts, Slam Specialties RE-8 'bags, Belltech shocks
Rear suspension: Texas two-link with Panhard bar, Slam Specialties RE-8 'bags, Belltech shocks
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 24x9-inch and 24x15-inch Intro Twisted Rally
Tires: 295/30R24 and 405/25R24 Pirelli Pzero Nero
The custom sheetmetal bumper sitting just below the glassy smooth tailgate shows what Robe
Danny made sure that no stone was left unturned, which included having much of the underho
Looking at the front of the truck, you wouldn’t know that you were in fact staring head on