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Aaron Dean's '07 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ has been lifted with a 7-inch Fabtech lift kit as well as a Performance Accessories 3-inch body lift. The Chevy now clears 37-inch Pro Comp Mud Terrain tires with ease. Aaron installed a K&N air intake, a Flowmaster 40-series exhaust system, and a Pro Comp power programmer to make his truck act tough enough to match its intimidating exterior. Future modifications include new gears, a fully-painted interior, and powdercoated suspension components to match the bright red paint.
Brandon Serio's '97 Chevy S-10 has been given a Blazer frontend upgrade, as well as a Belltech drop and 18-inch wheels. A Flowmaster 40-series after-cat exhaust system and an Airaid cool air intake provide an extra helping of horsepower and fuel economy while a Pioneer head unit, two 10-inch Kicker subs, and 1,100-watt Rockford Fosgate amp keep the sounds thumping.
Chris Kilmury, from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, previously owned a Dodge Dakota but he scrapped it and began his search for the rare R/T version, which he finally found in the States. Once Chris' new Dakota was parked in his garage, he installed a Stillen front bumper cover, Carriage Works black billet grille, and a new K&N intake for better performance. Chris absolutely loves his truck but he works it to death during the summer although he lets it recuperate all winter long.
Michael Westby, from The Dalles, Oregon, loves to cruise his '93 GMC 1-ton dualie. He has grafted an '04 Escalade front clip to the front end and then dumped a 502ci crate engine with all the trimmings under the hood. An Edelbrock Air Gap intake, Hooker headers, MSD ignition, a 150-shot nitrous system, and a 480LE tranny complete with a Compushift controller and a 4.10 Detroit locker rearend all work together to help Michael get his tire roasting fix with little effort. At the moment, the GMC puts out 431hp to the rear tires and an impressive 598 lb-ft of torque once the nitrous is activated.
D.I.Y. Daily Driver
Jared Halbert lives in Wylie, Texas, and he believes that his '08 Ford F-150 FX2 is hotter than the triple digit summer weather in his hometown. Jared prefers to work on his truck himself, and in the year and a half he has owned his truck, he has dropped the rear two inches, hooked up a dual exit Flowmaster exhaust system, Volant intake, and has slapped on a set of 20-inch Pro Comp wheels and Pirelli Scorpion 275/55R20 tires. Jared is also in the process of fattening up his piggy bank so he can purchase a RoushCharger in the near future.
Shawn Nilson, from Leduc, Alberta, Canada, is the owner/operator of his own trucking business, so its only natural that his 'small' truck would be sporting a 12-inch Bulletproof Suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift on top of that. Shawn's '08 Nissan Titan rolls on a set of 20x10-inch RBP 91R wheels and 40-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires, which is an awesome combination for a truck of its stature.
Trucks Are For Girls
Angela Schlenker, from sunny San Diego, California, only waited a month after purchasing her '05 Ford Ranger before she had it lifted with a 51/2-inch Fabtech kit and outfitted with chrome 15x8-inch Helo Max wheels and 33-inch BFG tires. While she was at it, Angela also added a billet grille and a serious sound system, which features a Pioneer deck and two 10-inch JL Audio W3 subs. Angela still has a few items to check off on her 'to-do' list but, for now, she couldn't be happier with her rugged Ranger.
Wesley Sparlin has his work cut out for him since he is a body shop manager in his hometown of Joplin, Missouri. Little by little, he has been able to make progress on his late model GMC Sierra by first adding a Cervini's custom hood, then color matching the grille, welding in a roll pan, and shaving the tailgate handle. Wesley has lowered the rear just enough to level out his truck's overall stance. Future plans include a fully custom, rocker laying, air suspension setup, a new set of 22-inch wheels, and a supercharger.
Razor Sharp Blazer
Kyle Carlson is a 17-year-old with vision. His '98 Chevy S-10 Blazer 4WD was much too tall for his liking, so he made one call to Belltech, which solved that problem. When Kyle bought his truck, it was missing the front end and there was damage from a previous accident on the passenger side, but nothing that lots of quality aftermarket parts couldn't fix. RVM 18-inch wheels and Kumho Venture tires make for a perfect rolling combo and the two-tone paint scheme is comprised of half C4 Corvette black and stock Victory Red hues. Kyle is nowhere near finished with his radical daily driver, so be on the lookout.
Truckin' Through Trouble
Shane McGoldrick, from Nampa, Idaho, deals with these tough economic times by spending time with and improving his '06 Dodge Ram. Since Shane didn't want his truck looking like everyone else's on the road, he dropped his Ram with a 4/6 kit from McGaughy's and bolted on a set of 20-inch KMC Rockstar wheels. Shane also upgraded the braking system with Power Slot rotors and improved the 4.7L V-8 engine by adding a Flowmaster cat-back exhaust. Inside the cab, Shane wired a Pioneer receiver to a pair of JL Audio subwoofers for blasting, stress repelling, audio sensations. Shane has found that customizing his truck is the perfect cure for any case of the empty wallet woes. Finding great deals and performing installs on his own driveway has helped Shane shape his truck to his liking.