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Kevin Kearns from Cold Spring Harbor, New York, is a longtime reader of Truckin, and has sent in pictures of his 2002 Chevy Stepside Silverado. To the 4.3L engine, Kevin has added a K&N intake, power chip, Kooks headers, and Kooks mufflers. Kevin's Silverado rides on a set of 20-inch Chevy wheels with painted accents that are enveloped in Goodyear Eagle LS rubber, size 275/55R20. A GMC grille shell filled with a billet insert gives the front end a different look while the rest of the exterior features even more billet. An Extang bed cover keeps Kevin's bed dry and protects any cargo that he is carrying. Inside the cab, the eye is met with billet and wood accent pieces. A Kenwood head unit supplies the tunes through six Sony speakers. The dashboard features a set of Street Scene luminescent gauges and a chrome-gauge bezel, with US Speedo chrome gauge needles and the seats are decked out in a custom leather package by Automat.
Tommy Steward always wished that his dad would hand his truck down to him. That wish came true when Tommy was 16. He got his dad's bone stock 1999 Chevy Silverado 1500. It didn't stay stock for long; Tommy ripped out the factory audio and replaced it with Memphis mids and highs. He then added a pair of 12-inch Memphis subs under the back seat connected to an Alpine 500-watt amp and head unit. Next, Tommy unleashed a few extra ponies by installing a Magnaflow exhaust, Mac's intake, Transdapt throttle-body spacer, and Edge Evolution CS programmer. For a meaner look, Tommy took the truck down to bare metal and sprayed it with jet black paint. He then wanted to clear larger tires, so an Off-Road Unlimited 2-inch leveling kit was installed and BFGoodrich All Terrains were wrapped around a set of 17x8-inch Raceline Raptor wheels. Future plans include a new crate engine, new transmission, ceramic headers, and maybe a supercharger.
From New Milford, Connecticut, come Blaze Kelly and his 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. For starters, a set of 20-inch American Racing Orleans wheels were added along with smoked taillights, HIDs up front, and a billet grille. To make his riding more enjoyable, Blaze installed a Pioneer touchscreen head unit, new seat covers, Sony 10-inch flipdown DVD player, and racing pedals. A Passport radar detector lets Blaze know when there are cops around. So far, the only performance accessories include a Spectre cold-air intake. In the future, Blaze wants to add a full exhaust, subwoofers, and possibly shave the exterior.
Candy Bow Tie
This 2000 Chevy Silverado belongs to Lee Turlington of Exmore, Virginia. Lee began making this truck his own by removing the body from the frame and powdercoating the entire frame. He then reassembled the truck and installed a lift kit consisting of a four-link with air ride. For rolling stock, Lee wrapped four 37x13.50x24-inch Toyo Open Country M/T tires around a set of Rockstar XD wheels. Moving to the body, the tailgate was shaved before the whole truck was drenched in House of Kolor Brandywine Candy paint. To the engine, a cold-air intake, Magnaflow exhaust, and Superchips programmer work together to help turn the massive wheels and tires. The interior has several plastic pieces that were painted to match along with black leather and maroon ostrich seats, headliner, and door panels. For entertainment, a 15-inch TV was mounted into the dash and three Kicker speakers were mounted in each door. Two 10-inch subs finish off the audio.