This month, we set the focus of our Fantastic Four series on an '05 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab that was just begging for the Truckin' touch. There is just something about a four-year-old bone stock truck that has us asking why it hasn't been lowered yet and why the factory wheels and tires haven't yet been put to rest in the garage.

Things were about to change for this unsuspecting fullsize Chevy and we knew just who to call to make it happen. Belltech has been a longtime staple in the custom truck suspension game, so we knew our project Silverado couldn't go wrong with a set of drop spindles, a rear flip kit, and a set of Belltech's new Street Performance shocks. To go underneath the 2/4 suspension drop, we reached out to MKW Alloy Wheels and reserved a set of 22x9.5-inch Avenue A522 chrome rollers. No complete suspension upgrade would be complete without a brand-new set of tires and we looked no further than Hankook Ventus rubber for optimum handling performance.

With the Silverado's aggressive suspension and appearance well taken care of, we next took its engine's efficiency into consideration and decided that a Bassani AFT-CAT exhaust system and an Airaid cold air intake would free up the restrictive stock respiratory setup.

We are lucky enough to be relatively close neighbors with Bassani, so we dropped by and had Kurt Gordon hook up the Silverado's new exhaust system. For the rest of the truck's installation work, we headed to JBM Motoring in Orange, California, where Adolfo Brisenio stepped up to the plate and knocked one out of the park for the Chevy's overall appearance and performance. If your truck is in need of a new look, check out how we upgraded this Silverado in just a day.

From The Driver Seat
The first concern with any suspension alteration typically revolves around ride quality. In our case, the Silverado handled the roads and highways like a champ. The new suspension ate up bumps and uneven roads with ease and at times we truly forgot that we were cruising around in a lowered vehicle. Thanks to the quality drop components from Belltech and to the MKW wheel and Hankook tire combo for creating excellent road contact, the Chevy can take on any road condition without hesitation. The improved aerodynamics from the Silverado's lower ride height along with the Bassani free-flowing exhaust and air sucking power of the Airaid intake combined for excellent power that can be both heard and felt. Most importantly, the Silverado now delivers a thrilling ride, whether it's hitting corners at 35 mph or rocketing down the highway doing 80. It's surprising how anybody could stand waiting nearly 5 years for this much excitement!

Your Questions Answered

Time spent working: 5 1/2 hours
Mechanical difficulty: Intermediate (the gas tank had to be lowered to work on the rear driver side, which isn't too bad a problem if you have a transmission jack handy)

Tools Used:
Metric and standard socket set, metric and standard combo wrench, Phillips screwdriver, torque wrench capable of 10-90 lb-ft, impact gun, prybar, air chisel, Sawzall, mallet, transmission jack.

Parts Used:
Belltech 2-inch drop spindles 2508 $278.95
Belltech rear flip kit 6519 $284.95
Belltech rear shackle kit 6400 $53.95
Belltech Street Performance shocks 101021 & 2212EE $59.95 each
Airaid air intake kit 200-185 $289.65
Bassani exhaust system 5717004 $724.95
Avenue Wheels by MKW A522 22x9.5 $309.00 each
Hankook Ventus ST 265/35R22 tires $212.00 each
(Prices taken from Summitracing.com, Autoanything.com, and Superbuytires.com)

Total: $3,956.25 (not including shipping, tax or installation)

SOURCE
AirRaid
www.airraid.com
Belltech Sport Trucks
2822 E. California Ave.
Fresno
CA
www.belltechcorp.com
Auto Anything
800-874-8888
autoanything.com
Bassani Xhaust
Hankook Tires JBM Motoring
428-B W. Katella Ave.
Orange
CA  92867
800-598-5555
sporttrucking.com
Summit Racing
P.O. Box 909
Akron
OH  44309-0909
800-230-3030
www.summitracing.com
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