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he “Snowball Effect” is real when you’re building cars. The more mods you put on it, the bigger and badder it needs to be. You can never just stop at wheels, tires or suspension. All of our features know too well what we mean! With so many different builds showcased with the baddest mods, you’ll feel inspired to step up and build yours. First up are the badass trucks we’ve lined up for your viewing pleasure… We’ve got quite a few Fords in this Issue, including Skyjacker’s Ford Bronco. It really canvases the true essence of what a classic Bronco evokes in people. CJ Dunlap this time around showcases his trio of custom builds that dreams are made of, especially his OBS Ford! As his favorite of the three, the matching RZR and Super Duty are all dressed in a similar theme. Willie Brown knows exactly what happens when you keep going and going with mods as
his Ford F-250 called “Project Orange Appeal” continuously became a bigger and badder build. It’s now a tricked-out rig that stuns. Pleasant Cook also built herself one bad F-250 that is rugged and tough, yet feminine and stylish. Her Ford is the perfect blend of traditional 4x4 essence mixed with girly vibes! When it came time to create a project truck, A.R.E. Accessories wanted something functional that could get down and dirty out in the elements. Thus, their “Modern Adventurer” was born! Transforming a Ford F-150, the crew made sure to partner with companies that only make great looking and functional products to match the end result with their initial vision. As the driving force behind @eightlugmafia, Florida-based Chris Fasig’s GMC Denali HD, started as a simple bolt-on kit but would lead to an elaborate build that would be deemed a fabrication masterpiece.
And for the more traditional 4x4, we have a pair of Jeeps that are all show and all go. The Royalty Core “Rubitron” is some next-level customization, with the ability to take on challenging off-road trails and expeditions, while being a real stunner at the same time. Purple and gold are colors associated with royalty, but they’re symbolic and meaningful for Blake Boatwright. For his first build, Blake sought out to create a larger than life Jeep and achieved that with his BIGLRG. And lastly we feature an American classic in the Hummer H1 owned by Robert Razo. He’s no stranger to custom vehicles being the president of a car club, but surprised himself with how quick this stealthy H1 came together. It’s a beast of a ride that would make Arnold proud! Jam-packed with features, you’ll definitely want to sit back and relax as you enjoy Issue 18!
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At the time of production, we’re less than a month away from the SEMA Show and working on our SEMA issue of LFTD&LVLD. These posts from #SEMACRUNCH are dedicated to all the builders our there grinding away to bring out a badass truck, Jeep or car to the show. We can’t wait to see the finished builds. Give them all a follow to see how they turned out.
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It’s on! #projectwastedwhitegirl getting some color with that @mcgaughys 12” Lift going on today in Wilder Red Prismatic! #staytuned #sema2018 #truckguru #guruarmy #kccustoms #semacrunch #missourismostwanted #fusionbumpers #liftedtruckmafia #stocksucks
I was not going to post anything else from #ProjectManiac but this @boostbars grille is way to beautiful to hide huge props to my boy Reid for knocking that out in super fast time hey how bout the @bodyguardbumpers too! Looking fancy! The crew at @erniessouthernoffroad is getting the truck finished up in the next week so look for more sneak previews of my baby and catch her in her full form at the @semashow oh btw she leaves in 18 days #SemaCrunch
@factorautofilm really out did himself here!! Truck is looking and the wrap really made those @mcneilracinginc fenders pop!! Lots to do still, ready to have it back yet @dirtydieselcustoms #childbearinghips #semacrunch
TEAM TWEETYS TIRE SEMA 2018 Powder Coating With No Short Cuts Gears Off , Ball Joints Off, This Just Sneak Pete @rydmotorsports #sema2018 @kingshocks @americanforcewheels @furyoffroadtires @bodyguardbumpers @tweetys_tire Y’all Stay Tunned On This Build Coming Along For My Homie My Boy @hollywood_mike Y’all Follow Him He Will Keep Posting Progress Pics #semacrunch #semabuild #powdercoatingwesttexas #2018 #buildbytweetystire #tweetystire
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Progress on the SEMA truck wrap. 3M Satin Dark Grey is looking absolutely on all the exaggerated body lines on this beast. If you’re going to SEMA this year look for this truck in the @fusionbumpers booth! #sema #sema2018 #semacrunch
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ALPINE PSS-23WRA 310.326.8000 | ALPINE-USA.COM /ALPINEUSA | @ALPINEUSA
The PSS-23WRA is a powered sound system upgrade for 2018-up 4-door Jeep Wrangler JLs without the factory Alpine premium sound system. The 300W system consists of a powered subwoofer, 4-Channel compact amp, 2” tweeters and a remote bass knob. The subwoofer and amp are pre-assembled on a Wrangler-specific bracket that fits under the front passenger’s seat. This design loads and disperses the lower frequency sound into the foot well for maximum bass extension without sacrificing storage space. $1,500.00
KENWOOD DMX905S 813.473.9330 | KENWOOD.COM/USA/CAR/ | @KENWOODUSA_OFFICIAL
The DMX905S is a digital multimedia receiver with Bluetooth. It features a 6.95” Capacitive Touch Screen w/AntiGlare/Reflection/Fingerprint film, built-in HD Radio, Hi-Resolution Audio Ready, has three sets of 5V Gold RCA Pre-outs, a 13 Band EQ with Digital Time Alignment, Dual Zone A/V source control, wireless and wired Android Auto ready, wired Apple CarPlay ready and has two USB Inputs. Works with KENWOOD WebLink to control Waze, YouTube, Yelp and more! It’s also DRV-N520 Dash Cam integration ready! $850.00
PIONEER ELECTRONICS TSA120D4 SUBWOOFER 310.952.2000 PIONEERELECTRONICS.COM/PUSA/CAR /PIONEERNORTHAMERICA @PIONEERCARAUDIO
The TS-A120D4 12” dual 4-Ohm voice coil subwoofer is designed with oversized 60 oz double-stacked magnets and vented pole yoke for high-power handling and high sensitivity. The subwoofer is built with glass fiber and mica interlaced IMPP cone to provide powerful and accurate bass, and a butyl rubber surround and polycotton/cotton dual spider offers increased linearity and high excursion. $120.00
POWERBASS FORD/LINCOLN OEM REPLACEMENT SPEAKERS 909.923.3868 | POWERBASSUSA.COM /POWERBASSUSAINC @POWERBASSUSA
Making any stock factory sound system sound fantastic is now a simple task with their OEM drop in replacement speakers for most 2011 Ford / Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs. PowerBass OEM Speakers are available in two different styles, The coaxials feature an Injection molded PP cone with a 1” silk dome tweeter, while the component system features an inverted molded woofer cone with a separate 1” titanium dome tweeter to deliver the music experience you have always wanted from your OEM sound system. $169.99 24
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ARIES ACTIONTRAC POWERED RUNNING BOARDS 877.287.8634 | ARIESAUTOMOTIVE.COM /ARIESAUTOMOTIVE | @ARIESAUTOMOTIVE
ARIES ActionTrac-powered running boards feature a unique step-within-a-step design and simple-2-install system. They’re actually two steps in one, providing the easiest possible access on larger, lifted trucks and Jeeps. The steps fold up into the contoured housing, adding a stylish look. The housing also seals off the steps and electrical components from the elements. For the easiest installation, all ActionTrac boards install with no splicing and most require no drilling for the brackets. $1,300.00
DIABOLICAL INC. SLIPSTREAM XLS 801.372.4635 | DIABOLICALINC.COM /DIABOLICALINCORPORATED @DIABOLICAL_INC
Full modular storage and security system for your Jeep Wrangler JK/JKU/JLU. This is a full coverage system that creates a secure “trunk” for your Wrangler. Need access for more space? Just pull the quick release pins and the folding top and the center wall panel can be removed in 60 seconds. Use will both rear seats folded down for fullnpass through use. Or single seat pass through with the hinged access panel. It is the worlds only modular system that works for all your jeep needs. $699.95
HEISE LED LIGHTING INFINITE SERIES RGB BACKLIGHT LIGHTBAR 386.257.1186 | HEISELED.COM /HEISELED | @HEISELED
FAB FOURS INC. JEEP JL GRUMPER FRONT FENDER SYSTEM 866.385.1905 | FABFOURS.COM |
Exclusively for the Jeep JL, The Grumper Fender was engineered to tie directly to the 2nd Gen Grumper (grille and winch bumper combination) and features the first-ever fender-to-front bumper integration. The Grumper Fender has a high arch design and a onepiece construction (integrating fender, fender flare and gill box into one part). It’s winch ready and can hold a Warn Zeon 10 winch. 26
Change your lightbar color with the swipe of a finger with the new Heise Infinite Series. From 8” to 50”, these dual row lightbars offer pure white light with 16 million selectable colors as a backlight, controlled by a mobile app. A military breather port allows moisture to escape and the virtually unbreakable polycarbonate lens will withstand the toughest environments. Extremely bright with an 8-degree spot beam pattern.
JL WRANGLER LIFTS 1 – 4” As of Feburary 21, 2018 Skyjacker® Suspensions passed the rigorous FMVSS No. 126 testing requirements on all Jeep Wrangler JL lift systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 126 that requires testing of all new passenger vehicles under 10,000 lbs GVWR that includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system through a series of evasive lane-change maneuvers at highway speeds to ensure the driver can safely maintain control in critical driving situations. Skyjacker systems are proven to work in harmony with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system and has demonstrated compliance with these safety standards utilizing the advanced testing technology by Link Engineering that involves robotic steering & outrigger equipment. Skyjacker voluntarily has these tests performed to assure our customer’s safety.
PERFORMANCE & ACC. HORNBLASTERS, INC. CONDUCTOR’S SPECIAL 240 W/ SPARE TIRE DELETE KIT 877.209.8179 | HORNBLASTERS.COM /HORNBLASTERS | @HORNBLASTERS
Owners of full-size trucks are ditching their factory size spare tire and replacing it with a super loud train horn kit! Installation has never been faster or easier with the use of a special bracket that holds each component of the train horn kit. This kit uses the factory spare tire crank, and you only need basic hand tools, basic wiring skills and about 3 hours of time! $824.98
ICI-INNOVATIVE CREATIONS INC. MAGNUM GRILLE GUARD SERIES FRONT BUMPERS 800.626.8746 | ICIONLINE.COM /ICIINNOVATIVECREATIONSINC @ICI_INNOVATIVECREATIONSINC
ICI Grille Guards offer a sleek design that conforms and complements the lines of the vehicle. The bumper features 1.75” diameter tubing, true 1-piece construction, a 3-piece bracket assembly and a 3-stage coating process. This provides maximum strength and support for real-world driving conditions and performs providing real front end protection when driving on the back roads of the forest or ranch, to the urban jungle of today’s city streets. $1,899.99
MBRP INC. JEEP JL WRANGLER DUAL AXLE-BACK EXHAUST 888.636.7223 MBRPAUTOMOTIVE.COM /MBRPINC | @MBRPEXHAUST
The MBRP dual axle-back exhaust system for the 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler is a bolt-on performance exhaust that enhances performance, sound and looks. Available in black coated, stainless steel, and aluminized steel. $299.99
RIGID INDUSTRIES RADIANCE SCENE LIGHT 480.620.9790 | RIGIDINDUSTRIES.COM /RIGIDINDUSTRIES @RIGIDINDUSTRIES
The all-new RIGID Radiance Pod Scene Light is the perfect solution for those who want RIGID’s legendary quality at a level everyone can attain. The Radiance Pod Scene Light provides up to 100 degrees of horizontal spread for maximum coverage. This light is feature-packed, with a black exposed printed circuit board, forward projecting optics, and back-lighting available in white, green, amber, blue or red, available in both surface mount and flush mount, sold in pairs. $249.99
PERFORMANCE & ACC. ROYLATY CORE RC88T HEADACHE RACK 541.343.3643 | ROYALTYCORE.COM /ROYALTYCORE | @ROYALTYCORE
Royalty Core’s headache racks are designed to protect the cab and rear window, reduce sun rays from heating up the cab, and to provide maximum rear view visibility. Don’t lose your pass through window - their racks include a removable center section. Give your truck the protection it needs and the tough look you want. Made of military-grade materials formed into unique proprietary tubing designs, Royalty Core racks are not one-size-fits-all, they are designed to each truck’s dimensions.
TRUCK GEAR BY LINE-X EXPEDITION COOLER 877.330.1331 | TRUCKGEAR.COM /LINEXPROTECTS @LINEXNORTHAMERICA
A cooler should be made to last a lifetime. Whether you’re heading out for a picnic in the park or a weekend in the desert, the Truck Gear by LINE-X Expedition Cooler keeps food and beverages ice-cold without compromising on strength, thanks to a rotationally molded plastic construction. Available in 20qt, 45qt, 75qt, and 110qt sizes. $129.00
VIAIR CORPORATION 480C ONBOARD AIR SYSTEMS 949.585.0011 | VIAIRCORP.COM |
VIAIR’s Onboard Air Systems (OBA) provide the vital air source for multiple pneumatic applications. The Dual 480C OBA supplies the highest CFM on 100% duty cycle compressors rated at 100PSI. These pre-packaged compressed air solutions include: two 480C chrome or stealth black compressors, a 2.5-gallon air tank, an inline pressure regulator, and all necessary components needed to install a working onboard air system.
485C DUAL PERFORMANCE PACK VIAIR’s brand new 485C compressor delivers game-changing performance, rated at 100% duty @ 200 PSI. This next generation compressor is a true 200 PSI-rated working pressure pump. The 485C Dual Performance Value Pack features two 12V 485C compressors with newly-developed sleek head design, increased duty cycle and quieter dB levels. The 485C is available in platinum or stealth black and comes equipped with a stainless steel braided leader hose with an inline check valve. 30
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Suspension Systems are the basis of this magazine. Not only do they provide the proper ground and tire clearance, but they give your rig the aggressive look that sets it apart from the crowd.
ALLOY USA 2.5” LIFT KIT FOR 2018 WRANGLER JL UNLIMITED ALLOYUSA.COM |
The 2.5” Lift Kit for the 2018 Wrangler JL Unlimited is a complete suspension system. The basis of the kit are new coil springs that are location-specific with spring rates calculated to deliver a level stance while providing additional clearance for larger tires. The kit also includes shock absorber extension brackets to reuse the factory shocks, reducing overall expense, while new extended length sway bar end links and compression-stop spacers keep the suspension travel safely in check. There is an option which includes Fox Shocks. All of installation hardware is included for an easy installation and the kit comes with the added protection of a 5-Year Limited Warranty.
BDS SUSPENSION CHEVY/GMC 1500 8” IFS LIFT SYSTEMS 517.279.2135 | BDS-SUSPENSION.COM /BDSSUSPENSIONS @BDSSUSPENSIONS
BDS Suspension takes the 2014-2018 Chevy/GMC 1500 trucks to new heights with the addition of 8” lift systems joining the current 2”, 4”, and 6” lift options, allowing for additional clearance. These new suspension systems utilize the tried and true high-clearance IFS design that has made BDS the preferred suspension lift for late model GMs updated to correct suspension, steering and driveline geometry for improved on-road comfort and off-road performance. As with all BDS kits these new 8” options are backed by Factory Protection Plus, offering you peace of mind for your adventure. $1,965.99
PRO COMP 6” SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR 2019 RAM 1500 800.776.0767 PROCOMPUSA.COM /PROCOMPUSA @PROCOMPUSA
The 2019 Ram platform received a fresh Pro Compengineered knuckle with improvements specifically targeting better steering geometry, reduced weight and improved turning radius over the previous generation system. The new knuckle design – paired with robust crossmembers, diff drops and sway bar drops – helps maintain OEM operating angles of critical components for trouble-free service. Rear geometry correction brackets and coil spacers maintain the factory load-carrying capacity while keeping the handling and predictability of the factory Ram 5-link suspension. The new Pro Comp suspension system is compatible with the factory stability control system and adaptive cruise control, and allows clearance of up to a 37” tire. Pro Comp suspension systems are proudly designed, tested and manufactured in Chula Vista, CA, with the goal of improving vehicle performance and drivability. $1,999.99
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SUSPENSION RUBICON EXPRESS LIFT KITS AND SUSPENSION ACCESSORIES FOR 2018 JEEP WRANGLER JL 877.367.7824 | RUBICONEXPRESS.COM /RUBICONEXPRESS @RUBICONEXPRESS
Rubicon Express is proud to announce the release of lift kits and suspension accessories for the new 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited. These easy-to-install systems and parts will allow a loaded JL to run oversized tires while improving ride quality and off-road performance. Each Rubicon Express suspension kit (1.5/2.0/2.5) comes as a standard base model with coil springs or spacers and is available with a wide variety of upgrade packages. The 1.5”/2.5” Suspension Lift Kits and 2.0” Spacer Lift Kits can raise a loaded JL Rubicon model to clear 37” tires or a Sport/Sahara model to clear 35” tires. Rubicon Express also offers all components separately, which allows drivers to add to their suspension system at their own pace. Monotube shocks, twin tube shocks, control arms, 3/4” coil spring spacers and shock extensions are all now available for the JL. Call for pricing
SKYJACKER SUSPENSIONS 3.5-4” JL DUAL RATE LONG TRAVEL KIT 318.388.0816 | SKYJACKER.COM /SKYJACKERSUSPENSIONS @SKYJACKER
The 2018 JL 3.5-4” DUAL RATE-LONG TRAVEL suspensions lifts use left and right unique coils, with application specific shocks maximum travel for full articulation. Safety is important at Skyjacker so they had the new JL lifts tested and proved full compliance to federal safety standards which means you and your family will remain safe. Available for 2-door and 4-door Rubicon, Sahara, and Sport Models. $815.87
SUPERLIFT KING EDITION 4.5 & 6” LIFT KIT 2015-2018 FORD F-150 4WD 318.388.0816 | SUPERLIFT.COM |
Superlift’s new KING edition 4.5 and 6 inch lift kits for the 2015-2018 F-150. KING Shocks and SUPERLIFT united forces to provide you with a precision-engineered lift system with perfectly matched and valved adjustable shocks. Using race-winning technology, King Shocks front coil overs and rear shocks both have external reservoirs and are both easily adjustable with the simple twist of a knob. Select from Super Soft to Super Firm to create a ride perfectly suited to you. Call for pricing
Drive in style. Take your look to the next level with the bright white light of Philips upgrade headlights.
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Custom truck wheels don’t just look tough, they are tough. Supporting more than a couple of tons and enduring punishing rough terrain, today’s wheels just can’t get away with good looks anymore. From the best aluminum alloy, forged wheels and beadlock race styles, wheels now come in a wide range of styles and finishes. You’ll find a set of wheels for your rig that looks good and performs well both on-and off-road terrain.
AMERICAN TRUXX AT-162 VORTEX 855.572.4457 AMERICANTRUXX.COM /AMERICANTRUXXWHEELS @AMERICANTRUXX AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X10, 22X12, 24X14 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : CHROME, BLACK AND MILLED, BLACK AND MACHINED
BLACK RHINO ARSENAL 800.578.4879 BLACKRHINOWHEELS.COM /BLACKRHINOTRUCKWHEELS @BLACKRHINOWHEELS AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 17X9.5, 18X9.5, 20X9.5, 20X12 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : SAND ON BLACK, TEXTURED MATTE BLACK
CALI OFF-ROAD RAWKON 9109 866.894.3351 CALIOFFROAD.COM /CALIOFFROAD @CALIOFFROAD AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X10, 20X12, 22X12, 24X12 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : MATTE BLACK, GRAPHITE
CENTER LINE LT4 ZODIAC 714.990.2233 CENTERLINEWHEELS.COM /CENTERLINEWHEELS @CENTERLINEWHEELS AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X9, 20X10, 20X12 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : GLOSS BLACK
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WHEELS DROPSTARS 657BM 877.283.9433 DROPSTARS.COM /DROPSTARSWHEELS @DROPSTARSWHEELS AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 17X9, 20X9, 20X12, 22X12, 24X14 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : GLOSS GLACK WITH MIRROR MACHINED ACCENTS
GEAR 748 BM HACKSAW 714.990.2233 GEARALLOY.COM /GEARALLOY @GEARALLOY AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X9, 20X10, 20X12, 22X10, 22X12 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : GLOSS BLACK MILLED
HARDROCK OFF-ROAD H700 AFFLICTION 626.813.2500 HARDROCKOFFROAD.COM /HARDROCKOFFROAD @HARDROCKOFFROAD AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X9, 20X10, 20X12, 22X10, 24X14 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : SATIN BLACK MILLED
SCORPION SC24 877.943.3575 SCORPIONWHEELS.COM /SCORPIONWHEELS @SCORPIONOFFROAD AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X9, 20X10, 20X12, 22X12, 22X14, 24X12 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : BLACK MILLED, CHROME
WHEELS TIS WHEELS 544 DUALLY SERIES 877.283.9433 | TISWHEELS.COM /TWENTYINCHESSTRONG @TISWHEELS AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : FRONT: 20X8.25 +127 REAR: 20X8.25 -198 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : GLOSS BLACK W/ CNC MILLED ACCENTS, BRIGHT PVD - DURABLE ALL-WEATHER SYNTHETIC CHROME
TWISTED OFFROAD T-22 RAZOR 813.673.8393 TWISTEDOFFROAD.COM /TWISTEDOFFROADWHEELS @TWISTED_OFFROAD AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X9, 20X10, 20X12, 22X12 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : GLOSS BLACK MACHINED
VISION 391 REBEL 800.927.6888 VISIONWHEEL.COM /VISIONWHEEL @VISIONWHEEL AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X9, 20X10, 20X12 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : GLOSS BLACK MILLED, SATIN BLACK, CHROME
XTREME MUDDER XM-326 972.290.4900 XMUDDERWHEEL.COM /XMUDDERWHEELS @XMUDDERWHEEL AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X10, 20X12, 22X12 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : GLOSS BLACK WITH BLUE, RED, YELLOW, CHROME INSERTS, CHROME WITH BLACK INSERTS
Off-road truck tires know no limits. Are you planning to take your rig on rutted roads, muddy bogs, or snow-covered trails? There’s a tire that will get you there and take you back home in one piece. All-terrain and mud-terrain tires come in traditional 15” to 17” wheel diameter sizes, but now also come in unique fitments that will go on 18” to 26” wheels without compromising your vehicle’s off-road or on-road capabilities.
COOPER TIRES DISCOVER AT3XLT 419.423.1321 COOPERTIRE.COM /COOPERTIRE @COOPERTIRE
The all-new, all terrain Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT tires feature Durable-Tread Technology which provides resistance to shredding on gravel and rough roads. Biting edges on the side of the tire help to provide fierce traction when trekking through mud and loose soil. Made in the USA and equipped with a best-in-class warranty of up to 60,000 miles. *Based on the warranty length of LT-denoted all-terrain tires from a leading consumer publication. Warranty terms and conditions apply.
ATTURO TRAIL BLADE BOSS WIDE SERIES 855.632.8031 | ATTURO.COM | @ATTUROTIRES
A BIG tire with a BIG attitude, the Trail Blade BOSS continues to earn its title with its new wide series sizes: LT375/55R20 and LT375/45R22. Featuring the most intimidating tire design to date – the Trail Blade BOSS tread is designed from the Quartermaster QSA-1 BOSS HOG knife, a blade made for heavy-duty, hardcore use.
FALKEN WILDPEAK A/T3W 909.694.3080 FALKENTIRE.COM /FALKENTIRE @FALKENTIRE
The WILDPEAK A/T3W is engineered for adventure, any time and in any weather. The A/T3W combines aggressive off-road ability and rugged terrain driving without compromise on the pavement. An optimized tread design combined with a silica tread compound enable the A/T3W to excel in three areas: wear, winter and wet performance. Designed for severe snow conditions, every A/T3W tire is qualified by the Rubber Manufacturers Association for the Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF) symbol.
GENERAL TIRE GRABBER A/T X 704.587.6245 GENERALTIRE.COM /GENERALTIRE @GENERAL_TIRE
A next-generation, aggressive all-terrain tire, General Tire’s GRABBER A/T X provides exceptional off-road capability and durability. This tire also gives you balance with impressive on-road performance. Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake and studdability deliver confident driving for you in all weather conditions to make anywhere possible.
NITTO RIDGE GRAPPLER HERCULES TIRES TERRA TRAC M/T 704.348.6903 HERCULESTIRES.COM /HERCULESTIRES @HERCULESTIRES
Terra Trac M/T delivers extreme terrain traction when off road, and better handling and a quieter ride on the road. It features an aggressive open shoulder design with scalloped tread blocks for greater traction and mobility on soft surfaces; deep siping improves wet traction while stud pins offer added winter traction and control; and high void-to-rubber ratio on the outside of the tire delivers extreme off-road traction. Covered by Road Hazard protection and a 30-day trial.
TOYO TIRES OPEN COUNTRY M/T 800.442.8696 TOYOTIRES.COM /TOYOTIRES @TOYOTIRES
Legendary for its durability, off-road performance, long tread life and aggressive tread. It’s designed to help trucks work hard on pavement, then work just as hard when roads are muddy, snowy, and rocky—or when there are no roads at all. More than 50 sizes are available to fit 15” to 24” rim diameters with flotation sizes up to 40”. Select sizes are available in load range F for late model, high capacity pickups. Backed by Toyo’s No Regrets 45-day, 500-mile trial offer.
NITTOTIRE.COM /NITTOTIRE | @NITTOTIRE
Nitto Tire’s all-new light truck tire delivers an unparalleled balance of off-road and on-road capabilities. Situated in between the Nitto Trail Grappler mud terrain and the Nitto Terra Grappler G2 all-terrain, the Ridge Grappler makes use of a host of innovative technologies that set it in a class all to itself and make it the perfect balance between an off-road capable tire and a comfortable, quiet all-terrain tire. The Ridge Grappler will be available in 30 popular sizes, including fitments for Jeep Wranglers as well as 3/4and 1-ton trucks and features two unique sidewall designs.
YOKOHAMA GEOLANDAR X-MT 800.423.4544 YOKOHAMATIRE.COM /YOKOHAMATIRECORP @YOKOHAMATIRE
Yokohama Tire’s aggressive all-new GEOLANDAR X-MT off-road tires does… and then some. For an extreme off-road tire with tenacious grip and killer looks, the GEOLANDAR X-MT also offers outstanding treadwear and on-road handling to provide consumers – from rock-crawlers to truck enthusiasts – with an exceptional balance of performance and value. Initial size lineup features 10 sizes, from 17-inch to 20-inch rim diameters with outside diameters up to 40”.
FIRST LOOK YOKOHAMA'S NEW X-MT TIRES IN JOHNSON VALLEY PHOTOS COURTESY OF YOKOHAMA TIRES | BOYD JAYNES
he timing has never been better for building a lifted or off-road ride. The scene has expanded and there are more companies than ever introducing new products to help us do what we do. One such company is Yokohama as they are a world leader when it comes to creating tires for maximum traction on multiple terrains. Recently, their team has been busy engineering tires that will also help us truck and Jeep guys find grip on both pavement and loose surfaces. To really prove to us that their new Geolandar X-MT is a world-class off-road tire, they invited
us and several other esteemed media outlets to a special event held in Johnson Valley, CA. This is no random place in the desert as it’s a public OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) Park, which is also home to the grueling King of the Hammers competition of the ULTRA4 racing series. If anyone were to prove the capabilities of an off-road tire, it would be there. Once in the valley, Yokohama’s Senior Director of Consumer Product Planning and Product Marketing, Fardad Niknam, gave us a brief on the tires. He shared with us that the tread blocks were optimized for off-road traction and crawling, and are self-cleaning. Also, the
design on the shoulders is not only aggressivelooking, but capable of protecting against rocks. Furthermore, Yokohama’s Geo-Shield nyloncovered three-ply construction produces even more sidewall protection. Best yet, the new triple-density high-polymer compound provides improved traction with exceptional wear and resistance to cuts and chips. After we got the rundown on these new tires, we were sent off into the hammers led by veteran Ultra4 racer and President/Founder of GenRight Offroad Tony Pellegrino and his crew. We maneuvered a fleet of X-MT-equipped rigs
through parts of the actual KOH course to get a feel for how the tires would handle. Aired down to about 12 psi, the X-MTs performed as expected and had no problems on the varying terrain and even floated through the sand. Though they performed excellent on loose terrain, we were curious about handling on hard surfaces, too. So once we returned to base camp, we aired up the tires and snuck out on the highway with one of the test vehicles and confirmed that the X-MTs were comfortable on the road and surprisingly quiet for such an aggressive tread pattern.
For the second half of the day and after getting a little taste of what these tires were capable of, we rode along with the GenRight team to see how the pros do it on the treacherous Sledge Hammer, Jack Hammer and Wrecking Ball trails. The terrain and obstacles on these trails really put the tires and rigs to the test with only minor carnage happening to a few of the rigs, and the X-MTs proving their capabilities. Overall, the versatile Yokohama X-MT is a solidly engineered off-road tire that begs to be put through the harshest conditions and more. The best part is that they are already available in a number of sizes ranging up to a 40â&#x20AC;? overall diameter. There are also plans for a 40x15.50R24 later this year, as well as a 42x14.50R20 for 2019.
SOURCES: YOKOHAMA TIRE YOKOHAMATIRE.COM /YOKOHAMATIRECORP YOKOHAMATIRE
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WE WANTED TO TAKE OUR RUBICON TO THE NEXT LEVEL TO TAKE ON CHALLENGING OFF-ROAD TRAILS AND EXPEDITIONS.” – JOSH ELLISON 50
or aftermarket companies like Royalty Core, builds are so much more than show queens. They’re critical in R&D, marketing and networking, allowing manufacturers the chance to test out new products and help customers visualize the mods on their own projects and everyday rides. Royalty Core had just worked up a new full grille replacement design and fitment for the Jeep Rubicon and wanted to test its limits in addition to building a fully capable trail monster. “We wanted to take our Rubicon to the next level to take on challenging off-road trails and expeditions,” says Josh Ellison, designer for Royalty Core Grilles.
For Josh and his staff, the Jeep needed to be more than a rig showcased at events; it needed to stand the regular wear and tear of a daily driver that moonlights as a rugged warrior on the weekends. Thus, their “Rubitron” was born. “We have built many trucks since 2007, and even won first place awards at SEMA for our innovative designs. Trucks can only go so far on rugged trails, such as the ones at Moab, and we wanted something that would be a goanywhere vehicle.”
The first thing Josh did was get a rendering completed to guide the build, choosing a white color scheme with red accents inside and out – a color combo that Royalty Core’s owner Robb Kamp loves. “We decided that the classic Jeep red accent color running through the long arm parts, coils, and diff covers would complement the same red used on the two piece Fuel wheels, lights, and interior parts.” Working on the Jeep for an entire year to make sure everything was just right, Josh worked closely with each company chosen for their latest and best, such as Bushwacker’s new aluminum tube style fender flares that are strong, lightweight, and was a “rock-solid installation.” They also installed a completely different lift kit before changing over to a totally wicked 6” extended BDS long arm suspension system with all the best Fox shock upgrades. “We were going to do more American flag graphics along the exterior, but decided to run the Line-X Ultra black and white color-matched coating throughout most of the exterior for a rugged scratchresistant finish stronger than powder coat. We went through many designs with LeatherSeats. com for the custom one-off leather seats,” he details. Blessed by the customization gods, the Rubitron didn’t have many challenges as some builds do, with everything coming together as initially planned.
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“The Fuel tires are quiet and grippy, the Fusion bumpers are sleek and low profile, and the Kicker sound system thumps competition style. The leather seats are so comfortable, too. There’s also an ARB twin compressor mounted under the seats for powerful compressed air when needed. We feel that we can go anywhere especially turning night into day with the insanely bright Vision X lights!” The Jeep has been shown at a major shows this past year, including the Autorama show in Salt Lake City, where it won two first place awards. “Everywhere we go people walk up to compliment this Jeep and ask questions about the products and unique design. The response has been exceptional.” So far, Josh is the one putting in its miles, driving it daily and taking it to Moab to hit the trails. “I love it; it drives so smooth, plush, and handles amazing even at high speeds!”
SUSPENSION • Installed and tuned by Jack-It Inc. • BDS Suspension JK 6” Long Arm Lift Kit with traction bars, front/rear adjustable track bars, front/rear stainless brake lines, dual stabilizer kit with two Fox 2.0 shocks, four Fox Shocks with aluminum reservoirs, front/rear coild and coil perches • Rubicon Express Rock Crawler Super Tough front and rear drive shafts for long arm lifted JKs GEAR: 2016 JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON
WHEELS & TIRES • 22X12 Fuel Off-Road Cleaver wheels • 37X13.50R22 Fuel Off-Road Gripper M/T tires PERFORMANCE • S&B Filters cold air intake • MBRP, Inc. Black Series Axle-back dual exhaust system EXTERIOR/ ARMOR • Convertible with fixed roll-over protection • Spare Tire and Fusion Wheel Lock • Rugged Ridge performance vented hood with additional vent kit • Royalty Core Grilles stainless full grille replacement with custom design • Tint Specialists window tint and front windshield visor • Bushwacker custom aluminum tube style heavy-duty fenders • Envision Graphics custom American flag graphics and brand logos • Unique Auto Body detailed undercoating and trim painting • Fusion Bumpers custom shorty front bumper with angled stinger bar, wide LED light bar mount and enclosed 12K winch mount and rear bumper with reverse LED light mounts • Rugged Ridge tire carrier on heavy-duty swivel mount • Rugged Ridge engine, transmission and transfer case skid plate • Jack-It Inc. custom-welded bracket on tire carrier for Hi-Lift jack • Line-X White Color Match Ultra & Black Ultra Line-X Design throughout hood, fenders, grille, bumpers, hardtop, etc.
INTERIOR • Alpine rear view camera with brake light kit • LeatherSeats.com custom-designed Italian black with white design and red stitched pattern genuine leather seats • Rugged Ridge custom-painted red interior trim accent kit • Rugged Ridge interior multi-color LED kit • Rugged Ridge lower LED light and compressor switch panel kit • Rugged Ridge aluminum shift knob • Husky Liners X-Act floormats AUDIO • Competition 12” Kicker subwoofers, mid-range speakers and tweeters, amplifiers, heavy gauge connections and wires all by Kicker Car Audio • California Audio full installation and fabrication of custom speaker enclosures, roll cage enclosure, LED accent lighting and amp racks
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ACCESSORIES • Warn Zeon 12K winch with synthetic rope upgrade • Rugged Ridge door handle recess guards, gate hinge covers, aluminum washer fluid cap, fire extinguisher holder, paracord grab handles, 3rd brake light LED ring, hood catch kit, door handle inserts, headlight guards, center console cover, smoked LED Elite tail light kit, Elite tail light armor guards, Elite gas cap push door, roll bar covers, steel rocker panel body armor cladding, Elite black front turn signal guards, 15” reflex antenna with Elite base, brake master cylinder aluminum cap, entry foot guard kit and above windshield 3 LED light bar mount • (4) Monster Hooks billet aluminum reaper style off-road quick release shackle hooks • AMP Research Powerstep Xtreme auto running boards and rocker guards • ARB 4X4 Accessories twin compressor • AVS window visors LIGHTING • Vision X LED fog lamps, beam LED headlamps, taillamps and custom LED black headlights with halo ring • (3) XPR LED light bars custom-mounted above windshield • (2) 4.5” 7 LED Cannon Gen pillar LED high power spotlights • Front bumper LED light bar • (2) Back bumper LED Cannon reverse spot lights
WORDS KRISTIE REAL | PHOTOS DALE MARTIN
urple and gold are two colors usually associated with royalty and the Los Angeles Lakers. But for Blake Boatwright, the prestigious color combo is more personal. The moment he realized he wanted to build a Jeep, he instantly knew that it would be dressed in purple and gold. Purple for his favorite color and gold to signify the gold Rolex watch his late father would always wear. “My dad passed away a couple of years before this project, so I always wanted do something to incorporate him into my first build,” he confesses. “The gold wheels are in honor of that watch, and the overall color combo is something I knew would grab everyone’s attention.” Due to the large amount of aftermarket parts for Jeeps, Blake aspired for this build to be one of the best custom Jeeps in the world. He got with his buddy Domnick Zook to pass ideas back and forth, and then enlisted Keg Media for their rendering magic. “They put all my final ideas together on paper and BIGLRG became a rolling work of art! Their renderings were spot on with what transpired.”
MY DAD PASSED AWAY A COUPLE OF YEARS BEFORE THIS PROJECT, SO I ALWAYS WANTED DO SOMETHING TO INCORPORATE HIM INTO MY FIRST BUILD. THE GOLD WHEELS ARE IN HONOR OF THAT WATCH, AND THE OVERALL COLOR COMBO IS SOMETHING I KNEW WOULD GRAB EVERYONE’S ATTENTION.” 64
To bring his vision to reality, Blake sought help from the Complete Customs team, with owner Shaun Freilich guiding him on the various options to use. “Parts were big in the design process,” he adds, picking products that he wanted to use and not so much what would be sponsored. Shaun led him to parts he wouldn’t have normally thought about, which is what made the build even better. The gold 26x16 Corleone Forged wheels and 40x15.50R26 Fury rubber definitely make its presence known, while the Razer Rack is the first on a Jeep. Blake also drove all the way from Texas to Miami to meet the team at VPR bumpers to check out their offerings in person. The build took two months to complete and was for the most part trouble free. However, Blake did admit the biggest challenge was getting the powder coat colors for the exterior perfect. “From redoing the white five to eight times to get it as close of a match to the paint on the Jeep to shipping out the gold powder to California so it would be perfect – it was all worth it in the end!” For his first build, Blake is proud of the results. He set the bar high and exceeded his expectations. And he’s not the only one who admires the finished product. “Most people love this build. People respect the amount of work and attention to detail that went into it. Those
that hate on it just look at the colors and not the actual products or specs. From show to show, no matter the love or hate from the public, I always have a smile on my face when showing it off.” Blake learned a lot about the industry from this build, and will show two new ones at this year’s SEMA show. He’s stripped down BIGLRG to fix it up again, but this time involved his wife in the makeover. “With her vision, team Complete Customs, ECD, and all of their other great partners, KEG media have taken all our ideas and parts to provide us the perfect rendering for the ‘SYREN’ build that will debut in the TIS wheels booth in 2018. I have to give a huge shout out to Shaun Freilich for everything he has helped me with. He has guided me through the CRAZY process of SEMA and throughout my journey. Teamwork makes the dream work and consistency is key to make a name in the industry.”
A new breed of wrangler
Spartacus™ Stubby Bumper
Stubby Bumper | № 11544.24, Winch Plate | № 11543.16
Spartacus™ HD Tire Carrier Hinge
The most advanced styling on the market. US Patent No. D760,133, D775,013, D800,036 & D776,582.
The ultimate in strength and stability for mounting your oversized wheel and tire. Designed to manage the ampliﬁed force and vibrations produced during extreme offroad conditions. Compatible with OE & most aftermarket rear bumpers. Patent pending.
Textured Black | № 11546.56
Front | № 11509.13 Rear | № 11509.14 A stylish design that is meant to be seen, not heard. These tube doors are free from the dreaded rattling common with other tube doors. Patent pending.
XHD Hood Catches
Dash Multi-Mount™ System № 13551.23
Textured Black | № 11210.27 Black | № 11210.21 Silver | № 11116.21
Eclipse Sun Shades
The system mounts across the top center dash recess and incorporates two deep storage compartments and a convenient phone holder to position your smart phone in clear view of the driver.
One of the simplest upgrades available for the Wrangler JL. Eliminates the possibility of hood ﬂutter! US Patent D692,290
Open air and top down feeling you want, while providing added protection from harsh sunlight.
Full | № 13579.71, Front | № 13579.72 Hard Top | № 13579.73
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GEAR: 2016 JEEP WRANGLER JKU 75TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BUILT BY COMPLETE CUSTOMS WHEELS & TIRES • 40x15.50R26 Fury Country Hunter MT tires • 26x16 Corleone Forged Dedalo wheels with BIG LRG engraving SUSPENSION • Custom 8” suspension powder coated in disco purple/ transparent gold • Teraflex 44 front axle powder coated disco purple • Fox Remote Reservoir shocks • Fox ATS steering stabilizer PERFORMANCE • Pypes Performance Exhaust dual exhaust system • Wilwood Engineering big brake kit • Yukon Gear & Axle 5:38s • Yukon Gear & Axle inner axles • Adams Driveshafts 1350 EXTERIOR • VPR 4x4 front and rear bumpers • Metal Cloak aluminum overland fenders • Hyline inner fenders • Boost Bars custom grille • Razer Rack with hybrid mount LIGHTING • HID Projectors custom painted headlights • (2) 50” OLB LED light bars • (1) 30” OLB LED light bar • (1) 20” OLB LED light bar • (1) 10” OLB LED light bar • (4) 2” OLB ROK lights • (2) 5.5” OLB square LED work lights • plainAnsimple taillights SOURCES: BLAKE BOATRIGHT @BIG_LRG COMPLETE CUSTOMS COMPLETECUSTOMS.NET @COMPLETECUSTOMSLLC
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he “Snowball Effect” is the way insider’s describe a project truck that has gone further than originally planned. This is similar to how you can roll a small snowball on top of a hill and by the time it hits the bottom, it will have grown to a dangerous size. Many custom truck owners know this all too well as things may start slow, but you can easily be lured into doing frame-off builds. Willie Brown is very familiar with this concept as his very own Project Orange Appeal is an example of what happens when the Snowball Effect takes hold of your build. As the owner of his own landscaping company, Willie uses big trucks everyday on the job. He also can’t help from tinkering on his rides to improve the looks and performance. With inspiration from trickedout big rigs it only makes sense that he owns a large Ford that has been completely done up. When Willie originally purchased this truck it was in a decent used, but stock condition. As you can see, he’s been on a bit of a journey with this truck as custom work like this doesn’t happen overnight. The truck started out as his daily driver, but things progressed with a mild lift over a set of 37s. However, customizing trucks is like opening a can of chips; once you start, you can’t stop. After Willie got rolling on this truck, things obviously snowballed from there. Project Orange Appeal really got serious while it was at Power Stroke Specialist and the drivetrain was pulled out of this truck. Then, a Maryland single turbo kit was added with a bunch of other goodies before getting painted orange. This was not an easy task and Willie was fully invested in this truck.
With things getting serious, the F-250 was taken to new heights with a PMF 18â&#x20AC;? lift. The suspension now utilizes a set of King 2.5 coilovers and triple bypass shocks to help maintain a smooth ride. While the truck was already down, Willie decided to take it quite a bit further by pulling the body off to have the frame shaved, smoothed and powder coated. To get the interior to match, the headliner, carpet and seat belts were changed to white. The seats were then removed and reupholstered in orange-colored leather. Defiant Motorsports stepped in at this point to add a kickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stereo system and Steve Jackson of SJ Solutions painted the interior plastics.
This truck is on a level of its own and to really top it off, Willie had Defiant and SJ customize his Ford Dually. He even purchased a gooseneck trailer that Mitch Moon of Walton Collision painted. Finishing it all off, the complete rig got Specialty Forged SF15 wheels with 40â&#x20AC;? Fuel Gripper M/T tires on the F-250. Though Willie didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan on taking his truck this far, he now has a rig that is unlike any other. SPECIAL THANKS TO: Power Stroke Specialist, Defiant Motorsports, PMF, Specialty Forged Wheels, SJ Solutions, Signature Metal Fab, King shocks, Fuel tires, Fusion Bumpers, Wilwood, Rigid Industries, Clays Custom pinstriping, All Wired Grilles, Shifted Industries and Eco Tint. 80
GEAR: 2008 FORD SUPER DUTY F-250
WHEELS & TIRES • 26x16 Specialty Forged SF15 wheels • 40x15.50R26 Fuel Gripper M/T tires SUSPENSION • Frame shaved, smoothed and powder coated orange • 18” PMF Suspension PreRunner Tri-Link Series lift • King 2.5 coilovers • King 2.5 triple bypass shocks • PMF heavy-duty rear sway bar • Transfer case indexing ring and high-angle front driveshaft • PSC hydraulic ram assist steering with PMF mounting system • Wilwood TX6R big brake kit • All suspension parts were painted or powder coated orange with pinstriping by Clay’s Custom Pinstriping PERFORMANCE • 6.4L Powerstroke turbo diesel engine • Maryland single turbo kit with piping • BorgWarner turbo • SCT Live Wire tuner • No Limit Fabrication EGR delete • Chromed 4” Flo~Pro exhaust with 6” tip EXTERIOR • Fusion front and rear bumpers • All Wired Customs grille • Headlights and taillights customized by Eco Tint • Amp Research PowerSteps • Gator tonneau cover • Pinstriping by Clay’s Custom Pinstriping LIGHTING • (4) Rigid Dually cubes • (1) 20” Rigid E-series Light Bar on front bumper • (2) Rigid Dually Cubes on rear bumper • (52) Rigid Rock lights
INTERIOR • Smoothed and painted plastics by SJ Solutions • Seats reupholstered with orange leather • White carpet, headliner and seat belts • “Starlight” fiber optic headliner lights by Miami Customs Stereo Shop AUDIO • Pioneer double-din head unit • JL Audio 800W 8- Channel amplifier • JL Audio 1,000W 4-Channel amplifier • (8) JL Audio 6.5” C2 component speakers • (4) 8” JL Audio subwoofers • Custom fiberglass subwoofer enclosure and custom fiberglass door panels
SOURCES: DEFIANT MOTORSPORTS DEFIANTMOTORSPORTS.COM | @DEFIANTMOTORSPORTS SJ SOLUTIONS LLC SJSOLUTIONSLLC.COM | @SJ_SOLUTIONS | WALTON COLLISION @WALTON_COLLISION WILLIE BROWN @BIGWILLIESTYLE45 82
SKYJACKER’S OFF-ROAD TOY WORDS FUELISH MEDIA | PHOTOS DALE MARTIN
renching on your ride can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also get you to a point where it becomes too nice to use. This happened to Lonnie McCurry “Jr” as he previously built a Jeep JK that he didn’t want to scratch. Since going off the beaten path is in his blood, this was an uneasy feeling and the need to explore the bayous of Louisiana was just too great to ignore. His passion comes from his father, who created the Skyjacker company back in 1974. It all began when his father realized there was a demand for lifting first-gen Ford Broncos. After calling Ford, he was able to get ahold of the engineers responsible for creating the original suspension systems. By asking numerous questions, Jr’s dad had enough inside info to create his own 5” lift kits with the first aftermarket pitman arm for these trucks. After 40-years of business, Jr’s father decided to build a ’74 Bronco to celebrate the humble beginnings of his company. By that time, the company expanded and had a partnership with Mattel toy company, which authorized the use of the Skyjacker logo on toy cars. After the ’74 Bronco was completed and shown at the SEMA Show, it was miniaturized for the Matchbox line of toy cars.
In 2016, Jr was named president of Skyjacker and decided to work on a “beater” ’66 Bronco that could see rough terrain without hesitation. Things started escalating quickly as his father donated a Windsor 351 that was bored to 427ci. As if that wasn’t enough to kick-start this project, Matchbox was looking to renew their contract and needed a new vehicle to miniaturize. As you can imagine, this was more than enough motivation to get the project rolling. Given the goal to create a real off-road beast, the frame was stretched 8” while shortcourse legend Curt LeDuc was called in to create a custom suspension that pushes the
front Dynatrac Dana 60 axle forward 3” and the matching rear axle back 3” as well. A roll cage was fabricated, which holds the larger CBR Performance radiator and spare tire. There were a few donor vehicles left behind from the build of the ’74, and they were used to help supply parts for this ’66 Bronco. With the body together, the wheel openings were moved outward to fit the new locations of the custom 17” Raceline beadlock wheels with 39” BF Goodrich Krawler tires. Finishing it off is a wrap that can be easily fixed if scratched.
This goes to show how customizers can easily transform their project ride further than planned. Though this Bronco is a wild build, its footprint makes it purposeful and it has been proven by use. The best part of the whole story is that Matchbox approved the Bronco and it will soon be hitting shelves as a scaled-down collectible toy car. So be on the lookout for your chance to own a miniature version of this bad Bronco! SPECIAL THANKS TO: Dillard DeLaSalle, Ben Book, Ben Guidry, Mike Graves, Ken Harper, Randy McCarty, Mike Olesnevich and Curt LeDuc.
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GEAR: 1966 FORD BRONCO WHEELS & TIRES • Custom 17” Raceline beadlocks w/ McGard lug nuts • 39x13.50R17 BFGoodrich Krawler tires SUSPENSION • Skyjacker 6” 4-link system • Skyjacker LeDuc series JK coil-overs featuring Fox 3” Bypass shocks • PSC front steering assist • Dynatrac Dana 60 front & rear axles • RCV Front CV axles • Baer brakes remaster system • Goodridge brake lines • California Pre-Fun rear sway bar • Custom roll cage • TrailGear roll bar disconnects PERFORMANCE • AMS Racing built 351 Windsor engine bored to 427ci • 657 hp / 650tq • Atlas 3:8 transfer case • JE Reel driveshafts • Monster Transmission 4R70W w/ US Shift programmer • CBR Performance radiator & dual cooling fans • FuelSafe fuel cell • MSD ignition • Painless Performance wiring harness • Optima Yellow-Top batteries • K&N air filter • Edelbrock breather • F.A.S.T. fuel injection system • Rare Parts heavy duty drag link & tie rod • Hedman Performance Group oil filter relocation kit • Sanderson Street Rod headers • Borla exhaust EXTERIOR/ARMOR • Wheel openings moved 3” • Custom fender flares • Hanson front bumper RECOVERY • ARB air compressor • Fab School spare tire mount • Warn Winch • Mastercraft tool bags LIGHTING • HID headlights • Rigid light bar INTERIOR • Mastercraft seats, belt and harness • Auto Meter gauges • Rugged radios • Dynamat sound deadener • Lizard Skin insulation • SPOD switches • Bedrug headliner • Magellan GPS/navigation 96
9109 20x10 | 20x12 | 22x12 | 24x12
Lonnie McCurry “Jr”
West Monroe, Louisiana is home to Skyjacker Suspensions.
SOURCES: SKYJACKER SUSPENSIONS SKYJACKER.COM |
CHRIS FASIGS’ ONE-OFA-KIND 2015 GMC DENALI HD BUILT “HIS WAY” WORDS: EDDIE MALONEY PHOTOS: SOLOMON LUNGER
ore often than not, many of us automotive enthusiasts just can’t leave any of our vehicles “stock.” This stereotype was no different for Florida-native Chris Fasig. Chris has spent years in the lifted truck industry, running the popular “Eight Lug Mafia” Instagram page. In late-2015, Chris bought his first “new” vehicle, a GMC Sierra 2500 Denali HD. “This was the first truck I had ever bought brand new off the lot, and I had every intention to modify it with my own personal touch,” he admits. Little did he know, what started out as a simple bolt-on 10” lift kit would lead into an elaborate 22” custom 4-link kit with the works! But as soon as he started the build, Chris immediately ran into a few challenges with the independent front suspension. Frustrated with the continuous parts failure, Chris looked to the industry for help. A simple suggestion was made, and a magical phone call to Marcio Leal at TCS Suspension in February of 2016 got the build back on the right path. That one call resulted in Chris’ truck being shipped to Modesto, California, for what would end up as a custom-built rigvt with more than 600-man hours, countless design time and many sleepless nights put into building it. COUNTDOWN TO CUSTOMIZATION When TCS decided to take on the build, they offered to meet Chris halfway in Texas, since Chris was from the east coast of Florida. From there, Chris would fly back home and Marcio, the owner of TCS, would take Chris’ truck and all accompanying parts back to California. At the time, TCS was one of the only companies that had successfully swapped an independent suspension to a straight axle.
It sounds simple, but in reality, hundreds of hours to customize and fabricate the suspension and driveline would still be required. Words do it no justice. As the build was underway, Chris made a phone call to his buddy Carlos Gonzales from Specialty Forged to tell him what was in store for the truck. Chris also needed a few suggestions on the proper wheels for fitment. After seeing the progress and work going into the build, Carlos knew he wanted Chris’ truck for the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chris mentioned that was the quickest he had ever said yes to anyone. “Having my truck at the SEMA Show was a lifelong goal of mine.” The “customization” was in full force, with the truck now in pieces ready for its grand makeover. At this point, the Denali was a shell of its former self, barely recognizable to even Chris. To get the Denali just right, every part of the truck got a new mod. Every bolt was chromed, the frame was painted and modified, the driveline was totally customized and so much more. With Chris’ vision coming to life with the help Marcio, the Denali was destined to be a fabrication masterpiece. ROAD TO THE FINISH LINE As the build was nearing completion, another major industry juggernaut came on board, ECD Customs of Ontario, Canada. Chuck Courty and Eric Gosselin of ECD flew out to Modesto in October of 2016 to personally install the new wrap and custom interior for the Denali. These were the last major items to be installed for Chris’ SEMA build. About a week before the SEMA Show, Chris flew out to Cali to see the creation and to help lend a hand on anything that needed to be finished. No stone was left unturned, and no part was left untouched on Chris’ truck. “We set a goal to make waves in the industry and build what we thought was a highly detailed, no expense spared, one-off truck, and we accomplished just that,” Chris admits. Thankfully, the truck was completed in time for SEMA and was featured as a focal point for Specialty Forged.
Q&A WITH CRIS PAYNE OWNER, TRUCK GURU PRESENTED BY ROAD ARMOR
AN INDUSTRY TRENDSETTER SHARES THEIR iDENTITY SEMA 2018 is here! What are you most excited about? How many years have you been coming to SEMA?
“The walking! NOT!!” New products, industry friends and of course all the wild builds. Since 2010 when I first debuted a build. I was hooked, now it’s my job!
Tell us a little bit about you?
I’m the owner of Truck Guru. We specialize in marketing and design for many of today’s leading manufacturers. We try our best to set trends and influence the industry with our ideas and builds.
Tell us a little bit about your truck?
This truck is owned by client Jeff Cagle. The truck pretty much speaks for itself - it’s clean, yet fully capable, and ready for anything. It’s BIG, clean, yet built - of course using today’s leading manufacturers.
What was your inspiration behind the build, color and product choices? What do you think of the new identity bumper? Why did you choose Road Armor?
Well we wanted something that when clean would look sleek and sexy. You cannot beat a black vehicle period! Then we sprinkled in some polished features with a red for a splash of color and a great contrast. Clean and classy!
I love it. Its functional, not bulky and you can easily make it your own by adding color features. Its a breath of fresh air to a market with so many excellent contenders. For us it was easy, great people paired with excellent product (no brainer) If you ain’t first, you’re last, right?
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GEAR: 2015 GMC DENALI WHEELS & TIRES • 26x16 Specialty Forged SF027 polished wheels • 40x15.50R26 Fury Country Hunter M/T tires • V&V Concepts spiked lug nuts • Shifted Industries 3” wheel spacers • Wilwood big brake kit • Steel braided lines EXTERIOR • ECD Customs wrap • Hard Notch Customs front and rear bumpers • AWC grille • 2017 GMC headlights by plainANsimple • Powder coated automatic AMP Research steps • Polished front and rear Mag-Hytec diff cover • Polished Mag-Hytec transmission pan • Polished rear drive shaft • HornBlasters conductor train horns • Dual Viair compressors • HornBlasters 5-gallon tank • Custom train horn plate over spare tire location • Custom billet spike antenna • Wheel well arches smoothed and paint to match • Tow mirrors smoothed and paint to match with smoked lenses • Rear tailgate handle smoothed and paint to match • Third brake light and tail lights smoked INTERIOR • ECD Customs full interior trim wrap • Custom subwoofer box • Fitted floor matts • Switch panel • LED lighting front and rear PERFORMANCE • EZ Lynk with PPEI tuning • Jamo performance exhaust • Sinister full EGR delete • PPEI intake • Rudy’s up pipe • Fleece Performance downpipe • Fleece Performance s362 single turbo kit AUDIO • (2) JL Audio 12” W6 subwoofers • JL Audio HD 1200/1 monoblock amplifier • Custom ported subwoofer box • Custom rear seat brackets to raise seat for subwoofer box • Wet Sounds REV 410 swivel clamp tower speakers • Wet Sounds REV 10 X mount tower speakers • Wet Sounds SD6 6-channel marine amplifier • Custom bracket for speakers in bed • (2) XS Power D4800 batteries • XS Power D7500 battery • Sky High Car Audio OFC 0-gauge and 4-gauge wire SUSPENSION • TCS suspension with front 4-link and reverse triangulated rear suspension • 2.5” Coilovers all the way around with reservoir shocks • 1.5” heim joints • Custom powder coating • Chrome plating • Billet clamps on all shocks and coilovers • Dual steering stabilizers • Custom front frame support • Frame has been stripped, plug welded, smoothed, and painted gloss black • Front has been converted from IFS to a straight axle • Custom front driveline • Billet rear drive shaft spacer • Hellwig sway bars
LIGHTING • (26) Rigid Industries white rock lights • Customs switch backs in headlights • LED reverse lights • Custom 28” single row Rigid industries combo light bar behind grille • Rigid Industries dually lights • Rigid Industries 30” light bar • Rigid Industries pair of 6” fog light bars
SOURCES: EIGHT LUG MAFIA EIGHTLUGMAFIA.MYSHOPIFY.COM @EIGHTLUGMAFIA
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hile new trucks are great, nothing gets Clemon “CJ” Dunlap’s heart racing quite like an old body style (OBS) Ford truck. As a self-proclaimed “Ford guy,” CJ’s latest builds are some show-stopping rigs that haul, break necks and have fun in the sand, with one including his highly sought after OBS Ford. “I love old and new Fords,” he confesses. “I’ve always wanted to build an old Ford and the body style I chose is one of my favorites. These new Fords are just a lot more up to date and you can’t beat the new technology in these trucks. Getting in each always feels cool to me because you can see how far Ford has actually come in the 20+ year difference between the two trucks.”
WORDS KRISTIE REAL | PHOTOS JOEL CHAN
The 1995 F-350 and RZR 1000 were done first, with the 2017 Super Duty completed last February. All three are a lot more detailed than his previous builds, as CJ tries to come up with one-off parts for each of his projects. His mission is to constantly outdo himself with each vehicle he transforms, with the trio his ultimate masterpiece. “A lot more pieces were touched on these rigs when compared to my other builds,” he details. Since the Super Duty is the workhorse that hauls the other two around, he calls it the “White Lion,” while the OBS F-350 is considered the “Land Yacht” and the 2015 RZR is the “Mini Yacht.” All three sport a white and silver colorway, a scheme CJ believes is a “very classy combo” in his eyes.
“From rendering to reality, not much was changed on either of them,” he says. “We made sure that most of what I initially wanted was created. Only a few minor details were tweaked for the better along the way. I base my ideas partly off of what new products the companies I choose to work with have each year. Some of the parts are readily available, while others I work with them to create something that gives off that wow factor.”
GEAR: 1995 FORD F-350 “LAND YACHT” WHEEL & TIRES • 24x16 American Force Classic wheels • 375/40R24 Nitto Trail Grappler A/T tires PERFORMANCE • R1 Rotors • S&B Intake • 4” MBRP Exhaust • Mishimoto • Stealth Performance Products SUSPENSION • Custom 14” Coilover Kit with Rear Air Ride • Firestone Bags • FOA Shocks • Hellwig Sway Bars • Ride Controller RC Pro • Air Zenith Compressors EXTERIOR • Fusion Aluminum Front & Rear Bumpers • Vindictive Customs Bed Banger • Wet Sounds Stealth 6 Ultra • Overkill Fab Grille • Cowl Hood • Pixelwerks • HornBlasters Train Horns • G2 Axle Differential Covers LIGHTING • plainAnsimple • MW Customs Rocklights • Offroad Led Bars ACCESSORIES • Powder Buy The Pound • Warn • CenTex Tint • Performance Powder Coating • LMC Truck • Odyssey Batteries
One of the biggest highlights on each build is the suspension, which took a bit of time to get perfect. The entire suspension is customdesigned and tig welded. CJ’s other favorite mods for the trio include their audio systems, which consists of Wet Sounds components for some perfectly placed sound. And the American Force Classics on all three rides perfectly complement the classy look CJ was going for. “The feedback on these has been amazing!” he exclaims. “People definitely have a preference of which one they like more. But if I could only choose one, I’d have to say that the F-350 gets the most love from me. It’s not often that you see a truck this old with so much attention to detail.” Like all of his builds, CJ doesn’t stop until everything is just right, giving himself the time needed to get it all up to par. “I couldn’t be happier with how these builds turned out. They ride amazing and sound great. From the audio down to the suspension, every detail was a hit!” 126
GEAR: 2017 FORD F-350 “WHITE LION” WHEEL & TIRES • 24x14 American Force Classic Super Dually • 375/40R24 Nitto Trail Grappler A/T tires PERFORMANCE • R1 Rotors • S&B Cold Air Intake • 5” Jamo Exhaust • PPEI Custom Tunes • EZ LYNK • Stealth Performance Products SUSPENSION • Custom 12” Coilover Kit with Rear Air Ride • Firestone Bags • FOA Shocks • Air Lift 3H/3P Air Management • Ride Controller RC Pro • Air Zenith Compressors • Hellwig Sway Bars EXTERIOR • Fusion Aluminum Front & Rear Bumpers • Titan Fuel Tanks Travel Trekker 50 Gallon • Overkill Fab Grille • RK Sport Ram Air hood • Undercover swing cases • HornBlasters Train Horns • PMF front and rear differential covers • Pixelwerks graphics
ACCESSORIES • GEN-Y Hitch • Powder Buy The Pound • Warn • CenTex Tint • Performance Powder Coating • HUBB Filters • Bolt Lock • P3 Gauges • TSO Fab • Odyssey Batteries LIGHTING • Recon Lighting • Precision Retrofits
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Main Event Illuminated Emblems MW Customs Rocklights Offroad Led Bars
INTERIOR • Roadwire Leather Interiors • Lock’er Down Console Safe AUDIO • Sound Evolution • Wet Sounds Audio • Wet Sounds Stealth 6 Ultra
GEAR: 2015 POLARIS RZR 1000 “MINI YACHT” WHEEL & TIRES • 20x9 American Force Classic wheels • 275/35R20 Nitto Trail Grappler A/T tires SUSPENSION • Turner Cycles 8” Custom Lift PERFORMANCE • S&B Filters particle separator • MBRP, Inc. slip-on system dual stack performance muffler • Super ATV double reverse chain • 3P Offroad clutch kit • Gear Reduction • Turner axles EXTERIOR • 3P Offroad Front & Rear Bumpers • 3P Offroad Custom Cage • 3P Offroad Rock Sliders • Pixelwerks graphics
True Spike Lug Nuts Super ATV Winches
LIGHTING • Heretic Studio Lighting • MW Customs Rocklights ACCESSORIES • Powder Buy The Pound • Advanced Powder Coating • XS Power Batteries INTERIOR • PRP Seats • Heretic Studio Steering Wheel • Kinetic Designs Amp Enclosure AUDIO • Wet Sounds HTX-2 Amplifier • Wet Sounds Icon 8 Tower Speakers/ Wet Sounds Stealth 10 Ultra
SOURCES: CJ DUNLAP @SKOOP_33 | 3P OFFROAD OFFSET KUSTOMS @OFFSETKUSTOMS 128
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ADVENTURER A.R.E.’S PURPOSE-BUILT FORD F-150 WORDS KRISTIE REAL | PHOTOS BRIAN MCGEE
.R.E. knows a thing or two about creating stylish and functional custom trucks. After all, they manufacture some of the world’s most popular bed accessories for trucks, including caps, tonneau covers and more. When it came to setting up their next project they wanted a rig that could get down and dirty out in the elements, but also couldn’t wait to take back home and shine up like new. “We wanted something that looked modern and eye-catching without being
over the top,” explains Caleb Drennen, A.R.E.’s Interactive Marketing Specialist. Since the Ford F-150 is an American staple and truck known for its ability to tackle anything in its path, it was only right that it be the base vehicle for their “Modern Adventurer.” Establishing its design and purpose early on in the process, the team made sure to follow the plan to mold and shape the Ford into what’s seen today. Partnering with companies that only make great looking and functional
products, A.R.E.’s all-new CX Revo Cap and Ascend basket blended perfectly with the rest of the modifications. The Skyjacker suspension gives it enough clearance to tackle almost any terrain while still leaving the cab and the bed easily accessible without much effort. They also decided on the combination of Fuel Gripper M/T tires and Stroke wheels which allows it to traverse over various terrains in style. Rounding out the exterior mods are N-Fab steps and bumpers, Duraflex hood, Bushwacker fender flares and Axalta paint by Lynch Customs. “I think the goal behind every build is to initially grab someone’s attention, but then keep their attention as they walk around it,”
Caleb says. “With the Modern Adventurer, no matter which angle you approach it at, it draws you in and you want to make sure you see every side of it. We consistently see this being the case with the public when the truck is on display. Just when they thought they found their favorite part or detail they see another one.” Thrilled about the final product that only took eight weeks to complete, the F-150 spent the past year on a coast-to-coast tour, attending various events, shows and other media opportunities. As one of the A.R.E. team’s favorites, Modern Adventurer is one of the only project rigs that from conception to completion embodies what they wanted to come to life.
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GEAR: 2018 FORD F-150 “MODERN ADVENTURER”
WHEELS & TIRES • 22x12 Fuel Stroke wheels • 35x12.50R22 Fuel Gripper M/T tires SUSPENSION • Skyjacker Suspensions lift kit • Air Lift load lifter • Hellwig sway bars • Hellwig ProSeries stabilizers • Fox shocks PERFORMANCE • Borla Exhaust cat-back dual exhaust system • Corsa Performance cold air intake • Reikken Performance battery cells EXTERIOR • A.R.E. Accessories CX Revo cap • N-Fab steps and bumpers • Duraflex hood • Axalta paint by Lynch Customs • Bushwacker fender flares • TintWorks window tint LIGHTING • (11) Rival by A.R.E. Accessories LED light cubes • (4) Rival by A.R.E. Accessories LED lighting flush mounts
INTERIOR • Alea Leather upholstery done by Trent’s Trick Upholstery with custom accents, such as door panels, air vent covers and speaker housings ACCESSOIRES • A.R.E. Accessories Ascend roof basket • James Baroud roof top tent • BedRug bedliner • K2 Cooler • SEON camera recording system • TruckVault bed storage system AUDIO • Kicker audio system SOURCES: A.R.E. ACCESSORIES 4ARE.COM /ARETRUCKCAPS @AREACCESSORIES
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t’s a very rare thing to come across a woman who wants nothing more than to make a living going off-road like Pleasant Cook, aka 4x4 Barbie. Born and raised in Missouri, her dad introduced her to the off-road life by taking her to numerous truck shows and monster truck competitions throughout her childhood. After turning 15, she told her parents that she wanted to drive a monster truck for a living. Though this was not what a typical teenage girl tells her parents, they supported her by purchasing a mini monster truck. In order to haul the truck to different events, she picked up a ’15 Silverado Duramax named “Karma” and built it as if it Barbie was behind the wheel. Since then, Pleasant has been busy working hard on her racing career. More recently, she has been fully invested in racing UTVs and even raced a RZR cross-country. While on that long endeavor, she decided it was time to build another rig; this time switching to a Ford so she can take advantage of the front straight axle and the luscious interior of the Platinum Edition. After returning from the 29-day crosscountry trip, she turned to her boyfriend, Cory McIntosh, for help given he owns his own customization business, McIntosh Motorsports in Monroe, Ohio. While working on this ’17 F-250, Cory was still getting his feet on the ground and borrowed a friend’s two-car garage to house it. Though there were some setbacks, these two prevailed. 163
Giving the truck its height is a CADdesigned suspension with front four-link and triangulated four-link in the rear. The suspension utilizes Fox 2.5 14” coilovers and Fox 3.0 14” triple bypass shocks to make for a 18” lift. The truck now sits over a set of Gear Forged F71P1 24” wheels with Interco Sniper tires. The wheels and suspension were powder coated rose gold to coordinate with the master plan. With Pleasant being a “girly girl,” she wanted to add some special touches to make it well known that this truck is different. For example, the exterior design was made to mimic a pillow she found on Pinterest. Transforming the marble with a rose gold geometric design into reality, she turned to ECD Customs who made the wrap that Vivid Wraps was able to lay down. Then it was given the full treatment with an intake, tuner, EGR delete and exhaust with
DPF delete. The inside was then upgraded with custom leather upholstery from Roadwire and a Kicker audio system with integrated iPad. After 29 days of working on this Super Duty, it made its debut at last year’s SEMA Show. But Pleasant isn’t stopping there. Because no build is truly finished, she made sure to change things up for the 2019 show, which will only make the Ford look better than ever! We’re guaranteeing that this is just the beginning of future builds we’ll see come from this power couple. SPECIAL THANKS TO: Cory McIntosh for dedicating 29 days to building my truck for SEMA. Thanks to Cris Payne (Truck Guru) for helping me find a last minute booth three months before SEMA. Thanks to Gear Forged for working with me on this short time schedule and letting me into the booth not even 24 hours
before the show. Thanks to Fox Shocks for helping find exactly what I needed the month of the show. Thanks to Interco tires for always sticking with me through all my builds. Thanks to Vivid Wraps for staying up all night to wrap the truck so that we could leave for Vegas that next morning. Thanks to Cincy Security and Audio for staying up with us to install the audio while the wrap was being put on. Thanks to ECDCustoms, who turned my “pillow” inspiration to life. Thanks to Jeff Jenks for letting us use your garage for the entire month. Also, thank you for your help and for keeping us sane. Several companies who put out rush orders. I’m so grateful for our friends that would stay up with us just to help or bring us food. They believed in us and wanted to see us succeed. This truck had a huge team behind it and because of that we did not fail.
GEAR: 2017 FORD SUPER DUTY F-250
WHEELS & TIRES • 24x14 Gear Forged F71P1 • 42x14.50R24 Interco Sniper tires
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EXTERIOR/ARMOR • Custom wrap designed by owner and ECD customs / installed by Vivid Wraps • Fusion front and rear bumpers painted by Harris Auto Body • Explicit grilleing front and rear
LIGHTING • Offroad LED bars 5.5” square work lights, 20-inch singlerow bar • MW Customs white rock lights • Color matched headlights by Knock Out Kustoms • Ride Controller Pro
PERFORMANCE • 6.7L Powerstroke turbo diesel engine • EZ LYNK tuner with PPEI tune • No Limit Fabrication Cold Air intake and EGR delete • Flo~Pro exhaust with DPF delete INTERIOR • Roadwire Leather upholstery with “Ruthless” in headrests • iPad mounted in dash by Retro Customs • Kicker 1,200W and (2) 400W amps • Kicker 3.5” coaxial speakers • Kicker 6.5” coaxial speakers
SOURCES: 4X4 BARBIE 4X4BARBIE.COM |
Kicker 6.5”h component speakers (2) Kicker 12” subwoofers Kicker marine subwoofers in UnderCover SwingCases Custom speaker box under rear seat Installed by Cincy Security & Sound
SUSPENSION • Full custom 18” suspension by McIntosh Motorsports LLC • Front four-link • Rear triangulated four-link • Fox 2.5 14” coilovers with remote reservoirs • Fox 3.0 14” triple bypass shocks with remote reservoirs • Fox steering stabilizers • Custom trusses on front and rear axles • Rose gold powder coating by JSC Powdercoating • Black powder coating by Wilder Customs
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ROBERT RAZO’S REVISED HEAVY HITTER WORDS: KRISTIE REAL PHOTOS: BRIAN MCGEE
s the president of national car club, Robert Razo knows a thing or two about custom rides. Presiding over the famed Swift Car Club has its perks, as he sees some of the hottest customs in existence on the regular. So inspiration for his own builds is always just a member or a truck show away. Combine that with his vast network of customizing shops and manufacturers and you’ve got a recipe for one amazing build!
Having owned and customized trucks, luxury cars and exotics, Razo wanted something different and opted for the original, badass Hummer H1 as his blank canvas. He wanted to give the rugged and raw H1 a more refined and luxurious demeanor to match the rest of his collection and meticulously planned to build it with no set completion date. “Honestly, I didn’t think the build would happen so fast, it only took about six weeks to get it to where it’s at right now. It was a pretty clean H1 to begin with, but very basic in the interior and the modifications I wanted to do seemed to have been done effortlessly,” he details. Nicknaming it the “Swift Tank,” the H1 is dressed in a stealthy matte metallic charcoal wrap installed by DH Wraps to give it “an armor strong” look, which was the exterior design theme going into the build. Razo also selected parts that matched or resembled old military trucks he researched online and in YouTube videos. Giving it a functional feel, a roof rack, rear ladder and front hood bars were installed, while Avec lighting products were outfitted all over to light its path for night expeditions in the urban jungle. He had a 4” lift installed and paired it with 42” Super Swampers wrapped around Dropstars wheels to finish off the stance.
The interior is truly where the H1 shines. Razo enlisted the services of California Upholstery to transform the spartan interior to something more fitting to the likes of a Bentley or Rolls-Royce. The dark tan covers the entire interior and was tailored to fit flawlessly with the powerful and custom-installed Kenwood sound system he commissioned. “I’m beyond happy with how it all turned out, the install and the clarity of the sound from the Kenwoods are definitely next level and a lot more than I expected. It can easily be a show car and a daily driver at the same time. It’s the ultimate for me!”
GEAR: 2001 HUMMER H1 WHEELS & TIRES • 20x12 Dropstars 654BM wheels • 42x15/20LT Interco Super Swamper TSL / SXII tires EXTERIOR/ARMOR • Installed by DH Wraps • Avery Dennison Matte Metallic Charcoal wrap • Predator Heavy Duty Brush Guard • Predator rear ladder and bumper • Safari Roof rack • (10) 32” Avec Dual row LED light bars • LED headlights INTERIOR • Installed by California Upholstery • BoltaSoft Morroco vinyl AUDIO/VIDEO • Custom installation by Alex Sinclair at Proline Extreme Fabrication in San Dimas • Kenwood Excelon DNX995S AV Navigation System with Bluetooh • (4) KFC-P510PS 5.25” component speakers • (3) 10” Kenwood Excelon XR-W1004.4 subwoofers • Kenwood Excelon XR-10001-1 mono subwoofer amplifier • (2) Kenwood Excelon XR-401-4 4-channel amplifiers • Kenwood DRV-N520 dash camera
SOURCES: ROBERT RAZO @SWIFT_RAZO KENWOOD USA @KENWOODUSA_OFFICIAL DH WRAPS @DHWRAPS CALIFORNIA UPHOLSTERY @CALIFORNIAUPHOLSTERY
Off-Road POMONA Expo FAIRPLEX @KMCWHEELS
he annual Lucas Oil 4x4 Off-Road Racing Expo touched down in So. Cal the weekend of September 29th and 30th at the Pomona Fairplex. Powered by General Tire, the highly anticipated 4x4 event featured hundreds of exhibitors and 10 acres of everything off-road. Truly the greatest collection of off-road companies, parts, equipment, gear, action and experts, the Expo is always a good time for hardcore fans. From off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, UTVs and motorcycles, the Expo had something for everyone. LFTDxLVLD was also on hand reppinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with some big and badass mall-rated rigs!
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2019 FORD F-250
aving a rendering at your disposal when building your dream ride these days is invaluable. This Ford F-250 rendering by SR Designs and Innov8 Design Lab gives an exact blueprint of the final truck when all is said and done. A Stryker Off Road Design suspension, 28x16 TIS Forged F51 wheels and 40x15.50R 28 Tri-Ace tires highlight this build.
SOURCES: STRYKER OFF ROAD DESIGN @STRYKEROFFROADDESIGN TIS WHEELS @TISWHEELS | TRI ACE @TRI_ACETIREUSA SR DESIGNS AND MARKETING @_SR.DESIGNS_ INNOV8 DESIGN LAB @INNOV8DESIGNLAB
With winter around the corner, it’s almost time to shop for some gear for yourself (or your loved one) for the upcoming season. Here are a few ideas to help get you off grid in style.
BIOLITE PORTABLE FIREPIT BIOLITEENERGY.COM
Don’t worry about a campsite not having fire pits when you carry the BioLite Portable FirePit around with you. You’ll be able to stay warm, cook your food and reduce your carbon footprint with this portable fire pit. What makes it unique is its patented system of 51 air jets that will inject oxygen at key locations into the wood to improve combustion. You’ll notice that the fire’s flames will produce less smoke and emissions while only using half the fuel. You’ll see the fire from all angles thanks to the X-ray Mesh on the side, while a grate doubles as a grilling surface and spark arrestor. There’s even optional Bluetooth connectivity to control the flames from your smartphone. Its legs fold up, making it ideal for travel, while it comes with a detachable, USB-rechargeable 10,400 mAh powerpack that can last up to a day on a single charge. $200.00
BLITZEN ROOFTOP BEVERAGE CHILLER DEEPLOCAL.COM/BLITZEN
Cool all of your drinks with the unique Blitzen Rooftop Beverage Chiller that will attach to any metal car roof via some really strong magnets. It sports a curved aluminum body and a strap that will hold your favorite beverage firmly in place. But the actual time it takes to chill your drinks depends on a number of things like the temperature outside, the speed you travel and more. But your drink will be cold by the time you reach your destination, even if you’re just going around the block.
OFF GRID SURVIVAL AXE ELITE OFFGRIDTOOLS.COM
You’ll want to keep the Off Grid Survival Axe Elite stashed in your glove compartment for emergencies! It has a resharpenable hatchet blade, a hammer with reinforced claw and a 6” replaceable metal saw that’s integrated in the handles. Other useful features include a gas valve shut off wrench, some hex sockets, seat belt cutter and a handy bottle opener function. You’ll be able to use the axe as a nail puller, sharpened hook, box cutter, pry bar and glass breaker if necessary. The axe is made from black oxide-coated 420 stainless steel and only weighs 1.5lbs, measuring just under 12” from top to bottom. A blade sheath is included and it’s made in the U.S.A. $70.00 188
CLARK’S X LAND ROVER SHOE COLLECTION CLARKSUSA.COM
The new Clarks x Land Rover Shoe Collection is rugged and sleek, just like Land Rover’s famed vehicles. The collection features a sneaker-like casual shoe that has a knit upper, as well as two boot designs that can be worn by the weekend hiker or hardcore survivalist. All three shoes in the collection are made using waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex fabric and sport EVA midsoles for optimum comfort. The sport rubber outsoles are designed to give stable footing in rough terrain or just about anywhere Land Rover’s vehicles can trek. $200.00+
OWL CAR CAMERA OWLCAM.COM
The Owl Car Camera isn’t just another dash camera, but also keeps an eye on your ride when you’re not in it. The HD cameras in the system provides you visual coverage of the front exterior and interior of the car, recording the scenes while you’re driving. When you’re parked, the system uses its sensors to detect any bumps, impacts or broken glass and a 4G LTE-connection that will send alerts to your smartphone so that you can see live footage. It also deters thieves with its security beacon and flood lights. The first year of LTE service is free with purchase and then it’s $99/year after. $349.00
SHIFTPOD 2 PORTABLE SHELTER SHIFTPOD.COM
Who needs a flimsy tent when you can have the Shiftpod 2 Portable Shelter for your camping adventures? The shelter features a patented six-layer composite reflective fabric that will keep you safe from the elements. It packs inside a 900D bag and is just over 6ft. long and 1ft. tall/wide, so it’s perfect for any impromptu trips. But it expands to a 144 sq.-ft. 6’7”tall shelter in less than a minute. There are multiple windows and screened doors to make it comfy and let in proper airflow. You can use it with Advanced Shelter Systems’ tunnel system so that you can connect it to a Shiftpod. $1,299.00
TIMBERLEAF PIKA TEARDROP CAMPER TIMBERLEAFTRAILERS.COM
Known for their bigger outdoor campers, Timberleaf is now offering a smaller model with their Pika teardrop camper. It’s 36% smaller than their original model and can be easily towed by most passenger vehicles. It weighs just over 1,000lbs. because of its aluminum sides, clear anodized top and a lightweight 54” x 96” frame. There are three different types, including the highway-bound Classic, the more adventurous All-Road and the rugged Off-Road option. All three feature a double size mattress, stretch-netting cargo storage compartments, skylights, LED Lighting, a galley with fridge and Birch plywood lining inside. $11,750
VSSL SUPPLIES SURVIVAL FLASHLIGHT VSSLGEAR.COM
The VSSL Supplies Survival Flashlight is so much more than your run-of-the-mill flashlight. It’s made from military-grade anodized aluminum and features an LED flood beam lantern with static SOS mode. But it’s also packed with tons of useful survival tools like 30 reflective trail markers, water purification tablets, an oil filled compass with glow in the dark directional arrows, can opener and 25’ of marine-grade rope. You’ll also get a razor blade, first aid kit and a candle that burns up to 6 hours with this flashlight, in addition to fishing gear so that you can feed yourself and fire starters with waterproof matches. That’s all packed into a compact cylinder that’s indestructible and comes in either grey or black ops. $100.00
WOODFORD RESERVE BACCARAT EDITION WHISKEY WOODFORDRESERVE.COM
Enjoy some good ol’ American Whiskey by the campfire with Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition Whiskey. They’ve taken their legendary bourbon and finished it in ex-XO cognac casks for special bottling. Then Woodford has bottled it in a special crystal decanter that was made by French luxury crystal producer Baccarat for a luxurious look. $1,500.00
AD INDEX 10-11 American Fastbacks www.americanfastbacks.com 90-91 American Truxx www.americantruxx.com 47 Aries Automotive www.ariesautomotive.com 125 Artec Industries www.artecindustries.com 187 Ask Zuma www.askzuma.com 95 Atturo Tires www.atturo.com 25 BDS Suspension www.bds-suspension.com 49 Black Rhino Wheels www.blackrhinowheels.com 37 Bolt Lock www.boltlock.com 97 Cali Off-Road www.calioffroad.com 53 Cooper Tire us.coopertire.com 69 Delinte Tires www.delintetires.com
ISSUE 18 185 Diabolical www.diabolicalinc.com 196-200 Dropstars Wheels www.dropstars.com 155 DUB Car Care www.dubcarcare.com 190-191 DUB IR Luxury Tint www.dubirtint.com 5, 185 DUB Show www.dubshowtour.com 167 DUB Wheel and Tire Guide www.dubmagazine.com/wheels 165 Elevate www.azadwheels.com 17, 19 Fab Fours www.fabfours.com 6-7 Fuel Off Road www.fueloffroad.com 15 General Tire www.generaltire.com 12-13 Grid Off-Road www.grid-offroad.com 110-111 HardRock Wheels www.hardrockoffroad.com
83 Havok Off-Road www.havokoffroad.com 153 Hostile Wheels www.hostilewheels.com 29 Hypertech www.hypertech.com 23 Kenwood www.kenwood.com/usa 55 MBRP, Inc. www.mbrp.com 136 Nitto www.nittotire.com 173 Offroad Monster www.offroadmonsterwheels.com 35 Philips Automotive Lighting www.philipsautolighting.com 31 Pioneer www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA 79 Powerbass www.powerbassusa.com 115 Road Armor www.roadarmor.com 135 Rockford Fosgate www.rockfordfosgate.com
8-9 Rolling Big Power www.rollingbigpower.com 41 Royalty Core www.royaltycore.com 67 Rugged Ridge www.ruggedridge.com 27 Skyjacker www.skyjacker.com 192-195, 201 TIS Wheels www.tiswheels.com 21 Toyo Tires www.toyotires.com/opencountry 117 Warn www.warn.com 39 Wilwood Brakes www.wilwood.com 175 XF Off-Road www.xfoffroad.com 129 Xtreme Mudder www.xmudderewheel.com 33 Yokohama Tire www.yokohamatire.com
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