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espite the current COVID-19 pandemic disrupting everyday life, summer isn’t cancelled (just a bit modified). With that said, many have found a way to get around the pandemic restrictions on large gatherings and so did we - with our DUB Virtual Car Show! We’ve re-scheduled our other DUB Shows for a later date, but felt car enthusiasts still needed an avenue to floss their precious rides and rigs and created an online show. It’s been going on for a few months now, and we’re now showcasing the winners in this issue! There’s still plenty of time to enter and all you have to do is upload a picture of your ride and then the voting begins. If you’re not sure where to start on your soonto-be winning rig, we’ve got more than a few examples to check out in this Issue… Brian Rodriguez carefully maps out his big build projects and his 2020 Jeep Gladiator called

Sunny Delight was no different than past ones. However, this one took a bit more time given he couldn’t decide on a final color scheme, but with a little help from a friend and industry insider, he was able to complete the biggest Jeep build to date! Blake Boatwright is used to getting his hands dirty with Jeeps, but decided it was time to switch things up and make a statement with a full-on truck build. He went with his everyday work horse - a 2013 Ram 2500 - and named it the Black Pearl. However, things didn’t go smoothly and he ran into quite a few challenges, but wouldn’t change a thing once he saw the finished product! As the founding member of notable Nokturnal Car Club, Hector “Paisa” Gutierrez knows a thing or two about great builds. His Toyota Tacoma was never meant to be shown, but he soon changed his mind once he saw the truck’s

potential with just a set of wheels and a lift. From there, he knew he’d have to go all out and create the Tacoma of his customizing dreams. Trent Clark wanted to build something massive and that’s exactly what his 2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD is. As one of the most elaborate customs we’ve had in this mag to date, Trent has waited many years for his Bear Edition rig to be complete. But it was all worth the headaches and wait to see it now in all of its glory! We’ve also got all the deets on the 2020 Lone Star Throwdown - one of our favorite shows of the year! As you take inspiration from these pages, don’t forget to check out our departments for mods to make your custom unique and hopefully be voted one of the best in our online car show!


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BDS SUSPENSION 6” COILOVER LIFT SYSTEM FOR FORD RANGER 517.279.2135 | BDS-SUSPENSION.COM /BDSSUSPENSIONS @BDSSUSPENSIONS

Take your late-model Ranger to the next level with BDS’s 6” coilover lift system. Available with FOX 2.5 factory series remote resi coilovers, these 6” kits include everything needed to take on Baja or being comfortable for the daily commute. Kits include high strength steering knuckles, drop crossmembers, multipoint differential relocation brackets, transmission crossmember and more allow for clearance of 35” tires. Upper control arms also available. 2”, 2.5”, 3.5” kits also available. $3,975.95

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The FT Series is diamond plate made right. This tread plate bumper set is packed full of features such as a removable and optional mesh grille insert, factory front camera relocation, recovery hook shackles, factory fog light compatibility and factory sensor compatibility. $1,595.00

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Combine lightweight aluminum with aggressive 3D construction, tough-as-nails 304 Stainless Steel face plates, and you get BoostBars Super Duty grille collection. Fully customizable, with many designs to choose from, illuminated logos, the custom look you want is waiting for you. $1,999.99

ENERGY SUSPENSION ROCKFLEX ULTIMATE JL WRANGLER 2” SUSPENSION SYSTEM

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Energy Suspension’s ROCK-FLEX Ultimate 1.5”-2” Suspension System for the Jeep Wrangler JL increase wheel travel, improve on road handling and increase ride height with this revolutionary suspension system. ROCK-FLEX transforms your factory suspension into something comparable to a much more expensive and complicated lift kits at a fraction of the cost, saving you money for tires, shocks and accessories. $998.00

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PERFORMANCE & ACC. KLEINN AIR HORNS FORD SUPER DUTY TRAIN HORN WITH SPARE TIRE LOCATION HORN MOUNT 520.579.1531 | KLEINN.COM |

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The SDKIT17-734STL is for Super Duty owners who have lifted their truck and are running oversize tires or added a behind the bumper winch. The horns mount on a custom bracket that bolts in the factory spare tire location. The kit includes the Demon™ steel triple train horn, a heavy duty waterproof air compressor, 3-gallon air tank and every part needed for simple, bolt-on installation on Ford Super Duty trucks. System includes a quick connect tire inflator with air hose and storage bag. $1,659.95

ORACLE LIGHTING SIDETRACK LED LIGHTING SYSTEM 800.407.5776 | ORACLELIGHTS.COM /ORACLELIGHTS | @ORACLELIGHTS

The new Sidetrack LED Lighting System for Jeep Wrangler JL (2018-2020) and Jeep Gladiator JT (2020) models has tactical-inspired body cladding and is equipped with multifunction integrated LED lights that provide benefits to both driver and passengers. The LED “Turn Indicator” addresses a potential visibility issue with the U.S.-spec Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator models which do not have a clear indicator on the side of the vehicle. Provides a needed benefit for lifted Jeeps. $199.99

ROAD ARMOR 4RUNNER STEALTH SERIES 877.294.2726 | ROADARMOR /ROADARMORBUMPERS @ROAD_ARMOR

Road Armor Stealth Full Replacement Bumpers are rugged, and loaded with added utility. The Stealth Series Sooth Steel Bumper is powder coated in our Standard Premium 5-stage Satin Black finish. Specifically designed to follow, compliment, and accentuate the body lines of your vehicle, this metal masterpiece has recessed light ports. Proudly Made in Texas, USA. $829.17

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The B8-Barbarian aluminum calipers with 8 stainless steel pistons give your Ford, Chevy/GMC, or Dodge 3/4 ton or 1 ton pickup truck the stopping power and performance it needs to get the job done. Engineered to provide 25-35% more stopping power, the B8Barbarian overpowers the empty space behind your wheels improving the overall look, style and performance of either your everyday ride or prized, custom build. Calipers are direct fit and fit on stock rotors. 100% Proudly Made in the USA. $1,695.00

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Transfer Flow has introduced the only 50-state legal gasoline replacement fuel tank system for Ford F-150 pickups. The 45-gallon high-capacity midship tank is engineered for 2018—2020 gasoline Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickups with 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 foot beds, as well as the F-150 Raptor SuperCrew with 5 1/2 foot bed. It is the first F-150 gasoline larger replacement fuel tank to be granted an Executive Order (E.O.) from the California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.). Each fuel tank is manufactured from 12-gauge ReliaSteel, high-yield U.S. aluminized steel, for superior durability and strength, and comes equipped with a highly engineered emission system to reduce the amount of hydrocarbons released into the atmosphere. A Transfer Flow 45-gallon replacement fuel tank is perfect for F-150 pickup owners who want to maximize their fuel capacity and driving range without sacrificing truck bed space. $1,995.51 20


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GEAR OFF ROAD 755BM END GAME 877.283.9433 | GEAROFFROAD.COM /GEAROFFROAD | @GEAROFFROAD AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X10 20X12 22X12 24X12 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : BLACK MILLED

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RACELINE WHEELS 104 STAMINA 800.529.4335 | RACELINEWHEELS.COM /RACELINEWHEELS @RACELINEWHEELS AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 22X12, 26X14 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : FULL HI-LUSTER POLISHED, GLOSS BLACK MILLED

TIS 547BM 877.283.9433 | TISWHEELS.COM /TWENTYINCHESSTRONG @TISWHEELS AVAIALBLE IN DIAMETERS : 20X12, 22X12, 24X12, 26X12 AVAIALBLE IN FINISHES : CUSTOM FINISHES

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TIRES AMP TIRES MUD TERRAIN ATTACK M/T A 626.363.1660 | AMP-TIRES.COM /AMPTIRES | @AMPTIRES

The AMP Mud Terrain Attack M/T A was designed to perform in the most extreme conditions while offering improved grip and handling for better on-road performance. The 3-ply “A” logo side wall provides biting edges that provide outstanding grip in mud, rock, sand, snow and more. A full range of sizes up to 40” tall, the Mud Terrain Attack M/T A will conquer anything in its path.

INTERCO BOGGER 800.299.8000 | INTERCOTIRE.COM /INTERCOTIRES | @INTERCOTIRES

Super Swamper TSL Boggers have always been the go-to tire for professional and recreational off-roaders. They are an extremely versatile D.O.T.-approved and street legal tire available in more than 8 models, including the 19.5/44 for 24”, 26” and 28” wheels. The aggressive, off-road styling of the “Big Wheel” Boggers are the finishing piece to any build, giving it not just the look, but the actual ability to go off-road at any time, while also delivering an amazingly wellmannered on-pavement ride.

LANDSAIL TIRES ROGUEBLAZER R/T 305.621.5101 | LANDSAILTIRES.COM /LANDSAILTIRES | @LANDSAILTIRES

The Landsail Rogueblazer R/T is a hybrid tire designed for adventure and comfort. With the engineering of a Mud tire and an All-Terrain tire combined, the Rogueblazer, is more aggressive than a typical A/T and more refined than a typical M/T. With hybrid technology, the 3-Ply sidewalls go the distance in extreme terrain and protect against punctures. The F-Rating is the highest standard for hauling and towing. Twelve tough plys get you there with confidence.

TOYO TIRES OPEN COUNTRY M/T TOYOTIRES.COM | @TOYOTIRES

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Toyo Tires introduces a new 40X15.50R26LT size Open Country M/T for light trucks. The Open Country M/T is legendary for its durability, off-road performance, long tread life, and aggressive tread. It is 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. This new 26” wheel fitment is designed to enhance custom designs of pickups, fitting rim widths ranging from 11” to 14”. It is also backed by Toyo’s No Regrets 45-day, 500-mile trial offer.

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AUDIO

Upgrade any stock stystem for better sounding tunes and the newest technology. Check out the latest offerings from some of the top manufacturers in the industry.

ALPINE X409-WRA-JL 586.719.8966 | ALPINE-USA.COM /ALPINEUSA | @ALPINEUSA

Alpine’s X409-WRA-JL is built for adventure! Designed as a direct-fit solution for the new 2018 – Up Jeep Wrangler and 2020 – Up Jeep Gladiator, the X409-WRAJL retains vehicle controls and the factory rear-view camera. The weather-resistant dash bezel and screen are built to handle water or dirt for clear visibility no matter the driving conditions. Off-Road Mode allows you to take the road less traveled and receive off-road navigation and vehicle information for adventure at every turn. $2,999.95

DS18 NXL-10TPNEORD 954.924.1213 | DS18.COM | @DS18_SOUND

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The most powerful marine pods out there. Built with our neo speakers that make it the strongest of it’s type in the world and can pack an extraordinary amount of magnetic energy into a very small package, translating into speakers that take more power, are louder, and project further than traditional ferrite magnets. Stylish LED’s on the speaker grille and rings around the pod so you can change colors with your mood. These speakers are the answer to all your tower pod needs, simply the best. $1,071.95

KENWOOD DNX997XR 602.315.0157 | KENWOOD.COM | @KENWOODUSA

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Flagship KENWOOD eXcelon Reference in-dash receiver. Features a high-res screen, plays high-res audio, supports up to four cameras, wireless CarPlay, android Auto, android mirroring and has built-in Garmin Navigation. $1,400.00

KICKER L7T THIN SQUARE SUBWOOFER 405.624.8510 | KICKER.COM | @KICKERAUDIO

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KICKER has combined the mounting flexibility of a thin, true subwoofer to the added cone area of its iconic Solo-Baric L7 square subs. The unique square cone provides up to 20% additional area compared to a standard round sub of the same size, making for more air movement and louder bass. Consumers enjoy more volume, deeper bass and greater overall value, and in the case with the L7T, the ability to fit into the trickiest installations with its thin design (8” and 12”). $279.95

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uilding rigs is never easy and the hardest part has to be the uncertainty of it all. A customizer doesn’t know going in if the build will take three weeks, six months or even a year. There’s no way of knowing how many challenges you’ll face, and little did Trent Clark know that his customizing journey would be way longer than expected…

say time, we mean it. While many builds take a few months and maybe a year, this one has been ongoing for eight years. Being in the construction business, something big real big and powerful was needed if it was truly going to be a promotional vehicle.

If you have been to SEMA over the past few years, you have likely seen his beautiful 2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD beast of a machine that breaks all the rules when it comes to performance and appearance. What was supposed to be a moderate corporate promotional truck for his construction company in Calgary, Canada, escalated into an undeniable attention grabber for clients, requiring loads of time, money and patience. And when we

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The truck was first leased as a stock 2500HD and the initial thought was to obtain a rig that would perform well and feature the ability to pull a heavy work trailer. To reach these goals, a 6� lift , custom wheels wrapped and bigger tires and fender flares were added for a more aggressive look. For power, a second turbo, head studs, mild ATS transmission, Edge monitor, straight-pipe exhaust, SSBC brakes, and 100-percent-over injectors were all added. Just these upgrades alone drew attention when it arrived at work sites, but there was a catch and cost. With all of the extra horsepower, the engine died, which only meant a custom-built engine was now needed. SoCal Diesel was called in for a solution and a custom-built Duramax quickly followed, allowing for more air and fuel, in addition to a triple turbo setup, 2-stage NOS system, and a 265-GPH FASS system. What seemed like a good idea in being able to handle more power turned out to be a bit of a mistake, as the truck was not very driveable.

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To fix this problem with the GMC, the truck was sent to one of the best in the industry when it comes to Duramax motors - Rob Coddens (“Idaho Rob”) of Adrenaline Truck Performance in Meridian, Idaho. The triple turbo setup was taken out in favor of a compound turbo setup consisting of 106mm and 68mm Garrett ball bearing turbos and the FASS system was upgraded to 220 GPH and the s. With Rob involved, the company once again had a streetable promotional truck, with testing on dyno using (pump fuel alone) it reached 1,246 rwhp and was not anywhere near reaching its full potential. Not to be out done by power, the truck then received a powder coated 8” Bulletproof Suspension lift kit, American Force wheels, Nitto tires, custom side steps, a partial exterior wrap and a complete Hertz audio system. All seemed well until yet again the engine went boom...again (“Yes, again!,” he exclaims). The GMC was then sent off to Curtis Halvorson of Extreme Engine Development in Calgary, Canada. With further mods to the already-built SoCal motor, a new animal was born. Yet again, this created another new problem for Trent and the GMC. This time, the ATS-built transmission could not be held together. Billet input, output, and intermediate shafts, along with a billet flywheel and with an oversized spring and Stage 6 PPE Clutch Pack were what many thought would be required. But that wasn’t the case and a series of transmissions were abruptly brutalized. Not to be denied, a solution was found - a Commercial Powertrain stepped up with a 2,000-hp transmission warranty utilizing their custom clutch kit and valve body.

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Finally, everything was holding together when yet another disaster struck; white smoke and the smell of diesel fuel closed down a major street as a result of an injector, the block being dropped. Within two weeks of dropping the injector, the engine had a cracked block and broken crankshaft. Many would have thrown in the towel on the build by now (and Trent did have some serious reservations), but this was just another setup in the epic build. Curtis Halvorson was once again called up to the game by stuffing into the LMM motor whatever he felt would result in it holding together. The fueling performance boost was done with the addition of a custom Dynomite Diesel Products (DDP) 275-percent-over injectors and a 12mm Exergy fuel injection pump to replace one of the stock CP3 units. The FASS system was once again upgraded to 260 GPH. With power and performance finally fixed and ready to go, the only thing left to do was finally make it a show queen to be taken to shows and be loved by all. This was done via custom airbrushing by MOB Airbrush, a 12” Bulletproof Suspension lift, custom audio enclosure in the bed and many interior upgrades. The machined 30x16 Kompression Wheels set off it’s gigantic stance. Trigger Industries and Schultz Diesel Sports combined forces to create a one-off 18” air suspension along with and continual modifications to the interior by Trim Pro. With EPA shutting down ATPTrucks (“Idaho Rob”) Schultz Diesel Sports provided the final piece of the puzzle as they managed all of the tuning and build aspects, including all adjustments to the driveline (in conjunction with Driveline Specialist Inc.), transmission and suspension. After the long journey, the rig was finally complete and Trent relished in the outcome. He had waited years for the moment when it would be declared done and now takes pride in all the blood, sweat and tears put into this massive GMC build. “This truck is wild in every way,” he explains. “There’s no other truck in the world like it today.” And Trent wouldn’t have it any other way.

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GEAR: 2007 GMC SIERRA 2500HD WHEELS & TIRES • 30 x16 Kompression Forged 8.5” concave wheels • 42-inch Fury Country Hunter M/T tires MOTOR • Bored and blueprinted 6.6L Duramax V-8 • SoCal Diesel forged cut and coated pistons • Carillo forged rods TRANSMISSION • Custom-built by Schultz Diesel Sports transmission INDUCTION • Garrett Compound Twin Turbo Setup (106mm and 70mm turbos) • Two-stage ZEX nitrous system with two 10-lb bottles EXHAUST • Custom fabricated 5” straight pipe leading to a custom 22” Lambo-style exhaust tip SUSPENSION • Custom 18” suspension lift utilizing airbags • Dual stabilizers • King Shocks INTERIOR • Trim Proleather seats • Suede headliner • Grant steering wheel • Edge Insight CTS data monitor • Alpine backup camera • Hertz HDP 5-channel amplifier, • Hertz Hi-Energy front and rear speakers • Hertz 10-inch subwoofers • Pioneer head unit • Video monitors with built-in DVD capabilities EXTERIOR/ACCESSORIES • SSBC Big Brake Kit • Bullet Proof Bumpers • Rigid Industries LED cube lights • Rigid Industries LED light bar in front bumper • Rigid Industries lighting on undercarriage and in wheel wells Lear Fiberglass box cover • • Amp Research XL steps • Monster Hooks • BedRug • LazerShifters • Custom front grille • Custom hood and underhood mirrors • Custom “The Bear” plate on frame • Mag-Hytech differential and transmission covers • Custom Recon lenses and etched halos in headlights • Custom-painted tail lights • Rock lights in truck bed PAINT & WRAP • Grizzly and winter mountain airbrushing by MOB Airbrush • Black base paint and clear by DivitaAuto Design • Protection film over entire truck • Purple powder coating on engine components, suspension, axles, frame and lugs. SPECIAL THANKS: To Schultz Diesel Sports, Divita Auto Designs, Bullet Proof Bumpers, Trigger Industries, Trim-Pro, Commercial Powertrain, and Kompression Forged

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eing known for his Jeep builds throughout the industry, Blake Boatwright wanted to branch out and make a statement, so he changed things up and decided to makeover a truck. He went with his personal 2013 Ram 2500 that would debut at SEMA 2018. Blake chose the Ram to stick with the Mopar family that he already appreciates and loves. He named it “Black Pearl” and went with the same color scheme as his wife’s Jeep. Since he was from the Jeep world, Blake didn’t know too much about truck suspensions, but knew it wouldn’t be too hard to figure out with his vast industry knowledge. “I knew I wanted something huge and something that would stand out,” he describes. “I found Ultimate Air Ride and love the thought of being able to set the truck’s suspension at different heights.” The suspension also allows him to adjust the truck’s height for optimal daily drives given he still needed it to be functional instead of just purely for show. Other than figuring out the suspension, the initial design process for the build was fairly simple for Blake. He reached out to his pals at KEG Media and gave them his ideas, and they produced the perfect representation of what he had first imagined. While the initial rendering featured tons of golden touches, the end result now features gray and black hues, which makes the truck a bit darker and similar to the pirate ship it’s named after, he mentions. “The all-blue suspension was chosen to represent the ocean,” he adds.

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His other favorite highlight is the bed covered in SEADEK. “Getting to work with a company that specializes in boat decking was awesome because they have never been part of something like this. My bed is different from the rest and no one else has it, which sets me apart from others.” Other highlights of the rig include the gray frame that was painted by Blake’s good friend Randi Nedli (painter at Complete Customs). “The amount of work he put in it really made me appreciate the detail on the build.” Another favorite company Blake met building this truck was BAMF LED. They set him up with the brightest rock lights on the market, he mentions, which are controlled via an integrated iPad pro built into the center console. “I got to meet a lot of great people and work with other companies that I usually don’t work with on the Jeep side. One of the positives on building a truck was I had more space than a Jeep, too.” With the newfound space, he went with a set of HornBlasters where the spare tire was supposed to go.

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Although he established relationships with new companies, he still worked with some of his favorites that had crossover parts, which included Boost Bars, Roadwire, Lockerdown, HornBlasters, JL Audio, Monster Hooks, Diode Dynamics, Fury Tires, ECD Wraps, and True Spike Lug Nuts. “It’s Incredible to be trusted by these companies to build an incredible vehicle to displace their products,” he shares. The original version of the build was shown in the American Force Wheels booth, taking about eight months to complete. But it wasn’t the easiest build for Blake despite how excited he was with the outcome. “I learned a lot building this truck, but with that said, I’ll be sticking to Jeeps as my base vehicle for upcoming builds.” They had a lot of problems every step of the way, learning that the “curse of the Black Pearl was real.” Blake and Complete Customs had issues with almost every part of the build from the smallest suspension parts not fitting correctly to electrical problems. “Every time the team would concur one problem another would arise. But the team At Complete Customs poured blood, sweat and tears into this build.”

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Even after SEMA, Blake ran into more problems and had to restart the build after the wheels, tires, suspension, lighting and accessories were literally stolen off the truck, leaving it slammed to the ground on Christmas day. Not one to step away from a challenge, he reached out to all his friends in the industry and got Black Pearl back up and running. “We now had the opportunity to run the new GRID Off-Road 28x16 concave wheels wrapped in 42x15.50R28 Fury tires. My good friend Rob at PLAN B FAB got me the suspension parts needed to fix the damaged front end and get the Black Pearl Back to normal.” The final version was then shown at the Off-Road Expo last year with GRID Off-Road and continued to make its rounds on the show circuit for the rest of 2019. “I have learned a lot through this experience of building my first SEMA truck. We have many builds to come and better bet they will all be Jeeps!”

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GEAR: 2013 RAM 2500 WHEELS & TIRES • 28x16 Grid Off-Road GF17 wheels • Fury 42x15.50R28 tires PERFORMANCE • SSBC custom blue brake system • K&N Air Filter • Flo Pro 5” exhaust • XS BATTERIES SUSPENSION • Ultimate Air Ride EXTERIOR • Fusion front and rear bumper • Custom Boost Bars grille • Custom-painted frame • RK SPORT hood • Avery Dennison custom wrap • ECD Wrap Design • Third Coast Wraps install • All powder coating by Precision Powder Coating RECOVERY • Monster Hooks • Rhino Hitch LIGHTING • (32) BAMF LED rock lights • (4) BAMF LED cube lights in bumpers • Precision Retrofits custom headlights • Diode Dynamics Devil’s Eyes and switch backs • Klearz Manufacturing clear side markers ACCESSORIES HornBlasters Nathan Airchime K5LA • • 4 chrome Viair Compressors • Hornblasters 20-gallon air tank • Custom SEADEK truck bed • Dual SwingCases • Custom-color True Spike lug nuts • F.O.A coilovers • DUBIR TINT • Amp Research Steps • Retrax electric bed cover • Air Lift Performance INTERIOR • Roadwire custom leather seats • Custom Starlight headliner • Custom suede door panel inserts • Custom Ipad Pro center dash • Custom Ipad Mini dash cluster • JL Audio

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2018 JEEP GLADIATOR WORDS: KRISTIE REAL | PHOTOS: BRIAN MCGEE

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ach year, Brian Rodriguez carefully maps out his big build project. The avid off-road enthusiast and owner of 44 Industries Inc. (part of Socal Tint Shop in Chino, CA) has been in the scene for years, having seen and done it all. His veteran knowledge has afforded him the experience needed to tackle any build and this year’s main objective was to create an off-road adventure rig that could also be enjoyed on the daily. “I never like anything that I can just drive on the streets,” he admits. “Instead, I go right for something that can hit the dirt, desert and mountains, or wherever the road takes me.” With tons of experience dressing up Jeeps, the Gladiator was a natural choice as the base vehicle given it was fresh and new when Brian began the project. For Brian, the hardest part about his Gladiator build (which he’s nicknamed “Sunny Delight” after two beloved cat pets he had years ago) was choosing a color scheme. According to him, he changed his mind almost weekly, which made for a lot of changes to his initial design concepts. Since his Gladiator was the first unit sold on the West Coast, his only choice was Silver. “One of the major companies that supported the build was GRID Off-Road and they asked us to wrap it with something that would be easy on the eyes, and I think I more than delivered.”

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After the color scheme was chosen, Brian did as much research as he could, getting feedback from Gladiator Jeep forums and friends about the design and mods. “But then, all of a sudden, things got radical real quick,” he explains. “I changed the vision to something that would captivate you no matter if you saw it driving or parked. We designed the warp to make it look like it’s always moving somewhere.” Although he’s been working with various companies for years now, Brian credits Tony Madrigal of GRID Off-Road for helping make this build come to life. “He’s been a big supporter of mine and has assisted in lining up sponsors or pointing me in the right direction. I have to give him credit for this build and he’s been a good friend. I’m always bouncing my crazy ideas off of him.”

The first mod installation for the Gladiator was a Fabtech suspension, with Brian mentioning that they used the Gladiator to create a few alternative setups for the Jeep for them to bring to market. “Fabtech has always been great. They’ve been involved with all my builds and have always shown me love. The 20x10 GRID Off-Road GD12 wrapped in 37x13.5x20 General Tire Grabber X3 tires is another favorite mod as he described how the set up enhanced the overall stance and look of the Jeep. But it’s the wrap that made it more than just another Jeep at SEMA, he declares. “There were a lot of bigger, louder Jeeps at the show, but there was something special about mine that everyone loved. I’m proud to say that I’ll drive this Gladiator anywhere and anytime. The wrap really brings the whole thing together.”

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So far, the response from fans has been great. Somedays, Brian has admiring fans come into the shop just to take a picture of the Gladiator sitting outside in the parking lot. “There was this one time where a car did a complete U-turn to come and check out the Jeep in all of its glory. There have also been times when people have recorded me while driving (I don’t recommend this, though). It’s a pretty cool feeling to have people admire your project.” And with more than 200 man hours put into the project, Brian deserves the attention he’s getting!

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Although he’s happy with the outcome, he still plans on adding more to the Gladiator. “It’ll undergo the knife one last time. We are planning an all-new wrap design and want to add new products before I pass it to another owner to enjoy so that I can move on to the next build. I wish I could keep all my builds, but in order to continue doing this, I have to sell them. But I already have some things lined up for the next one, so be on the lookout!”

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GEAR: 2020 JEEP GLADIATOR WHEELS & TIRES • 20x10 GRID Off-Road GD12 • 37x13.5x20 General Tire Grabber X3 PERFORMANCE • Powerstop brake pads • Injen X-Pedal Pro Throttle controller • Injen single exit high tuck exhaust system • Evolution cold air intake SUSPENSION • Fabtech Trail Lift short arm system • Fabtech front and rear lower links • Drag link flip kit • Fabtech front and rear track bars • Fabtech sway bar links • Fabtech Stealth shocks • Fabtech bump stop extensions • Fabtech dual rate coil springs EXTERIOR • RK Sport custom hood • Fab Fours front bumper with Smittybilt XRC Gen 3 winch • Fab Fours rear bumper • Fab Fours rock slider • Fab Fours front fender system • Fab Fours full surround tube doors • Fab Fours overland rail with overcab extension LIGHTING • Quake LED RGB headlights • Quake 3” 20W spot light RGB accent on bumper • Quake 4” black spotlight with RGB accent • Quake 5” dual row vitra LED bar with RGB accent • Quake Gladiator LED step up tail lights • Xprite Rear bumper lights ACCESSOIRES • Rotopax fuel, water and tool kit • Power tank air up system • Monster Hook front tow hooks • Aerolidz dual light bar accent cover

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:: 2018 TOYOTA TACOMA

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ector “Paisa” Gutierrez knows a thing or two about great builds. After all, the veteran automotive enthusiast was a founding member of one of the nation’s largest car clubs Nokturnal. With more than 20 years of car show scene, he knows the qualifications of an awardwinning custom, the work that goes into building one and the efforts needed to prepare. Although his Nocturnal days are over, he still has a passion for building and his latest creation demonstrates just how deep that passion is. The Toyota Tacoma was actually never supposed to be shown, initially buying it as a daily driver - which it was for almost two years. “It had a small 6” suspension and some TIS wheels, but nothing more,” he confesses. “I didn’t even know I wanted more until John Ramos of DUB Magazine mentioned I should build it up for SEMA. I had never built anything for SEMA before, so I figured why not?”

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With a mission to create something SEMA worthy, Hector began the road to the big show an experience he’s waited a long time for. Under the guidance of John, his preparation was fairly seamless and uncomplicated - a rare event for many builders. The first step in the build process was the stance for the Tacoma, which was enhanced via a 12” Bulletproof Suspension that provided it with its dominant height needed to garner the glances needed to make it a competitor among a sea of other builds. He then switched out his TIS wheels for a set of 24x14 Dropstars 657 wheels and wrapped them in 40” Nitto Grapplers. “The wheels have to be my favorite mod,” he says. “Just the look they give the truck really sets off the entire build and helps with its aggressive exterior.”

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Not wanting to take away too much from the Tacoma’s look, Hector went for a few subtle additions, including Fab Four bumpers, Heise lighting (in the form of cubes and bars), Oracle undercarriage lighting and upgraded the stock filter to a K&N one for more horsepower (when he did drive it on the weekends and to and from shows). The RK Sport hood provides a menacing look, while the AMP Research steps make getting in and out of the lifted rig a breeze. Other mods include: a Borla exhaust, HornBlaster air horns, DUB IR Tint, ARE roof rack and shell, and an Optima battery. The orange graphics give the Toyota a clean, yet standout look that Hector was initially striving for. Inside, a Kenwood sound system bumps his favorite tunes on the weekends. “The entire build came out just as I first envisioned it,” he admits. “I couldn’t have asked for anymore more and think it came out great!” As his first “big” build, Hector enjoyed the road to SEMA and is already planning on what his next project will be. “Not dealing with airbags was a huge relief, and I’m looking forward to what’s next!”

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GEAR: 2018 TOYOTA TACOMA WHEELS & TIRES • 24x14Dropstars 657 wheels • Nitto Grappler 40X15.50R24 tires SUSPENSION • 12” Bulletproof Suspension PERFORMANCE • K&N filter • Borla exhaust EXTERIOR • Fab Fours bumpers • AMP Research steps • RK Sport hood • ARE shell cover and roof rack • Rhino hitch • DUBIR tint

LIGHTING • Heise light cubes and light bars • Oracle undercarriage lighting ACCESSORIES • Optima battery • Hornblaster AUDIO (2) Kenwood XR-1001-1 EXCELON amps • • Kenwood DNX996XR EXCELON head unit • Kenwood EXCELON speakers • (2) Kenwood KFC-XW100F 10” subs INTERIOR • Papago dash camera

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HE WISHED, HE DREAMED, AND HE ACHIEVED. JUAN ZAMUDIO’S JOURNEY TO OBTAINING HIS ULTIMATE GOAL.

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hat lengths would you go to, to achieve a goal or a dream? What gives someone the inspiration or the drive to achieve these things? Inspiration can be found everywhere, but for Juan Zamudio, it came from deep in his childhood memories. Juan grew up in a small agriculture town Shafter, CA (about 14 miles northwest of Bakersfield), wrenching on automobiles and trucks. “I was brought into the truck scene by my older brother Rafael. I watched him work on all of his trucks in our garage and knew that one day I would want to build one of my own.”

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Fast forward many years, Juan got a driver’s license, a blue-collar job and had visions of someday working on a special truck project. His first build was a lowered 2004 GMC 1500, which then made way for a 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT a few years later. As he matured, so did his builds. Each truck was bigger and better than its predecessor. Years of blood, sweat, and scraping together every penny he earned, led him to his greatest build to date. “I wanted a late-model diesel truck that I could use as a daily driver and possibly do a few modifications.” While scouring the Internet, he found a semi-customized 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD just a few hours away in Anaheim, CA. The truck became his on the same day he found it online, which he had already been designing in his mind the moment he saw it.

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GEAR: 2018 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500HD WHEELS & TIRES • KG1 Forged Bounty 26”x16” • Fury Offroad Tires- Country Hunter M/T- 38”x15.5” SUSPENSION • Mcgaughys 7”-9” lift kit • Mcgaughys upper control arms • Mcgaughys traction bars and compression struts with billet face plates • Polished 2.0 Fox shocks with reservoir • Suspension powder coated in Prismatic Powders-Astic Red and Gloss Black PERFORMANCE Banks Power Ram air intake • • Banks Power Derringer in line tuner with idash super gauge • Banks Power 5” master exhaust • Banks Power Ram air differential cover EXTERIOR • Custom Royalty Core grille • Bushwacker fender flairs, Fusion bumpers (front and rear) • Undercover tonneau cover Elite LX • Ceramic Pro-coated paint LIGHTING • Custom-built headlights by plainandsimple with Klears manufacturing smoked side markers and Rigid Industries pods • 6- Rigid Industries cubes • 12- Rigid Industries rock lights ACCESSORIES • Gen-Y Hitch mega-duty class V 21K drop hitch • BOLT Lock 5/8” receiver locks • Amp Research power steps • Horn Blasters spare tire delete INTERIOR • Roadwire leather interior • Painted interior pieces • Suede headliner all installed by Mat Techs’ D Santos • Custom made car seat done by Northwest Crafted Interiors • Prestige Mobile Tint AUDIO • AudioControl Epicenter 5000.1 EVO amp • 2 AudioControl Epicenter 1200.4 EVO amps • Alpine i209 headunit • 4 Ground Zero 6.5” 2-way coaxial speakers • 4 9” Kicker Horn-loaded marine speakers • 2 15” Sundown Xv2 series subs • All installed by Professional Car Audio From Porterville, CA

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Juan came across a post on Instagram from “Truck Guru,” needing vehicles for the upcoming 2019 SEMA Show. After exchanging messages a few times, he teamed up with Truck Guru for a complete build. Then life threw a little “wrench” in those plans - Juan’s wife Vanessa was pregnant! Vanessa, Juan’s high-school sweetheart, knew what this build meant to him so she gave him her blessings to go through with it. All systems were a go, and Juan’s truck was sent off to Performance Offroad in Bakersfield for its transformation. Once Performance Offroad finished working their magic, Juan ferried his pride and joy to Professional Car Audio in Porterville, CA, for its final upgrade - a killer audio/entertainment system. Just as the truck was finishing up at the audio shop, Vanessa went into labor with their son, Maximus. It turns out, 2019 was a pretty epic year for Juan with a huge build and a beautiful baby boy born August 15 th ! Juan is living proof that anything is achievable if you have the vision and are willing to do whatever it takes!


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TEXAS SHOOTOUT LONE STAR THROWDOWN 2020

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f you by any way dig custom trucks, Lone Star Throwdown (LST) is a must event to attend. Simply put, this show brings out more trucks than any other event in the nation. Though there are all types of customs present, it is now dominated by skyhigh pickups with large rollers. We can also tell you that it’s a must stop for the top builders and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Starting off in 2012, LST was first held at the same location it is at now, the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, TX. The humble beginnings were conceived when Todd “Radar” Hendrex and Lonnie Ford felt a need for a better show with a relaxed type atmosphere. Little did they know that LST would grow from a just few hundred vehicles to having a cap of 2,000 preregistrations, which are sold out months before the gates open.

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The Knnox Lighter is more a piece of art than a regular lighter. Machined from raw brass, the lighter is defined by its sliding mechanism, which gives it a distinctive open flame. The lighter features a hex tool so that you can easily take it apart for maintenance and cleaning. The 100% British cotton wick is also replaceable and features a special ferrous alloy flint. You can choose from a hand polished natural gloss finish or opt for the nickel-plated silver finish - but whichever option you choose, the surface will age over time, giving it a unique patina. $315.00 80


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Keep your Apple Watch (and other devices) powered with the Native Union Drop XL Apple Watch Wireless Charger. There’s two wireless charging coils for your AirPods or phone, while a detachable charging puck comes with the unit for your Apple Watch. But it can also work with other Qi-compatible devices and its USB-A port allows you to charge an entirely different third device if you don’t have an Apple Watch. The low-profile, stylish design reduces clutter and is stylish enough to be placed anywhere in your home. $140.00

Have a flashlight with you everywhere you go with the Nitecore Tini Keychain Flashlight. It features a Cree XP-G2 S3 LED that is good for up to 380 lumens of light and allows you to see up to 70 yards ahead of you (when in Turbo mode). There are four brightness settings and it comes with a built-in 280mAh Li-ion battery that you charge via a micro-USB. The aluminum alloy body is actually IP54-certified so it’s resistant to water and dust. $30.00

PUEBCO TOOL BOX PUEBCO.US

For the guys who want something more sleek for their tools comes the Puebco Tool Box. It’s handcrafted from recycled steel and shows slight imperfections on the exterior for that rugged, worn-in look. It has an oldschool design feel to it, with its two upper halves that easily fold open for access to the inside. It might be smaller than most modern tool boxes, but it’s a great way to hold just the necessities. Or you can even use it as a lunch box for work or a chest for your gadgets and tech for your rig. $80.00

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TOPO DESIGNS Y-PACK TOPODESIGNS.COM

The Y-Pack is a Topo Designs classic and they’ve brought it back just in time for summer adventures. The Y-Pack features a retro flap for easy access, but the new version has been given modern details for extra style and functionality. The bag is made from durable 1000D nylon and is lightweight, making it perfect for off-roading adventures or for everyday use. The main compartment can fit all your basics, while the padded internal sleeve securely holds laptops and other devices. The dual side pockets allow for easy access to water bottles and extra gear.

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ISSUE 27 82-83 DUB IR Luxury Tint www.dubirtint.com 67 DUB Virtual Show www.dubmagazine.com/dubshowworldwide 41 Fury Tire www.furytires.com 23 HammerHead www.hammerheadarmor.com 45 HardRock Wheels www.hardrockoffroad.com 29 Hostile Wheels www.hostilewheels.com 57 Hypertech www.hypertech.com

85 Kenwood www.kenwood.com/usa 17 Kicker www.kicker.com 49 Lionhart Tires www.lionharttires.com 27 MKW Off-Road www.mkwwheels.net 86 Nitto Tire www.nittotire.com 53 Off Road Monster www.offroadmonsterwheels.com 21 Pioneer www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA

15 Road Armor www.roadarmor.com 11 Superlift www.superlift.com 6-7, 71, 72 TIS Wheels www.tiswheels.com 4-5 TUFF Wheels www.tuffwheels.com 25 Wilwood www.wilwood.com

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