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N THIS ISSUE OF PASMAG TRUCKS, WE DECIDED TO SHOW SOME LOWERED LOVE. TWO LOW-RIDING TRUCKS ON OUR COVER? That has to be some kind of record. Our main cover truck is Neil Tjin’s F-150 that was slammed over 24s to be a SEMA show-stopper. It definitely stopped us in our tracks, just like his previous F-150, which this truck is a direct sequel to! Read on to know what kind of work went into making this

Ford so down to earth. The other two slammed trucks we have featured come from two very different backgrounds, but result in some seriously great creations. Matt Begley’s C-10 hot rod is what American metal dreams are made of, while the Mad Max Tundra produced by the team at Mobile Toys Inc. is something that would make any desert bandit or war boy proud. The amount of work and detail that went into both deserves to be recognized.

To round out the features here, we needed to bring things back up for at least one, so we enlisted Ernie Manansala’s F-5.11 Raptor. This is a truck that would be at home in a warzone or search and rescue. Equipped to be a haven for service men and women, this tactical Raptor is completely functional for pretty much anything, and looks great doing it. At the front of the book, we’ll discuss some of the newest trucks that the auto show circuit has teased us with for 2019,

and, as always, we have some hot new products for your truck and buyers’ guides for both wheels and tires. Everything to kick off our spring just right, plus more! Thanks for picking us up! Feel free to drop us a note at letters@pasmag.com if you’d like to tell us what we’re doing right, or otherwise.

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SHARPER SILVERADO THE NEW SILVERADO’S CHANGES ARE MORE THAN SKIN-DEEP Story by Micky Slinger

Since the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was revealed, public reaction has been pretty split. Some say that the new Silverado is exactly the change that the truck needed, while others despise the new design, complaining on social media about the departure the truck took in the looks department. This departure should make you feel like something is different about the truck, since this Silverado is like nothing else that’s come before it. First off, this 1500 looks more athletic because it’s been on a strict diet and exercise plan. Through the use of aluminum in smaller panels here and

there, plus the hood and the doors, the sharper Silverado has lost 450 pounds over its previous iteration. Additionally, a high grade roll-formed steel was used in the truck’s bed, and seven different types of metals were used in the safety cage inside; changes that added safety and rigidity, as well as some poundage saved. Strength and stiffness arries through to the rest of the fully-boxed ladder-frame body in the form of 80-percent high-strength steel, which results in a 10-percent stiffer body overall. One thing that all Chevy fans have been excited about with this truck is the inclusion of a light-duty diesel engine

option – a Duramax diesel. The new 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel, which will be built out of GM’s Flint, Michigan, assembly plant, will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that’s been co-developed with Ford. Both of the Silverado’s popular previous V8s, the 5.3- and 6.2-liter, will make a return to be part of the six engine and transmission combinations available, as Chevy has specified and will feature cylinder deactivation from one to seven cylinders. To compliment the engine options, Chevy is also offering the Silverado in eight trim levels. From base to loaded they are: Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trailboss, LT, LT Trailboss, RST, LTZ, and High Country. High Country will act as the Silverado’s most luxurious trim level, while the Custom and LT with Trailboss suffixes will be focused more on off-road performance, with larger off-road tires, a two-inch lift, and the suspension from the Z71 truck. The 2019 Silverado 1500 will also be available in regular cab, extended cab, four-door crew cab, and offer the option to go for a short or long bed, which offers an industry first p wer tailgate on appropriate models. After facing

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backlash from the previous generation of Silverado – that it wasn’t a large enough departure – Chevy has hit back with this Silverado, and it’s not just to get people talking. Through the use of body sculpting, revised fenders, and positioning of the side mirrors, Chevy’s engineers have said that the new Silverado is seven-percent more aerodynamic. The design team also gave fans a little throwback on the tailgate, with the bolded letters of “Chevrolet” stamped onto it – something that hasn’t appeared on a Silverado since the ‘90s. Chevy still knows where its roots are, even though their newest truck is confident y looking towards the future.

ONE THING THAT ALL CHEVY FANS HAVE BEEN EXCITED ABOUT WITH THIS TRUCK IS THE INCLUSION OF A LIGHT-DUTY DIESEL ENGINE OPTION – A DURAMAX DIESEL

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From 1983 to 2011, Ford made a great little reliable pickup truck called the Ranger for the North American market. Designed by Ford and based on the Mazda B-Series models of pickups, Rangers were spotted all over, being a great choice for smaller contractors or anyone who needed a pickup for convenience, but also needed something on a smaller scale – that is until the final truck olled off the ord Twin Cities Assembly production line on December 22nd, 2011. For North America, that was the end of our Ranger. For the 2012 model year, Ford Argentina started work on a new international Ranger platform called the T6, which would also share underpinnings with a Mazda once again – another international pickup that we don’t get, the BT-50. The rest of the world would get to enjoy the great T6 Ranger from 2012 to 2017, meanwhile the North American market was starting to realize it missed

having smaller trucks to choose from. With the introduction of the new GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, Ford decided it was time for a comeback, announcing in 2017 that North America would get its own version of the T6 Ranger as a 2019 model. At 2018’s Detroit Auto Show, we all fina ly got a taste of what the 2019 Ford Ranger will look like and what kinds of features we can expect to see. Powertrain is actually the same as the 2018 EcoBoost Mustang, with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. Based on the 2018 Mustang’s specs, we could expect some power ratings around 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque from the new Ranger. We can also expect the Ranger to be offered in both RWD and 4WD models, and as such, will have Ford’s usual FX2 and FX4 off-road packages for options. Based on theT6 chassis’ ladder frame, solid rear axle

with leaf springs, and double wishbone independent front suspension, capabilities are further bolstered by Dana Trac-Lok differentials that electronically lock the rear, and a low-range-equipped transfer case. An FX2 or FX4 Off-Road package adds skid plates, shocks tuned for off-road use, and all-terrain tires. The new Ranger also houses some interesting traction systems, like the Terrain Management System, similar to the F-150 Raptor’s, with driving modes for Normal, Grass, Gravel and Snow, Mud and Ruts, and Sand, as well as the Trail Control, which allows a speed to be set

during hill descent by the driver, who steers while the Ranger takes care of acceleration and braking – kind of like off-road cruise control. The XL trim level will be the base trim, with an XLT and Lariat being upper trims to choose from, allowing optioning of either Chrome or Sport appearance packages. All trims can be had in either half-rear-door SuperCab or four-door SuperCrew variants. With production beginning in Michigan in late 2018, it should be just a few more months before we see the Ranger make its triumphant return to the roads.

BASED ON THE 2018 MUSTANG’S SPECS, WE COULD EXPECT SOME POWER RATINGS AROUND 310 HORSEPOWER AND 350 LB-FT OF TORQUE FROM THE NEW RANGER.

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A Raptor version of the Ford Ranger was recently teased to an audience in Thailand, which means we may or may not get it, and if we do, it could be pretty different. The truck that Ford showed off is noticeably bigger in every respect, getting a wider and higher stance that’s perfect for off-roading. The Ranger Raptor also features a 2.0-liter inline-four twin-turbo diesel engine, a 10-speed auto gearbox, Fox Racing Shox dampers, all-terrain tires, dent-resistant composite fenders, and the F-150 Raptor’s off-road systems. We don’t know about you guys, but we’d love a mini Raptor!

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CROSSING OVER WITHOUT CROSSHAIRS 2019’S RAM 1500 IS VERY IMPRESSIVE Story by Micky Slinger

Ram trucks have fina ly made the big jump in design to separate themselves from the rest of the Dodge brand. As a selling superpower, why shouldn’t they have their own branch within the umbrella? With 2019’s iteration of the Ram 1500, we see the crosshair grille design that the trucks have carried since the dawn of time give way to a more sophisticated aerodynamic grille, and it looks amazing! Speaking of aero, there’s quite a bit going on with the new Ram. The new grille features active shutters, and the front splitter underneath the chrome bumper will lower 2.5 inches around speeds of 35 miles per hour. If you tick the box for the air spring suspension for the Off-Road package, you do lose the splitter, but the air system will pick up the slack by lowering the truck just over half an inch instead. The new sculpted bedsides and hood also improve airflow over the new 1500, all in the name of efficie y. This is a completely reengineered Ram, from the ground up. A brand-new

lighter and stronger high-strength steel chassis boasts a weight loss of about 100 pounds – and that’s before we talk about the aluminum weight savings of the tailgate, steering unit, engine mounts, transmission crossmembers, and front suspension. The powerplants will stay the same, so you can still have your 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V8, however, these Rams will feature a little boost from a hybrid system that FCA is calling “eTorque.” In place of the alternator, a generator unit charges a 48-volt battery pack, which provides smoother start/stops and an additional kick of torque (an extra 90 lb-ft for the V6 and 130 lb-ft for the Hemi). The battery pack can also be recharged by way of regenerative braking. Inside, the Ram has enjoyed a much-needed overhaul. Most of the photos you see floating around are of the upper trim levels (Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited), which feature a gorgeous and heavily redesigned leather interior with a monstrous 12-inch touchscreen media interface right in the middle. The 12-inch models will come

SPEAKING OF AERO, THERE’S QUITE A BIT GOING ON WITH THE NEW RAM. THE NEW GRILLE FEATURES ACTIVE SHUTTERS, AND THE FRONT SPLITTER UNDERNEATH THE CHROME BUMPER WILL LOWER 2.5 INCHES AROUND SPEEDS OF 35 MILES PER HOUR with FCA’s new Uconnect 4 system, and the same is true for the smaller 8.4-inch unit found in the Big Horn, Laramie, and Rebel trims. With Uconnect 4, the Ram gains both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while an older Uconnect 3 system on a 5-inch screen is available for those who aren’t fussed on the Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn, and Rebel iterations. What are the most important specs to a Ram enthusiast? The tow fi ures, of course! The 2018 truck boasts a payload of 1,880 pounds and can tow a rated 10,620 pounds, which is further improved by the 2019 model to 2,320

pounds of payload and 12,750 pounds of trailer. These improved numbers are provided to us via a V8-equipped Ram 1500 with the “Max Tow Package” option selected, which can only be equipped to the RWD V8 with 3.92:1 final dri e ratio (3.21 and 3.55 also available). If a four-wheel-drive model is more your cup of tea, the highest ratings are 1,950 payload pounds and 11,460 pounds of towage. These boosted numbers are thanks to the added kick of eTorque, which has unexpectedly made us very excited about the future of hybrid technology in trucks.

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$14.95 | DFTDetails.com This is truly the easiest to use, longest lasting wax out there. Its hightech formulation provides the deepest possible shine on dark paint. It shows o˜ dark colors like many other waxes can't, and works just as well on lighter shades with a long-lasting shine and protection. No longer do you have to apply section by section, you can wax your whole car and then wipe it o˜ with no white, chalky, caked on film. It won't stain your trim white either!

Lucas Oil

Lucas Complete Engine Treatment LucasOil.com

$399.99 | ImageDynamicsUSA.net

4 Class-FD POWER (CEA-2006): 4x100W @ 4 ohms CROSSOVERS: HP/LP/Full EQUALIZATION: Subwoofer @ 45 Hz FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 10 Hz – 30 kHz S/N RATIO (CEA-2006): > 95 dB DIMENSIONS (IN.): 10.5 x 7.25 x 2 CHANNELS: TOPOLOGY:

When nothing but the best will do for the advanced listener and audiophile, many turn to the likes of Class AB amplification. In the ever increasing “smaller is better” digital world, the SQ series full range digital amplifiers provide amazing power in a small compact design with the cleanest near-AB output available in a full range digital amplifier.

MYCHANIC Sidekick Stool

$99.99 | mychanic.com Keep tools at your fingertips with drawers that glide on smooth ball-bearing slides, folding magnetic trays and a tool rack on the back. The deep cushioned seat keeps you comfortable for hours. With a heavy-duty steel frame and over-sized 3-inch rubber casters, it supports 450 lbs and rolls over cracks easily. It arrives ready to ride – just screw on the wheels.

Lumens High Performance Lighting XTREME LED Reverse Lights www.LumensHPL.com

Lucas Complete Engine Treatment is a new multifunction cleaner plus lubricant from the labs at Lucas Oil products. It is designed for use in both crankcase and fuel systems, gasoline or diesel. Expect longer engine life, longer oil life, cleaner exhaust and less fuel consumption.

Lumens HPL’s ultra bright XTREME LED reverse lights are the answer to those complaining that their back up lights are too dim. These LED kits produce more light than HID reverse lights. With these lights installed, everyone will know you’re in reverse!

Rockford Fosgate Power T750x1bd amplifier

$799.99 | RockfordFosgate.com

Mono Class-BD POWER (CEA-2006): 750 W CROSSOVERS: Low-Pass: 50Hz - 250Hz @ 12dB/Octave Butterworth

N/A

CHANNELS:

EQUALIZATION:

TOPOLOGY:

FREQUENCY RESPONSE:

20 Hz-230 Hz +/-1 dB S/N RATIO (CEA-2006): > 80 dB DIMENSIONS (IN.): 1.6 x 4.3 x 8.3

PowerBass

2XL-63.3C Speakers $229.99 | PowerBassUSA.com

6.5 3-way

SIZE (IN.): DESIGN:

WOOFER CONE & SURROUND:

wool blend

50/50 paper/

Silk POWER (RMS/PEAK): > 75 W BASKET: Coated Stamped Steel TWEETER MATERIAL:

This 3-way component system from the 2XL series uses a completely new 2.75-inch DDC soft dome mid-range for the ultimate music listening experience. Like the 2-way version, this system uses the same 50/50 paper/wool woofers with aluminum CNC-cut phase plugs and 1-inch pivoting silk dome tweeters. Packaged with an outboard 3-way crossover that o˜ ers selectable attenuation, you can expect the best without breaking the bank.

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AMERICAN FORCE WHEELS Faze

AMERICAN FORCE WHEELS

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BLACK RHINO Arsenal

BLACK RHINO Boxer

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AmericanForceWheels.com CONSTRUCTION: SIZE (IN.):

24

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WIDTH (IN.):

14

Custom FINISH: Polished, Custom BOLT PATTERN:

AmericanForceWheels.com CONSTRUCTION:

Forged

Custom FINISH: Custom BOLT PATTERN:

24 WIDTH (IN.): 12, 14 SIZE (IN.):

BlackRhinoWheels.com Cast SIZE (IN.): 17-18, 20 WIDTH (IN.): 9.5, 12 CONSTRUCTION:

5x127, 5x150, 6x135, 6x139.7, 8x165.1, 8x170, 8x180 FINISH: Sand on Black, Textured Matte Black BOLT PATTERN:

BlackRhinoWheels.com Cast SIZE (IN.): 15, 17-18 WIDTH (IN.): 7-8 CONSTRUCTION:

5x100, 5x108, 5x114.3 FINISH: Gun Black, Gloss Gold BOLT PATTERN:

AMERICAN FORCE WHEELS Ikon

AMERICAN FORCE WHEELS Pursuit

BLACK RHINO Barstow

AmericanForceWheels.com Forged 20, 22, 24 WIDTH (IN.): 9-12, 14

BOLT PATTERN:

SIZE (IN.):

FINISH:

AmericanForceWheels.com Forged 24 WIDTH (IN.): 12, 14

Cyclone

Custom Custom

CONSTRUCTION:

BOLT PATTERN:

SIZE (IN.):

FINISH:

BlackRhinoWheels.com Cast 17-18, 20 9.5

CONSTRUCTION: SIZE (IN.):

WIDTH (IN.):

BLACK RHINO

Custom Polished, Custom

CONSTRUCTION:

BOLT PATTERN: 5x127, 5x139.7, 5x150, 6x120, 6x135, 6x139.7 FINISH: Matte Bronze w/ Matte Black Lip Ring, Textured Matte Black

BlackRhinoWheels.com Cast 20, 22, 24 9-10

CONSTRUCTION: SIZE (IN.):

WIDTH (IN.):

BOLT PATTERN: 5x127, 5x139.7, 5x150, 6x135, 6x139.7 FINISH: Gloss Black w/ Milled Spokes, Gloss Titanium w/ Milled Spokes

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Arc Audio XDi Amplifie Designed by Robert Zeff exclusively for ARC Audio, the debut of the newest generation of XDi amplifiers is a testament to the out-of-the-box thinking it takes to create the next “big thing” in car audio.

MORE WORLDWIDE SOUND QUALITY CHAMPIONSHIPS THAN ANY OTHER CAR AUDIO MANUFACTURER

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WHEELS

FUEL OFF-ROAD Baja

MAMBA OFFROAD WHEELS

Type M23

FuelOff oad.com CONSTRUCTION:

20 WIDTH (IN.): 9

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MambaWheels.com Cast SIZE (IN.): 17, 18, 20 WIDTH (IN.): 9 CONSTRUCTION:

5-lug, 6-lug FINISH: Matte Black w/ Bronze Face, Gloss Black w/ Ball-Cut Accents BOLT PATTERN:

Forged SIZE (IN.): 20, 22, 24, 26 WIDTH (IN.): 10, 12, ,14, 16

Custom FINISH: Custom BOLT PATTERN:

RollingBigPower.com Forged SIZE (IN.): 20, 22, 24, 26 WIDTH (IN.): 10, 12, ,14, 16 CONSTRUCTION:

FUEL OFF-ROAD

Podium

MAMBA OFFROAD WHEELS

Type M24

RBP

RollingBigPower.com CONSTRUCTION:

RBP

Thunder

Cast

SIZE (IN.):

RBP

Battalion

GUIDE

Custom FINISH: Custom BOLT PATTERN:

Slayer

RTX WHEELS

Blast II

FuelOff oad.com Cast 17-18, 20 WIDTH (IN.): 9

5-lug, 6-lug, 8-lug Bronze w/ Black Lip, Satin Black, Anthracite w/ Black Lip

CONSTRUCTION:

BOLT PATTERN:

SIZE (IN.):

FINISH:

MambaWheels.com Cast 18, 20, 22 WIDTH (IN.): 9, 12

5-lug, 6-lug, 8-lug Gloss Black

CONSTRUCTION:

BOLT PATTERN:

SIZE (IN.):

FINISH:

RollingBigPower.com Forged 20, 22, 24, 26 WIDTH (IN.): 10, 12, ,14, 16

Custom Custom

CONSTRUCTION:

BOLT PATTERN:

SIZE (IN.):

FINISH:

RTXWheels.com CONSTRUCTION:

17-18 WIDTH (IN.): 9 SIZE (IN.):

Cast

BOLT PATTERN: 5x127, 5x139.7, 6x139.7 FINISH: Black Machined

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WHEELS

RTX WHEELS

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Cast SIZE (IN.): 18, 20 WIDTH (IN.): 9

SCORPION SC-26

SPECIALTY FORGED SS106

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CONSTRUCTION:

BOLT PATTERN:

ScorpionWheels.com Cast SIZE (IN.): 17, 20 WIDTH (IN.): 9

5x127, 6x139.7 FINISH: Matte Black

CONSTRUCTION:

BOLT PATTERN:

Forged SIZE (IN.): 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 WIDTH (IN.): 8.5-15

Custom FINISH: Custom BOLT PATTERN:

WalkerEvansRacing.com CONSTRUCTION: SIZE (IN.):

17

WIDTH (IN.):

8.5

Cast

BOLT PATTERN:

5x127, 5x139.7, 6x135, 6x139.7,

8x165.1, 8x170 Satin Graphite w/ Satin Black Lip, Satin Black, Satin Black w/ Diamond Cut Face

FINISH:

ScorpionWheels.com Cast 20, 22 WIDTH (IN.): 9, 10, 12, 14 CONSTRUCTION: SIZE (IN.):

SPECIALTY FORGED SS102

ULTRA

SpecialtyForged.com CONSTRUCTION:

SC-25

MOTORSPORTS 221 Carnage

WORX ALLOY

812 Clash

BOLT PATTERN: 5x127, 5x139.7, 5x150, 6x135, 6x139.7, 8x165, 8x180 FINISH: Black Milled, Chrome

SpecialtyForged.com Forged 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 WIDTH (IN.): 8.5-15

Custom Custom

CONSTRUCTION:

BOLT PATTERN:

SIZE (IN.):

FINISH:

UltraWheel.com CONSTRUCTION:

20 WIDTH (IN.): 10

Cast

SIZE (IN.):

BOLT PATTERN: 5x127, 6x135, 6x139.7, 8x165.1, 8x170 FINISH: Black

WorxWheels.com Cast 18, 20 9-10

CONSTRUCTION: SIZE (IN.):

WIDTH (IN.):

BOLT PATTERN:

8-lug

FINISH:

5-lug, 6-lug,

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GUIDE

ACHILLES

Desert Hawk X-MT

BF GOODRICH

Mud Terrain T/A KM2

FALKEN

Wildpeak A/T3W

NEXEN

Roadian AT Pro RA8

AchillesTireUSA.com On/Off-Road Terrain WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.): 15-20 CATEGORY:

BFGoodrichTires.com CATEGORY:

Off-Road

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

215-325 TREAD DEPTH (IN.): 18-20/32 WIDTH (MM):

All-Terrain, All-Weather WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.): 15-20

215-330 TREAD DEPTH (IN.): 13-20/32 WIDTH (MM):

All-Terrain 215-285

All-Terrain T/A KO2

COOPER TIRES

Discoverer STT PRO

12-16/32 UTQG RATING: 560-AB TREAD DEPTH (IN.):

15-20

BFGoodrichTires.com CATEGORY:

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All-Terrain

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

All-season, Off-road 15 to 18,

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

WIDTH (MM):

215-325 13-15/32

TREAD DEPTH (IN.):

WIDTH (MM): 275 to 325, 30x9.50 to 40x13.50 TREAD DEPTH: 18/32 to 21/32

FalkenTire.com CATEGORY:

Off-Road

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

Roadian MT

15-20

CooperTire.com CATEGORY:

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NEXEN

NexenTire.com CATEGORY:

BF GOODRICH

FALKEN

FalkenTire.com

WIDTH (MM):

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WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

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215-315 TREAD DEPTH (IN.): 14.4-18/32 WIDTH (MM):

15-20

WIDTH (MM):

235-345 18-21/32

TREAD DEPTH (IN.):

NexenTire.com CATEGORY:

Mud Terrain 15-16

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

WIDTH (MM):

235-265 17-18/32

TREAD DEPTH (IN.):

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TIRES

GUIDE

NITTO TIRE Exo Grappler

NITTO TIRE Terra Grappler G2

All-Terrain, All-Weather WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.): 17, 18, 20

235 - 305 TREAD DEPTH (IN.): 19/32 WIDTH (MM):

All-Terrain

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

Ridge Grappler

17, 18,

235 - 325 TREAD DEPTH (IN.): 17/32 WIDTH (MM):

NittoTires.com CATEGORY:

Mud-Terrain 17, 18,

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

20, 22

TOYO TIRES

NittoTires.com CATEGORY:

20, 22

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NittoTires.com CATEGORY:

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WIDTH (MM):

265 - 305 18/32

TREAD DEPTH (IN.):

ToyoTires.com CATEGORY:

Mud-Terrain 15, 16, 17,

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

18, 20, 22, 24

235 - 385 21/32 UTQG RATING: N/A WIDTH (MM):

TREAD DEPTH (IN.):

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TOYO TIRES Open Country R/T

TRI-ACE

Pioneer M/T

On/Off-Road WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.): 15-18, 20, 22

265-325 TREAD DEPTH (IN.): 16.4/32 WIDTH (MM):

Off-road, Mud terrain

315, 35x12.50 TREAD DEPTH: N/A WIDTH (MM):

17, 20, 22

Proxes ST III

ToyoTires.com CATEGORY:

High Performance 17-20,

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

22, 24

YOKOHAMA

Tri-AceTireUSA.com CATEGORY:

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

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ToyoTires.com CATEGORY:

Geolandar M/T Plus

225-335 10.1/32 UTQG RATING: 500-A-A WIDTH (MM):

TREAD DEPTH (IN.):

YokohamaTire.com CATEGORY:

On/Off-Road 15-20

WHEEL DIAMETER (IN.):

WIDTH (MM):

225-315 16-21/32

TREAD DEPTH (IN.):

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Close enough. You hear the snarl of a throaty exhaust fi st, and then a deafening crash follows as a Ford Raptor smashes through a wall like the Kool-Aid Man. Instead of an “Oh yeah!” announcement, a barrage of covering fire pou s out of the windows, allowing you to run into the truck and grab a sidearm out of the holsters on the inside of the door to secure your escape. At least, that’s how I pictured it being used when I saw the F-5.11 Raptor for the fi st time. “Tactical” is pretty much the fi st word that comes to mind when you look at it. How could you not think it? With a no-nonsense color combo of blacks and grays of different shades and textures, custom bumpers and fenders,

A TANK OR APC?

a livery design that’s based on a topographical map, and individually numbered tactical cases mounted around the bed, it’s easy to see. 5.11 Tactical’s (where the truck gets its namesake) motto of “Always Be Ready” is also featured on the sides, and is something that the team who built the Raptor followed throughout the process. The birth of the F-5.11 Raptor was thanks to a combination of situations put together by the truck’s owner, Ernie Manansala Jr. of Kolab Agency, with the crucial support of up and coming overland equipment distributor, Overland911.com. Through Kolab, Manansala had one client, Volant Performance, who wanted an amazing vehicle to occupy some of their booth space at SEMA, while another client, 5.11 Tactical, wanted their foot and product in the door at the big show. Combining these two wishes and taking the idea to the talented team at Phrenetic Concept Studios to completely design the truck via 3D rendering, Manansala then approached Streetwise Motorsports, specialists in anything with dirty tires, to bring this truck to life. To start off, however, the team had to face their biggest roadblock.

“TACTICAL” IS PRETTY MUCH THE FIRST WORD THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT.

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“WE WANTED TO BUILD SOMETHING THAT SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD WOULD BE PROUD TO UTILIZE.”

“The biggest challenge that we had to overcome was something that no one could find, a ord, or purchase: time,” says a wise Manansala. “It was just the time. Had we had more time, we defini ely would’ve been able to execute a lot more. Everyone on this team was just so capable.” The amount of time they had to piece together a badass truck fit or the SEMA show floor? our weeks flat. So, right when the go their hands on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, they started tearing it apart and cutting up the front and rear bumpers for some custom additions. The roof rack, side steps, and front and rear bumpers were designed in CAD by Streetwise

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Motorsports, and then cut with a Torchmate CNC plasma cutter and welded together to take their fina shape. The aforementioned rear bumper now features a full fift wheel and 5.11’s heavy breaching kit – you know, just in case. Anderson Composites carbon fibe front fenders have also been added to keep the theme of aggression going. A combination of Rotiform CCV Off-Road wheels and Cooper Discoverer STT tires are the sturdy feet that carry the Raptor on many an adventure, while Icon Vehicle Dynamics shocks, springs, and front delta joints are the capable legs. Behind the wheels sit silver Sparta Evolution big brake kits, all

around. Providing the low roar of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 is a tandem effort between the Volant Performance exhaust system, which is doused in Jet-Hot Performance exhaust coating for longevity, and a Volant PowerCore air intake. “Personally, I’m attached to this truck because of my upbringing,” Manansala explains. “I grew up in a small town and my best friends and I pretty much grew up in the woods. Trucks always surrounded my lifestyle. My friends went on to serve in the military and work in firehouses and police stations and so on. We wanted to build something that service men and women all over the world would be proud to utilize.”

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ESSENTIALS

EXHAUST

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

OWNER › Ernie Manansala Jr. LOCATION › Irvine, CA BUILT BY › StreetWise Motorsports, Phrenetic Concept Studios ENGINE › Ford EcoBoost 3.5L V6 HORSEPOWER › 450 hp TORQUE › 510 lb-ft

Volant Performance cat-back exhaust system + Jet-Hot Performance exhaust coating WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES

Rotiform CCV Off-Road wheels – 20x10 +15 (f/r) + Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tires – 37x12.50 R20 (f/r) + Sparta Evolution brake system – calipers, one-piece slotted rotors (f/r) CHASSIS/SUSPENSION

Icon Vehicle Dynamics (shocks, springs, front delta joints)

ENGINE

This is a theme that carries flawlessly in o the interior of the F-5.11, where a service man or woman would be very comfortable. Katzkin Leather reupholstering takes place on all seats in the Raptor, while MOLLE panels on the insides of the doors provide a nice hanging place for ready bags and holsters filled with med pac s, flashligh s, handguns, and other gear for situational usefulness. Up front, an AEM CD-7 HUD display feeds and logs data for the driver, and is mounted over the Raptor’s dash that has been customized by the team at Streetwise Motorsports. “This project went above and beyond, but could potentially be something that could be the norm in fi e to 10 years,” Manansala says. “It looks flash , but a lot of people don’t realize how functional it really is. You have to understand the situations that you face in the field, whether it s offroad or asphalt. Our truck is fully capable of just about anything." A combination of situations combined to produce a truck that could handle any situation. The F-5.11 Raptor brings a new meaning to “stay frosty” by being the coolest tactical truck out there.

EXTERIOR

StreetWise Motorsports custom (body kit, front bumper, rear bumper, grille, roof rack, bodywork) + Anderson Composites carbon fiber fenders + 5.11 Tactical (cases, accessories) + Spyder Auto (headlights, taillights) + Phrenetic Concept Studios (vinyl design, vinyl installation) + Feniex Industries (lightbar, strobe lights, HIDs) INTERIOR

SPONSORS

Volant Performance, 511 Tactical, Overland 911, Streetwise Motorsports, Rotiform Wheels, Katzkin Leather, Decked USA, Cooper Tire, R1 Concepts, Anderson Composites, Corsa Performance, IVD Suspension, Ford, Rugged Radios, Sparta Evolution, Meguiars, Turbosmart, Kolab Agency, Phernetic Concept Studios, Jet-Hot Performance

Katzkin Leather (reupholstered seats, shift boot, e-brake boot) + StreetWise Motorsports customized dash + 5.11 Tactical floor mats + AEM Electronics gauges

Volant Performance PowerCore air intake system + AEM Electronics CD-7 dash display

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Sure, you’ve shot around a couple ideas about what kind of vehicle you’d use in an apocalypse scenario, but have you ever built it? Whether it’s to bash through zombies or rip around the desert in search of fuel and water, everyone has a specific, hardy dream machine to get them through the toughest of hypothetical situations. As it turns out, there are some people out there who actually put those doomsday plans in motion.

inspired by a certain outbackmarauding 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT “V8 Interceptor,” Hoang Le, obviously a very big fan of Mad Max, wanted to bring his desert punk visions to life. Wisely, he chose to bring his base for modification to the talented hands of Chris Pate and crew at Mobile Toys Inc., in College Station, Texas. “The goal was to build a themed vehicle based on the visuals of the original Mad Max movie car,” Pate explains. “The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT ‘Interceptor’ had a low stance with a dusty black exterior finish. We wanted our build to give that feel of apocalyptic times.” The basis for Le’s apocalypse machine is a 2010 Toyota Tundra SR5, which is some ways o° from a Ford Falcon in many areas, except for one crucial section: under the hood. Le’s Tundra packs Toyota’s reliable 5.7-liter 3UR-FE V8, and this one is supercharged.

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Toyota o° ered something really unique with this generation of Tundra in the form of a bunch of performance-enhancing TRD goodies, and somehow, they snuck a supercharger for their V8-equipped trucks past the Department of Transportation. If you’ll remember, Max’s Falcon had a large supercharger tacked on top, which is of the roots variety, the same style TRD opted for with their Tundra kit. Where it counts, at heart, the Falcon and the Tundra are brothers; the rest was about to be transformed. You can’t just take a stock body truck out into the wasteland – at least make it look more like a tank first! Glassworks Baja-style widebody fenders and a RKSport vented carbon fiber hood bulk up the truck on the sides and up front, while the Demello O° -Road front winch bumper, with Smittybilt XRC winch and Squadron-R Pro LED pods integrated, and Fab Fours Premium rear bumper adding to the rugged

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and o˜ -road-ready appearance of the now beefed-up Tundra. To achieve the blackened and dusty look that the Falcon has, Pate turned to Starwood Motors, who are specialists in Kevlar coatings. These coatings are like spraying a bed liner on the whole exterior of your vehicle, providing protection from bumps and scrapes, as well as UV light, and can be had in many di˜ erent colors to lend to any look. For the Mad Max Tundra, only a textured black finish would do. The other goal of a low-slung stance was made a reality with the help of Branded customs, who built the four-link rear suspension framework for a custom air suspension system with Accuair e-Level management. The result is a tank-like Tundra that airs out over some contrasting orange 22x12 American Force Burnout SS8 wheels – something that any desert bandit would double-take at. “Not many people have built a lowered, bagged, wide-bodied, and Kevlar-coated Tundra - actually, no one to our knowledge,” exclaims Pate. “We wanted to build something no one else had done before.” As anyone who’s familiar with Mobile Toys’ builds knows, the Tun-

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dra’s uniqueness factor continues inside the truck as well. With a very established partnership with Orca Designs, purveyors of Illusion Audio, Mosconi, and Raven Designs, among many other well-respected brands, Mobile Toys has taken the interior, as well as a section of the exterior to show o˜ their creativity with Orca product. “The truck’s audio system was built as a demo vehicle for the central region of Orca Designs,” Pate says. “We designed and executed a system that would image well and create a three-dimensional soundstage. We also wanted to have a vehicle that was loud and one of kind.” Taking up the space that a middle rear seat would usually sit

in, a massive black leather enclosure console has been erected, and on either side, a leather racing seat now sits. In the console, a Mosconi 8to12 Aerospace processor is embedded in the top and partially covered by a custom “Mad Max Tundra” nameplate, while the sides are flanked by six One Series amplifiers – three 130.4s on one side, and two 1000.1ds and a 250.2 on the other – all illuminated by white LED accent lighting. Speaker-wise, three dashmounted Illusion Audio C3CX coincidence drivers and four door-residing C8 mid-bass drivers make up the front stage, while the rear is composed of another two C3CXs and a pair of C6 mid-bass drivers. Also taking up residence in the back, right behind the rear racing seats, are four Raven Designs XL 12-inch subwoofers to bring the noise. That noise is carried outside of the Tundra as well. In the truck’s bed is a custombuilt bed rack with an integrated fifth wheel carrier, complete with an additional American Force Burnout SS8 wheel and some Smittybilt fuel canisters, where a set of four outward-facing C6 mid-bass drivers have been mounted, two per side, to the rack. All that’s missing from the back of this Tundra is a guy playing a guitar with a flamethrower attached to the neck. The Mad Max Tundra made its debut at Knowledgefest 2017 and has been on a tear ever since, with the end goal being a SEMA appearance in 2018. If the apocalypse hits while the Tundra is in Vegas, we know which truck we’re running to if we want to make it out alive!

OWNER › Hoang Le LOCATION › College Station, TX BUILT BY › Mobile Toys Inc., Branded Customs, Starwood Motors ENGINE › Toyota 3UR-FE 5.7L V8 SOCIAL MEDIA @mobiletoysinc ENGINE

TRD (supercharger, intake) + Moroso oil catch can + Bully Dog GT tuner + Hewitt-Tech SAIS bypass kit + ASP Racing supercharger pulley EXHAUST

Custom header-back exhaust + JBA long-tube headers DRIVETRAIN

Modified valve body shift kit WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES:

American Force Burnout SS8 wheels – 22x12 (f/r) + Nitto Terra Grappler AT tires – 305/45/22 (f/r) + TRD BBK (f) + StopTech BBK (r) CHASSIS/SUSPENSION

TRD rear sway bar + Toyota Sequoia front sway bar + Caltracs traction bars + SPC upper control arms + Branded Customs (4-link suspension, air suspension system) + Accuair e-Level ride control EXTERIOR

RKSport carbon fiber hood + Demello Off-road front winch bumper + Fab Fours Premium rear bumper + Smittybilt (XRC winch, fuel canisters) + Custom bed rack w/ 5th wheel & tire carrier + Grillcraft grille + Glassworks Baja widebody fenders + Squadron-R Pro LED lights + Starwood Motors Kevlar-coated exterior + Custom painted headlights & taillights INTERIOR

TRD (shift knob, pedals) + Lexus ISF carbon fiber steering wheel w/ paddle shifters + 3M carbon fiber wrapped plastics + White LED accent lighting AUDIO/MOBILE ELECTRONICS

Alpine Restyle X009-TND head unit + Mosconi (8to12 Aerospace processor, One Series 130.4 amplifiers (3), One Series 1000.1d amplifiers (2), One Series 250.2 amplifier) + Illusion Audio (C3CX coincidence drivers (5), C8 mid-bass drivers (4), C6 mid-bass drivers (6)) + Raven XL 12-inch subwoofers (4) + Stinger (9000 Series RCAs, power cables, accessories, batteries)

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more people back to the shows and competitions than there were before we started this movement,” Edgar Cedeno, General Manager of Orion Car Audio, proudly says. “Now, there’s a turnout to see the team compete, which helps all the shows we go to. It feels like SPL competition is coming back to the powerhouse it was back in its early stages.” Here, we’ve highlighted only a few members of the Orion Army. With the 2018 season coming into full swing, be sure to look out for new builds with new Orion product setting new records!

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1989 CHEVROLET S-10 BLAZER

1988 CHEVY ASTRO VAN

OWNER › CHAD STOULIL

OWNER › DAN DROWN

OWNER › DANNY BRITAIN

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS VEHICLE?:

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS VEHICLE?:

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS VEHICLE?:

Previous experience with S-10s

It fit the build.

1984 CHEVROLET S-10

I love the old school look of the square body S-10s. They’re also they are known for being loud. This is the second one I have built.

COMPETITION

COMPETITION

COMPETITION

COMPETITION SANCTIONING BODY & CLASS

COMPETITION SANCTIONING BODY & CLASS

COMPETITION SANCTIONING BODY & CLASS

USACi (No Wall Unlimited), dB Drag (Super Street No Wall), MECA (MS4), IASCA (Advanced No Wall), Midwest SPL (Advanced No Wall)

dB Drag (Super Street 3-4), IASCA (Advanced 1), MECA (Modified Street 4), Midwest SPL (Advanced 3), USACI (Modified Unlimited)

dB drag (Super Street 5+, USACI (Outlaw Extreme), IASCA (Advanced 2)

NOTEWORTHY COMPETITION SCORES / AWARDS

NOTEWORTHY COMPETITION SCORES / AWARDS

NOTEWORTHY COMPETITION SCORES / AWARDS

COMPETITION AWARDS

Two dB Drag Championships, five USACI Championships, an IASCA Championship, and three Midwest SPL Championships.

9x USACi World Champion, 5x Midwest SPL National Champion WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM EVERYONE ELSE?

Drive and determination to put in the hours testing. I’m always trying to get better.

SYSTEM SOURCE UNIT / SIGNAL PROCESSOR(S) Pioneer POWER DISTRIBUTION / WIRING & BATTERIES

Orion, Lanzar Pro, Jim's Machineworx, XS Power AMPLIFIER(S) Orion HCCA 17000.1D SPLX (4) SUBWOOFER(S) Orion HCCA SPL 12-inch (8)

ANY REASON FOR CHOOSING THESE PARTS? The first

system I ever had, 20-plus years ago, was Orion. They make great products.

INSTALLATION INSTALLER NAME(S) Myself HOW LONG DID THE INSTALL TAKE? Two months on and off,

but things in SPL are always changing, so it's an on-going thing.

ADDITIONAL UNIQUE AND/OR CUSTOM MODIFICATIONS Half-inch steel

plate enclosure

166.3 dB in dB Drag Super Street 3-4, 160.7 dB @ 7,145 watts world record in USACI Modified 8k Clamped Legal Midwest SPL Advanced 2 Champion, USACI Modified 0-7k Champion, Midwest SPL Advanced 3 Champion, USACI Modified Unlimited runner-up

COMPETITION AWARDS

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM EVERYONE ELSE?

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM EVERYONE ELSE?

I take pride in all the work I do. I’m extremely detail oriented and knowledgeable about my work.

SYSTEM

SOURCE UNIT / SIGNAL PROCESSOR(S) Pioneer

Support from a world class sponsor and team.

POWER DISTRIBUTION / WIRING & BATTERIES

Lanzar Pro OFC copper wire, Maxwell & XS Power capacitors (30 banks), Jim's Machineworx copper bars & links, Irraggi 320 alternators (2) AMPLIFIER(S) Orion 17000.1D SPLX (3) SUBWOOFER(S) Orion HCCA SPL 15-inch (3) ANY REASON FOR CHOOSING THESE PARTS? Orion is

known for exceptional quality and performance.

INSTALLATION INSTALLER NAME(S) Myself & Danny Britain HOW LONG DID THE INSTALL TAKE? We are entering our

third year working on it continuously.

SPONSORS Orion Car Audio

ADDITIONAL INFO

SHOUT OUT All the crew at Orion Car Audio and my teammates:

UNIQUE AND/OR CUSTOM MODIFICATIONS

Captain Danny Britain, Dan Drown, and Jamie Biodrowski.

First one to break the 170-dB mark.

That’s top secret information!

SPONSORS Orion Car Audio, Jim's Machineworx SHOUT OUT Danny Britain, Jamie Biodrowski, “The Chad”

Stoulil, Mario Mayorga, and my wife Sarah.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO MENTION?

I want to thank the Orion team for all the support. Their onsite support is priceless. Without you this would not be possible!

SYSTEM POWER DISTRIBUTION / WIRING & BATTERIES

Jim's Machineworx copper bus bars, Orion custom fuse blocks, XS Power supercapacitors, Ohio Generators alternators AMPLIFIER(S) Orion SUBWOOFER(S) Orion ANY REASON FOR CHOOSING THESE PARTS? I needed

high performance gear and that’s what I found in the Orion product.

INSTALLATION INSTALLER SHOP ORION SPL Lab INSTALLER NAME(S) Myself, Chad Stoulil, Jamie Biodrowski,

Dan Drown

HOW LONG DID THE INSTALL TAKE? I’ve lost track at this

point. It’s never done!

ADDITIONAL INFO UNIQUE AND/OR CUSTOM MODIFICATIONS

Full steel suspension and steel cage.

SPONSORS Orion Car Audio, Ohio Generators, XS Power SHOUT OUT All of Team Orion! ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO MENTION?

This year is going to get interesting!

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2005 CHEVY IMPALA

2002 CHEVROLET TAHOE

1999 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN

2005 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN

OWNER › JO JOHNSON

OWNER › TIM JOHNSON

OWNER › JAMIE BIODROWSKI

OWNER › JEREMY WILLIAMS

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS VEHICLE?:

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS VEHICLE?:

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS VEHICLE?:

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS VEHICLE?:

It’s paid for.

It’s paid for.

It accommodates my needs for a daily driver and for my stereo system.

I already had it and it’s my daily driver.

COMPETITION

COMPETITION

COMPETITION

COMPETITION

COMPETITION SANCTIONING BODY & CLASS

COMPETITION SANCTIONING BODY & CLASS

COMPETITION SANCTIONING BODY & CLASS

COMPETITION SANCTIONING BODY & CLASS

COMPETITION AWARDS

COMPETITION AWARDS

ISPLL, IASCA, MECA, USACI

ISPLL, IASCA, MECA, USACI

2017 IASCA Florida State Champion

2017 ISPLL Florida State Champion

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM EVERYONE ELSE?

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM EVERYONE ELSE?

SYSTEM

SYSTEM

SOURCE UNIT / SIGNAL PROCESSOR(S)

SOURCE UNIT / SIGNAL PROCESSOR(S)

I run Orion Car Audio!

Pioneer 490 double-DIN head unit POWER DISTRIBUTION / WIRING & BATTERIES

I run Orion Car Audio!

Pioneer 490 double-DIN head unit POWER DISTRIBUTION / WIRING & BATTERIES

Lanzar Pro 0-gauge wiring, XS Power D1400 AGM batteries

Lanzar Pro 0-guage wiring, XS Power (36KSPL lithium batteries, Superbanks)

AMPLIFIER(S) Orion HCCA 5000.1D SPL (3)

AMPLIFIER(S) Orion HCCA 5000.1D SPL (8)

SUBWOOFER(S) Orion HCCA 15-inch (6)

SUBWOOFER(S) Orion HCCA 15-inch (8)

SPEAKER(S) Orion HCCA (NHP 8-inch

SPEAKER(S) Orion HCCA (NHP 10-inch

midrange (6), Bullet tweeters (6))

midrange (6), Bullet tweeters (6))

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INSTALLATION

INSTALLER SHOP T & J Automotive

INSTALLER SHOP T & J Automotive

INSTALLER NAME(S) Thomas Tarulli,

INSTALLER NAME(S) Myself, Thomas Tarulli

Tim Johnson

HOW LONG DID THE INSTALL TAKE?

30 days

ADDITIONAL INFO SPONSORS Orion Car Audio SHOUT OUT Jolu Temo, President of Orion

Car Audio

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO MENTION?

Orion Army for the win!

HOW LONG DID THE INSTALL TAKE?

30 days

NOTEWORTHY COMPETITION SCORES / AWARDS

164.8 dB in dB Drag Super Street X, 164.3 dB in NSPL Wall 61-up Inches, 165.3 dB in NSPL Hardcore Wall 61-up Inches

COMPETITION AWARDS

3rd place 2017 dB Drag Super Street X North American Championships, 2nd place 2017 NSPL Wall 61-up Inches Finals, 2nd place 2017 NSPL Hardcore Wall 61-up Inches Finals

160.4 dB in Midwest SPL Advanced 3, 158.8 dB average in Midwest SPL Loud & Low Midwest SPL Extreme 4 Champion 2015, Midwest SPL Loud & Low Champion 2017, dB Drag Bass Race 3rd place at Slamology, IASACA Bass Boxing 2nd place at 2017 finals WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM EVERYONE ELSE?

I have a die-hard attitude to accomplish the impossible. I’m a mad scientist and a hardcore bass-head!

SYSTEM SOURCE UNIT / SIGNAL PROCESSOR(S)

Pioneer 4600 BT double-DIN, Custom 1-in 4-out RCA POWER DISTRIBUTION / WIRING & BATTERIES

Lanzar Pro 1/0 wire, Ohio Generators 300-amp alternators (4), JY Power 80-AH lithium batteries (4) AMPLIFIER(S) Orion HCCA 17000.1D SPLX (3)

SPONSORS Orion Car Audio

SUBWOOFER(S) Orion HCCA SPL 15-inch (6)

SHOUT OUT Jolu Temo, President of Orion

SPEAKER(S) Orion (HCCA 8-inch (4), HCCA

Car Audio

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6.5-inch (2), XTRPRO door tweeters (6)) ANY REASON FOR CHOOSING

THESE PARTS? Orion offers the best products on the market. The quality is a must and the customer service is awesome.

INSTALLATION INSTALLER NAME(S) Myself, Ryan Amen HOW LONG DID THE INSTALL TAKE? It’s

been an ongoing process since June of 2017.

ADDITIONAL INFO UNIQUE AND/OR CUSTOM MODIFICATIONS

Four 300-amp Ohio Generators’ alternators and a triple-alternator bracket. SPONSORS Orion Car Audio, MD Audio,

Lanzar Pro, JY Power, Ohio Generators, Jim’s Machineworks SHOUT OUT The owner of Orion Car Audio,

Jose Telle, Danny Britain, Chad Stoulil, Dan Drown, Ohio Generators’ Tom, JY Power’s Travis and Yuyang Jyn, and most of all, my wife Christina Biodrowski for supporting me in helping pursue my dreams. Thank you for everyone’s support. Proud to be loud!

NOTEWORTHY COMPETITION SCORES / AWARDS

COMPETITION AWARDS

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM EVERYONE ELSE?

I do the best I can with what I have.

SYSTEM SOURCE UNIT / SIGNAL PROCESSOR(S)

Pioneer

POWER DISTRIBUTION / WIRING & BATTERIES

Lanzar Pro wiring, XS Power batteris AMPLIFIER(S) Orion HCCA (1000.4 (2),

17000.1D SPLX (4))

SUBWOOFER(S) Orion HCCA 122 12-inch (16) SPEAKER(S) (4) Orion XTR (65.SC (4), 69.3

(4))

ANY REASON FOR CHOOSING THESE PARTS? The amplifiers are among the

strongest on the planet. The subwoofers are loud and will handle whatever power I throw on them. The XTR speakers are very clean and smooth sounding.

INSTALLATION INSTALLER NAME(S) Myself HOW LONG DID THE INSTALL TAKE? It’s

an ongoing process.

ADDITIONAL INFO SPONSORS Orion Car Audio SHOUT OUT XS Power ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO MENTION?

MD Audio and the Orion brand are the best, and the support we receive as a team is incredible. I would like to thank Jose Telle and Edgar Cedeno for this amazing opportunity to be able to represent the Orion brand in the competition lanes in 2017 and going forward into 2018. Thank you to Tim Johnson for having our backs here in VA. Proud to be loud!

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO MENTION?

Car audio is more than a hobby, it’s a family, it’s a passion, and there are always new things to learn. Be proud of what you do and always stay positive.

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You know when your name is associated with an OEM brand, you’re doing something extremely right in the car world. Each year, while we battle through the crowds of SEMA, past the people in scooters who don’t need them and kids with cameras pretending to be media, there’s always the most amount of congestion around Ford’s show floor p esence, and this is where we see a name that’s expected at this point: Tjin Edition.

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an elevated position above the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall, plus some impressive vehicles from the brand’s history, motorsports partners, and sometimes new concepts are defini ely attention-grabbers, one whole side of Ford’s “booth space” is dedicated to custom vehicles that they’ve teamed up with custom car builders to create. For the modified ehicle enthusiast, this aspirational level of building is where the draw is, and Tjin Edition vehicles have been a major staple for over seven years of Ford’s SEMA appearances.

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Previously, Neil Tjin, the mastermind behind Tjin Edition, built a 2012 F-150 for Ford at SEMA. In custom gunmetal gray paint and rolling on Rotiform DIAs, back when they had six holes and were nicknamed “six-shooters,” the popular contractor truck sat mere millimeters from the ground when completely aired out. To achieve the insane stance, Tjin said it took the team at Unique Fabrication about 350 hours to fabricate the body of the truck, plus move components under the body further up, and even cut up the rear frame tubing. This all allowed the F-150 to air out over its preposterous 24x12-inch wheels without damaging or crushing anything on the truck. As you can imagine, this F-150 was a crowd favorite. Tjin must’ve been feeling nostalgic because this year’s project for Ford is all too familiar.

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“WE WANTED TO DO THE 2018 F-150 TO FOLLOW UP ON OUR VERY SUCCESSFUL 2012 F-150 THAT WE DID FOR FORD.” As a crew that has been designing and building vehicles since ’96, with over 100 builds to their name, applying for a SEMA build through an OEM is standard fare for the Tjin Edition team. Successfully winning the bid to build another F-150 through Ford for SEMA 2017, this time with a brand-new 2018 model, Tjin already had a plan well in hand.

“We presented this platform to Ford for the 2017 SEMA show, and we were selected out of hundreds of proposals,” he says. “We wanted to do the 2018 F-150 to follow up on our very successful 2012 F-150 that we did for Ford. This time though, we wanted to go with a V8 supercharged setup.” That’s right, Tjin Edition got their hands on a 5.0-liter V8 example of the F-150 to slam to the ground, and the aforementioned supercharger comes by way of a very important build partner, especially when it comes to Fords: Roush. All-in, the Roush supercharger package (the fi st produced for the 2018 F-150) includes the blower, intercooler, hoses and piping, blow-off alve, wastegate, air intake,

throttle body, intake manifold, as well as an upgraded fuel system. You literally don’t need anything else. For 2018, the F-150’s Coyote engine received a 10-horsepower bump over the 2017 model year to 395 horsepower, and this figure is further boosted by the Roush supercharger to an astounding ballpark of 650 horses! “Like with any SEMA builds, there are always challenges, but thankfully we have a great and experienced team behind us,” Tjin says, knowingly. “The biggest challenge was that this was a brand-new truck, a 2018 model, so everything was new. Installing the fi st Roush Supercharger for the 2018 F-150 had its challenges, but the crew at RPG Off oad and Roush got it done, and this baby drove into the Ford booth at the SEMA show!”                                                                  To get the F-150 rolling just right onto the show floo , there were a few more challenges that needed to be tackled; like fitting those 24x11-inch three-piece

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Rotiform HUR wheels that would end up tucking up front and sitting lip to fender in the rear. Thankfully, Unique Fabrication, a constant build partner on Tjin Edition projects, was more than up to the task – especially since the labor put in would be 150 hours less than the last F-150. That being said, the work that needed to be done was no small undertaking. The stock fenders were chopped up and reworked to accommodate their new Rotiform and Falken 305/35 roommates, and the brand-new Air Lift system was rebuilt to work with fabricated brackets, hardware, and completely custom suspension arms. The frame was even notched in the rear and slightly customized in the front to get this truck further acquainted with the floo . The one-off ork doesn’t stop there either. Tucked underneath the F-150 is a customized Ford Performance exhaust that exits under the truck’s bed, between the frame rails, instead of having a tip sticking out that could get caught on speedbumps or elevated sewer grates, or something sticking out of the roll pan that could ruin the clean look of the truck. Also nestled below in a stealthy install are twin Viair compressors feeding into an air tank – something that could only

be pulled off sa ely in a place like California, where winter is a myth. Even the Rotiform HURs were ordered heavily custom, needing to fit an application that hadn’ been measured up yet and having to make room for the massive six-piston Baer Grizzly BBK that have taken up residence behind the wheels’ matte bronze faces. “We had to work closely with Baer to make sure the brakes worked, Rotiform and Falken to build the exact size wheels and tires, and closely with the teams at Unique Fabrication and Air Lift, since this was the fi st 2018 F-150 slammed on air suspension,” Tjin

“THE FRAME WAS EVEN NOTCHED IN THE REAR AND SLIGHTLY CUSTOMIZED IN THE FRONT TO GET THIS TRUCK FURTHER ACQUAINTED WITH THE FLOOR.”

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ESSENTIALS 2018 Ford F-150

OWNER › Neil Tjin LOCATION › Laguna Niguel, CA BUILT BY › Tjin Edition, Unique Fabrication, RPG Off Road ENGINE › Ford Coyote 5.0L V8 HORSEPOWER › 650 (est.) SOCIAL MEDIA @tjinedition @TjinEdition ENGINE

Roush (supercharger, intercooler, hoses, blow-off valve, wastegate, air intake, throttle body, intake manifold, fuel rail, fuel pressure regulator, fuel pump) EXHAUST

Ford Performance customized exhaust system + Motive downpipe WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES

Rotiform HUR wheels – 24x11 (f/r) + Falken ZIEX S/TZ05 tires – 305/35/24 (f/r) + Baer Grizzly BBK – 6-piston caliper w/ 16-inch 2-piece drilled & slotted rotors (f), 6-piston caliper w/ 15-inch 2-piece drilled & slotted rotors (r) + Custom steel braided lines CHASSIS/SUSPENSION

Air Lift Performance (bag struts, 3H / 3P management) EXTERIOR

Unique Fabrication custom (front bumper, rear bumper, fenders) + Ford Performance grille + Axalta custom 3-stage paint + Daley Visual graphics + Retrax powered retractable bed cover INTERIOR

Katzkin custom black and orange leather interior upholstery + Weathertech floor mats

lists off. “Just like with any custom car, we didn’t know this would work until we hit the button on the Air Lift controller and watched the F-150 slam to the ground!” Custom touches continue in the appearance department as well, with a three-stage coating of custom beige from Axalta on the outside, while a combo of orange and black leather from Katzkin reupholsters the seats inside. As Tjin Edition is a family affair, these choices were made by Tjin’s children, Collin and Kylie, who are apparently up and coming car builders and designers if their taste is a forecast of what’s to come. And after the F-150 has served its SEMA duty and joined the Tjin Edition RoadShow’s tour lineup, it’ll enjoy some retirement as a daily driver for the family. If you live in California, you could potentially see this truck grabbing groceries or going to basketball practice. “There are always ups and downs, with tight time frames, but if you plan accordingly, work with the right partners, and stay focused on the task at hand, anything is possible,” says Tjin, wisely. “Having a great team and family behind you makes it all

worthwhile! This is a family business for us, and we try to inspire others, like we were inspired when we fi st started.” With a winning mindset like that, it’s no wonder that Tjin Edition is so associated with big builds at SEMA. Standing out, physically below the stereotypical lifted trucks of the show, the slammed F-150 inspires current and future car builders to build their own way, in a tasteful direction, while cooperating with your automotive family. Coincidentally, that’s pretty down to earth.

AUDIO/MOBILE ELECTRONICS

Kicker (subwoofer, amplifiers, speakers, tweeters) + Optima battery SPONSORS

Axalta Paint and Finish, Air Lift Performance, Baer Brakes, Falken Tires, Rotiform Wheels, Optima Batteries, Katzkin Interiors, Kicker Audio, Retrax Bed Covers, Ford Performance, Roush Superchargers, Wheel Warehouse, Cover King

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When you make your way through any car show these days, it’s a lot of the same; widebody, flas y wheels, air suspension – don’t pop the hood. After a while of seeing trailered wheel fi ments and slapped on FRP lumps, it starts to numb the senses a little bit, which makes it all that much more special when you can cut that bitterness with something sweet. In this case, I’m talking about Matt Begley’s Chevy C-10 hot rod.

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rods are never not cool – they just don’t go out of style – and when one struts through the show scene, it leaves a defini e impression. When Begley fi st introduced his truck to the public, it had an as-is attitude on the outside. To Begley, a wrap is just a sandwich alternative; rocking a mix of bare metal and original patina was just right on this ’67 C-10. If you’re looking for some dress-up, you could

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peek into the engine bay (you can whenever you want since there’s no hood to speak of) to scope out a Chevy LQ9 V8, trimmed out in gold, with a monstrous exit-piped single turbo bolted on the side. Slammed to the ground and rolling around h2oi in 2015, the truck caught international appeal from tons of media coverage. We’re not here to talk about that iteration though, so let’s take a look at how the Chevy sits now.

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First, let’s have a moment of silence for the turbo LS. The stock internals of the LQ4 weren’t so happy with the 88-mm turbo stressing them out and eventually ended up spinning a rod bearing. Instead of rebuilding, Begley decided to go for a do-over with a similar engine that ups the ante. Taking place of the LQ4 is an LQ9 engine, differentiated by a flat pis on over the LQ4’s dished version, which increases compression and base horsepower from the 6.0-liter V8. Fun fact: the LQ9 was used in Cadillac Escalades from 2002 to 2006, so, technically, Begley’s C-10’s new powerplant is a little more bougie as well. While the new LS isn’t turbocharged just yet, Begley wasn’t taking chances again,

“BEGLEY DECIDED TO GO FOR A DO-OVER WITH A SIMILAR ENGINE THAT UPS THE ANTE.” so he laid a solid foundation for incoming boost. “This time around, I built up the bottom end with forged internals to withstand a lot more boost and a lot more power than

the stock LQ4,” Begley explains. “I haven’t had a chance to get the twin-turbo setup I’m planning on running on the truck just yet, but it is set up for twin turbos and is capable of 1,500 horsepower.”

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I’ll just let the imagery of a dumped twin-turbo ’67 C-10 rocketing down the road make you smile for a second there. And yes, you read the number 1,500 right. To achieve an engine build equipped for such potency, Begley teamed up with some trusted names in the business. A Tick Performance stage three turbo camshaft leaves the Manley valves open a little longer, while Wiseco pistons and rings and Eagle connecting rods pump away to the beat of the deep, lumpy idle. An important build partner in making the LQ9 run at its best was the LS mastermind team at Holley Performance. The C-10’s engine inhales via their throttle body and mid-rise intake manifold, and is fed juice and spark by way of a full fuel system made up of Holley’s Dominator fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator, fuel rail, and 160-lb injectors, as well as their

“TO ACHIEVE AN ENGINE BUILD EQUIPPED FOR SUCH POTENCY, BEGLEY TEAMED UP WITH SOME TRUSTED NAMES IN THE BUSINESS.” timing control paired with an MSD ignition system. This is all overseen by an HP standalone ECU, which allows for an AFR that results in the 600 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque the NA engine currently puts to the ground. Speaking of which, power isn’t the only thing this truck puts to the ground. With the touch of a button, Begley can lay frame thanks to his

Airlift Performance air suspension system. To help get this 50-plus-year-old truck become grounded, Begley enlisted some Michigan Metal Works front control arms, complete with better ball joint angles, and even completely rebuilt the rear suspension to a four-link setup at his hot rod shop: Renegade Hot Rods. This is also where Begley chopped middle and rear sections of the frame to convert the once longboxed truck to a short-box version and did every bit of wrench turning on his Chevy. Now, the C-10’s freshly-painted golden body (sans patina’d roof, pillars, and bumpers) airs out over a classic combination of 15-inch Cragar Smoothies wrapped up in Firestone white wall tires from Coker.

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1967 Chevrolet C-10

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