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2001 Chevrolet Suburban - She-Burban

Posted in Features on December 1, 2003 Comment (0)
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2001 Chevrolet Suburban - She-Burban
Photographers: Steve Warner
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Although the truck you see here may look like the latest trend in African Safari equipment, designed to roar through the jungle using small animals for traction, it's not. It's an urban animal. A She-burban animal to be exact.

And what exactly would a She-burban be? If you could find a copy of the rare and valuable Complete Dictionary of All Things Truck Related, you would find the definition to read like this: She-burban - a highly modified '01 Chevrolet 2WD Suburban owned, driven, and named by Patricia Rester, the owner of StreetPros.com, for the purpose of promoting her business and elevating her above the average trucks found in the urban jungle.

So there you have it. Patricia Rester of StreetPros.com in La Habra, California, approached the gang at Precision Design in Santa Fe Springs, California, to have them build her an uncommon but efficient Suburban that would stand out in a crowd. One additional, specific request Patricia made was that the vehicle also reflect her love of leopards.

The first order of business in transforming the stock Sub' was a trip to Fabtech in Brea, California, for installation of the company's 6-inch lift kit. Next, four KMC 16-inch Venom wheels were fitted with P315/75 of BFGoodrich's newest tire, the Mud-Terrain T/AKM. These mods combined to give the big Chevy an altitude to match its attitude. For leopard-like traffic-leaping abilities, an NX Express nitrous kit complete with remote bottle opener was installed along with a free-breathing 3-inch Gibson exhaust system.

Having completed the suspension and powertrain mods, the next area to receive attention was the plush but plain Suburban interior. Advantage Audio in Brea yanked the stock sound system and replaced it with a dash-mounted Kenwood head unit. Audiobahn amplifiers for highs, midrange, and subwoofers push plenty of power through multiple Audiobahn speakers and subwoofers strategically placed throughout the cavernous (or is that carnivorous?) interior. A short drive over to Radi's Custom Upholstery in Garden Grove California, resulted in a complete reupholstering job in tasteful (tasty?) Mushroom Suede leather. A Nu Image Flame Gauge dash kit and billet accessories from Empire Motorsports completed the interior remodeling.

Moving to the exterior, Precision Design stepped up with its chrome-plated billet grilles installed in the stock upper location and down below in a massive Distinctive Truck Accessories air dam. A Precision Design contour-matching roll pan, complete with a hidden hitch and a flip-up license plate, cleaned up the rear. Ram Industries chrome tube side step bars allow easy access for quick getaways; projection beam headlamps and clear corner lenses from American Products Company brighten up nighttime pathways. A cowl-induction hood from Reflexxions finished off the body mods.

The only thing left to do was paint the beast. Praxx Custom Paint in Corona, California, was selected as the paint shop in charge of coming up with a paint scheme that would reflect Patricia's love of leopards.

After much sanding, smoothing, and pewter color-matching of the aftermarket body parts, Praxx came up with a different leopard-flame graphic design. The leopard scheme blended perfectly with the overall assault vehicle and the aggressive stance, and Patricia finally had exactly the vehicle she had hoped for in the beginning. Her She-burban runs hard and fast, stands out in a crowd, reflects her leopard tastes, and serves as the perfect vehicle to promote her business, StreetPros.com.

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