Gamble On A Prerun Tahoe Beats The House
Everyone knows that a weekend in Vegas can lead to unexpected diseases, confessions, and discoveries. Although a few of our trips have been sealed in the "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" file, we were pleased to be able to count our trip to the Truckin' Nationals earlier this year as nothing short of productive. We ran into young Justin Eccles, the man behind this beautiful piece of equipment, on Freemont Street and remember being highly impressed. The dice made a distinct impression.
Justin maintains a day job as a mechanic, but unleashes a little aggression on the professional jet-skiing circuit once the workweek ends. As this sort of pastime dictates, one cannot show up at a competitive water-sport event towing skis with just any old rig. Impressions count, and Justin found that a prerunner-style Tahoe wasn't something most people had ventured into.
In 2002, at the tender age of 19, Justin purchased this '95 Tahoe for $10,500. With no time to waste, the truck's suspension went under the knife. Using CST's suspension system, Justin added a 7-inch lift and extended the track width by 3 inches on each side. CST springs and spindles were attached to the frontend, and the setup was rounded out with a set of Fabtech shocks and a skidplate from Twisted Tin. Justin put the rearend on the right plane by way of Camburg prerunner shackles bolted to Deaver prerunner springs and Rancho shocks, which help keep the rear axle in line. Once the wrenching was finished, the suspension components were powdercoated to match the exterior. With this amount of lift, 15x8-inch Weld wheels fit in Nitto 35x12.5-inch tires carry the Tahoe without any complaint.
At this height, Justin took the underhood power up a notch. The stock eight-cylinder 350 received a JET chip, chrome headers, and a throttle-body spacer, while the limited-slip differential was stuffed with 4:10 gears. Drive Line Services then lengthened the driveshaft to handle the suspension travel on rough terrain.
A truck is just another truck until it receives those distinctive markings: front prerunner fenders. Justin's body modifications continued to the rear with a roll pan and Twisted Tin's custom tube bumper. As the Tahoe came together, the stock hood was replaced with a cowl-induction counterpart. With the final bodywork done, the Tahoe rolled into the paint booth and emerged with a fresh coat of Indigo Blue.
Water destinations require long road trips from Justin's Cypress, California, home, so the interior of the Tahoe was given special consideration. After the dash was smoothed and painted, the stock seats and headliner were taken to Stitchcraft Custom Interiors in Huntington Beach, California, and covered in pewter-tweed and dice-patterned material. For the tunes, a Pioneer 8400 head unit commands two Earthquake amps, mids, and highs and Orion HCCA 6-1/2-inch components in the doors. Justin custom-built a subwoofer box for the rear, which houses a 4-1/2-inch Crystal unit.
With the dice, sweet suspension setup, and enough style to put a Vegas showgirl to shame, we can see why Justin invested $20,000 into his truck and has taken home plenty of trophies. Justin's proud of his Tahoe's abilities and thanks Dealer's Sport Truck, Stitchcraft, and Twisted Tin. So, did everything from that trip stay in Vegas, Justin?