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A Bowtie For Show & Tow: 2008 Chevy Silverado 3500 LTZ

Posted in Features on September 1, 2011
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If it’s one thing that off-roaders need, it’s a dedicated tow rig that they can use to haul toys and trailers without hesitance. That’s just what Jason Arce was thinking when he set out to build this immaculate Chevy tow rig.

Jason wanted a truck that he could enter into some truck shows while also being able to tow a loaded 30-foot enclosed trailer down the highway with ease. But Jason also loves lifted trucks and knew he wanted a generous amount of lift to clear 40-inch tires, so he turned to his good friend Tim Lucero at Ikonz Customs in Denver, Colorado, for the installation of the 12-inch Cognito Motorsports lift kit. Jason had the truck built in less than a year thanks to help from Tim, another friend named Tyler, and his supportive wife, Christi.

Since Jason is employed by ATS Diesel, it’s no surprise he modified the 6.6L Duramax to pump out 560 hp and 1092 lb-ft of stump-pulling torque. Jason swapped out the injectors in favor of 90hp injector nozzles as well as PPE fuel rail fittings and shim kit along with an AEM cold air intake and ATS manifolds and up pipe. If you were at SEMA last year, you might have seen Jason’s truck there under the ATS banner. Jason tells us that despite being lifted 12 inches and running 40-inch tires, the truck rides really well and has plenty of stability while rolling down the highway with even the heaviest of loads – which by the way are no match for his truck’s quadruple-digit torque numbers!

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2008 Chevy Silverado 3500 LTZ
Owner: Jason Arce of Arvada, Colorado
Chassis: stock
Engine: 6.6L Duramax, custom 5-inch turbo-back exhaust with an 8-inch turndown stack, AEM dry flow intake system, custom tuning via EFI live tuning, PPE fuel rail fitting and shim, ATS modified CP3, ATS 90hp nozzles, ATS custom rail pressure box, ATS manifolds and up pipes, EGR delete, PCV re-routed
Drivetrain: ATS 5 star converter, ATS deep pan, ATS C1, C2, C3, and C4 clutches, ATS Tow Edition Valvebody, ATS pump kit, ATS A&B trim valves, Custom ATS TCM tune by Clint Cannon, Tom Wood’s Driveshafts dual CV front driveshaft, Randy’s Ring and Pinon 4.56 gears
Suspension: Cognito 10-inch lift kit, Cognito dual shock front hoop kit, Fabtech limit straps, 2-inch ORU torsion keys, four chrome Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks in the front, two chrome Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks in the rear, 8-inch Deaver rear springs and 2-inch factory blocks, custom carrier bearing drop
Steering: Cognito HD tie rod end kit, Cognito idler and pitman arm supports
Brakes: Stainless steel braided Cognito Motorsports extended brake lines
Tires/wheels: 40x14.50R22 Interco M16s tires on 22 x 14 Fuel Hostage wheels
Interior: Kenwood 1820 double-DIN head unit with Garmin navigation and ipod control, Kenwood 8-inch monitors in each headrest, Kenwood back up camera, Edge CTS monitor, with trailer back up camera, Bose interior speakers, Custom air brushed interior panels and door inserts
Other Parts: 2-inch rear wheel spacers, custom painted white headlight housings, custom smoked rear tail lights, Precision grilles chrome three-piece mesh grille and bumper insert, custom mounted back up camera, all factory badges and moldings stripped, all windows tinted, ATS hood badges, Best Top bed rail caps, 10K HID headlight and foglight conversion

Since this truck tows a trailer 90 percent of the time that it’s driven, Jason decided to beef up the Allison transmission by installing C1, C2, C3, C4 ATS clutches, an ATS trim valve, and valve body, as well as an ATS transmission pump kit. Jason also added an ATS deep-sump aluminum pan and an ATS 5 Star torque converter, which is controlled by an ATS Copilot lockup torque converter controller.
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