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2000 Chevy 1500 - Desert Silverado

Posted in Features on January 27, 2014
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We recently dropped by Xcentrix Motorsports and Fabrication (XMF) in Mesa, Arizona, to meet brothers Jimmy Adams and Chad Lien. From there, we ventured out into the sand to shoot their built 2000 Silverado prerunner. These two guys spent much of their teen years tinkering with mechanical toys and developed a passion for building off-road rigs. That hobby has turned into a small business where they do vehicle upgrades and mods. This truck shows off a bit of their latest handiwork.

Their Silverado started life when the Jimmy bought the truck rolling on 20-inch wheels as a street ride. It didn’t take long for that to change with a simple spindle lift and conversion to 35-inch dirt treads. The truck ran around like that for a few years until the guys dove in and made some more serious changes to it.

Most notable is the installation of their ’99-to-’06 2WD Chevy Silverado 1500 long-travel front suspension kit. Their affordable kit offers greater dirt capability from 16 inches of front travel, while widening the stance. With suspension tweaks, drivetrain mods, and some custom steel work, the brothers have turned this Chevy into a fun weekend runner that serves double duty as a daily driver.


Vehicle: 2000 2WD Chevy Silverado 1500
Owner/Hometown: Jimmy Adams & Chad Lien/Mesa, Arizona
Engine: 5.3L LM7, custom intake, EFI Live tuning, Flowmaster Super 10 Series
Transmission: Hayes-built TH400 with full manual valve body, 2,500rpm stall converter
Rear Axle: 14-Bolt semi-floater with factory posi-traction, 4.10 gears
Front Suspension: XMF long-travel performance kit, 2.5 12-inch-travel King coilovers, Sway-A-Way 2.0 4-inch-travel air bumps
Rear Suspension: Modified OEM leaf packs, Fox 2.5x18-inch-travel double-bypass shocks, Fox 2.0 4-inch-travel air bumps
Steering: Factory steering box with XMF clevises, 7/8-inch rod ends, heavy-duty tie rods
Tires/Wheels: 37x13.50R17 Toyo Open Country M/Ts/17x8.5 KMC beadlock wheels

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