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2004 GMC Sierra - The Black Diamond

Posted in Features on March 3, 2014 Comment (0)
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Black diamonds are the toughest and rarest diamonds on Earth. Their origin dates back before the formation of the planet, leading some to suggest they came from the stars in the form of an asteroid. This 2004 GMC Sierra 2WD Extended Cab named the “Black Diamond,” by owners Luanna and Ryan Jubera, is as tough, beautiful, and rare as its namesake.

The truck’s custom bodywork and trick features are a cut above the rest. Like most vehicles, it is a constant work in progress but does a fine job as a competent desert prerunner and comfortable daily driver. Its distinctive look comes from a modified Trailer Products Chevy one-piece front clip that has been shortened and modified to accept the GMC headlights and grille. Instead of Chevy bedsides out back, Fiberwerx Ford F-150 bedsides were modified by Jubera Fabrication to line up with the GMC bodylines, mirroring the same curves as the front. The result is a completely unique look.

The tube work that runs from bumper to bumper is 1.75-inch diameter, .120 wall DOM (drawn over mandrel). The front suspension is custom fabricated by Jubera Fab and features boxed upper and lower arms that measure 5.5 inches over stock. The arms attach to the fabricated uprights with heavy-duty uniballs, 1 inch on top and 1.5 inches on the bottom. The 37-inch BFG Projects on Robby Gordon beadlock wheels spin on billet BMS hubs and are steered by a custom swing set steering system with Heim joints, bronze bushings, and a Saginaw box. King 2.5-inch coilovers and hydraulic bumpstops control the 22 inches of wheel travel. Out back, the same 2.5 inch King bumpstop-and-coilover combo is used for now, but bypass shocks will be added soon. They attach to the Jubera Fab four-link that allows the trussed and tabbed 10-Bolt rear axle to travel 30 inches.

From the custom storage boxes built into the rear cage to the plush PRP seats and Crow harnesses inside the cab, the truck is loaded with custom touches. Every facet of this Black Diamond is a real gem.

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