Now for the biggest mega truck we have ever featured in Mud Life. This massive mud mover started out as a completely stock 2008 Chevy 2500 HD that Bobby Brown and his wife Megan drove every day. These full-time business owners have always had a love for customizing their trucks, but they’ve never built anything like this one. Heavy Metal Fab is the name on their door, and mega trucks are their one true passion. Directly next door is their bread-and-butter business, Porta Products, where they design the build aluminum hydraulic transom brackets for outboard motors. With the two shops at Bobby’s disposal, it was only a matter of time before something this unique rolled out of the bay.
After eight long months and nearly $70,000 in parts and metal alone, Bobby could finally sit in the driver’s seat of the 2008 Chevy 2500 HD truck he has been dreaming about since he was a kid. Some of the most obvious cash-sucking parts can be seen from far away, including the bright green 30-inch, Stage III nitrogen shocks from Knight Stalker Enterprises. These springless cushions are mounted to the factory framerails on top, and a set of custom built 5-ton hybrid axles utilizes a Petti-bone planetary housing. These axles have a 21:1 gear ratio and welded front and rear differentials. Cut and lengthened 5-ton driveshafts link up to the 36-inch-drop billet aluminum transfer case that was also built by Knight Stalker. The final gear ratio in the case is 1.72:1. After a quick engine tune by Pela Motorsports, the factory-installed V-8 gas engine in the 2008 Chevy 2500 has no problem spinning the 80-inch-tall tires. Long’s Wheel and Rim built and shipped the wheels before 14-ply Goodyear 35.5x32 tires were added.
The subframe cradle on the 2008 Chevy 2500 HD has 48 inches of drop and adds plenty of structure to the frame when digging through Florida muck. Custom driveline brakes from Plan B Fab can stop this rig when requested, and some really cool motorized steps help the hot mud girls get in for a ride. Once inside the cab, Bobby has provided his passengers with all the creature comforts of home, including A/C, TVs, backup cameras, and an extremely loud stereo system from Migraine Customs in Edgewater, Florida. Look for this insane truck at mud events all around the country, and when you see it, ask Bobby for a ride.
2008 Chevy 2500 HD
Owner: Bobby and Megan Brown
Engine: 2008 Chevy 6.0 gas powered V-8
Transmission: Chevy 6L90E
Transfer case: Knight Stalker 36-inch drop
Suspension: 6-foot lift using 48-inch drop cradle and a triangulated 4-link
Axles: 5-ton hybrid Petti-bone planetary axles
Shocks: 30-inch Knight Stalker Enterprises
Wheels: 32-inch Long’s Wheel and Rim
Tires: 14-ply Goodyear 35.5x32