2012 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax With A Solid Axle SwapPosted in Features on May 6, 2015
Elsewhere in this issue you will read about tips and parts for your tow rig. That is because most people with hardcore off-road rigs trailer them to and from their destinations. Most, but not all. Jack Stanko wanted a vehicle that he could fit the whole family in, safely travel down the freeway with, and still tackle the toughest trails around in. Stanko lives in Reno, Nevada, just a stone’s throw away from the Rubicon Trail. He didn’t want to have to worry about going in and out of the trail from the same direction or the hassle of a tow rig and trailer. It isn’t an inexpensive option, but when you do the math, a tow rig, a trailer, and a wheeling rig can easily equal the cost of this Duramax.
Stanko has collaborated with Nate Jensen of Nate’s Precision on several vehicles in the past, from full-blown buggies to leaf-sprung, solid-axle Duramax trucks. For this 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, Stanko gave Jensen and his staff full reign to build whatever they could imagine. It is the sort of opportunity most fabrication shops would kill for, and Jensen did not squander the opportunity.
When you do the math, a tow rig, a trailer, and a wheeling rig can easily equal the cost of this Duramax
Jensen and crew built a completely unconventional suspension that keeps the ride height low with 42-inch Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs and handles exceptionally well on the pavement while allowing for gobs of suspension travel off-road. The front suspension uses a triangulated four-ink with a bellcrank steering configuration to eliminate bumpsteer, while the rear suspension uses a three-link with a Watts Link to fit under the factory bed and share space with the factory fuel tank and exhaust, complete with the diesel particulate filter. Ruff Stuff–fabricated 14-bolt housings with Solid Industries dropout third members were connected to the suspension to provide Stanko with a sense of security regardless of whether he was traveling down the freeway or the Rubicon Trail.
2012 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
Engine: 6.6L Duramax diesel
Transmission: Allison LCT1000 6-speed automatic
Transfer Case: MP1226XHD
Front Axle: Ruff Stuff 14-bolt and Solid Industries third member with ARB Air Locker, 5.38 Nitro gears, RCV axleshafts, Solid Industries knuckles, Yukon hubs, factory GM brakes
Rear Axle: Ruff Stuff 14-bolt and Solid Industries third member with ARB Air Locker, 5.38 Nitro gears, RCV axleshafts, Solid Industries hubs, factory GM brakes
Springs & Such: 3-inch-diameter King coilovers with triangulated 4-link (front) and Watts Link (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 42x14.5R17 Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs on Stazworks double beadlocks
Steering: Nate’s Precision custom bellcrank steering with dual steering pumps, Artec double sheer steering arms, PSC hydraulic assist ram
Other Stuff: Addicted Desert Designs front bumper, Warn 16.5ti winch, Smittybilt synthetic winch rope, Factor55 Pro-Link, dual Rigid Industries LED light bars, Rigid Industries rock lights, High Angle Driveline drivelines, Nate’s Precision rock sliders, dual AMP Research steps, Nate’s Precision custom rear bumper powdercoated by Advanced Powdercoating, custom aluminum washer fluid bottle, Royalty Core RC3DX grille, Mac’s VersaTrack, relocated urea tank, Nate’s Precision custom skidplates