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2015 Chevrolet Silverado: Elegant Efficiency

Posted in Features on January 1, 2016
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While we here at Dirt Sports + Off-Road are of humble means, and being financial realist’s could never own something like this awesome 2015 Chevy Silverado. That thinking is the exact opposite of the guy who built this truck the first time. Though it’s now owned by Jason McNeil of Fiberwerx and has seen a few upgrades, it was begun and built by Jason Duncan. You might have seen him and his truck living the dream in the Method catalog, or drifting and jumping through the streets of downtown San Diego or the Gordon’s & Glamis Sand Dune Range

Duncan wanted a “Luxury” Pre-Runner and wasn’t about to take reality for an answer. To do so, he drove around in a junker Saturn, gave up racing and sold his race Ranger to Eddie Thorogood for a decent price; but with the stipulation that Eddie had to help him build the truck of his dreams. Every dollar he made as a cable installer went to his dream, and thus began the truck seen here.

They started with the frame, which is a full tube chassis that Ed Fab Designs designed and used a compliment of Weitzel Motorsports suspension components. The front suspension consists of Weitzel components (arms, spindles, etc) along with Hypercoils equipped Fox Racing Shocks 2.5 Coilover with 3.0 coil adapters. A pair of Fox Racing Shocks 4.4 6-tube Bypass shocks and 2.0 Factory Series bump stops completes the front suspension. A Howe Performance 3.0 TT Rack allows the driver to precisely point the big Chevy exactly where he wants it.

The rear is Trophy Truck as long trailing arms combined with equally long Fox Racing shocks keeps the back end reacting precisely to any bump in the… um, trail. The rearend in question is a Chrisman 10-inch rearend assembled by San Diego Gear & Axle while the driveshaft work was done by Driveline Specialties of San Diego

Both up front and in the back one will find CNC 6-Piston Calipers with 14-inch rotors as well as huge 39-inch Toyo M/T Open Country Tires (39x13.5 R17) mounted onto Method Double Standard beadlock (17x9) wheels. The combination of Fox, CNC, Method and Toyo makes this Chevy a serious contender on any trail.

Another reason for that assessment is thanks to the Danzio Performance Chevrolet 6.2L LS3 engine. Displacing 376 cubic inches and dyno’d at 525hp, there’s plenty of power on tap. Some upgrades include Butler Custom Headers based exhaust system that ends in a single 4-inch Magnaflow muffler. Moving those horses along is the Juan Co Turbo 400 transmission that’s cooled with a CBR Performance 16x14 trans cooler.

One of the changes that new owner McNeil made was to replace the cab with a 2015 crew cab model (he’s currently doing the same type of build with a new F-150 cab). While the cab may metal, everything else is Fiberwerx as trick carbon fiber fenders and besides provide light-weight and that killer Trophy Truck style. Once completed, it was off to Bink Designs for the graphics.

Baja Designs lighting provides plenty of lumens thanks to the 30-inch Radius ONX LED Bar with 4 XL80 Universal LED's mounted into the grille, while a 50-inch ONX LED Bar has been place atop the aforementioned cab. Do you like your upholstery shop to be friendly? Apparently so does McNiel as he had Friendly Upholstery cover the Design Works custom metal dash and center console with black leather and install the headliner around the in cab cage. A host of Lavorsi Gauges have been install into the dash, which got crowded thanks to the Lowrance HDS10 GPS unit, a Vintage Air air-conditioning panel, the PCI Race Radios Intercom and dual Kenwood radios. Into the cool console went switches for everything electrical along with the Winter’s shifter. There’s even 3 cup holders!

There are twin Mastershift Electronic shifting paddles attached to the MOMO steering wheel while a trio of Mastercraft seats complete with Mastercraft 5-point harnesses keeps the occupants bucked in tight. Also “tight” is the stereo system as a JL Audio HD 600/4 Amplifier powers 2 sets of ZR650 components and an HD750/1 Amplifier powering the single 10-inch W7 Sub woofer. After all, it has to be louder than the truck itself.

The recently upgrade took 5 months to complete and was just done in time for the Off-Road Expo. This build was a real San Diego collaboration as all of the shops that helped with the build are located there. They are Complete Fab, Precision Race Designs, Quixotic Motorsports, Mirage Race Products and Alloy Studios.

This truck was intended to be what McNeil uses while prerunning and as such has all the comforts, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t capable. McNeil was set to race his TT in the Record 250 back in June 2014, but there was an insurmountable problem with the transmission. So instead of going home, he made the decision to race the prerunner instead! Not surprisingly, he ended up winning 1st overall and says that he and race crew (which included Duncan) had the time of their lives doing so: going fast with the stereo blasting and the a/c cranked. We’re thinking that those cup holders may have come in handy, too.

Now that’s what we call elegant efficiency.

Its plain white exterior may be unassuming, but this Chevy has everything a driver needs to win and be comfortable doing it.

Trophy Truck worthy suspension components adorn the Chevy, as Weitzel Motorsports arms and spindles along with Hypercoils equipped Fox Racing Shocks (2.5 Coilover with 3.0 coil adapters and 4.4 6-Tube Bypass) and 2.0 Factory Series bump stops provide TT wheel travel.

The rearend is a Chrisman 10-inch rearend assembled by San Diego Gear & Axle and features a 5:29 gear ratio.

Getting the stop on is done with 6-Piston CNC Calipers with 14-inch rotors.

Tough Method Double Standard beadlock (17x9) wheels have been mated with huge 39-inch Toyo M/T Open Country Tires (39x13.5 R17).

Words fail to describe just how sweet this interior really is.

The Design Works custom metal dash and center console has been covered with black leather by Friendly Upholstery and features Lavorsi gauges, a Lowrance HDS10 GPS unit, a Vintage Air air-conditioning panel, the PCI Race Radios Intercom and dual Kenwood radios. Into the cool console went switches for everything electrical along with the Winter’s shifter. There’s even 3 cup holders!

A trio of Mastercraft seats are completed with 5-point Mastercraft harnesses.

The Danzio Performance tuned Chevrolet 6.2L LS3 engine has been dyno’d at 525hp, and includes Butler custom headers that ends in a single 4-inch Magnaflow muffler.

The back is packed with spare tires, a radiator, a jack, some tools and is topped with a Baja Designs 50-inch ONX LED light bar.

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Sources

Vintage Air
San Antonio, TX 78266
800-862-6658
www.vintageair.com
PCI Race Radios
Signal Hill, CA 90755
800-869-5636
http://www.pciraceradios.com/
Fox Racing Shox
Watsonville, CA 95076
619-768-1800
www.ridefox.com
Baja Designs
San Marcos, CA 92069
760-560-2252
www.bajadesigns.com
Fiberwerx Offroad Fiberglass
Santee, CA 92071
619-654-4451
http://www.fiberwerx.com
Rigid Industries
Mesa, AZ 85215
855-760-5337
www.rigidindustries.com
Butler Performance
(866) 762-7527
www.butlerperformance.com
Danzio Performance Engineering
951-245-2537
http://www.danzioperformance.com/
Livorsi
Grayslake, IL 60030
877-548-5900
http://www.livorsi.com/

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