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2015 Chevy Silverado - A Fiscally Responsible Luxury Prerunner

Posted in Features on April 22, 2016
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When Jamie Galles, who owns Galles Chevrolet in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wanted a Trophy Truck spec to run in the SCORE series, he went to Brenthel Industries. When he needed a capable yet comfortable prerunner, he sent this 2015 Silverado out to the Brenthel Boys at their new Anaheim, California, facility where they added some things, yet retained the basic Chevy interior.

The result is adaptation of a “Luxury Prerunner.” This truck is, suspension-wise, one that’s more than ready to handle serious off road action, while still being more than able to provide an “as nice as stock” level of comfort for the occupants.

And the interiors of stock trucks are pretty darn nice; the rest of them however, need help if you’re planning on surviving high speeds across bumpy terrain. That’s why Brenthel began by adding a full roll cage with a back-half section. The individual pieces of the multipoint interior cage was covered with material to blend in with the interior color.

The back-half bed section holds the fuel cell along with the spare tire. Also found are the jack and a utility box; but it’s the “tin work,” aluminum in this case, that stands out. Aluminum panels enclose any open sections inside the bed, circle around the spare and encase the inner sections of the Fiberwerx fiberglass rear fenders. The result is super clean. It’s touches like this that set this truck apart.

The rear suspension is a long travel 4-link, trailing arm style system that sees two King shocks per side. One is a King 3.0 Coilover that mates with a 4.0 Bypass. This combination has become the gold standard for serious off roaders. Another long time name is Currie, and a Currie Full Floater rearend replaces the stock Chevy unit. With that rearend come Wilwood brakes too.

The front suspension utilizes a complete Baja Kits Long Travel Race Kit. Baja Kits is a subsidiary of Brenthel Industries, but it’s all Brenthel quality. As with the back end, King shocks are used. In this case it’s another set of 3.0 coil overs, but two 3.5 Bypass are used along with twin 2.5 King bump stops to keep big hits at bay.

Laughing at big bumps are the race proven 17-inch Method 501 beadlock wheels that have been shod with 37-inch Falken MT’s.

A 6.2L Chevy engine powers the rig, and though basically stock, it did receive a big tune thanks to CBM of Ontario, California.

As stated, the rear fenders are Fiberwerx and the ‘glass fronts and hood are also Fiberwerx units. The midnight blue paint scheme is subtle yet stylish, and a pair of Rigid LED lightbars adorn the front end. The 54-inch RDS Roof Bar is plainly visible, but the 20-inch E series Rigid light bar has been placed behind the grille. Rigid lights were also used in the bed area, where one 10-inch amber combines with one 10-inch white work light to provide safety in dual ways.

Though mainly stock, the interior has seen its share of off road upgrades. Gone are the stock front bucket seats rear bench and in their place are a trio of Twisted Stich enhanced Mastercraft seats. Yes, three. It looks like the passenger side air bag is also gone, as in its place is a 10-inch Lowrance HDS10 GPS unit. Inside the center console one will find the PCI Race Radios/Kenwood 110W radio that is complete with a PCI Bluetooth intercom.

Sure, there are now plenty of “luxury” pre runners running about, but this Chevy shows that even someone like Galles, who has nearly unlimited funds but is fiscally responsible, can build a super capable pre runner out of a stock vehicle and be not only comfortable while driving the peninsula, but can keep on schedule thanks to a superior suspension system and host of other off-road necessities. All this shows is that when Gales went to Brenthel to have them build his pre runner, he knew what he was doing.

A Baja Kits long travel front suspension system consists of upper and lower arms and a knuckle. Also used are Brenthel race hubs. King shocks (3.0 coilover and 3.5 bypass) as well as a King bumpstop puts big hits in their place.

A Brenthel 4-link rear suspension system utilizes long trailing arms while the 3.5 King coilovers and 4.0 bypass shocks soaks up the nasties.

Race worthy Method 17-inch 501 beadlock wheels that have been shod with 37-inch Falken MT’s.

Providing plenty of light are the twin Rigid Industries LED light bars. A 54-inch RDS unit has been mounted above the roof while the 20-inch E series Rigid light bar has been placed behind the grille.

The bed is now loaded with a fuel cell, spare tire, a jack and a toolbox.

One thing that sets this pre runner apart is the beautiful aluminum panels that enclose the bed. Notice how it curves around the spare. Beautiful work.

A Currie Full Floater rearend replaces the stock unit. It features Wilwood disc brakes.

Aluminum inner well panels have also been fabricated to keep as much dirt and debris as possible out of the engine compartment.

The Mastercraft seats have been covered with brown leather by Twisted Stitch and equipped with Crow safety harnesses

A 10-inch Lowrance HDS10 GOS unit provides plenty of info for the co driver.

Hiding down in the center console are the PCI Race Radios Kenwood communications radio.

Keeping things clean is this panel that houses all of the necessary electrical switching.

Keeping the best of the stock interior while adding what a real off-road truck needs makes this pre runner comfortable as well as capable.

A 6.2L Chevy engine is mainly stock, but has been tuned to perfection by CBM of Ontario, CA.

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