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Kibbetech's Chevrolet Silverado Is Worth Its Weight In Gold

Posted in Features on August 22, 2016
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A few companies take the prerunner idea to mean that it has to have a full-tube chassis and a full leather, custom-made interior. That’s all cool, but maybe a little much. Then, there are others who make the absolute best out of the stock truck they’re starting with. Kibbetech is of the latter idea with this beautifully capable 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.

It utilizes much of the stock cab and interior pieces, and there’s no custom dash or door panels, but it’s everything you’d need to roll the peninsula.

A full Kibbetech Long Travel suspension sits beneath the Chevy. Up front is a Kibbetech A-Arm Long Travel kit that utilizes Kibbetech 2.5 Race Hubs. Cool, finned-reservoir King Shocks 2.5 coilovers and 3.5 five-tube bypass shocks (per side, of course) provide damping, while Wilwood four-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors provide plenty of stopping power.

The rear suspension is also Kibbetech, but it’s a trailing arm setup that also features many of the parts as the front. King 2.5 coilover shocks and King 3.5 bypass are again used, but this time there’s six bypass tubes to choose from. Willwood brakes are again used, but here the rotor size is 13 inches.

Also used front and back are 39-inch BFGoodrich KR Baja T/A tires that have been mounted on 17-inch Performance Machine (PM) Race wheels. The wheels are gold, for the bits and pieces throughout the truck.

There’s big power coming from the Mullenix Racing Engines’ stroked 402ci LS2 engine too. Putting out 630 horses, the engine is enhanced with a 95mm Holley throttle body that connects to a Holley Hi Ram intake manifold. A K&N air filter cleans the incoming, but the Pacesetter headers route the spent fuel out. But between the headers and the MagnaFlow mufflers are a set of electric cutouts for when full power is needed and ear drums be dammed.

A CRC-built 4L80 transmission puts the power to the Camburg Racing 9-inch full floater rearend equipped with 40-spline, 300mm axles. It features a spool and Yukon 5:14 gears. Coast Driveline of Ventura, California, built the driveshaft. A full Kibbetech cage combines the front and rear, and the cab is still of 2003 vintage, but the rear fenders and front clip are 2014 Fiberwerx units. The front end swivels up to reveal the entire front end, engine, and suspension—very cool, and practical too.

Inside, the truck remains the Chevy it is, but a couple of additions enhance the setting. A 10-inch Lowrance has been expertly installed where the stock glovebox was, and a leather-covered center console houses the Winters gate shifter, a pair of Auto Meter gauges, a rear brake lever, and various switches and buttons. There are even a couple of cupholders.

Then, there’s the trio of Beard seats. With the cage taking up much of the interior space, and the space needed for other items, such as coolers and bags, three seats were deemed enough. PRP harnesses keep everyone bound even during high-speed whoops runs.

When we said at the beginning that Kibbetech makes the most of what they do, we meant that they’re attention to detail is as good as it gets. The tinwork (aluminum panels) is on par with the best hot rods and the workmanship for the whole build is spot on, yet understated.

This Chevy is what we look to when thinking of a capable, comfortable prerunner that has everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t.

As at home in the desert as it would be at a concourse, the 2003 Kibbetech Chevrolet Silverado is squared away, all the way.
As pretty as it is, this Chevy has the ability to perform.
A trio of Beard seats fights for space with the full cage. PRP harnesses connect to both to keep the occupants safe.
Much of the stock dash has been retained. A Sparco steering wheel does replace the stocker though.
A beautiful center console provides a perch for the Winter’s shifter, a brake handle, assorted switches, and a pair of Auto Meter gauges. There are even cupholders.
The care taken in this build is evident even in the mount for the 10-inch Lowrance GPS unit. It was built in-house at Kibbetech.
Huge, 39-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A tires mount to 17-inch, forged Performance Machine Race Beadlock wheels.
The truck is a 2003, but the Fiberwerx clip and bedsides are updated 2014 items. The tilt hood is functional and cool.
Stroked to 402ci, the Mullenix Racing LS produces 630 horses. It features a Holley 95mm throttle body and Hi Ram intake, K&N air cleaner, and Pacesetter headers. There’s an electric cutout between the collectors, and the MagnaFlow mufflers for serious off-road action.
The Kibbetech A-Arm Long Travel front suspension ends with Kibbetech 2.5 Race hubs and Wilwood four-piston brakes, but it is damped with King 2.5 coilovers and 3.5 5-tube bypass shocks, both of which utilize finned reservoirs.
Kibbetech-built trailing arms are joined by King 2.5 coilovers and 3.5 six-tube bypass shocks decked out with finned reservoirs
Beautiful can also describe the Camburg 9-inch, full floating rearend that’s equipped with 5:24 Yukon gears, a spool and 40-spline 300mm axles.
Six (count ’em!) KC HiLites Carbon Pod HIDs light the way.
The Kibbetech Chevy exudes confidence from any angle.
The bed area is dominated by the spare 39-inch Baja T/A but Kibbetech still had room for a pair of KC HiLites LZR LEDs, a fuel cell, storage box, and a nacelle for the CBR coolers.
Handmade scoops ensure that plenty of air is driven past the CBR transmission coolers. Tinwork throughout this truck is flawless.
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Auto Meter
Sycamore, IL 60178
866-248-6356
www.autometer.com
MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
800-990-0905
www.magnaflow.com
K&N Engineering
Riverside, CA 92507
800-858-3333
www.knfilters.com
Camburg Engineering
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-848-8880
http://www.camburg.com
BFGoodrich
877-788-8899
www.bfgoodrichtires.com
Performance Machine
La Palma, CA 90623
800-479-4037
http://www.performancemachine.com
Lowrance
Tulsa, OK
800-324-1356
www.lowrance.com
Fiberwerx Offroad Fiberglass
Santee, CA 92071
619-654-4451
http://www.fiberwerx.com
Holley Performance Products
Bowling Green, KY 42101
866-464-6553
http://www.holley.com
Wilwood Brakes
Camarillo, CA 93012
805-388-1188
http://www.wilwood.com
KibbeTech
805-300-5528
www.kibbetech.com
King Off-Road Racing Shocks
Garden Grove, CA 92843
714-530-8701
www.kingshocks.com
Beard Seats
Riverside, CA 92504
951-729-3320
http://www.beardseats.com/
CBR Performance
951-245-2900
www.cbr-performance.com
Mullenix Racing Engines
805-579-7917
www.mullenixracingengines.com
Pacesetter Exhaust
602-266-1964
pacesetterexhaust.com

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