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2014 Chevrolet Silverado Reaper: Raptor Harvester

Posted in Features on November 10, 2016
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When one thinks of the biggest rivalries, thoughts can go to Red Sox-Yankees or Packers-Vikings (or Patriots and everyone else), but they are small potato’s compared to the rift between Ford and Chevy owners. Each owner is fiercely loyal to their brand, and take great joy in talking trash about the other guys product.

Back in 2014, when this Chevy Reaper was built, the Ford Raptor was temporarily out of production, so Chevy had an opening to tweak Ford, and they took it. Enter the then all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Reaper. Though in 2017 you can get one off the dealership floor, in 2014 the Reaper was a modified Silverado 1500 that was actually a joint venture between GM, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and custom builder Southern Comfort, or SCA Performance.

A 6.2L Chevy engine was give the Lingenfelter Performance treatment. It now puts out over 550 horsepower.

Lingenfelter is a name long known for big horsepower, and thanks to them the Reaper now has a Magnuson supercharger to pack the Silverado's a 6.2-liter V8, and raising output to 550 horses. Founded by John Lingenfelter and now run by his son Ken, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has been building fast vehicles for over 43 years and seemingly has anything and everything you’d need to get every pony out of your engine. GM contacting them was a no-brainer as the two companies have a long history of working together.

The Magnuson supercharger is responsible for many of those horses, and is another well-known name in the world of high-performance.

SCA Performance, of Trussville, AL, has been building off-road worthy trucks since 1979, and doesn’t stop at Chevy. They’ll build nearly anything you could want, including Dodge trucks, Jeeps and yes, even Fords. When you go to their web page, you see a guy and his dogs getting out of a pickup and getting ready to hunt. These guys know what it takes to get around the hills south of the Mason-Dixon in style and comfort, but when it came to suspension, the owner called on off-road racing winners Baja Kits By Brenthel.

Providing the Reaper with long legs is the Baja Kits suspension systems. A front Baja Kits 4WD Long Travel Race Kit, which utilizes a pair of King Shocks, one 3.0 Coil-Over and one 3.0 Bypass per side along with a King Air Bump soaks up all large hits.

The truck was dropped off at Baja Kits of Anaheim, CA. where it underwent the majority of the upgrades. The guys disassembled the truck and then went to work on the suspension. Baja Kits added their 4WD Long Travel Race Kit, which included their fabricated 4WD uprights. King is Brenthel’s, and thus Baja Kits, usual shock of choice, so a pair of King Shocks, one 3.0 Coil-Over and one 3.0 Bypass, are used per side, along with a King Air Bump to smoothly finish off that big hit.

Hard-core describes the back half of the Reaper as a Baja Kits cantilever rear suspension system cradles the Currie Industries full floating rearend while the multi-leaf Deaver spring pack provides a progressive feel.
The King Shocks 3.0 triple bypass shocks soaks up the hits and stay out of harms way by being mounted up and out of the way of potential damage.

The trick Baja Kits’ Rear Cantilever Shock System controls the Currie Enterprises floating rear end. It utilizes a pair of King 3.0 triple Bypass shocks and King Air Bumps, along with Deaver Springs leaf packs. The result is now the Chevy can actually use all the Lingenfelter horsepower when off-road.

Rolling large are the 37-inch Falken Wild Peak M/T tires that have been mounted on rugged Method Racing Wheels NV wheels.

Putting that power to the ground is done with 17-inch Method Race Wheels NV’s that have been equipped with 37-inch Falken Wild Peak M/T tires.

The 5.5-inch wider Fiberwerx front fenders and bedsides provide more room for the big Falken’s, but notice the cool Fiberwerx Bumper Valance.

Making room for those 37’s are the Fiberwerx front fenders and bedsides. They each add 5.5-inches of wheel space over stock, and the Fiberwerx Bumper Valance upgrade was also used. When the glass was on, a nice Satin Black surface was applied.

Protecting the Reapers rear is done with an ADD Dimple R rear bumper. It even has places for the stock sensors and Rigid D-Series lights are flush mounted into it.
A 40-inch Rigid Industries E-Series LED light bar lights the way forward and looks stylish doing so.

An ADD Dimple R rear bumper is used and it has Rigid D-Series lights flush mounted into it. Speaking of Rigid Industries, a 40-inch E-series LED light bar stretches across the top of the windshield to light the way.

The bed now features a Decked In-Vehicle Storage system. The two drawers are capable of handling 200lbs each, and you can stack 2,000lbs on top of it too.

The bed now features a Decked In-Vehicle Storage system. In addition to the twin 48-inch drawers holding a bunch of stuff, one of the many nice things about it is that it covers the entire bed area. It also is tough enough to have 2000lbs piled on top of it, so there is little trade off between storage and strength.

These well-bolstered seats are part of the Reaper package.

There are many nice things about the interior, too. It’s bone stock, but the seats are well bolstered, but the interior is about as well apportioned as a 2014 Chevy truck could get. Comfort level is high, if not the off-road ability.

It may not be the dash of a Trophy Truck, but the stock Chevy dash is not bad either.

When the owner of this Reaper, one Tom Benavides, goes for a ride, he does so knowing that his Chevy has the power, suspension and capabilities to mow down anything that the trail puts in his way.

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Currie Enterprises
Corona, CA 92880
Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
Deaver Suspension
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
Decatur, IN
Fiberwerx Offroad Fiberglass
Santee, CA 92071
Rigid Industries
Mesa, AZ 85215
Method Race Wheels
Ventura, CA 93003
Addictive Desert Designs
King Off-Road Racing Shocks
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Baja Kits
SCA Performance

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