When Richard Jaminski needed someone to add bedsides to his 2011 Chevy Silverado, he called the crew at Kibbetech Offroad. When he arrived at KT’s Newbury Park, California, shop, he and Ryan Kibbe started talking about the truck and one thing led to another. The bedsides install job turned into a full build.
We’ve featured Kibbetech trucks before, and the reason for that is that they are what we love about prerunners. They’re trick as all getout, but they are still basically the trucks that someone can really build without needing to be a professional welder.
A great deal of the factory chassis is retained, but the suspension is all Kibbetech. Their Long Travel front-end kit has been anodized gold with billet upper arms and tie rods, fabricated 4130 TIG welded lower A-arms. The spindles have been Nickel-plated and utilize FK rod ends with Kibbetech spacers. Those spindles are equipped with Kibbetech 2.5-inch snouts.
Kibbetech has a penchant for flash to go along with their fast, and this Chevy has a set of custom black and gold-plated King 2.5x12 race coil-overs with finned reservoirs, King 3.5x12 race 5-tube bypass with finned reservoirs and King 2.5x2.5 bumpstops. The coil overs have King 500/750 dual rate springs. The total wheel travel is 20-inches, and that’s strap limited.
The rear suspension is one of Kibbetech’s "Short Course" style 4-link and also use the uniquely styled King 3.0x18 Race internal bypass coil-overs that use 200/300 dual-rate springs. The shocks have compression adjusters and finned reservoirs and are again joined by King bolt-in style 2.5x4 bump stops. FK rod ends and Kibbetech spacers are again used. There is 18-inches of rear wheel travel.
Also used front and rear are Wilwood braking systems that have 6-piston calipers and put the squeeze on the drilled and slotted (front 14-inch and rear 13-inch by 1.25-inch thick) Coleman rotors. The rolling hardware is a quartet of identical 17-inch PM Truck wheels forged aluminum bead locks that, yes, are anodized gold. Mounted onto the wheels is 37-inch BFG Baja T/A KR2 race tires.
As we said, this truck is a lot like the one that came off the lot. The factory cab remains, but a lot of bodywork as been added as Glassworks Unlimited front fenders and Fiberwerx bedsides give the KR’s a place to roam. The entire body was wrapped by Vaderwerks of Newbury Park CA. who used battleship grey and matte black to transform the truck. Other touches include a custom valance bumper that was built by Kibbetech. It has a trophy truck style bash bar in front of grille, an anodized gold skid plate with Kibbetech logo.
Lighting is subtle but effective as KC HiLites Flex Series LED’s are mounted in the grille and bumper and with a pair of custom A-pillar mounts. There are more Flex units used as rear-facing dust and back up lights and there are a series of KC Cyclones providing plenty of illumination underneath the truck.
In the bed, and there is still a bed floor, though now the King shocks come up through it and tie in to the upper shock mount/bed cage. The bed floor has been Line-X’d and the shock cage also includes a spare tire mount. A Pro Eagle jack, an Optima Red Top battery and twin CBR coolers, one for engine oil and one for the trans, are also part of the bed package.
Though you won’t find a full cage inside, the interior is what Kibbetech call “stock modified.” A set of PRP front buckets join with a custom-made rear bench seat, all of which were mounted custom-made bolt-in mounts. Sets of 5-point PRP harnesses are mounted to a custom KT made harness bar. The stock gauge cluster is gone, and in its place is a Holley Digital Dash that is part of the integrated EFI system, but we’ll get to that in a minute. In front of the Holley unit is a Sparco steering wheel with a quick release hub.
A custom center console splits the PRP seats, and holds a lot of stuff as a Winters shifter, a Lowrance Baja Elite 5M GPS unit, a PCI race radios and intercom (with 5 headsets), a pair of sPOD HD switch panels, a cool ASD handbrake and a brake bias adjuster, five (count ’em!) cupholders and a push-to-start button. The ASD unit uses Wilwood master cylinders and there is a JAMAR cable drive throttle pedal.
Built by Mullenix Racing Engines, the stroked 418ci LS3 engine produces a killer sound, and 650hp at crank, when pushed hard. This is no stock engine as the stroker uses ROSS pistons, a Callies crank and rods, Trick flow heads and a Mullenix spec cam.
A Holley Terminator engine and transmission management system tells the Holley EFI when to spray in the fuel while a K&N air cleaner make sure that only clean air is inducted. A Holley ignition system puts the spark in the mix while Pacesetter headers and Magnaflow mufflers exit the spent fuel as quickly as the engine can produce it. That fuel comes from a JAZ 32-gallon Jeepspeed cell mounted in a Kibbetech fuel cell cradle with internal Holley Hydramat, Holley filters, Bosch 044 pump and a Holley regulator.
As stated, CBR dual pass coolers with fans handle the cooling as one small front mounted unit keeps the transmission cool while the two bed mounted units handles the engine oil cooling, There is a small front mounted cooler with 2 fans to handle the power steering, the large front mounted radiator with 2 fans handles the engine coolant. Evan Weller did all of the intricate plumbing utilizing high-quality BMRS hose and hose ends. All hose ends are crimp style and built specially for this vehicle. Getting the power to the Currie Enterprises full floater 9-inch rearend is done with a GM 4L85E transmission that has been worked and uses a 3200rpm-stall West Coast converter. The Currie unit has a truss, is equipped with a spool and Strange 5:14 gears and PPM built 40spline, 300m axles. Those axles route through 3.5-inch tubes and on to Kibbetech 2.5-inch hubs. The driveshaft work done by DriveShaft Pro.
This Chevy is a beast and a testament to just how far a stock based frame and bodied pickup can be taken. We watched as it was launched into the cold Barstow morning air and rumbled through the whoops of “Main St” as many a race vehicle had done before. As we’ve said, we’ve shot a few Kibbetech builds over the years, and we are as impressed with the “Ghost” as we have been with any of KT’s trucks. This customer got his bedsides, and a whole lot more.
Mullenix Racing Engines
PCI Race Radios
PM Truck Wheels