All builds have a beginning, and Justin W. Purser, 33, of Fort Mohave, Arizona, is just getting into his but has big plans. After having gotten a great deal on this way low-mileage (only 36,000!) 2WD ’08 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab, Purser took his new toy to the guys at Vegas Dezert Fab in Las Vegas, NV.
They began by removing the stock front fenders and bedsides and replacing them with Fiberwerx units. While they had the bed apart, VDF installed a bed cage that incorporates the upper shock mounts, spare tire carrier and a mount for the fuel cell.
The new Fiberwerx units give room for the wheels to cycle through thanks to the new long travel suspension. A set of custom upper and lower arms connect to the Blitzkrieg Motorsports spindles and Trophy Truck hubs and a host of King shock products. There is a King 2.5 10-inch coil-over with remote reservoir, a 2.5 triple bypass piggyback and a set of King 2.5 bumps, all of which is strapped at 18-inches of travel. VDF also did the custom upper shock hoops and engine brace. The uppers are made to tie into the upcoming full cage treatment.
The rear suspension utilizes a Deaver leaf spring pack with a drop shackle and another bunch of King shocks. A pair of 16-inch stoke King 2.5 triple bypass pair with 2.5 king bumps for a strapped at 20-inches of wheel travel. On all four wheels are 14-inch Baer disc brakes systems.
And all four of those wheels have many things in common. One they are all 17-inch KMC Enduro Beadlocks that feature BFGoodrich K02 tires (37x12.5x17).
Once the Fiberwerx fiberglass pieces were fitted, they were pulled off and painted the stock GM silver as the cab. A 52-inch tri-row Cree LED curved lightbar has been mounted above the windshield.
As stated, the very reason Purser bought this truck was due to its low miles, so the stock Chevy 5.3l V8 has only a 36K worth of miles on it and so Purser felt that it only needed the Big 3: intake, exhaust and computer. A Volant cool air intake provides the fresh while a set of Gibson headers and exhaust takes care of the spent fuel. A Super Chips programmer makes all the various settings easy as it provides more power and better shifting, calibrates for the larger tires and provides an easy way to stifle those trouble codes.
The transmission is also stock for the time being. It’s on Purser’s list to be built, as well as being fitted with coolers.
The rearend however is ready now. It’s a trick Blitzkrieg full floating 9-inch with a Detroit locker, 4.56 gears and 35-splined axles.
We left the interior for last, as it’s about as stock as it comes. But it too will see some more upgrades, including a full cage. Purser is deciding what his luxury pre-runner will have, and then will get to it.
“Ever since I got out of the military, it’s been on my mind to get it started and now I have,” said Purser. “My goal with her is to be a luxury pre-runner one day, I have had great support from my buddy Jason George at Hammered Hitz Racing and I’m just happy to finally have my rig and being able to do something I have wanted to do for a longtime.” “It’s something that has been on my bucket list and I have finally made it come true so far, but still have a long way to go.”