2014 Chevrolet Silverado Reaper: Raptor Harvester
Running With The Devil: This Reaper Is For Harvesting Raptors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.