One of our favorite trucks to get our hands on is a late(ish)-model GM truck. With a rich aftermarket of just about anything you can imagine, the sky is really the limit once we get one in our possession. In this case, a pristine 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4x4 landed in our lap, and we knew just where we wanted to go with it: up! A 6-inch lift, 20-inch wheels, and 37-inch tires fit these trucks like a glove, so that was the direction we were headed.
We contacted BDS Suspension for their This 6.5-inch lift kit. It's pretty unique in that it utilizes high arched crossmembers that blend perfectly with the angle of the factory installed lower control arms for a completely integrated look. Also, the torsion bars are mounted directly to the top of the lower control arm, eliminating the need to drop the torsion bar crossmember. A front skidplate and differential skidplate come standard to lock everything together, creating a stout subframe, high clearance, and good looks for a relatively affordable price. We also included a set of Fox 2.0 performance shocks to complete the kit.
These 2500HDs have a lot of chrome on them, so we decided to forgo the usual stormtrooper look that most white trucks end up with and go back to basics. We decided we wanted a flashy yet super strong 20-inch wheel with a contemporary design and found exactly that with the contemporary design of the polished Guardian from American Force. We opted for 20x9s with a 5-inch backspacing. For rubber, we had been wanting to try one of the newer tires from Cooper, so we ordered up a set of Discoverer STT Pros tires in 37x12.50R20LT—a perfect fit for our 2500HD.
We've featured Powerhouse Performance in Truckin in the past, and we've even featured shop owner Thomas Stevens drifting his Silverado prerunner across the cover a few years back! Even though they cover just about any custom build project for classic or late model trucks, one of their specialties is altitude adjustment of late-model GM trucks. We drove the bone stock Silverado out to Simi Valley bright and early and left the shop late at night, but the talented crew knocked out the lift for us in just one day.
Follow along below as we get the front end handled and check back soon as we wrap up the rear of the truck, then add a little more stopping power before this truck gets its day in the sun.