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This 2001 Silverado May Look Unassuming, But It’s Packed With Trail-Worthy Mods

Derek Lasini’s Chevy Makes Big Look Good

Wheeling, and specifically rockcrawling, are most popular in Western states. With an abundance of public land, 4x4 shops, and other people to go wheeling with, it is easy to see why.

Derek Lasini lives in Chicago, so when it came time to build his 2001 Chevy Silverado he didn't have the luxury of choosing between four local shops that specialized in fullsize trucks. Instead, he did research online and in magazines like this one to build the truck himself.

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The Chevy started as Derek's daily driver 10 years ago when he was in college. The modifications started innocently enough with a body lift and 33-inch-tall tires.

After he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and began his career, he had more disposable income to turn his truck into the vehicle he always dreamed of. He gathered parts like the Dana 60 front and 14-bolt rear axle and built his own spring hangers. Then, because he didn't have a garage, Derek cut out the IFS and swapped in the solid axle in his friend Ian Boyce's driveway over a long weekend!

The upgrades have continued over the years, and Derek even has a garage to work in now. He has no plans to own a tow rig or a trailer; he continues to drive his Silverado all over the country to go wheeling. The truck is easy to drive at freeway speeds, which is good since there isn't much wheeling close to Chicago. Derek hasn't let that stop him from not only building the truck of his dreams, but also using it is every chance he gets.

Tech Specs
2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.com
Engine: Chevrolet 5.3L V-8
Transmission: 4L80E 4-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Northwest Fab Ecobox and NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60 with 4.56 gears and welded differential
Rear Axle: Corporate 14-bolt with 4.56 gears and Yukon Grizzly Locker
Springs & Such: 52-inch leaf springs and Bilstein shocks (front); Offroad Design shackle flip and Bilstein shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 40x13.5R17 Pro Comp Xtreme MT2s on 17x8.5 Hummer H2 wheels
Steering: Factory Delphi steering box, Superlift drop pitman arm, 1.5x8 Surplus Center hydraulic ram, RuffStuff Specialties 1.5x0.250-wall DOM tie rod with offset TRES, Sky's Offroad Design steering arm and drag link
Lighting: Factory
Other Stuff: Smittybilt XRC12 winch; custom shortened frame and bed; 6-point cage; custom rear drawer system; custom 2x3-inch, 0.120-wall rock sliders; rear mounted K5 fuel tank; custom C-channel rear bumper; WFO Concepts traction bar; custom fuel tank skidplate from Michael Grohe; 2-piece 1410 thick-wall rear driveline; long-travel 1350 thick-wall front driveline