Going Big Is a Way of Life

September 14th, 2011

Text and Photos by Matt Emery

For many years, Tiger Garcia was a professional moto-cross racer who traveled the circuit, racing and winning at one of the most physically demanding sports in the world.

But being a pro at anything has a time line. Now, 40-year-old Garcia, who did his fair share of wrenching on his rides, has traded being a pro rider to being a professional business owner. He, along with his wife, Annie, is now the owner/operator of Go Big Truck Performance, in Ventura, California.

While this 2008 Ford F250 6.4L Super Duty XLT Sport 4×4 is definitely something that one could roll around the dirt with, it’s also a fine example of what Garcia is able to do, not only with his own truck, but those of his customers.

Garcia bought the truck new in 2008 and immediately set about turning it into something that he could be proud to affix his shop’s name to.

Garcia says that he obviously has plans to add certain performance goodies to the 6.4L Super Duty engine in the future, but he says it runs pretty darned well right now, thanks to the Edge Evolution Race CTS programmer, which works in conjunction with the Banks cold-air intake system.

A 5-inch Flow Pro Cat & DPF delete system puts all the smoke through an MBRP muffler and tip. To work better with the larger tire-and-wheel combination, he swapped in a set of American Axle 4.30 gears to give the truck better ratio for pulling his toy-laden enclosed trailer to the desert.

To ensure the Ford gets there and back, Garcia had the crew at All About Transmissions, also in Ventura, install a TransGo shift kit, while Garcia lengthened the drive shafts to fit the now heightened Super Duty.

That height was achieved with the addition of a Fabtech 8-inch lift. With Garcia’s past as a pro moto-crosser, he knows the importance of good suspension, so he added a bunch of remote reservoir-equipped Fox Shox (twins each side up front and singles in the rear).

Giving those shocks the perfect mounts are the custom-built radius arm plates with the “Go Big” shop logo up front. The long Fabtech traction bars, featuring custom-made Deaver springs, bring up the rear. Attached to the front and rearend are spiffy Genuine Gear polished differential covers.

Speaking of spiffy, Garcia had the crew at New Image Auto Body, of Santa Paula, California, add a little touch of color to the BMF Novakane 20×10-inch wheels when they accented them with candy-apple red to match the body color. The Toyo Open Country M/T tires (37×13.5R20) are the perfect matches for when Garcia and his family are out in the wilds.

New Image also painted the Rolling Big Power RX-3 grille that now adorns the front end of the Ford. It, along with the cool RBP chrome vent badges, is nearly the only nonstock body mod that Garcia added to his truck.

However, the AMP Research running boards Garcia has installed are maybe best known for not being seen—they are there when you need them, especially when talking about a lifted truck, but they fold up and out of the way when not needed, preserving the clean lines of the rig.

Garcia also chose to preserve the plush stone-gray interior of the Ford. There’s little doubt that the interiors of the latest generation of diesel trucks are really comfortable, so there wasn’t much that needed to be done.

Of course, that didn’t go for the stereo system. Gone is the stock box; in its place is a full Pioneer AVIC 120 stereo with DVD/navigation system. It even has a back-up camera wired in, making hooking up the trailer an easy proposition. A Realm 500×1 amplifier amps up the signals before sending them off to the 10-inch JL Audio W3 sub and door-mounted JBL Components speakers. Being better with hard parts, Garcia had Oskar’s Electronics, of Ventura, California, install the stereo components.

Other interior items include the dash-mounted Edge Evolution Race CTS programmer, which allows Garcia to tune the big Ford on the fly.

To be a pro at anything takes talent, dedication and hard work. As a professional moto-cross racer, Tiger Garcia knew that to achieve success, he needed to be willing to put in the time and effort to achieve what he wanted. Because he is a mechanic and business owner, he is showing that same dedication to bringing his customers the total sum of his hard-earned knowledge. With a work ethic such as that, we think that the future looks good for him and Go Big Truck Performance.

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