Archive for February, 2010

OEM Terror Part III

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Crafting a One-Off Exhaust System With MagnaFlow’s Custom-Build Universal Exhaust Kit

ST-1003-SLAM-leadPhotos Courtesy of Chris DaSilva and Pacific Coast Customs

Now that Pacific Coast Customs and Bio Kustumz’s 2008 GMC Denali is flat on the ground, tucking 26-inch KMC wheels that get power to each corner, it is time to button up everything else that needs to be done to get the AWD Denali back on the road. The Denali maintains its all-wheel drive functionality thanks to replacing the front axle assembly with one out of a Toyota Tacoma, allowing longer axles to be machined for more articulation. Max Fish from Bio Kustumz also made a set of one-off spindles, control arms and ‘bag mounts. While Max took care of the front, Robbie Azevedo of PCC took care of the back end, making custom link bars, mounts and a panhard bar, keeping floor space in mind on the SUV. The final step to get the Denali’s suspension finished is to install a custom exhaust system that, like the rest of the SUV, doesn’t cut any corners.

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Stayin’ Alive

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Increasing the Performance and Life of Your Transmission

leadYour truck’s transmission is often neglected until that moment when you hit 5,000 RPM, while topping out at 30 MPH when the gears go out and the only fix is dropping down a credit card to have it rebuilt or replaced with a new unit. It is usually the last item on your list for regular maintenance. There are a few tricks you can do to help prolong the life of your transmission and help it better perform its job of transferring power to the rear tires. Transmissions work especially harder when using your truck to tow, go off-roading, or in our case, increase horsepower put out by the motor with a Magnuson supercharger.

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Tales From the Beyond the Grinder

Monday, February 15th, 2010

“Always Do Whatever’s Next”

IMG_8484That quote is one of the more mysterious yet powerful anecdotes from the late great comedian (a.k.a. stand-up philosopher) George Carlin. I came across this quote a few days ago after I picked up a LIFE magazine book recapping the last decade in amazing full spread photos and captions. The book was a great reminder of all that we have been through and the changes that have resulted in the first 10 years of this millennium. At the end, the last few pages were dedicated to some of the legendary writers, politicians, actors, musicians, and other celebrities who have passed away in the last decade. Each photo had simply their name, occupation, dates, and a quote that captured their spirit and life’s contribution to the rest of us. I scanned through and one quote in particular caught my eye. It was simple, yet deep, and obvious, while mysterious at the same time. “Always do whatever’s next,” seems easy enough. I wondered for a little while why this was chosen for George Carlin’s quote? Surely throughout the decades of his stand-up career and television shows something more interesting (and raunchy) could have been chosen. Such as “fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.” And I am sure the seven words you can’t say on television were neglected for obvious reasons. The simple, yet profound quote stuck in my mind throughout the weekend and rang true for a few things on the deck right now.

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Blood, Sweat & Gears

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Evolution of Style

ST-1003-GEARS-leadOwner
Troy Gudgel
1994 Chevrolet S-10
Champaign, IL
Relaxed Atmosphere

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The Next Level in Air Management

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

AccuAir C-10 Install

ST-1003-AIR-lead_thumbWhen choosing an air system for your pride and joy there are many factors to take into account. If you’re looking for a system to give you that perfect stance (which would be flat on the ground if you’re anything like us), or if you’re looking for the ultimate in precision engineered control systems, the AccuAir e-Level system is the one you’ve been waiting for. Nasty, cluttered valve setups, wires running in every which way, and no real control from your switchboxes are a thing of the past.

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Pickup Lines

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Making More Noise Than A Groupie At A KISS Concert

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Building a custom truck is no easy task, especially when you are doing it on a tight deadline. Long before the doors to the Las Vegas Convention Center open in early November for the annual SEMA show, enthusiasts stay busy chiseling away on that unique custom truck project to debut at the show. No matter how much you plan ahead and how far you work in advance, it always seems to come down to those last few days, and sometimes last few hours, of grueling detail to finish before you can load the trailer and head for the desert—usually without any sleep. The experience of prepping for SEMA seems to build a whole new set of late night thrash memories every year, but it’s all worth it when you roll a vehicle that you and your buddies created onto the convention center grounds and stand back to watch people admire it.

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Fabricate This

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Fabrication is the cornerstone of the custom truck world. “Fabricate This” brings the minds of fabricators onto the pages of your favorite magazine. Read along and try to keep up. Our goal is to publish as many pertinent questions and answers as possible. If you have a question, send it in and we will do our best to have it answered. Contact us at fabthis@streettrucksmag.com (fabthis null@null streettrucksmag NULL.com), www.grantkustoms.com (http://www NULL.grantkustoms NULL.com/) or www.friendlychopshop.com (http://www NULL.friendlychopshop NULL.com).

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Roguish Roadie

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Owner
Josh Wiley
2000 Chevrolet Silverado
Memphis, TN
Relaxed Atmosphere

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Pinchin’ Pennies

Friday, February 5th, 2010

ST-1003-DODGE-lead_thumbShaw’s 2001 Dodge Ram has seen many transformations over the years and has grown up with Shaw into the sleek showstopper that it is today. The Dodge Ram model of truck, while popular on the streets, is not as common in the show scene. Shaw’s Ram is one of the few out right now that is flat on the ground with hot rod styling and massive billet wheels.

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Border Bash

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The Second Annual Fiesta in the Rio Grande Valley

ST-1002-BASH-leadIf you live in a border town, such as McAllen, Texas, a mix of customs and heritages will blend together. For the second time, Rafael “Rafa” Soto put on Border Bash, which attracted custom trucks and lowriders alike. Rafa not only throws this show for fun and to encourage the truck scene in the RGV, but for charity as well. He is a cancer survivor and is using his second chance in life not only to spend the time with his family, but also to give back. The show has raised over $10,000 for a local children’s cancer clinic, Vannie E. Cook Jr. Over 400 vehicles came from all over Texas and even Mexico to the event that featured not only the hottest trucks that the Lone Star State has to offer, but also a large variety of the best Mexican food around, including tamales, carnitas, carne asada, and the always delicious elotes.


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