Street Runner–Stage 1

November 14th, 2011

Text by Jason Mulligan

Photos Courtesy of Status

On and Off-Road Fun With ICON Vehicle Dynamics and Nitto Tires

Versatility is highly important to many truck enthusiasts right now. Many of us have combined our daily driver with our weekend toy, making both reliability and functionality important. Mild leveling kits are an easy way to get the look of an aggressive off-road beast and still keep drivability high for the every day commutes on and off freeways. Sure, you can take the truck over some dirt roads and have some fun, but the ride might be a little rough because a leveling kit helps gain ground clearance thanks to larger tires, but the suspension is still the factory setup. Pre-runners have become wildly popular in the last few years because the long travel setup offers the best ride while still offering the possibility of a little fun.

In steps ICON Vehicle Dynamics (http://www NULL.Iconvehicledynamics, the company offers a direct bolt-in replacement coil-over for the factory strut with an extended travel coil-over. ICON Vehicle Dynamics offers several applications, but ours was made specifically for the Chevrolet/GMC ’07-plus GMT900 platform. The extended travel coil-overs improve off-road travel and also increase handling and reduce body roll, as well as raising the front of the truck in order to clear 33-inch-tall tires. The coil-overs come from ICON preset for a 2-inch lift, but you can adjust this using a spanner wrench. For the best of on and off-road performance, we opted for Nitto’s new Trail Grappler tire (http://www NULL.nittotire, sized at 305/55R20, installed on the factory 20-inch wheels. Out back, the factory shocks are replaced with ICON Series mono-tube shocks tuned to the front coil-over setup that upgrade the ride quality significantly.

To gain more travel and performance, have a set of Total Chaos upper control arms installed and eventually a spindle and glass fenders for even more travel and off-road performance. Being able to piece together the parts in stages feeds the addiction to go bigger without hurting the pocketbook all at once, and it retains the daily driving functionality of the truck.


Icon Vehicle Dynamics (http://www NULL.Iconvehicledynamics

Nitto Tire (http://www NULL.nittotire


Dept. STTR

777 Riding Club Rd.

Rockwall, TX 75087 (http://www NULL.creatingrollingart

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