FLO Squared

Truckin - - BUSTED KNUCKLES -

The K5 started off with a solid foun­da­tion, in­clud­ing full

GSI Ma­chine & Fabri­ca­tion front and rear set­ups. The beau­ti­ful box-tube com­po­nents are a com­bi­na­tion of pre­ci­sion-ma­chined steel and hand-welded joints. As a re­sult of its laser-scanned di­men­sions, the GSI frame fits per­fectly be­neath the iconic ’73-to’91 body style. The front sus­pen­sion con­fig­u­ra­tion con­sists of GSI up­per and lower con­trol arms sus­pended by Air Lift Per­for­mance Dom­i­na­tor 2,600-pound airbags. The rear four-link makes use of Fire­stone 9000 airbags and a GSI bil­let Watt’s link­age. The GSI front end also in­cludes the in­te­gra­tion of a Mus­tang II steer­ing rack and op­tional mounts for the LS-based pow­er­plant.

The cus­tom frame es­sen­tially elim­i­nates all bump­steer and ex­ces­sive cam­ber move­ment through­out the sus­pen­sion travel. The travel is man­aged thanks to a host of the high­est qual­ity air-ride parts on the mar­ket to­day. The airbags are man­aged via Air Lift Per­for­mance’s high-tech 3H sys­tem, which dig­i­tally man­ages the pres­sure of each airbag and the height of the sus­pen­sion si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Keep­ing the air sup­plied are FLO Air­ride Mfg’s unique bil­let air com­pres­sors and cus­tom bil­let air tanks. The sys­tem is out­fit­ted with FLO’s bil­let rail sys­tem for a durable and hand­some pre­sen­ta­tion, and it’s all tied to­gether to help the K5 rest its body com­fort­ably on the pave­ment.

The FLO Blazer sits on a set of 22- and 24-inch bil­let US Mags Scotts­dale wheels that are tucked in the fend­ers and nearly in­vis­i­ble. The stag­gered lips are fin­ished in full pol­ish, and the wheel cen­ters are paint-matched Ti­ta­nium Gray to the truck’s cen­ter body sec­tion. Snugly fit be­hind each wheel are cus­tom disc brakes from Baer Per­for­mance. The 6S Ex­treme brakes are ab­so­lutely mas­sive, and the six-pis­ton calipers are cus­tom pow­der­coated to match the bril­liant blue of the Blazer. The calipers and wheel cen­ters par­al­lel the truck’s sub­tly cus­tom body and paint scheme.

While they are plenty ca­pa­ble, the 6S brakes are put to good use thanks to FLO Squared’s pri­mary mo­ti­va­tor. In­side the com­pletely cus­tom­ized en­gine bay lies a 6.0L LS2 do­nated by a first-gen Cadil­lac CTS-V. The en­gine bears lit­tle re­sem­blance to its fac­tory form, as it’s been out­fit­ted with a Sniper EFI low­pro­file in­take man­i­fold from Hol­ley Per­for­mance, Pow­er­mas­ter starter, and full Tru-Trac ac­ces­sory front drive kit from Bil­let Spe­cial­ties. The cus­tom in­take and valve cov­ers have been paint-matched to the blue ex­te­rior. The in­ner fend­ers, core sup­port, and fire­wall are adorned with cus­tom bead-rolled and gus­seted sheet­metal from the builder, ul­tra-tal­ented Rob Perry of Perry’s Garage. The Baer bil­let mas­ter-cylin­der sits at­trac­tively be­side the mo­tor. The en­gine emits a mod­est roar through Hed­man LS swap head­ers and a cus­tom stain­less dual Mag­naFlow ex­haust. This Blazer is quite the beast ready to be un­leashed!

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