Func­tional Beauty

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY AL­BERTO HER­NAN­DEZ PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JOEL CHAN

A util­i­tar­ian show­stop­per ’16 Chevy 3500

Through­out the years, Truckin has fea­tured many builds that run the gamut from form to func­tion. Some are built for pure wow fac­tor, de­signed to be show­stop­pers in the truest sense of the word. Oth­ers are pur­pose­built with­out the owner ever con­sid­er­ing the qual­ity of the build might be some­thing we would want on our pages. Some­how, this truck man­ages to rep­re­sent both sides. One quick glance at this ’16 Chevy 3500 alerts you to its high-end mod­i­fi­ca­tions. Cris Payne, founder of Truck Guru, and his team are cred­ited for this phe­nom­e­nal build, which em­bod­ies all the al­lur­ing as­pects and func­tion­al­ity of a top-notch truck.

Truck Guru is a com­pany with a rep­u­ta­tion for cre­at­ing out­stand­ing projects. The crew has part­nered with many lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers in the in­dus­try and pro­duced sev­eral qual­ity builds that have been proudly dis­played at SEMA and beyond. This truck is just the lat­est ad­di­tion to the com­pany’s im­pres­sive stable of builds. Cris and his team de­signed this Chevy to be ap­peal­ing and rugged enough to do the dirty work.

Up front re­sides Bul­let­proof Sus­pen­sion’s 12-inch lift kit, com­plete with its dual-shock sys­tem with 2.0 reser­voirs. For the rear, Cris re­lied on Bul­let­proof Sus­pen­sion’s 12-inch can­tilever kit, which per­mits more travel in ad­di­tion to bet­ter over­all ride qual­ity. Cris told Truckin this beast rides as nice as a Caddy on the road and per­forms re­mark­ably well off-road. Bring­ing this dualie to a stop are R1 Con­cepts brakes and ro­tors. Con­nect­ing to the pave­ment are black 24x14 Amer­i­can Force wheels on 40-inch In­terco M-16 tires. The re­sult is a truck that drives beau­ti­fully and does so look­ing very good.

The ex­te­rior of the Chevy ex­hibits more of the rad­i­cal as­pects of the build. To the naked eye, this truck would ap­pear to be fully painted, but it ac­tu­ally has a com­bi­na­tion of paint and vinyl wrap. Cris took the rig to Kern Body Works and spent the time nec­es­sary to get the paint to flaw­lessly match the Avery Den­ni­son wrap. Then Da­ley Vis­ual wrapped the des­ig­nated parts in the truck. The cortez teal ac­cents around the rig give it a nice touch that dis­al­lows a dull ap­pear­ance. Body­Guard bumpers were in­stalled, and, to in­crease func­tion­al­ity, Mon­ster

Hooks were added along with Of­froad LED lights. Cris didn’t feel the lu­men power up front was enough, so he reached out to Fifth In­dus­tries for a one-off light rack to hol­ster OLB’s 5.5inch cubes. With more than 112,000 lu­men burst­ing from up front, we be­lieve dark­ness will not be an is­sue at any time. It is all in the de­tails, and Cris added plenty of them. He and his team at Truck Guru de­signed a grille that in­cludes a large “Chevro­let” run­ning across the Chevy Bow Tie mesh grille. The stock hood was swapped out with an ag­gres­sive RK Sport hood with a real scoop for air in­duc­tion. Yes, you read cor­rectly: The scoop is ac­tu­ally func­tional. The CVT tent sit­ting on top of the A.R.E. shell can be set up within min­utes and eas­ily sleeps two to three peo­ple. The truck is mas­sive, so a Car­goGlide in the bed al­lows for easy ac­cess to the seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble-to-reach cargo. The ac­ces­sories on the truck make it a ver­sa­tile and vi­able hauler—not just a show­stop­per.

Cris pulled ev­ery string to make the ex­te­rior of this mon­ster ex­trav­a­gant, and he didn’t stop there. The in­te­rior has been im­proved in ev­ery as­pect, and the proof Cris went the ex­tra mile is ev­i­dent. Road­wire and Mo­bile Au­dio Techs were en­trusted to be­deck the cabin. Ostrich suede and leather ma­te­ri­als make the in­te­rior look and feel as lav­ish as it can be. Four 8-inch Pre­ci­sion Power sub­woofers and a Black Ice am­pli­fier en­closed in cus­tom cases tremen­dously aug­ment the sound qual­ity in the cabin. A touch­screen sPOD switch source unit was mas­ter­fully in­te­grated into the head­liner.

Top-of-the-line tech along with plush ma­te­ri­als make this an in­te­rior that fol­lows the theme per­fectly.

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