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2005 Chevy Kodiak C4500 - Warning!

The Truck On This Page Is Larger Than It Appears

Mark Halvorsen
May 1, 2006
Photographers: Mark Halvorsen
Photo 2/2   |   2005 C4500 Kodiak front View
You may not know much about the 2005 C4500 Kodiak 4x4 Crew Cab, so let's take a moment to peruse its merits. The Kodiak (and its sib the GMC TopKick) is a medium-duty pickup. It is powered by a 6.6L V-8 Duramax diesel that is mated to an Allison 1000 five-speed automatic and produces 300 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque. This Kodiak seats six, has a GVWR of 17,500 pounds and a GCWR of 26,000 pounds. It rides on a solid axle up front, a floating axle in the back, and leaf springs all around. This here truck is big, as is the bear that it is named after. You need to pull up on a handle to climb into it and remember to shout "Geronimo" as you bail out.
Audio manufacturer Mitek and truck accessory maker Monroe Truck Equipment teamed up on building this Kodiak into a supersized custom. Skilled installers Jason Planck, Craig Marsh, Tom Bostic, and Trevor Dobrygoski built this truck at the Mitek Show Vehicle Operations facility in Monroe, Wisconsin, along with folks from Monroe Truck Equipment. Mitek brands such as MTX and StreetWires were used in the project, as was equipment from Monroe Truck Equipment.
Tim Armstrong of Kreative Kustom in Ashland, Tennessee, laid the paints on the Kodiak's bodacious body. The color scheme and patterns continue onto the fabricated door panels. Bugs beware-not of the Kodiak's formidable snout, but of the detailer's wrath should they mar the mirror finish of the Monroe Truck Equipment stainless steel tube grille and side vents or chrome bully bar on the front bumper, or knock out of alignment any of the 8-inch KC driving lights mounted on the bar. No arthropod unlucky enough to impact said accessories would survive the impact, but its soul might incur the eternal enmity of the truck's rag-wielding caretakers. And any stone that would ding the Monroe Truck Equipment diamond-plated running boards would surely be ground to dust by such anger.
That bed is by Monroe Truck Equipment, which installed a Kodiak pickup box. It is mounted on a Monroe Truck Equipment sub-frame and has a B&W gooseneck hitch. Tubular bedrails give you a hand up and over the side of the cargo box and onto the power retractable tonneau cover and the Bed Rug bedliner beneath it.
The engine on this Kodiak is stock, with the exception of the exhaust. Those dual 4-inch stainless steel tips poking out in front of the rear tires are part of Monroe Truck Equipment's custom quad exhaust system. Augmenting that leaf spring suspension is a Monroe Truck Equipment air suspension for the rear axle, cab, and the front bucket seats. Yeah...the seats. The stock 19-inch wheels were replaced by 22-1/2-inch chromed Alcoa aluminum wheels wrapped in 265/75R22.5 Goodyear tires.
Back to those doors. Open them up and you'll see audio components in the custom fiberglass door panels and StreetWires power accessories molded into the fiberglassed doorway thresholds. MTX TXC three-way component speakers comprised of a TXC5.1 5-1/4-inch component system with a TXC6.0 6-inch midbass were installed into the customized fiberglass front door panels. The custom panels of the rear doors house a pair of MTX Thunder Axe separates and a 6-1/2-inch TX6001 speaker in each. Crossovers are also mounted into the door panels.
Between the two front seats is a red, fiberglass center console. In the rear half is a downfiring MTX 15-inch JackHammer Series Thunder 8500 subwoofer; in the forward part is a MicroVision 7-inch widescreen.
The rear bench is motorized to reveal an MTX logo embedded into diamond-plate that runs the length of the seat and the amplifiers beneath it. These would be two MTX Thunder 5601 amplifiers, one for each voice coil of the subwoofer. Two more amps are attached to the center console and face toward the front doorways. These MTX Thunder 3404 amplifiers power the door speakers. All in all, these amps pump 2,000 watts at a 4-ohm load. Under the rear seat is a Kenwood KNA-DV4100 DVD/Navigation unit. That and a rearview camera feed into the Kenwood multimedia head unit in the dash, which also sources for the two Kenwood LX6500W 6-1/2-inch widescreen LCD monitors in the headrests.
As we mentioned, StreetWires wires the entire system together. A 16-20-volt 1-farad capacitor evens out the power flow, and two SCR 100 batteries are mounted in a custom rack underneath the cab and next to two stock batteries. Dynamat Xtreme deadens unwanted noise. And an Audiovox Prestige 9800 security system with remote start lends safety and security to the package.
Mitek thanks the folks at Monroe Truck Equipment, Kenwood, KC HiLites, XM Satellite Radio, Delphi, Varad, and Kreative Kustoms, as well as Kyle Warner. You may see this truck on the show circuit. (It was at SEMA-perhaps CES and other events.) If not, you won't have a hard time spotting this big bad boy.
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