Cadillac SRX - Silly Boys, SUVs are for Girls!
An Ekstensive Built Wifely Wonder
A few unlucky souls among us have gotten into the downward spiral of tearing into a new project due to an accident. It seems simple enough to do a little extra work, since many parts are already disassembled from the accident. This particular Cadillac SRX was no different. After Jennifer Carlton made a bit of an error in judgment, she smacked up the whole rear of her SRX. The mini SUV was unfortunately headed for the body shop for repairs, however, her husband, Bill Carlton of Ekstensive Metalworks fame, had other plans. Under the cover of working on the bodywork necessary to put the SRX back into shape, he whipped the Cadillac into an entirely different animal. Jennifer was in for a big surprise.
As builders of bomb rides that seem to be magnetized towards the pavement, Bill and the crew of Ekstensive Metalworks envisioned a 'bag-induced stance for the bashed-up SUV. After some metal destruction and reconstruction, room was made so the SRX suspension would accept Firestone airbags all around it. GC 450 1/2-inch air valves actuate the air in and out of the system making the Cadi hit its ups and downs. The entire system was plumbed with copper air line from the dual Thomas 337 compressors to the 7-gallon air reserve tank, out to the valves, and finally to the 'bags. A four-pack of 22x8-inch billet Devious wheels, designed by Nick Crouch, tucked neatly under the now-dumped fenders with 245/35R22 Cooper tires.
Once the necessary repairs had been made to the crunched rear hatch, some killer color was in order. Covering the angular exterior of the Cadi is the factory color dressed up with some two-tone by using House of Kolor Planet Green. The entire array was sprayed over with a wet coating of Candy Pagan Gold. Spears of chrome were airbrushed to run down each side of the vehicle with glints of sun-fed highlights thrown into the mix. Toward the front, the spears separate into classically styled boxes enclosing Candy Apple Red. Chris from South Coast Customs was credited with the smooth graphic chrome. Besides the paint, the only other exterior modifications were the E&G front mesh grille that is sporting the Cadillac crest and the stainless tips from the MagnaFlow exhaust, which peek out from underneath the bumper.
Ekstensive couldn't just do suspension and paint and call it a day, so the interior panels were pulled for a truly clean transformation. Almost the entire dash and center console were smoothed and color-matched to the Planet Green exterior, along with a couple of door-trim pieces. A Firestone air-pressure gauge was molded into the center console and it is next to the automatic transmission shifter for easy viewing. Gray ostrich over gray leather creates a sense of custom luxury the factory missed in the vehicle's creation. You'll find the bird flesh over the seats and door panel inserts. Lightning Audio musical reproduction gear was strategically placed amidst the SRX's interior and also severely limits the cargo area. The most noticeable piece of equipment is the super-sized subwoofer enclosure absorbing all of the room in the rear and fitted with three 15-inch Lightning subs. Chrome Lightning amps were mounted into the rear windows and power everything from their perched positions, including the subs and 6-1/2-inch separates mounted in all four doors. Meanwhile, the stock head unit controls the whole array. Video screens are everywhere. A 5-inch Directed LCD is in the dash, 7-inch monitors are in each headrest, and to top the sundae, two 17-inch screens hang from the rear hatch. In all, there are 11 speakers, 8 total screens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
This vehicle was actually first assembled from start to finish-without the stereo equipment-in a mere two weeks with 'bags, paint, wheels, and the necessary body repairs from Jennifer's mishap. That was round one for its last-minute unveiling at the SEMA Show. As if that wasn't hard enough, Bill had plans to take the Cadi to CES, but the shop that was doing the audio and video installation screwed up and wasn't able to get it done on time. With a never-say-die gusto, Bill called in his buddy, Dante. Dante stayed at the shop with his brother for four days straight to make the vehicle ready for its appointment in the Rockford Fosgate booth. The duo got it done on time, but of course, it was at the last minute. Nonetheless, it takes a gang of friends to pull off feats like these, so thanks go to the Ekstensive crew, Chris at South Coast Customs, Zach at Rockford Fosgate, MagnaFlow, Devious Wheels, Dante and his brother Ghetto Bob at Homeless Entertainment, E&G Grilles, Advanced Auto Trim, Cooper tires, and Directed Electronics.