2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD - Larger Than Life
Big Power, Lift, And Trophies
Yes, this truck is incredibly sick. Now that we have the obvious out of the way, the fashion in which it was built is just as intriguing as all of the detail put into the '05 Chevy 2500HD. With a six-figure price tag, it may also interest you to know that Mike Kazi of San Bernardino, California, had a hand in each phase of its creation. So why the huge lift, crazy paint, and insane interior? As Mike told us, "I wanted to be on the cover of Truckin' magazine."
Being a humble business man, Mike doesn't like the limelight, but you may recognize his shop's name, Auto Accessory Warehouse, from the popular MTV show, "Trick It Out." Appearing on the customizing show twice, and winning both challenges easily, Mike and his team have a true talent for creating awe-inspiring cars and trucks. When it came time to build his own rig, Mike knew it would have to be an over-the-top wild ride that could be parked in front of the shop and stop traffic. Check out how they got there.
Mike started with an unmolested '04 Chevy 2500HD and immediately removed the cab from the frame. With the body off, All Auto Body in San Bernardino, was recruited to smooth and paint the large Heavy Duty frame. On went multiple coats of House of Kolor Kandy Apple Red with airbrushed skulls and tribal licks on the metal. Nice and bright, the Auto Accessory Warehouse team went to work making the Chevy sky-high.
Bolting on a 14-inch Bulletproof lift, along with 4-inch lift spindles, huge rear leaf springs, and a 3-inch body lift, the 2500HD is now in its own stratosphere. Combine the huge lift with the fact that every piece of undercarriage and lift kit, including Fox Racing Shox, leaf springs, spindles, calipers, and even the axle, was either chrome plated or painted Kandy Apple Red. Mike's truck could literally blind you with its bling. Trying to fill the void created by the monster lift are Goodyear Super Single tires sized 445/65R22.5. Mounted inside of those 45-inch Goodyears are 22.5-inch custom-cut Alcoa polished wheels. The duo really added to the ruggedness of this bad boy. Trying to stop those massive rollers are upgraded Powerslot rotors and Hawk brake pads. Other trick touches under the truck include a grand total of six huge train horns powered by two separate compressors and four extended and chromed Sidewinder steps.
Driving the truck was under-whelming , so Mike decided several power adders were in order. On went an Edge performance module and RBP turbo-back exhaust system. The two helped spool the turbo up more quickly and get the chromed driveshaft spinning quickly.
Known for their incredible audio and video systems, Auto Accessory Warehouse went to work creating one of its loudest systems to date. Pulling out all of the interior, the truck was gutted and Dynamat was applied everywhere. With the seats out of the truck, the rear bench was cut and made to be a pair of buckets. This one done to create enough room for the custom center console that starts underneath the dash and makes its way to the back wall. Housed in the suede-covered center console are six Orion amps, two of which are 800-watts for the highs, and four are 2,400-watt mono-block amps to power the eight 12-inch MMATTS subwoofers in the bed. Cutting the rear wall allowed the team to showcase some of its build talents. By laying down top and bottom mirrors in between the V-shaped enclosure, it gave an infinite subwoofer appearance.
Keeping tabs of the power are two 50-farad Stinger caps and two Optima batteries. An Eclipse AVN50D provides the signals for the subs and MMATS three-way components in the doors. Before covering them in two-tone suede and snake skin, the crew added 10-inch SAVV DVD headrests to the seats. With suede covering the headliner, three monitors were installed, which included one 15-inch and two 10-inch swivel screens. Seven-inch screens were also installed into the suede-wrapped sunvisors and the dash was smoothed and painted Kandy Apple Red with flames shaped into the mold.
Sky high and sounding great, the truck was not quite up to cover-story standards. In stepped All Auto Body of San Bernardino with paint and airbrush guns in hand. The entire truck was covered in House of Kolor Kandy Apple Red with sinister faces, skulls, and tribal designs appropriately airbrushed onto the surface. The paint is very much in-your-face and the details are amazing. Lastly, a Precision Billet Grille was added along with flame door handles and the bed received red bed lining with flames and an AAW logo.
While talking at the shop, we asked Mike what the toughest part about the build was. He laughed and said, "Spending the cash and thinking it wasn't going to get done because there were parts everywhere." According to Mike, the best part of the truck is "everyone's reaction when they see it." Mike parties like a rockstar and builds trucks that make rockstars envious. Besides his crew and shop, Mike wanted to thank his wife Kelly, and his two little girls Kimberly and Kalila, for all of their love and support.