2007 GMC Yukon - A Desert Warfare Combo
Holding On To XTC
Keeping up with the ever-changing truck and boat scene is a miracle of time management, mixed with surges of other miracles. Boats are removed from molds with nary a hint at what lay in store, while truck parts are hitting the shelves faster than you can say "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Chris Leaming nabbed himself a brand-spanking-new '07 GMC Yukon and '06 Magic 28 Deckboat to build as a promotional tool for his budding business, XTC Motorsports. With barely anything to market for the Denali, Chris was on the phone ready to create a miracle.
A stock white Yukon doesn't turn heads any more than bad reporting on the nightly news these days, so a more aggressive stance was definitely on the to-do list. After hitting wall after wall while trying to find a suspension system compatible with the new GMT-900 suspension, Chris found a glimmer of hope with Fabtech Motorsports. The company had recently released its 7-inch basic and performance systems and XTC Motorsports jumped at the chance to do the installation, along with Air Lift rear air springs in preparation for the towing duty. The newly added height created enough room to clear 20-inch Raceline wheels with 35-inch Toyo rubber. To protect himself and others around him, Chris chose the appropriate set of Stillen performance rotors and pads to replace the stock pieces. For a little undercarriage gleam, a polished Nu Image differential cover put the stocker out to pasture.
Under the hood of the GMC is a 5.3L V-8 rated at 320 hp, but of course, that wouldn't cut it. Upping the ante, just a tad, are a few well-placed performance modifications. The techs at XTC popped the hood on the SUV and found a new home for a Superchips programmer and thermostat, an Advanced Flow Engineering (aFe) cold-air intake, and a MagnaFlow stainless exhaust. With the Magic in tow, or while just in cruise mode, the Yukon is not an embarrassment now. It's ready for anything to be thrown its way. Some chosen plastic pieces under the hood were painted white, to match the exterior, which add plenty of eye candy to a normally dull-appearing area.
Matching the Yukon is the '06 Magic 28 Deck. Built for tossing a few friends onboard and enjoying a day in the sun on the water, Chris ordered a few touches to make the journey a bit more fun-not that the Magic is a slouch when fitted with a 425-horse-over-the-counter motor, but more speed does equal more smiles. Under the hydraulic-powered hatch is a 580ci custom-built V-8 that makes horses in the 650 range. All that power is harnessed and put to the surf by an Imco Xtreme shorty-drive and stainless Bravo prop. Mashing the throttle until the Gaffrig tachometer says "stop!" will have the Magic running about 85 mph. It's just the thing to keep passengers on their toes. If that doesn't work, then blasting the tunes will. A Sony marine head unit tunes a pair of Kicker amplifiers moving 1,200 watts of boom through four Kicker Solobaric subwoofers. The whole setup rides on a triple-axle trailer with six 16-inch polished aluminum wheels.
Being in the custom truck and car business has afforded Chris some access to entertaining products when they first appear. If you should find yourself in the Chandler, Arizona, area, be sure to stop by and check out what's in the works there. If you can't make it there yourself, the digital realm can give you all of the information you need. Simply log onto the website www.xtcmotorsports.net, and let Chris know Truckin' magazine sent you.
For the remainder of the untouched portions of the truck, Chris kept it fairly sane. AMP Research Power Steps reach out and help driver and passenger alike ingress and egress to the lifted rig. Nu Image gauges add a sense of style to the interior, along with a few carbon-fiber bits from California Automotive Designs. House of Tints covered the windows to shield the interior and occupants from the glaring Arizona sun. Traveling needs are handled by a thumping sound system, which was installed by Kustom Kar Sound. A mega-sized subwoofer enclosure in the rear of the Yukon holds a triplet of 12-inch JL Audio subwoofers, which is powered by a JL Audio 1000.1 amplifier. The speakers in the factory locations are also JL powered, but with a smaller 500.5 amplifier. Outside, the GMC is dressed for duty in boat-matching graphics and Street Scene grilles. All in all, it's a simple approach to clean driving and towing accessorization.