2006 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD - Well Versed

On-Road, Off-Road, On-Water, Or Anywhere!

Harley Camilleri
Dec 1, 2007
Photographers: Harley Camilleri
Photo 2/2   |   2006 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD hauling Boat
Although not as over-the-top as some of his earlier Truckin' featured trucks, Jason Fonte, nevertheless,has an eye for modifications. Well thought-out and not too radical best describes the modifications done to the '06 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD and '05 Magic 28 Deckboat. Jason's sweet duo is set up and ready to roll on-road, off-road, on-water, or anywhere. Who says you can't have it all?
The truck is the first to catch the attention of John Q. Public with its towering height and industrial-looking touches. Only a 2WD, the Chevy is sitting high in the saddle, thanks to a CST 11-inch suspension lift. Custom-built track bars hold the rear axle steady, and HTS Innovative Design custom airbags level the load. ORU's differential cover on the rear axle looks great and adds additional fluid capacity to keep the 4.56 gears well lubricated. Six Fox Racing Shox slow the bounce and jounce of the road and keep the flat black 24-inch KMC Rockstar wheels and 37-inch Toyo Open Country M/Ts stuck to terra firma. Moving all that mass is the duty of the 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel under the hood, and it's boosted with a Volant cold-air intake, an MBRP turbo-back exhaust, and a Superchips Flashpack. To maintain the dark theme, an RBP black ceramic exhaust tip protrudes from the rear of the Silverado.
Outwardly, the factory Graystone Metallic was left without any cutting or shaving, instead it was accessorized for cleanliness. Once all of the exterior badging was removed, AMP Research running boards were mounted to allow easier entry for those with smaller inseam measurements. A billet grille graces the nose with a flat black billet fuel door swinging open from the driver side. Black being the operative complementing color, a black billet stubby antenna receives radio signals and a black Line-X bedliner protects the bed from damaging cargo. To see better at night, Jason had HID headlights and foglights installed to blast away the darkness.
Interior upgrades were done just as tastefully, two-tone black and gray leather covers all of the seating areas in the Crew Cab. Black-as-midnight suede wraps itself upward the A-pillars and across the entire headliner and overhead console. Next, custom fiberglass speaker pods were fitted into all four doors, thanks to Audio Concepts in Simi Valley, California. More dark-suede material can be found covering those and the doors' inserts, too. JL Audio XR650 speakers were fitted into the front door pods with the rear doors getting a couple sets of JL's XR525s. Behind the rear seat, Audio Concepts stuffed a box with enough airspace to allow the JL Audio 12W3 subwoofers to boom from. Under that same seat is a pair of JL Audio amplifiers, which are surrounded by a cool metal panel that was doused in suede.In the dash is a Pioneer Z-1 video head unit with an iPod, XM, and even a Sirius radio to keep Jason entertained while driving. Backseat passengers each view a 7-1/2-inch LCD screen mounted in the front seats' headrests.
Between both the truck and boat, Jason has the ability to go anywhere he chooses-and get there in style. Jason feels free riding high behind the wheel of the Silverado HD or blasting across the watery madness of a huge body of open water. We could only hope to achieve so much glory with so little effort.
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