2006 GMC 3500 HD - Pyrotechnic Trilogy
HTS Innovative Design's Retina-Searing Display
A well-accessorized truck really catches people's eyes. Like a beautiful woman dressed in the right outfit, with the perfect earrings, and nail polish to complement, a truck featuring the right paint coordinated to other toys is like a match made in heaven. HTS Innovative Design had a truck and boat combo featured in these very pages in the not too distant past, and sought to one-up itself with the next project it produced. What arose from inspiration was a trio of flamed-up toys to suit any occasion that presented itself. The temptation to stare was just too great.
Up front is a heavy-duty six-wheeler to haul the family or the toys. Beginning with an '06 GMC 3500 HD, HTS rolled the long wheelbase hauler into its Simi Valley, California, work bay and put it up on a lift. Once there, Doug Dobson got busy with the air tools and removed just about every piece of the suspension that he knew he didn't want on the Crew Cab. Replacing those components is a pair of McGaughy's 2-inch drop spindles and a complete Air Ride Technologies front Strong Arms system featuring ShockWaves and 1/2-ton torsion bars. For the rear suspension, you will no longer find leaf springs. Instead, an Air Ride Technologies Air Bar HD four-link setup is employed with massive airbags that can handle the load this truck is designed for. BigRed valves, 1/2-inch airlines, dual Air-Zenith compressors, and a 5-gallon air tank round out the rest of the suspension package. The rolling affair consists of 22-inch Brentz Smoothy wheels and 265/40R22 Toyo Proxes.
Motor-vation for this beast is a 6.6L Duramax turbo V-8. Although no slouch right from the factory, HTS sought to improve on an already killer package. Horsepower equates to more air in and more air out, so breathing duties were increased by using an Advanced Flow Engineering (aFe) cold-air intake. Showing the burned fumes the exit is a stainless RBP exhaust running from the turbo back. Instead of running the piping out the rear corner as most truck owners would, Doug chose to turn the big black ceramic RBP tip out the side and in front of the passenger dual rear wheels. An extra 100 hp was programmed into the factory ECM with some creative computer work by RBP. Dousing all four rear tires with smoke is just a heavy right foot away.
Turning people's heads on the streets requires a smooth visual appeal. Doug Dobson loves flames as exampled in a couple of his last trucks, the chopper, boat, and even some choice tattoo work on his body. Factory Summit White might be the humble beginnings of the dualie's skin, but a trip through Jerk Design's paint booth made it otherwise. Hailing from Simi Valley, California, owner Jerry dropped paint-matched handles in all four doors and the tailgate. Then, he proceeded to lay down a triple set of flames intertwining their way from the nose to the fattened rear fenders. Negative white flames striped in light blue give way to silver flames outlined in black and blue licks bordered in orange. Although the lack of additional body modifications might raise snooty noses by some, this Sierra was honored by SEMA for its pyro-styled coverings and matching interior-styling cues.
Those interior coverings were the handy stitchcraft of Ramon at the Upholstery Zone in Simi Valley. Making the factory gray leather more interesting are blue suede seat centers fading away into flames, which incinerated the white leather above it. Orange stitching pipes the flames, which brings in more of the outside colors. A matching headliner, awash in white leather, feels the burn of fiery-blue suede inserts. Audio Concepts, which is also located in Simi Valley, had its hand in the internal transformation. During the installation of all the electronics, Jos Herrera had his team do a series of blue-suede inserts in the dash, center console, passenger grab handle, and also in all four doors' custom speaker pods. In-house electronics specialist, Steve Hock, gutted most of the OE sound equipment to make way for a stellar-sounding audio install. An Eclipse AVN-6610 touch-screen head unit starts it all with signals traveling to twin JL Audio amplifiers, which were mounted under the folding rear seats. A 500/1 and 300/4 amplify sounds to the four JL Audio ZR-650 door speakers up front, quad JL Audio XR-525 rear-door speakers, and dual JL Audio 12W3 subwoofers, which were mounted in a custom enclosure behind the rear seats. Up top, the factory optioned Panasonic flip-down screen and DVD player was modified to integrate into the rest of Steve's creative vision. An Alpine TMEM-770 touch screen sets in the center console while two Vizualogic 9-inch screens with integrated DVD players are mounted into each front headrest.
Matching HTS' flamed fantasy world is an '04 Eliminator 26 Daytona. Under the fully engulfed engine hatch sits a Teague 750hp naturally aspirated V-8 that can move the boat to near triple-digit speed. An off-the-charts Orion sound system can be found there rivaling the blast of even the truck's potent system. Audio Concepts claims responsibility for the ear-splitting installation. As for the '06 Special Construction chopper, it started life as an Xtreme Cycle Design frame built with 5 inches of forward stretch and 2 inches of vertical stretch. Powering the bike is a monster 120ci all-billet Patrick Racing engine that has been fully polished. Puting hulk-like horsepower to the ground via a 280 rear tire, it has all of the awesome looks of the GMC, thanks to the handiwork of Jerry at Jerk Designs.
We love to see trucks with more accessories than a Beverly Hills shopper. On our road trip to Havasu Havoc, Doug had the chopper cinched safely in the bed of the truck while also towing the smoking fast Eliminator boat. The passing motorists rolled by and stared while wide-eyed children fought to flash him a hearty thumb's up. With the talented ability of a couple of friends, Doug and HTS have created a trio of healthy viewing pleasures stuffed with all of the right amenities.