2002 Chevy Blazer Xtreme - On The Extreme End - October 2008 Busted Knuckles
As you can tell from the photos, Adam Rule is out to create one hell of a kickass '02 Chevrolet Blazer Xtreme. Although it's shaping up and looks unique, it has been a work in progress for quite awhile. In the beginning, Adam didn't plan on going wild with the SUV and only lowered it when it was brand-new. From there, his taste for heavy customization progressed and the Blazer was modified to meet his new criteria.
The idea was to have the rocker panels planted on the ground over a set of 20-inch wheels and tires. On top of that, Adam didn't want the floors to be raised for the sake of going low. He preferred a stock-floor body drop, which required the front clip of the frame to be raised and attached to a new set of rails from the firewall back. To be able to drive it on the streets and turn the wheels for corners, the truck needed to lift up with help from Slam Specialties RE-7 airbags. Up front, these 'bags were mounted to Air Ride Technologies control arms that are bolted to a pair of Belltech drop spindles. For the rear, a wishbone three-link was created for adjustability and articulation.
The Blazer was looking good, but Adam was itching for some more. From there, he took it to Troy Gudgel at BBT Fabrications to reconfigure the chassis for a set of 22x8.5 and 22x10 bonspeed Huntingtons and a 5.7L V-8 LS1 engine from an '04 Pontiac GTO. When the Blazer was set up for the 20s, it was finished with wheeltubs in the rear that had to be cut out for the present wheels. Troy was then able to retub it and make a raised sheetmetal floor with a trapdoor to access the rear suspension. If you notice, the sheetmetal has several beads rolled in it that were added for strength, though the real treat to look at is the sheetmetal dash that flows into the center console. The dash is super-stylish and is complete with air vents, a defroster, and Classic Instruments gauges.
For now, the plan for the exterior is to keep it really simple. The door handles have already been shaved, but the antenna and tailgate handle will also be removed. Being that this is an Xtreme Blazer, the original body kit had to be shaved in order for it to lay body on the ground. Other than those minor things, this SUV will receive some custom bumpers.
For the front, Troy plans on making a steel bumper to fit underneath the '99 GMC Envoy headlights and grille. For the rear, a pair of Grant Kustoms side bumper shavers are already in place, and from there a bumper from a '47-'53 Chevy truck will be fitted.
Although it's still in the works, this Blazer will soon be dressed to impress.