2007 Chevy Tahoe - American Beauty
A Texas-Sized Tahoe
Most consumers were pleased with the increase of the '07 Chevrolet Tahoe's size compared to the previous generation. But as the old saying goes, "you can't make everyone happy, all of the time." Well, we editors at Truckin' aren't usually ones to point fingers, but we do know one guy in particular who thought the revamped Tahoe just wasn't quite big enough. The man in question answers to the name of Greg Brown, and he hails from Pasadena, Texas.
It really wasn't the new Tahoe's passenger and cargo space that bothered Greg. As anyone can see, there seemed to be real concern about driving way down in the Earth's troposphere. Greg ran with one of his state's unofficial mottos: "Everything's bigger in Texas," and translated the sentiment into an automotive application. Greg spared no expense as he transformed his stock, vertically challenged `Hoe into a sky-scraping tank that any custom connoisseur can appreciate.
For those of you who are taking in Greg's Chevy for the first time, you don't have to worry about straining your neck while admiring its Himalayan-like height. In case you were wondering, the Tahoe has been blasted 16 inches above the factory stance-definitely not for the mild at heart. We figure, when the time comes to void the warranty of a one-year old vehicle, one might as well obliterate it instead of getting revoked by the dealer service, due to a borderline infraction.
To get the truck that high off the ground, Greg turned to Third Coast Suspension, also located in Pasadena, Texas, for their expertise in quality fabrication. Once the guys at the shop sized up the Tahoe's stock suspension setup, it was only a matter of time before they realized how to send it halfway to the moon. Aside from the King coilover shocks that were attached to each corner, the laborious lift was a complete Third Coast production. They even stripped and painted the frame and treated the sway bar to gold-plating; form and function at its finest. To further add to the capable suspension system, a set of KMC 22x11 Balzac wheels with accompanying 40/15.50R22 Nitto Mud Grappler tires have been thrown in for good measure. Although the Tahoe's new height is its most striking feature, there is more to this looker than just long legs and high heels.
When Greg had the idea to tear into his brand-new SUV, he had no intention of keeping things tame. The bold yet understated paint scheme blends and wraps around both sides, then onto the rear of the Tahoe with sharp lines and color contrast. Kelly Green from GRC, in Dayton, Texas, sprayed the House of Kolor lime green lines in between the silver flake and black colored fields. The outer surface has been shaved clean of all badges, trim, and any other small, unnecessary items that interfere with the Chevy's surface. Also, the stock taillights have been tinted a few shades darker, which creates a visually dramatic change in appearance.
Of course, this `Hoe's talent runs much deeper than just its pretty face. Just like mom used to say, "It's what's inside that counts." For those of us who cast mother's priceless words of wisdom out the window, we should reevaluate the saying, because here is finally an interior worthy of some recognition. To all the special ladies in our lives, us guys are just talking trucks, so there is no need for hurt feelings.
Now, where were we? Ah yes, a few pieces had been yanked from the dash and door panels to receive a bit of color, which pulls the exterior inside the cab. Charcoal with black `gator accent Katzkin seats provide comfort, while the Tahoe's passengers cruise at the near mile-high altitude. A Kenwood head unit has replaced the factory stereo system and a custom sub enclosure, built by Rob Rodell, houses the JL Audio W7 13-inch sub and its JL 1,000 amplified companion. A JL 450 amp, which pushes the rest of the Tahoe's speakers, also calls the enclosure home.
Now that Greg's Tahoe has been completed, it's time for him to climb into the driver seat and drive the hell out of his new ride. Over the brief two-month build period, Greg has achieved new heights and would like to thank the guys who helped along the way: Kevin, Rob, and Ronnie at B&C Offroad, and Third Coast Suspension certainly made things happen for this Chevy.