2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT - Suga-Lak
An EXT Three Years In The Making
If Cadillac were to pour their resources into giving an '02 Escalade EXT a top-quality audio system, it might look a lot like Shuqualak, Mississippi, native Hal Jenkins' pearl white pride and joy. Who are we kidding, Cadillac would never have the guts to lay running board on 24s! Hal started his Escalade project because of all of the things the Escalade already had going for it from the factory. It had bold looks, a coil-link suspension, and a luxurious interior. Hal, with the help from some talented individuals, was going to take each of the Escalade's strengths and amplify them.
If you read Truckin' magazine on a regular basis, then Ekstensive Metalworks is a familiar name. Known for their functional and creative suspensions, Hal knew they'd be up to the task of dropping his Cadillac and he trusted his truck to their expertise. Bill Carlton and his crew built custom control arms and a rack and pinion steering system for the front, while the rear called for a notch and three-link. Hal had his mind set on 24x10-inch Lexani Roma wheels and 305/35R24 Pirelli Scorpion Zero rubber, so the rear end was narrowed two inches per side and wheeltubs were built to accommodate the extra width. After the 2600lb Firestone 'bags were plumbed with GC 450 valves and both Viair 480 compressors were wired up, the Escalade was reborn, laying running board and tucking plenty of wheel into the fenders.
The matching interior was the work of Southern Upholstery and Twin States Body Shop, both in Meridian. Southern Upholstery covered the seats in shell leather with cream ostrich inserts and Eli Griffin at Twin States Body Shop smoothed and painted the dash, the amps, the subwoofer trim, and pretty much anything else that's pearl white. The final accents include a billet steering wheel and door handles. The finished look is one of muted off-white and light brown with just a few wood and polished metal accents that looks right at home inside a Cadillac.
Aside from the great stance, what caught our attention on Hal's truck was the quality of the audio installation. While Hal had to go all the way to Houston for his suspension, Justin McCarry and the rest of Selective Audio was right in Hal's backyard in Meridian, Mississippi. Flip down the tailgate of the Escalade and you'll be greeted by deeply polished wood inserts and a gigantic Rockford Fosgate T40001bd amp with 4,000 watts of power. The passenger side of the bed holds two Rockford Fosgate 2FHD hybrid digital capacitors, while the driver side holds two Exide Purple Haze deep cycle batteries to help with the extra power draw. The forward part of the bed was sacrificed for a subwoofer enclosure that's visible when you tilt the rear seats forward. Two 15-inch Rockford Fosgate T2 subs were mounted in the same polished wood as the bed. The midrange is transmitted through 61/2-inch and 51/2-inch MB Quart components in the front and rear doors, and the entire system is orchestrated by a Kenwood KVT-715 DVD head unit in the dash. The Kenwood unit also works with the 7-inch visor monitor on the passenger side. Rear seat occupants get their own monitors via Myron & Davis headrests that each have their own DVD player built in.
This truck wasn't built in a day; the quality work and long hours shows through every facet of the Escalade. Hal would like to thank all of the guys that put their hard work into his EXT, including Ekstensive, Selective Audio, Rockford Fosgate, Lexani, and Twin States Body Shop. Most of all, he would like to thank his wife, Engret, who was supportive of the project the whole way.