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2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD - Cover Quest

So You Want To Be On The Cover Of 8-Lug Diesel Truck

The Staff of 8-Lug
May 1, 2009
In the March issue, we introduced Cover Quest, a fun little contest of sorts that gives you, the reader, a chance to see your truck on the cover of this magazine. For those who missed it, here's how it works.
Our panel of seasoned judges critiques readers' rides submissions to 8-Lug, based on the truck's build quality and use of aftermarket products. From those initial reviews, we will publish photos of at least one truck each month in Cover Quest.
At the end of the year, we'll announce the ultimate winner and the truck will be forever immortalized on the cover of the magazine in a 2010 issue. Our sponsor, General Tire, is also kicking down a set of tires. Log onto to check out its eight-lug truck line!
If you think you've got a truck worthy of the cover of 8-Lug magazine and you have an uncanny personality for accepting constructive criticism with a big smile, then send us your photos right away. Otherwise, step aside and let the challenge begin.
How To CQ
Email your digital photography (high-resolution 300 dpi) to Please send no more than 5 MB per email. Multiple emails are acceptable, but please identify each one (example: JoeSmithTruck1, JoeSmithTruck2, and so on). Include a brief (100 words or less) description of your vehicle (make, model, year, parts), along with a daytime phone number in case we need to contact you.
You must attach exterior, interior, and engine JPEGs (that's "photos" to those who are camera shy) to be considered.
All photography submitted becomes the property of 8-Lug magazine. Don't delay. We'll pick a CQ nominee each month through the December 2009 issue.
If you want to send us a CD of photos, address it to: 8-Lug Magazine, 2400 E. Katella Ave, 11th Floor, Anaheim, CA 92806.
The Panel
If you haven't realized it yet, Cover Quest is in the hands of the critics you see here. Their decisions are final and you can count on their comments to be brutally honest or sincerely encouraging.
Each reviewer has a different specialty, but in the end, two or more judges must agree on the worthiness of each CQ truck for it to move into the final round of elimination. Typically, selections for publication have been a confidential thing, handled behind the scenes of a magazine like 8-Lug. But for 2009, we're showing you the people behind the curtain. Well, most of them anyway.
Bob Carpenter
With his proudly shaved head and broad wardrobe of Hawaiian print shirts, Bob Carpenter could be mistaken for the captain of a cruise ship. But he's not. He's a dyed-in-the-wool motorsports junkie. Bob is also the founding editor of 8-Lug.
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His career with automotive magazines dates back to 1982 when he was the editor of Dirt Rider magazine. After the stint with motorcycles, Bob subsequently took the reigns of magazines like Custom Classic Trucks, Truck Builder, and Family & Performance Boating and never looked back. He's contributed to more than 20 other automotive publications as well.
Bob knows what it takes for a truck to be good enough to make it onto the cover of 8-Lug. He also knows that someday his fancy Hawaiian print shirts will come back in style!
Larry Saavedra
He prefers to be addressed as Mr. Saavedra now that he has spent 20-plus years covering custom trucks and cars. But we still call him Larry. Actually, we call him "Tiger" because of his constant chitchat about golf, much to the fury of those that loathe hitting a little white ball.
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While known to exaggerate his skills on the golf course, fortunately he doesn't need to buff up his automotive journalism experience to the same degree. Larry is a Telly Award-winning producer of Four Wheeler TV and the new initiative editor of Source Interlink Media, a job that means he wears a lot of hats.
His career started in 1985 at Truckin' magazine and he was responsible for launching niche titles like Mini Truckin' and 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility. With his insight of the aftermarket and a lifetime of automotive culture under his belt, Larry will be one tough judge to please. But you can count on him to be encouraging, no matter how you rate.
Mystery Critic
Sure, we could have just shown you the face of the third member of this panel and closed the book on all the fun. But we thought it might be better if we hold out his or her identity until the right time.
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Our mystery critic comes from the automotive industry and has been published in countless magazines through the years. He or she is known for having a brooding personality and doesn't mince words. You will either like him or her or you won't-there is no in between. Our mystery critic is fair, but adamant. Think Simon Cowell.
No Purchase Necessary. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Contest open to those 18 and older who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia. To enter, send photos and information about your truck to: 8-Lug Diesel Truck magazine, Attn: Bob Carpenter, 2400 E. Katella Ave., Ste. 1100, Anaheim, CA 92806. One entry per envelope, one entrant per entry. All entries must be received by 8/14/09. Entries will be judged. One winner will receive a set of tires from General Tire. All taxes on prizes are the responsibility of winners. Winners will be notified by mail on or about 9/14/09. Submission of entry constitutes entrant's consent (or that of their parent/legal guardian) to irrevocably assign to 8-Lug and General Tire any and all rights to entry, including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights. Acceptance of a prize constitutes winners' permission to use their names, likenesses, cities and states, and to be photographed for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation except where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law. All entrants are bound by the Full Rules. To obtain Full Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to 8-Lug Diesel Truck, Attn: Bob Carpenter, 2400 E. Katella Ave., Ste. 1100, Anaheim, CA 92806.
When Tony Salinas rolls by, you notice. Not only because his truck looks so good, but because it sounds so good. A whole lot of audio equipment is packed into this '05 Chevy 2500HD pickup.
A custom center console houses a 10,000-watt MA Audio amp. The vast array of audio equipment includes an SAVV TV monitor, audio control pre-amp, and an MA pre-amp. We counted speakers and had to use more than two hands. There is a total of three 12-inch MA Audio subwoofers, a dizzying 12 MA Audio component speakers, and eight MA Audio tweeters. One 10,000-watt monoblock amp joins with two 4400-watt four-channel amps to produce enough power to arc-weld if needed. There's a grand total of seven monitors (two SAVV LCD and four NESA LCD). Car Audio Pros masterminded the whole deal.
An Alpine head unit with iPod (W-205) is mounted in the dash and everything is controlled from this unit. A Stinger alternator provides more voltage than the stock unit, and five Stinger batteries ensure enough juice to let the tunes play for hours at a time, even if the engine is off.
A Full Throttle Suspension 10-inch lift kit with Fox shocks raises the truck just the right amount to include a set of 38-inch Kumho Road Ventor tires and 24-inch Jesse James Lawless 8 wheels. Carrol Tire Warehouse was instrumental in helping pick out a set of wheels and tires that would fit right and look good.
The 6.6L Duramax engine has a K&N air intake to improve the breathing and an MBRP 4-inch downpipe from the turbo back with dual 6-inch tips to get rid of the exhaust gases. Power is boosted via an Edge programmer.
Mystery Judge
Nice truck. Really nice truck. But not a cover truck. First of all, where the hell did this guy get those tires? I mean, they look like they belong on a Honda. Low-profile tires on a lifted truck is an oxymoron. A truck is supposed to be big and tough. A lifted diesel truck is the ultimate steroid statement. But then you put thin little tires on it? Give me a break. I think the engine compartment has a couple of nice things but could really use some attention. Adding color to it in one way or another would make this a better truck in general. One more important thing...where's the pop? Sure, this truck is nicely detailed, but how do you see that on a cover photo? Bob, no one is looking at the frame on the cover of 8-Lug. I need some color, some graphics, or something else to make the truck jump off the page and make the readers pick up 8-Lug magazine.
Bob Carpenter
I'm really feeling it here with Tony's truck. I like his attention to detail. Just look at the frame. You know how much work has to go into a frame to make it look that good? A whole lot, let me assure you. The way Tony used caps to cover ugly bolts is a sign that he's really giving it a strong effort to make the truck perfect. And it doesn't stop at the frame either. Tony's interior is packed full of really sweet audio and visual equipment, and it's packaged nicely too. The speakers behind the rear seats aren't even noticed unless you tilt the seats forward. And let's talk about that custom center console. The clear Plexiglas in it makes it a real highlight. In this case, you can really see the type of equipment Tony is rolling with. Negatives? Not many, for sure. But when you are talking about beating everyone else out for the cover, it can come down to small things. I'm not personally a big fan of static steps, ie: the tubular style that runs the length of the truck and doesn't get up out of the way when you close the door. I like the way it looks when they are out of the way. But, personal preference is the owner's prerogative.
Larry Saavedra
I'm afraid I'm going to agree with the Mystery Judge, although he's a bit prickly if you know what I mean. This truck is very cool and really has a nice off-road or towing stance, but those tires are a bad choice for a rig this tall. With that said, the more I look at the photography and read what the owner has done to it, the more I like to see it in the running for Cover Quest '09.
I didn't like this truck when I first saw it. Although it had a bunch of expensive parts on it, I couldn't understand why it was jacked up so high with the low-profile tires. But once you really look past that aspect, you start to see the incredible amount of attention that Tony Salinas paid to the small details.
Dark trucks are awesome-unless you have to wash and wax them. When photographed in the right light, dark trucks rule, and I think this one is cover worthy. Would I have gone with this profile of tire? No. But that doesn't mean others won't like it. I think it meets just about every aspect of what a good cover truck should look like.


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