Heavy-Duty Bruiser: 2011 Chevy 2500HD Crew Cab
Big, Bad & Bulletproof
Having owned and built several other custom vehicles, Shaun Freilich thought it best to open the doors to his own business. With the American Dream looming over his head, his next move would be crucial. How could he get the masses of Dallas, Texas, to drive to his shiny new front door? Building a calling card was in order, and the bigger, the better. Shaun had not completed situating his new shop and was in no shape to get anything done in a timely fashion, and with SEMA just weeks off, he was stuck with a brand-new 2011 Chevy 2500HD Crew Cab 4X4. It was time to call in backup.
Roland Trudell of RBP was first on the call list and together a collective plan was formed. Shaun would deliver the fresh HD to Outlaw Off Road in Santa Ana, California. No easy task with over 1,400 miles separating the two points on the map. Nonetheless, Shaun made the trip in rapid fashion (with some speed laws broken, we believe) and handed the keys to Roland personally. A call was placed to Bryan Brown of Bulletproof Suspension for one of his company’s 12-inch kits. Snafu number two ensued. The 2011 trucks had new suspension needs and Bryan had not developed a kit yet. Not to be outdone, the truck was dropped off at Bulletproof and Bryan put in the R&D time creating a one-piece drop-down cage with upper control arms allowing dual front shocks. Every inch of the 12-inch lift was powdercoated in a vibrant red before calling it complete. Atlas Springs brought the rear end up to par with a pair of 10-inch leaf springs. Dual Fox Racing shocks were chromed and bolted in up front with Bulletproof billet reservoir clamps as one per side in the rear followed suit. Braided stainless brake lines made up for the distance created between the brakes. Outlaw Off Road finished the lift by bolting up a quartet of 24x101/2-inch BMF M-80 wheels in Death Metal finish that had red stripes painted to match the suspension. Rolling attire is Interco’s new SS M16 sized in at a massive 40x14.50R24LT.
With a respectable undercarriage, attention was turned to the body of the large-by-wide Chevy hauler. An N-Fab prerunner bumper with KC Lites was powdercoated red to match and hangs from the stock front bumper providing additional protection to the T-Rex Urban Assault grille in “Black Ops” flat black. Down each side, N-Fab wheel-to-wheel step bars were mounted, and a rear-runner bar plays caboose. Keeping to the dark side, paint-matched door handles and smoked ANZO head and taillights keep the eye flowing. AVI Wraps broke up the heavy expanse of black on each side of the 2500HD with a tapering red stripe and cut a rear window cover labeling many of the accessory companies used in the truck’s completion.
Open the doors of the hood and the first thing grabbing attention is the skull-covered plastics. Shaun had Texas Hydro Imaging cover everything from the sill plates to the dash and door plastics. Under the hood, sinister skulls look upon your soul from the core support cover, air intake, and other dark corners. Adding further dimension to the interior was A-1 Interiors in Odessa, Texas. A-1 split the black leather of the seats with a bold red center and wrapped the headliner in abysmal black suede.
With barely a month between start and finish, Shaun was able to have the truck completed in time to debut at the SEMA show in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. By the time you are reading this, Shaun and Complete Customs will be in full swing, but he couldn’t do it without the help of some great people willing lend a hand. Roland Trudell, Connor Gilmer of Outlaw Off Road, Bryan Brown of Bulletproof Suspension, Sunny Mangia of A-1 Interior, Josh King and Omar Fierro at Texas Hydro Imaging, Blake Ramthun of BMF, Pattie Campbell of Interco, Thomas Fichter of N-Fab, Mark Jimenez of T-Rex, and Ron Pryczynski of KC Highlites all put in when the call came.