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2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD: Out of the Ashes

This ’08 was Built to Replace a Destroyed Vehicle

Bob Carpenter
Oct 24, 2015
Photographers: Bob Carpenter
The reason Abel Cabrera built this ’08 GMC Sierra 2500HD was spawned from a bad thing. You see, his wife rolled their lifted Yukon XL on the way to Dumont Dunes. Luckily, she wasn't hurt, but the vehicle was a mess. “This wasn't going to hold me down,” Abel says. “So I decided to upgrade to a diesel. Everything happens for a reason.”
Photo 2/12   |   Abel Cabrera wanted to bring the black-on-black look to a new level. It appears he has achieved that goal.
The planning stages started with one firm strategy: everything would be blacked out. “I wanted to bring the black-on-black look to another level,” Abel explains. He thought that would look particularly good at the sand dunes. As you can tell by now, the Cabreras spend a lot of time at the sand dunes, so you know they need a truck that can handle the toy hauler but still look good. Plus, Abel hauls jet skis to the lake, too—and you know you have to look good at the lake!
Photo 3/12   |   A CST 11-inch lift kit put the GMC way up in the air. Abel had everything powdercoated black.
Based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, Abel took the truck to nearby Fat Boy Customs to have all the work done. The biggest part of the project was installing the 11-inch lift from CST. Fox shock absorbers completed the suspension overhaul. After the truck was up in the air, Fat Boy Customs installed a set of 20-inch Fuel Hostage wheels (12 inches wide) and 38-inch Toyo mud tires.
Photo 4/12   |   A set of 20-inch Fuel Hostage wheels gives just the right look to Abel’s truck, while the 38x15.50R20LT Toyo Open Country M/T tires help fill up the space created by the 11-inch CST lift kit.
For a performance boost, Abel had Fat Boy Customs install an RBP programmer and exhaust, plus a package of RBP gauges to monitor everything. He’s considering some more performance mods in the future.
Photo 5/12   |   The black RBP exhaust system is perfect for this black-on-black concept.
If Abel had it to do all over again, he said he’d powdercoat the lift a different color. Black still, mind you, but a different shade of black to make it stand out just a bit more. But the reality is that Abel is very happy with his truck and he drives it every day. Sometimes a terrible thing results in something better.

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