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Let the Good Times Roll in a 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

Every Mile is a Memory

Feb 25, 2016
Photographers: Dale Martin
We are all like giant sponges. When squeezed by the pressures of life, what we’re made of comes pouring out. For some, what comes out is an ugliness that repels. For them, the glass is half empty and they spiral into depression and all sorts of bad things. They unproductively move backward. Others see the glass as half full, so that which is attractive gets squeezed out under pressure: optimism, hope, drive, motivation, and accomplishment. They find productive ways to move forward. Twenty-seven-year-old Brian Huff is one of those glass-half-full types of guys, as reflected by his ’04 Chevy Silverado 2500HD.
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Brian purchased the 6.6L Duramax truck in June 2010 from a family member, after losing not one but two friends to street bike accidents in the same year. Both were into diesel trucks and Monster Energy drinks—hence the black-and-green theme. Brian’s intention of a modification here and there escalated into the all-out, solid-axle, four-link build featured here. He drives to shows all over the country, most recently the show of all shows: 2015 SEMA.
Even though dark colors tend to make trucks appear slimmer and smaller, that’s not the case with Brian’s Chevy. With 17 inches of lift atop 24-inch Fuel wheels and 40-inch Fuel Mud Grippers, even the glossy factory GM paintjob by Extreme Custom Collision can’t hide the truck’s 9,200 pounds of girth. Ryan Robertson, owner of Arkansas Customs, and Evan House, owner of Backwoods Bumpers, helped Brian turn the truck’s basic BDS Suspension 7-inch lift into a front solid-axle-swapped, rear four-linked monster with custom-built ICON 2.5 Series coilovers on all four corners. The setup has proven itself stout and reliable, as SEMA alone added 2,600 miles to the odometer.
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With the exterior that done up, you can be sure the interior has not been abandoned. RoadWire custom leather seats with green inserts and green stitching add a touch of class and comfort for passengers. A custom sound system—consisting of Morel components and kick panels, four Kicker amps, and a 10-inch Kicker Solo-Baric subwoofer in a custom center console box—keeps occupants entertained. The green theme continues in the interior with color-matched plastics and accessories, right down to a green iPhone charger cord.
Some people, like Brian, have the drive to make dreams come true. They go to SEMA. They get on the cover. Why? Because they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. They find themselves in the right place at the right time. They turn the ugly things life throws at them into reasons to make good things happen. They carry memories with them not to drag them down but to spur them on. They can laugh at the things that would discourage others. They go the extra mile and put in the hard work. They’re the unstoppable go-getters when others call it quits. Whether loved or hated, they’re OK being themselves, embracing the attitude that “life is what you make it.” Now there’s a glass-half-full attitude for you.
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Green accents and graphics make the Extreme Custom Collision factory GM black paintjob pop on Brian Huff’s ’04 Chevy Silverado 2500HD.
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Can you imagine parking this behemoth in a compact spot at the local strip mall? Neither can we. The front end is a visual mouthful with the Backwoods bumper, RBP grille, custom headlights, and Night Break Lighting lightbars and color shift cubes.
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Bigger is always better. With a 17-inch lift, the Duramax seems to dwarf the huge 24x14 custom green-and-black-accented Fuel FF12 wheels mounted on equally ginormous 40x15.50R24 Fuel Mud Gripper tires. Since this truck sees daily road abuse, a fullsize spare setup is mounted via a TireGate spare tire carrier in the bed.
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Brian’s favorite part of the truck depicts his buddy’s #428 KTM number plate. The horns surrounding the plate are from the Hornblasters train horn, which can surely be heard if one happens to not notice this beast’s presence.
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The rear of the massive Chevy features a four-link suspension setup, ICON 2.5 coilovers, and Eibach springs. A Monster Energy green ATS differential cover looks right at home.
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Replacing the independent front suspension is a solid-axle swap, complete with custom-built ICON coilover remote reservoir shocks and Eibach springs. A custom driveshaft makes the four-wheel drive functional.
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Sometimes a nickname just sticks, as seen stitched into the headrests of the RoadWire leather interior seats. With a glass-half-full perspective, you roll with it.
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Brian puts it best by asking, “Why build a badass truck if you don’t plan on driving it?” He assures us his Duramax is no trailer queen, as evidenced by the 220,841 miles on its odometer and multiple long-distance trips. It’s a daily driven, toy-haulin’, pleasure-seekin’, couch-movin’, pure-pleasure weekend warrior.
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You’re not going crazy—that’s an illuminated green ring around the rotors thanks to ORACLE ColorSHIFT lighting found here and throughout the truck. They operate off the Bluetooth of Brian’s phone so that he can adjust the color and operation with a controller in the cab. Kids these days…
Year/Make/Model: ’04 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Brian Huff
Hometown: Dumfries, Virginia
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LB7 V-8
Induction: K&N cold-air intake
Exhaust: MBRP 5-inch turbo-back
Engine Management: Edge Evolution CTS2 programmer
Horsepower/Torque: 400hp/620 lb-ft
Transmission: Allison 1000
Fluids: Amsoil
Suspension: Backwoods Bumpers custom 17-inch lift featuring a solid-axle swap and four-link rear; custom-built ICON 2.5 Series coilovers with Eibach springs on all four corners
Interior: RoadWire custom leather interior, Edge CTS monitor, Morel components and kick panels, Kicker amplifiers, and Kicker Solo-Baric 10-inch subwoofer in custom-built center console sub box
Exterior/Accessories: Front and rear Backwoods bumpers, RBP grille, ATS differential cover, TireGate spare tire carrier, Hornblasters train horn, Monster Hooks, Amp Research retractable steps, Go Recon cab lights and third brake light, custom headlights with halos built by Arkansas Customs, ORACLE ColorSHIFT wheel rings, Night Break Lighting 50-inch curved lightbar on roof, two 30-inch lightbars in the grille, additional 30-inch lightbar, and Night Break color shift cubes
Paint/Wrap: Factory GM black painted by Extreme Custom Collision in Woodbridge, Virginia
Wheels: 24x14 Fuel FF12 custom-painted black and green
Tires: 40x15.50R24 Fuel Mud Grippers
Odometer: 220,841 miles
Fuel Economy: 17 to 20 mpg with Edge programmer
Special Thanks: “My dad who has always been there for me; Ryan and Hollie Robertson, and the whole crew at Arkansas Customs; Evan House at Backwoods Bumpers; Kaleb King; Chris Milleson; Joel McKinley; Stephen Kestermann; Arkansas Customs; Extreme Custom Collision; Designs By King; Rolling Big Power; ICON Vehicle Dymanics; Edge Products; Injectors Direct; Diesel Dynasty; MBRP; All HIDS; Hornblasters; ATS Diesel; Monster Hooks; Night Break; Bolt Lock; R1 Concepts; Fuel Offroad; Killer Wax Las Vegas; Optima Batteries; RoadWire; Oracle Lights; Deluxe Garage; Audio Fanatics; Undercover Truck Lids/Swing Cases; BedRug; and last but not least, the one and only Jason George over at Jason’s Pro Detail who helps me keep this thing clean on the regular.”
Fun Fact: “I am a 27-year-old dream-chasing, big-truck driving (although driving is not my strong suit), never-let-anything-stop-me, every-mile-a-memory, YOLO-saying, be-better-not-bitter, optimistic lil guy who puts his pants on one leg at a time AND is currently sleeping on SMURF sheets!!”



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