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2015 GMC Denali Duramax - Stacked

Career Builder, The Truck Guru, One Ups Himself

Mike Alexander
Jun 19, 2016
Photographers: Mike Alexander
An interesting process occurs in nature that is best known as the evolutionary arm’s race. Simply put, the eternal struggle between predator and prey sets the stage for a contest of escalation, spurring on stronger and more-efficient species on both sides of the battlefield. For example, take the wolf. A few, (relatively) short million years ago, wolves sought out their meals in the cold, dead night. It took a few generations for deer to get the memo, but they eventually started to do their traveling at dusk, betting on the fact that the wolves would still be sleeping before the night shift began. As the deer began to gain an edge up on their nemesis, the wolves made adjustments of their own. Genetics came into play, Mother Nature worked her magic, and now we have a wolf who’s eyes contain a larger pupil and more rods than cones, which means dusk is ideal time for wolves to see terrified deer running away from them.
This process also takes place in the custom automotive world, as we continue to push boundaries. Cris Payne, better known as the “Truck Guru,” is now amongst the upper echelon of lifted truck builders out there today. His new adaptation of the truck species, part of a new step-up in motorized evolution, has become known as “stacked.” Payne owns this beastly ’15 GMC Denali Duramax, on which he decided to outdo his previous SEMA builds by taking this one to the extreme. Payne’s involvement in the industry began almost 10 years ago, and his career consists of Project Management for both truck builds and conceptual designs. Stunning as his most recent project is, he’s now at the peak of his race to the top of the food chain, partnering with premium-quality suspension manufacturer McGaughy’s Suspension. His previous builds include several other SEMA trucks, Jeeps, and even a Ram used in the seventh film of the Fast & Furious franchise.
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This current project build was completed as a joint effort between Truck Guru and Direct Offload of Bakersfield, California. As a testament to the care and depth with which the behemoth was created, the entire frame was scraped, repainted, and wax coated. The ’15 Denail sits on a full McGaughy’s suspension, including several fully custom-built components. Its wicked lifted stance is made fully functional by 2.5 inch, reservoir Fox Shocks. The Fox name dampens both the front and back, supported by an arsenal of killer McGaughy’s suspension components to support the sheer weight necessary to stack another vehicle atop this custom Denali. Custom McGaughy’s upper control arms help keep everything in its place, while the truck rolls on custom-painted and powdercoated 24x14-inch American Force wheels. The wonderfully lipped AFs are made sticky by 37/13.5 Interco M16 tires. Behind the rollers rest R1 Concept E-Line brake rotors.
Much of the suspension system was powdercoated by Sundial Powder Coating in Burbank, California. The choice finish is Prismatic 2-Stage Alien Silver, which contrasts beautifully with the orange highlighted portions of the undercarriage, painted by Kern Auto Body & Paint. The white-and-orange theme is further applied with the in-your-face graphics via a custom 3M wrap by Daley Visuals in Rancho, California, and designed by Truck Guru and ECD customs.
For interior comforts and styling, a custom headliner, custom painted trim, door panels, two-tone pillars, Roadwire leather seats, and custom copper stitching were all added to the build sheet. The OEM head unit now sends its signals through four, 8-inch CT Sounds Tropo subs set inside their custom housing. The full interior upgrades and audio overhaul was completed by Mobile Audio Techs (MAT) from Los Angeles.
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Exterior styling, in addition to the superb color theme and wrap, are taken care of by a Trex grille with a 30-inch Westin Auto Lighting LED bar, Cali Retrofit head and taillights, HammerHead front and rear bumpers (which house their own LED components), and Mr. Payne’s personal favorite mod, a set of Hornblaster Shocker XL Train Horns. The HammerHead bumpers are accented by Monster Hooks Mini Swivels, attached with Infinite Rule security pins, and a Fastway 12-inch Drop Hitch. A custom Lotus Rack takes residence in the truck’s bed, in order to transports Payne’s full-custom, Fugitt Farms and 661 Vinyl Workx built Polaris RZR. The whole rack is finished in white to match the truck and is comprised of bent and welded aluminum, making it light enough for two people to install or remove with ease.
The Denali’s legendary Duramax motor, backed by the almighty Allison trans, is made further potent by an Edge Insight CTS tuner. The beast breathes through an Injen CAI system and Magnaflow exhaust, finishing in a 5.5-inch stainless exit tip. The whole rig is kept energized with dual Optima batteries. Despite its stunning appearance and ultra-polished styling, this truck was just completed the night before SEMA 2015, where it made its proud debut in the McGaughy’s Suspension booth front and center. The countless all-nighters, man-hours, and sleepless build sessions were well worth it, as the Denali has found great success. It won numerous awards at the SEMA show, Lone Star Throwdown, and several others events as it continues to hit the show scene and show off its evolutionary prowess—until the next evolutionary leap.
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2015 GMC Denali Duramax
Cris Payne; Taft, California
Chassis:
McGaughy’s Suspension Lift, Custom Upper Control Arms, 2.5-inch Fox Shocks with reservoirs, Custom Hellwig sway bars, powdercoated suspension parts in Prismatic 2-Stage Alien Silver by Sundial Powder Coatings
Brakes:
R1 Concept E-Line rotors
Engine:
6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V-8, Edge Insights CTS Tuner, Injen intake, 5.5-inch Magnaflow Exhaust
Body:
Trek grille with Westin 30-inch lightbar, HammerHead bumpers with Monster Hooks and Castaway Drop Hitch, LED Concept Cali Retrofit Head and Taillights, custom Lotus aluminum two-door RZR rack mounted in truck bed; custom orange painted components by Kern Auto Body & Paint, 3M wrap by Daley Visuals, Graphics designed by Truck Guru
Interior:
Custom headliner, painted trim, door panels, two-tone pillars, copper stitching, painted trim, Roadwire leather seats, Wade All Weather mats
Stereo: OEM Head Unit, Four 8-inch Tropo Subs in custom housing by Mobile Audio Tech and CT Sounds Dual Optima Batteries
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x14; American Force, Havoc FP8
37x13.50R24; Interco M16 Tires
Special Thanks From Owner:
McGaughy’s family, Fugit Farms, Truck Guru, Direct Offroad, Mike Alexander, Roadwire, Prismatic, 3M, Trex, Hammerhead, Monster Hooks, Daley Visual, Sundial Powder Coating, Kern Body Works, Edge, Injen, Hellwig, R1 Concepts, Interco, Cali Retrofits, Horn Blasters, and Westin Auto.

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