2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 4WD Standing Out in a Crowd
Everyone wants to be different, and this truck build is a prime example. Almost anyone can search through the internet archives for ideas on how to customize their rig, but being able to really separate a project is what sets apart a great build from a good one. That’s the idea Bryan Brown, owner of Bulletproof Suspension in Mentone, California, set out to prove. He wanted a truck that would highlight the achievements of his company, but cause people to stop and take a closer look. And he was building this ’15 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 4WD for SEMA, a.k.a. the largest gathering of automotive-oriented eyeballs in the world.
Bulletproof is in the habit of building badass trucks and displaying them on some rather large stages. But this time, the suspension masters wanted pull double duty to develop new products on this HD and have it serve as a promo vehicle throughout the show season. With an idea in mind, they formed a plan to rip into this 2500 and make it bigger and badder than any of their previous builds.
To complete the transformation, the Bulletproof crew installed its newly developed, bolt-on rear cantilever four-link system, and teamed it up with its tried-and-true 12-linch lift kit to start the beast you see before you. The front received a set of Icon 2.0 remote-reservoir shocks with a set of 2.5s in the rear, and a quartet of Wilwood 6-piston Big Brake Kits were tucked inside the 24x15 Grid GF-6 wheels shod with 40x15.50x24 Toyo Open Country M/T tires.
The 6.6L Duramax was already pushing out a house-towing 397hp and 765lb-ft, and its Allison transmission was certainly capable, too. All that was needed for the drivetrain was PPE diff covers front and rear, and an in-house-built custom exhaust system capped off with a set of RBP tips.
Although the suspension systems are what Bulletproof is known for, Bryan still wanted to cut through the sea of cookie-cutter builds for the exterior. They achieved that by doing an ambitious ’15 Cadillac Escalade Platinum front-end swap. The swap sounds easier than it was in reality. The 2500 fought the facelift with every mismatched bracket and laundry list of wiring codes that were thrown, but the boys at IMZZ Elite Vehicle Concepts pushed through and got everything figured out. A set of AMP PowerSteps makes entry and exit all that much easier, a CargoGlide CG2200 HD makes the bed more accessible, and a Pace Edwards remote-controlled, retractable tonneau cover keeps the cargo nice and secure.
A custom mixture of BASF Candy Blue and numerous coats of clear really make the exterior pop. Two 50-inch and two 20-inch lightbars from Pro Eagle give the truck and its dominating front grille a movie-star smile. Prismatic Powders was called upon to powdercoat all the suspension components, and C & S Powder Coating handled the frame and axles. All the stickers and decals were handled by AVI Wraps, which had also wrapped the front and rear driveshafts in matte black.
Inside the cab, tunes blast out of a custom Sound Stream system with two 13-inch subs under the seats, and Sound Stream amps and door components. Since the HD already came from the factory with cushy leather seats, they were spared, but paired up with a blue-suede headliner to bring the outside in.
While using this build as a test platform for developing its four-link cantilever system, Bulletproof offered this truck as a rolling business card at two separate SEMA outings. It is easily recognizable due to its Candy Blue and Caddy front end. And the proof is in the pudding, or ride in this case. “The ride is amazing in this thing,” Bryan says. “Once we worked the kinks out of developing the four-link, our components bolted on with ease and smoothed this thing out so nicely.”
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 4WD
Owner and City/State: Bryan Brown; Mentone, California
Front Suspension: 12-inch Bulletproof Suspension lift kit
Rear Suspension: Newly developed Bulletproof four-link cantilever setup
Shocks: Icon 2.0 front and 2.5 rear remote-reservoir shocks
Brakes: Wilwood 6-piston Big Brake Kits front and rear
Engine: 6.6L Duramax, RBP exhaust and tips
Differential: PPE diff covers front and rear
Body: ’15 Cadillac front-end swap and BASF Candy Blue by IMZZ Elite, Amp PowerSteps, Pro Eagle 50-inch and 20-inch lightbars, CG 2200 CargoGlide, AMP Research Power Steps, Pace Edwards Bedlocker retractable tonneau cover, stickers and decals by Avi Wraps
Stereo: Two Sound Stream 13-inch subs under seat with amps and door components, suede headliner.
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x16; Grid GF-6
Tires: 40x15.50R24: Toyo Open Country M/T