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Banded Edition 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

A Match Made in…the Outdoors?

Phil Gordon
Apr 25, 2017
Photographers: Phil Gordon
We all know the outdoors can be unpredictable. Between the winter months of ice and snow and summer’s extreme high temperatures, trucks must endure all conditions. We’ve probably all been in that precarious situation where our vehicles just couldn’t handle the elements we chose—or were forced—to travel through. The motivation to design and create something that could handle each element and persevere was the primary objective that led to the foundation of the Banded lineup of vehicles.
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Banded was first formed by a group of outdoorsmen and innovators through numerous hours of brainstorming. It began as an outdoor clothing and hunting accessories company and is now branching out into the automotive world. Starting in 2015, Crain Automotive partnered with the Banded clothing brand to begin the marketing and sales of an exclusive lineup of vehicles. The initial idea was to create a lineup of fullsize trucks of the brands Crain Automotive sold—Ford, Chevrolet, and GMC. During the design process, Crain Automotive approached Motorsports Authority to assist in the designs of various levels of the lineup—from leveled to lifted, mild to extreme.
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Justin Carter of Mayflower, Arkansas, wanted to bring the lineup to another level. As a custom installer at Crain Chevrolet in Little Rock, he suggested a special package to add to the Chevy trucks on the lot. Motorsports Authority was again brought on board to design and assist in presenting the vehicle at SEMA.
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The first step was to show the top brass how it looked, so Justin started with a full Cognito Motorsports Stage 3 12-inch lift on a ’16 Chevy Silverado 2500HD. He had the guys at G2 Customz Sandblasting & Powdercoating give the suspension a fresh powdercoat in Illusion Caramel. A set of Hornblasters train horns replaced the spare tire, and a newly redesigned BedTred bedliner by BedRug was fitted to protect and cushion the impact of equipment thrown into the bed. For performance, an S&B cold-air intake, 4-inch downpipe-back Flo-Pro exhaust with a 6-inch tip, and a tune were installed. With Bodyguard Truck Accessories acting as a partner on the build, installing Bodyguard A2L Series bumpers and T2 steps was a no-brainer. Of course, no aftermarket bumper set would be complete without Monster Hook shackles, safely secured by InfiniteRule Security locks. The Rigid Industries amber-backlit Radiance pods, controlled by a RideController RC8, were the perfect complement to the design, as were the amber A-Series LED lights, which showed off the suspension. Custom Motor Concepts jumped on board with a one-off wetland scene grille and a customized M-Racks roof rack, loaded with Rigid Industries E-series lights.
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The interior couldn’t be overlooked. A custom set of two-tone Roadwire leather seats replaced the factory setup, while Grant at Liquid Illusion Custom Coatings hydro-dipped numerous interior pieces in a Duck Blind camouflage design. No ride is complete without a boomin’ sound system, so Audio Innovations built a custom enclosure to house two 12-inch Sony GS Subwoofers paired perfectly with a Sony GS amplifier.
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Justin has been a fan of the Banded company and brought his interest to his workplace. The two corporations have equally benefitted from the partnership and can only see positives moving forward. Justin wishes to thank the hardworking men and women at Crain Chevrolet and the creative innovators at Banded.

Year/Make/Model: ’16 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

Owner: Crain Chevrolet
Builder: Justin Carter
Hometown: Mayflower, Arkansas
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 3,490 miles
Induction: S&B cold-air intake
Exhaust: 4-inch downpipe-back Flo-Pro with 6-inch tip
Horsepower/Torque: 500 hp/950 lb-ft
Suspension: Cognito Motorsports Stage 3 12-inch lift with Fox reservoir shocks
Interior: Two-tone Roadwire leather seats with Banded-embroidered headrests, Duck Blind camouflage hydro-dipped interior pieces, custom-built subwoofer enclosure with two 12-inch Sony GS subwoofers and two Sony GS amplifiers
Exterior/Accessories: Monster Hooks shackles secured with InfiniteRule Security locks, Bodyguard front and rear A2L bumpers and T2 steps, Rigid Industries Radiance amber pods, A-Series LED amber lights, Hornblasters Nightmare train horn kit, BedTred bedliner, Custom Motor Concepts grille, M-Racks roof rack with Rigid Industries E-Series lights
Paint/wrap: Matte black wrap, Sawgrass underlay
Wheels: 24x14 Specialty Forged SF022-8
Tires: 40x15.50R24 Toyo Open Country M/T
Special Thanks: Friends Bryan Lin, Rob Page, Chris Vanderpool, Ron Dey, Tommy Leath, and Eric Turner for their help and support.
Fun Fact: The Banded-edition trucks, sold exclusively at Crain Automotive dealerships in Central and Northwest Arkansas, aren’t quite as decked out as this one.

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