Infused: Ryan Westcott’s 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
As an entrepreneurial high schooler, Ryan Westcott started a side business modifying automotive suspensions and installing hydraulics and airbags. After high school, he entered a professional career in the gaming industry and spent the next decade working in the somewhat dull corporate world. Luckily, things began to spice up in late 2008 when Ryan built his first plasma table for personal use. The word spread quickly, and soon he was building tables for other businesses. It didn't take long before he was unable to keep up with the demand, catapulting him away from the corporate world and toward the creation of his own business, Westcott Plasma.
The Westcott brand really started resonating with the automotive industry when Ryan completed his first custom truck, which was featured at the 2014 SEMA show and made the cover of Truckin magazine. This accomplishment topped his previous claim to fame—a Mini Truckin' cover in August 2003. Ryan combined his passions for creating and fabrication with the invaluable business and marketing lessons he learned in the corporate world to turn Westcott Plasma into a reality.
Ryan purchased his ’16 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD new in July 2016 to use as a work truck. During his pursuit of the American dream, he has never lost sight of his craving for all things custom, deciding he wanted another show truck. Ryan kept the truck as it was from the factory for roughly one month, but he confessed he could never leave anything stock for too long. At first, he purchased a Cognito lift kit and put 40-inch tires on the truck, along with a few other items.
One of Ryan’s friends asked if he was doing SEMA again. His initial “no” changed shortly after he was tagged on one of Cris Payne’s Facebook posts looking for a Chevy truck for a wheel company. Just like that, the truck was slated for a complete makeover, and another SEMA build had been launched for Ryan Westcott.
The truck towers over Ryan’s previous slammed builds thanks to the massive 12-inch Cognito lift, highlighted nicely by the Prismatic Powders Illusion Purple powdercoating. The colossal lift allows ample clearance under GM’s signature square wheelwells for the 24-inch American Truxx wheels and 40-inch tires. Visual appeal comes courtesy of a Wolf Designs custom wrap using 3M Wrap Film Series 1080, a Royalty Core grille, Hammerhead bumpers, and lighting by OLB and Dezert Lighting. The 6.6L Duramax diesel powerplant received the essential tuning, intake, and exhaust trio—tuning by Duramaxtuner.com, intake by Banks Power, and exhaust by Magnaflow.
Unlike similar builds, Ryan still uses this SEMA showstopper—which he drove to and from the show—as a daily driver and as a work truck for his business. “I wanted this build to be different than the ones prior,” he says. “I wanted to get out and enjoy the truck and use it for its designed purpose.” Like other SEMA builds, there was a crunch when it came to hitting the deadline. Ryan’s advice to anyone doing a build is to “remain focused on the goal! Make a list of each modification or part you’re building to keep you on track! Never ever rush your project!”
SpecSheet:Year/Make/Model: ’16 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Ryan Westcott
Hometown: Queen Creek, Arizona
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Odometer: 3,010 miles
Induction: Banks Power
Engine Management: Tuning by Duramaxtuner.com
Horsepower/Torque: 473 hp/903 lb-ft
Suspension: 12-inch Cognito powdercoated Prismatic Powders Illusion Purple
Exterior/Accessories: UnderCover bedcover, CargoGlide slide, Royalty Core grille, Hammerhead Armor front and rear bumpers, Husky Liners bedliner, Off Road LED Bars lightbar, custom headlights and taillights by Dezert Lighting, R1 Concepts brakes, Monster Hooks
Paint/Wrap: Tungsten paint, Wolf Designs custom wrap with 3M Wrap Film Series 1080
Wheels: 24x14 American Truxx 162-Vortex
Tires: 40x15.50R24 Comforser CF3000
Special Thanks: Truck Gurus, District 7 Powder Coating, G&M Motorsports, CargoGlide, Royalty Core, Hammerhead, Monster Hooks, American Truxx, Wolf Designs, Dezert Lighting, OLB, UnderCover, Husky Liners, R1 Concepts, Westcott Plasma