2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali- Prodigy

Talent Shines Through

Phil Gordon
Aug 17, 2018
Photographers: Phil Gordon
A prodigy is defined as a young person who is unusually talented in some way. Learning at a young age isn’t what makes a prodigy, it’s the talent that shines through during that learning. Jacob Anderson started his progression into the truck culture at 16. Although it wasn’t by choice, his uncle sold young Jacob his pickup precisely at the legal driving age. Jacob had to make payments, and he did every month as he learned responsibility and dependability.
Throughout the years, he learned more about trucks and eventually traded up bigger and better as he designed and added new ideas to them. At 19, he joined his friend, Jeff, who took him under his wing and started teaching him how to be even better and more successful in the custom truck world. In 2014, Jacob decided he would make the largest purchase he had ever made by ordering a brand-new ’15 GMC Sierra Denali. Of course, Jacob wanted the most popular style and package, so he had to wait five months to receive it.
Photo 2/15   |   2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Prodigy Drive
With every new truck, Jacob’s routine was to stop by his mother’s house for her approval. When he arrived at her residence with the largest and most luxurious truck he had owned, she asked to actually drive around in it, and, as always, a son does what his mother asks. Jacob tried multiple different lift kits until he partnered up with Josh from ADA Offroad. Josh suggested a Full Throttle Suspension 15-inch lift based on his own personal experience with that particular lift kit. Once Josh took control of the GMC, he followed Jacob’s plans by adding a Hammerhead low-profile front and rear bumper to avoid the larger, more common bumpers.
Photo 3/15   |   2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Prodigy 3 4 Rear
Jacob has always run American Force wheels, so when he contacted Nick and Katherine in Miami, Florida, and told them he was building a new truck, they offered him a supreme spot in their booth at the SEMA show in Vegas. As a bonus, they provided a set of wheels nobody would have, the Majestic TS8 from American Force’s Tactical Line. What makes these wheels different is their rarity. Only 10 sets of each wheel style were made, and they come with their own birth certificate and a custom shirt. Once the lift and wheels were mounted, Jacob knew the added weight could be an issue, so he switched the steering to Heim joints, which are primarily used on off-road racing applications due to their strength.
Photo 4/15   |   2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Prodigy Wheel
Jacob has come a long way since the days when he was 16-year-old kid who bought a truck from his uncle, but he remembers his roots every day. He wishes to extend a huge thank you to his mother, Terri, for always being a support system and approving of all the trucks that have crossed her frontyard, as well as his mentor, Jeff, who gave him the opportunity to grow and become the man he is today. Prodigy is the first in the line of complete builds under Jacob’s belt, and they’ll only get better from here.
Photo 5/15   |   2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Prodigy Fts Double Shocks
Photo 6/15   |   2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Prodigy Rear Suspension

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’15 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali
Owner and City/State: Jacob Anderson; Navarre, Florida
Club Affiliation: Southern Showoffz
Chassis:
Front Suspension: 15-inch Full Throttle Suspension, upper and lower control arms, FTS double shocks, traction bars boxed, steering converted to Heim joints
Rear Suspension: Boxed four-link, adjustable coilovers, FTS shocks
Drivetrain:
Engine: 6.6L Duramax diesel, AFE cold-air intake, tuned and deleted, EFILive tune by Kory Willis, Flo-Pro 5-inch turbo-back exhaust, Mag-Hytec rear differential and transmission pans
Transmission: Allison 1000
Body/Paint: Hammerhead low-profile front and rear bumpers painted to match; painted fender trim; Prismatic Illusion Blueberry suspension; Monster Hook swivel hooks; custom headlights and mirror lights by Plain An Simple; Rigid Industries cubes, lightbar, and rock lights; BedSlide XL 1000; Amp Research PowerSteps; UnderCover trifold bedcover
Interior: Denali trim package, all black leather, Edge CTS 2 Evolution programmer
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x16; American Force Majestic TS8
Tires: 40x15.50R26; Fury Off-Road Country Hunter
Special Thanks: Terri, Josh, Mitchell, Jeff, ADA Offroad, Josh & Becca White for building the truck, Nick, Katherine, Andy and Rick at American Force Wheels, Fury Off-Road Tires, BedSlide, G2-Customs, Hammerhead bumpers, KEG Media, Mag-Hytec, Monster Hooks, Plain An Simple, Full Throttle Suspension, JC Professional Detailing, Southern Showoffz

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