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2007 GMC Yukon XL- Loss to Legacy

An Extra Low XL

Phil Gordon
Oct 16, 2019
We live in weird times. If you don't believe us, just ask Tony Neumann of Franklin, Indiana. If we told you that a traumatic event could spark a form of creativity that embodied Tony that would be an understatement. Tony first got bit by the bug when he was just a sixteen-year-old kid in Indiana. That motivation and creative thought process led him to opening his own shop where he could practice his craft for himself and customers. Kreative Kustom Worx was opened in 2015 and was a huge hit right from the start.
With more than six personal vehicles under his custom belt, Tony suffered a massive setback. His wife and partner of ten years tragically lost her life and Tony's life stopped still. "I needed to focus on my kids and put my life back together," Tony tells Truckin. It took three years before he realized what was best was to carry on her legacy by building his biggest and best custom truck he had to date. To follow through, Tony needed the largest canvas he could find. He located that vehicle, a 2007 GMC Yukon XL in Dallas, Texas. The larger version of the Yukon was much more enticing to Tony because of the amount of people overlooking them for the more common Tahoe's and smaller Yukon's.
Photo 2/15   |   2007 Gmc Yukon Xl Loss To Legacy Rear 3q
The first step was adding the wheels, with Tony starting big, going with a set of 26-inch Strada Sega wheels and wrapping one side in purple and the other side black. He contacted Michigan Metal Works for the front suspension kit to change the height. The Yukon was stripped down and the air suspension was installed inside his shop. The factory front suspension was removed and the upper control arms were raised. New bag brackets and shock mounts were installed and a small firewall tub was added to clear the new wheels. The fuse box, battery and coolant tank were relocated to clear up some room.
For the rear, Tony built an underslug frame to help with floor clearance for added appeal. He designed and built his own two-link with a track bar as well as ditched the factory gas tank for an updated and more safe aluminum fuel cell. Larger wheeltubs were put in place for wheel clearance and the driveshaft tunnel was raised four inches. The sheetmetal work was completed and NVX sound deadening mat and new carpeting was added. After the fabrication was finished, the Airlift 3P air management was put into place with Viair compressors.
Photo 3/15   |   2007 Gmc Yukon Xl Loss To Legacy Wheel
Photo 4/15   |   2007 Gmc Yukon Xl Loss To Legacy Art
The next step was the most important one for Tony, with a full exterior change. The GMC was brought to good friend Daniel Croquart's shop in Seymour, Indiana, to get it prepped for Zac Reel to lay down some intense graphics, flames and clearcoat. Ghost patterns were laid throughout the paint and can be seen very subtly. Once finished, a good friend Justin Coffman came in to perfect the paint with ease. For the interior, Tony wanted to add luxury Ferrari F40-style seats. Finding a shop to complete the request was difficult, but Eddie Butler at Unique Hot Rods and Upholstery in Moorseville, Indiana, took on the task rapidly and flawlessly.
Photo 5/15   |   2007 Gmc Yukon Xl Loss To Legacy Interior
Photo 6/15   |   2007 Gmc Yukon Xl Loss To Legacy Interior Seats
While the interior was being customized, Nathan Way from NVX Audio supplied Tony with the 6.5-inch door speakers, two 1,200-watt amplifiers and two 15-inch subwoofers that were carefully added inside the Yukon. A custom iPad holder was built into the dashboard to house an iPad for all of Tony's music. All the interior plastic pieces along with the Billet Specialties steering wheel were painted in PPG Copperhead Metallic by Shane Hancock at Supreme Customs in Eddinburgh, Indiana.
It's been three years since Tony's wife has passed and owes his motivation to her to create his best build. He wishes to thank Tiffany Blair for helping him along the way as well as his kids Parker, Xavier, Tayler and Elias for their ability to keep him going through the tough and trying times. A special thanks to his parents for always encouraging him and keeping him on track to push forward. The lasting legacy that Tony's Yukon will carry on will be something that will forever stay lit.
Photo 7/15   |   2007 Gmc Yukon Xl Loss To Legacy Drive
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 2007 GMC Yukon XL
Owner and City/State: Tony Neumann; Franklin, Indiana
Club Affiliation: Forbidden Fantasy
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Michigan Metal Works front kit, Airlift 2600 'bags, KYB shocks
Rear Suspension: Underslung frame, two-link, Airlift 2600 'bags, two Viair 400s, 5-gallon tank, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain:
Engine: 5.3L, V-8, painted wheeltubs and engine cover, K&N air filter, Black Bear tune, relocated battery behind front bumper, relocated coolant tank
Transmission: 4L60E
Rearend: Narrowed 4 inches
Body/Paint: GMC Gloss Black with multicolor House of Kolor real-fire graphics/skulls/bio-mechanical painted by Justin Coffman and Zac Reel, deleted roof rack, tinted headlights, foglights and taillights, Denali grille
Interior: Ferrari F40-inspired seats, black and purple leather, painted dash pieces, painted Billet Specialties steering wheel, custom iPad holder in dash
Stereo: Apple iPad in dash, NVX 6.5 components in doors, two 15-inch NVX subwoofers mounted in custombuilt box, two NVX 1,200-watt amplifier
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x10; Strada Sega with +30 offset
Tires: 295/30R26; Fullway
Special Thanks: Tiffany Blair, Parker, Xavier, Tayler, Elias, Robert Hohlt, Scott Eineman, Daniel Croquart, Shane Hancock, Justin Coffman, Sean Cawthon at Automotive Cleaning Solutions, my parents, Eddie Butler, Nathan Way, Donnie and Ginger Babb, Brady at XS Battery and anyone else that helped that I may have forgotten

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