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2019 GMC Sierra Denali—The Re-Runner

Hitting the jackpot twice.

Phil Gordon
Sep 9, 2020
We all love custom vehicles, but at some point, it's time to purchase something that's reliable and considered a "responsible adult ride." In 2017, Brian Bush made that purchase when he drove into Henry Brown GMC and purchased his 2017 GMC Sierra Denali. The goal was to have a comfortable commuter truck and leave it completely stock with a full warranty. Brian was hired to build a Can Am X3 that was given a featured spot at SEMA in Las Vegas. The owner of the Can Am asked Brian if he wanted his Denali in a SEMA spot, as well, and linked him up with Truck Hero. The company had spots available and told Brian if he built the GMC Sierra, they would give him a nice featured spot.
Brian was given complete creative control, and with his background in desert racing, sand duning, and general off-road lifestyle, Brian used his knowledge to gear his '17 toward that niche. Two years later, Brian saw the new body style of the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali Prerunner and decided it was time to upgrade. He went back into Henry Brown GMC and was thoroughly delighted that the exact model and color he wanted was available. He purchased the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali Prerunner without the sunroof and power steps because he knew he was going to add other things. The 2019 shared many of the features of the 2017 that initially attracted him, so a lot of the OEM specialties like the grille, badges, and chrome fixings all remained intact.
Photo 2/19   |   2019 Gmc Denali Prerunner 02
To strengthen the suspension, Brian had the Dirt King Fabrication long-travel suspension components added. Brian has utilized Fox shocks in his past racing Baja, sand dunes, and mountain bikes, so it was a no-brainer to add Fox 3.0 triple bypass shocks to the Prerunner. Brian sees the polished Trail Ready beadlock wheels as one of the classiest off-road wheels that money can buy, so once purchased, he wrapped them in 37-inch Toyo tires. Fiberwerx is the leader in fiberglass prerunner body kits, and now both of Brian's GMCs have been their R&D trucks for product development. In the rear of the truck, Dirt King Fabrication installed the bed cage that consists of a Pro Eagle off-road floor jack, a Power Tank C02 auxiliary onboard air compressor, and a Yakima Hold Up Evo bike rack. Undercover Bed Covers provided their Swing Cases locking swing-out storage boxes for the bed. Dirt King Fabrication replaced the front and rear bumpers with a more aggressive and practical design.
Photo 3/19   |   2019 Gmc Denali Prerunner 06
Truck Hero's subsidiary company is ARE Accessories, and they were more than eager to add their Z2 fiberglass bed cap and Ascend Roof basket to the 2019. Inside the bed, Bed Rug provided a carpeted bedliner to protect the original bed. The next step was getting Baja Designs on board by outfitting the Denali with 360-degree lighting managed through a Switch-Pros SP9100 switch panel custom-built into the dashboard. The compact switch panel is capable of flowing 125 amps of continuous power with a total of eight circuits, four rated at 20 amps and four rated at 35 amps, each powering all types of 12-volt accessories. Xineering provided the electronics necessary to delete the OEM magnetic ride shocks without associated codes or speed limiters.
Brian knows that he didn't succeed when he said he would keep the truck stock back in 2017, but when you build custom vehicles for others, your creativity will always seep out onto your own vehicle. "I plan on enjoying this truck more than I did my other one," Brian tells Truckin. "More shows are definitely on the list for me." Brian wishes to thank all the companies that helped him along the way and assisted in making the Re-Runner as successful as it has been this year.
Photo 4/19   |   2019 Gmc Denali Prerunner 03

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: 2019 GMC Sierra Denali
Owner and City/State: Brian Bush; Gilbert, Arizona
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Dirt King Fabrication long-travel suspension kit—chrome-plated, custom-spec Fox 3.0 triple bypass shocks
Rear Suspension: Custom-spec Deaver springs, Fox 3.0 triple bypass shocks, Xineering shock simulator kit
Drivetrain:
Engine: 6.2L V-8
Transmission: 10-speed
Body/Paint:
Fiberwerx fiberglass prerunner fenders, bed sides and valance, 4-inch bulge, Fiberwerx Red Quartz Tintcoat paint, ARE Accessories Z2 fiberglass bed cap, ARE Accessories Ascend roof basket, Baja Designs 30-inch OnX6 lightbar behind grille, S1 A-pillar, 50-inch S8 lightbar, four Squadron Pro angle mount work lights, two S2 Pro dust lights, two S2 Pro backup lights, four White Buggy Whip LED camping lights, Dirt King front and rear bumpers, Amp Research steps
Interior:
Dirt King Fabrication bed cage, Husky Liners floor mats, Xpel Prime XR Plus ceramic window tint, Switch Pros switch panel, bed rug, Pro Eagle off-road floor jack, Power Tank CO2 auxiliary on board, Undercover Swing Cases, Yakima Hold Up Evo bike rack
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 17x9 Trail Ready HD17 polished beadlock wheels
Tires: 37x12.50R17 Toyo Open Country RT
Special Thanks: Mike McKeen, Greg Foster, ARE Accessories, Dirt King Fabrication, Fiberwerx, Henry Brown GMC, Truck Hero

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