A One-day Revamp at Cook’s Tire & Tune With Products from Belltech, EBC Brakes, DUB Wheels, Toyo Tires, Anzo USA and T-Rex Billet
By now, you've probably seen the previous article that began our Lifted versus Lowered one-day makeover tech stories. If not, go back to last month's issue, check it out, and then continue right back here. In this edition, we take a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban, which has spent most of its time as a family driver, countless trips to custom truck shows all over the Pacific time zone, and even as far as a 22-hour drive to the first Lone Star Throwdown in Conroe, Texas. It has been a reliable go-to vehicle for most of its existence but more recently has been in need of some upgrades, updates and replacements.
It was initially lowered nearly a decade ago with a lower-end drop kit. The wear and tear on other parts of the suspension was accelerated by the fitment of that kit, so our goal here is to not only get a little lower to the ground using a new Belltech Sport Trucks kit with antisway bars, but to also get a better ride and handling. After that, we dive into installing a new set of rotors and pads from EBC Brakes specifically engineered for performance along with ease of installation on today's large SUVs. New rolling stock comes in the form of 24x10 DUB Future Wheels in gloss black wrapped in 285/35R24 Toyo Proxes ST III Tires.
To finish out the quick transformation of this SUV, the front end was in dire need of new headlights after years of increased haziness, scratches and degradation. We turned to Anzo for their projector plank-style Switchback headlights. With a clear front housing, projector lighting and white/amber switching running lights, they look amazing and outperform the factory headlights in every way. Between the headlights, our factory grilles with chrome-like surround also got a blacked-out replacement and a grille insert from T-Rex Billet to tie all of the updates together. Cooks Tire & Tune, in Orange, California, handled the install duties for the whole day of Suburban Refurbin'.