2009 Chevy Silverado 3500 Buildup - Anatomy Of A Custom Truck

Build It The Right Way-Your Way

Dan Ward
Aug 1, 2010
Photographers: Dan Ward
If you like super-sized trucks with plenty of attitude, we're sure you enjoyed the feature on Justin Veit's wild '09 Chevy Silverado 3500 on page 58. It's easy to see a completed truck and really like it, but in this story we'll show you what it took to go from dealer lot to SEMA show floor. It's only after you see the hard work put into a ride that you can fully appreciate it and in the case of this hard-hitting HD, all of the parts added functionality, style, and in the case of the Bully Dog GT tuner, it added power and increased mileage to the dualie.
Photo 2/38   |   2009 Chevy Silverado 3500 Buildup eye Kandy Designs Rendering
With a truck this tall, getting in and out of if it can be precarious, but ingress and egress is a breeze with Amp Research's power retractable steps. The best thing about these steps is their virtual invinsibility-that is until you open a door and they motorize down! Another stealth addition was Recon's lineup of smoked LED lights. Blacked-out projector headlights add style to the front end, smoked LED cab lights and side fender markers give the dualie's big-rig looks some attitude, and out back, Recon's smoked LED tail lights are the perfect finishing touch to the brute. Keeping with the form meeting function theme, Bell Auto Upholstery, in Phoenix, pulled almost every panel from the interior and wrapped it in black suede and completed the elegant look by cutting up the factory leather seats and stitching in grey suede inserts. The look screams luxury with an understated voice you could also hear asking for the Grey Poupon. To get the most out of the '09 Duramax turbo-diesel, we installed a Bully Dog GT tuner and its installation was as easy as plugging it in and driving, only with extra power on tap. Keeping that extra power cooled, we addded a Mag-Hytec diff cover and swapped in new Royal Purple 75W-90 gear oil for the ultimate in style and protection.
To help us install the parts while we snapped the pics, we drove the '09 Chevy Silverado 3500 Crew Cab to Desert Rat Off-Road Centers, also in Phoenix, where lead installer Reuben handled the wrenching. These easy-to-do mods made a huge difference in the truck's appeal without sacrificing daily drivability. Check out the story and give the companies a call if your truck is in need of added form and function.
FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
Each of these installs can easily be done in your driveway in just a few short hours. The interior can be tricky, but with good material and some patience, it's actually really easy. Recon's lights fit perfectly and provide the sinister look we were going for. The smoked LED tail lights are world-class and really look great at night. Getting in and out of the lifted truck is safe and easy with the addition of the power steps, but there are a great deal of steps to follow and taking the interior apart was a chore. All in all, it was money well spent and after a day's worth of work later, our '09 Chevy dualie was ready to roll in style.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 8 Hours
Degree Of Difficulty: Beginner
(with the exception of sewing the suede seat inserts)
Tools Needed:
Phillips screwdriver, plastic pry tool, assorted Allen wrenches, razor blade, spray adhesive, wire crimpers
Parts Used:
Amp Research power steps 75126-01A $1,209.54
Bell Auto Upholstery full interior suede wrap CALL FOR PRICING
Bully Dog GT diesel tuner 40420 $699.99
Mag-Hytec 14-bolt differential cover Maggm-14-10.5a $254.99
Recon smoked projector headlights 264195BK $499.95
Recon smoked LED third brake light 264125BK $99.95
Recon smoked LED cab roof lights 264156BK $99.95
Recon smoked LED dualie fender lights 264133BK $99.95
Recon smoked LED tail lights 264175BK $349.95
Total: $3,314.27
(prices do not include tax, shipping, or the cost of installation)

Sources

Amp Research
Tustin, CA 92780
800-309-6823
www.amp-research.com
Mag-Hytec
Van Nuys, CA 91402
818-786-8325
www.mag-hytec.com
Recon
Sunrise, FL 33321
877-377-3266
www.gorecon.com
Royal Purple
Porter, TX 77365
888-382-6300
www.royalpurple.com
Desert Rat Off-Road Truck Centers
Tucson, AZ 85713
866-444-5337
www.desertrat.com
Bell Auto Upholstery
Phoenix, AZ 85023
602-866-2125
www.bellautoupholstery.com

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