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Building A Custom Bed For A 2014 Chevy Silverado

LGE-CTS creates the ultimate tailgate party

May 29, 2015
Photographers: Jeremy Cook
Tailgate parties have a lot to live up to when compared to this setup that was custom built in the bed of this ’14 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 1500 4x4 destined to be given away as part of a recent Texaco promotion. It was built by the skilled hands over at LGE-CTSin San Dimas, California, who were tasked to completelytransform it into a mobile party machine with the bed getting a full installation of tailgate must-haves.
When the bigwigs at Texaco were sitting around a conference room table designing this Silverado, some pretty wild ideas must have been thrown out like, “Give it a cool paint scheme with our logo subtly added to it,” that one was easy. “Make it have a setup in the back with a TV, some big speakers, a DVD player, and a mixing board in case anyone wants to plug in a microphone and guitar and jam out!” All that could be easily done too. “Have the whole shebang break down, making it all hide out of sight and ft under a folding tonneau cover!” That one took some advance planning. With that sort of laundry list, the build crew had its work cut out for itself.
Here’s how it could work. You want to lounge around in the bed of your newly decked out truck as you wait for your friends to show up? Some couches were custom built just for that purpose. Friends get there and you want to pop on a DVD? You can do that too with a hidden DVD player, and the 39-inch Panasonic Smart TV that pops up from a hidden compartment. More friends show up with a band that had just come from a show and don’t want to stop rocking? Let them do their magic on the sound board, give the singer the attached microphone, while the guitar player gets the custom Gibson, and you have yourself an impromptu jam session.
This custom Silverado will turn heads and make other tailgaters jealous wherever it goes. Having all the elements for a great time safely stowed away in its bed, this truck can pull up to any spot and, within minutes, be a self-contained purveyor of good times! Follow along as this Silverado gets a full custom bed setup for a party in any parking lot.
Photo 2/23   |   Custom 2014 Chevy Silverado
Once the custom paintwork was done to the exterior, it was time for the bed to receive all of its upgrades inside the Custom Truck Shop (CTS), by their team of fabricators.
Photo 3/23   |   Kinetik Battery And Inverters
Providing power for all the electronic gizmos are these two HC1800 Kinetic power cells which will work with these two Cen-Tech inverters from Harbor Freight to change from DC to AC.
Photo 4/23   |   Metal Stage Stucture In Bed
A frame was custom cut and welded out of 1-inch box section tubing, which will serve as the focal point holding the power, the TV, the speakers and the mixing board.
Photo 5/23   |   Battery Boxes Mounted In Bed
A set of plastic, waterproof battery boxes were quickly installed to keep the power cells dry and out of the elements.
Photo 6/23   |   Battery Cable Ran Along Frame Rail
A pair of 2-gauge cables runs the length of the underside of the Silverado from the bed to the engine bay.
Photo 7/23   |   Alternator
The factory alternator was strong enough to carry the load of keeping the power cells topped of while the truck rolls around in nonparty mode.
Photo 8/23   |   Ground Connections
Making double sure of the ground connections is an important step when completing a complex wiring project.
Photo 9/23   |   Surepower Battery Isolator
A Sure Power battery isolator was installed in the void of the secondary battery mounting tray on the driver side of the engine bay.
Photo 10/23   |   Knietik Battery Install
These Kinetics fit their battery boxes snug as, well, batteries. Their recessed terminals were on top and help keep things nice and secure when they get wired up.
Photo 11/23   |   Knietik Battery Wired
The techs wired the batteries and were ready to provide power to the devices that needed it, like the TV, the DVD player, speakers, and the mixing board.
Photo 12/23   |   Centech Power Inverters
Next came mounting the power inverters, leaving plenty of room between the two for power plugs from the DVD, TV, or mixing board.
Photo 13/23   |   Wiring Centech Power Inverters
With the inverters firmly in place, they were wired up with the same thick 2-gauge wire to makes sure that there is little resistance when the electricity is sent out.
Photo 14/23   |   Wiring Centech Power Inverters
With the inverters safely wired up, the installers were one step closer to having the party electrified.
Photo 15/23   |   Mounting Inverters
The inverters got screwed down at all four corners and the power supply area was good to go.
Photo 16/23   |   On Off Switch Wired
A bright red on/of switch was wired up to remind the lucky recipient of this port-aparty to shut of the power supply when the bed is not in use. If not, no amount of power cells would keep this party going.
Photo 17/23   |   Battery And Inverters Wired Up
The batteries and power inverters were all wired together using with 2-gauge wiring again. A square hole had to be cut into the bed floor to make the TV go down far enough to fit under the tonneau cover.
Photo 18/23   |   Medialift Tv Box Installed
A MediaLiftTV box for the TV raising/lowering operation was installed next to one of the inverters to make the TV hide out of sight when not in use.
Photo 19/23   |   Power Wiring
That same thick 2-gauge wiring was used throughout the entire system to be sure that it could stand up to the elements and be robust enough to provide enough juice. Using quality materials will ensure any build lasts a long time and performs how you want.
Photo 20/23   |   Tv Mounted On Lift
With the whole system wired up and ready to test, the 39-inch TV was hooked up to the MediaLiftTV system.
Photo 21/23   |   Custom Bench Seat Installed
With all the electrics sorted out, these custom benches were built for partygoers to rest between band changes and for looking cool while at the tailgate party!
Photo 22/23   |   Tv Speakers And Mixing Table Installed In Bed
The full system ready in all its glory! The 39-inch Panasonic TV flanked by a set of 1,000- watt loudspeakers, the Behringer Eurorack Pro RX1602 mixing board, is ready for the custom Gibson guitar and microphone to jam out on! Hidden underneath the box is the power supply while the benches hide a DVD player, the electronic lift controls for the TV, a microphone, an iPod plug to play some tunes, and the stomp pedal for the guitar.
Photo 23/23   |   Bakflip Folding Tonneau Cover
All that party breaks down and fits neatly underneath a BakFlip folding tonneau cover so that this slick Silverado can be driven incognito to the next spot!

Sources

MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
800-824-8664
www.magnaflow.com
Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels
Stow, OH 44224
330-928-9092
www.dickcepek.com
BakFlip Tonneau Covers
Conroe, TX 77304
888-377-2268
www.bakfliptonneaucover.com
Harbor Freight Tools
800-444-3353
www.HarborFreight.com
Kinetik Batteries
Toledo, OH 43613
888-522-8346
http://www.kinetikpower.com
LGE-CTS Motorsports
909-599-2228
lge-ctsmotorsports.com
Texaco
510-242-5357
http://www.texaco.com

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