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Perception to Performance

TURNING A FAKE OFF-ROAD TRUCK INTO A REAL HIGHPERFORMANCE PICKUP
PHOTOS BY TUCKER HARRIS

WE’VE ALL EITHER SEEN, RIDDEN IN OR DRIVEN LIFTED-STYLE STREET TRUCKS WITH POWDER-COATED SUSPENSION AND BIG-LIPPED WHEELS.

They look amazing and they generally perform better than you would expect, but unless you’re willing to throw insane amounts of time and money into completely re-engineering your truck’s suspension, the performance will always suffer. We’re not talking about 0-60 times here. We know some of those diesel trucks put of some insane power, but imagine track racing one of those big rigs next to six other trucks with foot-and-a-half-wide wheels. Interesting concept actually. I know I’d pay to watch it….

I’m my experience, every gearhead has their own particular need for speed. Whether it comes from the desire to compete, a cure for some much-needed stress relief or just simply the thrill of the chase, white-knuckle driving is so therapeutic, am I right? After owning a commonly seen lifted truck for a few years with an inexpensive bolt-on powder-coated suspension, we felt it was time to restyle this Chevy and make it more go than show, although we think it’s going to look pretty good, too. Many readers out there have the same style truck and it’s been years since it felt fresh. Instead of cashing in and financing a new $80,000 truck, why not have a little fun with the truck you already own? Especially if it’s hiding a ProCharger under the hood like this truck is.

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