With summer far behind us and winter flexing its muscle over most of the country, it is getting a little hard to find great custom trucks. A lot of the shows are over and many of the custom builders out there have put their show trucks up for the year. While that isn’t the case for everyone, it just means it is harder for us to find some great vehicles still on the road. In a recent trip to Louisiana, we happened to stumble across this beautiful 2011 Chevy 2500HD Z71.
Come to find out, our good friend Lonnie McCurry Sr., President of Skyjacker Suspensions, is the owner. So, we seized the opportunity to take a few pics and get the skinny on this truck. Originally the truck was built for the SEMA show a few years ago, with the intention of showing off the off road options that you could add to increase the capability of your rig.
Approaching the vehicle from the front you are immediately struck by the heavy duty front bumper from Fab Fours. What front bumper would be complete without a 9.5ti winch and snatch block from Warn Industries. As we continue to look down the front, we are struck with the BajaDesigns Lapaz HID driving lights along with their Fuego HID wide driving lights. Next, it’s the red lift kit that draws our attention to the underside of the vehicle.
The lift kit is a six inch suspension lift from Skyjacker Suspensions. The entire kit was powder coated red and really makes this truck hot. To ensure that McCurry Sr. would be comfortable, Skyjacker’s Softride leaf springs and shock absorbers were installed.
Since, McCurry Sr. was standing right next to us and he owns Skyjacker Suspensions, we asked him why he chose a six inch to lift over the other options.
“Whether you are using your vehicle on or off road, having a lift is almost a necessity in this part of the country. No-one wants to get stuck in the mud, trapped behind an obstacle that you can’t go around or over or just plain blocked from where you need to go. It’s nothing but frustrating. So, adding a good size lift like the 6” we choose will allow you to run bigger, heavier wheels and tires and put you in a position to face any challenge you may encounter along the way,” replied McCurry Sr.
The wheels and tires that he was referring to are 20-inch chrome MKW M81 wheels wrapped in Nitto Trail Grappler Mud Terrain 37s. To ensure that the wheels and tires don’t get loose while in the woods, he opted to install a set of MCGard wheel nuts and locks. McCurry Sr. also swapped out the factory gears for a set of Superior Axle 4.56 gears.
After crawling back out from under the truck the custom paint job caught our eye. The custom design was provided by Xtreme Paint & Graphics using a custom BASF paint. McCurry Sr. is a hard core paint person. He always prefers to have custom paint on all of his rigs. This particular paint job took a few weeks to do as Xtreme Paint & Graphics had to custom design the scheme, laying it out, and apply multiple coats of paint and clear. That may seem like a long time, but when you have a final result this good, it’s hard to hate on the timing.
When looking at the exterior of the truck, it’s hard not to notice the Yakima roof rack basket holding the Nitto spare tire. It’s not just a roof rack hanging out here by itself, it is topped off with four BajaDesigns Lapaz HID Spot black lights.
As we moved around the truck to the back, our eyes were quickly drawn to the diamond plate truck cover by DiamondBack Truck Covers. With this being hunting season, we were only mildly surprised to see the ATV sitting on top and tied down with EK USA ratchet straps. This cover was holding the weight with no problem and looked like it was meant to have a ATV parked on it at all times.
Now, it was hard to see the ATV due to the camo wrap that was on it, but we did notice the Raceline Wheels and tires and it looked like McCurry Sr. was ready for a long day in the woods with the two red gas tanks form RotoPax on the back of the ATV.
GM Accessories 6” Oval Steps were installed along the cab to make getting in and out of the truck a little easier. Thanks to the Weathertech floor liners, McCurry Sr. doesn’t have to worry about ruining the interior after a long day in the woods. The floor liners are molded perfectly to the truck and catch all of the dirt and debris that falls off their shoes.
Inside the truck, the factory leather seats remain. With the truck being a Z71 model it was pretty equipped to start with. So, McCurry Sr. added a Garmin Nuvi navigational system to make sure he could find any side road when he is out in the sticks hunting.
McCurry Sr. loves to keep things fun and exciting for his passengers too. When he isn’t blasting through the mud, he loves to romp on the pedal. Thanks to the increased horsepower from the Magnaflow Performance exhaust and DiabloSport PowerPuck he can usually scare his wife and get the attention of most of his friends easily.
Overall, this is one really capable truck that can get there and back again. After years of building vehicles, McCurry Sr. knows what works for him. He upgraded the key areas where big improvements can be made, and relied on the factory equipment in other areas. This truck is his personal truck and he does drive it. This isn’t a trailer queen and was never meant to be one. Heck, the ATV probably sees more trailer time than the truck does.