Return client brought in his hunting truck for a backup camera upgrade.....but after hearing options and weighing the needs/wants category, we replaced his OEM stereo for a newer Pioneer unit that'll give him better audio inputs as well as a nice big 6.5" screen to see what he's backing up into via his new license plate camera.
Here we have a 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 a client brought in with some parts he purchased from another parts store and needed them installed.
Here is what we installed:
2.5 King Coilovers with Reservoirs
Upper Control Arms
KMC Robby Gordon Wheels
Removed Rear Blocks
Here are just a few of the reasons someone would want to do a setup like this:
1. Lightweight hard anodized 6063 aluminum alloy reservoirs dissipate heat quickly and will not rust due to gas charging contamination.
2. High quality fittings are mated to Aeroquip high pressure hoses which resist abrasion and kinking.
3. Internally threaded top cap design threads over the shock body to enable maximum piston travel inside the shock body.
4. 2.5" Shock cylinders are precision bored to within +/- .001, then honed after cadmium plating to remove buildup for a tight piston seal and optimum valving function.
5. Coilover shocks are machined with our own truncated thread design for ultimate strength and trouble free spring preload and height adjustments.
6. Pinch bolt coil adjuster nut offers superior clamping force to retain your coil preload adjustments without crushing the threads like set screw style collars do.
7. The heat treated 6061 aluminum alloy piston has our highly developed port configurations that contribute to the unique damping performance and famous King ride quality.
8. Wear bands are made from a Rulon composite that offers incredible wear resistance, low deformation under load and high compressive strength. Overlapping end design enhances sealing.
9. Large 3/4" or 7/8" diameter shafts have a minimum tensile strength of 100,000 pounds per square inch. They are hard chromed and micro-polished to a 6 RA finish for extended seal life.
10. High strength rod end designed for proper clearance on your application. Steel Teflon lined spherical bearings for smooth articulation and long life with no metal to metal contact.
11. Aluminum components and vehicle specific mounts are machined from aircraft quality billet. Front and rear kits all include all necessary vehicle specific mounting brackets and hardware along with detailed installation instructions. Technical support, if needed, is only a phone call or email away.
Return client brought in his 2008 Chevy Silverado 1500 for some long-road driving upgrades.
He'd previously had a lesser quality lift kit installed with some big American Force Wheels and tires....but not of that promoted for good highway driving and wore down pretty quick......so we did the opposite of what we normally do.
We lowered it and put on some more road worthy wheels/tires.
We Removed the massive lift and installed a smaller lift.
Then we installed some 20x10 Fuel Triton Wheels with 33/12.50/20 Nitto Ridge Grappler tires.
Truck still looks killer and will hold up much better on his Cali-runs!
Customer brought in his 2011 Chevy Duramax with some issues that spelled out a ton of work...but nothing we couldn't handle.
There was some prior work done to the truck and another shop said it'd be fine....well because there was too much boost on the motor, the truck started blowing coolant out of the reservoir under heavy load.
So we did just a little bit of work and PULLED THE ENTIRE CAB OFF and took the motor apart!
We replaced the head gaskets and added the ARP Stage 2 Head Studs while we were in there.
Reason for that is clear....here is a snippet from their site showing the quality you can expect from ARP:
ARP manufactures fasteners from a wide assortment of materials ranging from popular stainless steel and 8740 chrome moly to exotic alloys that have been developed to handle space travel.
You should also know that there are grades within specific alloys. For example, 8740 is available in four grades:
Stainless Steel: Ideally suited for many automotive and marine applications because stainless is tolerant of heat and virtually impervious to rust and corrosion. ARP “Stainless 300” is specially alloyed for extra durability. It’s polished using a proprietary process to produce a beautiful finish. Tensile strength is typically rated at 170,000 psi.
8740 Chrome Moly: Until the development of today’s modern alloys, chrome moly was popularly considered a high strength material. Now viewed as only moderate strength, 8740 chrome moly is seen as a good tough steel, with adequate fatigue properties for most racing applications, but only if the threads are rolled after heat-treatment, as is the standard ARP production practice. Typically, chrome moly is classified as a quench and temper steel, that can be heat-treated to deliver tensile strengths between 180,000 and 210,000 psi.
ARP2000®: ARP2000 is an alloy steel that can be safely heat treated to a higher level, producing a greater strength material than 8740. While 8740 and ARP2000 share similar characteristics – ARP2000 is capable of achieving a clamp load at 220,000 psi. ARP2000 is used widely in short track and drag racing as an up-grade from 8740 chrome moly in both steel and aluminum rods. Stress corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement are typically not a problem, providing care is taken during installation.
L19: This is a premium steel that is processed to deliver superior strength and fatigue properties. L19 is a very high strength material compared to 8740 and ARP2000 and is capable of delivering a clamp load at 260,000 psi. It is primarily used in short track and drag racing applications where inertia loads exceed the clamping capability of ARP2000. Like most high strength, quench and temper steels – L19 requires special care during manufacturing to avoid hydrogen embrittlement. This material is easily contaminated and subject to stress corrosion. It must be kept well-oiled and not exposed to moisture.
Aermet®: With a typical tensile strength of 290,000-310,000 psi, Aermet is a new martensitic super-alloy that is stronger and less expensive than the super-alloy austenitic materials that follow. Because it is capable of achieving incredibly high clamping loads, it is ideal for short but extreme environments like top fuel, funny car and some short track applications. Although Aermet is a maraging steel that is far superior to other high strength steels in its resistance to stress corrosion, it must be kept well-oiled and not exposed to moisture.
Inconel 718: A nickel based material that is in the high temperature, super-alloy class, it is found to be equally suitable in lower temperature applications. This material delivers tensile strengths in the 210,000-230,000 psi range and exhibits improved fatigue properties. Best of all, Inconel 718 is completely immune to hydrogen embrittlement and corrosion.
ARP3.5® (AMS5844): While similar to Inconel 718, these super-alloys are found in many jet engine and aerospace applications where heat and stress attack the life of critical components. The high cobalt content of this alloy, while expensive, delivers a material with superior fatigue characteristics and typically tensile strength in the 260,000-280,000 psi range. The immunity to hydrogen embrittlement and corrosion of these materials is a significant design consideration. These materials are primarily used in connecting rods where extremely high loads, high RPM and endurance are important factors – Formula 1, NASCAR and IRL applications.
Custom Age 625 Plus®: This newly formulated super-alloy demonstrates superior fatigue cycle life, tensile strength and toughness – with complete resistance to atmospheric corrosion and oxidation. ARP is the first to develop manufacturing and testing processes for fasteners with Custom Age 625+. Best of all it is less expensive and expected to soon replace MP-35 as the material of choice in the high strength, super-alloy field. Typical tensile strength is 260,000-280,000 psi.
Titanium: ARP now offers special order fasteners made of an alloy (Ti6Al-4V) that is specially heat-treated (a process developed by ARP's own Russ Sherman) and provides superior strength to other titanium alloys employed in racing and aerospace. The material has a nominal tensile strength of 180,000 psi, and is very corrosion resistant. The main advantage of titanium, of course, is its weight – which is about 40% lighter than a comparable fastener made of steel. Head studs and accessory bolts are ideal applications for this lightweight material
Customer brought in his 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 for an exterior overhaul.
We put on a 7-1/2" Rough Country Lift Kit with 2.5" Wheel Spacers.....as well as some Amp Research Automagical Drop-Down Steps.
What better way to deck out that brand new GM 1500 than with the aggressive stance and jaw-dropping ride height of Rough Country's brand-new 7-inch Suspension Lift for 2014-up Chevy / GMC 1500 Pickups? This massive lift is designed to retain the stock track width! This affords the truck the ability to run up to an impressive 35-inch tire on factory 20-inch wheels, and gives you a nearly limitless choice in aftermarket wheels and tires that other kits just can't fit.
This kit comes with Stout upper strut spacers, a beefy front and rear skid plate, Heavy Duty Front and Rear Crossmembers, and a set of differential and sway-bar drop brackets - all designed by their in-house Research and Development team with 100% laser-cut materials for the best possible fit on your vehicle. This whopping 7-inch Lift also comes with a set of rear 6-inch fabricated anti-wrap lift blocks that offer a huge boost while helping combat dreaded axle wrap issues on inferior big lifts.
Also included are a set of our Nitrogen charged N2 Shocks! Offering the best in balanced performance for on and off-road use, these shocks feature a 10-stage velocity sensitive valving custom tuned for this specific application. That means these shocks are specifically valved for use with this vehicle and lift combo, giving you unparalleled performance for any driving situation.
The Shop Loaner truck had a leaky water pump.....so while we were in there fixing that, we thought we might as well add a new cam to it.....because....well....why not!
Comp Cams fit the bill and we made quick work of this install.
She's a throaty grumbler now.....hear it from down the block.
Customers can enjoy people staring at them while they drive this around town waiting for their vehicle to be worked on!
Customer brought in his brand new 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 for some upgrades....because while Chevy does a good job at building trucks.....the aftermarket world doesn't think so.
Here is what we installed:
3" Suspension Lift
Fuel Sledge 20x9 Wheels
Fuel Gripper MT 33x12.5x20 Tires
Front Window Tint to Match OEM
Minor upgrades to most....but sometimes less is more.
The dramatic difference from how it rolled off the lot not to long ago to where it's at today shows that even with slight upgrades, you can totally change the way your truck Looks and Drives!
Here we've got a 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500HD that needed some extra clearance for some bigger tires....in order to properly do that, we needed it to go a bit higher.
So, a 4" lift was installed to clear the new 35" Fuel Gripper MT Tires.
Easily visible what even a small-ish upgrade can do to your truck.
These beast is ready to go now!
Hit us up for all your Truck and Off-Road needs...whether it's Wheels and Tires, Lifting or Lowering and even Performance needs!
Good buddy of mine sent his pops over for some Trax Customs love.
He'd gotten a backup camera system as a present a while back and needed help installing it.
Mainly because it's a universal setup and not really meant for this truck (without making it look hacked-in)
So, Trax Customs steps again yet again and helped this customer out...when most other shops would have told them it wouldn't work and to get something else.
Fabricated a bracket to mount the larger-than-normal backup camera on the rear license plate.
Fabricated a bracket to mount the massive 7" screen in the center console area and tied everything together.....easy peasy!
Buddy of ours that owns a local Bed-Liner Company brought in his 2006 Chevy 1500 for some much needed suspension work. His truck was dope before....but just needed something a bit different to really stand out....this will be a two-part build....first up:
6 inch lift kit
33" fuel mt gripper tires
2" spacers in the rear
This really changed the look of the truck and gives it the stance it needed.
Next up.....custom headlights/running lights....
Client brought in his Silverado for a much needed light upgrade...but for safety reasons mainly.
He drives up to Alaska in the Spring and Returns in the Fall...and he's had WAY too many close encounters of the Wild-Kind....so he wanted to be able to see the animals wayyyy before he needs to apply the brakes.
He wanted as much forward lighting as possible...but while staying as concealed (anti-theft) and un-obtrusive as possible.
So....I knew right away my Baja Designs Onyx-6 30" High-Powered Series bar was the way to go.
This is no small bar....but it's small enough to be crammed into his grill area.
Fabricated a custom bracket and wired everything up to a switch on his dash.
Now, at the flick of the switch, he should be able to spot a moose/bear/deer/Canadians at about a MILE range.....pretty impressive, eh?!?!
Return Client brough his Silverado back in after a dealership failed to align his front end and replace his lights back to how I had them; after he smacked a deer.
They had removed lights I installed and put in the incorrect ones and repeatedly told him it was correct.....luckily he knew better and called me up immediately.
This guy does a lot of open road driving in the mountains and his wife drives it as well....after I put the 55watt low beams and 35watt fogs in it, they were now completely comfortable driving this at night anywhere.
So, after a few hours of attempting to align the truck up better than the collision center did, I got his lights fix and aligned how he liked them....as well as got the correct bulbs ordered/installed back to what he was used to.
Oh....and since he couldn't get enough lights, I installed a 20" Baja Designs S8 Driving/Spot Combo bar in the lower bumper opening. Very stealthy and VERY bright for how small it is.
NOW he's got MORE than enough light to see ALL the deer.
This is a super awesome return customer and he was beyond stoked with how everything turned out!
Good buddy of ours brought in their 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500hd for a few upgrades and we think it turned out pretty damn good!
Here is what we did:
Rough country's brand new 3.5 lift kit
305/55/20 amp mt2 tires
Mayhem warrior wheels
3" stainless steel steps
Tint match front windows
Past client brought his Silverado back in for some more serious lighting upgrades.
A few months ago I wired up his aftermarket headlights the proper way, to ensure everything worked and wasn't cluttering up the engine bay.
Well....the cheap halogen lights that came with them both died after a few short months (which is another reason aftermarket cheapy lights suck).
So.....instead of just fixing those, we upgraded everything.
Morimoto HID System w/ Diode Dynamic 8000k Bulbs (didn't want to, but client insisted)
Morimoto LED Fog Light Housings (pencil beam pattern)
Rough Country 20" LED Bar and custom bracket in middle grill area.
This is a definitely upgrade over what he had before.....the light bar is a perfect location and is barely noticeable....it's not going to provide you enough light to make plants wake up.....but in a pinch, you'll be able to see whatever is in front of you.
The LED fog lights are a perfect example of how products should have came from the factory....not blindingly bright, but just enough light where you need it and not where you don't.
The headlight HIDs....well they are bright, but the aftermarket housings/projectors are horrible from the getgo...so they still need improvement....but for now, he's got plenty of light!
I'm (Travis) so backed up nowadays that even the other side of Trax (Ryan) is having to do audio installs! I trust his mechanic hands with just about any electrical install I can do....since he does have more experience (years) than I do :-D
Here is what we installed on this guy:
5 inch rough country NTD lift kit
35x12.50x20 amp mt tires
20x9 fuel assault wheels
Pioneer NEX navigation system
Rosen drop down entertainment system
Back up camera
Remote start/keyless entry
Had a pretty interesting project another dealership brought me.
Client digs Superman and just bought a brand new truck....a good buddy of mine at the dealership told him what I can do and how we can make these unique enough to stand out in the crowd....so here is what we did:
Full Gloss Black Internal Paint
'Superman' logo Etched into OEM Projector Glass
Switchback LED Turn Signal Upgrade
Neo Prism Dual Halos
Neo Prism Demon Eyes
Neo Prism Custom Interior Acknowledgment light in AC Vent
Having an acknowledgment light on the inside is KEY when you do anything RGB or NeoPrism related....as you can't see what your headlights are doing....this way, the owner can simply look at his Vent and he'll know what his headlights are doing....pretty trick, and you wouldn't be able to tell anything was added when the lights are off.
These ones turned out pretty sick!
Here's our first of MANY trucks being built for local dealerships....this one is a 2016 chevrolet 2500 and we're installing:
5 inch zone lift kit
35x12.50 20 cooper tires
20x10 0 offset fuel rims
Rigid 50" night force curved bar
Everything on this truck is a perfect upgrade to an already amazing vehicle and looks as if it should come that way....even the lightbar, which has a smoked lens on it, blends into the truck and sits low enough that it's not classified as a 'BroBar' (don't be that guy....it's like a massive wing on a car....but on a truck.....not cool)
Had a good buddy of ours bring in his 2014 chevrolet 1500 for some height enhancements on his truck.
We were a bit worried the tire setup would be somewhat too aggressive but the owner was blown away with how it turned out!
7.5 rough country lift kit
35x12.50 20 amp mt2 tires
20x10 mayhem warrior rims
When a customer wants cool headlights....but doesn't want fully retrofitted one, I often modify eBay lights to give them best of both worlds.
These ones were 'shelf'd' for a while since they were a budget build...and well....I'm horrible at time-management!
Either way, in the end...they turned out pretty badass....plus, linear light will never get old in my book....follow the lines and don't add light where there shouldn't be light, and you'll have a good look!
My Neighbor is back for more.
I've previously retrofitting his headlights and DRL Housings with full HIDs and LED Swithcback Strips....but the bottom DRL housings were cheap aftermarket ones and the rear geotextile patches failed on both...so they caused water intrusion and made them look like SH!T.
Soooo....when I fix things, I offer upgrades.....this one involved adding 4 high powered DRL LED Pods from Morimoto...and WOW....these guys are bright.
Luckily his DRLs are only on during the day...but since they are 4.5' off the ground, i'd recommend steering clear of this truck during the day..or you'll be temporarily blinded!
Sorry Not Sorry.
Good friend to Trax Customs brought in his Chevy Silverado to our Salmon Division for a lift kit installation.
4" Fabtech Suspension Lift
After completing the Tri-Halo GMC Sierra build, a good buddy of mine wanted something unique for his truck using the same technology.....so instead of circles, I went with straight lines in the XBLed Plasma Strip line.
These badboys are crazy bright
White for Running Lights
Amber for Turn Signals
Good buddy of Trax wanted to update his headlights.....he wanted halos but wasn't sure to what extent.
After some thinking, since the headlights aren't necessarily the best shape to work with, we cam up with a few unique ideas.
A) Use some products that aren't out yet (White-on-White Plasma XBLed Halos)
B) Delete Turn Signal Bulb, Add XBLed Halo for Turn Signal
C) Make that biotch a switchback and hide it behind another halo.
D) Matte Black the side orange markers
No stacking going on there....custom switchback white-to-amber turn signals for the bottom halo set, then two halos up top.
These new White-on-White XBLed plasma halos are stupid bright...just check out the last pic!
Even used one of my new Chrome Trax logo stickers in the turn signal area...can't ever really tell it's there....pretty cool.
Buddy of mine brought in his 2006 Chevy Silverado for a sound upgrade...here is what I put in:
JVC KW-AV61BT DVD Player with Bluetooth, iPod and Aux Inputs
Digital Designs 2 Channel C2C Amplifier (320 watts RMS)
Arc Audio's Arc10 10" Subwoofer
Custom Built Carpeted Sealed Box
This DD and Arc combo is my 3rd this year and for the price, I'm thinking it's going to be hard to beat...it's a solid setup.
So slowly but surely I've been getting parts for the truck.
So far we have:
Black Replacement Carpet (Switching Interior from Blue to Black with Grey Accents)
Custom Made Seat Covers
Custom Range Rover Front Clip (Headlights will be retro'd and LED'd out)
Just this week I received all my audio equipment:
Digital Designs 6.5" Component System x 2
Digital Designs 8" 2500 series Subwoofer, custom platnium carbon fiber dust cap
Digital Designs MONSTER SS5 5 Channel Amp - 120x4, 800x1 (yup, you read that right)
So, now I just have to find the time to tear into it, get it ready for Paint (Full body paint) and then the audio nonsense can begin.
Words cannot express how excited I am about this beast of a sub.....800 watts RMS....giggidy!
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