Between the additional weight of the wheel and tire combination, the increase in elevation, and being new on the market, performance became an issue that Ray couldn't ignore. Knowing that sheer power and brute force were only some of the requirements for successful mud bogging, Ray called upon Ed's Sleds of Rohnert Park to provide the additional horses needed for this type of play. The crew of Ed's Sleds wasted no time in installing the Nitrous 150 Fogger system that is automatically engaged when the rig is under full-throttle. Loosely translated, when Ray or Greg lay the hammer down, the plenum-mounted solenoids open up and deliver a fine mist of the laughing gas. The 10-pound heated nitrous bottle is housed under the rear passenger seats. The system is responsible for bringing another 150 ponies into the already formidable stable. The GM Corporate front and rear 3.73 gear sets were retained for drivability and performance reasons. A1A Performance Muffler of Rohnert Park created the voice that would match the truck's commanding appearance. The 3-inch system uses a custom mandrel-bent crossover pipe that connects to a 3-inch Flowmaster one-chamber racing muffler. The spent gasses are then routed via 4-inch custom-built and designed stainless steel exhaust tips that terminate at the rear of the rig. To complete the power upgrade, a K&N air intake system was installed.
Once the initial shock of seeing the truck is over, those lucky enough to go and sit inside will suddenly be transported to another time and place thanks to the CPS Car Audio of Rohnert Park, Rockford-Fosgate/Pioneer video system. Replacing the factory head unit is a Pioneer 6400 in-dash 6-1/2-inch flip screen monitor; attached is a Pioneer SDVP7 in-dash DVD player and stealth-mounted Pioneer VCR. The front passengers can watch their DVD of choice from a Pioneer Visor AVDW-6000 wide-screen LCD monitor. Rear passengers are kept quiet thanks to the pair of 6-1/2-inch SAVV headrest monitors. Custom-fabricated Rockford-Fosgate digital display volt/output/amperage meters were installed for additional insurance. The factory AC/Delco General Motors component speakers were retained in all factory locations.
After speaking with Ray and Greg, the truck still has a long road ahead of it. Plans call for bucket seats for the rear, five-point harnesses, an interior rollcage, and any other cool things the dynamic duo can think of. Right now, though, all Ray and Greg can do is just grin and reap the benefits of creating a phenomenon that some motorists and enthusiasts will never forget. While it's true that only 70 total solar eclipses can be seen each century, maybe, if they're lucky, the average person will witness an eclipse once in their lives.
|Owner/hometown ||: ||Ray Jones/Rohnert Park, California |
|Vehicle ||: ||’02 Chevrolet 2500 Series Heavy Duty Extended |
|Suspension ||: ||10-inch Whiplash Performance Suspension Kit |
|Tires ||: ||19.5x44x16.5 TSL Super Swamper Boggers |
|Wheels ||: || 16.5x12-inh Weld Racing S |
|Shocks ||: ||3-inch King Racing Shocks (front & rear) and leaf |
spring mounted kicker system.
|Engine ||: ||Chevy 8.1L Vortech V-8 |
|Other Modifications || : ||Flowmaster 3-inch exhaust, custom paint, video |
system, Nitrous 150 Fogger System, 4-inch
custom body lift, chromed steering stabilizers,
powdercoated suspension items, custom
paint, and a K&N air intake system