Looking good is often just as important as working hard, so Wastegate went straight for the throat in an effort to revamp the image of the HD. Fisk Design Studio of El Cajon, California, was charged with the task of making a bold statement in paint on the truck, and it came through with flying colors. Working against the bright white canvas of the factory paint, Lyle Fisk relied on House of Kolor's hues to lay down the brilliant tribal theme using color-changing paint. After Lyle finished spraying and wet-sanding the new paint scheme, ATS Detailing of Chula Vista, California, expertly cut and buffed the exterior of the HD to a show-quality finish. Backing up the new colors is a slew of choice aftermarket accessories. The front end received a Grillcraft Sport grille and an Explorer Pro Comp skidplate and light bar. A billet grille was also thrown into the mix for an extra dose of style.
The inner sanctum of the cab was the next area to upgrade. Katzkin Leather Interiors came to the rescue with a supple blend of midnight carbon-fiber and putty-colored leather for all of the seating in the truck and the door panel inserts. To make the interior even more inviting and road trips extremely entertaining, Wastegate Technologies installed a high-end sound system using products from Sony, Alpine, and Rockford Fosgate. An Alpine CDA-7875 head unit leads the system, sending the signal decoded from any CDs to a pair of Sony Xplode amplifiers. A four-channel, 75-watt, X4 amp powers the Xplode component speakers that were installed in the factory door locations. Another Xplode amp, this one a 760-watt mono amplifier, was installed behind the rear seat and force-feeds a pair of Rockford Fosgate ten-inch HX2 dual voice coil subwoofers. The subs are installed into a custom-fabricated enclosure hidden beneath the rear bench seat. The combination of equipment cleanly blends brute bass force and clean highs to make dogs bark from a block away.
It's always cool to hear stories of how a range of different companies and products come together to build awesome trucks, and this HD is yet another clean example of a truck that can go just about anywhere and arrive in style. Now that we've seen an example of Wastegate Technologies' designs, we are curious as to what it'll come up with next.
|Owner/hometown ||Tom Downey/Coronado, California |
|Year/make/model ||'01/Chevrolet/1500HD Crew Cab LT 4x4 |
|Engine ||6.0L fuel-injected V-8 |
|Transmission ||4L80-E four-speed automatic |
|Gear ratio ||4.10 |
|Suspension ||Explorer Pro Comp 6-inch suspension lift with |
| ||MX-6 monotube adjustable dampers |
|Tires/wheels ||17x10-inch Boyd Coddington Hot Rod |
| ||8 wheels/37x12.50x17 Pro Comp Xterrain tires |
|Additional features ||1,000 watts of music power from Alpine, Rockford |
| ||Fosgate, and Sony; powdercoated accessories |
| ||from Powder One; Katzkin leather interior; |
| ||Bedrug bedliner |