Sean Baisden's 2008 Chevy 2500HD Duramax was a featured vehicle for ANSA Exhaust at last week’s SEMA Show. Blaisden, who goes by the nickname Pitbull, described his build this way.
We started with a 2008 Chevy 2500HD Duramax Diesel, crew cab long bed 4X4, sandstone in color. The project got some height by lifting the truck 11 inches using a CST lift kit with Fox Shocks w/ res. and a Performance Accessory 3-inch Body Lift. The suspension kit along with the Gear Alloy 715c 22-inch wheels, custom Pitbull Motor Toyz traction bars and skid plate, and Hellwig front and rear sway bars were powder coated candy red. The rims were fitted with a set of 40X15.5X22 Toyo Open Country MTs.
This was only the beginning.
We then took the truck over to the Upholstery Zone in Simi Vally Ca.where Ramon, the owner, took charge of transforming the interior by removing the seats and covering the centers in wine colored suede. Then the door panels, pillars, headliner and dash were removed and covered in black leather, wine and charcoal gray suede. The interior was finished off with a brushed stainless US Speedo, Pioneer D3 head unit and Rockford Fosgate sound systems with 5 amps and 16 speakers that have all been custom mounted in the door panels, behind and under the rear seats.
Once the inside was done we had to put some splash on the outside. So we sent the truck off to Jerks Design in Thousand Oaks, CA where we removed 40 pieces out of the interior, sanded them smooth and painted them the color for the truck and reinstalled them. Next it was the outside. We painted the new Ansani Design front bumper and installed the three 8-inch KC lights and wired them into the high beams. Next we sanded the mirrors smooth and painted them gloss black. Then we had some custom gun metal gray tribal flames that were highlighted with candy red and silver pinstriping to tie it all together. Finished those off with silver pearl ghost flames over top. To complete the outside we installed a set of Amp Research power steps, GM chrome handles and Precision Billet black grill. After all that, the truck was off to Line-X were the bed, bed rails and toolbox was sprayed.
Now it was time for some performance so back to the shop where the truck was outfitted with a pair of Optima Batteries, AMSOIL Synthetic Diesel Oil, AMSOIL Synthetic Fuel Efficient Automatic Transmission Fluid and Severe Gear Gear Lube and a new set of billet reusable Pure Power Inc. oil, trans, and fuel filters. Next the Injen Technology intake system (with AMSOIL Ea filter), PPE Hot +4 programmer, FASS fuel filter/air separator system and 4inch ANSA Silverline turbo back exhaust system with their new twin 8-inch black chrome stacks were installed through the bed of the truck.
To finish the truck off we installed a pair of 16-inch Spal fans on a custom Pitbull Motor Toyz fan shroud assembly and a Custom polished aluminum 35 gallon Propane Tank located under the bed to feed the digital propane system, thereby giving the truck another 75hp and 150tq. This truck was cruising, doing 90mph and getting 28mpg.
Baisden admits the project was a lot of work, “but it all paid off. It is a head turner and always gets attention no matter where we are.”
Baisden was eager to thank all his sponsors, including AMSOIL. "We could not have done it without them!"