XOR - Xtreme Off-Road Builds

Parts Used In This Episode

Auto Metal Direct
77-87 CV/GMC PU Door Shell LH
Auto Metal Direct
81-87 CV /GMC PU 2" Cowl Hood
Auto Metal Direct
Fender, Front Outer, Driver Side, Steel, Black EDP Coated, Chevy, GMC, Each
Covercraft
Seat Covers - Covercraft Carhartt SeatSaver Front Row - Carhartt Gravel
Dupli-Color
Bed Coating, Bed Armor, Aerosol, 16 oz., Each
Dupli-Color
Custom Wrap, General Purpose, Matte Black, Aerosol, 15 oz., Each
Hypertech
Computer Programmer, Max Energy 2.0, Power Programmer, Cadillac, Chevy, GMC, Ford, Dodge, Ram, Each
Nitto Tire
The Ridge Grappler represents the next generation of the Nitto Grappler family of products which provides the best of both worlds from our mud-terrain and all-terrain product offerings. Featuring a revolutionary dynamic hybrid tread pattern, the Ridge Grappler provides a quiet and comfortable ride while the deep, aggressive sidewall lugs and tread pattern provide capable off-road performance.
Rigid Industries
2x2 115º Scene Light Black
Rigid Industries
GMC 2500 Grille with 20" RDS LED Light Bar, Midnight Edition upgrade
Artec Industries
JK 1 TON - SUPERDUTY Front 60 Swap Kit
BDS Suspension
2-3" Coilover Conversion Suspension System w/Fox 2.5 Remote Reservoir DSC Coil-Overs, Rear FOX 2.5 Reservoir Shocks | 2011-16 Chevy/GMC 2500HD/3500HD 4WD
Edwards Ironworkers
55 TON EDWARDS IRONWORKER with Hydraulic Accessory Pack option; 10 Ton Bender, 15 Ton Horizontal press,Tubing Roller and 40 Ton Shop Press.
ESAB
Rebel EMP 215ic for MIG/TIG/Stick
ESAB
The Official Welding and Cutting Supplier of Xtreme Off Road, featuring the all-new Rebel 215 Multi-Process Welder
Gunk
All purpose cleaner and degreaser
Leitner Designs
ACTIVE CARGO SYSTEM - FULL SIZE - 6-1/2 FOOT, w/optional Sliding center load bar, Integrated gear boxes, Hi-Lift Jack Bracket, Light Bracket, MAXTRAX Mounting Plate, RotopaX Deluxe Pack Mount
Maxtrax
Recovery Device - MAXTRAX MKII Safety Orange
Rotopax
4 GALLON ROTOPAX BRAND GASOLINE FUEL PACK
The Industrial Depot
The Industrial Depot - Fasteners, Hardware, and Shop Supplies
Wilco Offroad
Wilco Tiregate RaceRunner tire carrier

Episode Transcript

(ANNOUNCER)>> WITH PLENTY OF POWER AND FEATURES THE GMC DENALI IS A GREAT FOUNDATION FOR A HIGH END ADVENTURE RIG. TODAY ON XTREME OFF ROAD WE GEAR UP THIS TRUCK FOR

THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITH PLENTY OF STORAGE, ACCESSORIES, LIGHTS, AND STYLE. THEN WE'LL TAKE OUR DENALI INTO THE DIRT AND THE MUD. PLUS WE'LL FINISH UP THE FRONT END ON OUR SURVIVALIST SUBURBAN.

(IAN)>> LAST TIME WE HAD OUR SIX BY SIX SUBURBAN PROJECT IN THE SHOP I WENT AHEAD AND ADDED OUR BED SIDES TO THE BACK OF THE BODY AND

SHORTENED UP THE ROOF. NOW BEFORE I FINISH OUT THE REST OF THE CUSTOM SHEET METAL ON THE BACK OF THE RIG, I WANT TO TAKE

CARE OF ANY WORK THAT WE'LL HAVE TO DO TO THE FRONT. NOW THAT MEANS DEALING WITH A NEW SET OF FENDERS AND A DOOR THAT'S BEEN DAMAGED ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE, AND ALSO THE FIREWALL. IT'S ALL DIRTY AND IT'S GOT A BUNCH OF STUFF ON IT THAT WE DO NOT NEED WITH THE POWER PLANT THAT'S UNDERNEATH THE HOOD OF THE RIG. SO BEFORE WE START BOLTING ON SOME NEW PARTS THE FIRST STEP, CLEAN THIS THING UP.

TO CLEAN THE FIREWALL I AM USING GUNK'S NEW ALL PURPOSE CLEANER DEGREASER. NOW THIS CLEANER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO CUT THROUGH DIRT AND GREASE BUT WON'T HARM PLASTIC OR ALUMINUM.

IT'S INDUSTRIAL GRADE CLEANING THAT IS

NONTOXIC, AND AVAILABLE IN BULK TO DILUTE DIFFERENTLY FOR TOUGHER JOBS. AND WITH THE FIREWALL CLEAN, WE'LL GIVE IT A QUICK GOING OVER WITH SOME SCOTCHBRITE TO PREP IT FOR A COAT OF DUPLICOLOR BED LINER BLACK. THAT SHOULD GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT THE FINAL COLOR FOR THIS PROJECT IS GONNA BE. NOW IF YOU GUYS REMEMBER, THE ENTIRE DRIVER'S SIDE OF THIS SUBURBAN WAS PRETTY DAMAGED. I THINK THIS TRUCK MAY HAVE BEEN ON ITS SIDE AT

ONE TIME OR ANOTHER. NOW OUT BACK I WELDED IN A PATCH PANEL, BUT UP HERE

I'M JUST GONNA USE FULL REPLACEMENT PIECES. THAT'S BECAUSE JUST FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE THAN A DOOR SKIN I CAN GET AN ENTIRE DOOR SHELL ASSEMBLY AUTO METAL DIRECT, AND THIS WILL SIMPLY REPLACE THE DOOR ON THE TRUCK. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS SWAP OVER ALL THE PIECES ONTO THE NEW DOOR. WHEN SWAPPING OUT COMPLETE PANELS LIKE DOORS I LIKE TO STRIP THE DOOR WHILE IT IS STILL ATTACHED TO THE TRUCK. THAT KEEPS THE DOOR AT A REASONABLE WORKING HEIGHT AND HELD STEADY WHILE DISASSEMBLY TAKES PLACE. EVERYTHING HAS TO COME OUT, LATCHES, WINDOW, OUTER HANDLE, AND THE MIRROR. THEN THE DOOR CAN BE CLOSED AND THE BOLTS THAT ATTACH THE SHELL TO THE HINGES CAN BE REMOVED.

TO INSTALL THE NEW DOOR SHELL THE PROCESS IS SIMPLY REVERSED. THE SHELL IS INSTALLED ONTO THE TRUCK AND ALL THE INTERNAL PARTS CAN BE BOLTED BACK UP.

I'VE ONLY INSTALLED THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE AND LATCH MECHANISM ON OUR NEW DOOR FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE DOOR BUT IF I INSTALL THE OUTSIDE HANDLE THEN I'M GONNA HAVE TO MASK THAT OFF WHEN THE TRUCK GETS PAINTED. SO FOR NOW I JUST HAVE THE INTERIOR HANDLE IN PLACE, DON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THE WINDOW. THE WINDOW IS ALSO AN ISSUE.

IF YOU REMEMBER, WE'RE BUILDING THIS TRUCK FOR THE END OF THE WORLD. WE'RE ELIMINATING ANY UNNECESSARY ELECTRONICS. THAT MEANS THAT THE POWER WINDOWS IN THIS TRUCK, WELL THEY'VE GOT TO GO. SO I'M GONNA CONVERT THEM OVER TO A MANUAL ROLL UP, ROLL DOWN WINDOW, BUT FOR NOW OUR NEW DOOR IS IN PLACE. NOW WE CAN TOSS ON THE FENDERS. MAYBE EVEN TEST FIT THE HOOD.

(ANNOUNCER)>> UP NEXT, AN AFFORDABLE, READY TO BUILD WELDING TABLE. PLUS DELUXE DENALI HITS THE TRAIL.

(ANNOUNCER)>> WELDING TECH IS FUELED BY ESAB, MAKER OF THE ALL NEW REBEL AND OFFICIAL WELDING AND CUTTING SUPPLIER OF XTREME OFF ROAD.

(IAN)>> NOT TOO LONG AGO WE SHOWED YOU HOW BUILDING A WELDING CART IS A GREAT INTRODUCTORY WELDING PROJECT IF YOU'VE PICKED UP A NEW WELDER. NOW WHAT WOULD BE THE NEXT PROJECT YOU'D WANT TO TACKLE? OBVIOUSLY A PLACE TO USE YOUR WELDER. SOME TYPE OF WELDING BENCH. NOW YOU CAN SIT DOWN, COME UP WITH A DESIGN, ORDER A BUNCH OF STEEL, AND CUT IT UP AND WELD IT TOGETHER YOUR SHOP, BUT BELIEVE IT OR NOT, FOR JUST A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS THERE IS A BETTER OPTION. THIS IS A DO IT YOURSELF WELDING TABLE KIT FROM A COMPANY CALLED TAB AND SLOT. NOW WHAT MAKES IT VERY UNIQUE IS NOT JUST THE

FACT THAT IT SHOWS UP PRECUT AND READY TO

ASSEMBLY WITH THESE UNIQUE TABS AND SLOTS THAT ALLOW IT TO JIG TOGETHER VERY SQUARE, BUT THE FACT THAT THE TOP HAS ALL THESE HOLES CUT IN IT. NOW THOSE HOLES ALLOW YOU TO USE WHAT'S CALLED FIXTURE TOOLING, OR THESE CLAMPS THAT BASICALLY DROP INTO THE HOLE TO LOCK INTO PLACE AND YOU CAN CLAMP THE ITEM DOWN THAT YOU'RE WELDING, KEEP IT GOOD AND STIFF IN PLACE SO IT DOESN'T DEFLECT FROM ALL THE HEAT. THIS IS A GREAT ENTRY LEVEL PROJECT IF YOU'RE A BEGINNING WELDER, BUT IF YOU'RE AN EXPERIENCED FABRICATOR, WHEN YOU'RE DONE HERE, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A HIGH QUALITY WORK BENCH TO DO YOUR WELDING AT. WHAT MAKES SHOP PROJECTS LIKE CARTS AND TABLES GREAT INTRODUCTORY WELDING PROJECTS? IT'S THE FACT THAT THEY OFFER MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF WELDING JOINTS TO PRACTICE ON, AND LITTLE TIPS THAT YOU CAN APPLY TO PROJECTS ON YOUR RIG, LIKE WELDING NUTS AND BOLTS.

IF YOU WELD ZINC COATED GALVANIZED FASTENERS, THE

WELD CAUSES THE ZINC TO BURN OFF, AND IT HAS BEEN

KNOWN TO CAUSE HEALTH ISSUES. YOU CAN USE A COMPLETE FRESH AIR SYSTEM TO ELIMINATE THIS, OR FOR A BETTER, CLEANER WELD AND NO OFF GASSING YOU CAN STRIP THE ZINC OFF THE FASTENERS BY SOAKING THEM IN SOME MURIATIC ACID.

WHOO THAT GOT HOT. A PROJECT LIKE THIS ALSO LETS YOU PRACTICE DIFFERENT WELDING POSITIONS, NOT JUST WITH YOUR DOMINANT HAND RUNNING VERTICAL UP OR OVERHEAD. THROW THE TORCH INTO YOUR OFF HAND AND TRY THOSE SAME POSITIONS. ALSO TRY WELDING USING A SMALL POCKET MIRROR. THAT SKILL COMES IN HANDY WHEN YOU'RE CRAMMED UP UNDERNEATH YOUR RIG AND YOU'RE WELDING ON THE TOP OF A CROSS MEMBER AND YOU CAN'T SEE THE TOP OF THE BEAD THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO LAY DOWN. BEING ABLE TO MIRROR WELD IS A SKILL THAT YOU'LL DEFINITELY WANT TO PULL OUT OF YOUR BAG OF TRICKS. ALSO SPEND SOME TIME PREPPING THE JOINTS. IF YOU CLEAN ALL THIS MILL SCALE OFF OF HERE AND WIPE

THIS TUBING DOWN YOU'LL REALLY IMPROVE THAT WELD BEAD.

YOU'LL SEE THAT IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE ON A TABLE LIKE THIS, AND THEN A HUGE DIFFERENCE ON YOUR PROJECT. TACK LOCATION IS ALSO KEY. YOU'LL OFTEN SEE GUYS DROP A BIG OLE TACK WELD RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A JOINT LIKE THIS TO LOCK IT TOGETHER. I PREFER TO TACK ON EITHER END OF A JOINT, WHETHER IT'S AN INSIDE CORNER LIKE THIS OR JUST A TAB ON AN AXLE. THAT WAY I'M RUNNING MY BEAD FROM TACK TO TACK AND I'M NOT TRYING TO DRIVE THAT WELD BEAD OVER A BIG OLE TACK WELD THAT I'VE DROPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BRACKET. THAT NOT ONLY SACRIFICES THE APPEARANCE OF THE WELD BUT IT ACTUALLY MAKES A WEAK SPOT BECAUSE YOU'VE INCREASED THE AMOUNT OF HEAT THAT YOU HAVE TO INPUT AT THAT LOCATION. ALL OF THESE SKILLS EASILY TRANSFER FROM A SIMPLE TABLE PROJECT LIKE THIS TO PROJECTS ON YOUR OFF ROAD RIG. IT'S ALSO A GREAT TIME TO TRY DIFFERENT SETTINGS ON YOUR MACHINE. THE ESAB REBEL IS FULL OF SETUP OPTIONS LIKE PREFLOW AND POST FLOW. PREFLOW PURGES THE WELD JOINT WITH SOME SHIELDING GAS BEFORE BEGINNING THE WELD, AND POST FLOW ALLOWS THE GAS TO CONTINUE TO FLOW WHEN YOU'VE RELEASED THE TRIGGER. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT FEATURE FOR STAINLESS STEEL, BUT ON MILD STEEL YOU CAN ALSO NOTICE A DIFFERENCE. BURN BACK IS THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE WIRE IS STILL

ENERGIZED AFTER YOU RELEASE THE TRIGGER.

BY ADJUSTING THIS IT CAN HELP PREVENT THE WIRE FROM STICKING INTO THE MOLTEN PUDDLE. MAKING THESE ADJUSTMENTS WHEN BUILDING A SIMPLE PROJECT LIKE THIS BENCH HELPS YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE FINISH WELDS THAT YOU'RE GONNA MAKE ON YOUR RIG. THAT'S A NICE TABLE.

(ANNOUNCER)>> COMING UP, A CARGO SYSTEM THAT SECURELY HOLDS ANYTHING YOU COULD NEED FOR YOUR JOURNEY.

(IAN)>> NOT TOO LONG AGO WE PULLED THIS 2016 GMC DENALI INTO THE SHOP WITH A SIMPLE PLAN.

I JUST WANTED TO TOUGHEN UP THE TRUCK A LITTLE BIT. SO FAR WE'VE DONE VERY WELL. INSTALLED A NEW SUSPENSION SYSTEM AND SOME LARGER WHEELS AND TIRES. NOW I'M KIND OF CONFLICTED OVER THE IDENTITY OF THIS TRUCK. I CERTAINLY WOULDN'T CALL IT A WORK TRUCK. I MEAN IT'S A FULL LEATHER INTERIOR BRAND NEW TRUCK. I WOULDN'T CONSIDER IT A CHASE TRUCK BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT GONNA TAKE A GMC DENALI AND CHASE YOUR BUDDY'S RACE CAR AROUND THE DESERT.

WHAT WOULD YOU USE THIS TRUCK FOR? WELL THIS WOULD BE THE PERFECT ADVENTURE TRUCK. A TRUCK YOU DRIVE TO WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY, BUT ON THE WEEKENDS YOU THROW YOUR FRIENDS OR YOUR FAMILY IN IT, HEAD UP INTO THE MOUNTAINS FOR A HIKE, OR MAYBE INTO THE DESERT TO DO SOME CAMPING. NOW THESE ADVENTURES USUALLY MEAN A LOT OF EXTRA GEAR.

SO WE'RE GONNA ADD SOME STORAGE IN THIS TRUCK TO CARRY ALL OF THAT GEAR THAT YOU WILL NEED, BUT BEFORE WE DO THAT I STILL HAVE ONE MORE THING TO DO TO MAKE THIS TRUCK LOOK JUST A LITTLE BIT TOUGHER. I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN THE SAYING THAT CHROME

WON'T GET YOU HOME. SO I'M GONNA BLACK OUT ALL OF THE CHROME ON THIS

TRUCK, BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT A FUTURE OWNER OF THIS PICK UP MIGHT NOT FEEL THE SAME WAY. SO I AM USING DUPLICOLOR CUSTOM WRAP. IT'S A REMOVABLE COATING THAT CAN BE APPLIED OVER MOST PAINTED OR CHROME PLATED SURFACES WITH MINIMAL PREP, AND YES, IT CAN BE PEELED OFF IN THE FUTURE, LEAVING NO RESIDUE ON THE TRUCK.

THERE'S A VERY GOOD REASON THAT A PICK UP TRUCK IS THE ULTIMATE WEEKEND AT THE

READY ADVENTURE VEHICLE. THAT'S BECAUSE IN THE BED THERE IS A LOT OF ROOM FOR STORAGE. WELL WE CAN ALSO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE VERTICAL REAL ESTATE THAT'S AVAILABLE TO US TO HAVE EVEN MORE STORAGE, AND IT ALL STARTS WITH SOME TYPE OF CARGO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. THIS IS THE LEITNER ACTIVE CARGO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND IT'S MORE THAN JUST A BED RACK. IT IS A FULLY UPGRADABLE BED CARGO STORAGE SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR ADVENTURE. EACH SIDE OF THE TRUCK BED RECEIVES A BED RAIL, TWO UPRIGHTS, A TOP CHANNEL BAR ALONG WITH TWO CROSS BARS. THE SIDE IS THEN SECURED WITH THE INCLUDED CLAMPS.

WHOO! ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS ARE ATTACHED TO THE BED FRONT AND REAR. LEITNER ALSO HAS GEAR PODS AVAILABLE FOR THE RACK THAT ARE ANGLED TO FOLLOW THE LINES OF THE CAB AND REDUCE WIND NOISE. THE RACK IS NOT ONLY DESIGNED TO HOLD THE LEITNER GEAR PODS IN PLACE, THEY ALSO OFFER DIFFERENT BRACKETS TO MOUNT ANY DIFFERENT TYPE OF ACCESSORIES THAT YOU NEED FOR WORK AND FOR PLAY. NOW THIS IS NOT A HARDCORE OFF ROAD TRUCK, BUT THERE'S A COUPLE OF ITEMS YOU SHOULD PLAN TO TAKE WITH YOU IF YOU PLAN A RATHER SERIOUS ADVENTURE. THE FIRST IS A GOOD HIGH LIFT JACK.

NOT ONLY CAN THIS GET THIS TRUCK OFF THE GROUND IF WE HAVE TO CHANGE A TIRE OR WE NEED TO USE THESE MAX TRACKS TO GET OUT OF A STICKY SITUATION. WE COULD ALSO USE IT IF WE WERE OUT ON A SIDE BY SIDE AND NEEDED TO CHANGE A TIRE.

IT'S JUST A GOOD PIECE OF EQUIPMENT TO ALWAYS HAVE ON THE BACK. NOW THE MAX TRACKS, THOSE ARE PRETTY SELF EXPLANATORY. GET BOGGED DOWN IN SOME SOFT TERRAIN. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GET THESE WEDGED UNDERNEATH THE TIRE. IT'LL GIVE YOU ALL THE TRACTION YOU NEED TO GET OUT OF TROUBLE.

THE UNIVERSAL SIDE MOUNTS CAN ALSO BE USED TO HOLD FLUID CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS, LIKE THIS ROTO PACKS FUEL JUG, CAUSE YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH FUEL WHEN YOU'RE ON AN ADVENTURE.

(ANNOUNCER)>> UP NEXT, DELUXE DENALI'S MAIDEN VOYAGE.

(IAN)>> NOTHING'S GONNA RUIN AN ADVENTURE FASTER THAN A SMALL PROBLEM THAT COULD HAVE BEEN EASILY PREVENTED, LIKE A FLAT TIRE. THAT'S WHY I PLAN TO CARRY A FULL SIZE SPARE AND MATCHING WHEEL ON THE BACK OF OUR TRUCK, BUT I DON'T

JUST WANT TO THROW THIS INTO THE BED. IT'LL EAT UP A LOT OF SPACE. THAT'S WHY I SWAPPED OUT THE STOCK TAILGATE

FOR THIS TIRE GATE. NOW IT ALLOWS YOU TO RUN A FULL SIZE SPARE IN PLACE

OF YOUR FACTORY TAILGATE. IT GIVES IT THIS RACY TUBULAR LOOK, BASICALLY HANGING THE TIRE OUT OVER THE REAR BUMPER, BUT THE BEST PART IS IS YOU DON'T LOSE ANY OF THE CARGO CAPACITY OF THE BED BECAUSE THE TIRE GATE SIMPLY SWINGS OUT OF THE WAY WHEN YOU NEED TO ACCESS IT, AND IT STILL LEAVES YOU WITH A FULL FLAT FLOOR, ABLE TO CARRY AS MUCH CARGO AS A TRUCK WITH A REGULAR TAILGATE.

WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF UPGRADES PLANNED FOR THE INTERIOR OF THIS TRUCK BECAUSE IT'S BASICALLY BRAND NEW. THERE ARE TWO THINGS THAT WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THOUGH. IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE MODERN PICK UP TRUCKS THAT YOU'VE MODIFIED IN ANY WAY, A GREAT THING TO GET IS ONE OF THESE POWER PROGRAMMERS LIKE THIS MAX ENERGY TWO POINT ZERO FROM HYPERTECH. NOW THIS PROGRAMMER WILL NOT ONLY ALLOW ME TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE SHIFT POINTS OF MY TRANSMISSION, READ AND CLEAR THE DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES,

AS WELL AS ADJUST THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM

TO MATCH MY NEW LARGER WHEELS AND TIRES. IT ALSO ALLOWS ME TO PULL A LITTLE BIT EXTRA POWER OUT OF OUR DIESEL ENGINE. THE BENEFIT OF THE MAX ENERGY TWO POINT ZERO

THOUGH IS THAT IT WILL ALSO ALLOW ME TO USE ALL THAT EXTRA POWER WHEN THE TRUCK IS IN TOW/HAUL MODE. THAT IS WHERE YOU'RE GONNA NEED IT THE MOST. THE BEST THING IS IS WHILE IT'S PROVIDING ME THAT EXTRA POWER IT ALSO MONITORS THE EXHAUST GAS TEMPERATURE TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS OPERATING WITHIN SAFE PARAMETERS, AND THAT IS A BIG DEAL IF YOU EVER PLAN TO TOW WITH YOUR DIESEL TRUCK.

TO MAKE THE CHANGES TO OUR TRUCK'S COMPUTER IT'S AS SIMPLE AS ANSWERING A FEW QUESTIONS AND ALLOWING THE PROGRAMMER TO UPLOAD INTO THE FACTORY COMPUTER. THE MAX ENERGY IS 50 STATE LEGAL, AND AT ANY TIME WE CAN RETURN THE VEHICLE TO STOCK TUNE IF WE NEED TO. ANY GOOD ADVENTURE WILL USUALLY END WITH YOU MUDDY AND SMILING, BUT YOU DON'T WANT ALL THAT DIRT ON YOUR FANCY LEATHER SEATS. A GREAT WAY TO PROTECT THEM IS TO KEEP A SET OF COVERCRAFT SEAT COVERS HANDY IN YOUR RIG. THEY EASILY INSTALL BY QUICKLY SLIDING OVER THE SEAT BACK AND UTILIZE QUICK RELEASE CONNECTORS TO ANCHOR THEM. BEST PART IS THEY'RE CUSTOM PATTERNED

FOR EACH SEAT. SO AFTER A WEEKEND OF PLAY YOU CAN INSTALL ALL THE COVERS OR JUST THE ONE YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR INTERIOR CLEAN. A SIGNATURE ITEM ON THE FRONT OF ALL OF THESE DENALI PICK UP TRUCKS IS THIS LARGE CHROME GRILL, BUT REMEMBER, MY PLAN IS TO BLACK OUT ALL OF THE CHROME ON THIS TRUCK. SO INSTEAD OF JUST DARKENING DOWN THIS GRILL, I'M ACTUALLY GOING TO UPGRADE IT

WITH A GRILL INSERT. THIS IS THE RIGID INDUSTRIES LED LIGHT BAR AND GRILL COMBO. IT'S A STAINLESS STEEL GRILL INSERT THAT'S BEEN BLACK POWDER COATED WITH FULL STAINLESS STEEL FASTENERS, AND IT ACCEPTS ONE OF THEIR RDS, OR CURVED ESERIES LIGHT BARS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GRILL. NOW KEEPING WITH OUR BLACKED OUT THEME, I DIDN'T STICK WITH THE STANDARD LIGHT BAR. I UPGRADED TO ONE OF THEIR MIDNIGHT SERIES BARS. NOW THE MIDNIGHT BAR, AS YOU CAN SEE, THE OPTIC HAS

BEEN TREATED TO A COLORING THAT BASICALLY MAKES THE

LIGHT BAR DISAPPEAR IN THE DAY BUT STILL ALLOWS IT TO SHINE GOOD AND BRIGHT WHEN WE NEED IT AT NIGHT. NOW THE CURVED LIGHT BAR, YES IT DOES FIT THE FRONT OF THE GRILL VERY NICELY, BUT IT'S ACTUALLY CURVED FOR A REASON. BY CURVING THE BAR THE LIGHT THAT COMES OUT OF THIS BAR IS ACTUALLY MUCH WIDER, GIVING YOU MUCH MORE LIGHT COVERAGE, BETTER VIEW AT NIGHT. YEAH, IT'S CURVED TO LOOK COOL, BUT IT'S ALSO CURVED FOR A REASON. TO INSTALL THE INSERT THE FACTORY GRILL ASSEMBLY IS

REMOVED FROM THE TRUCK, AND THE INNER

STRUCTURE IS CUT OUT. THE HOLE LOCATIONS ARE THEN MARKED

ONTO THE GRILL SHELL. TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE LIGHT BAR THE STRUCTURE UNDERNEATH NEEDS SOME SLIGHT TRIMMING. THEN THE OUTER SHELL IS BLACKED OUT USING THE DUPLICOLOR BLACK CUSTOM WRAP. THE RIGID INDUSTRIES GRILL AND LIGHT BAR IS THEN

INSTALLED AND THE ENTIRE GRILL ASSEMBLY IS BOLTED BACK ONTO THE TRUCK. ADDITIONAL SCENE LIGHTING FROM RIGID INDUSTRIES

IS ALSO ADDED TO OUR RACK SYSTEM. THIS NOT ONLY GIVES US 4,000 LUMENS OF LIGHT, BUT THE BRACKETS ARE ALSO ADJUSTABLE. SO WE CAN SHINE THAT LIGHT WHERE WE'LL NEED IT.

WITH OUR ADVENTURE TRUCK OUT OF THE SHOP AND INTO THE DIRT, THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT IT LOOKS A LOT MEANER THAN WHEN IT FIRST SHOWED UP TO THE XOR SHOP. THE NEW BDS COIL OVER SUSPENSION SYSTEM MAKES QUICK WORK OF ROUGH TERRAIN, AND THE NITTO RIDGE GRAPPLERS CLAW THEIR WAY THROUGH THE DIRT, ROCKS, AND MUD. WHEN THIS TRUCK FIRST SHOWED UP AT THE XTREME SHOP, IF IT WAS A CUP OF COFFEE, IT WAS A LATTE ORDERED AT A DRIVE THRU WINDOW, BUT NOW IT IS A COARSE GROUND CUP OF BOLD, BLACK COFFEE PERCOLATED OVER AN OPEN FIRE DEEP IN THE WOODS.
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