When it came time to build something for himself, he wanted the project to showcase the level of his shop’s capabilities, yet still be daily drivable.
“I’m always doing themed trucks for my own stuff and decided crazy monkeys best portrays all of us at the shop and the crazy things we do all day, so I called my Chevy 2500HD ‘Monkey Business,’” he explains. “Out of all my personal trucks, this one is my favorite, so I knew it had to be something great.”
As is, the 2500HD is a massive truck and with the installation of the 12” Cognito Suspension system with Atlas leaf springs its imposing presence can’t be denied. Suspension components were powder coated in bright “Psycho Yellow” for a standout look, while a set of 26x16 Specialty Forged SF022-8 wheels paired with 40X15.50R26 Fuel Offroad Mud Gripper M/T tires complete its dominating stance. “I thought the yellow was different and unique. It was a color that had not been used before like the blues, greens and purples you see all day.”
The custom “Extreme” grille by LUE Grilles with one-off headlights by plainANsimple by design features a tinge of Psycho Yellow, as well as the Body Guard front bumper and detailed airbrushed graphics that adorn the sides and tailgate. “Every one of my personal trucks, in the airbrushing, have a few personal touches that have something to do with my life, and if you look closely you can pick them out. This one in particular has a few unique auto-related things like tools and stuff.”
Having built several custom rides for himself over the years, Austin admits that it’s getting harder to outdo himself with each new build, but he feels he definitely did it with Monkey Business. With about a $100K in aftermarket parts, custom modifications and labor, the Chevy made its debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in the Body Guard booth and is currently used as both a daily driver and marketing vehicle for the shop.
However, during the build process Austin didn’t feel as if it was totally complete and decided to create a matching Jeep to demonstrate the shop’s creative capabilities with the JK platform. Teaming up with Hostile Wheels to make it happen, the Jeep flaunts the same black and Psycho Yellow color scheme as Monkey Business. It rides on a 4.5” BDS long arm suspension system with FOX shocks and 20x12” Hostile Sprocket wheels that were matched to a set of 38X15.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/T tires.
But unlike Monkey Business, the JK doesn’t intentionally wear an elaborate exterior. “We wanted a stealth, armored look for the Jeep,” he describes. “The reason it doesn’t have the same paint as the truck is because I didn’t want to take away any attention from the airbrush graphics on the Chevy.” Instead, it features a Hostile Wheels graphic in the same Psycho Yellow hue and Fab Fours armor, including their game-changing Grumper bumper, fender system and Vicowl - all in matte black.
The Jeep and Chevy builds took three months to complete and are both being used to show what Extreme Offroad and Performance is capable of. But Austin makes sure to give the Chevy lots of love, making it his rig of choice for weekends, as it reminds him of his crazy team and the amazing rides they have built in years past.
Wheels & Tires
- 26x16 Specialty Forged SF022-8 wheels
- 40X15.50R26 Fuel Offroad Mud Gripper M/T tires
- Cognito Motorsports 12” Suspension System
- Atlas rear leaf springs
- Wilwood TX6R Big Brake Truck Kit
- FLO~PRO exhaust system
- aFe Power cold air intake
- Sinister Diesel EGR delete
- PPEI Custom Tuning
- FASS Diesel Fuel Systems Titanium Series fuel pump
- Transfer Flow auxiliary fuel tank
- Custom Extreme grille by All Wired Custom Grills
- Custom headlights by plainANsimple by design
- Recon tail lights
- RETRAX retractable bed cover
- BedRug bed liner
- BodyGuard A2L Series (Low Profile) bumpers
- Heise LED lights
- RK Sport Ram Air Hood
- Monster Hooks recovery hook
- Monster Hooks HEX FLO Exhaust tip
- Mag-Hytec rear diff cover
- AMP Research PowerSteps
- Custom air brushed graphics by Coachwerk by Kinsey and Phoenix
- Hornblasters train horns
- Roadwire leather interior
- Black suede headliner
- Custom-painted dash panels
- Kicker sound system
- DUB IR Luxury Tint