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Thursday, 14 December 2017 23:14

ROQ CRUSHER: 2008 CHEVROLET SILVERADO DUALLY

Written by Eddie Maloney | Photos: Brian McGee

Los Angeles, California, “The City of Angels”, is a place where millions of people come to turn their dreams into reality. If you can imagine it, it can happen in L.A.

Known to fans as “Lightning,” Jay Tilles is no stranger to those dreams turned realities. As a longtime resident of Southern California and a radio personality for KROQ-FM for the past 26 years, he has seen more than his fair share of entertainment and customization. In fact, he himself has been a part of that scene, owning everything from a lowered Mini Cooper to a lifted one-ton dually. The most common form of mobile advertisement for many radio stations is typically your standard econoline style van. They serve a great purpose, but Jay thought, “Why be ordinary?”

But before Jay got started, he said to himself,

“What if I built a crazy truck that could be shown on KROQ’s behalf at events all over L.A. and Orange County?”

After a few meetings, emails with attorneys, and a rendering or two, the station agreed and Jay was off and running. It would be the first time the station had ever permitted a privately-owned vehicle to adorn its logo. But what goes better together than rock ‘n roll and a lifted truck? With nearly three decades in the entertainment industry, Jay knew exactly who he wanted to be a part of the build.

“I bought the truck in 2014 from CARMAX and had it shipped to L.A. from Arizona,” he details, adding that he searched for about a year and couldn’t find any dually to fit his needs in So. Cal. “I had very specific wants. It had to be a pre-owned truck with low mileage and be black or white. At the time, the goal was to buy a truck that would pull my 36 Hallett [powerboat], but as soon as I bought it, I, as do with every vehicle, immediately decided to customize it and, of course, bring it to SEMA!”

So the SEMA crunch began around May of 2015, with hours and hours of work ahead of him. The crunch timeline started with the dually spending a few months at Banks Power, followed by the suspension, custom fuel tanks, entertainment, wrap, wheels, tires, brakes, and lastly, the bumpers and roof rack were custom-built simultaneously. The build was finished the night before the vehicle was set to roll into the 2015 SEMA Show.

Shortly after the show, he updated just about everything on it. Wheels, tires, wrap, suspension, roof rack - a complete makeover for the following year’s SEMA Show. Since then, the truck has been shown at more than 70 events, including concert, festivals, car shows, truck shows, Monster Jam, SuperCross, off-road expos and the list goes on. “Occasionally, we place a DJ in the back of the truck and roll out the CargoGlide, which acts like a stage.”

With so many new mods, it was hard for Jay to pick out his favorites, but he still obliged and listed his faves; “Aside from the incredible work that Gale and his team at Banks Power did to the powertrain, the most notable parts of the truck is the aluminum roof rack and stainless steel front and rear bumpers. Designed by ICI, the Magnum bumpers were water jet cut and finished welded by Rick Wright at Wright Designs. They’re works of art.”


gear: 2008 chevrolet silverado ltz 4x4 dual cab dually
    Wheels & Tires
  • 24x10 American Force Scope Brushed With Prismatic Powders Clear Gloss
  • 37x13.5x24 Toyo Open Country M/T Tires

  • Suspension
  • Bulletproof Suspension 12” Front Lift With Uniball Upper Control Arms
  • Dual Bulletproof Suspension Reservoir Shocks, Billet Shock Clamps And Sway Bar End Links
  • Upgraded Heim Joint Steering System
  • Atlas Leaf Springs
  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs With Remote Control
  • Bulletproof Suspension Traction Bars

  • Wheels & Tires
  • 24x10 American Force Scope Brushed With Prismatic Powders Clear Gloss
  • 37x13.5x24 Toyo Open Country M/T Tires

  • Suspension
  • Bulletproof Suspension 12” Front Lift With Uniball Upper Control Arms
  • Dual Bulletproof Suspension Reservoir Shocks, Billet Shock Clamps And Sway Bar End Links
  • Upgraded Heim Joint Steering System
  • Atlas Leaf Springs
  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs With Remote Control
  • Bulletproof Suspension Traction Bars

  • Performance
  • Duramax 6.6-liter Diesel With Custom Tune By Banks Power With Banks iQ
  • Banks Six-Gun Diesel Tuner
  • Banks Double-Shot Dual-Stage Water-Methanol Injection System
  • Banks Techni-Cooler
  • Banks SpeedBrake
  • Banks 5” Monster Exhaust With Stainless Tip
  • Banks Big Hoss Injectors
  • Banks/Powermax Stage 2 Turbo
  • Banks Monster Port-Matched Cast Exhaust Manifolds
  • Banks Monster Up-Pipes and Monster Down-Pipes
  • AirDog II Fuel Perforator
  • Allison 6-Speed Transmission
  • Banks Billet Torque Converter
  • Maximum Transmissions Billet Input Shaft And Throttle Body Enhancements
  • Mag-Hytec Front/Rear Differential Covers And Transmission Pan
  • G2 Gear & Axle 4:56 Rear-End Gears
  • Wilwood TX6R Big Brake Truck Kit With 6-piston Calipers And 16”x1.5” Rotors

  • Exterior
  • Wright Designs Aluminum Roof Rack Clear Powder Coated By Specialized Coatings
  • Magnum RT Stainless Steel Bumpers Fabricated For ICI By Wright Designs
  • EGR Fender Flares
  • Avery Vinyl Multi-Layered Chrome Wrap By Daley Visual
  • Gravel Empire Grille
  • Billet Badges Custom CNC Machined Emblems
  • Cargo Glide CG1500XL Sliding Bed Tray
  • AMP Research PowerStep XL

  • Lighting
  • Vision X XPI And Xmitter Series Light Bars And Light Cannons
  • Plain An Simple By Design Custom HID Headlights And LED Taillights
  • Whip It Light Rods LED whips

  • Accessories
  • Kleinn HK9 Triple Train Horns With Viair Compressor
  • Titan 62 Gallon Mid-ship Under-body Tank And 30 Gallon Spare Tire Auxiliary Fuel System
  • BedStep and BedStep 2
  • Bulldog Alpha Winch
  • Factor 55 Prolink
  • Monster Hooks With Infinite Rule Keyed Locking Pins
  • Fastway 0-6” Self-locking Ball Mount
  • Line-X Bed Liner

  • Interior
  • Katzkin custom leather seats
  • All Glass And Upholstery Suede Headliner

  • Audio Alpine Electronics X009-GM 9” A/V System
  • Alpine SPR Component Speaker Systems
  • Alpine SWT-10S4 10” Subwoofers
  • Alpine PDX-V9 Amplifiers
  • Front And Rear Cameras
  • Rosen Entertainment Headrest Systems
  • Kinetik Batteries
  • Mechman 370 Amp Elite Series Billet Alternator
  • sPod 8-circuit Power Distribution Systems
  • Flip Switch Custom Switch Faces
  • Viper Alarm

Sources
Facebook /JayTilles | Instagram @kroqslightning | Banks Power bankspower.com | Toyo Tires toyotires.com

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