Words: Bob Ryder
Photos: Trent Riddle
After driving a BMW for a few years, Northern California’s Anthony Barraza bought a 2011 Chevy Silverado 3500 Crew Cab 4X4, with a Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel. Checking around for a shop that could help him modify his truck, he found NorCal Truck in Livermore, California, and its owner Nick Vasquez, who shared similar ideas and a vision for what Barraza’s completed project would be.
One unique aspect of Anthony’s truck is that it wasn’t a dually from the factory. Barazza had to buy a GM dually rear axle housing, dually axles and 3500 HD brakes. To this, he added a Kelderman pneumatic rear suspension kit, an aFe differential cover, Fox shocks and Kelderman onboard air compressors, solenoids, valves, air tanks, switches and gauges. American Force Weapon 24X8 forged aluminum wheels with satin black centers were fitted with Toyo Open Country M/T 37X13.5 tires. To obtain the same lift in front, a Cognito Motorsports Stage 2 7” lift kit with a differential relocation cradle, front transfer case relocation bracket, struts and Fox shocks were added.
Unable to find a 2011 Chevy dually bed in salvage yards or on the Internet, Vasquez came to the rescue and provided the much sought after bed, which was then mounted and Line-X coated. Winch Ready front and rear bumpers, a Royalty Core RC2 grille insert, AMP Research retractable bed steps, Monster recovery hooks front and rear, and HID headlights were added. A 3M 1080 charcoal gray metallic matte wrap was applied by Sacramento, California’s Lucky 7 Graphics. Smittybilt’s Defender roof rack was fitted with Rigid Industries LED light bars, a total of 24 Rigid Industries LED light bars were installed behind the griller, under the body, in the bed and elsewhere on the dually.
Under the hood, a Banks Power intake manifold, aFe muffler and 5” exhaust, along with a power programmer completed the performance improvements. Inside, the interior received a suede headliner and matching door panels, and Auto Meter Ultra Lite gauges in a RBP gauge insert. Sound Innovation in Union City, California installed an Alpine head unit, Audison amps, 6.5- and 10-inch speakers, and video monitors in the front seat headrests.
A show stopping lifted truck, Barraza’s dually is definitely one of a kind!
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