Derek Meinders has always been into the custom vehicle scene. Traveling to car shows around the country and doing various vehicle projects on his own had left him to realize that he didn't want 'just a stock vehicle'. As a previous owner of a Kelderman lowering kit for his Yukon, Derek got his hands on a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel and knew exactly what he wanted to do to it.
The Duramax immediately got torn down to the bare necessities by the crew at Kelderman and was fitted with a 10-12" front lift kit from Cognito Motorsports. Once the front suspension was buttoned up, the crew turned their attention to the rear. In order to match the front kit, the Duramax received an all-new 10-12" 4-Link Rear Air Suspension System. By removing the rear leaf springs, the Chevy now rode completely on air and also received durable trailing arms, an upgraded rear sway bar, and a pan hard bar to keep the axle centered in place. Air is provided to the rear suspension with a SLKD2WD self-leveling control package to help the Duramax maintain a proper ride height, regardless of the workload Derek decides to put on the truck. A Viair 444C compressor feeds the three gallon air tank on the truck to make sure that this big diesel can move up and down in a hurry with just the push of a button. Fox remote reservoir shocks on the front and rear provide an excellent contrast to the bright red powder coat finish on the truck's suspension.
Now that the Silverado was sitting way up in the air, something had to be done about the factory wheels/tires. Derek chose a massive set of polished 24x14" American Force Shift SS8 wheels and 37x13.50R24 Toyo Open Country M/T tires to help match the truck's now lifted status. In order to run such a large wheel/tire combination, Derek had the Kelderman crew install a Mini Maxx Race tuner from H&S Performance along with a MBRP exhaust to help the Duramax get power to the ground.
While the truck was now looking good, Derek still had bigger goals for it. All the bumpers, door handles, mirrors and nearly every exterior piece was color matched white to blend perfectly with the truck's factory finish. The factory headlights were sent off to Plain an Simple by Design in Pasadena, Texas and retrofitted with HID projectors to provide a stylish and brighter headlight for Derek's new truck. Marine LED lights from Rigid Industries were placed in the fog light and front bumper to provide even more light for the Silverado if necessary.
The interior of the truck was finished off with a custom Katzkin interior and a layer of Dynamat keeps the cab of the Duramax nice and quiet going down the road. Amp Research PowerSteps help all passengers get in and out of this truck as they swing out as soon as you open the door to make getting in and out of the truck a breeze.
Derek now has a show quality Duramax that he can take across the country to car shows and turn heads while he is doing it. The truck was already displayed at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and is scheduled to be featured in upcoming magazine articles. With the help of Kelderman, Derek took his ordinary Silverado into a show worthy vehicle that gets him attention everywhere he goes.