Although the base vehicle is a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Duramax Turbo- Diesel, it’s been modified to include a 2015 Cadillac front end, which is why the Internet christened the build the “Cadi-Max” (although it doesn’t have an official name). “In 2014, we saw some pretty cool renderings and projects from other companies and building, so we knew we needed to debut something cool,” says Bryan Brown, owner of Bulletproof Suspensions. “We wanted to unveil our new bolt-on rear cantilever four-link system on a completely customized truck that would stand out from the rest of the over-the-top builds on the Convention floor. The 2500 was a great choice since it was the perfect match for the Cadillac front-end conversion.”
Cadillac front-end conversions are nothing new in the customization world, with the trend having started years ago and still going strong. But what makes Bulletproof Suspensions so different is that it’s the first to be done on a full-size truck. “No one has done it on a 2500HD,” Brown admits. “They’re usually done on half ton trucks. So for this, the truck was wider and nothing fitted correctly. It took tons of bodywork and labor to make it look like factory.”
Like many conversions, it was not an easy task since getting the right fit on a new front end designed for another ride always has its hiccups. But thanks to IMZZ Elite and the crew at Bulletproof Suspensions, all the kinks were worked out and everything ended up fitting and looking like it came from the factory. “The conversion involved new wiring for the truck so that codes didn’t keep popping up. We worked hard until we got zero codes and everything was just right, taking five weeks on bodywork alone.” After the conversion was complete, the guys at IMZZ Elite also gave it a bold Candy Blue paint job that also graces the Pace Edwards automatic retractable tonneau cover.
Since the truck was meant to show off Bulletproof Suspension’s rear four-link cantilever system (complete with Bulletproof coilovers and shocks made by Icon Vehicle Dynamics), Bryan made sure that it could hold its own on any terrain and sent it to the trails. “Just because this isn’t the truck you want to go thrashing in any terrain you find because of the expensive paint and body accessories used, doesn’t mean it can’t handle what you throw at it,” Brown says. Other mods on the unique custom include: 22” Rolling Big Power Scalpel wheels; Toyo 40X15.50R22 LT Open Country M/T tires; pull out Cargoglide; Amp Research Power steps and running boards; and a Soundstream stereo system.
Despite being Brown’s personal truck, it spends most of its time on the show circuit and is used as a promo vehicle for the their suspension kits. And as one of their best builds to date, the guys at Bulletproof Suspension have big shoes to fill for this year’s SEMA project and they’re still deciding how exactly to outdo themselves. But given their past builds, they’ll definitely reveal another lifted banger that not only shows off their new products, but their eye for creating the perfect display vehicle.
Bulletproof Suspension 12” kit, rear four-link cantilever system and coilovers
Icon Vehicle Dynamics shocks
2015 Cadillac front-end conversion, bodywork and BASF Candy Blue paint by IMZZ Elite
Pull out Cargoglide
Amp Research Power steps and running boards supplied by Lund Industries
Pace Edwards automatic retractable tonneau cover
Avi Wraps stickers and decals
Atomic Offroad curved light bars
Rolling Big Power exhaust
MGP Cover caliper covers with custom engraved “Bulletproof Suspension” logos
Pacific Performance Engineering front and rear end covers and transmission pan
Inland Empire Driveline front driveshaft
Wheels & Tires
22” Rolling Big Power Scalpel wheels
Toyo 40X15.50R22 LT Open Country M/T tires
Intro-Tech embroidered floor mats
Soundstream speakers, amps and subs