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There’s no shortage of over-the-top builds at the SEMA Show ever year. What gets lost in the shuffle sometimes are the more subtle, clean off-road builds that may not stand out with flashy chrome or 20-inch suspension lifts.

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Fabs Fours has built some wild concept builds in the past, but the Kymera might take the cake. Based on a 2015 Colorado, the truck was one of the many vehicles the company owned that was just sitting in its warehouse. Fab Fours CEO Greg Higgs was struck with an idea for the truck after pushing some oversized tires past it one day. He went back and sketched out his idea… and from there, Kymera was born. 

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Surfers love trucks for their versatility both in terms of hauling gear and helping them get to remote surf breaks. So it makes sense that Chevrolet teamed up with boardsports company Hurley for the 2016 SEMA Show to build a surf-themed Chevy Colorado Z71.

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For the automotive aftermarket, SEMA is all about showing off the latest and greatest gear, and more often than not that comes in the form of vehicle builds around the Las Vegas Convention Center. There’s everything from mild to wild, but there’s also plenty of trucks and SUVs that go so far over the top that they reach a level of absurdity.

That leads us to this collection of trucks. Although fitted with suspension lifts and aftermarket wheels, in spite of the aggressive tires these trucks and Jeeps at the 2016 SEMA Show will live their lives on asphalt and never see the dirt.

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If we had to pick a Chevy truck or SUV to take on the trails, the Chevy Trax wouldn’t be our first choice. That’s probably why Chevrolet looked to toughen up the compact crossover with the new Trax Active Concept, a truck it unveiled last night at a special reception prior to the start of the 2016 SEMA Show.

Silverado HD Carhartt Concept
Chevrolet recently unveiled its newest heavy-duty concept truck for the 2016 SEMA Show, a 2017 Silverado 2500HD Carhartt concept truck built to tackle the toughest jobs.

Silverado Pre Runner Feature
It’s one thing to see guys like BJ Baldwin and Robby Gordon hucking their $250,000 trophy trucks, equipped with the best parts that sponsors can provide, off huge jumps. It’s another thing to see weekend warriors without the support and resources (not to mention the experience) doing the same.  This is an awesome video of a very nice Silverado prerunner catching some huge air.

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Taking something old and customizing it into something completely new is exactly what Legacy Classic Trucks did with its recent build of a classic Chevy 4×4. The team took a 1957 Chevy 3100 and converted it into a customized Napco 4×4.

Ford Raptor Pulling Feature
We often wish we could listen in on the conversation that took place just before some of the videos that we find online.  If we had to guess what lead up to this Ford Raptor vs. Chevy Silverado pulling contest, it probably went a little something like this…

We had a few opportunities to drive the 2017 Silverado HD yesterday both on the infield (foreground) and the main track pulling a 10,000-pound trailer (background).

We had a few opportunities to drive the 2017 Silverado HD yesterday both on the infield (foreground) and the main track pulling a 10,000-pound trailer (background).

It’s a different approach than we’re used to, especially in the truck market, but Chevrolet isn’t looking to be the loudest, toughest kid on the block. In fact, while toughness is vitally important to its truck line, it isn’t aiming to be the loudest boaster of all the truck makers – it’s actually aiming to be the smartest by focusing on the heart of the market. That’s the goal with its new 2017 Silverado HD, and specifically the new fifth-generation Duramax L5P engine that powers it. Chevrolet feels its heavy-duty trucks are focused on the core of the market and improving the experience for the masses. It’s not worried about having the biggest headline grabbing numbers.