In honor of the sacrifices of our wounded veterans, several truck accessory compaines got together to build a truck that would be a reminder to those that served our country. The project was the concept of A.R.E Manufacturing, a leading truck cap and tonneau manufacturer who purchased a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and began the process of building up the truck. "We built the A.R.E. project truck to honor and raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, which is a vitally important organization relied upon by many military members and their families,” said Bryan Baker, director of marketing, A.R.E. “The central message of this vehicle is that A.R.E. supports the people who protect and serve this country, especially those wounded in action.”
The truck was built with products from a variety of aftermarket manufacturers, including Trent's Trick Upholstery, and Lynch Conceps, who did most of the work. The truck features an A.R.E. Z-Series Truck Cap and customized off-roading equipment, including a jack, shovel and axe that are all painted to match the vehicle. The truck also features a fiberglass roof-top tent manufactured by AutoHome USA, which was added to the truck cap with a Yakima Whispbar HD Roof Rack system. The roof-top tent is contrasted with a high-gloss green camouflage-style paint, and green tinted windows.
Featuring the Wounded Warrior Project logo on the sides of the truck, the flat black and gray camouflage-style paint scheme was painted by Aaron Lynch at Custom Paint Work, who used Axalta Coating Systems Paint. A Skyjacker Suspension kit, with BMF wheels and Toyo tires give the truck its added ride height. The truck also has Hellwig anti- sway bars, N-Fab side steps and bumpers, and a Warn Winch that uses a Factor-55 winch safety thimble.
The truck's engine performance is enhanced with a combination of an APM Automotive functional ram air hood that feeds fresh air into the Airaid cold air intake, and allows the engine to efficiently expel the exhaust through a high-flow Magnaflow Cat-Back system.
The Silverado can also carry lots of cargo with its Surco Safari roof rack basket. A Bolt hitch lock allows the use of the ignition key to lock any trailer connected to the truck, and Monster Hook hitch hooks allow the Silverado to be used as an anchor for other vehicles to winch their way out of trouble.
A set of Bushwacker fender flares also helps to provide an aggressive appearance, but a combination of Rigid Industries LED lighting and front grille, as well as Oracle LED headlights and accent lighting, makes the truck shine like an angel in the dark. The final features that polish off the Wounded Warrior Project Truck are a Kicker Speaker System, Reikken Performance battery cells, a lockable truck bed storage vault by Truck Vault, and a BedRug carpeted bedliner. All put together the truck is a symbol of honor and respect to our nation’s heroes, spreading a message that there is remembrance for the fallen and hope for the wounded warriors of America.