Suzuki Equator Project Trucks Debut in Chicago

4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine's Equator

Suzuki scored a hat trick at last year's Chicago auto show when it introduced three house-built custom versions of its new 2009 Equator midsize pickup. This year, the company has repeated that feat with three more tweaked trucks. This time around, it teamed with several magazines for creative assistance.

4-Wheel & Off-Road’s Equator


4-Wheel & Off-Road selected the Equator as the magazine’s 4x4 of the Year after testing it against the latest competitive trucks, but 4-Wheel & Off-Road decided it could improve the Equator’s performance in the dirt. It upfitted the Equator with an aggressive suspension lift, new mud terrain tires and extra shielding to tackle the toughest rocks and trail obstacles.

Allied Wheel supplied a set of custom aluminum beadlock wheels fitted with new Hankook Dynapro MT Tires, and ShrockWorks built a custom front bumper. But the real magic is the truck’s overhauled suspension. Total Chaos fabricated custom front A-arms to house its long-travel coil-over shocks. The rear suspension has piggyback reservoirs made for pre-running. Inside the cabin are heavily bolstered Master Craft RS Camelback seats, with a slot for a five-point racing harness. The rear bench is reupholstered to match.

Truckin's Equator

Truckin' Magazine's

Leading sport truck publication Truckin’ has taken a mild two-wheel-drive, four-cylinder, extended cab Equator and turned it into a wild street shark.

Summit Racing and L&G teamed up on the custom blue and black paint job. Rolling stock is 22-inch Giovanna Double-G custom wheels with Nitto low-profile tires. Stillen supplies the stopping power. The completed package is set closer to the ground with AIM Industries’ custom lowering kit.

Inside, a Sony DVD video system sends tunes to three Polk Audio 12-inch subwoofers, three amps and 1,800 watts of audio upgrades housed in a custom-built box that fills the back of the cab.

To round things out, Suzuki placed its championship-winning GSX-R sportbike in the cargo box.

Off-Road’s Equator

Off-Road Magazine's Equator

Playing it close to stock, Off-Road magazine outfitted the Equator’s exterior while leaving the inside fully stock. It added a custom front bumper from Randy Ellis Design, with KC’s high intensity HiLiTES lights. Stock RMZ-4 model wheels are matched to BFGoodrich’s AT KO tires. The front has coil-over shocks, and the rear runs piggyback reservoirs, helping turn this truck into a Baja pre-runner.

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