Nate Borger's 2003 Yukon Denali
When he's not cruising the mean streets of Stafford, Virginia, on his motorcycle, Nate Borger is busy navigating the circuit-boards and myriad electronics aboard his hot 2003 GMC Yukon Denali. From the dual DVD players, to the six Optima Yellow-top batteries, to the rump-shakin' MTX 9500 subs with over 10,000 watts pulsing through them, this baby is all about performance.
Oh, and we're not just talking about audio performance, we're talking about real performance too. Corner-cutting performance, dime-stopping performance, asphalt-scorching, tire-melting, supercharged monster performance! This AWD Denali puts the power to the pavement and does it well.
Engine and Power Adders
The process begins with the Volant air intake system, where the incoming air stream is filtered through a high-flowing, conical style air filter and crammed past an Airaid Poweraid throttle body spacer. The clean air is then sucked into the Magnacharger supercharger where it is force-fed, in mass quantities, to each hungry, waiting cylinder. After a very violent explosion, the spent gasses are routed through stainless steel headers from Gibson and a dual 3" stainless exhaust system with high-flowing Magnaflow stainless mufflers.
But how can the factory transmission ever handle all of that power? It can't. Nate has outfitted his Denali with an FLT 4L60E Level 5 Transmission kit and a Precision Industries torque converter. The "Vigilante" series torque convertor uses a 3-disc clutch that puts plenty of squeeze on the cryogenically treated billet output shaft. A Trans Go HD-2 shift kit adds additional line pressure when necessary, and a Corvette transmission servo gives out the marching orders.
So don't get angry if Nate leaves your ride sitting at a stoplight in a cloud of burned tire and asphault smoke - you never had a chance. But don't worry, that doesn't happen too often. A much more likely occurrance would be the complete dismantling of your vehicle by the massive audio shockwave that the Denali's stereo system puts out.
Putting his degree in electrical engineering to good use, Nate has put together a stereo system that is both powerful and functional. And we don't mean functional because it works - as it most certainly does - we mean functional because it has a lot of features that are very easy to use. Any of the five LCD screens installed can easily display a video signal from any of the Denali's devices. And devices-a-plenty there are: two DVD players, a PS2, an XBOX, a navigation package, and a rear view camera.
But what about music? Don't worry, the Kenwood head unit can either play standard or HD terrestrial radio, Sirius satellite radio, or pull music from the onboard Kenwood 10 GB Music Keg. Once leaving the head unit, the sound waves are given a serious boost with two Fusion Powerplant 4-channel amps that supply a healthy dose of 2,500 watts to the vast array of Kenwood Excelon high and mid-range speakers, and two heavily-modded Earthquake D3 amps that pound on the four MTX 9500 series subwoofers to the tune of 10,000 watts (pun intended).
All in all, this is a really, really hot Denali that Nate has put together and there are far too many mods for us to list in this text. See below for pictures and a complete list of truck accessories.
Nate wishes to thank the following people for assisting in the build of "Top Secret Denali": His parents, Faron Kenall, Jim Rossi, Executive Audio - Stafford, VA, Rodney at Anderson Automotive - New Castle, PA, Kevin at Artisan Autobody - Manassas Park, VA, and all of his friends that have helped out along the way.
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- Platinum 2005 Escalade Gauge Overlay
- Red 2005 Hummer Instrument Needles
- A-Pillar Triple Gauge Pod
- Refrigerator in Middle Row of Seats
- Tekonsha Digital Brake Controller
- Color-Matched "Flamed" Dead Pedals
Suspension/Wheels & Tires:
- Kenwood Excelon DVT915 DVD touch Screen - TV Tuner w/ DTS 5.1 Surround Processing
- Kenwood Excelon 10 Gig. Music Keg
- Kenwood HD Radio Tuner
- Kenwood Sirius Tuner
- Kenwood 4100 Navigation with Voice Commander
- Vizualogic Color-Matched Headrests
- Two 7" Secondary Visor Monitors - Retained Primary Visors
- Two 9" Headrest Monitors
- Three Integrated Video Controllers
- A/V system can show all of the following sources on any screen - Navigation, DVD Player 1, DVD Player 2, Rear Camera, TV, AUX 1 (PS2), AUX 2(XBOX)
- Color-Matched Q-Logic Kick Panels
- Rear View Camera Hidden In Rear Spoiler
- Full Retention of Factory Steering Wheel Controls and OnStar System
- Dynamat Applied Throughout Interior
- Dynamat "Deflex" Pads On Door Speakers
- 7" Kenwood Excelon Speakers in Front Kick Panels and Doors
- 7" Kenwood Excelon 2-way Speakers in Rear Doors
- 5.25" Kenwood Excelon 2-way Speakers in Rear Pillars - Extreme Mod
- 5.25" Kenwood Excelon 2-way Speaker on Center Channel
- Four 15" MTX 9500 Subwoofers
- Custom Hand-Laid Fiberglass Subwoofer Enclosure - Color-Matched
- Two Fusion Powerplant 1404 4-Channel Amps for Highs and Mids - 2500 Watts
- Two Earthquake D3's For Subs, Modded for Higher Output - 10,000 Watts
- Digital Remote Display of Amp Temp. in A-Pillar
- Astrostart 2-Watt Remote Starter/Alarm With 2-Way Remote - Integrated with Passlock and Factory Alarm System
- Upgraded Alternator, Engine and Vehicle Wiring (4ga.)
- 1 3/4" overdrive Alternator Pulley
- Custom Voltage Regulator Modification - Allows Higher Operating Voltage
- Two Optima Yellow Top Batteries Under Hood in Custom Battery Tray
- Four Optima Yellow Top Batteries in Custom Battery Rack
- Digital Remote Monitoring of Battery Volgate from A-Pillar