If you already build custom V8 powered Ford Raptors, where do you go when you want to expand your business? You build the Silverado Raptor-fighter Chevrolet hasn't tried yet. This is the Paxpower Jackal.

It's probably an easier exercise, really. Adding suspension and bodywork to a V8 truck instead of putting a modern and full of electronics engine into an off-road truck where a V8 didn't come originally, but that doesn't make it any less impressive.

There are three levels of Jackal, starting with the Stage 1's 2.5-inch front and rear remote reservoir shocks, 5.0-inches of lift, and a custom hood and fender flares to clear the 35-inch Toyo tires. GM's factory cold air intake, exhaust, and computer tune add 22 hp and keep the factory warranty. That one will set you back $15,000.



Next is the Stage 2, which is $25,000. It comes with a BajaKits Prerunner suspension that adds 3.0-inches of travel to the truck, plus the King remote reservoir shocks and 4.0-inches of lift with a 6.0-inch wider stance that makes this both more capable and meaner looking. It gets the same GM Performance parts and 22 hp extra.

The Stage 3 kit really changes the game. It's $34,950 so still less than a V8 Raptor, depending on your base truck, and adds beefier shocks with an internal bypass that should make it Raptor-smooth in the desert. There are new progressive-rate leaf springs that should add wheel travel and give a softer ride while preventing bottoming out. It also comes with a 40-inch LED light bar, Addictive Desert Designs bumpers, and 37-inch tires.

All three use GM's 6.2L V8 and the extra GM Performance Parts parts give it 442 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. Which is enough to get you pretty far into the desert, very quickly.