WORDS: KRISTIE REAL PHOTOS: DALE MARTIN | @DMARTY78
The best thing about being one of the go-to people for hot builds is that your personal projects are always phenomenal. The downside is that your schedule is always jam-packed, managing builds for others that there’s minimal time to really focus on your own. This year alone, Cris Payne, aka Truck Guru, had 52 builds at SEMA 2022, meaning that business is better than ever. Appreciative of the support he’s gotten over the years and thankful for a chance to work with the industry’s best, he was able to fit in some personal projects in between his busy schedule. And by projects, we mean three vehicles with the same theme, making a trio of badass rigs and rides like no other. “I wanted a build something that was a triple threat combo for street/offroad/water…Hence the name Armageddon for the truck,” he describes. “I always push the envelope of a dream build and then bring it to life! We have been stacking things on builds at SEMA for as long as I have been doing this, so it’s kinda our thing or what I call the ‘Truck Guru signature style.’”
Take a Closer look at one of the 3 rigs he built called the Smartrunner.
2014 SMART FORTWO “SMARTRUNNER” BY FAB LAB
15” Ultra wheels w/ General Grabbers tires
Custom 8” coilover suspension w/ FOX shocks by Fablab
TRUCK GURU @TRUCK_GURU /TRUCKGURUS