When you think of the term sleeper, what comes to mind? We're guessing a very plain truck stuffed with all kinds of motor, lots of nitrous, and a set of cheater slicks. But what if we reverse that mentality just a bit? With gas prices going up by the second, that kind of truck would empty our wallets faster than a new girlfriend-on-crack-induced shopping spree. We decided to throw our money at the truck a different way, making it look mean and dealing with performance when gas levels off or we hit the Lotto.

Here's the truck we're talking about, a good daily driver '00 GMC Sierra pickup. What it lacks in coolness, it makes up for in economy. The slab-side pickup is powered by a V-6, delivering 175 hp to the rear wheels. While not ground-pounding power numbers, it doesn't drink gas like our feature editor drinks free beer. The question is, Do we want to drive it looking like this? No way. What kind of magazine guys would we be driving a stock truck? After some thought about up or down, we chose up - we really don't feel like slowing down for bumps or dodging potholes.

So after some time on the Internet, we ordered up a 7-inch CST lift kit, 18-inch Weld wheels, Nitto LT325/60R18 (33s) Terra Grappler tires, some urethane fender flares from Stillen, and a new FX grille from Putco. These parts will help us obtain the look we are picturing in our demented editorial minds, a mean-looking truck with big, fat tires that we can mob to our weekly meetings.