Joining with Hummer, Four Wheeler Magazine designed and created an H3 Alpha with an all-business look and improved off-road potential, while maintaining fuel economy and driver comfort. "Trailhugger" as the project is intimately called, began with a "de-glossing" of the H3.
That meant painting over the chrome and bright trim flat black and revising the factory's shiny Victory Red clear coat finish with an improved PPG flattening agent mixed with clear to provide it with a satin-like appearance.
Also added by the editors are Hummer's brush guard, roof lighting and rocker protection parts. Then, Four Wheeler exchanged a set of nitrogen-charged, 2-inch diameter Rod Hall Racing associated reservoir-type high performance shocks and Light Racing JounceShocks.
A set of GT Inc. Simulock 16-inch wheels were also included which were painted flat black to blend with the overall exterior color scheme.
The Hummer tires were set on the H3 with an array of BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 LT285/75R16 tires. The height of the vehicle remained as in the original since the editors wanted to explore the vehicles capabilities at the level of the stock ride height.
More changes in the continuing project include a Gobi Stealth roof rack outfitted with a custom, wireless remote-controlled perimeter lighting system (using 10 PIAA 2100XT lamps) utilizing parts from Directed Electronics; a Warn XD9000 winch with winchline.com's strong artificial rope and hawse fairlead; DeFelice Offroad Innovations hoist mount system and Up Armor skid plate. The 5.3L V8 engine is factory, but Four Wheeler added a MagnaFlow after-cat exhaust system.
Most of the changes and improvements to the H3 were managed by Attitude Performance in Arlington Heights, Ill.
The Four Wheeler Magazine provides updates on the Trailhugger project and a relevant blog: blogs.fourwheeler.com, where Editor Ken Brubaker writes regularly concerning the H3's improvements and its abilities as the mainstay for the magazine.