Sisters Theresa Contreras and Sara Morosan like to take things to the next level.

As the second generation to run the family-owned, San Dimas-based LGE-CTS Motorsports, the duo has gained national recognition for customizing next-year models of some of the automotive industry’s most extreme vehicles.

“Our motto is we ‘Redefine your ride,’ ” said Contreras, the eldest of the two sisters. “You bring something to us that you got somewhere else but we make it yours.”

Their parents, Gerry and Louie Morosan, started the company in the early 1980s. At that time it was known as L+G Enterprises, the initials of the couple. But Sara Morosan, who started Custom Truck Shop as an online company, inspired her parents to incorporate it into the family business forming the new name, LGE-CTS Motorsports. The auto body shop works on vehicles that have been in collisions while the other portion of the business serves owners who want to personalize their trucks and off-road vehicles.

For the past 20 years, the sisters have been designing and customizing vehicles for auto and auto specialty manufacturers for the Specialty Equipment Market Association show at the Las Vegas Convention Center — the industry’s biggest show of the year.

The auto body shop and custom truck shop/retailer will unveil several custom trucks and SUVs for the SEMA show, which begins Tuesday, Nov. 5.

LGE-CTS Motorsports clients for this show in the past have included Kia and Ford. Their customized next-year models have gone on to be showcased at the LA Auto Show, Detroit Auto Show and even at New York Fashion Week, Contreras said.

“It’s fun to create something that isn’t there yet,” Morosan said. “You’re taking something someone else did and enhancing it.”

Getting their work on the showroom floor takes months of rigorous research, design and proposal development, the sisters said. They can spend upward of 30 hours on the proposal itself, Contreras said.

While Contreras comes up with the design and custom paint, Morosan supervises technical aspects of the project, from identifying the right tires to the suspensions.

It’s a competitive process, and depending on the automaker, there may be hundreds of applicants vying for only 50 models that may be released for the show, Morosan said.

The sisters have also been hired by manufacturers to do custom work on vehicles, or to do different aspects of a build for the SEMA show, Morosan said.

For this year’s show, most of the 2020 models they are working on were sent to their 12,000-square-foot facility directly off the assembly line. In some cases, manufacturers have sent pre-production vehicles, meaning they can’t be driven on roads unless alterations are made.

“From July until now we get the vehicles off the assembly line,” Contreras said earlier this month. “From that date, we only get six or seven weeks from the show (to finish the work). It’s fun, it’s challenging but that’s the craziness of what the show is; you only get a certain amount of time to have these vehicles ready.”

They don’t do it alone.

All 13 employees in the shop will work on some aspect of the projects, Morosan said. Their parents retired from the company last year.

This year, one of the sisters’ winning proposals was redesigning the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty. On this early October morning, members of their crew were busy working on the body of the vehicle.

The sisters weren’t allowed to reveal details or even have aspects of the project photographed.

In an Oct. 24 new release from Ford, the company described the LGE-CTS Motorsports Baja Forged 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab XLT as “the Swiss Army knife for the modern adventurer – functioning as a mobile command center, campsite and workshop.”

According to the release, a Pronghorn modular utility flatbed is paired with an LGE-CTS Motorsports rear custom canopy to provide flexible storage and expand the private camping space beyond the Tepui rooftop tent.

Under a Ford policy, if a company is chosen to work on a vehicle, it gets the option to buy it for $1. But they must also spend the next year and a half after the show promoting it and providing quarterly reports to Ford, Morosan said.

“Not only did we make a vehicle look good but they want to know do we have the right branded companies with it that are also going to help with promotions,” she said.

Being in a male-driven industry, Morosan and Contreras said they know they are looked at as role models, a title they don’t shy away from.

“We’re not by any means saying we’re the best at what we do,” Contreras said. “It’s about getting them (women) interested in the industry.”

Contreras even founded the nonprofit Real Deal Revolution with the late Jessi Combs with that mind. Combs was an automotive fabricator, professional racer and TV personality who appeared on the show “Myth Busters.”

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