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2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD - Hit and Run

Good Looks and Brute Power Collide

Nov 27, 2013
Photographers: Jason Sands
Sometimes it pays to be opportunistic. Nick Cherner of Arvada, Colorado, was living happily with his ’05 Chevy 2500, which was equipped with a Duramax engine and fitted with an 8-inch lift, when he stumbled upon an elegant black ’07½ while browsing Craigslist late one night. The truck was already modified the way Nick dreamed of building his ’05—and it was newer, with fewer miles. With his wife onboard, they purchased the ’07½ Silverado and promptly put the old truck out to pasture.
The new Silverado came home to Nick equipped with a 10-inch Cognito lift kit, Fox Racing shocks at all four corners, and sporting 37x13.5R22 Nitto Trail Grappler tires mounted to 22x12-inch KMC Rockstar wheels. Not wanting it to be just a show piece, Nick continued with the underhood upgrades the previous owner started. The LMM Duramax was first fitted with a set of ARP head studs and upgraded 50hp injectors from ATS Diesel Performance. Supporting the injectors is an ATS Twin CP3 kit, which is fed a constant supply of fuel by an AirDog 165-gph lift pump.
Providing the air needed to burn the fuel the dual injection pumps supply is a single 63mm Aurora 4000 turbocharger. An ATS intake kit filters fresh air, compressed air flows from the turbo through a Banks intercooler tube, and spent exhaust gases are routed through a BD Diesel high-flow driver-side exhaust manifold and out the 5-inch stainless steel MagnaFlow exhaust. Engine tuning was handled by Clint Cannon, owner of ATS, by way of EFILive. A Snow Performance MPG-Max water-methanol kit rounds out the bevy of engine work.
Photo 2/14   |   Keeping tabs on boost pressure and EGT is a pair of gauges from GlowShift.
As you can probably tell, living in the same town as ATS has proven to have its advantages for Nick. With its combination of proven parts and tuning, Nick’s Duramax put down 692 hp and 1,090 lb-ft of torque on the dyno. Handling all this power is, you guessed it, an ATS-built Allison 1000 six-speed transmission stuffed with a Five-Star torque converter and controlled by an ATS Co-Pilot.
Stepping inside, you’ll find a full Kicker sound system complete with four 10-inch subwoofers mounted under the backseat and Kicker door speakers. Powering all this is a pair of Kicker amplifiers. The headrests are equipped with monitors for rear passenger entertainment and there is an in-dash DVD player for the riders up front and an Xbox for when things get a bit competitive.
Fast Facts
Year/Make/Model: ’07½ Chevrolet Silverado 2500
Owner: Nick Cherner
Hometown: Arvada, Colorado
Odometer: 74,000 miles
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Aspiration: Single ATS Aurora 4000
Fueling: ATS Twin CP3, AirDog II 165-gph lift pump, ATS 50hp injectors
Horsepower: 692 hp
Torque: 1,090 lb-ft
Transmission: ATS-built Allison 1000 six-speed automatic
Tires: 37x13.5R22 Nitto Trail Grappler
Wheels: 22x12-inch KMC XD Rockstar
Suspension: 10-inch Cognito lift kit
Shocks: Fox Racing 2.0 reservoir shocks
Fun Fact: The truck earns its keep by towing construction trailers to and from jobs for Nick’s company during the week and his ’69 Camaro to shows on the weekend.
The Next Phase
Shortly after our photo shoot, the unthinkable happened: A woman in a generic econobox sedan sideswiped Nick and his beautiful Silverado. Thankfully, Nick was unharmed, but the same couldn’t be said for the truck. Because of its height, the truck’s suspension took the brunt of the impact. Never one to be discouraged, Nick has already revived his beloved Duramax and taken the opportunity to make it even better!
Instead of replacing the broken suspension parts, Nick opted to install a new 12-inch lift kit from Full Throttle Suspension, which he had powdercoated a combination of dark maroon and candy apple red. The wheels were swapped out for a set of 22x14-inch Fuel D260 Mavericks, and tires were upsized to 38x15.5R22s. Nick also replaced the side mirrors with factory towing units, which were smoothed and painted black to match the truck, along with new factory black front and rear bumpers.



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