2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD - ShowStopper
A Larger-Than-Life 600hp Duramax
Louis Manske owns a landscaping business in Deland, Florida, and has been an automotive enthusiast for as long as he can remember. “I started out with lowriders as a teenager and, as I got older, I wanted to go higher!” Even back then, he was always involved in trucks, progressing from mini-trucks with hydraulics to big, lifted trucks just to enjoy the challenge of trying to create something no one else had. Later, when working trucks became an integral part of his business, Louis still devoted time to his hobby, as evidenced by this full custom, 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, built over a period of 15 months. He bought the truck brand-new and was determined from the outset to create a head turner. The truck was stripped, the cab and bed were removed, the engine and transmission were pulled, and all the original suspension bits were scrapped.
Before installing the new lift kit from CST Performance Suspensions, Louis had the components powdercoated in a distinctive Candy Apple Red. CST’s frontend package included new A-arms, a pair of cast-iron lift spindles, billet torsion keys, and 5-inch blocks. Five-inch blocks and Add-a-Leafs can be found in the rear. Both axles sport 4.56 gears, while Mag-Hytec diff covers provide additional fluid. A pair of custom-made, 48-inch, stainless steel ladder bars stabilize the rearend. The truck is equipped with a pair of Fox 2.0 Stage III reservoir shocks on each wheel, along with a CST steering stabilizer, guaranteeing the truck will remain on the straight and narrow. Increasing the ground clearance and creating an even more imposing profile, the truck rolls on XD Series 15.5x22-inch rims and Toyo Open Country 40x15.50R22LT rubber. Off-roading, however, was never part of the plan. This truck spends all its time on the streets.
And, since solid performance is always the best way to surprise that smart aleck kid in the Civic, horsepower upgrades were next. The LBZ Duramax V-8 was upgraded with ARP head studs, a 63mm VNT Cheetah turbo from Fleece Performance, FASS 150-gph fuel system, 80hp injectors, and an SCT X4 Power Flash Tuner. An Airaid cold-air intake guarantees a fresh breath of air, while a 4-inch MBRP exhaust (with a high-performance catalytic converter and huge 10-inch tip) disposes of spent gases. The six-speed Allison was also beefed up to handle the load, using an ATS Level 2 upgrade kit. To date, the 7,940-pound truck’s fastest sprint through the quarter-mile has been 13.12 seconds at 103.93 mph.
Finishing touches on the truck include custom-machined door handles, a one-off grille, and a Leer low-profile, fiberglass tonneau cover. Additionally, Louis had a unique set of tribal graphics painted on the side of the truck, inspired by a similar paintjob he saw at the SEMA show, but personalized with his favorite shade of Candy Apple Red. Just for fun -- and in order to clear traffic in downtown Deland -- there is a three-trumpet set of chrome train horns underneath, which are powered by an ExtremeAire compressor and 5-gallon reserve tank.
For nighttime shows, the truck has a full lighting package that illuminates the elaborate suspension package. However, the hitch on the back shows this heavy hauler still works on occasion. Louis’ Chevy alternates between pulling work trailers and towing parade floats on holidays. Future plans include a unique mural under the hood and a big-screen TV that will unfold from the underside of the tonneau cover, providing entertainment at shows. We can’t wait to see that!
A Kenwood head unit with a 6.95-inch monitor and an AudioControl four-band equalizer are augmented with a Kicker Front Row digital signal processor for surround sound.
|2006 Silverado 2500HD|
|Engine:||6.6L Duramax V-8|
|Air:||Fleece Performance 63mm VNT Cheetah turbo|
|Fuel:||80hp injectors, FASS 150-gph fuel system|
|Horsepower:||600 rwhp (est.)|
|Torque:||1,100 lb-ft (est.)|
|Transmission:||Allison 1000 with ATS Level 2 upgrade kit|
|Tires:||40x15.50R22LT Toyo Open Country|
|Wheels:||15.5x22-inch XD Series|
|Suspension:||CST lift kit; 4.55 gears; custom 48-inch, stainless steel ladder bars; two Fox Stage III reservoir shocks on each wheel; CST steering stabilizer|
|Fun Fact:||Most frequent question: How do you get up there? Louis’ answer: “With my legs!”|