2011 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Black Max
Duramax Done Big ’n’ Right
After you purchase a truck, there are multiple degrees of customization. You can spend years modifying it to be lower or taller than the rest, have crazier paint schemes than ever seen, or boast boomin’ stereo equipment installed throughout every square inch. Or you can do what Chris Izzard of Ocala, Florida, did. Chris spent his youth watching friends around him build trucks with their own styles, vowing that one day he would have his own and make his individuality stand out. Without any build experience, Chris planned on using every resource he had to make sure that once he had a truck, not only would it be perfect, but it would be done the right way.
As a hard-core Chevrolet man, Chris decided to finally hit the dealership in search of a new Chevy truck. Originally, he was set on purchasing a gasser, but during the courting process, he heard a lifted Duramax drive by the dealership and something clicked. He left a short time later in a brand-new ’11 Chevy Silverado 2500HD LTZ Duramax diesel truck. Chris could barely wait until he got home to start the transformation. On the ride home, he began ordering a set of 24x14 American Force EVO SS wheels with Nitto Trail Grappler 38x13.50 rubber.
Once the wheels arrived, it was time to finally start the project Chris had been waiting so long to begin. Having researched truck lift kits for several years, he decided to go with a 12-inch Bulletproof Suspension lift kit. He brought the new Chevy to Signature Motorsports in Ocala, where owner Mike Dockery added the lift kit using Atlas 10-inch rear leaf springs and Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks. Looking to squeeze a few more inches out of the lift, Mike fabricated new shock tabs, which essentially extended the A-arms for more travel. Three-inch torsion lift keys were mounted to the front to add just the right touch of aggressive stance.
Chris spends the majority of his time as a delivery driver for Coca-Cola, so the amount of time he has to spend on his truck is quite limited. However, he has put forth his full effort into making the Chevy his own. Chris wishes to thank his friend Austin for constantly motivating him to build this truck and Hypnotic Diesel Performance for the parts. A special thanks goes out to his wife Brooke for all her support and understanding. “One of the most exhilarating feelings is when I have my wife and our son Riley riding in the truck,” Chris tells us. “It truly makes Black Max worth every step of the build.”