Diesel Power Challenge 2018 Competitor Allan Burk – #DPC2018
’07 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, 6.6L Duramax V-8
As avid Diesel Power readers, there’s no disputing the fact that you clearly appreciate the wild power and torque these engines are able to produce. And if you’re a competitor in Diesel Power Challenge 2018 Presented by XDP, that love enters a whole new level.
That’s how it is for 26-year-old Allan Burk, a welder at a fabrication shop near his Geneva, Ohio, home. Allan, who has been a Duramax enthusiast since before he bought this ’07 Silverado 2500HD in 2011, was actually accepted as an alternate for Diesel Power Challenge 2017, but he decided the machine wasn’t ready for competition. However, when it was announced he was accepted as a full-fledged competitor this year, he was ecstatic.
“I was standing in the camper at Ultimate Callout Challenge pacing and waiting for KJ to announce the winners,” Allan says. “He called my name and said I was first, with 550-plus votes. I couldn't believe I made it into the event—and with that much support!”
Allan searched for the perfect Silverado for about three months before he bought this particular truck at age 19. He kept it stock for about a year, then added EFILive ECM tuning and not much else. But as anyone with the diesel performance bug knows, once you add a little power, it’s hard to stop. Next came a full transmission build and fortification of the driveline to support increased power. Then came a few different turbocharger setups, bigger injector nozzles, and dual injection pumps. “I would use the truck as a daily driver and grocery-getter but also to drag race, sled pull, or just have a trailer behind it towing stuff,” Allan says.
Finally, in 2016, Allan decided to go all in on a race setup. The engine was rebuilt with tougher internals; the transmission and axles got billet parts; and the steering was rebuilt with heavier-duty tie rods, pitman arm, and idler arm to cure the pigeon-toe effect on hard launches.
With a nicely built truck and longtime goal of entering DPC, Allan has high hopes for the event. His team and diesel-industry friends (including FTK Diesel) have helped him get his Chevy prepped and ready to go, “so here I am now waiting to test my truck’s limits in Denver,” Allan says.
Build SheetYear/Make/Model: ’07 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Allan Burk
Hometown: Geneva, Ohio
Odometer: 113,765 miles
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
ECM Tuning: EFILive with tuning by Full Throttle Kustomz
Fuel: Fuelab 200-gph lift pump, dual S&S Diesel Motorsport CP3 injection pumps, 300-percent-over injectors
Air: Comp Turbo CT5 72mm, Comp Turbo CT6 94mm, custom cold-air intake, Mishimoto air-to-air intercooler, Wagler Competition Products one-piece intake manifold
Exhaust: PPE manifolds and up-pipes, 4-inch tubing, bed stack
Transmission: Allison 1000 automatic by FTK Diesel, billet internals, Diesel Performance Converter four-disc torque converter
Horsepower: 1,366 hp
Torque: 2,612 lb-ft
Tires: 33x12.50x20 Toyo Open Country AT2
Wheels: 20x10 Fuel Off-Road Crank
Suspension: Bilstein 5100 shocks, Flight Fabrications Holeshot strap kit, FTK Diesel traction bars
Axles: 3:73 gears, Yukon Gear & Axle Grizzly locker, chromoly axleshafts