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Project Street-Max GMC Sierra

Part 3: Our Duramax Picks Up 50 HP

Mike McGlothlin
Nov 1, 2011
Photographers: Mike McGlothlin
If you’ve been keeping up with our Street-Max series, you know we rebuilt the Allison six-speed in “Project Street-Max, Part 1” (Sept. ’11) and picked up 220 hp in “Project Street-Max, Part 2” (Oct. ’11), thanks to EFILive tuning. In this installment, we’re adding head studs and an aftermarket turbo to our ’06 Sierra. And just as we’ve done in the past, we’re once again adding the supporting modifications necessary to maximize the truck’s horsepower. For utmost flow, a 4-inch downpipe will replace the factory piece, and for ultimate longevity, a complete EGR delete (which does away with the EGR valve and cooler) will be installed.
Photo 2/13   |   project Street Max Part 3 gmc 2500 Side Shot On Dyno
The folks at Knoles Performance Solutions in Petersburg, Illinois, performed all the work and got started by removing the factory turbo and downpipe. Because the truck only had 50,000 miles on it and no head gasket issues to date, we decided to thread in a set of ARP head studs one at a time. Once all the fasteners were torqued down, a Fleece Performance Cheetah turbo was bolted on, and we headed back to Randall’s Performance looking to break the 500hp mark on its chassis dyno. Stay tuned, as we’ll be adding a modified CP3 injection pump, larger injector nozzles, and going after 600 hp in the future.
Photo 3/13   |   Under the hood, things are starting to look a little more modified. Here, you can see the new intake tube (intercooler to engine) included in the EGR delete kit. Note: The turbo heat shield has been removed.
Project Street-Max
Past Modifications
Part 1, Sept. ’11
  • Air intake: K&N with Amsoil dry filter
  • Exhaust: 4-inch MagnaFlow single exit (stock downpipe)
  • Fuel System: AirDog 100-gph
  • Transmission: Sun Coast GMax 6-pac, 1058 converter
Part 2, Oct. ’11
  • Fuel pressure relief valve: Shim kit
  • EGR: Blocker plate
  • PCV: Reroute kit
  • Tuning: EFILive via Fleece Performance ECM and DSP5 switch
Current Modifications:
  • Turbo: 68mm Fleece Performance Cheetah turbocharger
  • Exhaust: HX40 downpipe
  • Emissions System: Full EGR delete
  • Engine Modifications: Head studs
Part 3, Parts List (labor not included):
Part: Vendor Details Price
Cheetah turbocharger Fleece Performance 68mm Garrett-based VNT (with HX40 outlet, a $200 option) $2,562
HX40 downpipe Fleece Performance Increased exhaust flow for turbo $199
Full EGR delete Danville Performance Complete deletion of EGR system (valve and cooler) $415
Head studs ARP Increased clamping force on heads $565
Total Price $3,741
Using the same Fleece Performance extreme tune (created via EFILive) as last time, the turbo gained us exactly 50 hp—and blew past the 500-rwhp mark with ease. To make the truck build the same 36 psi of boost it sees on the street (with a maximum recommended boost of 42 psi for the Cheetah), a 30-percent load was used on the SuperFlow dyno at Randall’s Performance. To date, we’ve added 270 hp at the wheels to our ’06 LBZ-powered GMC with bolt-on modifications. Thanks to Fleece Performance’s retention of the factory variable nozzle technology on its Cheetah, spool-up wasn’t sacrificed at the expense of more power. We also noticed a substantial reduction in exhaust gas temperature, and the turbo was able to completely clean up all the smoke we’d previously seen while running the extreme tune. And last but not least, the exhaust note the truck emits now is downright wicked. You can check out a sound clip of Project Street-Max at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIRhwpJN7kw or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0iJXWelOfg.
Stock Horsepower: 254 hp at 3,000 rpm
Tuned Horsepower: 475 hp at 3,000 rpm
Current Horsepower: 525 hp at 3,200 rpm
Photo 13/13   |   project Street Max Part 3 dyno Chart

Sources

Sun Coast Converters
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
800-868-0053
www.suncoastconverters.com
Fleece Performance Engineering
North Salem, IN 46165
855-839-5040
http://www.fleeceperformance.com
Randall's Performance and Accessory
Gladstone, IL 61437
309-627-2500
http://www.randallsperf.com
All Season Diesel Performance
Harbor Beach, MI 48441
989-479-0444
http://www.allseasondieselperformance.com
Danville Performance
Danville, IN 46122
1-317-745-8587
www.danvilleperformance.com
Knoles Performance Solutions
217-899-0455

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