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WORKIN’ IT

UPGRADING A ‘16 DURAMAX WORK TRUCK’S PERFORMANCE
Heavy equipment tends to find its way onto Jeremy Watson’s trailers behind his hard-working ‘16 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD on a regular basis, so he wanted to improve its power and fuel mileage at the same time.

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Many diesel truck owners use their trucks for work, hard work in most cases. Jeremy Watson of Madisonville, Tennessee, is one such truck owner— he uses his ‘16 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD to tow and haul heavy loads on a nearly daily basis for his concrete pole base company, as well as on the farm where he and his family raise cattle. The truck has performed well over its nearly 60,000 miles of use so far, but like any gearhead, Watson wanted to get more performance out of the truck, and he hoped that by improving the tuning and airflow he would also pick up a fuel mileage improvement to help his business’s bottom line.

To upgrade the truck he turned to the expert team at RLC Motorsports in Cookeville, Tennesee., where Watson decided to go with a simple and inexpensive tuning option using a Hypertech Max Energy 2.0 Power Programmer. Then, to help the LML Duramax engine breathe easier, he opted for an S&B Filters cold-air intake kit to replace the restrictive factory intake and use the dry extendable air filter for longer filter service life. Finally, to dress up the truck a bit, he went with a DPF-back Diamond Eye 4-inch aluminized steel dualoutlet exhaust system with polished 5-inch-diameter stainless steel tips that exit at each rear corner of the truck. About a week before the installation Watson took the truck up to Beans Diesel Performance in Woodbury, Tennessee, to get a baseline dyno pull. In stock trim the truck put 325.0 hp to the dyno rollers through the rear wheels, but an issue with the dyno operation left us without accurate torque readings.

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