Russ Mizin’s Red Rocket Bowtie

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This month's Reader's Ride comes from the great North­west, where 38-year-old Russ Mizin calls Ta­coma, Wash­ing­ton home. The heavy equip­ment and rig­ging con­struc­tion worker owns this sweet-look­ing Vic­tory Red 2006 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 2500 HD. He was bit by the diesel per­for­mance bug af­ter rid­ing in his buddy's 2005 Du­ra­max truck and see­ing/feel­ing what it was ca­pa­ble of with just a few ba­sic up­grades. He was im­me­di­ately hooked and on the look­out for a Du­ra­max diesel of his own.

Mizin wanted to im­prove the looks and per­for­mance of his truck once he pur­chased it, so he went to work up­grad­ing the truck as he could. He in­stalled a cus­tom grille in­sert and de­tailed the head­lamps and park­ing lights with painted ac­cents with 6K HIDS in the head­lights, LED bulbs in the park­ing lights and fog lights from Diode Dy­nam­ics. In the rear, he re­placed the fac­tory bumper with a color-matched roll pan for a smooth street truck look and in­stalled Re­con smoked tail­lights, then had the third brake light tinted by smoked­out­tai­

To im­prove the looks and han­dling he brought the truck down to earth by low­er­ing the torsion bars up front and in­stalling 3-inch Crown Sus­pen­sion drop shack­les and re­mov­ing the over­load springs in the rear. Af­ter the stance was im­proved, he in­stalled a

new set of 20x12-inch Hos­tile Sprocket wheels that are wrapped in 305/50R20 Nitto 420S tires at all four cor­ners. KYB Mono­max shocks were in­stalled at each cor­ner to keep the ride smooth while Kryp­tonite Stage 3 steer­ing com­po­nents com­bine with a Dirty Hooker Diesel cen­ter link to keep the front wheels pointed straight ahead un­der power. To help with trac­tion in the rear he in­stalled a set of 72-inch MBS Diesel Per­for­mance trac­tion bars with Siskiyou Diesel Per­for­mance brack­ets to hold them firmly in place.

To im­prove the per­for­mance of the 6.6L Du­ra­max, Mizin in­stalled a Scream­ing Die- sel Per­for­mance big sin­gle-turbo setup with a Borg­warner S472SXE turbo mounted to a Wa­gler Com­pe­ti­tion Prod­ucts street in­take with a twisted pedestal. Fire red and black ac­cented pow­der­coat­ing was done by SDP to match the rest of the truck. Fuel is fed to the Du­ra­max from the stock tank through a Beans Diesel Per­for­mance fuel sump and Air­dog II 165 pump and fil­ter sys­tem with Bald­win fil­ters. The fac­tory CP3 and in­jec­tors are still used, but with EFILIVE tun­ing by Aaron Wiebe at All In Truck Per­for­mance in Semi­nole, Texas, Mizin has dy­noed the truck at 680 horse­power on the NWDC mo­bile chas­sis dyno.

The po­tent Du­ra­max is backed by a Sdp-built Al­li­son trans­mis­sion with a Go­erend torque con­verter and Mag-hytec deep pan. De­viant Race Parts trans­mis­sion lines re­placed the fac­tory lines while a Sun­coast trans­fer case brace and Mer­chant Au­to­mo­tive pump rub kit round out the driv­e­line up­grades.

As great as his truck is, like most gear­heads Mizin doesn’t feel that it is fin­ished. His near­future plans in­clude an up­grade from the Go­erend G con­verter to a K con­verter and fuel sys­tem up­grades in­clud­ing 100% over in­jec­tors and a stro­ker CP3. Then, in the long-term, he would

like to up­grade to a fully built en­gine from So­Cal Diesel or Wa­gler Com­pe­ti­tion Prod­ucts and other sup­port­ing mods to reach a 1,000-hp goal. Be­yond that, one day he would like the truck to be the fastest full weight CCLB Du­ra­max truck. While those are lofty goals, they are cer­tainly achiev­able and we look for­ward to see­ing Mizin con­tinue to im­prove his truck—we gear­heads need to stick to­gether and sup­port each other af­ter all! UDBG If you think your truck is wor­thy of be­ing fea­tured as a Reader's Ride in Ul­ti­mate

Diesel Builder’s Guide mag­a­zine, take a few good high-res­o­lu­tion dig­i­tal pho­tos of the truck in­clud­ing the en­gine bay, in­te­rior, front 3/4, rear 3/4 and side views, as well as any shots that high­light spe­cial/unique work you have done to the truck, and email them along with a brief de­scrip­tion of the mod­i­fi­ca­tions and your back­ground in­for­ma­tion. Send the email to cto­bin@ en­gaged­me­di­ for the edi­tor to re­view. Who knows—you may be the next one to have his or her truck fea­tured in the mag­a­zine!

Russ Mizin’s street/strip 2006 Chevro­let 2500 HD is a strik­ing Vic­tory Red crew cab, long-bed truck that looks great with a pow­er­ful Du­ra­max un­der the hood, turn­ing heads on the street or at the track with its low­ered stance and bold looks. Lift­ing the...

With Re­con smoked tail­lights and a smooth roll pan to re­place the bulky fac­tory rear bumper, Mizin’s Chevy looks good from the rear too.

To help keep the rear axle from twist­ing the leaf springs when he mashes the loud pedal, Mizin in­stalled a set of 6-foot MBS Diesel Per­for­mance trac­tion bars with Siskiyou Diesel Per­for­mance mount­ing brack­ets. The red-and-black beauty has a great...

Un­der the hood you'll find a bright-red pow­der­coated Scream­ing Diesel Per­for­mance S400 turbo kit us­ing a sin­gle Borg­warner S472SXE turbo, cus­tom in­ter­cooler pip­ing and a Wa­gler Com­pe­ti­tion Prod­ucts street in­take with twisted pedestal to get plenty of...

The in­te­rior of Mizin’s Sil­ver­ado is largely stock, but well-main­tained and il­lu­mi­nated by LED re­place­ment bulbs, with an Edge CTS to help keep an eye on the Du­ra­max’s per­for­mance.

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