Kody Pulliam


Diesel Power - - Contents - Words by BRETT T. EVANS Pho­tos by BEN COOPER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY and DIESELPOWER STAFF

Well-rounded per­for­mance— in the­ory, at least

WITH SEVEN years of diesel en­thu­si­asm and ex­pe­ri­ence as an oil-burner me­chanic, Kody Pulliam might as well have un­re­fined crude flow­ing through his veins. Based in Am­mon, Idaho, Kody has owned his ’04 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 2500HD for about two years, putting on a fair amount of the truck’s 300,000-plus miles.

In that time, the truck has trans­formed into a solid all-arounder, Kody says. Its ca­pa­bil­ity starts, pre­dictably, un­der the hood, where a Baird Rac­ing En­gine and

Chas­sis 6.6L Du­ra­max V-8 re­sides, built in nearby Idaho Falls. The mill is aug­mented with a Screamin’ Diesel Per­for­mance com­pound-tur­bocharger kit, with a BorgWarner S488 SX-E turbo-feed­ing an S369 pres­sure ’charger.

Sit­ting just be­hind the en­gine is a No Zone Diesel Al­li­son 1000 au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that was cus­tombuilt for the ’04 Chevy, rout­ing power through stock axles and putting it down ef­fec­tively thanks to SDP trac­tion bars. Kody says the sus­pen­sion is close to stock, though Bil­stein dampers do their best to keep the Sil­ver­ado un­der con­trol.

Kody heads into Diesel Power Chal­lenge 2018 Pre­sented by XDP with con­fi­dence bol­stered by his ex­pe­ri­ence as a diesel me­chanic and fa­mil­iar­ity with his truck. “I feel

good,” he says. “Re­ally ex­cited and ready to go com­pete with ev­ery­one. I want to have a good time.”

Since be­ing ac­cepted as a DPC com­peti­tor, he’s given the truck a bit of a once-over— adding big­ger cylin­der heads and a new camshaft—and he’s been driv­ing the truck for a few weeks to get it set­tled and sorted

“I feel good,” Kodi says. “Re­ally ex­cited and ready to go com­pete with ev­ery­one. I’m here to have a good time.”

on his daily drive.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to com­pete,” Kody says. “We’ve had a few trucks from our shop com­pete in DPC, and we thought, Why not try it with mine?”

He’s most con­fi­dent about the dyno, but Kody also thinks his truck (and his driv­ing skills) is good enough to not just fin­ish the event but to po­ten­tially place on the podium. “I just know I have a good all-around truck to com­pete in the events.”


Kody Pulliam, a first-time DPC en­trant, thinks his truck’s well­bal­anced mod­i­fi­ca­tions have what it takes to put him on the podium.

A rac­ing shop near Kody’s home built up the 6.6L Du­ra­max V-8, safe­guard­ing the en­gine’s in­ter­nals against the boost sup­plied by the BorgWarner tur­bocharg­ers.

On an all-black truck like Kody’s, a lit­tle hit of tur­bocharged acid goes a long way.

What kind of power will Kody’s truck put down once he hits the ni­trous-ox­ide but­ton? We can’t wait to find out.

The in­te­rior of the ’04 Chevy re­tains a mostly stock ap­pear­ance, but any­one who un­der­stands diesel mo­tor­sports will in­stantly no­tice the sup­ple­men­tary gauges and mon­i­tors mounted on the A-pil­lar.

Trac­tion bars and wide, ag­gres­sive tires help put the Du­ra­max’s power down ef­fec­tively.

Kody’s crew cab, short­bed ’04 Sil­ver­ado 2500HD is a daily driven shop truck with lim­ited ex­te­rior mod­i­fi­ca­tions, save for trac­tion bars and a sin­is­ter flat-black grille in­sert.

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