Russ Mizin’s Red Rocket Bowtie
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 smokedouttailights.com.
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@ engagedmediainc.com 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 hood reveals the highly detailed 680-hp Duramax that motivates the big truck to the tune of high 12-second 1/4-mile ETS. Note the custom grille and headlight detailing that Mizin did to make his truck stand out from the crowd.
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 street stance with the torsion bars turned down up front and 3-inch drop shackles and deleted overload springs in the rear, along with KYB shocks on all four corners for a smooth ride.
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 air into the Duramax.
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.