Pride of Minnesota

Published in the November 2017 Issue September 2018 Feature Trevor Mason

Everybody has different reasons for building up their trucks. Some want a reliable workhorse, some want to haul all their toys, and some just want to go fast. For Dillon Johnson, he just wants to be faster than his boss.

Dillon bought his first diesel truck in 2009, a 2003 Chevy 2500, that he calls his dream truck. After finishing school as a diesel tech, he got a job at Jag’s Pro Shop in Zimmerman, MN, in 2011 and “instantly got the itch for the performance side. I started with a mild set of fuel injectors, then a 66mm turbo and a transmission. After that, I wanted more. I turned the turbo setup into a set of compounds and put a dual fueler kit on it and made just over 800 rear wheel horsepower on a stock bottom end LB7.” He put the truck through its paces over the course of the summer and unfortunately ended up throwing a rod out the side of the engine block. He says, “From there I did an LLY conversion, larger injectors, and an s468 pressure turbo. I also went through the transmission a few times as I learned more and more what I needed to do to make the Allison last.”

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