MAX’D Addiction: Travis Anderson’s Fire Breathing LML Sled Puller

Most of the time when people are looking for a truck to use and abuse, they start out with a truck that has seen better days. But, in some cases, you have the seductive physique of a late-model Silverado mixed with the raw fire-breathing horsepower from a highly-modified 6.6-liter Duramax. A wild combination coming out of Wisconsin, this is Travis Anderson’s “MAX’D Addiction”.

Anderson’s truck is a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. Inside this Silverado is not your normal Duramax engine. While it is still a Duramax and still measures out 403 cubic inches, this LML is a fully built Wagler Competition Products engine and backed by a Gorend built five-disc torque converter and trans. So, MAX’D can withstand enormous amounts of horsepower.

Keeping the fire lit during these 300-plus foot pulls are eight 200-percent over stock S & S Diesel Motorsport fuel injectors, a pair of 10mm Exergy Performance CP3 pumps, and dual FASS Diesel Fuel System lift pumps. Airing out all of this fuel are a wild compound turbo combination configured of an S591 feeding an S480. The intercooler system is a custom water to air setup that was purchased but redesigned by Anderson. This setup is so dialed in, the drive pressure to boost ratio is 1:1 ratio and makes in the neighborhood of 90 psi of boost.

After a bunch of nights in the shop, the chassis has been reworked and equipped with all new and improved parts. A Proformance Pros 20-145 rear differential, front differential with Proformance Pros billet military style front axles and dual adjustable front shocks.

Anderson has been around pulling his entire life and after the resurrection of this truck, he’s not going anywhere soon. “My dad pulled tractors when I was growing up, and I have pulled a more or less street truck for the last however many years,” said Anderson. “The street truck wasn’t enough and I wanted something different and something more.”

“As the president of a local sled pulling club, you can see how my life is in a nutshell,” Anderson said. “I sled pull and bow hunt.”

So, why an LML? “Noone has a designated pulling LML truck that I can recall,” said Anderson. “I can admit that utilizing the LML engine has been a headache and it would’ve been easier with an earlier Duramax platform, but as a trendsetter, I stuck to my guns and figured this LML platform out.” For this industry to continue to grow, it needs guys like Anderson to push the limits, figure out what works and what doesn’t.

The future plans for MAX’D are scattered at the moment. “We have some ideas in the works to get more fuel out of it and also we’re working with another tuner to hopefully get this engine to surpass the 4,200 RPM limit,” Anderson said. “At some point, I would like to switch over to a 3.0 smooth bore turbo and compete at the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza.” Although this truck is very dominant in the pulling world as of late, Anderson assumes he wouldn’t be victorious at the historic Scheid event. After seeing this truck perform, we expect it to out pull the field.

This LML is definitely a work of art and we look forward to seeing MAX’D show its dominance around the country more. What are your thoughts on a sled puller with the LML Duramax engine? Let us know in the comments below.

About the author

Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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