Project Pickup: Make your old truck sound & perform better with a Performance Exhaust

Project Pickup

A 10-year-old pickup can’t compete with a new truck in terms of power and torque…or can it?

With the addition of a new MBRP Performance Exhaust you can make your old truck run and sound better.

In this episode of Project Pickup we continue on our quest to modify our ten-year-old diesel Chevy Silverado to more modern specs with a new Performance Exhaust.

In this first part of this episode we test the truck to determine a baseline for 0-60 MPH performance as well as sound decibels with the current stock exhaust.

We also open and un-box the brand new MBRP Performance Exhaust that we got from

Editor’s note: This Chevrolet Silverado represents the best diesel pickup truck – ten years ago. In its current form, the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 diesel’s power and (especially) torque is well below the norm of today. Our Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with its Duramax diesel makes 520 lbs-feet of torque in stock trim. That’s impressive, but not as impressive as the 2012’s 765 lb-ft of torque.

The question is: can we make that much torque by adding this system from MBRP exhaust ?

Probably not. We’ll get close, but to make that much more power, we would (most likely) need to add propane to the mix, which is out of our financial depth and a bit over-the-top for our project’s aspirations. Still, wouldn’t it be nice to have that much power out of this old rig?