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High Roller: Unbelievable Diesel Built LBZ Suburban

Human ambition and imagination have long achieved the most amazing and unbelievable feats. While souped-up, massive car builds aren’t usually the first things that come to mind when discussing profound human achievements, they are nonetheless still on the list. We have no doubt that you’d only have one thing to say when St. Louis native John Eilermann pulls up in his decked-out behemoth, fittingly named “High Roller”: check out the build on that one.

Eilermann had a few basic needs that transformed his 1972 Chevrolet Suburban into the monster it is today:

  1. He wanted a vehicle that was large enough to fit five to six people
  2. It needed to be able to handle his 300-acre property, off-road style

Originally, Eilermann was dead-set on building a Jeep or a safari vehicle to meet these needs — that is until he saw their price tags. Legitimate safari vehicles can run up to $150,000, so the wheels were set in motion to produce the luxurious and powerful High Roller.

Powered by a 6.6-liter LBZ Duramax diesel engine, this car has got it all: limo style seating, moonroof, and no backglass to truly give it that safari-style feel. Known affectionately as a “Duraburb”, High Roller rides on 2007 GM 11.5 AAM rear end with a Yukon Grizzly locker, and a 1989 Ford king-pin Dana 60 front end with a Trac-loc limited slip. Matched perfectly with the wheels and tires, High Roller uses a six-inch Rough Country lift kit, Bilstein rear shocks with remote reservoirs, and a 4:56 gear ratio. Although massive, its 550 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque give it all the power it needs.

Diesel engines are as powerful as they are efficient: boasting an average if 45 MPG highway rating, Eilermann will be able to have his fun without breaking the bank on gas. If you find yourself in the mood to create something as exciting and unique as High Roller, finding the best fuel lift pumps, diesel fuel filters, and diesel filtration systems are a good way to get started. FASS fuel pumps are known to be reliable and clean, and there are undoubtedly a number of FASS fuel system dealers near your location. Take a page from Eilermann’s book: start with a simple idea and take it to the professionals — your FASS fuel system dealers — to perfect.