According to Tony Burkhard success on the sled track has everything to do with your set-up or suspension. Tony the owner of Dirty Hooker Diesel of Harbor Beach, Michigan. He's also a multi-winner of several pulling titles. Tony says he learned early that no matter the engine build or other mods - suspension is what makes or breaks the sled pull, literally!
This podcast is for anyone who makes a living with a diesel powertrain in agriculture or any industry where heavy duty diesel engines bear the burden of getting the job done. Hosts Nick Priegnitz and Paul Wilson describe tractor tuning from Calibrated Power Solutions. Tractor tuning increases horsepower within the powertrain specifications. These tractor calibrations make it possible to run the tractor in a higher gear with lower RPM's, saving time and most importantly, fuel.
There's a new class in sled pulling - the outlaw class and it's a crowd pleaser. Unlike stock and 2.5 trucks, the outlaw class doesn't have any rules. It's a "run-what-you-brung" pull. You can have a 1,200 horsepower truck go up against one with less than half the horsepower and still be competitive against each other. Stuff is always breaking - so what's not to like about that, right?
The Diesel Performance Podcast welcomes veteran sled puller Pete Shibby to talk about the class and why he runs in it. Hosts Nick Priegnitz and Danny Voss ask Shibby to go into detail about how some pullers are figuring out the class and what they need to do to gain every extra foot possible.
Technology improvements in the 2010 and newer Cummins have made emissions intact performance gains possible. In fact, Clint Cannon, Founder-Owner of ATS Diesel describes the next technological achievement for his company - emission intact twin turbo system. Clint explains to Danny and Paul the system uses a patented manifold design to use the engine's heat to compliment the emissions equipment. This new design he describes as a bolt-on twin turbo system.
Diesel Performance Podcast host Nick Priegnitz welcomes Chris Ehmke of Calibrated Power Solutions and Duramaxtuner.com to talk about drop-in turbochargers. What's the difference between drop-in turbochargers when compared to those that require a pedestal, oil lines, and various other components? As Nick and Chris discuss, the manufacturers had a good reason to use the size of charger they did and it relates to driveability, ease of installation, and common sense. But everyone has to experience the blast-off from a big charger, right?
Pulling in the 2.5 charger class means different things in different regions of the country. It's a real mess because there's no set rules or agreement.
Danville Performance's Mark Broviak joins the Diesel Performance Podcast to help Danny and Paul understand what's going on in the 2.5 pulling class. Mark says 2.5 trucks can differ in horsepower by several hundred because of how the rules are written. And the rules also affect how much it will cost to be successful in that class.
Ryan Gelinas spends more than 200 freaking days on the road every year promoting and marketing ATS. He's been to every sled pull, drag race, and dyno event out there. What better person to talk to about diesel gatherings, right? Paul Wilson and Ryan go over the major events every diesel enthusiast needs to know about. They also explain which could be considered family friendly and those that are not (if you know what I mean). Diesel events always provide access to nationally known brands and people showcasing the latest, greatest thing in the diesel performance aftermarket.
Jon Flament's '06 Cummins hit 11 seconds - but is destined to shave another second - at least that's what Jon wants to do - go fast, real fast. In this episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast, Chris Ehmke talks with Jon about his build and future plans for his truck.
SoCalDiesel's Guy Tripp talks to Danny and Paul about Duramax engine builds and what owners need to consider. Guy is a pioneer in the diesel performance aftermarket. He's a mechanical engineer with many years of design and manufacturer experience with cylinder heads and other high-performance parts for gasoline and diesel engines. Guy got into diesel following the introduction of the Bosch Common Rail, which many credit with creating the diesel industry we know today. In this episode, he goes into detail with the evolution of diesel parts, like cranks and pistons. And he talks about the jet ski he built and powered with nitrous. Sounds crazy - but that's what mechanical engineers do - bend the envelope to create parts for the rest of us.
PSP Diesel's Stephen Peters says a bullet-proofed Ford 6.0 is probably the least expensive, most reliable diesel power you can get. Stephen joins Paul and Danny on the podcast to explain the modifications included in the bullet-proofing process. He also goes into detail on the best way to keep a Ford 6.0 healthy (oil changes) but he also talks about oil filtration and how it's lowering maintenance costs and making the 6.0 look even better.
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It's the battle between the small diesel engines - GMC Canyon 2.8L versus Jeep 3.0L EcoDiesel. Calibrated Power Solutions founder-owner Nick Priegnitz along with CPS diesel tech DJ Wlasiuk and vice president of operations and sale strategies Jamie Kerley discuss the performance differences between the platforms.
Diesel Technology Source's David Browning schools Paul and Danny on the finer points of sled pulling. David explains the beginning of the sport and why it's so popular among farmers and other country folks. David goes into detail on the hitch and the importance of a particular set-up to get the best results. The conversation devolves (as it usually does with Paul and Danny) into what happens when sled pullers break their shit. They usually drown their sorrows in a 12 pack.