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Diesel Performance Podcast

The Diesel Performance Podcast is a conversation, debate, and everything else about the three main domestic diesel engines: Duramax, Powerstroke, and Cummins. Hosts Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke cover topics every diesel owner needs to know - from engine maintenance and engine performance to modifications that enhance performance. If you love diesel engines and light duty pickup trucks - you've found the perfect podcast.
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Apr 21, 2018

Tony Burkhard heads to his first UCC event as a competitor this year. How did he make the decision to go? Tony is known as a sled puller, so what's the plan when it comes to drag racing? Chris and Paul find out in this episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast. 

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Apr 13, 2018

Trevor Peterson took a year to transform his stock Cummins from mild to absolute, freakin' wild with triple turbos and everything else in just one year! Paul and Chris are amazed and ask about his strategy as a qualifier in this year's UCC. If Trevor finishes in the top 5, he'll return next year as a competitor! 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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Apr 6, 2018

Lavon Miller stands at the top of the diesel performance world with two consecutive wins at the Ultimate Callout Challenge - and three wins at the Diesel Power Challenge. If ever a competitor existed for a takedown from some underdog - it would be Lavon. Paul and Chris go into the details with Firepunk's founder-owner about the truck and what he's planning for this year's UCC - one month away! 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Wehrli Custom Fabrication
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Mar 31, 2018

Jesse Warren joins Paul and Chris for a listener requested episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast. While we would have interviewed him anyway, several listeners specifically requested to hear from the Ford 6.0 driver. 

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Mar 24, 2018

Paul and Chris climb aboard Duramaxtuner's test mule - the '58 ApacheMAX and see what 800HP on the street feels like with the new Stealth 67 G2 for the LB7. It's another rowdy ride along as the Diesel Performance Podcast jumps behind the wheel of an exciting truck with amazing power. The video version is also available. 

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Mar 10, 2018

John Schirado joins the podcast to talk about his participation in the Ultimate Callout Challenge 2018 as a qualifier. John knows quite a bit about drag racing in his diesel and that means he's learned quite a bit the hard way. 

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Wehrli Custom Fabrication
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Duramaxtuner
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Mar 6, 2018

The Stealth turbo appeared on the market just a few years ago. Since then it has won praise for its drop-in, bolt-on ease of installation, great spool-up, and plenty of horsepower. So what does the future hold for the Stealth Series? DT's Nick Priegnitz visits and spills the beans about a brand new 67.7 G2 and its incredible power potential. 

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Feb 23, 2018

UCC Qualifier Kelsie Epps has one goal at the upcoming Ultimate Callout Challenge - beat Charlie Keeter! Epp is a qualifier at this year's event, which means she could return as a competitor if she finishes in the Top 5. You'd think that was more important than beating Keeter - but no - the rivalry is more important. Kelsie's truck is now a triple turbo monster that's undergone plenty of changes to prep for the event. Like most qualifiers - and competitors - she's hoping to get through each event - drag racing, dyno, and sled pull - without breaking. 

Paul and Chris also welcome Duramaxtuner lead diesel tech D.J. Wlasiuk to talk about his latest adventures in the shop. It turns out he''s been swapping engines - tough job made tougher with weird wiring harness issues. 

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Feb 20, 2018

The one and only Chuck Seitsinger "The Race Master" of Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings joins Paul and Chris for a convo about the upcoming new season on the Discovery Channel.

Feb 17, 2018

Paul and Chris interview Will Terry of Power Driven Diesel - a competitor in the 2018 Ultimate Callout Challenge. It turns out PDD lost its 2017 on a recent DYNO failure - so what's the status of the crew's participation in this year's event? 

Also featured is Calibrated Power diesel tech Mike Gutshall talking about doing research and development on Ford turbos. 

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Feb 9, 2018

The 2018 Ultimate Callout Challenge is 90 days away! Joe Virgillo's four-door, short-bed, '06 Cummins will be ready - but probably not until a few hours before the event gets underway. Like many of the participants, he's scrambling to get done. Paul goes into detail on Joe's build and asks what else he's planning for 2018 UCC. As many know, qualifiers like Joe who place in the Top 5 this year get an invite to come back as competitors in 2019. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

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Exergy Performance
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Feb 2, 2018

Paul and Chris talk to a Ultimate Callout Challenge Qualifiers this week. He's Justin Mcnichols of Kinston, Ohio who drives a GM body with a Dodge engine and transmission. As a qualifier, Justin could get an automatic entry as a competitor in 2019 if he finishes in the top five among the group - making for a very interesting side story to the 2018 UCC. 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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Energy Performance
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Jan 26, 2018

Eric Merchant joins the podcast to talk about his 2018 entry in the Ultimate Callout Challenge. Like many of this year's competitors, the goal is to just finish the three events. 

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Jan 19, 2018

Rawlings Barnes joins the podcast to talk about Rudy's Diesel's entry in the 2018 Ultimate Callout Challenge. The road to 2018 is unlike last year - everything that's old is new again. Everyone in diesel performance knows exactly what that means. 

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Jan 13, 2018

Diesel Power Challenge winner - twice - Charlie Keeter visits the podcast to talk about his Ford 6.0 entry in the 2018 Ultimate Callout Challenge. 

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Wehrli Custom Fabrication
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Exergy Performance
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Jan 5, 2018

Where does a diesel enthusiast go for the latest, greatest gathering of diesel stuff - the DPI Expo! The Expo returns to Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Raceway May 4 - 6th, 2018 and features more than 100 vendors as of December 2017. More than likely, there will be dozens more by this spring. James Brendle and Chris Searle, organizers for the DPI, stopped by the podcast to go over the details and explain how the expo is becoming THE event of the diesel performance industry. 

Dec 29, 2017

Diesel Power editor Kaje Jones joins the podcast to talk about the Diesel Power Challenge 2018. The event kicks off between Sunday, June 3rd to Thursday, June 7th in Denver, Colorado. Kaje explains how participants are voted into the challenge by Diesel Power Magazine. The process includes an entry form with info about the truck, including photos (existing trucks only). Kaje also explains a few changes in the rules and venue for this coming year. 

By the way - the Diesel Performance Podcast is the Official Podcast for the Diesel Power Challenge 2018 - we'll be there! 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Wehrli Custom Fabrication
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Exergy Performance
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Alligator Performance
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Dec 22, 2017

Paul Wilson, Chris Ehmke, and Radio Rich convene for a year-end podcast and recount all the great moments: Gale Banks, Ultimate Callout Challenge, Conversion Month, and everything else! The episode gets a little weird - but in a good way. 

Happy Holidays - Merry Christmas! 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Wehrli Custom Fab
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Exergy Performance
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Alligator Performance
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Dec 15, 2017

Ultimate Callout Challenge organizers James Brendle and Chris Searle visit the podcast to talk about the 2018 event. The UCC returns to Indianapolis, Indiana on May 4 - 6 with location and rule tweaks to make it even more spectacular. And you'll be happy to know that the Diesel Performance Podcast is the OFFICIAL podcaster for the event. We're grateful for the partnership with the great people of the Ultimate Callout Challenge.

Only five months away! 

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Dec 9, 2017

We empty our Facebook In-Box in this episode. Paul and Chris appreciate the message and apologize for not responding sooner. So in this episode, they read aloud several messages from our listeners. 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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Dec 2, 2017

The goal is to build a 600HP LBZ with 10K that meets a bunch of goals like driveability, completeness, reliability, towing, and potential for long-term dependability. There may be a few other things tossed into the judging mix - but you get the idea. Paul Wilson goes head-to-head with Wehrli Custom Fab's Tyler Franzen (aka Tranny). The so-called judge in this orgy of f-bombs, disputes, and other rowdy behavior is none other than Chris Ehmke. Tighten the seat-belt for this one! 

Thanks to our sponsors:

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Exergy Performance
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Nov 24, 2017

Gale Banks demonstrates the Duramax L5P's ability to deliver astonishing head flow numbers when compared to the LML. In this episode, recorded last May at Banks Power HQ near Los Angeles, Nick Pregnitz and Paul Wilson learn how the movement of fuel in the cylinder helps make more power during combustion. The swirl can help deliver oxygen to ensure all the fuel burns in the cylinder. Without good swirl, the result would be a lot of smoke. 

Nov 17, 2017

Mike McHughes of Xi Diesel answers the question about why the military uses the 6.5L diesel in the Hummer. The company builds and restores HMMWVs for civilians and defense companies. 

Special thanks to our Sponsors:

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Nov 11, 2017

The Ford 6R140 is impressive with its smooth shifts, durability, and dependability. In this episode, Paul and Chris talk to Morgan Primm of Midwest Diesel and Auto, a recommended expert on the 6R140. Morgan describes the 6R's typical problems but he also explains that even a completely failed transmission still works unlike its GM and Dodge counterparts. Primm describes upgrades and competition specs for the 6R.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Wehrli Custom Fabrication
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Exergy Performance
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Alligator Performance
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Nov 3, 2017

Paul and Chris jump into Bret Kehl's race truck and go for a ride. It's a great build story - the truck races in the nines and is also a daily driver. 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Wehrli Custom Fabrication
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Exergy Performance
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Alligator Performance
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