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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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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:

WCFAB.com
Wehrli Custom Fab


Exergy Performance
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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
WCFAB.com

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
WCFAB

Exergy Performance
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Alligator Performance
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Oct 27, 2017

Rudy's Diesel Rawlings Barnes joins Paul and Chris to talk about the company's Ford 6.4L drag truck - a 4.9 second @ 140 MPH in the 1/8th mile! Success in a diesel drag truck takes hard work with a full team of committed people. You won't believe the problems encountered and solved to get into the fours on the one-eighth mile. 

Oct 20, 2017

Log into Craigslist - time for another budget build episode on the Diesel Performance Podcast. Wade McGinnis of Thoroughbred Diesel competes against Chris Ehmke for the best build with Paul Wilson as the moderator. Who can take an old 24V, spend 15K, and get 500 rwhp? The judging includes driveability, peak power, the complication of the build, completeness of the build, potential problems, and a new term - overall bad-assery! 

Once again - many thanks to our sponsors:

Wherli Custom Fab
WCFAB.com

Exergy Performance
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Oct 13, 2017

Jeremy Shultz drives a 1953 Chevy truck powered with a Duramax. The conversion project took more time than he liked but it was a conversion project - that's how it goes. In this episode, Jeremy explains where the truck came from and the various challenges and other frustrations he had to overcome. But it was worth it. The truck turns heads and no doubt inspires everyone with an old pickup in the barn. 

This episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast is brought to you by our good friends - Exergy Performance and WCFAB.

Wehrli Custom Fabrication
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Exergy Performance
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Oct 6, 2017

Ford tuning presented challenges like every other platform tuned on the common rail diesel engine. So what does that mean for the truck owner? Calibrated's Nick Preignitz joins Paul and Chris to talk about tuning the Ford 6.7. Nick goes into detail about the process and why it may take months, if not years, to develop tuning solutions for a new platform. 

Sep 29, 2017

Manfred Schreyer tells what happened when a diesel forum pissed him off - he became a troll and made a lot of money. It's a story with a happy ending for the Texan, owner of Longhorn Fabrication, makers of popular traction bars and other parts. Join Paul and Chris for what is probably the funniest episode yet. 

This episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast is brought to you by our good friends - Exergy Performance and WCFAB.

Wehrli Custom Fabrication
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Exergy Performance
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Sep 22, 2017

Bryce Mulvey explains how forged pistons make big horsepower builds possible - 1,500 and up - and that's what the industry needs. The day is coming when we will be talking about 3,000 horsepower! 

This episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast was brought to you by: 

Wehrli Custom Fab
WCFAB.COM

Exergy Performance
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Sep 18, 2017

This is a podcast of unusual diesel performance stories. First is how Jared Delekta got hired by Industrial Injection. The second is how I-J's incredible triple turbo came to be. It started as a joke. Really. 

Chris Ehmke interviews Jared in this episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast. The show concludes with an in-cab interview with Blake Kirlin, the winner of the Stealth 64 G2 for the LB7.

This show's sponsors include:

Exergy Performance

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and...

Wehrli Custom Fabrication
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Sep 16, 2017

The Diesel Performance Podcast digs into the archives and posts an oldie but goodie - the Ultimate Tow Rig episode from January 2016. In this episode, local experts Nick Priegnitz and Tim Slater discuss with Paul what they would wish for in a towing package, if money was no object. As you listen, you'll hear a lot about all the details required haul something heavy without worry whether your truck will make it. 

Sep 8, 2017

The H1 Hummer needed a new head gasket for its factory 6.5. Rather than keep the factory engine, the owner wanted an old 12V Cummins with an Allison from a bread truck - but Rob Hartman convinced him to go with an LBZ Duramax. The donor came from a wrecked 2006 with 160K. Only three months, and 130 hours of labor, the 2003 H1 Hummer had a new identity. The LBZ has 60% injectors, 68mm turbo, and an Allison 6 speed with a GM 261 transfer case. The project sits on 40's with a three-inch body lift, stock CP3 and a lift pump. 

All of this is fascinating - of course - especially when you hear how Rob fit everything into the H1's engine bay. 

This episode brought to you by:

Exergy Performance
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Wehrli Custom Fab
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Sep 6, 2017

This is the audio version of a video posted on Facebook and YouTube. 

The Diesel Performance Podcast visits Banks Power and talks with Gale Banks about the new Duramax L5P.

We see the L5P disassembled with each component (turbo, connecting rods, pistons, injectors, cylinder head, and more) - examined and compared to the Duramax LML. It's a fascinating up close look at the new engine and all the performance improvements General Motors included. Bottom line: the L5P redefines and reshapes diesel like never before. Get ready for an exciting future in diesel performance.

SPONSORED BY: Calibrated Power Solutions - calibratedpower.com

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Sep 2, 2017

Two popular truck worlds converge in this episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast. Host of the podcast "C10Talk" Ronnie Wetch joins Paul for a dual episode. The guys dive deep into C-10s & Diesels and how the two come together in popular conversion projects. 

Before Ronnie, Paul talks to Art Martinez of PSP Diesel in South Houston, Texas. Art is in the middle of the recovery efforts following the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey.  

Art's contact information is 713-359-8615

art@pspdiesel.com

This episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast was brought to you by: 

Exergy Performance
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and

Wehrli Custom Fab
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Aug 26, 2017

Nick Priegnitz - owner of three very popular conversions - the Duraburb, '85 Scottsdale LB7, and the ApacheMAX - joins the podcast to talk about each build. Nick says conversions require plenty of passion in order to be successful. Otherwise, you can get frustrated quickly and find they can be overwhelming because of all the unique challenges involved. Of all the conversion projects, the ApacheMAX offered the greatest frustration and challenge - but turned out to be one of the more popular trucks around. The same is true for the Duraburb and Scottsdale. Both trucks garner all kinds of attention when they're posted on social media or seen in public. If you love conversions - this is the podcast you need to hear! 

This Week's Sponsors:

Wehrli Custom Fab
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Exergy Performance
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Aug 22, 2017

Eric Swanson joins the podcast to explain why Duraburbs are so cool. 

Aug 18, 2017

One of the more popular diesel conversions around is the Duraburb. A Suburban, Tahoe, or Escalade with a Duramax engine. Duraburb is a Florida company started a decade ago when someone wondered out loud why no manufacturers made a diesel SUV. Company founder-owner Eric Swanson decided to try and the rest is history. In those 10 years, Duraburb has done 300 conversions for mostly affluent clientele. Duraburbs look just like they rolled off the manufacturer's assembly line - every switch, light, and gauge - just like the OEM built the truck. 

In this episode, Eric explains to Paul and Chris why Duraburb exists and is so popular. 

This week's sponsors:

Wherli Custom Fabrication

WCFAB.com

Exergy

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Aug 11, 2017

The 1970 Chevy C-10 looks the part - rust mixed with a turquoise green, regular cab. Under the hood and on the ground is a different story. The old Chevy sits on an '06 LBZ frame and the engine bay holds a compound set-up pushing 750 HP to the ground. The truck belongs to WCFAB's Ryan Werhli, manager of the shop's fab department. Ryan started the project two years ago after he found the original '70 Chevy truck on Craigslist. Since then the project has appeared on a magazine cover and just about everywhere else as an incredible conversion. Ryan tells the story to Paul and Chris in this episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast. 

 

This week's sponsors:

Wherli Custom Fabrication

WCFAB.com

Exergy

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Aug 4, 2017

Conversion Month continues on the podcast with a conversation with Sean Patterson of Diesel Conversion Specialists. The company offers the harnesses and other components to install Cummins mechanical and common rail diesel engines into Fords and GM trucks. This is an interesting segment of the aftermarket because it continues to grow as more and more owners convert their trucks into dependable, mileage friendly and reliable vehicles. So what's the most popular project for Diesel Conversion Specialists? Paul and Chris find out. 

 

This week's sponsors:

Wherli Custom Fabrication

WCFAB.com

Exergy

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Jul 28, 2017

Paul and Chris kick off a month of podcasts about one of the more popular topics in diesel performance - conversions! In this episode, the guys jump into the '85 square-body Scottsdale bolted onto an HD2500 frame with an LB7. What are the major challenges when you tackle a conversion project? It sure looks cool - but talk about headaches! For some, conversions represent the ultimate in motorsports with the greatest rewards - a real head turner that redefines diesel performance - one vehicle at a time. 

Jul 21, 2017

Meet Bill - he just bought a 2012 Cummins and needs advice. No problem. We've got two guys willing to help. In this episode, Paul and Chris go through the options available to the owner of a stock diesel RAM. It boils down to what the owner wants to do with the truck. Bill says he wants his 2012 to be as reliable as possible - last a long time. Who doesn't? Enjoy the conversation about what to do with a bone stock 2012 RAM.

Jul 14, 2017

Anthony joins the podcast to talk about drag racing and the up and down experience as a participant in the Ultimate Callout Challenge. Anthony describes the build and how busy it is to be a top racer in diesel performance. 

Jul 8, 2017

Paul and Chris talk about what you'd need to build a 600hp workstock sled pull truck. 

Jun 30, 2017

Paul and Chris welcome YouTuber Greg Alberalla joins the podcast to talk about his amazing channel and passion for Cummins. It all started with his brother's 1995 12V and never looked back. The guys dive into Greg's triple-turbo build and the other trucks - the Tow Rig and First Gen. It's really a good time and we'd encourage everyone to subscribe to Greg's channel! 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3BdTbRq-TwQdFPX_2AFcTw

 

Jun 23, 2017

The Diesel Performance Podcast goes on the road. In this episode, Paul and Chris get behind the wheel of CPS' Twin Turbo, Emissions Equipped, 2015 Cummins RAM - affectionally known as the RAMBOX. This shop truck is a workhorse, but it's also a sweet ride, especially with the twin turbo kit from ATS. Paul and Chris take the truck out and put it to the test and talk about its features. Everything you'd want to know about emissions equipped twin turbo RAM is in this episode. 

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