The Diesel Performance Podcast celebrates 100,000 downloads! When we launched the podcast back in November 2015 we had no idea what to expect. All we knew was that diesel enthusiasts have a real passion for the performance aftermarket. Sure enough, the podcast found an audience.
Thank you for listening. We hope you enjoy our celebration episode, which contains a few surprises: We analyze Danny's one-liners, Chris Ehmke's laugh, and Paul's inability to admit he has made a mistake.
And the producer, Rich Kuenneke joins the team to talk about the past, present and future of the Diesel Performance Podcast.
Nick Priegnitz and Chris Ehmke dissect the dead pedal problem found in newer trucks. What exactly is a dead pedal? It's an unresponsive throttle that really throws new truck owners for a loop - especially if they're a previous owner of a tuned truck. Nick and Chris explain the problem and what causes it. This is the first part of a two-part series. The two guys solve the problem in the next episode on the topic.
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.
Check out PSP Diesel of South Houston, Texas:
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.
Anthony Reams talks about his XDP sponsored drag truck and a new set up: common rail, twin turbo with dual fuelers clocking 9.14, 153.89 mph - outrunning two national records for ET and MPH!
Duramaxtuner.com's founder-owner, Nick Priegnitz, hosts the Diesel Performance Podcast with Danny Voss to talk about a new and exciting frontier - emissions equipped sled pulling. DT's emission's equipped sled truck Clean Sweep is a 2012 LML Duramax beta testing the Stealth 64 VVT turbocharger. Clean Sweep changes everything for performance diesel with its 600+ horsepower and the factory exhaust intact - removing smoke and noise but maintaining power.
This one of a kind diesel drag set-up has to be seen to believed. Blown Smoke won the NHRDA Pro Stock World & National Championships in an engine and chassis configuration unknown before now. Brian Spooner and Jamie Stajanowski give Paul and Danny the complete story behind Blown Smoke and how the build experienced plenty of set-backs to get where it is today. The vehicle features a 511 cubic inch Brad Anderson Hemi block with custom built heads and plenty of other mods. To learn more, check out Blown's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blownsmoke14/
To contact the Brian or Jamie send them a message through Facebook. You can also learn more through their website: canadiandieselonline.ca
Jacob White of High Tech Turbo returns to the Diesel Performance Podcast. In this episode, Jacob explains the pros and cons of big, single turbos. He also describes the differences between the s300 and s400 chargers and apparently how size does matter when it comes to driveability. The turbo-talk also dives into the difference between sea level and high altitude turbo performance, something you may need to consider if you live in the mountains.
To learn more about High Tech Turbo - check out the company's website:
Rob Coddens (aka Idaho Rob) the Super Street Legend and the Super-Street MPH Record holder of 152.88 talks to Paul and Danny about how he got started in diesel. Rob also explains the sequence of events that led to his successful work in diesel drag racing with his truck Max'd Out. If you are into diesel drag racing or interested in starting - you need to check out this podcast.
Rob owns ATP Trucks of Meridian, Idaho
The Diesel Performance Podcast welcomes Charlie Ketter - winner of this year's Diesel Power Challenge with a Ford 6.0. Charlie's diesel story is incredible. The truck he used is the first diesel he's ever owned - so imagine the journey from a less than dependable 6.0 to one of the best diesel trucks in the country!
The guys welcome Patrick Ellis of Street Diesel Power, who also hosts the Diesel Power Podcast. The convo digs into the popularity of diesel podcasts and how they serve an important role in the industry. The trio also talks about the best power for an LBZ, which leads to a disagreement between Paul-Danny (not the first time). In the end, the DPP appreciate's Patrick's visit and his fine work on his podcast.
To reach Danny and Paul:
Paul: ext 2122
Danny: ext 2124
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One of the most popular mods for the HD body style on a Duramax is the lift kit. They can range from the basic "leveler" to a foot high lift. The lift kit changes the truck's suspension, altering the geometry - as they say - and has the potential to make the ride really uncomfortable. That's why we called Nick Vazquez of Cognito Motorsports. The Bakersfield, California company manufacturers high-quality suspension parts and lift kits - so what better group to call to find out the best way to get the most out of a kit and other important suspension parts.
If you want to hear someone talk with authority and passion about their work - you need to hear this podcast - even if you drive a different badge. Ron Olson has spent the last 20 years of his professional life working on the Ford 7.3 - performing research and development for Hypermax Performance of Gilberts, Illinois, creating chips and performance parts, like the inline pump engine conversion. After you listen to this episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast - you'll never look at a Ford 7.3 in the same way.
Ron Olson's phone number is 847-428-5655
Mike Graves is a legend in the diesel performance aftermarket. The guy runs a successful custom shop in Hollywood, Maryland - where he does it all - from simple oil changes to complete motor builds. More importantly, Mike works constantly to build the next generation of diesel enthusiasts through his Friday night diesel events. Paul and Danny learn about Mike's success and how he's made it happen.
Search Industrial Injection's Shawn Baca's on YouTube and you'll find an amazing gallery of videos. You can watch him blow up turbos into giant fireballs on a dyno, split an engine block - also on a dyno - and crash his '06 Cummins at 50 mph. But all that was in the past - now Shawn finds himself at the top of the diesel performance aftermarket in the highest horsepower truck and winner of the recent Ultimate Callout Challenge! Paul and Danny find out from Shawn how he managed to get 2,474 rwhp from his '06 Cummins - taking the industry to a new and unimagined level of power.