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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Feb 16, 2016

Sled puller Lee Stiltz drops by the podcast to explain his addiction for the motorsport. 

Feb 12, 2016

This is a head-on discussion about deleting emissions equipment on 2010-2015 Cummins Turbo Diesel trucks and WHY you may not want to. Paul Wilson and Danny Voss visit the podcast sponsor and owner-founder of Calibrated Power Solutions, Nick Priegnitz. CPS sells CME (2010-2015) Cummins Turbo Diesel calibrations that hit 500 rwhp with emissions control equipment intact. Along with the engine tuning, CPS offers transmission tuning. The podcast challenges industry beliefs about the need for deleting emissions equipment. 

Feb 9, 2016

Dwight Kroon of Manassas, Virginia visits to talk about his '06 Cummins and how he's taken it from stock to badass. The truck goes by the name of Street Sleeper and for good reason. Dwight says it looks like a truck a grandpa would drive. Despite appearances, Street Sleeper probably hits in the low 900s. Paul, Danny and Dwight also talk about bracket racing and how there's a difference between the horsepower goals in the Midwest compared to the East Coast. 

Feb 8, 2016

PSP Diesel's Art Martinez stops by to offer turbo advice to Blue Oval owners. Art also consults with host Paul Wilson about his 1995 7.3 gear jammer and what it doesn't have any fortitude! 

Jan 29, 2016

The Diesel Performance Podcast's Danny Voss talks to veteran diesel tuner Bob Petersen, of Duramaxtuner.COM, about Duramax power recipes. The conversation covers every engine type - LB7, LLY, LBZ, LMM and everyone's favorite - the LML, and describes the various options, from tune-only power to bolt-ons, including intakes and exhaust systems. Bob goes into detail on some of the pros and cons of each engine. He also explains the meaning of driveability and why it's more important than a specific horsepower number, like 1,000hp. 

Jan 27, 2016

The DPP team talks to diesel enthusiast Ryan Karbaum about his truck, 2005 Cummins 3500 with 390,000 miles. Like every diesel owner, Ryan likes to tell the story behind his truck and how his father handed it down to him when he turned 16. Flash forward a few years and we learn what Ryan did to the truck to feed his diesel addiction. DPP hosts Paul Wilson and Danny Voss ask questions and offer advice. In the end, we learn a lot about one truck and how a passion continues to keep it on the road - exactly the kind of story we like to hear at the Diesel Performance Podcast! 

If you'd like to share your truck story and get some advice from our team - leave a message on our Facebook page. 

Jan 22, 2016

Chris Ehmke of Calibrated Power describes each generation of Cummins engine and explains the differences between them and what you need to make power. The various recipes require a level of knowledge not obvious because the generations of Cummins diesel engines date from the early 1990s to 2016. Chris goes through every generation and gives us a good reason why owners say they drive a Cummins instead of a Dodge. 

Jan 15, 2016

Imagine the ultimate tow rig - a truck with everything you need to climb the steepest grades with the heaviest haul - a camper or whatever - think heavy! In this episode, Paul Wilson interviews diesel experts Nick Priegnitz, owner-founder of Callibrated Power Solutions and Tim Slater of Centurion Fleet Services. These guys have hauled for years with the diesel platform and know what you need to keep a healthy truck when towing heavy loads. 

Jan 8, 2016

Paul and Danny return with a new episode on an important topic - buying a diesel truck - explaining just about everything you need to know. The conversation digs into what you can expect to buy with a budget of 10K, 25K, and 40K for every badge: Powerstroke, Cummins and Duramax. Danny Voss bought, sold and traded diesel pickups for seven years for one of the best know diesel truck outlets in the country. He knows the market top to bottom and sideways - so this is the podcast for every diesel enthusiast because we all know we're forever checking truck prices, always day- dreaming about that next ride and hoping to make it happen sooner than later.  

Jan 1, 2016

Find a used, light duty diesel pickup - spend 15K on mods and get it below 13 seconds in the quarter-mile. That's the focus of what we call our budget build episode featuring a lively discussion between a trio of diesel heads: Pete "Shibby" Przybysz (Powerstroke), Chris Ehmke (Cummins), and Paul Wilson (Duramax). The group discusses how they would spend 15K on their build, explaining the logic behind their decisions, which the other participants cannot understand or agree. In the end, former DPP moderator Scott Henricks picks a "winner" and pisses everyone off. 

Dec 25, 2015

The Diesel Performance Podcast introduces new co-host, Danny Voss. He joins Paul Wilson in the fifth episode talking about diesel fuel and all you need to know when the temperature drops. Diesel fuel gets cloudy and gels unless you take the proper steps to avoid the problem. The guys offer some common sense ideas to keep your truck on the road with a lively conversation about the differences between winter additives and winterized fuel, for example. You'll learn the difference between cloud and gel points and what you need to do to reverse the problem. 


Dec 18, 2015

What happens when you bolt together various parts of one truck with another? The results may vary, but it's sure a lot of fun to see it all come together and work. Or maybe it doesn't work and another "Frankenbuild" or "swap" bites the dust and gets parked with a tarp over it. 

In this episode, Paul Wilson and Scott Henricks talk swaps with a trio of owners: Eric Swanson of Duraburb - a company that specializes in the installation of the Duramax drivetrain into a Suburban. Then Nick Priegnitz of Duramaxtuner.COM talks about the ApacheMAX, a 1958 Apache bolted to the frame of a 2003 2500HD. Tony Zuccarell of Elgin, Ilinois talks about dropping a Cummins into the body of a Ford Expedition.

Sit back and enjoy - and maybe you'll be inspired to do your own Frankenbuild or not.

Dec 11, 2015

Chris Klenke of Aftermath Diesel Services, Villa Ridge, Missouri talks with DPP's Scott Henrick's about the Cummins, an engine Chris knows a lot about. The conversation spans all generations of Cummins and describes the pros and cons of each. Chris also explains what to look when purchasing a Cummins and the modifications that may best serve the owner's need. The Cummins engine is simple - but complex at the same time. 

Nov 23, 2015

Paul Wilson and Scott Henricks return with Episode 2. Paul interviews Tim Slater, president of Centurion Fleet Services, Incorporated of Hampshire, Illinois. Tim knows just about everything there is to know about the Powerstroke, starting with the 6.0 to the 7.3 and now the 6.7. Tim explains how each engine has its pros and cons, usually related to emission controls added through the years. If you enjoy listening to people talk about engines - you will dig this podcast. Tim knows his stuff and it is fascinating to hear all he knows explained with passion and insight thanks to years of experience. 

Nov 1, 2015

The Diesel Performance Podcast kicks off with Episode 1 with hosts Paul Wilson and Scott Henricks introducing the podcast and why it exists - to feed the passion and interest of diesel enthusiasts, no matter the badge! The conversation will range across all brands with a focus on Duramax, Cummins and Powerstroke. But don't be surprised if the talk turns to Volkswagen, Mercedes, John Deere, or even Detroit Diesel - it's that kind of diesel podcast. You will hear a lot about how the diesel engine performs and what modifications yield the best results for whatever use, whether motorsports, like sled pulling and drag racing to everyday driving. The podcast will also include plenty of humor - it's that kind of podcast, too! 

Episode 1 features an informal conversation with Duramaxtuner.COM's Nick Priegnitz talking about his favorite topic, the Duramax engine. Nick knows more about the engine and its performance capacity and potential than anyone else. The conversation spans the entire list of engine types - LB7, LLY, LBZ and LML - describing the pros and cons of each engine build and the differences between them. Questions about the best type of Duramax to buy for a newbie comes up along with the necessary modifications to achieve specific horsepower levels. 

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