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 15, 2016

No doubt about it - the LML is the Duramax of choice for many. The ride quality cannot be matched by any other Duramax. But how does the LML compare when it comes to performance? What does the owner have to do to hit 500 rwhp and beyond? DPP hosts Paul Wilson and Danny Voss talk to LML expert and owner-founder of Calibrated Power Solutions and Duramaxtuner.COM, Nick Priegnitz. 

Apr 12, 2016

Byron, Illinois resident Mike Carter stops by with his show quality LML for this episode of the Diesel Performance Podcast Truck Advisor. Paul and Danny learn how Mike's diesel addiction starts with his father's truck that is eventually handed down - beginning with an LLY. Today Mike's LML is emissions equipped and tuned by Duramaxtuner.COM. Along with the tuning, Mike's truck includes an amazing set of subwoofers under the back seat - so not only does his truck look good - but you can hear it coming from a quarter mile away! 


Mike Carter's LML

Apr 8, 2016

Paul and Danny wrap up a two-episode series about Calibrated Power Solutions' Turbo Shootout. The shootout involved testing five aftermarket turbochargers for spool-up, towing and peak power. The guys go over some of the results in this episode and draw some important conclusions about the selection of an aftermarket turbocharger. Listeners are also invited to download the full 17 page report at 

Apr 5, 2016

Paul and Danny welcome Chuck Dilly to the podcast to talk about his fully built Duramax. DPP guest and diesel expert Chris Ehmke joins the conversation about Chuck's amazing 900 horsepower monster he drives every day in any weather. The guys tackle the important issue of what to do if your truck fails after a major build. Some give up and go home - but not Chuck! The crew also talks about the importance of setting goals for a truck build - figuring out exactly how much horsepower you want. This is a rowdy, explicit conversation worth every minute of your time. 

Chuck Dilly with his 940 rwhp truck

Apr 2, 2016

The Diesel Performance Podcast begins a two-episode discussion about Calibrated Power Solution's Cummins Turbo Shootout. Co-Hosts Paul Wilson and Danny Voss describe the series of tests to measure five aftermarket turbochargers in several categories, including spool-up, towing, and peak power. This first episode goes over the basics. A second episode will talk about the results. Listeners are invited to download the 17-page final report from Calibrated Power's website - 

Mar 25, 2016

Andrew Murdock of Suncoast Converters explains how to build the best transmission for whatever application you need. The most important consideration - the torque converter. 

Mar 22, 2016

Sean Kiser drives a '06 Cummins Quad-Cab he bought brand new. But his truck has come a long way since then. Even though he doesn't race with it all the time - he did make one run and finished in the 10's at 127 mph with a calculated rwhp of over 900. Join Paul Wison and Danny Voss as they talk to Sean about his truck and the addictive passion of diesel power. 

Mar 18, 2016

Paul Wilson hitches a ride in a freshly tuned 2.8L Duramax Canyon and becomes a believer. This is not your typical small truck - this is a real diesel with enough towing capacity to haul a car trailer or whatever. Nick Priegnitz, Owner-Founder of Duramaxtuner.COM, talks about the V4 Duramax and its tuning potential - both for the engine control module (ECM) and transmission control module (TCM). The entire podcast takes place behind the wheel with Paul reacting as each new tune is loaded. The small, kinda dead stock tuned truck turns into an energetic joy to drive. Duramaxtuner.COM's Nick Priegnitz is convinced the 2.8L Duramax platform is here to stay and has an awesome future in the diesel performance aftermarket. 

Mar 11, 2016

Katie Pajestka knows burnouts! Paul and Danny ask Katie how she got started in diesel - you may be surprised by the answer! She describes what it took to get from a bone stock, old-guy truck to the tire shredding machine she owns today. The truck goes to the track when the weather improves - but Paul thinks he knows what Katie's truck will run and Danny disagrees. It's a lively discussion with plenty of good times. 

Mar 8, 2016

Daniel McEwen's diesel addiction began with a Cummins and now includes a Duramax LML. In this episode of the DPP Truck Advisor, Daniel explains the mods and other things he's done to build a drag racer and how he's done it. 

Mar 4, 2016

Paul and Danny host two of the country's best diesel performance experts to talk about the latest in twin and triple turbo set-ups. Nick Priegnitz, owner-founder of Calibrated Power Solutions, home of Duramaxtuner.COM, stops by along with Jason Wehrli, owner-founder of Wehrli Custom Fab. The crew goes into detail about what's involved in twin and triple turbo systems and what considerations a truck owner needs to consider before adopting the set-up for their own truck. The show also goes into various scenarios with Nick and Jason making recommendations. We think ALL of our shows are great - but we're really proud of this one - we hope you agree.

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Feb 27, 2016

Paul and Danny talk about a topic they know a lot about - EFILive, the tuning software used to develop calibrations for the Duramax, Cummins and a variety of gas engines. Both guys spend all day, every day, talking about EFILive because that's the underlying tool used by Calibrated Power Solutions. In this episode, they explore in-depth, what the software does and does not do. They also explain the difference between EFILive and a box tuner and the older method for tuning - an ECM chip. 

Feb 19, 2016

Suncoast Performance's Dallas Penn visits to give Paul and Danny some insight on Powerstroke transmissions. Not all decisions relate to horsepower, according to Dallas. He likes to consider the use of the truck as well. Big horsepower and big torque require billet shafts - that's where the Powerstroke transmission build starts. Dallas says there's a revival in the popularity of the 4R100. The entire show goes into a lot of detail about all Ford transmissions and what owners need to know to get the most from their Blue Oval in every application - daily driver to performance. 

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.

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