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How to Modify Your Diesel Truck So That You Can Earn Some Bragging Rights

by Gladys Bailey

You may be very proud of the truck that you drive but a little uncomfortable that your buddy's ride seems to have more performance than your awesome truck. You may not be happy that your vehicle lags behind during acceleration from a standing start and want to do something about this situation so that you can earn your own bragging rights. How can you upgrade your diesel engine, so that you are the talk of the town for a change?

Three-Pronged Approach

Practically speaking, there's quite a lot you can do to upgrade the stock equipment provided by original equipment manufacturers. You should look at three areas in particular and make sure that you make modifications in each of these locations so that together they provide you with perfect power.

Breathe In

Firstly, start with the intake and consider a kit to replace the gearbox, filter and intake tube. These are relatively easy to install and will match up with all the breathers and sensors provided by the factory. Often, manufacturers will put a variety of baffles within the intake system to try and keep the noise down, but this tends to hamper airflow and therefore performance. When you fit a good cold air intake system, much more air will reach the engine and can be productively converted into power.

Breathe Out

Next, consider how your vehicle evacuates gases once the combustion process is over. You need to make this path a lot more efficient in order to cut down on restrictions and up performance and should add a free-flowing exhaust, which has a tube with a much larger diameter than the factory setting. When the engine can breathe out a lot more efficiently you will not only increase engine performance, but also fuel economy. If you're worried about fiddling with environmental components such as particulate filters or urea injectors, the good news is that there are several aftermarket systems that take care of this for you.

Tuning Up

Finally, you will want to retune your engine to take into account your modifications and to alter standard factory settings so that you can improve performance. Think about introducing an "in-line" plug and play programmer box, which will include all the connections.

Putting Your Foot Down

Have a word with your parts supplier to see what other modifications you can introduce so that you can become the hare, rather than the tortoise.


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Going For A Spin: News About Car Parts And Suppliers

Hi all! I'm Gary and I run a non-profit which teaches defensive driving skills. Of course, most of my students are in their teens, but I did have one gentleman who had received his license at sixty-two! We use an old speedway track to teach drivers what to do when obstacles are on the road and generally how to react in emergencies. I love what I do! Many companies see the benefit of this program and donate generously. My biggest expense by far is maintaining and repairing the cars we use in training. Not all students gain skills quickly! Even though I'm a driving instructor and not a mechanic, I now know an awful lot about car parts and where to find them. My students are often quite impressed by my broad knowledge base, so I thought I would share it with the world. Thank you and stay safe.