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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Weld Wheels is back for diesel trucks . . . & DIESEL Motorsports!

If anyone knows anything or has been around racing in the past they know the name Weld Wheels! Wheels that have been used for many years on the tracks and made in the USA.

They went through some different phases of ownership the past years after the passing of Greg Weld but has now been with the same group for a couple of years. The new management team is made up from automotive professionals who have greatly improved the company and products.

I became familiar with them again and immediately started asking them when are they going to start making truck wheels again for 8 lug racers/pullers. It seems one of the companies who had bought them before the current group had cut up and destroyed the machinery that forged the truck wheels. What a shame that they destroyed such rare equipment.

The current owners acquired some testing and manufacturing equipment from another defunct wheel company and again had the capability to manufacture our 8 lug truck wheels.

But they went a step further!

Not only have they produced high quality one and two piece 8 lug truck wheels for the single and dually market but they also can match the trailer wheels!

So your trailer truck, trailer and competing truck can all have matching wheels - made in America!

I have visited their plant which is just 20 minutes from my location in Kansas City and was very impressed with their manufacturing and testing facilities. Keep in mind many of the wheels sets are customized and require a few weeks to produce for race teams.

The truck wheels are kept in stock there and many of the wheels are ready to ship out as you order them. I will show some of the different styles below.

Since they have become the "Official Wheel" of DIESEL Motorsports we ask our members to consider Weld Wheels when purchasing that next new set of wheels. These are not cheap China made wheels but made in the USA with high quality standards that our diesel crowd like to buy!

Below are some of the features of the wheels:
-One piece forged aluminum alloys
-Sizes available: 17"X6.5" and 19.5"X6.75"
-Exceeds SAE J2530 requirements for up to 3500 lbs load using 37" tire
-Wheels are front and rear specific direct mount 8-lug applications (no adapters required)
-10 designs available in Polished and Black anodized finishes
-Matching trailer wheels 
-Made in Kansas City, USA

These are not cheap in pricing but you get what you pay for when it comes to quality and these are priced for what you get - a quality wheel made in the USA!

Check them out and ask where you can get wheels that will last forever!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mickey Thompson's new tires for diesel trucks!

Mickey Thompson has released a new "E" rated diesel truck tire that is quieter than previous models!

This NEW tire  is from their Dick Cepek line of tires called Fun Country.

I am anxious to try this tire on my own truck since I have run the Radial F.C II tires and was quite impressed with how quiet they were with such an aggressive tread.

The "Fun Country" tires come in "E" rated sizes that fit wheels from 16-20" in many different offsets and widths. I was glad to see so many different options on sizes since there are so many different options for wheels.

Some newer improvements to the "Fun Country" tires are the notched shoulder edges that helps to provide additional off-road traction along with 360ยบ scalloped ribs for additional off-road traction that also gives a rugged appearance.

A little different pattern on the tires that has a computer optimized pitch sequence which creates low pattern noise and even wear for a quiet ride on hard surfaces.

There is still a fairly large surface that provides positive grip and even wear for on/off road performance.

Mickey Thompson has signed with DIESEL Motorsports as the official tire and we have chosen to endorse these tires because so many of our diesel competitors and fans use their product. I have MT ATZs on my truck now and they grip the road really well with very little noise!

The "Fun Country" tires are brand new so give them a couple of months to get them in the distribution channels but if you were wanting new tires for the season you may want to wait and try these tires out!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mark your Calendars NOW! DIESEL Motorsports . . .

As predicated fuel prices are going back up and the EPA is on the hunt so where do you go for some diesel fun?

Back to where it started  . . .  in the rural areas!

Where corn fields grow and cows roam the fields, where people are used to seeing tractor smoke and enjoy seeing trucks with power!

Coming from a marketing view of the business DIESEL Motorsports® has never been big in the large metropolitan cities and areas. Our largest crowds happen in the country where the sport is appreciated.

It's the DIESEL Lifestyle that I have mentioned many times that keeps our core fans and competitors together, you can find many of them on Facebook and Twitter.

Pick something close so you can afford to have some fun and have a few extra dollars at the event - then relax and meet other diesel people.

DIESEL Motorsports® has tried to put events in the parts of the country that the most fans and competitors will attend on a weekend.

View the schedule below and plan your vacations now - plan a family vacation since many of the events we have scheduled surrounds many parks, recreation and sights to see entertainment.

March - 8 & 9 Denton, Texas (north of Dallas)
June 21 & 22 Muncie IN (north of Indianapolis)
July 20 Numidia PA (near Bloomsburg PA
August 16 & 17 Salt Lake City
September - Ohio - to be determined
October 18 & 19 Denton Texas
Dec 14 Indianapolis, IN

plus over 50 affiliate events throughout the country.

Friday, February 1, 2013

DIESEL Performance for 2013! What's a coming . . .

This year may be different than the past few because of the EPA chasing the tuner box manufacturers. Rightfully so in some instances since we all knew it was coming sooner than later and we were all warned about it. I think I even made mention of it a few times last year.

It's here so now we need to deal with it, smart diesel businesses have already made the adjustments.

Just think 3-4 years ago what were you doing to the engines to make them high performance? Many are going back to engine components and older trucks without the emission issues. I do know it has made the used truck market go upward in value.

Most diesel shops that have been in business for a while know they have to do all areas of service other than performance in order to stay in business. Maintenance for municipalities, class 8 rigs and service trucks are a huge business. Plus let's not forget the 6.0 business that keeps everyone busy!

We may see a few of the smaller or basement businesses go away but that will actually help the regular diesel shops. Some of the low pricing on products will go away from the smaller places and normal pricing will return after a while, most likely by the 3rd quarter.

Will the EPA stop after addressing the tuners, most likely unless they see gross negligence, but be smart about how to advertise services and products!

Many new products are hitting the market place and should give diesel shops more items to sell. Diversity in a shop can expand in many directions for new business and products. Working on RVs, that market is slowly returning, ATVs and recreational vehicles including Jeeps will help expand the business.

The popularity of DIESEL Motorsports is still growing and will continue to grow in the rural settings around the country.

So guess where we are going . . .