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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Following the rules . . . DIESEL Motorsports!

DIESEL Motorsports are governed by a set of rules that are written for fairness across the board for all competitors in every state. They are written broad because we get so many complaints that local shops, clubs or manufacturers change the rules to fit their customers or equipment.

We have been asked on several occasions to change our rules for equipment in exchange for funding or favorites in the industry. They have all been turned down in order to keep a fairset of rules for the sport. Many of the new people in the sport do not know just 10 years ago many tracks and tractor clubs told the diesel trucks to go away, they could not run.

DIESEL Motorsports cannot just change our rules at a drop of the hat either, we are governed by SFI and the insurance companies. WE can only submit once a year to change our rules and classes in January and they remain the same for another year. That is why we are different than the other promoters who change the rules at anytime running under someone else's rules - that promoter is called an Alternate Sanctioning Body or ASO.

DIESEL Motorsports is a true sanctioning body for diesels. How important is that today?

Not important to many competitors because the more rules there are the safer and more equipment they have to buy for their trucks in order to run. When an accident does happen it is good to know you are covered by insurance and protected though. To sponsors it's very important to know they are covered for liabilities surrounding the sport in all aspects.

When competitors don't follow the rules they always try and make us out as the bad guys, happens with NHRA and IHRA too! Human nature is funny when one does wrong is to shift the blame to someone else - shift the focus to someone else no matter what!

There is always one or two out of line people who scream the loudest and expect the attention will get them vindicated.

Let me ask? When a child is throwing a fit acting badly in a candy store do you give them the candy?

I know what I got as a child, what about you?

DIESEL Motorsports has to take a stand against such people even though it may cost us or we look/sound like the bad guys. We must enforce the rules no matter how minor they sound how slight someone tried to cheat the rules in order to gain some extra edge in competition.

That is why we don't respond to raving unfairness on the Internet forums about our actions, nor do we respond to people making wild claims that we are the bad guys in the industry. We can't be about one person, we are about the masses and fair to all who compete. We strive to satisfy many and not just one person who thinks they are important.

Call or email us and we will respond about the rules in a fair fashion, if we don't reply to fit your needs we are sorry but DIESEL Motorsports is here to service the sport and not individuals.

We let our actions show how fair we are to the competitors, when we say we are going to pay purses for certain classes then we pay those people at each event! WE offer refunds to competitors when others don't when inclement weather hits, and we in many cases pay full purses when not enough trucks show to compete.

We are here for the sport which means all of you, and yes all of you are important to us, as long as the rules are followed.

It's a business with many people we have to answer to for many different reasons and it can't be about just one person! Please read the rules for safety, competition and sportsmanship, they apply to all diesel owners who compete.

Monday, August 26, 2013

What are we looking for in Diesel Performance???

I think most people are looking for their street trucks is a little more power when they need it and better fuel economy all of the time!

We use our trucks for hauling, pulling and most use them for work. Some use them for recreation which involves pulling a boat, trailer or ATVs.

What ever the use we are all looking for a way to customize our truck for a personal look plus the performance.

However, we look to the track for the enjoyment of seeing how far someone else can take the diesel engines in performance. What most people don't understand is the trucks on the tracks do smoke but for a short amount of time and they are trailered there by completely street legal diesels.

What gives us a bad name or rap is the young kids who smoke-out the intersections and thinks it is funny when they smoke a small car. Yes we are all foolish when we are young but this is what gets reported to the local authorities and relayed to the EPA.

Well we all know what the EPA did to the tuning companies this Spring and Summer, so do we continue to flaunt it or be smart and take it to the track. What we do on the track is legal as long as you de-tune before leaving!

So to further advance diesel technology for the streets we need to look to the professionals who are building the trucks for performance on the track.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Exhaust for the street diesel? What works for you!

What makes a good exhaust for your diesel truck?

It all depends on what you are wanting out of your truck or what kind of setup you have on your truck for performance. Is it a truck for street use or strictly performance racing or pulling?

Let's talk about street trucks first since that is what most of us are driving. If you live in a state with strict emission laws then you need to follow state and local laws. If you live in a state where not much is required you can pretty well do what you want with the truck's exhaust.

I live in a state where there are not many restrictions so we can run straight pipes if you wish, however I run an enlarged turbo back system with a muffler and tip. Stacks are a nice added look but I did not want to cut holes in my truck bed and tonneau cover. More of a sleeper diesel truck with normal street use but yet can get into it when I want to or need it.

Another problem with stacks is it is hard to squeeze a muffler into the configuration and I drive too many highway miles to have the rumble behind my head for a long period of time. Same goes with a straight pipe setup, the drone in the cab is annoying after many hours of driving.

I hear the biggest problem with diesel's exhaust is not the loud noise but the constant drone while driving long trips. Some tell me it is so bad they cannot talk or hear each other inside the cab. Even with some industry mufflers installed they tell me the drone is bad!

I have known about a solution for this problem for about five years - there are only two mufflers on the market that removes the drone in a diesel using large turbo back exhaust! One is really expensive and made in Ohio, so if $500 for a muffler doesn't scare ya then it's the one that will not impede performance and cut the drone sound.

The other is from our title sponsor Flowmaster, the Pro Series muffler available in 4 and 5 inch for around $140-160 depending on where you buy it.

We dynoed this muffler 5 years ago at Danville Performance in IN and found just by cutting off the old muffler and putting on the Pro series the Duramax cut out the drone and picked up 32 HP at the wheels! 

It's the internal design that makes it a perfect fit for the diesel engine, too much out flow hurts the performance even though most guys will tell you straight pipes work the best. We found this on a dyno not to be the case, now regular mufflers actually do produce too much back pressure but the Pro Series adds just enough back pressure that increases the HP and torque.

PLUS no more drone in the cab! They are not pretty but they do work and Flowmaster has them partnered on every diesel exhaust kit for trucks from 98.4 to 2007! From 2007.5 to current they are one of the few companies who has DPF back kits that will improve performance!

So for the average guy with a diesel truck who drives a lot on the street the Flowmaster Pro Series Muffler is one to consider!

I don't know about you but if the boss lady says she won't ride in the truck because she can't talk to ya, ya better get it fixed because we all know who the boss is in the end!

Oh yea and made in the USA, not many can say that, in fact hardly any in the diesel exhaust industry!

If you have noticed we try and encourage use of US made products since that is where most of us get jobs!