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Saturday, January 18, 2014

2014 Schedule is now On-line - DIESEL Motorsports!

Finally, the schedule is up right! DIESEL Motorsports has released it's actual schedule up on January 15 for the past five years along with the year's sponsors. Not to say we add to the schedule and sponsors after this date, we do!

We realize everyone is trying to set their schedule for the year but it is difficult to get some of the tracks lined up for the next year since we get so many requests to be in new areas each year. At PRI we met with many different tracks and groups who wanted to include us in their programs.

We decide which location can give our sponsors and fan base the most crowd based on number of trucks and shops in the area. Then the planning for the area begins, advertising, equipment, personnel, etc., it goes on for weeks.

A couple of years ago our sponsors asked DIESEL Motorsports to host 3-5 large events a year and fund or support local diesel groups through our affiliate program which does 40-60 events a year.

A fair amount of effort and funding goes out to the local groups from our sponsors through us, may not seem like much but we help when we can.

Flowmaster Performance Exhaust returns as the VIP Title sponsor this year among many others who have been with us for many years. We ask that when purchasing equipment for your diesels please keep them in mind, they are the reason we can put on these events.

Below is the schedule and sponsor list for 2014 as of January 15! Check back we will be adding more every week!

DM  2014 Schedule

March 7/8 Texas Diesel Spring Break
drags, pull, dyno, ShowNshine
Denton, TX

April 26 Outdoor Expo
Sled pull, Dyno, ShowNShine
Heber City, UT

June 19 EFILive Powertour
Multiple Locations to Muncie IN

June 20/21 Haisley Thunder in Muncie
Drags,Pull, Dyno, ShowNshine
Friday Night 21 Muncie Dragway
Saturday 22 Gaston Lion’s Fairground
Muncie, Indiana

July 17 EFILive Powertour
Multiple Locations to Bloomsburg PA

July 19 East Coast Diesel Nationals
Drags, Pull, Dyno, ShowNshine
Numidia Dragway
Numidia, Pennsylvania

August 2  West Coast Shootout
Spokane Raceway/Drag Racing
Spokane, WA

Aug 15/16  RMDS Industrial Injection
Drags,  Dyno, ShowNshine, Sled Pull
Salt Lake City/Heber City  Utah

September 26, 27
Buckeye Diesel Blast
Drags, pull, dyno, ShowNshine
Dragway 42
West Salem, OH

Check Web Site for Updates!
Plus over 50 local affiliate diesel events with local clubs supporting
and unifying diesel motorsports!

I will feature the sponsors during the next month of blogs.


Flowmaster Performance Exhaust - VIP Title Sponsor
South Bend Clutch - Official Clutch
Industrial Injection - Official Injector/Turbo
Fluidampr - Official Dampner
CRC - Official Fuel Treatment
Firestone Ride Rite - Official Air Suspension
ARP - Official Head Stud
Carrillo - Official Rod
Mahle - Official Piston
Victor Reinz - Official Gaskets
K&N - Official Air Intake
Fuelab - Official Fuel Pump
Champion Blue Flame Oil - Official Oil
Weld Wheels - Official Wheels
Sinister Diesel - Official EGR Cooler
Covercraft - Official Seat Cover
SSBC - Official Brakes
Vulcan Performance - Official Fuel System Parts
Mickey Thompson - Official Tire
Little Power Shop - Winners Circle Sponsor
Stainless - Official Manifold
EFILive - Official Powertour sponsor
Haisley Machine - Sponsor of Thunder in Muncie
NRA - Official Membership

Friday, January 10, 2014

What's new in lift pumps - fuel filtration - air separation??? DIESEL Motorsports

What starves a fuel injection pump? No fuel or not enough fuel which requires pressure during higher rpms!

Lift pumps are very important in the diesels, unfortunately the OEMs have put very weak lift pumps in some models. A $200 lift pump goes out and your $2000 Injection Pump is ruined. Happens all of the time with diesel truck owners.

There are pumps that are just replacement OEM pumps which are inexpensive but they run the risk of a short life which includes your injection pump. The problem is your cheaper pumps along with OEM pumps will slowly reduce output and pressure with out any warning.

Several years ago new lift pumps with fuel filtration and air separation come on the market with heavier duty electric pumps on them. This was a huge improvement over the simple electric pumps.

Fuel filtration along with water separation and air removal all in one unit for the diesel trucks was quite an upgrade. The changing fuel systems in the different trucks caused problems in the install kits which had to constantly change in order to fit.

Half the problem is the install on the diesel trucks but many of the diesel shops have installed enough of these they have now developed their install systems.

Last year a new pump arrived on the scene that was quite different! Instead of a one level electric motor it has a variable speed motor. Gone is the older gear rotor pump and now a flow through wet pump which means the diesel fuel flows through the pump. This adds to cooling the motor which not only increase the motor life but adds for a more constant pressure under load.

The gasser performance market switched to wet pumps many years ago but what has held diesels back was the use of brushes in the motor. Diesel fuel disintegrates the brushes over a very long use. The new pumps are brushless which produces the pressures needed plus makes for a very quiet efficient pump.

Now add that to a newer style manifold that removes air better, combines fuel/water filtration and pulls about half the amps - it's called Velocity pump by Fuelab.

Have you ever tried to replace or work with the fuel hose of the older units, do you find cracks and hardened hoses? It's because they are air pneumatic hoses, Fuelab has upgraded to real fuel hose with even a bio-grade diesel rating.

Plus this week when the cold gelled up some of the guys filters they could go to any auto parts store and purchase the filters, no special filter they had to order!

If you value your injection pump or injectors then it's time to upgrade to a more quality unit. How important is your setup? The fuel is what provides the basis for the rest of the power components, why chance lower pressures and fuel starvation.

Does the pump cost more? What doesn't when it's better, a nicer newer truck? All things that are better will cost more but not that much more. . .  check them out . . .!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Diesels in the Winter . . . Be ready!

Diesel vehicles have a little hard time in very cold conditions, generally below 20º degrees! If your truck sits out and is exposed to windchill conditions it can cause problems pretty quick since the fuel lines are partially exposed to the wind. If you see wind chills below 10º you better condition your fuel or add a heater/plug it in!

Most folks are safe below the Mason-Dixon Line but this year may be different with a frigid cold front moving down from the North. Number #2 diesel contains wax in the fuel and separates at colder temperatures (20º and below) which then starts to clog fuel filters, lines and pumps. Number #1 diesel is good to about 0º degrees however consider in the wind chill when determining treatment for your fuel.

The old way of handling this was adding kerosene to the fuel, but this works for slight temperature change and not extreme changes. There are two or three commercial de-gel or preventive fuel additives plus an emergency additive once your diesel does gel.

DIESEL Motorsports endorses a NEW additive on the market from a very old and reliable chemical company, CRC made just outside of Philadelphia, PA. CRC is best known for their product Brakleen but their new diesel fuel additives are quickly making a difference with truck owners.

CRC Quick Flow is for the diesels that have already gelled or starting to gel, this quart bottle treats 125 gallons of fuel. If you travel a lot I would suggest keeping 2-3 bottles of this inside of your truck for emergencies or others who may be in need.

CRC Cold Flow treats fuel before gelling and adds about a 40º difference when mixed properly. This additive also adds lubricity for easier flow of the fuel during cold weather, one quart treats 500 gallons. I have used this additive in my own truck and we are at -30º wind chill for the past three days so it works great - still running!

CRC makes a number of different products for cold weather including Fuel Therapy which cleans injectors plus has anti-gel, CRC Air Brake/Anti-Freeze Conditioner which eliminates moisture in the lines, and CRC Diesel Dry that removes any water in the fuel.

They also make a great diesel Stabilizer that treat diesel in tanks during long storage, 1 oz treats 10 gallons. Any farmer or rural business with their diesel tanks needs to stock up on this product before the winter months.

Also as a precaution change your filters out for oil and fuel before the cold sets in for the duration. This will help eliminate clogs and gelling over the winter. I always change my oil before the cold sets in, it's easier to start the old diesel if it's got fresh oil in it plus it warms up faster.

I use Champion Blue Flame oil in my truck because they made it special just for us older diesel truck owners (pre-2007)! They added all of the additives back in that was taken out around 2007, sure quieted my old 12V down and runs clean.

Many of our diesel shops rely on maintenance before and during the Winter months for business. Make sure you take your diesel vehicle in so you won't get stuck out in the COLD - literally!