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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rules for 2017 are posted - plus schedule!

NEW rules for pulling and racing are posted up on our web site - www.DIESELmotorsports.US!

This is always a huge effort by DM to grow the sport by making sure ALL sections, clubs and groups are covered in the diesel market for competition. It is always a controversy because each groups says their rules are the right way.

Well it may be for their area but not others so we have to mediate the in-between and provide rules that will work for everyone across the country.

Plus DIESEL Motorsports wants to grow the sport and this means not jumping on to new rules where enthusiasts have to spend more monies to compete. The more trucks that can afford the sport the more it will grow.

I got a call yesterday from a long 18 year old running competitor who sold all of his rig because he was tired of the expenses. I talked him into our NEW Hot work stock class where he can drive to the event and compete with a powerful truck. He loved the NEW class and voiced it was like it used to be years ago, drive there , pull and then go home!

Now when it comes to drag racing it is a lot easier because of the safety rules governed by SFI for IHRA/NHRA but the classes we have are developed for diesel trucks with special checklists for safety on these big trucks. IHRA/NHRA DO NOT have classes for diesels however I understand they are now getting concerned about the safety on their tracks.

Currently IHRA/NHRA run the trucks under the ET standards and DQ them as they break out from those guidelines. Most don't understand that does not happen at DIESEL Motorsports since we write the rules for competition.

DIESEL Motorsports currently is the only sanctioning body for diesel trucks for drag racing, the rest run under IHRA/NHRA rules and guidelines.

So check out the rules and make sure to make it to the events outlined on the web site!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What's NEW for Diesel Motorsports parts - at the shows!

Every year DIESEL Motorsports attends and displays at industry shows in order to promote diesel performance in the automotive marketplace. I just returned from the SEMA MPMC which is the Motor Sports Media Council where you meet with manufacturers for 3 days every 30 minutes with a different manufacturer.

It is always interesting to hear about new products or the manufacturer wanting to know more about our sport so they can maybe make products for the market. It helps build the excitement about our segment in automotive aftermarket.

I will list some of the new parts I found at the show that would work for our trucks and new items for our diesel shops to sell. Some are pretty hi-tech and some are a must have!

First to hit some highlights from a few of our regular loyal sponsors that I saw on the trips.

Fron Mahle, the big news was that they sold Victor Reinz but held all of the great gasket sets made for our diesel trucks and other vehicles. They now sell under the name Mahle Original! So when you order ask for Mahle Original not Victor Reinz!

From CP-Carrillo they informed me they had doubled their production and machining for the diesel rods so you can now get orders faster than before with still the quality and detail in place.

ARP now has a bolt kit for Cummins 4BT engines and will soon have them for the NEW Cummins 8cyl and 4 cyl diesel engines! Plus they had on display a very nice set of piston ring squaring tools which is much easier to use than those old plier version and a lot more accurate!

 The bore sizes are prominently engraved for easy identification and range in size from 3.150” to 4.800” SAE and 80mm to 122mm Metric. 

Autometer had new electronic plug-ins that will let you bluetooth your gauges (NO MORE WIRES)! And bluetooth to their new BT gauges, CT screen or your smart phone or pads! Plus a few fun items like a HD tire gauge that really goes to 100 lbs and a battery charger that can be switched to different voltage level of batteries (great for farm use)!

Driven Brand (Joe Gibbs) Oil has a new Diesel oil available for our trucks in a 5-40 synthetic with great additives already in it to protect and quiet down our diesels engines. Plus they will soon have NEW products for the diesel lubrication applications such as grease, additives and more oils.

Mychanic showed us a couple of new battery jumper cables that were pretty slick, one is a 4 gauge rewindable 20 ft cable so no more wads of them in your truck. Plus a 6 gauge HD set with a electronic gauge showing the charge in your battery! Very nice HD jumper cables that we have all used!

A couple of more charge units with mentioning is from a old name we all know "DIEHARD"! Yep owned by craftsman which is now owned by Black & Decker the DIEHARD brand is coming out with some NEWER electronics for batteries and chargers that is what us 2 battery truck owners need! Soon to be release a bigger battery for diesels with an electronic chip that will link with a app on your smart phone to alert you when the charge is getting low or below charge. Plus a battery charger with the same technology that you can leave on all of the time with no overcharging, plus it also will alert you with a smart phone app! You can even check on the progress while you are warm inside by pulling up app.

They didn't stop there so they showed us their NEW Emergency charge battery that will start a vehicle in Emergency situations, has a high intensity flashlight/flasher and will power your smart phones and pads! All of this and it fits in a small bag that will fit in your glovebox!

Not yet available but DIEHARD representatives informed me that a line of DIEHARD tires will soon be available for our E Rated diesel trucks, the auto tires are already released.

Mothers polish has released a clay polisher along with a new line of SPEED cleaning products for it for those who want to touch up at the shows. A new Waterless Wash product for those over dirty trucks who do not have a hose available at some of the shows is released!

So as you can see a lot of new and fun products that is coming to our diesel shops or auto stores, some are already available. Keep these companies going by buying these great products for our diesel trucks!