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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Diesel Shops VS Diesel Web Sites for parts?

Where do you want to buy parts for your diesel truck?

A local diesel shop or a web site when you are looking for a part to be replaced or upgraded on your truck, that seems to be an issue.

If you are doing the repair yourself you may want to consider a web site where you can find the most competitive price. However, if you install it incorrectly or have warranty issues there may be a problem.

If you take it to a shop to honor the warranty they will turn it away since you did not buy it from them. If you want your install repaired they will charge full price and most likely replace the part if it is damaged with their part.

If you call the web site where you bought it many will take returns but not if it is damaged or they may refer you to the manufacturer for warranty. Many long time web sites have qualified diesel people to talk to about installation, repairs and returns.

Some do not and will consider the sale final plus refer you to the manufacturer for warranty. Sometimes there is a price for buying the cheapest price/part!

The local diesel shop makes very little profit from a part sale so don't expect the cheapest price from them. They cannot compete with large web sites because they have overhead of a building and equipment.

However, you can expect first hand experience of what will work with your truck, the install and most will not only honor the part warranty but also their work on the truck. It is their integrity that is on the line and they will do their best to make sure your truck is running properly and will continue to operate.

Many shops I know turn away work on trucks who have bought the part elsewhere, why repair somebody else mistake. Again, their work on a truck must speak for their quality and longevity in the business.

Even if you are a DIY you may want to consider buying the parts from a local shop since they can offer their experience on the install even if you are doing it. Then if something goes wrong they will honor the warranty and most will help you fix the install.

Again the local shops have much higher overhead with a large building, lifts, tools and paying experienced employees to repair vehicles.

Parts are available everywhere since most outlets NOW carry most diesel truck parts including the bigger WDs and web sites including Amazon.

Think about what you are buying, the old saying "let the buyer beware" goes a long way when considering what you are getting. You do get what you pay for many times depending on what you want for your truck.

As with any performance parts and especially OEM parts, if your truck is used in competition that warranty most likely will be voided! This has been the norm in the industry since the beginning of racing or pulling.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

UPDATE: Pulling Classes for 2018! DIESEL Motorsports

As a National Association that is SFI certified we try to include all classes represented across the United states since they are different depending on where you re at in the country. Doing so make it difficult to include all local rules but we have tried to make it a safe sport besides being fair and competitive without excluding someone's truck.

Saying that we cannot satisfy everyone but we have tried to keep it fair for all involved. The MAIN goal is to let EVERYONE pull who wants to pull their truck as long as it is safe based on their Horsepower. We do require at least 8 trucks minimum to make a class to make it a fair pull for everyone.

Work Stock - Performance upgrades allowed but it must have stock turbo! Licensed street truck, drivers license, street tires, no weights, no hood stack.

HOT Work Stock - same as above but larger turbos up to a 2.55 plug with all safety equipment for the HP, no weights, no hood stacks, street license truck

2.5 Turbo - Same as last year

2.6 Turbo - Same as last year

2.6 Smooth Bore - Same as last year

3.0 Smooth Bore - Same as last year

3.0 Turbo - Same as last year

3.6 - Same as last year

3.6 Smooth bore - Same as last year

Modified - Same as last year

Semis - Same as last year

All rules can be found at

All trucks will be teched before pull by SFI certified techs!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How BAD or Good is current DIESEL fuel???

Today's diesel fuel at most outlets is a very low quality if you compare it to the diesel fuel in European countries (source Shell Fuel). 

Today's diesel fuel is a stripped down version of the European diesel fuel and even watered down with bio fuel depending on which state you are traveling through when purchasing fuel. The stations have less maintenance than before and much of the fuel has water content in it and some even add that to it.

Do you wonder why after 20,000 miles your diesel truck doesn't seem to have the same power or pickup like it used to just months before? 

It's the fuel sediments and gum content clogging up the entire system, the injection pump, the injectors, etc. It's the unburned sediments left by the bad fuel especially if you run your truck in heavy traffic and low speeds that eventually can damage your truck's engine components.

I tell all diesel enthusiasts to run additives in their fuel at least every other tank! That is why DIESEL Motorsports have partnered and are happy to announce the Peak/Blue Diesel additives as a NEW sponsor.

These experts know what they are talking about since Peak produces such industry standards like Blue Def, Final Charge and Fleet Charge.

This NEW line of diesel additives are as follows: Blue All Season Diesel Boost, Cold Weather Diesel Anti-Gel, Cold Weather Emergency Diesel Thaw, Clear Guard, Micro-B-Gone and Agri-Clean!

I had a local diesel shop test it on their 2012 Dodge shop truck, and after just 2 weeks of using the Blue All Season Boost they found a quicker response from their truck along with an additional 2 mpg according to their truck data!

This will tell you how important it is for your truck is by the exhaust and the performance from your truck. I even tested it in my old 12v Cummins Dodge and found it had a quicker response and the exhaust cleaned up when I stomped on the pedal. Now it still smoked a little because it has over 268,000 miles on it but there was a lot less than before I put the additive in the tank.

Yes it is expensive to add more to it at every full tank but how long do you want your motor and components to last?

Again I tell people at least every other tank should keep your truck clean and running efficient. Come by our shows and DIESEL Motorsports booth, we will have samples this year!

Or you can pick this new additive up at local stores that normally carry diesel additives such as:
O'Reilly, TSC Tractor, Menards, Orschlein, Home Depot and Auto Zones.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Keeping your cool while running HOT! NEW SPAL fans for DIESELS!

I have seen many hot diesels run during racing or pulling and then they need to line up again for the next run or pass but their engine is too hot!

Only time can cool off the hot engine unless you have a very powerful fan system or separate cooling system. Having your truck run again before cool down can do damage to engine components or even engine failure.

Mounting a larger custom fan that does not fit your current fan shroud can be tricky but anyone with simple fabrication skills can change their fan setup with some NEW brushless fans that can bring unbelievable cooling power to your engine.

Many of the current fan applications fit current shrouds and they come with their own plug-in wiring, sensor and variable speed switch so you can turn it higher and higher for ultimate cooling effect.

Being brushless brings many advantages along with quiet and made for high speeds for long periods of time. These fans will literally knock you over if turned up all the way. I saw these at a trade show and asked if they had them for trucks?

They are OEM fans for Ferraris and Corvettes plus many other high-end vehicles. They have now configured these for our truck market and can be bought from different distributors for those who want to keep their high horse-power diesel cool running or during runs!

Available in a couple of configurations - 

300W - brushless - variable speed
10" to 16" - 1800-2400 CFM

500W - brushless - variable speed
14 & 16 fans - 2800 CFM

Complete wiring harness for plug-in ease along with sensors
Kit 185 FH & 196 FH

Designed to safely integrate 
with OEM wiring, our harness 
kits feature a waterproof 
40/50 Amp relay along with 
labeled wires which help to 
ease installation. 
Kits includes (1) - 3/8'' NPT (National Pipe Thread) and stainless steel switches with optional switched override capability. Kits are available with or without thermoswitch. Please note, the 185FH and 195FH kits are sold separately. 

These fans and kits can install on the trucks so you can have high-output for cooling while the truck is running or when engine is off so you can turn up the fans to full capacity to quickly cool the engine down.

FINALLY a high power fan for our high power trucks!

These can be purchased at: