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Lawsuit Against GM Alleges 2011-2016 6.6L Duramax Diesel Incompatible with U.S. Fuel
General Motors is facing a class-action suit filed in federal court yesterday, which alleges that the high-pressure fuel injection pump on 2011-2016 6.6L Duramax diesel engines is incompatible with American diesel fuel. According to the Detroit News, the reduced lubricity of U.S. diesel fuel can cause air pockets to form as it passes through the
Brett T. EvansAug 8, 2019
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First Annual Outlaw Diesel Revenge by Firepunk Diesel
Less than a week after an EF4 tornado (the Enhanced Fujita scale rates a tornado’s intensity based on the damage it causes) struck the Dayton, Ohio, area, Firepunk Diesel was scheduled to hold its inaugural Outlaw Diesel Revenge race event (the second stop on the 2019 Outlaw Diesel Super Series tour) at Kil-Kare Dragway in
Chris TobinAug 7, 2019
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6.6L Duramax LB7 Rebuild Part 4
In the previous installment (March 2019) of our ’02 Duramax LB7 build we left off halfway through assembling the engine. After swinging the freshly built short-block into the engine bay we quickly set to work installing the Fleece Performance Cheetah turbocharger, Freedom Racing Engines rebuilt heads, ARP head studs, Merchant Automotive heavy-duty chromoly push rods,
Jason GondermanAug 6, 2019
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Particulate Matters- Eurodiesels
Once again, Particulate Matters comes to you by way of a plane flight. This time, however, I’m not in transit between Southern California and the location of a diesel-associated business or event in the U.S. My wife and I are homeward bound from Europe, a vacation (it’s called a “holiday” in the EU) that took
K.J. JonesAug 6, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Billy Hartzell - #DPC2019
Although Billy Hartzell of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, was born into a motorsports family, he is something of a rebel in that his passion lies in oil-burning monsters—not high-performance gassers like the rest of his kin. Still, the 24-year-old backs up his mutiny with a very well prepared ’08 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, selected to compete in
Brett T. EvansJul 25, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Andrew McCane - #DPC2019
Andrew McCane’s interest in diesels dates back to the summer of 2015. “I met some guys who owned modified trucks and they became my friends,” he explains. The following summer, he purchased an ’06 Dodge Ram 2500 with a few modifications already in place (a small set of compound turbochargers, 100hp injectors, and a Firepunk
John LehenbauerJul 24, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Matt Maier - #DPC2019
Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP marks the second time Readyville, Tennessee’s Matt Maier has entered his uber-popular ’97 Ford F-250 in the contest. Matt, the sales and technical expert at Irate Diesel, says he is “super excited to go compete” with his rig, a daily driver he actually uses as a tow vehicle
K.J. JonesJul 23, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Kody Pulliam - #DPC2019
Having reigned supreme in Diesel Power Challenge 2018 Presented by XDP, Kody Pulliam obviously has some pressure on his shoulders, but he’s handling it all like the true champion he is. “I am excited to go back to DPC this year to defend my title against the new competition,” Kody says. “This year will be
Brett T. EvansJul 22, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Alternate Chris Patterson - #DPC2019
Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP’s Official Alternate, Chris Patterson, says that because his family has been involved with drag racing for three generations, having a strong interest in all things automotive just comes naturally. With a degree in automotive applied science (from Texas State Technical College), Chris spent 12 years working as a
K.J. JonesJul 17, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Brad Sankey - #DPC2019
At age 25, Brad Sankey is one of our younger competitors at Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP, and, like others in the hobby, he acquired much of his love of mechanics and performance from his dad Dave. “When I was a child, we worked on his truck, a ’79 Chevrolet Silverado K10 that
Brett T. EvansJul 15, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Darrin Dutton - #DPC2019
Darin Dutton is a 29-year-old journeyman lineman from Severance, Colorado, who was bitten by the diesel-performance bug in 2012, when he bought and started modifying his beautiful ’09 Ford F-350. “I have not stopped messing with it since I put the first few upgrades on it, and it has only experienced a few shortcomings since
K.J. JonesJul 12, 2019
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Detonation: Week to Wheelin’
While many of you were preparing for the Fourth of July holiday, I spent the week of June 24, 2019 working on the Four Wheeler Network’s second Week to Wheelin’ truck build, a ’74 Ford Bronco, in the Motor Trend Group’s Santa Ana, California, Tech Center. I must say, it was a lot of fun
John LehenbauerJul 12, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Cody Lambert - #DPC2019
“I’ve always had a passion for cars and trucks, or anything fast since I was young,” says 28-year-old Cody Lambert. The Wapakoneta, Ohio, resident followed his passion and works full time at Tater Built Turbo Chargers & Machining. Cody has built several trucks, but his favorite, by far, is the ’07 Dodge Ram 2500 he
John LehenbauerJul 11, 2019
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Particulate Matters: Counter Punch
As “media drives” (truck manufacturers’ one- to three-day programs that allow journalists and influencers to drive and review new vehicles) go, 2019 has already been a very busy year. The Big Three truckmakers (Ford, GM, and Ram) are rolling out light- and heavy-duty rigs for 2020, and “showing them off” to folks like me is
K.J. JonesJul 11, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Richard Coker - #DPC2019
The third time is the charm for Richard Coker of Midland, Texas. Having entered DPC twice previously, Richard’s ’06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD was selected to compete at Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP—and not a moment too soon, as he plans to take the truck in a different direction after the competiton. Richard owns
Brett T. EvansJul 10, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Seth Kuntz - #DPC2019
Seth Kuntz is a 24-year-old college student enrolled in the accounting program at Georgia State University. In addition to his studies, Seth is part owner of Kuntz Bros in Jefferson, Georgia. “My interest in automotive and motorsports can be credited to my father’s side of the family,” Seth says. “My grandfather was a mechanic his
John LehenbauerJul 9, 2019
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Ultimate Callout Challenge 2019
For what may have been the first time since the inaugural Ultimate Callout Challenge in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2016, we went into the event, now located at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, without a clear favorite to take home the top prize. That’s right, three-time and reigning UCC Champion Lavon Miller and
Chris TobinJul 8, 2019
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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Steven Lucero - #DPC2019
Steven Lucero is co-owner of and light-duty diesel-engine specialist at Black Diamond Diesel Performance and Fab in Las Cruces, New Mexico. During high school, he devoted all his time to playing baseball. But, in addition to playing ball, Steven also developed an interest in diesels after receiving his ’06 Dodge Ram graduation gift. The truck
John LehenbauerJul 8, 2019
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My First Diesel
After more than 12 years as managing editor of Diesel Power, I’ve finally joined the oil-burning ranks! You read that right—despite spending the better part of my adult life working on this magazine (as well as sister publications Truckin, 8-Lug, and Work Truck Review), the only time I’ve ever piloted a diesel-powered vehicle was a
Courtney McKinnonJul 1, 2019
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Detroit Diesel DD5; Smaller Size Meeting Larger Demands
Extensive amounts of research and development that manufacturers invest in the development of modern diesel engines is a major reason why today’s oil burners are much more powerful, efficient, and smaller (physically, structurally) than their predecessors. Many of these engines’ performance is on par or even better than older engines with larger displacements. Additionally, today’s
John LehenbauerJun 7, 2019
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