2014 Bay Area Brawl Annual Dyno Day
Cummins Dominates At Total Performance Diesel's Dyno Day
For the third time, Total Diesel Performance shop owner Drake Swett held an annual dyno day, where customers and competitors could test their diesel truck’s might against a state-of-theart SuperFlow dyno. Located in Santa Rosa, California,Total Performance Diesel specializes in builds of all shapes and sizes, which was re- flected in the trucks that showed up to spin the rollers. We were most impressed by the number of street trucks that were in the 600- to 800-rwhp range -- some of which had been driven hours to the event.
We were also surprised by the number of trucks that eschewed the use of nitrous oxide, a big change from the last time we covered the event, when virtually half the trucks were chemically enhanced. The parking lot was also full (and we mean full) of dieselheads who came to watch, spawning an impromptu show ’n’ shine. With all 40 dyno slots filled by noon, it was clear this event will only get bigger as time goes on. Our hats go off to the surprising king of the rollers (more on that later) and Total Performance Diesel for putting on a great show.
"A single-turbo truck made the most power? What??"
We first thought “common-rail” when we saw the snazzy paint on Chad Pickering’s second-gen Dodge from a distance. But as we got closer, we realized it was a 12-valve -- and a pretty serious one at that. Once we snuck a peek under the hood, it became clear why this mechanical Ram put down 799 hp. With a juiced-up 180hp Ppump, compound turbos, 5x18 injectors, and nitrous, the budget mill has propelled the truck to low 12-second elapsed times on fuel only.
Diesel Power magazine got into the action as well, with Project Triple Threat. Thanks to a set of ATS towing twins (57mm over 71mm), 5x18 F1 Diesel injectors, and a Brown’s Diesel transmission, the 1995 Dodge (which made 601 hp on a DynoJet chassis dyno) put down a similar 599hp number on TPD’s SuperFlow.
Nobody was sure whether Raj Kalkut’s Dodge would even fit into the building, with a whopping 16 inches of lift. Thanks to its 22-inch American Force wheels and Altered Attitude lift, most people guessed “show truck.” However, that impression changed when the dyno spat out 788 hp. A BD R850 turbo kit, 200hp Industrial Injection injectors, and ATS dual CP3 kit helped the big Dodge lay down the impressive numbers.
Since it was sporting a license plate like “1QIKDSL,” we hoped this Cummins would lay down some good numbers. With a Siskiyou Diesel-built engine and transmission, Silver Bullet tuning, Flux 4 injectors from F1 Diesel, and 62mm/82mm compound turbos, the Dodge didn’t disappoint, cranking out 843 hp while on the rollers.