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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Matt Maier - #DPC2019

Competing With the Weight of the Entire OBS Nation on His Shoulders

Jul 23, 2019
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 and all-around work truck. "I pick my kids up from school with it," he proudly boasts.
A cruise in a buddy's ECM-chipped, 7.3L Power Stroke-motivated ride was the catalyst for Matt buying his current pickup. "At the time, I was astonished by the power it had with just a tune. I ended up searching to find one and bought this truck from a friend.
Photo 2/13   |   DPC2019 Competitor Matt Maier Team
"The first thing I did was add a TS Performance chip, and then I started messing with the injectors, building my own set of "Stage 1" squirters in the garage," Matt says. "I eventually went to a larger injector and turbocharger and started playing with nitrous oxide at the track and on the dyno."
The engine, making 1,226 hp and 2,100 lb-ft of torque (using a ghetto fog of nitrous), endured an entire year of flogging until an attempt to make more than 1,000 hp with a three-stage nitrous system ended in bittersweet disaster. "The engine made 1,036 hp but also bent four rods," Matt says.
Photo 3/13   |   DPC2019 Competitor Matt Maier Engine
The failure prompted Matt to build the stout bottom end that is currently in the block, and the truck's makeup remains largely untouched going into DPC 2019. "I really haven't changed much," he says. "The only thing I've added so far is a Spearco intercooler, and I am running some larger nitrous lines for my solenoids. The crew I selected consists of Jake Enos, Steve Constable, and Chuck Dorsey. We all work great together and everyone knows the truck pretty well in one way or another."
Photo 4/13   |   DPC2019 Competitor Matt Maier Interior
While Matt concedes his OBS F-250 may not be the most powerful truck in DPC's Class of 2019, his thought is that it will still be very consistent and do well in all the event's competitive segments. "I plan on giving it my best all-around effort. The 11,500-pound trailer tow will probably be my strongest finish. My biggest concern is the area's 6,000-foot elevation and how the truck is going to react to it, but we are prepared to make adjustments as necessary to compensate for it!"
Photo 5/13   |   DPC2019 Competitor Matt Maier Bed
Build Sheet
Year/Make/Model: '97 Ford F-250
Owner: Matt Maier
Hometown: Readyville, Tennessee
Odometer: 252,000 miles
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8, Carrillo connecting rods, Irate Diesel main girdle, coated and de-lipped pistons, stock cylinder heads, stock camshaft, ARP head studs, Smith Brothers pushrods, Irate Diesel competition beehive valvesprings, Brian's Truck Shop dual-high-pressure-oil-pump system
ECM Tuning: Power Hungry Performance Hydra chip with tuning by Gearhead Automotive
Fuel: Irate Diesel competition system, Fuelab lift pump, Beans Diesel Performance sump
Air: BorgWarner S467.7 turbocharger, Irate Diesel T4 turbo mount, Spearco intercooler, three-stage nitrous-oxide system, Nitrous Express solenoids
Exhaust: Irate Diesel 3-inch downpipe, MBRP 4-inch tubing
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic, Dorsey Diesel Stage 4 upgrades, Diesel Performance Converters sprag-less triple-disc torque converter
Lubricants: TriboDyn 15W-40 synthetic motor oil
Horsepower: 1,100 hp
Torque: 2,100 lb-ft
Tires: 305/75R16 BFGoodrich All Terrain
Wheels: Alcoa
Suspension: Bilstein shocks, Firestone airbags, custom traction bars
Axles: '79 Dana 60 (front), 10.25-inch (rear), 3:55 gears, Trac-Loc differential

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