Aftermarket Diesel Products and Gear - Parts Bin April 2014
Gear for the Gains
Now available from DECKED is a unique bed storage system. Designed for fullsize truck beds, the company's system incorporates two waterproof, bed-length drawers that roll out to provide easy access to tools, equipment, and gear. Made from 100-percent-recycled polyethylene co-molded to a steel subframe, the DECKED system's overall capacity is 2,000 pounds, with each lockable drawer capable of holding up to 200 pounds. Units mount to your truck bed's existing tie-down points, with no drilling required.
Adding to its Wicked Wheel 2 billet compressor wheel line, DieselSite has released a horsepower-adding, direct-drop-in replacement for 2011 to 2014 F-250 and F-350 6.7L Power Strokes diesel engine. The twin compressor is made from a solid billet of a special aluminum alloy, is stronger and lighter than the OEM wheel for improved spoolup and durability, and no modifications are required to install it. The wheel also features a larger exducer than stock, with more blade surface area.
GM Body Lift
Looking to clear larger tires on your LML Duramax-powered 2011 to 2013 Chevy or GMC 2500HD? Performance Accessories' body lift allows you to raise your truck without modifying the factory suspension or affecting sensitive electronic stability controls. Using nylon-reinforced body mounts, the company's system provides 3 inches of lift for two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive trucks. Kits also come with a CNC-machined steering shaft extension, high-grade hardware, and high-quality steel bumper brackets.
Kerma TDI now offers a BorgWarner turbo upgrade for Volkswagen Jettas with modified ALH 1.9L diesel engines. Kerma states this upgrade, called the Series7, is the ALH version of the European PD 150 turbo and can reliably support 150 hp at the front wheels with necessary tuning, fuel, and clutch upgrades. The Series7 variable-geometry turbo is said to be quicker spooling and feature better internals than its rivals. All turbos come with a 2-year, 24,000-mile warranty.
The RS7000MT steering stabilizer from Rancho provides versatility to the truck or SUV owner looking to customize their vehicle's ride and handling. Monotube technology allows units to quickly dissipate heat and help protect the shock from failing during extreme off-road or towing use. According to Rancho, the RS7000MT also reduces wheel shimmy, bumpsteer, and vibration and can even help reduce wear of related suspension components.
Flex-a-lite's Direct-Fit Translife transmission oil cooler kit is now available for 2003 to 2007 Ford Super Duty trucks already equipped with the company's Flex- a-fit radiator. Units use turbulators within the cooling tubes to provide superior heat transfer, and tests have proven that a 20 degree drop in fluid temperature can double the life of automatic transmissions. Translife coolers measure 5x15 inches and come with a cooler guard and the brackets and gator clips required to mount it without going through the radiator core.
Oil Cooler Fix
Maryland Performance Diesel has created a DIY fix for the 6.4L Power Stroke's oil cooler problems. Whether you've faced a clogged-up cooler, EGR-related high-temperature delta issues, or you just want more room in the engine bay for custom turbo setups, this is the way to go. MPD's billet oil cooler relocation plates and supplied gaskets, O-rings, and hardware allow you to relocate your oil cooler anywhere you want. Note: Customers must create their own oil cooler and filter setup.
Maryland Performance Diesel
Pro Comp recently debuted its Explorer High Intensity Discharge (HID) driving lights. The new HIDs utilize 35-watt bulbs that are 300 percent brighter and last 500 percent longer than conventional 55-watt halogen bulbs. In addition, a 6,000 K color temperature produces a white light that greatly improves nighttime visibility, and the lights feature a 90-degree adjustable mounting system with multiple mounting options. Interlocking splines are also used to prevent loosening due to vibration.
Superior Control Arms
The factory control arms on 1994 to 2012 Ram trucks are known to bend, as well as bushing deterioration contributing to caster misalignment and steering problems. Utilizing forged end links as a starting point for a burly set of control arms, BD Diesel's aftermarket replacements are more than three times stronger than the OE units. To help correct caster, the bottom arms are fully adjustable on the truck, while the top arms only require removal of one bolt to make adjustments. Ultra polyurethane bushings are used for extended service life.
Building an engine to go a million miles or make big horsepower? Swain Tech Coatings offers some of the best hard-part coatings in the industry. The company's ceramic thermal barrier coating is applied to piston domes to stand up to high in-cylinder heat and prevent premature piston cracking. Its Poly Moly friction reduction coating is used on piston skirts to drastically reduce friction between metal and oil film, as well as burning and skirt wear. Valve, bearing, and exhaust coatings are also offered.
Swain Tech Coatings
HSP Diesel's billet exhaust manifolds and 2-inch-diameter up-pipes can improve turbo response and add considerable midrange and top-end power to your Duramax. According to the company, chassis dyno testing on an 2006 LBZ Chevy/GMC with a built transmission, aftermarket turbo, and EFILive tuning yielded 15 more hp (and 42 lb-ft) than a competing brand's manifolds, and a tremendous horsepower gain near 2,000 rpm. Peak EGT was also cooler, with it taking much longer for the HSP units to reach the same temperature.
The Window Fix
Window regulator failure is a common occurrence on 2002 to 2006 Jeep Liberty SUVs, and our own 2005 CRD was no exception. For those who don't want to spend up to $250 for an OE replacement, Steiger Performance offers a window regulator kit for $99.95 that solves the problem for good. The company's kit replaces the failed factory plastic cable spiral with a metal version. Kits also include detailed instructions, all hardware, and even the T-20 Torx tool needed to tackle the job.
Ultimate Air Spring
New for ¾- and 1-ton truck owners is Air Lift's exclusive LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air spring kit. Systems work with existing suspensions to deliver up to 5,000 pounds of load-leveling capacity, with the addition of an internal jounce bumper. According to Air Lift, the LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air spring kit is virtually maintenance-free and able to run on zero air. It absorbs shocks and protects vehicles hauling heavy loads, eliminating jarring on rough roads.
Looking for an easier way to install or remove the exhaust system on your truck? Diamond Eye Performance's new Quick Connect Couplers might be just what you need. The company's coupling system allows the installer to simply swap out exhaust components without having to pry or cut them apart. Switching out a muffler for a straight section of pipe, or swapping street-legal exhaust components for race-ready versions has never been easier. Couplers are currently available in 4-inch diameter.
Diamond Eye Performance
Santiam Truck's new line of premium headache racks puts a fresh spin on protecting your truck's cab, offering rugged looks and old-fashioned utility at an affordable price. Features include a sculpted cab-hugging design, fully concealed mounting hardware, integrated lightbar mounts, and removable honeycomb grating. All Santiam Truck headache racks are made in the USA and are available in bare aluminum or powdercoated steel.