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S&B Cummins Diesel Intake Manifold Elbow Upgrades & Improvements

November 28, 2012

S&B Filters builds cold air intake kits and intake manifold elbows for many of today’s most popular diesel and gas powered trucks and SUV’s.  For years they’ve sold an intake manifold elbow for 1998.5 to 2007 Dodge Ram diesel trucks with the 5.9L Cummins engine.   Their cast aluminum elbows provided large gains in airflow over the stock Cummins manifolds.

Old Version of S&B Cummins Intake Manifold Elbow

With many thousands of these elbows sold and installed, S&B still wanted to make their product better, and they finally figured out a way to do it.   They went back to the drawing board to come up with an even better improved elbow, and the result is impressive.   Rather than cast aluminum, their new version is fully CNC machine cut and TIG welded.  Check out this beauty!

New S&B 5.9L Cummins Diesel Intake Manifold Elbow

S&B used advanced flow software technology to eliminate dead areas, streamline airflow and pinpoint optimal velocity.  This new and improved model comes with features that diesel enthusiasts were asking for, like an almost ridiculous 8 ports.  Now you can run water-methanol injection, nitrous, temperature sensors, whatever floats your boat.   All eight ports come with an airtight plug.

8 Ports for Injection & Monitoring!

Most aftermarket elbows attach to the intake by running two bolts through the interior of the elbow. This restricts airflow and hinders performance. S&B Filter’s new elbow attaches with four bolts on the outside of the elbow.  This results in a tighter seal, increased airflow and better performance.

S&B Intake Manifold Bolt Location

S&B Filters is a company that prides itself on testing it’s products both in-house and independently.   They have their products tested to ISO 5011 standards.  On this elbow, they had it burst tested, and the results were impressive.  For the test, both ends of the elbow were sealed, and water was pumped into the elbow until the point of failure.  The result?  The S&B elbow withstood pressure of 300 psi before it cracked at the weld point.  Even competitively raced diesels pushing 1000 horsepower would rarely see over 100 psi – mission accomplished.

If you’re interested in adding these types of premium performance diesel parts to your Dodge Ram, you’ll want to pick the correct manifold elbow for your truck.  If you have a 2003-2007 common rail 5.9L Cummins engine, the correct part number for your truck is 76-1004.  If you have a 1998.5-2002 24V Dodge diesel, you’ll need part 76-1007.  For all your Dodge Ram Cummins diesel performance needs, trust the pros at Parleys Diesel Performance.

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FASS Diesel Fuel Lift Pumps

May 14, 2012

Why should you consider installing an aftermarket diesel lift pump on your truck?  As diesel performance becomes a more and more mainstream part of automotive upgrading, we have conversations with many of our customers  each day about which performance diesel parts they should consider installing to get the fuel economy gains and power increases they want.  Knowing which diesel upgrades are critical from experience, even if we start off talking about diesel tuners, cold air intakes, exhausts, injectors, turbos and the like, invariably we steer the discussion to a product like a FASS Lift Pump.  Why do we always end up recommending a fuel pump, when many diesel trucks already have one in some form or other?  The answer is simple – there are several reasons.  Some so compelling, in fact, that we would feel like we had done our customers a disservice if we didn’t educate them.   Let’s look at some of  the most important.

FASS Diesel Fuel Lift Pumps1) It’s smart insurance – If you’ve ever paid to replace a set of diesel injectors, especially for a common rail diesel, you know that you can easily spend a few thousand dollars or more on a set.   A Fuel Air Separation System (FASS) lift pump can protect that investment by removing fuel contaminants like water, dirt, and air.  This protects the tip of your injection nozzles and your injectors.

2) Your truck will thank you with better performance – diesel performance is all about improving the combustion event.  Cooler air is denser, and more oxygen in the cylinder helps make more power.  Thus the popularity of diesel cold air intakes.  The better the purity and atomization of your diesel fuel, the better your combustion event will be.

3) Improved diesel fuel mileage – One of the most prevalent methods used to improve power and diesel fuel mileage today is a diesel performance chip.  And one of the most common methods performance chips employ to get greater gains in power and fuel economy is raising rail pressure.  A FASS fuel pump will give your injection pump the support it needs, providing a constant supply of fuel, and at  the correct pressure.  Whether you use a tuner or not, a FASS pump can give your truck’s fuel economy some real help.

For all these and other reasons, we feel confident recommending an aftermarket lift pump like those from FASS for every diesel truck owner on the road.  Visit Parley’s Diesel Performance to read more about the different types of pumps FASS offers, and to learn more about this important diesel upgrade.

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Smarty Tuner in a Common Rail Cummins

April 20, 2012

Just a few quick notes and updates on Smarty Dodge diesel performance tuners.  Currently, tuning is available on the 6.7L Cummins Ram trucks up through model year 2011.  Smarty is currently working on tuning and is expected to release that tuning for the 2012 Ram 6.7L Cummins pickups in the next few months.  At this time the only Smarty tuner that includes tuning for the 2010 and 2011 6.7L Cummins is the Smarty Junior tuner.  The 2012 release is going to be on the Junior platform as well.

Many of our customers want only the best Dodge diesel upgrades, and for that reason want to know if the new Smarty SSR is the “best” tuner for them.  It is important to note that the Smarty SSR is for custom tuning only.  If you don’t have access to a dyno and the time and patience to properly tune your Cummins engine, you’re doing yourself a disservice by purchasing the SSR.  It does not come with any pre-loaded tunes – you have to build your own.  And if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be pretty easy to damage your diesel engine.

Recently wholesale distributors of Smarty DPF Delete tuning products (specifically the S-67 PoD  and the J-67 Junior tuners) made the decision to no longer ship these tuners out for sale with the dpf delete tunes installed.  What this means is that if you’re looking to use your Smarty as a DPF Delete race tuner, you still can.  You will, however, have to download the files from Smarty’s website.  Here’s a link to the Smarty DPF Delete downloads.  The process is a bit computer intensive, so if you’re not pretty computer savvy, we recommend you find a buddy who is to help you out.

If you have questions about Cummins diesel performance or Smarty tuners,  visit us on our website or give us a call.  Visit Parley’s Diesel Performance for all your diesel performance parts needs.

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Choosing the Right Diesel Performance Exhaust System for Your Diesel Truck (part 2 of 2)

March 26, 2012

If you have a 2007.5-2012 6.7L Cummins, 2008-2012 6.4L or 6.7L Powerstroke, or 2007.5-2012 Duramax LMM & LML then you have a Diesel Particulate Filter “DPF” on your truck.   2011 and newer Ford Powerstroke and Chevy Duramax trucks also have a Urea Injection system.  When deciding which diesel exhaust upgrades to make for your diesel, it is important to understand your choices.

So why should you upgrade your exhaust?  Your stock DPF-equipped exhaust system has a catalytic converter and a particulate filter, which essentially acts as a soot trap. There are also a variety of EGT (exhaust gas temperature) and oxygen sensors.  When the sensors see that the trap is full, your truck increases the EGT’s by adding fuel to incinerate the trapped soot.  This process is called regeneration.  During this process, the tailpipe temperatures are nearly 2.5 times higher than normal.  The most common diesel performance exhaust upgrade for new model trucks is a DPF back exhaust system.    DPF-back exhaust systems are designed to improve exhaust flow and cut exhaust backpressure. This is the upgrade for you if you’re interested in keeping your manufacturer warranty intact and your truck street legal in most North American locations.

Magnaflow XL Series Stainless Steel 5 Inch DPF-Back Exhaust for 2007.5-2010 Dodge Ram 6.7L Cummins

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Some companies like Gale Banks Engineering even make DPF Back exhausts with specifically built designs that can help lower tailpipe temperatures.  And like the majority of aftermarket DPF-Back exhausts, the Banks Monster Exhaust systems are finished off with large polished stainless steel exhaust tips.   A slightly enhanced, deeper exhaust note is another benefit of these exhaust systems. Most delete your stock muffler.  If you’re worried that removing the muffler will make for an excessively loud diesel truck, don’t worry. The turbo, catalytic converter, and DPF filter out most of the exhaust noise.  A DPF-Back system just helps your exhaust flow and makes for a better sounding truck.

Banks Monster 4″ Stainless Steel Exhaust for 2011-2012 Ford 6.7L Powerstroke

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You can always contact us with any questions about the best diesel performance upgrades for your truck.

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Choosing the Right Diesel Performance Exhaust System for Your Diesel Truck (part 1 of 2)

March 13, 2012

It’s widely known that upgrading your factory system to a performance diesel exhaust is a great way to increase your engine’s power and fuel economy.   Because of all the changes to stock emissions systems over the past few years, there now exists some confusion and questions among diesel owners as to which exhaust upgrade is the best option for them.   Parleys Diesel Performance wants to help you make an informed and educated choice, so let’s start by reviewing the basics.

Traditionally, light duty diesel truck factory exhaust systems were 3 inches or 3.5 inches in diameter, with crimped spots along the diesel exhaust system that hampered flow and robbed your vehicle of its true potential.   Installing a performance system to increase the diameter of your exhaust allowed your engine to expel exhaust gasses more efficiently, and mandrel bends gave your exhaust a true 4″ diameter.  Diesel trucks today come from the factory with catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters, even urea injection systems (also called SCR or selective catalytic reduction).  And 4 inch stock exhausts are commonplace.

Late Model Exhaust Diagram

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So which exhaust should you choose for your truck?

If you have a “pre-DPF” diesel pickup (anything before the 2007.5 6.7L Cummins, 2008 6.4L Powerstroke, or 2007.5 Duramax LMM) the most common diesel exhaust upgrade is a four inch turbo back exhaust system.  The standard 4″ diameter will meet most people’s needs; however, if it’s your intention to upgrade your vehicle to a high horsepower level (think over 550HP), we recommend you invest in a 5″ diesel performance exhaust system. This will allow the larger amount of exhaust your high horsepower diesel creates to flow properly and keeping temperatures down.

AFE 5″ Stainless Steel Turbo Back Exhaust System for 2004.5-2007 Dodge 5.9L Cummins

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In addition to figuring out the diameter of the exhaust system you want for your truck, there are also some other important choices to make.  Diesel exhaust systems come in four main materials: T-304 Stainless Steel (high-polish show finish quality), 409 Stainless Steel , Aluminized Steel (similar to your original stock exhaust), and different variations of Black Stainless or Black Aluminized Steel.   You also need to decide whether you want to have a muffler or not, and if you do choose a muffler, do you want one that is a high flow performance muffler or one that keeps your exhaust volume low.  The majority of Turbo-Back Exhausts come with high flow performance mufflers.  If you want a “straight pipe” exhaust, meaning no muffler, a popular choice is the no-muffler series from MBRP Performance Exhaust.  Their stainless steel SLM (Stainless Less Muffler) and PLM (Performance Less Muffler – this is aluminized steel)  are very competitively priced and work great.

MBRP Installer Series 5″ Turbo-Back Exhaust For 2003-2007 Ford 6.0L Powerstroke

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Although less popular, catalytic converter or Cat-Back Diesel Exhausts allow you to upgrade the sound and flow of your exhaust and in some areas are necessary to keep your diesel street legal.

Magnaflow XL Series Stainless Steel 4 Inch CAT-Back Exhaust for 1999-2007 Ford 6.0L & 7.3L Powerstroke

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With exhaust systems from all the best manufacturers, Parley’s Diesel Performance can help you choose the proper diesel exhaust system for your truck.  Whether you choose to install a Cat-Back or a Turbo-Back diesel exhaust, or if you just aren’t sure and would like help deciding, contact us and we’ll help you make the right decision.  In part 2, we’ll help you choose the right exhaust system if you own a DPF-equipped diesel truck.

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Diesel Power Digi CRBB Rail Pressure Box in a Common Rail Dodge 5.9L Cummins

September 28, 2011

Get improved diesel fuel economy and increase your horsepower and torque by up to 25% with the DieselPower Digi CRBB diesel performance module.  Sometimes called a rail pressure box, this module is one of the safest and easiest diesel performance parts to install.  It will work as an effective upgrade for improved Duramax diesel performance and Cummins diesel performance.

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Dr. Performance Is Out Of Business – Now What?

September 26, 2011

Because we still get phone calls every day asking for information about Dr. Performance power modules, we wanted to let you know that they went out of business in the summer of 2011.  Questions we are most often asked include “How do I get warranty work on my Dr. Performance module that I bought a few years ago?” and “Do you know how we can get in contact with Dr. Performance?”  The unfortunate truth is that they are completely out of business, haven’t answered their phone in almost six months, and any repair work on a damaged or faulty Dr. Performance module at this point is impossible.

The most frequent question we hear from customers interested in a diesel performance module next is “Since Dr. Performance modules aren’t available, are there any other manufacturers of diesel power modules?”  Thankfully we can answer in the affirmative that there are several companies that make diesel performance modules that have the same beneficial characteristics that Dr. Performance modules had.  Some of the reasons Dr. Performance modules were so popular included improved power without increased operating temperature, they were great for towing, and they gave substantial diesel fuel mileage improvements.   They were also widely used as a trustworthy pressure box by diesel owners who wanted to “stack chips.” It didn’t hurt that the majority of them didn’t leave a footprint in the vehicle’s ECM because they were simply rail pressure boxes that uninstall quickly and cleanly from the rail pressure sensor harness.

Depending on the diesel truck you drive, we recommend a power module from two different manufacturers.  If you’re looking for improved 6.4L Ford Powerstroke performance, we really like the TS Performance Power Play MP-8.  On the 6.4L Powerstroke, the MP-8 is a fuel pressure only power module that adds up to 100 Horsepower and installs in just minutes by plugging in to a 15 pin fuel sensor connector.   Just like the Dr. Performance module, the Power Play MP-8 doesn’t increase your diesel exhaust temperatures and most users report gains of 2-4 mpg in fuel economy.

TS Performance Power Play MP-8

For common rail owners looking for improved Cummins diesel performance or Duramax diesel performance, the Digi CRBB Power Module from DieselPower has quickly become our favorite choice here at Parleys Diesel Performance.  Backed by an unheard-of 3 year manufacturer warranty and built from some of the best electronic components available, the DieselPower Digi CRBB is easy to install, doesn’t leave a “footprint” in the truck’s computer, can be adjusted quickly to any desired power level, and adds a decent amount of horsepower.

DieselPower Digi CRBB Common Rail Pressure Box

Because the Digi CRBB is a fuel rail pressure module it can be “stacked” with a Smarty programmer on the Dodge Ram Cummins diesels yielding loads of power that you almost have to feel to believe.  Operating temperatures are kept down, and if you don’t drive the truck like you stole it fuel economy can be improved significantly.    The Digi CRBB is also effective for “stacking chips” when using EFI-LIVE tuning on your Chevy or GMC Duramax diesel.  If you have any questions about these or other options for your diesel truck, call us and we’ll be happy to help.

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SEMA Show

November 18, 2010

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) throws a huge convention every year. Each year at this convention, companies that manufacture aftermarket parts for vehicles get to “show off” new and old products. Here at Parley’s Diesel Performance, we took the opportunity to meet some of the companies that we do business with and also check out the new and exciting products that are going to be affecting the diesel performance parts industry this coming year. Check out some of these pictures; there were massive Ford Powerstrokes, as well as some of the coolest lifted Duramax and tricked out Dodge Ram Cummins trucks that we have ever seen. Each company spared no expense in upgrading their diesel truck to the maximum of its potential.  If you want to see more pictures check out our Facebook SEMA Photo Album.

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Cummins Performance, the Best in the Biz

July 1, 2008

The Dodge Cummins diesel is known for its diesel fuel mileage and ability to be built up for power…. and known for its transmission for different reasons.  The Dodge Diesel trucks are the favorite of anyone that is looking for fuel economy in a diesel and doesn’t have a brand preference, because the dodge gets the best economy of them all.  Even at that, things are tight with the cost of diesel and the hard times in the economy.  There are some things that can be done to make it even more fuel efficient.

The first thing that anyone is going to do to make their Dodge Cummins diesel more efficient for fuel economy and power is install a Cummins diesel chip, programmer or module of some sort.  Cummins performance diesel chips, programmers, and modules all do essentially the same thing.  They alter “timing” or when the fuel is injected; “duration” or how long the injector is held open to release fuel; or “pressure” which slightly increases fuel line pressure to put more pressure up against the injector and get a better atomization of the fuel.  Most chips, programmers or modules use a combination of the methods to improve engine efficiency.  Most chips, programmers or modules give anywhere from 1 to 5 miles per gallon increase in fuel economy, dependant upon driving habits and the truck configuration itself.  The gains for the 5.9L Cummins engines are pretty consistent, however, the new 6.7L Cummins diesels are different.  They have a new emissions control system with a diesel particulate filter that hampers performance and fuel economy.  Most chips give these new trucks about 1 mpg better fuel economy.

Another way to increase efficiency and power are air intakes and larger diameter exhaust systems. Cummins diesel intakes generally give about 1 mpg and exhausts can be anywhere from 1 to 4 mpg.  If you do a chip, intake and exhaust all together, you actually get a little bit more out of each item.  The nice thing is that all the add-ons give more power and pay for themselves pretty quick in the added fuel savings.  The newer Dodge Cummins diesels don’t really need an exhaust upgrade since they come standard with a 4 inch diameter exhaust from the factory on the 2004.5 model and newer Dodge Cummins diesel trucks.  Performance diesel exhaust changes that can be made on the 6.7L trucks is very minimal due to all the sensors in that exhaust system.  It’s nice to know that we have alternatives though.

Visit Parleys Diesel Performance for all your diesel performance needs.

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Duramax vs. Cummins vs. Powerstroke – A matter of Sexuality?

March 5, 2008

Here is another diesel performance article that we wrote a while ago and thought you guys would enjoy.

Duramax vs. Cummins seems to be the question on everybody’s mind. Let’s be honest Duramax vs. Cummins, has never been the real question, neither has Duramax vs. Powerstroke or Cummins vs. Powerstroke in any of these debates. For the most reasonable answer to these questions that I have found I look back to the teachings of a wise professor. A Philosophy teacher I once had was discussing what he had found to be the main causes of homosexuality after years of being a counselor for school districts and at the local prison, he said that they were genetics, environmental and hormonal. Might I be so bold as to say that it really doesn’t matter who makes the truck or how durable the components are in the truck are but the real answer to the question Duramax vs. Cummins or Powerstroke vs. Cummins or Duramax vs. Powerstroke is what did your father drive (genetic) where did you grow up, what did the people around you growing up drive, what do your current friends drive (environmental), and what body style really “does it” for you (hormonal).
Another factor into this question that my professor went over was the fact that men are attracted to form rather intellect, so just as some men are attracted to women that chew (Powerstroke Owners) men will be attracted to different trucks based on how they look to them. Another factor that I think can fall in line with this is how does the truck make the man look to the ladies? Have you ever noticed how when you are in a parking lot and you see a huge Power Stroke pull into the parking lot with a 12 inch lift and 35 inch Super Swamper Boggers on it and then it will park and out pops the 4’5” driver in his wranglers and a belt buckle that is almost as tall as him. Then you catch a glimpse inside the cab of the truck just before he closed the door and you can see the seat up as far as it can go and sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes I swear I see a stack of phone books. I don’t know what it is but it is the strangest phenomenon, I think that factors into the whole form thing as well, the fact that the men need to feel secure about themselves, maybe they missed the memo that the new Jeep Liberty’s have a nice little diesel in them as well, opening the door for jeep diesel performance,  and they wouldn’t need a ladder to pull themselves up into it.
Now I hope you don’t think that this is it and that I am going to leave you hanging. You know I would never do that my friends. I will be back soon enough with some factual base and research that has been done over the past several years I will include dyno results for max horsepower, shop transcripts for history of what make had which problems etc.. But for now stick with my theory of the three degrees of Trucksuality.
Visit Parley’s Diesel Performance for all your diesel performance upgrades.
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