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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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2012 VW 2.0L TDI Cold Air Intake Kits

April 12, 2012

If you’ve recently purchased a 2012 VW Passat, Golf, or Jetta TDI, often the first thing you want to do is add different TDI performance upgrades.  The engineers at AFE Power developed one of our favorite, their Stage 2 Cold Air Intake for 2009-2012 2.0L TDI’s.

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Advanced Flow Engineering’s 2.0L VW TDI Cold Air Intake

This cold air intake kit comes in your choice of one of three different filter media to choose from, all of which are washable and reusable.  If you prefer a filter that is oil free, the Pro Dry S Intake is built from two layers of randomly porous synthetic fabric.  With five layers of cotton gauze material, the Pro 5 R Intake has the highest flow rate of the three filters.  Providing the highest rate of filtration with 5 layers of cotton gauze as well as two layers of synthetic fabric, the AFE Pro Guard 7 TDI Intake is a new addition that is sure to be quite popular with TDI enthusiasts.

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For all your TDI performance and any diesel performance needs, visit Parley’s 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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Edge Products Maintenance Manager!

December 8, 2010

At Parley’s Diesel Performance maintenance is a key factor in improving the life and power of your diesel truck. However, sometimes it is difficult to remember and keep up on the maintenance schedule for your vehicle. Edge Products now provides a simple and effective way to remind everyone when  maintenance is due.

The Edge Maintenance Manager provides the ability to :

• Customize a comprehensive list of maintenance items to monitor
• Set up and monitor each selected maintenance item based on user-defined parameters
• Set alerts for advance notification of services that are coming due
• Once it has been indicated that a service has been performed, the Maintenance Manager will automatically reset the next service value

This powerful tool can help improve the reliability, performance, and longevity of your vehicle. If you are looking for better Dodge diesel performance, Ford diesel performance, or Chevy/GMC diesel performance.

The Edge products software update Version 2.2 for all Edge Evolution CS (Color Screen) and Evolution CTS (Color Touch Screen) products, which includes the Maintenance Manager software, also provides other new features such as:

• Metric Unit Support: You can now quickly and easily change between standard English units of measure and metric units of measure.
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• Extended Dodge PID (parameter ID) support: We now monitor additional engine and transmission parameters for Dodge diesel trucks.

Shop Parley’s Diesel Performance for all your diesel performance tuner needs.

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Hypertech Max Energy Review

July 22, 2008

A while back I posted about finally having a chance to try out the Hypertech Max Energy on my 2005 Dodge Cummins.  It had been my habit up until then to try a new diesel performance chip or module every couple of weeks just to be able to offer reviews to you our readers but I must admit that I have enjoyed having the Max Energy on my truck so much that I haven’t had any motivation to take it off and try something else.  I want to start this post off by listing off the pro’s and con’s that I have found with the Hypertech Max Energy tuner:

Pros:

  • Excellent Power Increase – Now although I have not had a chance to dyno my truck with the Max Energy tuner Hypertech does claim an increase of up to 176 hp on the cummins.
  • Tow Safe – One of the best parts about the max energy is the fact that even on the highest power setting (Stage 3) you can tow safely. Now I haven’t had a chance to tow my toy hauler with this module I have towed several loads in my heavy duty dump trailer and have yet to see tempratures raise to an unsafe level.
  • No Smoke – Now I know for some of you that might sound more like a con than a pro but personally because of local authorities I’d rather fly under the radar as much as possible and one thing that helps with that is avoiding the smoke out of the tailpipe.  Also, another interesting thing to note about the lack of smoke, when I had the Diablo Predator Diesel Tuner on my truck it smoked a ton more.  It also had a little more torque on the low end but the same power at freeway speeds.  So it seems to me that Hypertech has done a better job of bleeding every ounce of power out of every molecule of fuel rather than just going the route of dumping as much fuel as possible.
  • Internet Updateable –  You can always get the latest version for your vehicle.
  • Oversized Tire Calibrations – Got oversized tires?  This unit can help!

Cons:

  • Small Screen – As you can see in the picture the screen is clearly smaller than the Superchips Flashpaq Tuner screen.  This is sort of a pain when working with it but makes for a smaller unit when you have to store it in the vehicle.

As you can see I don’t really have many con’s. I have been really pleased with the hypertech max energy, and if you are just looking for economy I would recommend checking out the Hypertech Max Energy E-Con.

Shop Parleys Diesel Performance for all your performance diesel upgrades.

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Christmas Has Come Early!

December 8, 2007

So today I came into the office and found this Hypertech Max Energy programmer on my desk. I was hoping that Santa had come early this year but being the unfortunate chump that I am, this diesel tuner just meant more work for me.  The powers that be here at Parley’s Diesel Performance, have asked me to put the Hypertech Max Energy Tuner to the test for 30-Days, just like our clients will when they try out Hypertechs 30-Day Monday back guarantee.  The real question is, when will I get a break?  I mean having to play with gadgets like the Hypertech Programmer can be a real drag but I guess I will make the most of my 30-Day Trial.

I will be testing the diesel tuner on my 2005 Dodge Ram Cummins, which is claimed to gain 174hp and between 2-6 mpg, so we will see what the results are.  Shop Parley’s Diesel Performance for all your Cummins Performance needs.

Here is what the package looks like when you open it etc…

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Diesel Power Challenge….Best of the Mediocre?

October 11, 2007

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So in this months issue of Diesel Power magazine they featured coverage of the Diesel Power Challenge 2007, and for the third Challenge in a row a Duramax drove away victorious. Coincidence? I think not. I must admit that even though I drive a Cummins now I am pretty stoked that Chevy has finally been able to stake their claim in the diesel performance market. After years of trying to convince myself and others that there was such a thing as bow tied diesel performance as I drove my 1996 6.5L GMC in high school I gave up and went the Cummins performance route.

It was just my luck that shortly after going to the “Dark Side” that GM decided to actually enter and begin dominating the diesel performance market. Duramax performance has become quite the hot topic as of late but even if you are into Powerstroke performance or cummins performance it’s hard to deny the sting left after that shiny red Duramax took its second straight challenge by storm.

Now I don’t want to get into the fact of whether or not the the Diesel Power challenge is an better test of who’s truck is actually the best or who’s truck is alright in three different areas. Most of the people into Sled Pulling or Drag racing only that I have talked to would like to take on some of the trucks who have won or placed high in the challenge in their specific event and see who came out on top.

I will leave it at that but I do want to talk about what some of the tools are that are making all these wins for the Duramax possible and what tools might be on the horizon for the Cummins to help them compete even better with the Duramax.

The Trucks that have been winning most consistently in the diesel power challenge are running a nice little program called EFI Live For those of you who drive a Duramax and dont know about EFI Live you are missing out. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have COMPLETE control over your tunes. Or have the ability to log everything your engine is doing and then build custom tunes around what you see. That is why, in my opinion at least, the Duramax has been so dominant in events like the Diesel Power Challenge because you can have a completely custom tune for each event….Easily.

So does this mean that the rest of the big three are out of luck? Well if you drive a CR Cummins Christmas is just around the corner. We have been talking to some of the Beta testers who have been testing not only the new C5 module from van aaken but the custom software that will soon be released with it as well. From what they are saying this is going to be the closest thing to EFI Live the Cummins might ever see. Now we can’t tell you much more but when the new software drops expect big things including an almost non existent red line and COMPLETE control over your Cummins.

Aero Exhaust Diesel Performance Exhaust System

September 28, 2007

For several years now Aero Exhaust has been taking the diesel performance muffler market by storm.  The deep throaty sound, lower EGT’s and improved mileage gains that the Aero Turbine Muffler provides has driven the Aero Turbine Muffler straight to the top of the performance muffler market.  For those of you that aren’t really familiar, Aero Exhaust offers performance mufflers for both gas and diesel applications starting at 2.5″, and going all the way up to 5″ with both resonated and non resonated models. With our diesel clients, there have been several models that have been popular just depending on the application. Visit Parley’s Diesel Performance to shop for your performance muffler today.

For our clients who are into TDI Performance, the Aero Turbine 2525XL has been the most popular model by far.  Our tests on the dyno have shown that on a 2002 VW Golf TDI we were able to gain 10hp, we also noticed a considerable decrease in turbo lag and an increase in mileage while still maintaining stock noise levels in the cab.

When it comes to performance for the Big Three — Ford, Dodge, and Chevy we recently got some great news from Aero Exhaust anouncing that they are releasing full turbo back exhaust systems which would come with the Aero Turbine Muffler in line.  We actually had a chance to get our hands on one of the prototype 5″ turbo back exhaust systems for our 2005 Dodge Cummins project vehicle.  We have been really impressed with the quality of the system all around, as well as the performance gains we have seen from it.

If you want to hear it for yourself you can check out the video below.


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