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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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Want to increase your diesel fuel economy?

March 5, 2012

Fass lift pumps are a great way to increase your engine performance and diesel fuel economy by removing air and water from your fuel. It is well known that as your truck moves the diesel fuel in your tank is constantly in motion. This creates multiple problems with fuel delivery to your engine. While the injection pump draws fuel from the tank it’s creating a vacuum that produces fuel vapor and as the vehicle is in motion it creates fuel vapor that is mixed with the air. Resolve that issue by installing a FASS Lift Pump from Parley’s Diesel Performance and as a added bonus you will get higher power and reduce injector tip erosion. Typical No. 2 Diesel Fuel already consists of about 10% air. That issue is compounded by dirt and other debris that can be found in a diesel fuel tank. A FASS Lift Pump will address these issues head on by meticulously filtering out such problematic air & vapor (along with other contaminants in the fuel) before it reaches your truck’s injectors. Knowing about these latent dangers in the fuel at the diesel pump, can you really go on feeding it untreated to your truck? We at Parleys Diesel Performance strongly advise against it… and believe a FASS diesel lift pump is an excellent diesel performance upgrade choice. Get the most out of your diesel engine and your fuel dollar with a FASS fuel pump from Parleys Diesel Performance.

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Features

  • Removes AIR / Vapor from Your Fuel
  • Consistent Flow of Fuel
  • FASS Lift Pumps are Reliable High Volume Pumps
  • Increased Horse Power
  • Increased Torque
  • Increased Fuel Economy
  • Reduces Carbon Monoxide & Carbon Dioxide
  • FASS Lift Pumps have a LIFETIME Warranty on Most Applications
  • They have a 15,000 – 17,000 Hour Life Expectancy
  • FASS Lift Pumps equates to 700,000 Plus Miles
  • FASS Lift Pumps have Up to 260 GPH
  • The Pump offers 160 Maximum PSI
  • Its Motor Has Up to 406 OZ Inches of Stall Torque
  • FASS Lift Pumps have Interchangeable Filters

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2011 VW Jetta & Golf TDI Performance Power Module

July 13, 2011

Good news!  2011 VW and Audi TDI owners can now take advantage of their diesel’s untapped performance potential by installing a new DieselPower brand tuning module.  With a proven  20 year track record of quality engineering and diesel tuning, Diesel Power is a German tuning company that goes to great lengths to give diesel owners access to safe, useable power.

Their modules are made from high quality components.  The module itself is encased in a durable thick plastic box, and the electronics components inside are all aircraft grade.  The wiring harness and connectors are sturdy and built to last.  They  have so much confidence in their product quality that the TDI power module is backed by a full 3 year replacement warranty, the longest in the tuning industry.

2011 VW TDI Performance Chip

Diesel Power Module for 2011 VW & Audi TDI

The 2011 TDI  performance  module adds more power and better fuel economy by making minor but effective changes to the high pressure common rail fuel system on your TDI.  Much of the fuel economy gain is picked up by the improved low end torque the module provides.   The Digi CR increases horsepower and torque by up to 25%, and fuel economy gains are averaging 3-4 mpg.   Installation is simple and will take approximately 15 minutes.

This module will work on these vehicles:

  • 2011 VW Jetta 2.0L TDI
  • 2011 VW Golf 2.0L TDI

Make the most out of your new TDI and check out Parley’s Diesel Performance for all your VW TDI Performance needs today!

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35+ Ways To Increase Diesel Fuel Mileage

December 1, 2008

Whether you are into Cummings performance, Duramax performance or Powerstroke performance or just diesel performance in general, with the economy and fuel prices the way they are we are all looking to save a little money at the pump.  Diesel Power Magazine recently ran an interesting article talking about 35 ways that International recommends to increase diesel fuel mileage.

  1. Break In Those Tires – A worn tire is about 7% more efficient than a new tire.  The break-in period for tires is between 35,000 and 50,000 miles.
  2. Check Your PSI – Every 10 PSI that a tire is under inflated reduces fuel economy by 1%.
  3. Know Your Tire Facts – Tires make the biggest difference in mpg below 50 mph.  Aerodynamics is the most important factor over 50 mph.
  4. An Idle Mind – idle time is costly.  Every hour of idle time in a long-haul operation can decrease fuel efficiency by 1%.
  5. Check Your Speed – Above 55 mph, each 1-mph increase in vehicle speed decreases economy by 0.1 mpg.

Now, you didn’t think we would give you all of these fuel saving tips all at once did you?   You might notice we didn’t try to sell you on any of our diesel performance products in this first post, that is because these first tips can be performed with things that you already have, minus the discipline to drive 55 everywhere you go.  So your homework assignment over the next few days is to apply these principles and check your increase.  Then come back for more tips.

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Bullydog Diesel Triple Dog

January 23, 2008
Bully Dog Diesel is one of the biggest names in diesel performance and they have been around for about 10 years as of 2007.  One of their claims to fame is their line downloaders that can be switched between Ford, Dodge, and Chevy diesel trucks.  This is a great feature because with any other performance programmer if you buy a different make of truck, you have to buy a whole new programmer for that truck. The Bully Dog Triple Dog and Bully Dog PMT (performance management tool) on the other hand can be changed from one truck to another saving quite a bit of money if the individual buys a different truck or upgrades. Although good luck trying to get a die hard Ford person to switch to anything else and vice versa. There are some that don’t care though.
The Bully Dog Triple Dog
The original one size fits all downloader which has been extremely popular. Downloader’s in general just plug into the diagnostic port under the dash and upload a new program onto the truck for either diesel fuel economy, economy while towing, or performance. The Triple Dog plugs into the diagnostic port under the dash like the others do, but has a few differences. One, you can go to Bully Dogs website after purchasing the Triple Dog and download an extreme program for free. Two, it can be linked up with Bully Dog’s Outlook monitor which is a full digital gauge set up that also allows you to switch between power levels while you are driving. This is something that no other downloader can do.
The Bully Dog PMT
This also plugs into the OBDII diagnostic port under the dash. The PMT is exactly what its name says; it’s a performance management tool. The Bully Dog PMT offers push button or touch screen navigation; both navigation styles come with each unit and are active all the time. It also has a color screen with the best resolution and highest contrast of any screen in the diesel industry. It gives you the capability to display four different engine parameters at a time and gives your twenty engine parameters to choose from. Bully Dog is the only company that has a monitor that will work on all three of the major diesel trucks. I personally happen to be one that is happy driving any of the major diesel trucks so this is a feature that appeals to me. For others it might not matter as much.

Bully Dog Diesel offers the Bully Dog Triple Dog and Bully Dog PMT for all diesel trucks – Nathan Young

Visit Parley’s Diesel Performance for all your performance diesel part needs.

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TDI Performance Review – Van Aaken Smartbox

September 13, 2007

Parley’s Diesel Performance has great news for all you TDI owners and TDI Performance connoisseurs out there! Van Aaken Technologies has just the product that you have been looking for. If you drive one of the many 1.9L Volkswagen diesels in the U.S. there is no question that you have been in need of a little extra power; sure the economy is great but why not have a little extra power while you are at it right. Van Aaken was kind enough to hook us up with one of their Smartbox TDI performance chips so that we could put it on our project vehicle to test it out. Here is what we think:

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Why The Van Aaken Smartbox?

  • 10 Minute Install- We have seen some easy installs, but wow, this one is a cinch. Since we made the install video for this tdi performance module we have had customers with no previous mechanic/performance experience reporting that they were able to install their smartbox in 6 minutes. You cant beat 20+hp in 6 minutes.
  • Economy Gains- So if 40-50 MPG wasn’t enough for you how about 1-2 MPG More. In our performance tests with the Van Aaken Smartbox on the rare tank when we could keep our foot off the throttle we were able to see an increase or 1-2 MPG which some might say isn’t huge but when you have a much more enjoyable driving experience the increased diesel fuel mileage is sort of icing on the cake.
  • Quality Product- We were very impressed with the overall quality of the product. The hard resin case of the smartbox is completely weatherproof and very durable.
  • Does NOT Void Warranty- If your vehicle is still under factory warranty all you have to do is take the Van Aaken Smartbox off before going to the dealership and they wont be able to tell that it was ever there, it leaves no footprint or flags in your system to show it was ever there.

Why Not the Van Aaken Smartbox:

  • Who Knows?- It was hard for us to figure out a reason why you wouldn’t want this tdi performance chip. The main reason we could come up with is if you are one of the more “Extreme” TDI Performance Enthusiast then you might be more interested in a more customizable performance upgrade like chipping which requires removing your vehicles ECM and sending it into a shop and getting it back a couple of weeks later and will most likely void your warranty. For some people those things sound like more fun than a 10 Minute Install, but for most of our clients this is the exact product they are looking for.

Diablo Predator Tuner Review

September 12, 2007

A couple of months ago, my boss at Parley’s Diesel Performance asked me to put the Diablo Predator Programmer on my 2005 Dodge Cummins so that we could get some real world test and numbers as far as mileage gains etc.. There had been several of our clients who had purchased this diesel tuner from us and had been reporting increased diesel fuel mileage of anywhere from 1-4 MPG so we wanted to see for ourselves what it could do.

What’s Included:  Here are a couple of pictures of what you will see when you open the Diablo Predator package.  When you first open up the package you will see the Diablo Tuner, as you open it up you will see the Instruction manual as well as a promotional Ruler.

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 Why The Diablo Predator?  A lot of our clients are interested in the Diablo Predator for the following reasons:

  • Economical- Compared to some of the competing diesel programmers like the Bully Dog Triple Dog  priced at $597.99 or the Superchips Flashpaq  priced at $499.99 the Diablo Predator Programmer is a deal at $399.95.
  • Great Performance Gains-  For my applications, 05 Dodge Cummins, there are three performance settings and those are 60hp Tow Setting, 100hp Performance/Economy Setting and 160hp Extreme Performance Setting.  In my opinion its great bang for the buck.
  • Increased Diesel Fuel Mileage-  Like I said earlier we had heard from out clients that they had seen gains of anywhere from 1-5MPG, with my truck I saw about the same range actually, some tanks 1MPG better and some tanks 5MPG better.  It just depended on how I drove it, of course.

Why Not the Diablo Predator?  I have really enjoyed the Diablo Predator during the time I have had it on my truck, how can you not enjoy 60-160 more horsepower right?  The main problem that I have had with the predator is:

  • No Over sized Tire Recalibration on the Cummins- If you drive a Duramax  it’s a different story but I would have liked to be able to recalibrate my speedo to get more accurate fuel mileage etc..
  • No Speed Governor Recalibration-  Who wouldn’t want to go a little faster right?

So in the end I am overall satisfied with the performance and mileage increase for the money with the Diablo Predator Tuner, if you are running oversized tires and have the money you might be better off with something like the Superchips Flashpaq.


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