Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Classic Dodge Diesel With a New Twist

If you love the style and looks of an older Dodge pickup truck, and want one with all the modern engine goodies and power under the hood, we think you'll like what ICON has done with this 1965 Dodge D200 pickup truck.  We came across this article online and thought you would enjoy it.

With a 975 ft. lb. torque rated 5.9L Cummins Diesel from Banks Power, this is one sweet Dodge diesel truck.  We especially like the black rims.  This truck was very popular at the SEMA convention in Vegas, so who knows, maybe someday soon anyone with a wheelbarrow full of cash can get their hands on one.

For all your diesel performance needs, trust Parleys Diesel Performance.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Proper Installation of an EGT Probe

Edge Products is one of the most popular and well-known brands of diesel tuners, a reputation they have earned over more than a decade of superior products and customer service.   Edge sends out a dealer newsletter each month, and they recently gave a very concise and insightful "Tech Tip" as part of that newsletter detailing the steps necessary to install an exhaust gas temperature (EGT) probe into your diesel manifold.  All Edge Juice with Attitude tuners come with an EGT probe, and they are an optional accessory upgrade for the Edge Evolution programmers as well as the Edge Insight monitors.

Here are the instructions they give.

1)  Let the engine and manifold cool down before installing the probe to help prevent any burns from hot parts.

2) Make sure you have all your tools needed to install the probe.  You don't want to get halfway done and realize you need to go to the store for a tap!  Tools required to install the EGT probes are:  Drill, 1/8 National Pipe Tap, 21/64" drill bit (5/16" optional), 9/16" wrench, Phillips head screwdriver, pliers or crescent wrench, safety glasses, grease/cutting oil, and protective clothing.

3) Set park brake before going under the truck.  If you raise the truck in the air, make sure proper blocking stands or jacks are in place.

4) Determine where the best location is for tapping the manifold.  The supplied instruction will help you find the location based on your vehicle.  In order to get to the desired location you may have to remove truck parts.

5) One effective way to avoid metal fragment contamination in your engine manifold is to apply grease in the tip of the drill bit and threads of your tap tool when drilling/tapping the hole in your manifold.  Reduce pressure on the drill when the drill breaks through the manifold wall to reduce risk of pushing metal chips into the manifold.

6) Drill a 21/64" (5/16" optional) hole through the manifold wall, and then use the pipe tap to cut the threads.  The pipe tap is tapered, so you will only want to turn the tap until the bottom threads of the tap are slightly deeper than flush with the inside of the exhaust manifold wall.  Use caution not to tap too deep since this would cause the thermocouple fitting and probe to sit too deep.  (Tap deep enough to allow 3+ full threads of fitting to seat in manifold.)
7) After the manifold has been drilled and tapped, remove the fitting from the Thermocouple and install by tightening the tapered thread end into the manifold with a 9/16" end wrench.  (Ideally the tip of the fitting would be less than  or flush with the inside of the exhaust flow path.)  Tighten the fitting so that it is securely seated.  Then install the probe into the fitting and tighten the top nut of the fitting just tight enough to keep the probe firmly mounted.  Make sure that the probe cable is positioned to allow best path and minimal bending,  for cable routing to the top of the engine compartment.

8) CAUTION: Do not bend the probe after installed.  If needed, loosen the probe nut, adjust the probe, and re-tighten.  Bending the probe tubing will result in a faulty probe.

9) Now that the probe is installed, hook it to your new Juice box or the EAS. Remember with Edge EAS you can install up to 8 EGT probes if you need/want!

If you have questions about any Edge programmers for your truck, or need help with any other diesel performance parts, trust the pros at Parleys Diesel Performance.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

VW Jetta TDI Performance & Economy Upgrades - Part V

People often ask us if it's worth their money and their time installing performance diesel parts like cold air intakes, programmers and exhaust systems.  We wanted to help newcomers and skeptics alike see that there really is money to be saved and a better driving experience waiting for them with just a few easy to install aftermarket upgrades.  Obviously for many VW TDI owners, diesel fuel economy is a primary motivation.

This is the 5th and concluding blog post about installing an AFE intake into a 2012 VW Jetta TDI Sedan.   If you haven't read them yet, we recommend starting at the beginning with the 1st Post.  If you've already viewed parts 1 through 4, read on.

In part 4, we measured an increase in fuel economy of 2.48 MPG on a mostly uphill trip of 217 miles from St. George Utah to Ely Nevada.  While in Ely the car was used so little that we didn't put more fuel into it after our fill up with the odometer at 1141 miles.  Here's a picture again of that odometer reading with a full tank of fuel.

On the trip back to St. George we again drove normally, averaging about 72 mph.  Temperatures were very nice, with about 55 degrees in Ely and 85 degrees when we arrived in St. George.  We didn't fill the tank up until the next day, and when we did the odometer was now at 1363 miles.

So the total trip distance was 1361 minus 1141, or 222 miles.  On our original test trip with the stock Jetta TDI, we had driven 220 miles.  The difference in trips was due to a very small amount of around town driving while in Ely.  Now let's check out the amount of fuel pumped.

With 222 miles driven on 5.012 gallons of diesel fuel, the return trip with the AFE 2.0L TDI intake installed works out to 44.29 miles per gallon.  In blog post 2 of this series, we reported fuel mileage of 41.30 mpg with the stock Jetta sedan.  So with the AFE intake our fuel mileage increase by 2.99 mpg on this trip.  

Just like before, we decided to figure out a combined mpg trip average.  439 total miles traveled (217 going, 222 coming) with 10.646 gallons of diesel used (5.634 going + 5.012 returning) equates to a trip average of 41.23 mpg.  The original trip average was 38.50 mpg, meaning with the AFE cold air intake we improved our overall fuel economy by 2.73 mpg.  And, we had better power and improved turbo spool.  

With results like these, we're convinced that adding an AFE cold air intake is one of the easiest and best ways to get improved VW TDI performance.

Next up, we're excited to test this car out on the soon to be released all new Diesel Power modules for 2012 & 2013 2.0L TDI's.  We're being told a pre-Christmas release date is likely, and since just like many of you we've been waiting over a year for this exciting upgrade, we can't wait!   The new Diesel Power modules for 2011 2.0L TDI's should be available in limited quantities by the 10th of December.  And all preliminary testing shows great driving characteristics, 20% torque gains, and fuel economy improvements too!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

VW Jetta TDI Performance & Economy Upgrades - Part IV

Now that we have an AFE Stage 2 Si Cold Air Intake installed in our 2012 VW Jetta TDI Sedan, it's time to see what kind of fuel economy gains we'll get from the intake.  We originally took a trip from St. George Utah to Ely Nevada with a stock car to get a fuel mileage reading.  As mentioned in Part 1, this trip involves a decent amount of uphill driving, and our fuel mileage was 36.03 MPG on the first run.

It was about 100 degrees Fahrenheit in St. George the day we left on our first trip in August.  This trip was in early October, but it was still pretty warm, about 90 degrees.  Temperatures were cooler on the trip, especially as elevation increased.  After filling up the tank, we took a picture of the odometer.  924 miles on the car.

Just like our original trip in August, there was about 800 pounds between people and luggage in the Jetta.   Just like the first trip, we didn't stop much, averaged about 70-75 mph, and just drove "normally."  When we got to Ely we were very interested to see what results, if any, would come from having installed the TDI cold air intake from AFE.  After filling the tank in Ely, we took another picture of the digital readout.

The odometer now read 1,141 miles.  The receipt from our fill up in Ely showed that we had used 5.634 gallons of diesel fuel.

Doing the math, we take 1141 miles minus our starting miles of 924, for a total of 217 miles traveled, exactly the same distance as our original baseline trip.  Dividing 217 miles traveled by 5.634 gallons of diesel fuel, the mileage on our trip with the AFE cold air intake installed was 38.51 miles per gallon.  That's an increase of 2.48 miles per gallon - not too shabby.   Not scientific, either, but our best guess is that the AFE intake gave us a boost in fuel economy as advertised.

In the next part of this blog post thread, we'll see what fuel economy we get on the "downhill" return trip to St. George, and if this almost 2 and a half MPG increase was a fluke, or something we can expect to continue to get.  Thank you for reading, and remember we have a huge selection of performance diesel parts for VW TDI's, Ford, Dodge and GM diesel trucks.

Monday, November 12, 2012

S.E.M.A. 2012 Award Winning Vehicles

One of the best things about being involved in the aftermarket performance diesel parts business is being able to participate in exciting industry conventions where we get to see all of the latest and greatest gadgets and inventions from all of the top manufacturers.  The pinnacle of these get-togethers is the SEMA or Specialty Equipment Market Association convention in Las Vegas each fall.  What better way to spend a week than meeting with old friends and making new ones, all while getting to eyeball literally 1000's of show trucks, muscle cars, off road beasts, you name it. From Ferrari's to F-350's it's all at S.E.M.A.

Each year we like to post pictures of some of our favorites from the S.E.M.A. convention, but to start we thought we would first show you which vehicles took home the coveted SEMA Awards.

Check out our blog in the coming months to see a bunch of pictures of our personal favorites from S.E.M.A.  Now we have to get back to work, and dream about next fall when we get to go to Vegas again.  Until then, give us a call or check out our website for a great selection of diesel tuners, cold air intakes, diesel exhaust systems, and all your diesel performance needs.

Monday, November 05, 2012

VW Jetta TDI Performance & Economy Upgrades - Part III

In order to determine what kind of fuel economy gain, if any, would be achieved by adding different performance diesel parts to our 2012 VW Jetta TDI, we first established a baseline MPG reading of  38.5 MPG on a stock diesel with an automatic transmission.  (See previous blog posts parts 1 & 2).  Now it was time to add a cold air intake, and we went with one of the best.  We've had consistent success over the years with cold air intakes from Advanced Flow Engineering, or AFE, and their intake for 2009-2013 2.0L TDI's is no exception.

The first thing that really stands out when looking at the stock air filter, is the almost shocking thickness.  Measuring a whopping 3 inches thick and made from a pleated paper filtering topped off with a thin (about 1/4" inch) layer of gauze, it's no wonder optimal airflow just isn't there with the OE filter.

In contrast, the AFE intake filter itself is of course conical in shape, allowing for a bigger surface area.  It also isn't nearly so thick, approximately 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch, and the pleats are more open than on the original VW filter.  AFE offers multiple filter material choices, both oiled and dry.  We went with their Pro Guard 7 oiled filter.  Here's what the filter looks like.

And here's what the filter would look like installed.

With high filtration rates (high 98% for the 5 layer oiled cotton Pro 5 R filter, 99.2% for the 2 layer synthetic oil-free Pro Dry S, and 99.7% for the Pro Guard 7), and up to a 56% increase in airflow, it stands to reason that AFE cold air intakes will deliver power and fuel economy gains.  In our next post, we'll take another trip back to Ely Nevada.  With this 2.0L VW TDI intake installed we hope to see some kind of fuel economy gain.

Just one quick note; the addition of the AFE intake made a noticeable difference in reducing turbo lag off the line.  The car just drives better, both at lower speeds, and on the freeway.  Throttle response is improved, and the car is already more fun to drive!  

For all your VW TDI performance needs, shop Parleys Diesel Performance.

Friday, October 26, 2012

VW Jetta TDI Performance & Economy Upgrades - Part II

In our last post, we started trying to establish a baseline fuel economy reading on a new stock 2012 VW Jetta 2.0L TDI Sedan with the DSG transmission.  The first half of a 200 mile weekend road trip took us from an elevation of 2941 feet above sea level in St. George Utah to about 6400 ft. elevation in Ely Nevada.  The result was just a shade over 36 miles per gallon.

On our return trip, we started out with 479 miles on the odometer and a full tank of gas. (We did have to put a few dollars of gas in to top off the tank.)   The temperature in Ely was around 65 degrees Fahrenheit when we left back to St. George on August 12th.  Just like before, we drove right at the speed limit or over by 1-3 miles an hour.  We drove "normally" not focused on getting the best economy possible, but not pushing the vehicle at all either.  Getting back to St. George that afternoon the temperature was about 98 degrees.

When we went to the gas station in St. George the next day (thus explaining the extra 3 miles vs. the trip to Ely of only 217 miles) and filled the tank up, the odometer had reached 699 miles, for a total driven of 220 miles.  Again, this was almost all from highway miles at about 65-75 miles per hour.


The receipt below shows that we used 5.326 gallons of diesel fuel.

With 220 miles driven on 5.326 gallons of diesel, our trip mpg average came out to 41.30.  Obviously an improvement over the 36.03 mpg we got on the uphill trip.  The difference, in our opinion, was probably mostly attributable to driving uphill on the way there verses going downhill on the way back.

We decided to figure out a combined trip mpg average.  437 total miles traveled (217 going, 220 coming) with 11.348 gallons of diesel used (6.022 going + 5.326 returning) equates to a trip average of 38.50 mpg.  Not too shabby for a brand new diesel.

Now that we had an unscientific but usable baseline mpg figure, it was time to start bolting on some aftermarket diesel performance parts and then measuring the difference these made. First up, an AFE cold air intake kit.  Join us on our next blog post as we share some photos from that installation.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

VW Jetta TDI Performance & Economy Upgrades

"What fuel economy gains can I expect from this upgrade on my diesel?"  That's a question we hear many times every day, so we've decided to do some rudimentary tests for some of our most popular aftermarket diesel performance parts and report the results back to you via this blog.  

Let's start by looking at a 2012 VW Jetta 2.0L TDI Sedan with an automatic transmission.  Our test car is basically brand new, with less than 250 miles on it.  The first thing we wanted to do is establish a baseline mileage reading on the bone stock vehicle.  To do this we used a trip of approximately 217 miles from St. George Utah (elevation 2941) to Ely Nevada (elevation 6427).  On August 9th 2012, we filled the fuel tank and took a picture of the odometer.

With 244 miles on the odometer, we hit the road with a full tank of diesel with no additives.  Temperature that day was about 100 degrees Fahrenheit in southern Utah.  With 3 people and luggage for a weekend trip, we had about 800 pounds in the car.  The drive is mostly in rural, farmland, or even high Great Basin desert terrain, with minimal traffic and only a handful of stops.  The average speed on the trip was about 70-75 mph, and it seemed that if we had kept to about 65-70 mph our rpm's would have been in a better fuel economy "sweet spot."  However, we just wanted to get where we were going, so mileage wasn't worried about - we just went the speed limit, or maybe a little over. 

After getting to central Nevada, we refilled the tank.

The odometer was now showing 461 miles.  

The receipt from our fill up in Ely showed that we had used 6.022 gallons of diesel.

So the math works like this; 461 miles on the odometer minus 244 miles on the odometer at the start of the trip equals 217 miles traveled on 6.022 gallons of diesel fuel.  Dividing 217 miles by 6.022 gives us a final trip average of 36.03 miles per gallon.

Since this trip takes you up over 3000 feet in elevation we were interested to see what fuel mileage it would get on the return trip with lots of downhill stretches of road.  We're also curious to see what effect "breaking in the engine" over the next year will have on fuel economy.  

Join us for our next blog post where we show you the numbers from our return "downhill" trip with the stock Jetta TDI sedan at the end of the weekend drive.  Thank you.  And don't forget to shop Parleys Diesel Performance for all your VW TDI performance needs.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

6.0L Turbo Diesel-Powered Special Ops Vehicle

Sometimes the 6.0L Powerstroke is a much maligned diesel engine.  If you own a 6.0L, and even if you don't, we thought you might get a kick out of this article and video we saw on Fox News about a potential new Off-Road Special Operations vehicle.

Special Operations Tactical Truck - this should be great for rabbit hunting and such!  And best of all, it'll fit in a Chinook.  We'll take two.   And one of these also.

For all your diesel performance part needs, and even for your diesel performance wants, shop Parleys Diesel  Performance.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Banks Ram-Air Intake System for 2010-2012 Dodge Ram 6.7L Cummins

If you own a 2010-2012 Dodge Ram truck with a 6.7L Cummins Diesel engine and have been looking for a sweet deal on a new intake system - Parleys Diesel Performance has one (1) Banks Ram-Air Intake System (Part #42180) available as an "Open Box Item" at the heavily discounted price of $299.00!

Banks Ram-Air Intake System #42180
Banks Ram-Air Intake System #42180 - $299.00

The intake system is in "New/Like New" condition and includes Free shipping to the Continental U.S. This intake system normally sells for $410.97 which means you save almost $112 off of retail pricing!  To order this open box item, call our sales staff during during our business hours (9am - 5pm M-F MST) at 801-938-4891 Option 1.

Be sure to shop Parleys Diesel Performance for your Cummins performance parts and any other diesel performance part needs.