Synthetic Motorsports Diesel Corner

Build Your Truck On A Rock Solid Foundation With A Suncoast Performance Upgraded Transmission

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Build Your Truck On A Rock Solid Foundation With A Suncoast Performance Upgraded TransmissionYou’ve sat in the stands and watched your heroes pull the sled the length of the track; you’ve seen them race the quarter mile as if God himself kicked them in the tailgate; and you’ve seen them strapped to the dyno to prove upwards of a thousand horsepower dedicated to roasting the balonies on a moment’s notice. Then you see them drive the damn thing home; as if nothing unusual had happened at all.
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Zone Offroad Lift Kits Jack Your Truck Closer to the Sky without Destroying Your Wallet

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Zone Offroad Lift Kits Jack Your Truck Closer to the Sky without Destroying Your WalletWe’ve all been there. You’ve spent nearly all your dollars just getting that beautiful heavy duty diesel pickup truck into your driveway. The ink is barely dry on the loan papers; but something is nagging at you. It’s so easy climbing in and out of the cab that your girlfriend asks if you bought a low rider. When you stand next to the bed, you can easily see into it. The stock wheel and tire package looks so weak you can barely stand it.
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Take the Bounce Out of Your Ride with Sulastic Rubber Spring Shackles

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Take the Bounce Out of Your Ride with Sulastic Rubber Spring Shackles SULASTIC SHACKLE (PN# SA-06)Back in the nineties I had an unhealthy obsession with MiniTruckin’ magazine.  My first truck was a ’96 Chevy S-10 that I’d slammed to the ground.  The front was dropped 5 inches from stock and the back 7 inches.  The rear drop was so much that the axle pretty much rested on the bump stops. It looked amazing to me at the time though. The skateboard stiff ride was just part of the fun for me; but my girlfriend truly suffered.  My gf at the time had exceptionally large breasts (high five) that would bounce around as the rear suspension bounced and crashed over road imperfections. Now, I’m not going to lie; those bouncing breasts brought me very real joy; but she complained that they hurt, which meant I had to keep modifying until she was comfortable. The cure came in the form of a “C-notch”, a very nineties truck mod that involved cutting out the bump stop and a “C” shaped section of the frame.  This cut-out was then reinforced.  This all...
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To Lift or to Level; That is the Question - Either Way, Cognito Motorsports Has You Covered

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To Lift or to Level; That is the Question - Either Way, Cognito Motorsports Has You CoveredYour bone stock truck sits in the driveway. It’s beautiful and shiny; fresh from the dealership. In your mind you go over all the mods you want to do to it.  But before you get to the twin turbo kit or long range Titan fuel tank; or even a 70’s style CB radio (breaker breaker; there’s a bear in the air and a fly in my soup; etc), you need to address your new truck’s attitude. From the factory your truck sits lower in the front than in the back.  This is called a rake.  The reason is so that when you carry a significant load in the bed; making the truck squat in the back; the truck will be level while loaded.  This is great if you run loaded all the time; but the reality for many truck owners is that the bed is empty much of the time.  This leaves your truck with the ever so slightly undignified impression of a hen waiting for the rooster; her ass in the air and beak in the weeds. So what can be done to rectify this woeful condition?  There are two schools of thought. ...
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Cover That Gaping Hole atop Your Truck Box with a Bestop Soft Tonneau

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Cover That Gaping Hole atop Your Truck Box with a Bestop Soft Tonneau You bought a new truck and it’s sitting in the driveway looking pristine and pretty.  It’s like a fresh canvas waiting for you to turn it into a work of art.  Will you upgrade the engine first?  Or maybe look at installing a lift kit, or perhaps some aggressive looking wheels and tires?Or maybe that gaping hole atop your box will be your first deficiency to address.  Your pickup truck wouldn’t be a pickup truck without that box; but the fact that it’s wide open to the elements and wind comes with a few intrinsic disadvantages.  As you drive down the road with an open bed, it acts as a big air scoop; slowing you down and hurting your fuel economy.  Not to mention the insecurity of leaving the stuff in your box wide open to prying eyes; who might just help themselves to your gear the next time you stop for gas and a pee break. There are many options for covering your truck bed, ranging from the relatively expensive choices like a full canopy or a hard tonneau cover; t...
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Power Steps from Amp Research Make Your Lifted Truck Accessible to the Little People

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Power Steps from Amp Research Make Your Lifted Truck Accessible to the Little PeoplePrior to 2003, if you wanted a running board on your truck (to make ingress and egress easier), you ended up with something fairly ugly that also happened to hurt your fuel economy.  The fuel economy hit was because the traditional running boards of the time just stuck out into the wind 100% of the time; acting as parachutes dangling off the side of your truck. But that all changed in 2003 when Amp Research provided the Lincoln Navigator with the very first Powerstep.  This was (and still is) provided as an OEM part built to last the life of the truck.  These Powersteps can be found as original equipment on many full size trucks and SUV’s now, as they solve the problem of climbing in and out of a tall truck; while also tucking up out of the wind when not in use.  The Amp Research Powerstep is the definition of a “have your cake and eat it too” kind of truck part. The Powerstep works like it sounds.  When you open the door to your truck, the step automatically and almost...
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Double Your Pleasure with a Twin Turbo Kit

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Double Your Pleasure with a Twin Turbo Kit So you’ve been dabbling in the black magic that is forced induction.  You replaced your weeny little stock turbo with a big honking single turbo, and you have kicked some serious ass down at the quarter mile track and/or pulling the sled at the truck pull events.  You’ve learned first hand about ‘turbo lag’.  It takes a little while for that large turbo to finally spin up and come on to full boost; but when it does the rush and results are undeniable. If racing and sled-pulling are your main motivation for upgrading your engine, then the issue of turbo lag is a minor one.  In that case; you are probably thinking about your next upgrade.  The setup you should consider is a parallel twin turbo.  This is where you have two identical (in this case; big) turbos force feeding air into your motor; usually one for each bank of cylinders on a V8 engine.  In this situation, you will still have the issue of turbo lag; but when those big turbos do spool up, it will feel like God ...
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One Huge Single Turbo to Rule Them All with Big Power and Big Simplicity

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One Huge Single Turbo to Rule Them All with Big Power and Big Simplicity When we’re building our trucks for hauling and fun; we can reach a point of diminishing returns.  While adding a cold air intake and adjusting the tune with an EZ-Lynk Autotune system will definitely increase your power and fun factor, they can only work with “what you’ve got”.  So if you’re still running the somewhat pathetic stock turbo system that came with your rig, you are leaving hundreds of horsepower and hundreds of foot pounds of torque on the table.  Your truck could literally move mountains if only you force enough air into it.  The most cost effective way to do that is upgrading your truck’s piddly stock single or twin turbo setup to a honking huge single turbo. Going with a big single turbo is a no brainer if your ambitions lie on the quarter mile track or the sled pulling arena.  You do trade some tractability in this search for power though, as big turbos take longer to spool up than small turbos, so your power gain will come a little later in the rpm’s...
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Fuel Lift Pumps Make Sure You Don’t Leave Any Power on the Table

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Fuel Lift Pumps Make Sure You Don’t Leave Any Power on the TableSo you’ve had your diesel truck for a while now.  You’ve done the Cold Air Intake, you’ve upgraded the exhaust, you’ve installed a PPEI Autocal with its 5 position switch for 5 separate tunes; from mild to race.  But you can’t use the “Maxx Effort” race position yet because your stock fuel pump just plain runs out of breath at that level of power and torque. The fact is you are leaving 10% of your truck’s possible power output on the table if you haven’t yet installed a Lift Pump.  The modern lift pump does more than just pump more fuel for your engine to burn; it also cleans the fuel of various contaminants, including entrained air and vapor, particulates and moisture. What is “entrained air” you ask?  Well, as you drive your truck around, the diesel fuel sloshes about in the fuel tank, causing the air in the tank to mix with the fuel.  Typically, 10% of the volume of diesel in a truck’s tank is actually air bubbles; or “entrained air”.  This air stays in the fuel as...
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Shift Between 5 Different PPEI Custom EFI Live Tunes on the Fly with the PPEI Autocal

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Shift Between 5 Different PPEI Custom EFI Live Tunes on the Fly with the PPEI AutocalImagine towing your drag race machine to the track with your 2011-2016 LML Duramax. It’s a long tow, so you set the 5 position SOTF (Shift On The Fly) for your PPEI Autocal to the second setting; so called “Economy”. This setting gives you a mere 60 horsepower lift over stock, low enough to still be economical for the long trip; but high enough to make towing loads over 10,000 pounds a snap. You get to the race track and unload your race car and lay down some runs with it. The race car is running well and you are happy with the numbers it’s putting up; but your mind keeps running back to that SOTF switch on the dash of your Duramax. It’s a 5 position switch… Recalling that you installed a lift pump in your truck a couple weeks back, you decide to try out the “Maxx Effort” fifth position with its extra 200 horsepower… The truck does its best impression of a top fuel dragster, squealing the duellies and throwing you back in your seat like no truck you’ve ever driven. A...
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Cold Air Intakes Stuff More Oxygen into Your Motor to Make More Power

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Cold Air Intakes Stuff More Oxygen into Your Motor to Make More PowerYour truck’s stock air intake system is designed to be quiet and cheap to make. Manufacturers know they are leaving some horsepower and torque on the table, but they have other things to worry about. Things like the overall longevity of your truck and all the other parts that work together to tow your big boat to the lake; or race car to the track; or some villain’s beach house off its foundation. They don’t judge; they just want your truck to work when you need it to. But in the aftermarket the air intake system is considered the low hanging fruit of upgrades. A cold air intake system is probably the easiest single upgrade you can do to your truck that increases power and torque and even fuel economy, all while keeping your precious engine from being destroyed by dust and road dirt. They are called “Cold Air Intakes” because they are designed to pull air from outside the hot under hood areas. They can pull air through the grill, or through the side fender, or sometimes...
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Titan Fuel Tanks Increase Your Truck’s Range by Hundreds of Miles

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Titan Fuel Tanks Increase Your Truck’s Range by Hundreds of MilesAs we modify our truck’s engines to produce more power and torque, eventually we run into the problem of a shortened range. Generally speaking, anything that increases power and torque also increases fuel consumption. The factory original fuel tank in your truck is only so big; so you can only go so far between fill ups. This can become quite a pain in the neck when pulling a heavy trailer a long distance, for instance. If only there was a safe way to increase your truck’s range… Here comes Titan Fuel Tanks to the rescue. Famous for their military grade High-Density Cross-Linked Polyethylene fuel tanks, Titan has a few solutions for your cross country hauling needs. These tanks are very tough; with 5 times the impact strength and 20 times the environmental stress crack resistance over your OEM fuel tank. These tanks are also very resistant to hot and cold temperatures; the polyethylene material is 200 times less thermally conductive than steel; not to mention one fifth...
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Serious About Towing? Look No Further Than B&W Gooseneck or Curt Fifth Wheel Hitches

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Serious About Towing? Look No Further Than B&W Gooseneck or Curt Fifth Wheel HitchesWhen you got your first tow vehicle, you probably got a bumper pull setup. This towing arrangement is very common and less intimidating at first, but has many limitations. The weight can only be so much on the trailer tongue where it attaches to the hitch (generally up to 15% of the loaded trailer weight); otherwise you can end up with dangerous trailer swaying. You are also limited to the size of trailer, leaving no room for camping accommodations on a horse trailer, for instance. At a certain point, once you’re a seasoned tower, you realize a bumper pull hitch’s chief function is to give you a place to hang your TruckNutz (or Arkansas Earrings; as they call them in North Dakota). Now that your TruckNutz have a natural place to dangle; it’s time to look into the bed for a place to mount a hitch that can haul some serious shiznits. At this point, you have two choices; the hardworking gooseneck hitch or the Country Cadillac grade Fifth Wheel hitch. The main difference b...
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What Flavour of Diesel Fuel Additive is Right for your Truck?

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What Flavour of Diesel Fuel Additive is Right for your Truck?Our trucks run on diesel, the decomposed bodies of dinosaurs, supposedly. Diesel has needs. Whether you are sweating your bag off at a donkey show in Tijuana Mexico; or shivering and teeth chattering up in Sniffbutt, North Dakota, your fuel has varying needs that can be met with a correctly chosen diesel fuel additive. In the latter, in the cold weather, diesel has a tendency to gel up and not flow so well. This can lead to fuel filters plugging up and stopping your truck in it’s tracks. This happens because the naturally occurring wax in diesel starts to crystallize in cold temperatures. The lower the quality the diesel, the less cold it needs to be for this to happen, some fuels gelling up at 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees celsius). This point is called the cloud point of the diesel. This arbitrary temperature limit can be very inconvenient in the northern climates. To combat diesel gelling, Amsoil makes a product called “Amsoil Diesel Cold Flow” that can lower th...
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Does your truck sound weak? Flo~Pro Exhausts will put some hair on your truck’s chest!

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Does your truck sound weak?  Flo~Pro Exhausts will put some hair on your truck’s chest!When our trucks leave the factory, the exhaust is tuned for a compromise between power and sound. Generally, they are tuned to be quiet more than anything else. This is fine for some people, but not us. We want more power, better sound and lower exhaust gas temperatures. A big name on the diesel exhaust upgrade scene is Flo~Pro. They are famous for their 4 and 5 inch single race exhausts available for Duramax, Powerstroke, and Cummins diesel engines. These systems are much straighter and higher flowing than the original systems that come with these trucks. Most Flo~Pro exhaust systems come with a machined flange to match up perfectly with your turbo, stock or aftermarket. Competitive systems just flare the pipe out around the turbo which causes a weak spot in the down pipe that eventually gets damaged by the vibrations from the turbo.  Flo~Pro also over engineers another typical weak spot of aftermarket exhausts; the hangers. Most systems make do with an inch of weld fo...
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When your HD Diesel isn’t quite HD enough, the Airlift LoadLifter 5000 has your back

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When your HD Diesel isn’t quite HD enough, the Airlift LoadLifter 5000 has your backWe all buy our diesel pick up trucks for different reasons, but in general it comes down to hauling heavy things. It could be heavy toys like recreational trailers, boats, four wheelers, side by sides, dirt bikes, snow mobiles, etc; or it could be sand, gravel, road salt, your Mother in law, etc. The point is, our trucks are for hauling. Sometimes we have to load them right up to their limit; and sometimes a little beyond.Perhaps you’re loading up for a weekend of fun at the lake. The truck is sagging under the weight of all your toys and gear; all the snacks and booze; the trailer attached and the boat itself loaded up with essentials as well.  It’s mildly uncivilized looking with the tail of the truck lower than the front. Your headlights point up into the air, blinding oncoming traffic and proving somewhat useless for seeing where you’re going.You could go ahead and re-aim your headlights, pointing them down at the road again; but then once you unload the truck you’ll...
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Wake up your 2.8 Liter Duramax with the 2016 PPEI Duramax LWN Autocal

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Wake up your 2.8 Liter Duramax with the 2016 PPEI Duramax LWN AutocalSo you love diesel trucks, but you live in the city with limited parking. How do you satisfy your need for mountains of torque and a high riding position; while also facing the reality of city living?  You’ve seen those F-150’s and Ram’s tooling around town with the sidewalls of their tires worn down to the white walls. This is because their owners rub them against the curb when they street park; it looks terrible. It’s like a red flag telling the world that you’re driving the wrong vehicle for the city environment. But you have a boat to pull, or a toy trailer, or a race car. What do you do? Chevy and GMC have you covered with the new 2.8 Liter Duramax Canyon and Colorado. These mid-size trucks come from with a 7700 pound tow rating from the factory, and even have some big rig features like a Smart Exhaust Brake and a Common Rail Direct Injection system. While these pint sized pullers are much smaller than a typical 3/4 or One ton diesel HD truck; they still pack a si...
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The SDP LML Twin Turbo kit enables your Duramax to pull down 5.24 beach houses...

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The SDP LML Twin Turbo kit enables your Duramax to pull down 5.24 beach houses... In Lethal Weapon 2, a still respectable Mel Gibson plays the loose cannon cop Martin Riggs. In this scene Mel calmly uses his 1989 Chevrolet K3500 extended cab dually to pull down the bad guy’s beach house; causing much mayhem and fist pumping.  This is a display of truck enabled manliness unmatched heretofore in cinema. Besides being awesome in it’s own right; this scene gives us a Manliness Unit that we can use to measure our trucks and impart bragging rights backed up by science. Watch the Video: < The 1989 Chev K3500 Diesel Martin Riggs drove had 143 horsepower and 257 foot pounds of torque. These numbers are cute by today’s standards; but were enough to yank down a whole home full of bad guys. So we will call this the original Manliness Unit. How do we use the MU? Simple. This week we discuss the 2011 to 2016 Duramax Diesel GMC and Chevrolet trucks. Rated at 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque, these trucks are no slouch from the factory. By dividing the...
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V2 EZ-Lynk is easily the best thing about 2016

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V2 EZ-Lynk is easily the best thing about 2016Here in the final days before 2017, it’s easy to write off 2016 as the worst year in history. Between the deaths of David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Carrie Fisher and coherent debate in our political discourse; it’s tempting to view 2016 as a stubbornly buoyant turd circling the toilet bowl of time. Flush already, dammit.But there was one shining example of American exceptionalism that floated to the top of that most American of passion’s: diesel performance. Kory Willis, chief alchemist at PPEI, looked out over the poor state of diesel tuning and saw those poor huddled masses, clinging to their ancient non-wifi connected diesel tuning products. He knew those intrepid and under appreciated performance enthusiasts deserved a better way to extract nipple stiffening horsepower and bowel shaking torque from their diesel trucks.Kory Willis ascended the Mount Olympus of diesel performance and returned with the EZ LYNK AutoAgent; the last word in extracting ...
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Synthetic Motorsports Unveils the EZLynk AutoAgent, The 1st Diesel Performance Tuning Mobile App by PPEI

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Synthetic Motorsports Unveils the EZLynk AutoAgent, The 1st  Diesel Performance Tuning Mobile App by PPEILet’s be honest, a significant majority of people only see their light duty diesel trucks as a means to get from point A to B. However, as enthusiasts we want more than that. Tuning performance, prestige and personalization can be an important aspect of diesel truck ownership and enjoyment. How do we get more performance from our Duramax, Cummins, or Powerstroke diesel engines? This is where Kory Willis of Power Performance Enterprises Inc (PPEI & EFI Live) has us diesel enthusiasts covered. PPEI is the best and most sought after custom tuning company in the performance diesel industry and has the drag racing titles and dyno sheets to prove it.So what cost effective modification can be done to current Duramax, Powerstroke and Cummins diesel engines? PPEI provides a great solution with their industry leading Autocal and AutoAgent tuning products. Whether used as a standalone product or in conjunction with other upgrades these PPEI products deliver significant performance ...
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