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    by Published on 04-07-2016 01:01 PM

    Here is your chance to participate in a webinar offered jointly by Cummins Filtration and Heavy Duty Trucking. This webinar covers:

    • NanoNet Media, Technology, & Innovation
    • The Future of Engine Lube Filtration
    • Science to Technology - Performance Innovation
    • Balanced Design: Efficiency, Capacity, & Cold-Flow Ability
    • Advancements of the LF14000NN Filter on ISX Engines

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016 ● 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET



    Speaker: Russ Bretell, Manager, Education & National Accounts. Russ has been with Cummins Filtration for 24 years, and spent most of his tenure in a Technical Education role. He has been in the Diesel Equipment industry for 36 years, working for various dealer groups including Caterpillar, John Deere and Mack. Russ has spoken at many industry conferences and events, as well as conducts ongoing training and educational initiatives throughout the year.
    by Published on 03-17-2016 08:59 AM
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    Transfer Flow is requesting your feedback on a potential new fuel tank design.

    If you're the owner of a 2013 - 2016 Ram pickup with the 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Towing Prep Package or have the Rambox cargo management system, would you be interested in a 43 gallon in-bed ...
    by Published on 02-23-2016 02:31 PM

    RAM AIR SUSPENSION – 3500 Truck Owners - We Want Your Input

    Straight to the point. The folks at Ram Truck Engineering read your comments in our Issue 89 article about the Ram factory air suspension packages (pages 18 – 21). As they further refine these three distinct air suspension options (yes, the 1500/2500/3500 trucks all work a little differently), they would like your further comments and suggestions.

    Here is the format ...
    by Published on 02-23-2016 02:26 PM

    RAM AIR SUSPENSION – 2500 Truck Owners - We Want Your Input

    Straight to the point. The folks at Ram Truck Engineering read your comments in our Issue 89 article about the Ram factory air suspension packages (pages 18 – 21). As they further refine these three distinct air suspension options (yes, the 1500/2500/3500 trucks all work a little differently), they would like your further comments and suggestions.

    Here is the format we ...
    by Published on 02-23-2016 02:20 PM

    RAM AIR SUSPENSION – 1500 Truck Owners - We Want Your Input

    Straight to the point. The folks at Ram Truck Engineering read your comments in our Issue 89 article about the Ram factory air suspension packages (pages 18 – 21). As they further refine these three distinct air suspension options (yes, the 1500/2500/3500 trucks all work a little differently), they would like your further comments and suggestions.

    Here is the format we will use. The Ram folks and I have made separate areas ...
    by Published on 02-04-2016 01:35 PM

    Issue 91 of the Turbo Diesel Register is in the mail. US addresses should expect delivery within the next 7 – 14 days. International addresses should allow 2 – 4 weeks for delivery. Next week, TDR subscribers will receive a link via email to access the digital edition of the magazine. If you do not receive that link, contact rpatton@ix.netcom.com for assistance.

    Two additional items are included in the cover wrap of Issue 91:


    • TDR member decal for 2016
    • TDR membership brochure

    When the membership brochure arrives, take a minute to review it (did we miss anything?). Write your name and member number on the form so that we can acknowledge your recruiting efforts. Makes copies. Then put them in your glovebox to hand out to other Ram truck owners you meet. Thank you, in advance, for helping us grow the TDR membership.

    What can you expect from TDR Issue 91?

    • Doug Leno gives us a report on Third Generation suspension upgrades.
    • Joe Donnelly gives us an update on 2013 and newer emission systems.
    • VW is in the news. We provide insights that tell the complete story.
    • FCA’s Sergio Marchionne is in the news. Again. We strive to give you a complete update.
    • The SEMA Show and the state of the performance marketplace are in the news. Ditto, the complete story.
    • As always, members helping members in our best of the internet and Member2Member columns.

    Late Breaking News – Fifth Generation Ram HD Trucks Pushed to 2019.

    In issue 91, we talk about the FCA five-year product plan that was released in the summer of 2014. That plan would have the next generation 1500 trucks being introduced in 2017 followed by the Fifth Generation Turbo Diesel HD trucks in 2018. In that article, I speculate (page 49) and Greg Whale speculates (page 71) that these introductions will be delayed to 2018/2019 respectively. We both cite articles from Automotive News as the basis for our speculation.

    So what’s “late breaking” that would confirm the speculation? Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette writes “Sergio’s Big Bet.” Quoting from that article, “The Sterling Heights Assembly will be retooled into a body-on-frame to build the next generation of the Ram 1500 pickup. The start of production of the next generation 1500 is set to begin January 8, 2018, sources told Automotive News.”

    So if the conventional plan of introducing HD trucks in the follow year holds truck, we’ll see the Fifth Generation Turbo Diesel in 2019.

    For Issue 92 (May delivery), we’ve got some additional intriguement (yep, we made that word up) to share as the staff endeavors to bring you the “complete story.”

    We hope you enjoy Issue 91.

    Robert Patton, Editor
    by Published on 12-30-2015 10:21 AM

    Is It Cold Yet?

    Not here on the east coast. The neighbor who is in the clothing business tells my wife that winter apparel sales are way off. Likewise, block heater plugs are in plentiful supply at Geno’s Garage.

    Nonetheless, the cold weather will set in, and you should be prepared. We all trust that the fuel folks look at the weather map and blend the fuel for the upcoming temperatures. Regardless, have you given any thought to fuel additives for the winter months?

    I recall several years ago (actually 14 years ago – 2002) I wrote an article titled, “Is Premium Diesel Worth the Premium?” My research was aided by data from the folks at Research Laboratories. They conducted the actual tests on the fuels.

    TDR writer, Doug Leno, wrote a follow-up to my article in 2007 (see TDR Issue 55, pages 48 – 49).

    Here we are in 2016, and I have another 16-page Research Laboraties report in front of me, “Performance Comparison of Winter Diesel Fuel Additives.” The report was done in plenty of time for the Winter season (October 15, 2015 publish date) and my apologies for not posting it sooner (yes, it has been busy.) Likewise, I wish that time had allowed me to write another summary for you, but time has slipped away.

    Without further delay, “Winter Additives.” Read the full 16-page article by clicking here.

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