TDR 79 - TDReview by Robert Patton Hello TDR audience. The following is an article from our Issue 79 magazine that discusses the ongoing saga of strict emissions control/compliance and how this affects the aftermarket performance business.
Following this article is a press release from the EPA about products sold by EDGE Products.
I'm hopeful my article gives you a better understanding of what is happening in the performance aftermarket so that you can make informed decisions should you want to hot-rod the engine in your Turbo Diesel truck.
Several subtitles for this article come to mind.
“It Ain’t Illegal ‘Till You Get Caught” “Rules, What Rules?” “Can’t Hit a Moving Target” “The Consumer’s Dilemma” “Competition/Racing Use Only” “Shell Game” “That’s Not Fair” “Someone’s Going to Jail” “What’s Next?”
As I looked at the subtitle selection I had jotted down, I realized that I had just written an outline for this 2013 performance parts update article. Before I jump into the report, let me give you some background information on the subject . . . .
Issue 78 of the Turbo Diesel Register was delivered to the post office for mailing in Greenville, SC on Friday, November 2, 2012. Domestic addresses should allow 10 – 14 days for delivery. International addresses (including Canada) should allow 2 – 3 weeks.
The new 2013 Ram Turbo Diesel trucks are featured on the cover, and a four-page in-depth analysis of the truck is a part of this magazine. What else can you find in Issue 78?
- Our annual review of Ram Technical Service Bulletins issued over the past year. - A Technical Topics discussion on “Ditching the 6.7 liter Exhaust Aftertreatment System.” - A TDReview of two books – Red, Black and Global and the Diesel Odyssey of Clessie Cummins. These books give you a behind the scenes look at lots of Turbo Diesel history. Did you know that Ford does not own Cummins? Seriously, here is an interesting fact: the ’03 – ’07 HPCR engine did not require EGR, saving the folks at Chrysler $227 per engine or a cool 150 million dollars over the 4.5 year model run. I think you will like the historical information provided in the TDReview section of this issue. - 6.7-Liter injector matching is covered by both Joe Donnelly and Andy Redmond. - John Holmes talks about transmission temperatures. - Writers Holmes, Magnoli, Anderson, Dagleish and Donnelly also give us lots of service, parts, and accessory updates. - TDR writers address the editor’s question, “What have you discovered lately?” in their articles.
But wait, there’s more.
The 2013 TDR Calendar is included with your magazine. We want to thank all of the TDR Members who took the time to submit their photos. Thanks to digital photography, this year’s entries were the best ever. Over 250 truck owners submitted photographs, and our panel of judges had a very tough time selecting the final photographs for use in the calendar. We plan to use many of these entries throughout the year so that you can see even more TDR Member trucks than the calendar allowed us to display. We are hopeful that the 2013 TDR Calendar finds a prominent place in your home or office as you mark your important dates for 2013.
I would like to also encourage you to participate in Geno’s Garage’s annual community service project for 2012. They selected the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as their project this year. How does their annual project work? From now through December 31, 2012, for every reusable "Starting Fluid" drink tumbler - or – “got diesel?” t-shirt they sell, they will send 100% of the proceeds (not profits) directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Consider giving those on your holiday gift list a reusable "Starting Fluid" drink tumbler or “got diesel?” t-shirt. Geno’s Garage has been able to bring back the ever-popular “got diesel?” t-shirt for this year’s charity project with the support of DieselSite.com which owns the trademark.
As you'll read in the report, the RAM folks introduced the new 2013 trucks at the State Fair of Texas last Thursday (September 29, 2012). We worked to a four page report for the upcoming TDR #78 magazine and wanted to quickly share the text with TDR web members. Here is the story. You'll like the horsepower and torque ratings!
Robert Patton TDR Staff
THE NEW 2013 RAM HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS
Definition: back.ground.er: noun, an off-the-record briefing for reporters
The term “backgrounder” was used for the Ram press conference on September 27 at the Texas State Fair where the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks were unveiled to the public. Although I had not used the word before, the on-line Webster dictionary states that the first known use of “backgrounder” was in 1960. Once again I find myself behind the times.
Regardless of the fine points of usage, what was learned at the Ram presentation?
First off, it was a presentation by Ram—not Dodge, not Dodge Ram—simply Ram. We are all familiar with Chrysler’s new branding of the truck as Ram, effective back in the 2009/2010 timeframe. However, traditionalists continued with the “Dodge” nomenclature and insisted that it could only be called “Ram” if there was a new entry on the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate designating Ram as the manufacturer. However, my VIN research for positions 1-3 of the VIN shows they were using “Chrysler Group LLC-Truck” as far back as 2005, before the Cerberus Capital Management ownership. Others tell me that position 5 has recently been changed from “D” to “R”. Regardless, to make it an official stand-alone Ram truck took time: lots of legal and government mumbo-jumbo to go through, not to mention separate franchise agreements which every Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and now Ram dealership was required to sign. So let it be known: the 2013 truck is a Ram. The Ram franchises have been signed.
Okay, back to the Ram backgrounder: The Webster definition suggests that a backgrounder is an “off the record” briefing. Perhaps I should modify my definition of backgrounder to read “product presentation that still allows for surprises, interleaved with unequivocal, take-it-to-the-bank fact.” Such was the take-away from the Texas unveiling: there are still some surprises to be revealed at a location and date to be determined.
Did the Texas backgrounder serve its PR purpose, to build anticipation for the new-and-improved, and leave me wanting still more facts? Without a doubt. Let’s jump into the material that I can share with you.
Issue 77 of the Turbo Diesel Register went out in the mail on Friday, August 3, 2012. Domestic addresses should allow 10 - 14 days for delivery. International addresses (including Canada) should allow 2 - 3 weeks.
So far, we are hearing favorable comments about the cover. It is a compilation of photographs that were submitted for past TDR Member calendars. Congratulations to each of you for these great photographs - Chris Gray, Manuel Capdevila, Eric Spurlock, Lars Wells, Derrill Barnickle, David McNall, Pat McQuada, Paul Mierop, Robert Herzberg, Charles Stockton, Neil Winnemore, Tim Allread, Mark Yeary, Edwin Green, James Arnold, and Tim Sims! I think you'll like this cover. Please note that we have begun accepting submissions for the 2013 Turbo Diesel Calendar. So get your cameras and cell phones out and start snapping some photographs. We anxiously await your submission.
In addition to this great cover, what else can you expect in Issue 77?
Test your knowledge of the Third Generation truck by critiquing the editor's, "Technical Topics" article on, "Wish I'd Known That . . . " where I try to identify the '03 - '09 trucks' strengths and weaknesses. Let us know if there are things I overlooked by sending me a quick e-mail by clicking here.
In Issue 77 I asked the writers to include their thoughts about a "wish I'd known that" moment as related to the ownership of their truck. Their "known that" stories are about fast cars, women, alcohol, marriage, gambling, etc. and provided me great entertainment. Unfortunately, while funny, most did not make it to the final copy you will receive.
The theme came from a new TDR member. They key motivation behind the purchase of his truck was "the legendary Cummins engine." But he was having trouble dialing in the truck. Pesky problems had him perplexed. Eventually he found the TDR and helpful TDR members came to the rescue. He sent me a letter praising the website members and expressing his sincere appreciation for all of the help.
Other articles include:
- Do you need extra filtration for your '03 and newer high pressure common rail (HPCR) engine?
- Writers Holmes, Leno, Anderson, Dagleish and Donnelly give us lots of service, parts and accessory updates.
- Doug Leno gives us an update on Third Generation suspension components.
- Robert Schwarzli gives us a look at the new 2013 RAM 1500. What might this foreshadow for our 2500/3500 trucks?
- CMEP celebrates 20 years of engine production.
- Kevin Cameron takes us back to the 1940's to help us understand today's diesel engine.
Enjoy Issue 77, and please spread the word about the Turbo Diesel Register.
TDR Members, Issue 76 was mailed from the printer’s facility on April 30, 2012. Please allow 10 – 14 days for delivery to your mailbox.
Issue 76 is destined to be one of your favorites. How so? Remember the one-year long, everything you ever wanted to know about engine lube oils expose written by John Martin back in 2007 (TDR Issues 54 – 58)? Its focus was on the change from the oil specification CI+4 to CJ. John helped us to understand why the change was not necessarily for the better. For the most part you can no longer purchase the old CI+4 specification oil. So who has the best CJ lubricant? John helps us find out in his article, “Lube Oils – Version 2012.”
Another reason that Issue 76 is one of our favorites is an article that looks at fuel transfer pumps for the Third Generation trucks with specific emphasis on the ’05 and newer trucks, which have the transfer pump in the fuel tank. Inspired by TDR Writer, David Magnoli’ s dual fuel transfer pump arrangement (Issue 69, page 67, “Parallel (Duplicate) Lift Pumps”), I crawled under my 2010 truck and installed a duplicate transfer pump and filter. I hope you will learn something from my trials by reading “Fool Transfer Pump Retrofit.”
As the theme for Issue 76, I asked the writers to cite any articles, website discussions, or unique truck items that they might have seen at a show or rally and tell us how they were inspired to make a change to their truck. You will be entertained and enlightened by their responses.
What else is in Issue 76?
- A continuation of our discussion on the price of gasoline versus diesel fuel in our “BITW” column. - Writer Greg Whale talks about a “Bunch of Whiners.” - Writer Mark Barnes discusses “Customer Service.” - Writer Kevin Cameron tells us about “Piston Evolution.” - Writers John Holmes, Andy Redmond, Jim Anderson, Joe Donnelly and Scott Dalgleish give us lots of service, parts and accessory updates in their columns. - Writer Robert Patton gives you a follow up on accessories installed on the 2010 project, Mr. Schwarz.
And on the cover of Issue 76, check out Jerry Jason's truck as he splashes his way through the Gulf of Mexico. Nice shot, Jerry!
Enjoy Issue 76, and please spread the word about our membership group.