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The Diesel Performance Podcast is a conversation, debate, and everything else about the three main domestic diesel engines: Duramax, Powerstroke, and Cummins. Hosts Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke cover topics every diesel owner wants to know. If you love diesel engines and light duty pickup trucks - you've found the perfect podcast.


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The Diesel Performance Podcast is a conversation, debate, and everything else about the three main domestic diesel engines: Duramax, Powerstroke, and Cummins. Hosts Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke cover topics every diesel owner wants to know. If you love diesel engines and light duty pickup trucks - you've found the perfect podcast.




Turbos! Stock Vs. Mod Stock Vs. Cummins CW Stealth STR

Paul Wilson brings you the most data-intensive episode when it comes to putting a turbo through quite the test. Nick Priegnitz, CEO of Calibrated Power/Duramaxtuner, put together a set of tests including towing, spool-up, and max horsepower smoke output limited and unlimited. Yes it's a ton of information. The turbos? 5.9L 3rd Gen Cummins stock turbo vs. a modified wastegate turbo vs. a Cummins Stealth STR turbo. If you like to hear real-world data, you'll want to listen to this episode!


L5P... Delete it? Keep It Emissions Intact?

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke are back with a hot button topic. We've all been around enough to have seen a ton of misinformation make its rounds when it comes to emissions equipment and tuning around the LML and now the L5P. Paul and Chris discuss in-depth about the what you should look out for, what the future is next, and much more on this episode of Diesel Performance Podcast.


5th Gen Cummins Horsepower Recipes

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke are back to discuss 5th Gen Cummins horsepower recipes. We have been getting a lot of requests via messages and comments to do a horsepower recipe episode on the 5th Gen Cummins and the boys delivered. They tackle upgrades, why your transmission in your 5th Gen needs a little something extra, and much more.


2024 L5P Stock Turbo & 2023 HO Powerstroke Turbo Analysis

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke are back with some educational content this week! They bring you a couple of segments on Diesel Insights where Nick Priegnitz of Calibrated Power / Duramaxtuner breaks down the differences between a 2024 L5P stock turbo and compare it to the prior years of L5P 6.6L Duramax trucks. Then they bring you another turbo analysis where Nick discusses the 2023 High Output Powerstroke stock turbo compared to the standard output model. Class is in session!


Pittsburgh Power / Max Mileage. Bettering Semis With Bruce Mallinson

Paul Wilson is joined by Bruce Mallinson of Pittsburgh Power. Bruce details his beginnings with tinkering with Cummins diesel engines in the late 70s, how he grew a one-man operation into this massive empire known as Pittsburgh Power, and just how effective Max Mileage is and why it's one of the best things on the market for semis!


Did We Do It? - DIY 'Till I Die LB7 Project Truck Final Stages

Chris Ehmke brings you Anthony Bruneni and Tim Mahoney as they give you the final few updates of the DIY 'Till I Die LB7 project truck. They discuss fuel and air modifications, the issues they ran into with the injectors install, some sick WCFab parts, and if the accomplished what they had in mind when it comes to goals with the truck. We want to give a massive shoutout to Tim and Anthony. Anyone that has subjected themselves to a build knows these are never easy. Great work boys!


2023 Powerstroke High Output... BEHIND THE WHEEL

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke get their hands on a 2023 Powerstroke High Output model.... It comes from the factory at 500 HP and 1,200 ft-lbs, so what do the boys think of it? They touch on what they like, what they'd fix, and other things from behind the wheel of the 2023 HO Powerstroke!


DIY 'Till I Die LB7 Truck... Tuning, Transmission, 6th Gear, And More!

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke are bring you the first five installments of Tim Mahoney's LB7 project truck they are calling the DIY 'Till I Die! Anthony Bruneni and Tim Mahoney walk you through the project idea, tuning a truck that's 20+ years old, getting it on the dyno, adding a 6th gear, and yanking/building the transmission. Be sure to follow the truck build on Duramaxtuner's YouTube channel.


Y-Bridges.... The More You Know With Jason Wehrli

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke are joined by Jason Wehrli on this week's episode! Jason talks to the boys about why Y-Bridges are important and how their new re-design are a big deal. He talks about new product development as well.... Specifically 6.7L Powerstroke products!


Buyer Beware.... Online Knockoffs

Paul Wilson is joined by Randy and Jordan Harkema of Exergy Performance to discuss misinformation on their products from unauthorized sellers. Folks, the diesel industry is susceptible to these things just like any other. They discuss what to look out for and why buying from authorized sellers is worth the $20 extra spent.


NOx Sensor Disaster

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke have an interesting story for you all this week. They detail and discuss a NOx sensor issue that was misdiagnosed at multiple locations. They break down what went wrong, how it was corrected, and how much this job costs compared to going with the alternative options.


8.9L Big Block Cummins RISES AGAIN

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke are joined by Jaden McKinley to discuss how his weekend went with the BEAST known as the Big Block Cummins at the Paw Paw Sled Pull. It was hot, 15+ pounds of ice were consumed by the cooler, and how'd it far on the track? Well, find out here!


F*ck It, Send It - Robby Garcia

Paul Wilson and Alex Hogue are joined by Robby Garcia to discuss climbing his way up the standings board with his truck. Robby started competing in 2020 at King Of The Streets and has been going to events ever since. He discusses the progression, what it's like to do these events, and just sending it!


Big Turbo Things Coming

Paul Wilson and Alex Hogue want to let listeners in on a pre-launch secret regarding an STR turbo for the 2019-2023 6.7L Cummins, how a turbo gets certified for emissions standards, and they discuss another charger development that is about to be released by Calibrated Power / Duramaxtuner.


*REBROADCAST* The LBZ Budget Build Wildness

With Tim's LB7 project truck/budget build/DIY 'til I Die coming close to completion (be on the lookout), we thought it'd be a great time to reshare when we had an LBZ budget build with our buddy Tyler Franzen. Paul Wilson, Chris Ehmke, and Tyler discuss the truck and everything on this episode.


DIY Is A Learning Process With Colin King

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke talk with Colin King about his 2006 5.9L Cummins. He has made a few mods and in the process has seen issues arise throughout the build. He discusses that journey with his 5.9L on today's episode


Breaks? Issues? Corn Dog Consumption? Sled Pull Season Check-In

Paul Wilson and Jaden McKinley discuss how sled pull season is going for Jaden with the Calibrated Power 2017 6.7L Powerstroke so far. Dry weather, tracks being beat down, and other factors have had Jaden rethinking his strategies this season; He discusses that on today's episode!


History Of The 2.8L Duramax

We have a research episode! Paul, Chris, and Alex get into the history of the 2.8L Duramax. They breakdown it's origins, what made it so unique, and ultimately it being done in lieu of the 3 liter. They have all the info on the 2.8L featured on this podcast!


County Fairs, Corn Dogs, And Trying Not To Break - Sled Pulling Season!

Paul Wilson and Alex Hogue are joined by Jaden McKinley, shop tech at Calibrated Power/Duramaxtuner. They had Jaden on the show to discuss the first sled pull of the season with the 2017 6.7L emissions-equipped Powerstroke, what it's like putting the truck through that much stress, what to look out for, and much more!


Gas Vs. Diesel *Rebroadcast*

Paul and Chris welcome Nick Priegnitz on the show to discuss Gas Vs. Diesel! It's one of our biggest downloaded episodes so we figured it would be a good time to reshare. Have a great one!