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Diesel Performance Podcast


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.




*Rebroadcast* UCC Winner Justin Zeigler / Sled Pulling & Drag Racing Madmen Tony & Tyler Burkhard 2021

UCC 2023 is a wrap! Huge shout out to Tony & Tyler Burkhard for taking home first place. We are currently trying to catch up after the madness of the UCC weekend, so we are bringing back an episode from 2021. It was after Justin Zeigler's first win and the wild weekend the Burkhards had. Enjoy, new episode next week.


Thoroughbred Report

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke discuss Chris' jaunt down to the Thoroughbred facility for the event last weekend! Chris discusses how the dyno day went, the vendor side of things, and how Thoroughbred is one of the top diesel aftermarket distributors around!


Lift Kits With Jeff Kelderman

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke are joined by Jeff Kelderman of Kelderman Manufacturing to talk about their industry-leading lift kits. Jeff breaks down what goes into developing these lifts as tracks add more electronics, where they all started, and a lot more!


ODSS, UCC, And The Grind Of Diesel Competitions With Tony Burkhard

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke have longtime guest Tony Burkhard on to talk about ODSS and UCC coming up very shortly. Tony does it all. Shop owner, family man, competitions, EMT/Firefighter, and just a guy who wants to help his fellow enthusiasts. He sits down to talk about how his team are getting the feel for a different truck, what the UCC and ODSS in Indianapolis will shape up to be like, and more!


Diesel Army!

Randy Bolig, Editor-In-Chief of Diesel Army, sits down with Paul and Chris to discuss how Diesel Army is tackling hot topics in the world of diesel. Diesel Army covers all topics, but they are leaning heavily on DIY and the utilitarian side of the diesel world. Randy breaks down Diesel Army on this episode!


Lift Pumps Are Evolving With Josh Thornton Of FASS

Josh Thornton of FASS Fuel Systems joins Chris Ehmke and Paul Wilson to discuss lift pumps. Josh has been a significant part of FASS for a while working in the research and development side and if you want to understand how these systems work truly, Josh is the guy. Josh sat down to discuss the evolution of newer products with newer truck models, how FASS continues to pump out what we believe are the industry-leading lift pumps, and many more topics are discussed!


The Progression Of Duramax Engine Builds With Guy Tripp

Guy Tripp joins Paul Wilson and Chris Emhke on today's episode. Guy has been pushing the boundaries of what a Duramax engine can do since he bought himself a 2003 LB7. He started out on the gas side of performance modifications and eventually would start what we know today as SoCal Diesel. Guy talks about the progression of Duramax engine builds, how competition continues to get pushed, and how much further these engines can go.


Checking In At The Massive WCFab Shop

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke stopped by to visit Jason Wehrli and talk about everything going on for the Wehrli crew! Jason took time out of his busy schedule to discuss new projects, what 10 years mean to a successful business, and what he's bringing to diesel and the side-by-side industry!


Auto Meter, The Kings Of Performance Gauges

We took a field trip to Auto Meter to discuss the operation they've got when it comes to making some of the nation's best performance gauges! Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke sat down with Marc Erikson and Mike Lovro to discuss why their gauges are some of the best, how the company has continued to evolve since its inception in 1957, and what the future holds for the company. Not only that but they discuss the other amazing facets of the company like its battery testers and more! We'd like to thank Mike and Marc for taking time out of their busy schedule to sit down and talk with us. In addition, we'd like to thank Dean Panettieri (COO of Auto Meter) for his in-depth and knowledgeable tour of the facility. And we'd like to thank Sara White for helping to make this all possible. Thank you!


6 Speed LB7s Facts & Myths!

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke address a topic we constantly get questions on, the 6-speed LB7. The boys want to sift through everything true and everything that is inaccurate when it comes to the 6-speed enabled LB7 diesel truck.


Diesel Jesus! Kory Willis

Kory Willis of PPEI joins Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke! The boys have wanted to get Kory on for years and have finally delivered. Kory sits down to talk about the future of the diesel industry, the future of PPEI, and how the tuning industry is constantly changing. An hour-long episode packed with great talk that any diesel enthusiast would want to hear.


2023 Ultimate Callout Challenge Updates With Chris Searle

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke have Chris Searle back on because the UCC 2023 is literally right around the corner! Chris discusses what folks attending the event can expect, what this competition holds, and the world's largest show and shine!


Unlocking Performance Potential

Andrew Bailey of HP Tuners joins Chris Ehmke and Tim Mahoney! We are glad to talk with Andrew again about the process at which the performance world is stoked about, getting access to allow 10-Speed Allison transmission tuning. A huge deal with the driveability for 2020+ Duramax trucks and they discuss the process that goes into R & D, what this means from here on out, and much more!


What You Need To Know Before Buying A used Diesel Truck

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke are discussing buying a used diesel truck and what you need to know before spending your money. They talk about things you should look out for, how to get the most out of your used purchase, and a ton more on this week's podcast!


Conquered It. Back-To-Back UCC Winner Justin Zeigler

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke are joined by the reigning back-to-back champion of UCC, Justin Zeigler. He checks in to let the boys know if he's going for a three-peat, what his plans are with ODSS, and how he wants to get back into sled pulling.


They Said It Couldn't Be Done

Well, well, well. It's happened. HP Tuners has given tuners the ability to unlock the L5P ECM remotely. This is a massive deal within the industry. Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke break down what this means for diesel enthusiasts and the industry on this episode.


Lift Pumps 101

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke discuss lift pumps in this week's episode! They break down top questions people ask when it comes to lift pumps. From beginner questions to veteran diesel truck tips the boys have you covered on this episode.


What Do We Think Of The 3.0L Duramax? You May Be Shocked

What Do We Think Of The 3.0L Duramax? Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke got to take out the newly acquired 2019 3.0L Duramax to let you know what they think about the truck stock, what improvements tuning will be able to make down the road, and much more!


2022 Cummins Huge News And More New Things On The Horizon

Chris Ehmke and Tim Mahoney have some interesting new developments with Cummins, turbos, and a few more things. They break down what you can expect to see coming here VERY SOON.


Horsepower Recipes Stage 1, 2, And 3 For 5.9L Cummins

Paul Wilson and Chris Ehmke are talking horsepower recipes for 5.9L Cummins on this episode. They discuss three different stages for horsepower goals that we see the typical Cummins owner looking for in their years of expertise. From a great daily driver to an all-out beast, let's get it!