Ford Diesel Performance

By: Nathan Young

Ford started it and the aftermarket finished it. The Ford Powerstroke Diesel comes from the factory with a lot of power, nice fuel economy and a serious towing capacity. Ford Diesel Performance has been tweaked a lot by the diesel aftermarket, and the Ford Powerstrokes can really be tuned up. We'll talk today about a few of the common performance upgrades.

The first upgrade that most people do to their ford diesel is the performance chip. Two of the most popular are the Diablosport Predator, and the Edge Juice with Attitude Monitor.
These performance chips function in different ways. The Diablosport Predator is a hand held tuner that plugs into the diagnostic port under the dash, and it loads up a new program to the truck. The Diablosport predator has three power settings, on the top setting it delivers 120 hp and on the economy setting can deliver a twenty five percent increase in fuel efficiency to a conservative driver. The Edge Juice is a module that mounts under the hood and the Attitude Monitor is mounted on the dash. The Edge Juice with Attitude Monitor allows you to adjust the power as you drive which is nice when towing. On the top setting it also delivers 120 hp and on the economy setting gives about a twenty five percent increase in economy as well. The attitude monitor also acts as a full digital gauge set up and is used to monitor important engine parameters. These are some of the most popular Ford diesel performance chips.

Another one of the most popular upgrades is the cold air intake. A Cold air intake is a large cone filter and is sealed away from the hot engine air. Cold air takes up less space and the more air you can get into the engine the higher the percentage of the fuel will get burned. This puts more power at the wheels and allows for better fuel economy.

The other major modification that most people do to their Ford Diesel trucks is a larger diameter and less restrictive exhaust. A less restrictive exhaust is important especially when towing heavy loads. If exhaust gas temperatures climb to high, which can happen fast when towing, damage can be done to the engine. A larger diameter exhaust also relieves back pressure on the engine which allows for better fuel economy as well since the engine doesn't have to push the exhaust away. The Ford Powerstroke diesel really is built Ford tough and there are many ways to make it even better.

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