Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents - Text : Chris Tobin Pho­tog­ra­phy: Chris Tobin & Jade Tobin

An in­side look at the 2017 PRI show in In­di­anapo­lis

For most rac­ing series, the win­ter is a time to re­group, re­build and re­fresh, so it makes per­fect sense to host the an­nual Per­for­mance Rac­ing In­dus­try (PRI) show in De­cem­ber—and what bet­ter place than the world cen­ter of rac­ing in In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana? The 2017 PRI Show was held De­cem­ber 7-9, 2017, at the mas­sive In­di­anapo­lis Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, with at­ten­dees from more than 70 coun­tries and all 50 states, as well as more than 1,100 ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies show­ing off their lat­est and great­est per­for­mance and rac­ing prod­ucts.

While a large per­cent­age of the ex­hibitors are fo­cused on var­i­ous gas-pow­ered rac­ing cat­e­gories, more and more com­pa­nies are show­ing prod­ucts specif­i­cally de­signed to help diesel rac­ers get more out of their ma­chines, along with prod­ucts that diesel rac­ers can adapt to their trucks and cars. This year we saw diesel prod­ucts and even sev­eral diesel trucks and cars fea­tured in var­i­ous booths through­out the show floor. An­other al­most com­mon sight on the floor was bil­let alu­minum ma­chined blocks for ul­tra-high-power diesel ap­pli­ca­tions. We saw Cum­mins-based bil­let blocks from D&J Pre­ci­sion Ma­chine (along with the re­main­ing guts of an ex­ploded fac­tory cast block at around 3,000 hp), Fleece Per­for­mance Engi­neer­ing, Scheid Diesel and Wa­gler Com­pe­ti­tion Prod­ucts that also had a few Du­ra­max-based bil­let blocks on hand.

Of course, many other diesel rac­ing hard parts were on dis­play as well, es­pe­cially beefed-up ro­tat­ing assem­bly parts like cranks, rods and pis­tons to han­dle more power as well as a plethora of tur­bos and kits to make more power! Un­for­tu­nately, we don’t have the space in the mag­a­zine to cover ev­ery great new diesel prod­uct or diesel ve­hi­cle that we saw at the show. Fol­low along over the next few pages for an overview of the good­ies and booths that caught our eye as we made our rounds at the 2017 PRI Show. UDBG

An­thony Reams’ XDP spon­sored Su­per Street drag truck was proudly dis­played in the cen­ter of the XDP booth with its triple-turbo Cum­mins gleam­ing un­der the bright lights in Indy.

Aimed at the street-strip rac­ers or tow rig driv­ers who up­graded their turbo but still want an ex­haust brake, Fleece also re­leased this elec­tronic ex­haust brake for Cum­mins ap­pli­ca­tions.

Not only did D&J Per­for­mance Ma­chine dis­play their new bil­let alu­minum Cum­mins block, they also showed off the rea­son it is needed with the rem­nants of the cast block race en­gine that nearly broke the in­ter­net when the ex­plo­sion video was put on­line.

Xcal­liber Trans­mis­sions had their lat­est Al­li­son trans­mis­sion up­grade parts on hand in­clud­ing bil­let shafts, plan­e­tary sets and more to help your Al­li­son hold up to the abuses of com­pe­ti­tion.

The PRI Show is the place to be for rac­ers of all dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing those with a diesel en­gine un­der the hood!

Fleece Per­for­mance Engi­neer­ing showed off their new Comp AL 6061 T6 forged bil­let alu­minum Cum­mins-based en­gine block that uses tech­nol­ogy and tech­niques from the Top Fuel Drag­ster en­gine in­dus­try in a lightweight pack­age that is strong enough to hold...

Pro Tune showed off three new dash log­gers along with their 10-out­put switch sys­tem that could be used for diesel rac­ers who want modern touches in their ve­hi­cles.

More bil­let alu­minum beauty was on dis­play at the Wa­gler Com­pe­ti­tion Prod­ucts booth with both Du­ra­max and Cum­mins based bil­let alu­minum blocks on hand for rac­ers to drool over.

In ad­di­tion to their Ul­tra Bil­let Du­ra­max crank­shaft and 8620 Car­bur­ized al­ter­nate-fire camshaft, the team from Cal­lies also fea­tured their bud­get-minded Duras­tar crank­shaft that is con­ser­va­tively rated to han­dle 800 hp as a strong re­place­ment for the...

Weight is a true en­emy of speed, so the team at Vi­brant has re­leased a line of ti­ta­nium com­po­nents in­clud­ing tub­ing, bends, sec­tions, muf­flers, flanges and clamps to re­duce weight in in­take and ex­haust sys­tems.

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