High-Performance Diesel Builder's Guide
High-Performance Diesel Builder's Guide

High-Performance Diesel Builder's Guide

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High-Performance Diesel Builder's Guide
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High-Performance Diesel Builder's Guide is the first book to explain how modern diesel engines work and how to safely enhance power and performance.

The book covers all aspects of the modern turbocharged diesel engine: intake system, camshaft, cylinder heads, fuel system, combustion chambers, transmissions, and gearing. In addition, this book provides advice on many aspects of tuning your diesel engine from Gale Banks. Author Joe Pettitt, Banks, and other industry experts guide novice and expert diesel enthusiasts alike. The book covers airflow components, including the turbocharger and intercooler, using electronic tuners, and choosing between nitrous oxide and propane injection. An in-depth chapter focuses on engine thermodynamics, using simple terms, diagrams, and charts to explain and illustrate the concepts and principles.

Popular turbo diesel engines are covered including Ford Power Stroke, GM Duramax, and Dodge Cummins B and ISB.


About the Author
Chapter 1: Diesel Theory 
  • Diesel vs. Gas Engines
  • How Diesel Engines Work
  • Thermodynamics 
  • Work Done During
  • Volume Change 
  • Throttling Process
  • Types of Diesel Engines 
  • Common Rail Injection
  • Engine and Exhaust Brakes
Chapter 2: Introduction to Diesel Performance 
  • The Diesel Power Stroke
  • Gale Banks on Mass Flow
  • The Turbocharger was Invented for Diesel 
  • Defining the Limits
  • Combustion Basics
  • Electronic Engine Controls 
  • Factory Derating Tactics 
  • Summary
Chapter 3: Induction and Combustion
  • Tuning the Airflow Path 
  • Volumetric Efficiency
  • Laminar Airflow 
  • Swirl and Flow
  • Gale Banks on Airflow and Combustion
  • Airflow After the Compressor 
  • Cummins and Duramax Intake Manifolds 
  • Air Distribution and Power Balancing
  • Porting for Flow and Swirl 
  • Camshafts and Valvetrain
Chapter 4: The Turbocharger 
  • The Basics 
  • The Gas Law 
  • Heat and Adiabatic Efficiency
  • The Air Density Ratio
  • Choosing a Turbo
  • Compressor Maps
  • Estimate Mass Flow at Torque Peak
  • Blow-Off and Bypass Valves
  • Intercooling Theory
  • Turbine Basics 
  • Wastegates
  • Housing Aspect Ratio 
  • Turbine Tech: How it Works
  • Turbine Maps
  • EGTs: What’s too Hot?
Chapter 5: The Fuel System
  • Diesel Fuel 
  • Diesel Fuel Contamination
  • Biodiesel
  • Cetane Number
  • Flash Point
  • Injection Systems 
  • Electronically Controlled Common Rail Injection
  • Talking Fuel Injection with Bosch
  • Gale Banks on Fuel System Tech 
  • Tuning the Fuel Injection Cycle 
Chapter 6: Exhaust 
  • Exhaust Manifolds 
  • After the Turbo
  • Exhaust Brakes
Chapter 7: Nitrous and Propane
  • Nitrous Oxide 
  • Nitrous and Diesel
  • Jetting Nitrous for Diesel
  • Tuning Tactics
  • Fuel, Air and Nitrous Mass Flow
  • Nitrous System Components 
  • Propane: Is it worth the effort?
Chapter 8: Driveline
  • Manual Transmissions 
  • Automatic Transmissions 
  • Sensing Slip
  • Gearing
  • Fluid Cooling
  • Driveline Alignment and Balance 
  • Advice from Around the Industry
Chapter 9: GM Diesel Engines
  • 1982–2000: 6.2- and 6.5L Turbo Diesel
  • 2001–2004: Duramax LB7
  • 2004–2006: Duramax LLY 
  • 2006–Mid-’07: Duramax LBZ
  • Mid-’07–On: Duramax LMM
Chapter 10: Ford Diesel Engines 
  • 1983–1994: 6.9/7.3L IDI
  • 1994–2003: 7.3L Power Stroke
  • 2003–2006: 6.0L Power Stroke
  • 2008–On: 6.4L
Chapter 11: Dodge Cummins Diesel Engines 
  • 1989–1993: First Generation
  • 1994–1998: Second Generation
  • 1998.5–2002: ISB Upgrade
  • 2003–2007: Common Rail Era 
  • 2007.5–On: 6.7L
Publisher: SA Design
Softcover: Approx. 140 pages
Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.5 x .5 inches
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