4 Wheel & Off Road's Online Cummins Buyer's GuidePosted in Vehicle Reviews on December 16, 2004 0) (
The Cummins B-series engine has built a loyal fan base among Dodge truck owners since its introduction in the late 1980s, and for good reason. This workhorse engine family has provided reliable, strong performance for hundreds of thousands of customers, and millions of miles.
The engine has also proven to be exceptionally receptive to aftermarket upgrades, to the point where 500+ horsepower and 1,000+ lbs./ft. of torque are attainable with a few well-planned upgrades. Though not all Cummins owners are looking for this level of orbit-altering power and torque, it's nice to know it's possible. Here are a few of the latest goodies out for all versions of the Cummins 5.9, from the early 12-valves to the latest "600." And as soon as we know of stuff for the newest king of torque hill, the "610," we'll get those up as well.
ATS Diesel Performance
ATS Diesel carries a full lineup of diesel performance parts for the '94-to-current 12 and 24-valve Cummins motors. Best known for its performance torque converters, ATS also carries propane injection systems, high-flow performance injectors as well as water/methanol injection systems and exhaust brakes.
Gale Banks was in the diesel performance business long before it was cool, back when diesel trucks were considered nothing more than workhorse tow rigs. The company's long-running experience in the business has culminated in its latest offering, the "Six Gun" power tuner, offering six levels of power for the end user, as well as built-in safety features to safeguard the vehicle's drivetrain at increased power levels.
Click here to read 4 Wheel & Off Road's story featuring a Banks Power Pack.
BD Diesel Performance
Anyone familiar with the diesel performance scene has heard of BD Diesel Performance. The company offers a full host of hop-up parts for the Cummins, up to its deliciously insane twin-turbo 24v set up capable of 500+ horsepower and up to 1,400 lbs./ft. of torque! Naturally, the company offers transmissions, torque converters, exhaust brakes and monitors to keep all that power under control.
Blue Chip Diesel Performance
Blue Chip Diesel is a Cummins specialist. If you're lucky enough to live in the Northeastern U.S., you can have your truck serviced at its headquarters in Hudson, New Hampshire. The company was made famous by its FMS fuel management system box for the Cummins, integrating fuel management with a boost gauge, and pyrometer. The company now offers a race-only version called the Redline Performance Box, which Blue Chip claims gives the engine full fueling from 3,200 to 4,000 RPM on 98 1/2 through 2002 Dodge diesel trucks for maximum performance.
Bully Dog Technologies
Bully Dog was made famous by its propane injection systems, but the company offers a full line of diesel performance products including injectors, modules, intakes, exhausts, torque converter upgrades, and of course, propane injection for 1994 and newer Cummins models. The company's latest product for Dodge is its Power Pup uploader featuring three power leves, diagnostic code reading capability, and power take-off function.
Diesel Transmission Technology
As its name implies, DTT specializes in building beefy transmissions capable of withstanding the massive torque output of today's diesel engines. But the company also offers power modules and other goodies to turn your Cummins into a tire-smoking mean machine.
Edge's easy-to-use and effective power modules have made them a favorite with consumers and other diesel tuners alike. Easy installation is the company's trademark, with plug-and-play installation for most of its products. The company's latest product for the 1998-2004 Cummins Ram is its five-level Juice module ranging from 40-120+ added horsepower and 150-350 additional lbs./ft.
Click here to read 4 Wheel & Off Road's story featuring an Edge Products Module.
Hypertech offers a three-stage performance module for the 1998.5 to 2002 Cummins, allowing the user to tune for maximum performance, or heavy-duty use, such as towing and hauling. In addition to the performance programming, the module also has the ability to read diagnostic trouble codes.
Pacbrake specializes in one product, and its experience and specialization shows. This company is well-known and respected throughout the industry for its exhaust brakes. The company's brakes for the Cummins bolt directly to the turbo for easy installation and effective engine braking. The company's new PRXB series of exhaust brakes offer performance comparable to heavy-duty engine brakes at about half the price, according to the company.
Piers Diesel offers a full host of components for the Cummins, including hard-to-find upgrades like performance camshafts and ported heads. If you really want to go all-out, the company offers a twin-turbo system for both 12-valve and 24-valve Cummins models.
Diesel Power Products
Diesel Power Products is famous for its TAG or Turbo Air Guide. By straigtening and smoothing the airflow into the turbo, the company claims increases in power, efficiency, and quieter operation. DPP also offers Scotty Air Systems cold-air intakes for Cummins, including a super-cool clear model.
Superchips offers its Max Microtuner for 1998-2002 24-valve Cummins, offering three levels of tuning, and diagnostic trouble code reading capability.
TST Products has released a new PowerMaxCR add-on computer for the common-rail Cummins. The PowerMaxCR changes injection timing and duration to achieve power and economy gains. This new unit has on-the-fly power adjustment features that allow nine power settings in 20+ horsepower steps to 200 extra horsepower at 2,900 rpm and nine torque settings in 60+ lb-ft steps to 600 lb-ft extra torque at 1,700 rpm. The PowerMaxCR is available with or without built-in gauges that monitor boost and automatically control exhaust gas temperature.
The Walker AIRSEP is a closed crankcase system that makes your engine literally cleaner. The system eliminates oily crankcase breather discharge, returning it to the engine's oiling system. The company also claims the product lowers the amount of crankcase pressure building in the engine, putting less pressure on engine seals, and reducing the chance of oil seal leaks.