To many of us, diesel vehicles represent the American dream. They're able to keep up with the hardworking Americans that have never been afraid to get their hands dirty and do the tough jobs, which is precisely why there are 10 diesel engine trucks sold for every 100 trucks in the United States. If you frequently take advantage of the power behind your diesel engine, you may be interested in diesel truck turbo upgrades.
Although every diesel vehicle sold in the U.S. comes with its own factory standard turbocharger, you may not be getting the most out of yours -- after all, not everyone uses their truck the same way. Let's take a look at some of the benefits of seeking out turbo upgrades.
Fuel Consumption: Turbocharged diesel engines are much different than standard engines. As a result, the entire vehicle weighs more and allows for more engine power to maximize fuel efficiency. For example, if you have two engines -- one turbocharged and one not -- that produce 200 horsepower, the turbocharged engine may be able to reach that power with only four cylinders, while the standard engine would need six cylinders. Turbochargers can sometimes increase fuel economy by 20%. Adding a compound turbo setup or drop-in turbo upgrade can drastically help with fuel economy as well as increase your engines horsepower for pulling heavy loads..
High-Altitude Performance: Engines require air pressure to burn fuel and generate power. Because there is lower air pressure at higher altitudes, regular engines aren't able to produce as much power. Comparatively, the performance and power generation of a turbocharged engine actually improves in such conditions; this is due to the fact that there is a greater pressure difference between the turbo and the exhaust. Turbochargers increase the density of air entering the engine, thus generating more power.
Noise Pollution: Although turbocharged engines typically produce more power than non-turbocharged engines, their design typically makes them less noisy than a naturally aspirated engine (non-turbocharged). At the same time, turbochargers act as additional silencers and muffle any noise generated.
How you take care of your diesel truck -- from its fuel lines and fuel filters to its truck rims -- may change depending on what you use it for. If you're constantly loading, moving, and unloading heavy materials over long distances, you want your truck to be able to keep pace with you; by upgrading your engine's turbocharger, you can ensure that you're getting the most out of your diesel truck.