Diesel Performance Upgrades For Heavy Equipment

Published on 02/18/2022

diesel performance upgrades for heavy equipment

Are diesel trucks or diesel machinery an important part of your business operations? Take a moment to consider the costs and overhead of running your business. Diesel engine repair costs and fuel costs are likely to be substantial.

Diesel Performance Upgrades To Consider For Your Heavy Equipment

If you would like to install diesel performance upgrades to your vehicle or other heavy equipment, please consider All Bay Diesel, the top choice for Berkeley diesel truck repair. All Bay Diesel specializes in repairing, rebuilding, and upgrading diesel vehicles. We service everything from luxury cars to tractor-trailer trucks and farm equipment.

Cruise control for trucks and utility vehicles

Maintaining a steady speed is an effective way to improve fuel economy. Braking wastes energy, converting it to heat and wearing out the brake pads. Cruise control helps you maintain a moderate speed on the highways, reducing energy loss due to acceleration and braking. If you do a lot of highway driving, cruise control can cut fuel costs by over 10%.

Electronic fuel injection control module upgrades

Computer control is becoming more important in getting the most out of all the other diesel performance upgrades. Precisely timing the injection of diesel fuel into the combustion chamber is one way to increase the efficiency of your diesel engine. The fuel injection control module (or FICM) controls the addition of fuel to the engine.

The FICM connects to the powertrain control module. Synching the fuel injection system with the powertrain allows continuous fine-tuned adjustments to the fuel injection system. Under the control of the FICM, the delivery of fuel to the engine occurs at the precise time to allow optimal ignition. Better engine performance prevents sputtering, reduces emissions, and improves fuel economy.

All Bay Diesel stocks the latest FICM brands and will help you find one that works best with your type of diesel engine and your performance needs. Once we find the right upgrade for you, switching out the FICM hardware is a relatively quick job for our experienced team.

Fuel injector upgrades

Naturally, your diesel engine will not work efficiently if fuel can’t get to the engine. Clogged, damaged, or worn-out fuel injectors force the engine to work with the wrong air-fuel mixture and can introduce contaminants into your engine. Cleaning out the fuel injector system can help, but sometimes a full upgrade provides the most benefit for your money.

Air intake upgrade

Like gasoline engines, diesel engines need air for the combustion of fuel. Air intake upgrades make it easier for air to get to the ignition chamber at the moment of combustion. Air intakes also include filtration to prevent dirt and other contaminants from building up in your engine.

Cool air intakes pull in outside air rather than air inside the engine system, which has absorbed heat from the engine. Cooler, denser air produces more efficient combustion, which can improve fuel economy and increase horsepower.


A turbocharger in a diesel engine works by compressing air. Like some other diesel performance upgrades, it helps more air get to the ignition chamber more quickly. The turbocharger uses a turbine-powered by the engine’s exhaust to compress the air before it enters the engine.

The combination of compressed air and compressed diesel fuel means that the engine can burn more fuel in a shorter time. The turbocharger can add up to 150 horsepower to a typical diesel engine and increase fuel efficiency by up to 30%. 

Exhaust system upgrades

The exhaust system does more than just let exhaust escape from the engine – it is crucial to your engine’s performance. If the byproducts of diesel fuel combustion cannot leave the engine quickly, fuel and fresh air cannot get in. The result is incomplete combustion, wasted fuel, and more pollutants coming out of the exhaust.

A larger exhaust system allows a larger volume of exhaust to flow out of the vehicle in a shorter time. This helps the engine run more smoothly and sound better, making the vehicle more fuel-efficient and ecologically friendly.

Engine tune-ups

Experts recommend that you tune up your engine every 3,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. A tune-up includes inspecting the transmission, changing the oil, changing filters, and inspecting the brake pads and tires for signs of wear.

Cleaning and maintaining any of these parts of a diesel engine or fuel system can improve your fuel economy and increase horsepower and torque.

Performance Upgrades At All Bay Diesel

If you need improved performance and better fuel economy from your diesel engines, consider any one of these diesel performance upgrades. For fast and professional installation of after-market upgrades on diesel engines, you can trust All Bay Diesel. For more serious problems with your diesel engine, look into diesel engine repair by All Bay Diesel. Call (925) 522-1780 today and talk to us about your diesel engine needs. 

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