Category: Horsepower

August 17, 2018 10:26 pm

If you’re looking for power in your next vehicle then look no further than diesel performance trucks. We gathered a list of the top 5 best diesel performance trucks on the market. Check them out!

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2018 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel

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Starting off this list is the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The 1500 can tow a solid 9,200 pounds with 420 lb-ft. While that may seem underpowered compared to other trucks on this list, the EcoDiesel excels in offering an upscaled interior, a smoother ride than most competitors, and good gas mileage to boot.

Overall, this truck is perfect if you’re transitioning to diesel-powered trucks because you want to, but don’t necessarily need to.


2018 Ford F-150 Diesel

ford diesel 2018Not surprisingly, the F-150 secures a spot on this truck list. In this case, the 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel nabs the spot with its impressive tow capacity and sheer number of options. The 2018 F-150 has six engine options available, including the 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6.

When equipped with the new diesel V6 engine, your F-150 will be able to tow up to 11,400 pounds with 440 lb-ft of torque. Along with towing power, the F-150 Diesel exhibits a nice 22 mpg in the city and 30 for the highway.


2018 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD

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With stronger diesel performance comes a larger price tag. And while the 2018 GMC 3500 HD may be very powerful, you’ll need to be ready to commit to the cost.

Adding a diesel engine bumps the price of the regular gas-powered Sierra 2500 up an additional $9,390 from the starting tag of $38,800. With that cost, you’ll be able to reel nearly 23,300 pounds with 910 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, 4-wheel drive is going to cost you extra as well.


2018 Ram 2500/3500 HD

We’ve moved to business from pleasure. You aren’t going to spend time hauling campers and boats with the Ram 3500. No, this is for the big league projects.

The 2018 Ram 3500 HD has an insane max towing of 30,000 pounds with 800 lb-ft. If you aren’t hauling construction machines and equipment then you aren’t using this truck to its fullest.


2018 Ford Super Duty

Here we are at the top. The Ford Super Duty is America’s ultimate diesel performance vehicle. This is the sandbox of truck customization.

To fully unlock the Super Duty’s power, you’ll need to shell out an extra $9,120 on top of $42,000 base price for a 6.7- liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine. A whopping 840 horsepower lets you push out an incredible 925 lb-ft of torque. And the towing capacity? A staggering 34,000 pounds.


July 28, 2015 10:04 pm


For diesel vehicle owners, knowing how to maximize diesel truck performance is a high priority, regardless of how long the vehicle has been on the road. In addition to regular upkeep and maintenance, a diesel engine can benefit from certain additions to help increase overall diesel performance.

Your diesel engine should always be running at its full capacity and providing maximum output. We’ve compiled a list of simple diesel performance products to help boost diesel performance on your vehicle.

Turbocharger and Exhaust Upgrades

One of the most well-known diesel performance products available to truck owners is thZ Seriese diesel turbocharger. While it is popular, most individuals cannot explain exactly what purpose it serves.

A diesel turbocharger forces a greater amount of air into a vehicle’s combustion chamber. This both allows more oxygen to flow and a better regulation of temperature. For diesel truck owners who want more power but are concerned about putting too much stress on the engine, a turbocharger provides much needed balance.
Similarly, an upgrade to a diesel exhaust system is helpful in boosting diesel truck performance. An upgraded diesel exhaust system allows for owners to increase the capacity of horsepower their vehicle is able to produce.

A bigger diesel exhaust provides a safe way to remove excess exhaust system fumes without compromising engine temperature.

Upgraded Diesel Performance Fuel Injectors

In addition to exhaust system and turbocharger upgrades, diesel vehicle owners can utilize specialized fuel injectors made for diesel vehicles.

CX Series GMCAn upgraded diesel fuel injector creates an optimal hole pattern that provides for the most precise fuel spray while on the road. There are wide ranges of diesel fuel injectors that carry a number of benefits. Some trucks can boast an increase in horsepower by 50 or 100 hp simply by adding a diesel fuel injector. Remeber, each vehicle will respond differently to added fuel injectors.

With a diesel fuel injector, it is possible to increase total horsepower with the correct mechanical adjustments.

Diesel Fuel Additives

Another easy way to improve diesel performance is by adding diesel fuel additives. While this small enhancer won’t provide for the same amped up horsepower that a turbocharger or fuel injector will, fuel additives can pack a punch.

Each diesel performance fuel additive works to even out the rate of combustion of the fuel. This creates a smoother driving experience than before. Some fuel additives will provide up to an additional 20 hp for certain vehicles.
If you are wondering how to improve horsepower for your diesel truck, our eMX Series Tacomaxperienced technicians at TSA Custom Car and Truck are here to help.

We can explain which diesel performance products are best for your vehicle, and assist you with understanding how each works from start to finish.

Visit our diesel performance page or contact us at (775) 883-0477 to discuss your horsepower needs today.

February 19, 2013 9:45 pm

In our previous post we talked about the benefits a custom cold air intake could bring to the performance of your vehicle. However, the most common upgrade many people like to purchase first is exhaust. There are few things more instantly gratifying than the rumble of a new catback; it literally screams power. But while the sound is great, there are more benefits than just what can be heard.


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An expertly installed exhaust system does wonders for virtually any vehicle. From pavement shredders to mud throwers, gas or diesel, custom exhaust allows your vehicle to breathe more freely. If an intake system is the inhale, exhaust is the exhale. You wouldn’t want to run a race trying to breathe through a straw; the same goes for your engine. By upgrading both exhaust and intake, you are effectively creating a breathing strategy for your engine.

Yet, as tempting as it may be to tack on the biggest, loudest system available, this may not be best. Your engine requires a certain amount of back pressure in order to perform correctly. By eliminating this back pressure you are seriously inhibiting the performance of the vehicle. To achieve maximum results, consulting with a professional can make all the difference. At TSA Custom Car & Truck, our technicians are expertly trained to select the parts that will provide the greatest boost in horsepower for your ride.

As a Magniflow dealer, TSA Custom Car & Truck is the best performance shop in Reno and Carson City. Our experience has shown that the Magniflow product is one of the best on the market. They have options that are perfectly tailored to have your gas or diesel screaming with power. They even provide kits made exclusively for the off-road market. There is no vehicle that we cannot equip with a performance, dyno-proven exhaust system.

If you are ready to tear the rubber off your tires, there is no better place to come than TSA Custom Car & Truck. Our expert staff will have your vehicle doing things you never imagined possible. With an effective breathing strategy, your car or truck will be operating at peak performance. Our doors are open, tool boxes in position and lifts are greased, so what are you waiting for?

January 22, 2013 8:00 pm

Believe it or not, it’s likely your vehicle was designed with a key component that severely limits its performance capabilities. Air is one of the most crucial elements of a combustion engine. Your vehicle is constantly fighting a battle to pull in as much oxygen as it can through your stock intake box, the actual air inlet to the box and the paper air filter inside. This is like trying to breathe through a straw; it just isn’t practical. Upgrading your intake to a performance cold air intake will allow your engine to breathe more freely and substantially improve performance.

Benefits of Cold Air Intake

TSA Custom Car & Truck is your premier source for providing performance parts and installation in Reno and Carson City. We can increase the horsepower of your vehicle with a performance air intake kit from reputable dealers like Airaid, MBRP, Edge and BD Diesel Performance. These products are designed to streamline the intake process and maximize the amount of air your vehicle receives. They employ larger inlets and easier breathing filters to improve airflow.

However, increased airflow is not the only benefit these products can bring. It is scientifically understood that cold air is denser than hot air. By reducing the temperature of the air being received by the engine, cold air intakes pack more oxygen in a smaller space. This improves combustion efficiency and increases horsepower, torque and MPG. It really is a win, win, win upgrade that will improve the performance of any combustion motor.

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At TSA Custom Car & Truck, we understand how to improve the performance of any vehicle. Our staff is trained to be able to recommend the best product for your application. We will give you the guidance you need to turn your car or truck into the asphalt shredder you desire. Specializing in diesel and gas motor performance strategies, our shop doors are always open and ready to get started on your upgrades. Check us out next month, when we will talk about cold air intake’s big brother, exhaust, and get the final piece of the puzzle for creating a breathing strategy to maximize performance.

TSA Custom Car & Truck is an auto expert in Reno and Carson City. We’re your specialty auto shop that can help with any improvement you plan on making to your car or truck. We have a variety of custom accessories for trucks and cars. Contact us today or visit us to learn more!