As 2016 draws to a close, we thought it would be really fun to take a look back over the past 12 months and examine what have been the top 10 of our hardest-hitting and most-read articles here on Diesel Army. What we found was equally surprising and interesting, as you’ll soon see.
We’re not sure what it is about engine swaps – the originality, the experimentation, the partial insanity – but we, and so many others love to read them. This particular article dealt with Jeremy Schmidt and his frustrations over 6.0-liter Power Stroke motors. After two replacement engines, the man had had enough and opted to go with a 24-valve 5.9-liter Cummins instead. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of his life!
Cummins, Duramax, and Power Stroke motors can rest easy on their laurels and have brand equity out the wazoo. But one motor, the V2203DI, is just as tough as its more well-known rivals and possesses some interesting characteristics that make it an awesome swap idea. This article dove deep into three separate builds – a Ford Ranger, a Jeep Cherokee, and a Jeep CJ-2A – and covered how each builder was able to make this spunky four-pot powerplant work out perfectly.
If this article’s popularity showed anything, it’s that many of you were gearing up to see what water-methanol injection could do to your rig! Regardless, this was just a great piece that covered everything related to the power-adding technique, along with some great insight from the experts at Banks Power.
The Camaro was never designed with a diesel in mind, but that didn’t sit well with Nathan Mueller of One of Won Customs in Waite Park, Minnesota. He took a 2010 ‘Maro and bestowed it with a lovely but heavy-as-hell Duramax to see if the car could measure up, and sure enough, it did. This is one project that really puts the “muscle” back in “muscle car”!
Everyone loves a good old controversy. And in regard to the diesel world, no subject sparks greater flame wars than the one about who makes the best powertrain on the market. This article is a bit dated now, but still brings up some great points!
GM’s next leap in Duramax performance and technology was announced this year for all heavy-duty Chevrolet and GMC trucks. Picking up where the LML left off, the all-new L5P bumped up the horsepower and torque ratings and shows that 6.6 liters of displacement are all you really need to keep progressing. This article showcased a lot of the changes made to the motor and how GM was able to keep the Duramax engine rolling strong.
Kicking off the hysteria regarding the new L5P Duramax motor, this video from 2015 gave us all the first glimpse of how the V8 sounds and what the trucks would look like. It was a real treat back then, and still is a year later.
Famous author Jonathan Swift once wrote: “Falsehood flies and the Truth comes limping after it.” When the rumor mill starting churning out stories about Cummins and Ram parting ways, it created a firestorm of commentary and confirmation bias. We wrote an article about the topic in 2014, just as Cummins was making inroads with Nissan, and calmly explained how it all seemed true but really wasn’t. It’s still a great read and we recommend you check it out if you haven’t already.
As the outliers of the late-model diesel platforms, Cummins’ 5.0-liter V8 in the Nissan Titan XD and VM Motori’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel in Ram and Jeep models were very interesting powerplants. We put the spotlight on both to determine what were their strengths, weaknesses, and specifications.
When news broke of Chevrolet partnering with Carhartt to produce an all-new trim package on the 2017 Silverado HD, the diesel world did a collective jaw drop and bug-out eyes. Even we at Diesel Army were not prepared for the tidal wave of popularity that this article would receive! Still, it was definitely an earth-shaking announcement. We predict it will really get Ford and Ram working overtime to make their own epic partnership agreements with third-party companies.
That was all 10 of our most-read articles of the year. From diesel swaps to Duramax announcements, it was quite interesting to see how each one spoke to you, our beloved audience. We can’t wait to continue bringing you all more terrific tech, events, news, and other great content as 2017 rounds the bend. Stay safe and have a happy New Year, truckers!