Fluidampr Releases TWO Diesel Competition Series Dampers

Harmonic balancers or crankshaft dampers are absolutely critical. They’re what keeps your engine running freely and rotate balanced. Without a good one, you’re risking your investment in either a drag truck or pulling truck/tractor. Our friends over at Fluidampr just released not one but two different dampers for diesel competition.

The applications are the 5.9 and 6.7-Liter Common-Rail Cummins (P/N 980301) and tractor pulling engines with a taper-lock hub (P/N 1243101). If you’re serious about diesel competition and you need a damper, this is for you.

 

Cummins 5.9L / 6.7-Liter Common Rail – Competition Series
Professional truck pullers and drag racers who push the limits demand a Fluidampr Performance Diesel damper for all-out competition. The new Competition Series for Cummins 5.9L / 6.7L Common Rail engines delivers.
At 10-3/32” diameter and 28.8-pounds, the competition damper offers greater damping over the standard Fluidampr performance diesel design. The added mass is strategically located closer to the block by eliminating the accessory drive pulley. A tone wheel is integrated into the damper housing.
The robust steel design is laser welded for superior durability under high torque and horsepower. A lasting wear-resistant finish comprises of black zinc chromate, plus laser engraved logo and SFI serial number. The damper meets SFI 18.1 specifications.
Fluidampr recommends Drill Pin Kit (p/n 300002) and Cummins Full Power Kit (p/n 300008) installation hardware. Available through quality parts distributors and professional diesel engine builders.
Features
  • Damper only. No pulley.
  • Robust one-piece construction.
  • Integrated tone wheel.
  • SFI 18.1 spec.

Tractor Pulling – Universal Fit For Taper Lock Hub
Tractor pulling engine builders long favored Fluidampr parent company, Vibratech TVD heavy-duty viscous dampers. Fluidampr now takes it further with 35 years of experience developing dampers for professional motorsports. The result is exceptional, long-lasting crankshaft vibration control for today’s top Pro Pullers.
In comparison, the new Fluidampr tractor pulling damper surpasses the Vibratech TVD heavy duty damper in competition use. The Fluidampr design meets SFI 18.1 safety specifications for high rpm structural rotational integrity. Inertia mass is roughly 10% greater to optimize vibration control for higher torque. Additional internal components compensate for greater thrust loads. Overall, thicker steel and laser welding the housing creates a single-piece design for superior durability for high torque and horsepower.
The damper also features a more robust, 12 bolt-on 4.5” b.c. mounting flange. The universal fit design requires a taper lock hub with 3.25” pilot. Looks as great as it performs. Wear-resistant black zinc chromate, plus laser engraved logo, timing marks, and SFI serial number finish off the Fluidampr branded design.
Features
  • Robust competition design specifically for tractor pulling.
  • 12 bolt flange for custom mounting.
  • Clockwise and counter-clockwise laser engraved timing marks.
  • SFI 18.1 spec.

Excited to hear more about the development of these projects, I spoke with a few guys over at Fluidampr including Nick Orefice. Orefice was approached by a few people interested in these items and the wheels began to turn. “Ryan Milliken of Hardway Performance and I spoke at last year’s Scheid Diesel event about our dampers. After a few weeks of conversation, the ball was rolling on a common rail Cummins competition damper,” Orefice said.

Orefice continued, “After some initial design ideas back and forth with Ryan and John from Freedom Racing Engines, I set out to convince management and ownership that we should support this setup. After our first meeting to bring this comp damper and HD pulling damper to market, our amazing ownership went to work with engineers to try and make it happen,”

Some people don’t know this but Fluidampr is actually a small, family-owned business and putting hours into research and development cost a lot of money. With that said, it was a big risk to go out and attempt to create something that may not sell but in an attempt to support the racing community that supports them, they went for it.

“After months of planning and some inevitable delays, we are super excited to get these out to the racers and pullers. I am a fanatic for Super Stock pulling and the HD damper for those guys was a big goal of mine. Steve Blagrave, owner of the “Red Horse” tractor called me looking for a Fluidampr product that could handle what they had to offer. Like the Cummins comp damper, we redesigned a damper that is purpose-built for pulling tractors. I walked these projects through the process knowing the gap in performance harmonic dampers would soon be filled for the teams that needed it most. Both of these products are SFI certified which is a huge deal when it comes to safety,” said Orefice.

I am excited for the team at Fluidampr for making these happen and I appreciate their support to both the drag racing and sled pulling community. For more information about Fluidampr and their newest products, you can head over to their website right here. For more part reviews, truck features, and event coverage, stay tuned right here to Diesel Army.

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Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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