Throughout “diesel history,” emissions and diesels just haven’t really gone hand in hand. Whether we want to blame the loose regulations that have mandated diesels, or the improper equipment used at the emissions testing facilities that really are not designed to test diesels, they are a segment of the market that has slipped through the fingers of the EPA and CARB. All of this began to change most dramatically in 2007 when the EPA fired up new mandates that kicked all of the vehicle / engine manufacturers in the tail to reconfigure their parameters. Many truck owners, discontent with the new regulations and how it affected their vehicle’s fuel economy and performance, sought out ways to actually remove these federally mandated parts that allowed the vehicle to meet the EPA and CARB mandates.
As with any new requirements in the automotive industry, we agree that there will always be growing pains, and diesels are no different. Most can remember when emissions standards were ramping up for gasoline powered vehicles in the 80’s that caused a multitude of issues on these applications, and now it’s diesel’s turn. However, as the manufacturers have now had over six years of refinement, the systems have become drastically improved, netting large increases in fuel economy and less down time for repairs of the systems and their related parts compared to the earlier models.
We, at Power Products Unlimited, have always embraced having efficiently running, yet still high horsepower, diesels, as well as supplying parts that reflect this approach. In order to further display our support of emissions standards and maintaining compliance with that, we are working on specific categories on our website that will display EPA and CARB compliant aftermarket products. So whether you live in the state of California with the strictest standards and testing, or you simply want the cleanest running diesel in your own neck of the woods, this will be geared towards you. We will also be featuring various categories that we will sell factory and aftermarket emissions equipment, such as DPF’s (Diesel Particulate Filters) and EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) systems. These types of products will be a great resource for those that either have damaged or clogged factory components that are no longer in warranty, or for those that have previously eliminated these components and are now looking to become emissions compliant once again. Currently, there have been several manufacturers developing aftermarket EGR coolers in which we’ve had great success with that will be featured in these new categories. Above and beyond this, we will also offer all of the factory DPF’s, EGR valves and coolers, catalytic converters, and so forth, just as you would purchase from the Dodge, Ford, and GM dealers.
We have always felt passionate about this industry no matter what direction it takes in regards to emissions, and we feel fortunate to be a company that is willing to support change with the outlook that it will only keep the sport growing for years to come.