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Spindle Knuckle

What is a steering spindle/knuckle?

In a suspension system a steering knuckle holds the bearings and connects the steering and suspension to the rotating components. The steering knuckle is sometimes also called an upright or hub. The tire assembly and wheel connect to the hub or spindle of the knuckle where the wheel spins while maintaining a steady range of motion by the knuckle or suspension assembly. The spindle is a part of the suspension system that carries the hub for the wheel and attaches to the upper and lower control arms.

Your steering system

The purpose of the steering system on your truck is to convert rotary movement of the steering wheel into angular movement of the front wheels. The axle supports the front wheels by aid of linkage and the steering box. The front wheels are connected to the steering wheel so they can can spin without the danger of a lateral slip. The steering system also helps in part to cushion road shocks.

Looking to upgrade your steering system?

Take a look at the  Cognito Heavy Duty Tierod Kit w/ Spindle/Knuckle. This system is for use on the 2001-2010 6.6L GM Duramax and is intended to replace the factory tie rod assemblies from the ends of the drag link to the spindles. It was engineered to get rid of the factory outer tie rod and the inner ball and socket joint. These components are exchanged with semi joint rod end units. The Cognito Heavy Duty Tie Rod Kit uses right and left hand threads as well as a straight adjuster tube to refine toe settings.

Self-Lubricating rod ends

These kits are made from 1 inch diameter DOM steel tubing for ultimate strength and durability. These are meant to replace the factory adjusters that neck down at the threads. Factory adjusters are well known for bending where the threads connect to the outer tie rod. The Cognito system replaces the inferior inner ball and socket found in factory systems. Cognito use rod ends that have a 3/4 inch shank and body with a 5/8 inch hole for the mounting points. Cognito line the rod ends with Teflon enabling them to lubricated themselves!

Purpose of tie rods

The tie rod is part of the steering apparatus in a vehicle. It is a structural rod used as a tie and capable of carrying tensile loads only. Tie rods consist of an outer and inner end. They spread force from the steering center link to the steering knuckle. This causes the wheel to turn. The outer tie rod end connects with an adjustable sleeve which is used to set a vehicles alignment angle. A worn tire rod can lead to unreliable steering and major tire wear or damage.

What other components of my steering system would I want to  upgrade?

Another important component to your steering system and worth upgrading is the Center link. A center link can aid in stopping the large amount of play you may be noticing in your steering. Center links have been known to fail after some time. Upgrading to a stronger and more dependable than stock part will eliminate this concern. One method of determining if your center link is not working correctly is to hold onto it and see if it is wobbling. Make sure to check for cracking or excessive wear. OC DIESEL suggests the PPE Center Link with Puller made for the 2001-2010 6.6L GM Duramax. It is constructed of 304 stainless steel, come with a one year warranty, and will greatly aid with strengthening your steering system.

While you’re at it, OC DIESEL also recommends upgrading the steering mechanism on your truck with the PPE Pitman Idler Arm Support Kit.

This kit is made for the 2001-2010 6.6L GM Duramax 2WD & 4WD 2500HD & 3500. The addition of an upgraded Idler Arm product can increase strength and durability by replacing weak, breakable stock parts which can prevent costly repairs. This is a must for lifted trucks, bigger tires, drag racing, and off -roading.

The Pitman arm is a linkage attached to the steering gear that changes the angular motion of the sector shaft in the linear motion necessary for steering the wheels. The Pitman Arm is held by the sector shaft and supports the center link with a ball joint. It transfers the motion it receives from the steering box into the center link, making it move from left to right to turn the wheels in the right direction. The Idler Arm is connected between the opposite side of the center link from the Pitman arm and the trucks frame to hold the center link at the correct height.

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Live locally? We install the Cognito Heavy Duty Tie Rod Kit w/ Spindle/Knuckle! Feel free to stop by our location and meet us! OC DIESEL, INC. is located at 17242 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 Suites A and B. We have a full service shop staffed with knowledgeable technicians who are ready to squash any Diesel Repair issues.

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Throttle Body Spacer benefits

Huge gains in torque are attainable with the Airaid PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer

The Airaid PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer was engineered to enrich your vehicles off idle to midrange performance and productivity. This throttle body spacer has a unique helix bore design that produces a spinning action of the air coming in. As the air passes through the throttle body, it forces the air molecules to uphold a high speed. This is a benefit because it delivers an atomized mixture of air and fuel on its way to the combustion chamber. Benefits are huge torque gains of 800 to 2500ft. lbs. This could also equal fair gains in fuel economy.

Easy installation

The Airaid PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer was engineered from the best quality aircraft grade billet 6061-T6 aluminum and designed precisely for your application. These spacers can be installed using normal hand tools. There is no drilling or cutting required for installation and includes a lifetime guarantee!

Further benefits of installing a throttle body spacer

A throttle body spacer adds rapidity of air flow by improving the vacuum response to the TBI. It also creates an airflow vortex. This increases the runner length of the intake manifold while at the same time increasing the over plenum volume and atomization. This stops the air-fuel mixture from smacking the bottom of the intake manifold and springing back up to disperse in the intake manifold providing more throttle response and overall better performance. Throttle body spacers can also affect horsepower up to 18hp. Want more torque? Throttle body spacers can get you up to 25ft. lbs. of torque! Velocity in the combustion chamber makes for more torque by speeding up air flow, the more air flow-the more torque. Spacers offer more height for the air-fuel mixture to have a more measured flow into the intake ports of the manifold increasing torque response. Gains in fuel economy is an added benefit of throttle body spacers. You can expect 3-4 mpg increases after installation.

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Ball Mounts

The Andersen Alumistinger Ball Mount is designed for Ford, GM, and Dodge featuring a 2 inch rise and 1 inch drop. The Andersen ball mount is a solid bar made of T6 aluminum alloy and is designed to resist rusting, chipping, or peeling. Fits all standard 2 inch receivers. Made in the USA and meets SAE J684 and V5 Certification standards. Features a 1 inch ball shank hole and can be used in a rise position.  The Andersen Alumistinger Ball Mount offers a unique design with no welds providing superior strength and durability.  The Andersen ball mount is also much lighter than other ball mounts on the market.

How do I measure for the correct ball mount?

First, measure from the ground to the top of the hitch. Second, measure from the ground to the top of the trailer coupler, making sure that it is level. Finally, subtract the height of the hitch ball and you get your measurements. The difference in the two measurements is the amount of ball mount rise or drop that you need.

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Live locally? Feel free to stop by our location and meet us! OC DIESEL, INC. is located at 17242 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 Suites A and B. We have a full service shop staffed with knowledgeable technicians who are ready to squash any Diesel Repair issues.

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Turbo Downpipe

Included in the Turbo Downpipe kit

The BD Diesel Aluminized Turbo Downpipe Kit is designed for the 1993-1994 6.5L GM Duramax. It is constructed of aluminized steel which will repel deterioration. The kit comes with a full set of directions for the do it yourself enthusiast. This kit includes a 3 inch turbine outlet pipe, 1/4″ NPT plug, cap screw, lock washer, but and bolt flange and gasket. This kit also features hefty mandrel-bent tubing. This kit replaces the flatten factory down pipe and it designed to increase the exhaust flow, in turn,  providing your engine with improved response and power.

State of the Art mandrel bending technique

The problem with most stock exhaust systems is that they don’t optimize for the best possible flow.  Because of this your engine is taxed more during combustion. This alone deprives you of horsepower, torque and fuel economy. A restriction in your exhaust system slows down the flow of gases to your engine. This can be attributed to a poorly constructed down pipe. The less constricted your down pipe is, the more flow you will get, meaning more power for you engine. State of the art mandrel bending is a cut above the press bending done by manufacturers in stock engines. When a pipe is bent using the mandrel method, a rod made of a flexible material is attached inside the pipe. This insert stops the pipe from changing diameter during the bending process. This keeps the pipe wide open and in prime condition to give you the flow diameter you need for that added horsepower and torque.

Need installation on a turbo downpipe kit?

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SCT Flash

Easy installation and setup

The SCT SF3 Ford 6.4L Diesel Power Flash Programmer with Extreme Tune is for the Ford 6.4L engine. It comes already loaded with DYNO tune files made to improve horsepower and torque.  Installation is super easy. You just  plug the SCT Flash into the OBDII port already equipped in your vehicle. From there you just choose the tune file you need and use the navigation menu to program your vehicle. The SCT Flash holds a back up of your factory PCM program during the initial installation in case you ever need to return you vehicle to stock programming. All you have to do is choose return to stock on the menu. How much easier can it get than that!

Increase horsepower, torque and throttle response!

The SCT Flash has been proven to increase horsepower, torque, and response of your throttle. It will even improve your fuel mileage. Saving on diagnostic fees is always a good thing, right? The SCT Flash has you covered. They engineered the Flash to read and clear diagnostic trouble codes quickly. You can monitor EGT temps as well as air-fuel ratios and you are always free to adjust for bolt-ons like cold air kits or exhaust systems. One really great feature of this scanner is the ability to view and record your trucks PCM information on either the display screen or view it from your laptop. This enables you to keep precise records on your vehicle. A USB interface Cable and Livelink Datalogging software is also included in your package.

Why use a flash programmer?

Similar to the operating system of your home computer, the calibration files of a vehicles ECM need to be updated from time to time.  Part wear and design issues can create problems with drivability after some time. Even in newer model trucks, modifications and updates can be needed. Manufacturers are constantly provide firmware updates for ECM files. These changes can be updated by flash programming to improve overall performance.

Give us a call at 714-848-2170 M-F from 8-5 PST – We will answer your questions regarding the SCT SF3 Ford 6.4L Diesel Power Flash Programmer with Extreme Tune. Ask about Free Shipping!

Live locally? Feel free to stop by our location and meet us! OC DIESEL, INC. is located at 17242 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 Suites A and B. We have a full service shop staffed with knowledgeable technicians who are ready to squash any Diesel Repair issues.

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Electronic Braking System

Preserve your brakes for emergencies

The Banks Power SpeedBrake Electronic Braking System for GM can minimize up to 80 percent of your downhill speed without your foot even having to touch the brake petal. This keeps your brakes ready in case an emergency arises. This equates to a longer life for your brakes and added safety for you. You can rest assured that you are using the more advanced braking technology. Your safety is Banks first priority.

Banks iQ Dashboard included!

The SpeedBrake is an all electric technology. Plug in connection makes for a super easy installation with no cutting or messing with your wiring system. This device is always observing and making adjustments to attain the speed setting you demand. SpeedBrake’s patented transmission shifting technology locks and unlocks the torque converter and turbo vanes to keep you at a consistent speed. You can literally watch everything going on via the on screen alerts and information display on the Banks iQ Dashboard included in this package. On top of all this it also serves as an OBDII scan tool!

Three operating modes to choose from

SpeedBrake electronic braking system has included operating modes and settings to choose from to match your specific driving needs. The On mode gives you three options of high, medium and low braking forcefulness. Auto Mode works like cruise control for hauling. You can set a certain downhill speed anywhere from 25 to 75mph. There is an additional mode for Foot Brake Activation. You can choose to either run or eliminate this option at any time. The Banks iQ supplies the user with two-way communication. SpeedBrake also displays a full list of vehicle parameters including current braking pressure and operating gear to braking mode and target speed.

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Live locally? We install the Banks electronic braking system! Feel free to stop by our location and meet us! OC DIESEL, INC. is located at 17242 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 Suites A and B. We have a full service shop staffed with knowledgeable technicians who are ready to squash any Diesel Repair issues.

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4wd Shocks

The Daystar 2.5″ Lift Front Scorpion Shock Absorbers are available for almost any type of use. Used in conjunction with the Daystar comfort ride and leveling kits, these shocks provide you with a super comfortable ride. The two products used together are perfect for the enthusiast who is looking for a simple way to add a  2 to 3 inch lift to their vehicle. These shocks are tuned for your exact application needs for the best performance possible. One of the many benefits of installing these shocks on your truck is the twin-tube construction that helps allows for more oil capacity and cuts down on shock fade.

Engineered for long life and durability

A heavy duty piston seal and rapidity responsive valving stack are encased in the shocks and are paired with a chrome piston shaft that will prolong the life and durability of your shocks. These shocks provide added strength by means of adding polyurethane bushings and shock boots. The Daystar 2.5″ Lift Front Scorpion Shock Absorbers are intended for use with the well known Daystar Comfort Lift and Leveling and Leveling kits calling for longer shocks. They are sold in kits and or by themselves as replacements.

Features of the Daystar 4wd Shocks

These shocks are engineered to prevent foaming and shock fade under the most rigorous of conditions. The piston shafts are manufactured from chrome-hardened material increasing durability. Included in the package are black bushings and boots. One of a kind camouflage color gives these shocks a more rugged look.

What is the function of shock absorbers?

Shock absorbers absorb or disperse energy and help to cushion your truck on uneven roads or in off-road applications. A more comfortable ride and cutting down on excessive suspension movement is the desired effect of installing shocks onto your vehicle. A suspension system is made up of a system of springs, shocks, and linkages that that connect the wheels to the vehicle. These parts work together to improve road holding power and braking as well as keeping the passengers safe and comfortable. This system also cuts down on road noise, bumps and vibrations.

Give us a call at 714-848-2170 M-F from 8-5 PST – We will answer your questions regarding the Daystar 2.5″ Lift Front Scorpion Shock Absorbers. Ask about Free Shipping!

Live locally? Feel free to stop by our location and meet us! OC DIESEL, INC. is located at 17242 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 Suites A and B. We have a full service shop staffed with knowledgeable technicians who are ready to squash any Diesel Repair issues.

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