Eric Garbe, Author at Engine Builder Magazine
Diesel Transmissions for Performance Applications

Today’s diesel crowd is using their truck like a truck, and like a toy too, which requires a robust transmission.

Firepunk diesel transmission
Properties of Pistons

Pistons are perhaps one of the more sophisticated chunks of metal in the picture. Here’s what you should know.

Connecting Rod Stress

Connecting rods are subject to constant stress through extreme tensile and compressive loads, each one tied to a different aspect of operation.

Horsepower and Head Gasket Technology

Head gaskets have one of the toughest job in an engine, and now we’re pushing them harder than ever, making it easier to expose the slightest weakness.

Crankshaft Counterweights

Most engines are internally balanced, meaning all weight adjustment is done on the crankshaft counterweights. However, some stock and modified engines require external balancing due to an increased stroke or larger pistons, and the crankshaft counterweights that would be required to offset the increased inertia simply don’t fit inside the crankcase.

The Latest on Lifters

For racing, a common trend to eliminate the problems associated with hydraulic lifters are the use of limited or short-travel hydraulic lifters. A reduction in plunger travel, which is usually about half that of a traditional full-travel lifter, reduces the amount of oil required to fill the lifter, which in turn reduces the compression of aerated oil.

Diesel Piston Technology

Diesel and heavy duty go hand-in-hand. There’s no way around it. High compression causes high cylinder temperatures, with peak cylinder pressure often as high as 2,700 psi (or higher). This high pressure and high heat only have one thing in mind, to beat relentlessly on the first thing to get in the way – the pistons.

Facts About Engine Bearings

The experts all agree that cleanliness is the most important factor during installation, and the lack thereof is the most common problem that leads to bearing failure. But measuring is just as critical.

Honing the LS

Modern honing techniques are as much a performance concern as they are part of engine design, and that’s thanks to the much tighter tolerances and specifications engines need these days. 

LS Intake Manifolds

LS swaps are popular for many reasons, but there are a lot of variations and details to sort through – more of them than you may expect – and many of them are associated with the intake manifold.

All Things Media Blasting

Engine building is a segment of the automotive industry that has always been ahead of the curve in media blasting, and no matter the engine shop, cleaning equipment is a common bond.

Engine Oil for Performance Import Engines

Making that right oil selection isn’t always as easy as it may seem. Multiple viscosities, grades and the choice between conventional and synthetic make it a bit more complex.

Performance Engine Oil