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Diesel Spec Inc.

“Own the Road”

By Marek Krasuski

It is said that success breeds success, an aphorism that aptly describes the Quebec-based Diesel Spec Inc., a specialist in Performance for Heavy Duty Diesel Engines and Electronic Control Modules (ECMs). Like many successful enterprises Diesel Spec began with a commitment to customer service and the delivery of professional expertise. In 1987 Diesel Spec opened its doors, initially as an engine performance service provider and repair shop. In keeping with the pace of change it shifted its services to ECM maintenance and repair in response to newly designed engines with electronic controls.

It is said that success breeds success, an aphorism that aptly describes the Quebec-based Diesel Spec Inc., a specialist in Performance for Heavy Duty Diesel Engines and Electronic Control Modules (ECMs). Like many successful enterprises Diesel Spec began with a commitment to customer service and the delivery of professional expertise. In 1987 Diesel Spec opened its doors, initially as an engine performance service provider and repair shop. In keeping with the pace of change it shifted its services to ECM maintenance and repair in response to newly designed engines with electronic controls.

Diesel Spec’s reputation as an expert in ECM performance enhancing capabilities soon grew, and today it’s most telling benchmark of success is the recent expansion into a dynamic, $5 million new facility equipped with the latest technology on the market – more than capable of meeting the demands of its expanding customer base. The rate of expansion and growth prompted Diesel Spec to relocate to a 20,000 square foot, 6 garage door site at 200, rue Goyer, La Prairie, Quebec, just 15 minutes from Montreal. The new facility, notably the “biggest North American performance shop,” is dedicated primarily to ECM tuning and development. The new establishment is equipped with 1 truck Dyno housed in a half-million dollar water brake Taylor Dynamometer Room, 1 Agri Dyno, and a 100,000 square foot parking lot to house the many medium and heavy trucks seeking Diesel Spec’s ECM tuning services. Fifteen service specialists are on hand to meet customer performance needs, providing the best after sale support on the market, the company says.

Diesel Spec’s reputation for innovation shines in the description of the company’s growth trajectory. “We learned from our repair of ECMs that we could modify the microprocessors inside the ECMs by changing maps for torque, fuel, timing, and limiters. Once we discovered this we began modifying ECMs for drag racing engines,” said company President, Christian Fournier. ECM tuning is the process of fine tuning the software program that controls the engine’s fuel management system without the need to replace parts. The result is more power, greater response and lower fuel consumption. What’s more, fine tuning an ECM has no negative impact on exhaust emissions or engine life. In fact, optimal tuning of an engine will reduce maintenance costs since an engine with better combustion is a cleaner engine.

Diesel Spec’s success in one segment of the market, namely drag racing, soon gained traction with another – commercial trucks. In the early 2000s its services were being requested from fleets who were asking for just a little bit more power to work with. They were successful, not only in providing more power, but in addition, they could enhance fuel savings. In 2003 they developed a website highlighting their services and since then business has exploded. That success is evidenced in part by the 350 partner/resellers that network with Diesel Spec in six countries worldwide, among them all American states, every Canadian province, and Distributors in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, France, Austria, Chile, and South Africa. A large network of dealer locations ensures that fuel economy improvement and enhanced engine performance are available in many parts of the world. Most of these dealers are equipped with the latest technology tools enabling them to provide the same level of service as Diesel Spec. Within one hour customers can get their engine tuned at any of these locations without having to remove the ECM to be sent to the Diesel Spec head office.

Success is also evidenced by additional benchmarks. All tuning is performed in-house and Dyno tested, meaning all tuning is examined to ensure that accurate horsepower ratings are achieved without causing any damage to the engine. Performance ECM tuning by Diesel Spec can provide up to 30 percent more power without any parts replacement, and performance tuning alone will contribute to fuel savings. Most performance tuning at Diesel Spec meets North American emission opacity norms, and the company offers house opacity testing with devices authorized by the Canadian government.

Unlike some competitors, the company says Diesel Spec’s Dyno method of testing and ECM tuning is a distinguishing feature of the company. “This is what differentiates us from competitors, many of whom just use generic files without knowing the power parameters. Too much power can create engine damage.”

Indeed, the company offers this cautionary note about some providers: “Beware of sites that don’t list their phone numbers or provide a physical address. That may indicate a one-man operation and poor (or non-existent) support. Google maps is a good resource! Know who you are buying from. If their address is in a residential area be careful. Ask if you get the source code for the software you are buying. If they say no, then you may be in for unexpected charges for bug fixes in the future.”

Performance excellence, anywhere in the world, is assured by Diesel Spec’s tuning tools, namely the Pro Tuner, DSI Tuner and Remote Tuner, state of the art technologies that allow Diesel Spec to offer its services remotely. The Pro Tuner is ideal for advanced users and enables Diesel Spec to tune ECMs remotely, providing fuel economy tuning, performance tuning, and off-highway tuning. The DSI Tuner is perfect for fleets as it can hold up to 1,000 trucks calibration, improves fuel economy by up to 20 percent, and increases torque and horsepower. The Remote Tuner, meanwhile, is ideal for DSI Resellers who can perform tuning at their shops while saving on shipping and downtime.

Diesel Spec extends an invitation to visit the DSI crew at the upcoming Mid-America Truck Show, the largest heavy duty trucking event in the world, March 23 – 25, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. Technicians will be on hand at Booth 64092 to speak directly with customers and to explain the benefits of enlisting the services of Diesel Spec. A celebrity guest from Ice Road Truckers and Shipping Wars will be in attendance, as well as a surprise country singer.

Another competitive advantage that contributes to Diesel Spec’s reputation as the “#1 tuning shop in North America” is the company’s market reach which, it says, offers tunings on more brands and models than any other competitor. Quality service and the latest technologies are available for most medium duty and heavy duty engines, including Cummins, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Paccar, International Navistar, Mercedes, Volvo, Mack, Isuzu, and all Agricultural Tractors and Machinery. To date, over 50,000 trucks have been tuned since Diesel Spec’s inception in 1987.

As a premier provider of quality service, and now with an expanded 20,000 square foot facility in La Prairie, Quebec outside Montreal, Diesel Spec will continue to provide excellence in the tune up, maintenance, and repair of diesel engines through the provision of various services. Among those services are: Diagnosis by defining which elements require repair and increased performance, troubleshooting, engine overhauls, and high performance parts installation.

For full service engine tuning, performance enhancement, and improved fuel economy, visit Diesel Spec at their new facility at 200, rue Goyer, La Prairie, Quebec, J5R 5G5, Canada. Call toll free: 855.932.0060, Montreal headquarters 514.932.0060, Fax 514.932.9741, email Info@dieselspec.ca or visit their website at www.dieselspec.ca.

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