A turbocharger works by pulling ambient air into the turbine housing, which is then accelerated by a turbine wheel. The airflow generated by the wheel gets cooled when passing through an intercooler before going into the cylinder. Combustion blows hot air into the exhaust manifold, and the air is forced into the compressor inlet, which generates more turning force for the compressor wheel.A turbocharger works by pulling ambient air into the turbine housing, which is then accele Driving your late-model diesel without a turbocharger would really suck. The turbo is instrumental in giving you all that go-fast power you have learned to love and expect from a diesel. In addition to computer-controlled fueling and precision engineering, the modern turbo has opened up seemingly limitless horsepower and torque possibilities. The idea behind turbocharging a diesel engine is to let the exhaust spin an impeller which amplifies the amount of air going to the engine and results in more power and with less work from the engine. Although dozens of aftermarket turbo setups are available, we felt that upgrading our single turbo would be sufficient to realize the power potential we now have after installing our Diablo Sport Predator programmer and TS Performance box (see "Power Atop Power," page 50). We called up the guys at ATS Diesel Performance and told them about our towing plans and horsepower expectations (10,000 pounds and 450-500 horses), and after comparing a few systems the Aurora 2000 turbo with the two-piece manifold seemed like the perfect match for our '06 Dodge Ram 2500. With the added boost coming from the new turbo, we also opted for ATS's Arc Flow intake that would help deal with the increased air now passing through the intercooler. Once we gathered all of our air-boosting goodies we headed to Sutherland Diesel Performance in Palmdale, California, where Betty Sutherland specializes in a one-on-one customer service. After a few hours under the knife we had our Cummins whistling down the highway with obvious power gains. The added air helped to limit the unburned fuel passing through the system and kept us from looking like too much of a mosquito sprayer. Whether you're looking to burn down the track, blast through the mud, or keep your EGTs under control while towing, the boost benefits of a larger turbo mixed with the right amount of fuel will give your truck all the power and confidence to tackle whatever you throw at it. We went with the Aurora 2000 turbo (left) due to its ability to spool (spin up to speed) quickly and handle a greater volume of air. The benefits of a more responsive turbo are less turbo lag (the turbo not being able to keep up with engine speed) and lower exhaust gas temperature (EGT) under load.We went with the Aurora 2000 turbo (left) due to its ability to spool (spin up to speed) q Removing the factory intake manifold meant we had to cut this support bracket off the rear of the engine. A cutoff wheel was the easiest and cleanest means to get this done. Since the tube was supported only a few inches away we were not worried about welding the tab back on.Removing the factory intake manifold meant we had to cut this support bracket off the rear To release the pressure of the increased airflow into the intake, we added the Arc Flow intake...To release the pressure of the increased airflow into the intake, we added the Arc Flow in ...The ATS elbow came drilled for water injection if you wish to upgrade to a kit later, and with the increased size of the elbow we found it was necessary to bend the oil dipstick channel slightly to clear the larger arch....The ATS elbow came drilled for water injection if you wish to upgrade to a kit later, a Removing the factory intake elbow only takes a few minutes and a handful of bolts. Once you have the intake boot loosened, gently lift off the intake. You will notice that your factory intake has a place underneath the arch of the elbow for a bracket to bolt up to. The new intake does not provide you with a place to bolt on this bracket, so we chose to remove the bracket from the loom and tie the wires up away from the heat.Removing the factory intake elbow only takes a few minutes and a handful of bolts. Once yo Seeing as how our '06 Dodge had under 12,000 miles on it and the ATS manifold didn't come with new gaskets, we decided to reuse our old ones. Be cautious when removing your original manifold, as some of the old gaskets tend to stick to the manifold or fall into the abyss of your engine compartment. We were lucky to have each of the six four-packs intact and found it easiest to loosely tighten the upper manifold bolts, then let the gaskets swing into position for the bottom bolt.Seeing as how our '06 Dodge had under 12,000 miles on it and the ATS manifold didn't come 1 | 2 | » | View Full Article By Ali Mansour Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!