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Air Intake “Pushers” Boost Performance, Extend Engine Life
Pusher Intakes can improve fuel mileage, reduce exhaust gas temperatures (EGT), speed turbo spool, improve throttle response, and extend engine life.
  “The number one reason people come to us is to get their exhaust gas temperature down,” says Elizabeth Allenbaugh at Pusher Intakes. “This is especially true when towing raises engine temperatures. The hotter the engine runs, the faster it wears out. Our product cools down the engine and extends longevity.”
  Allenbaugh and her engineer husband, Jacob, run Pusher Intakes. Founded in 2008, they now carry around 100 products from single items to complete systems.
  “We have intake systems for most makes and models,” says Allenbaugh. “We sell components, such as charge tubes, heater grids and manifolds, but more often than not, people buy a kit.”
  A simple charge tube replacement connecting the outlet of the turbo to the intercooler can have a significant impact on the engine. Installing the Pusher 3-in., driver-side, charge tube on a 2004 to 2010 Duramax LLY, LBZ or LMM truck supplies 86.4 percent more air. The difference comes from both the larger diameter and improved flow design of the Pusher unit. It’s priced at $199.99.
  Replacing the heater grid on a 6.7L Dodge Cummins (2007 to 2018) with the Pusher Heater Grid Delete supplies more air to all cylinders. It also drops EGT by 50 to 100 degrees, increases mpg., gains throttle response and speeds turbo spool, and sells for $179.
  Allenbaugh notes that compound turbos are available for most models and are very popular. They combine the benefits of a small turbo with its great throttle response with a large turbo’s top-end power. They typically run in the low $3,000 range for a Cummins specific system, the low $4,000 range for a Duramax system, and $5,000 for the new Powerstroke system.
  The majority of components, like intake manifolds and charge tubes, come in mild steel. Select parts are also available in aluminum for the polished aluminum look. The downside, warns the Allenbaughs, is that aluminum is much weaker than steel. Some aluminum parts, they add, simply can’t handle the abuse a diesel truck dishes out.
  All parts and kits are designed to bolt-on. They can be installed with basic hand tools using the detailed instructions that accompany them. Installation videos for select parts are also available. Parts are available in a variety of powder-coated colors, as well as unfinished.
  The company distributes online in the U.S. and Canada. While they have no store front of their own, they do have a dealer network that stocks their parts.
  “You may see our parts in local stores,” says Allenbaugh. “Give us a call to discuss your engine and your needs, or go on our website and search by year, make and engine.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Pusher Intakes, 9100 16th Place, Vero Beach, Fla. 32966 (ph 772 212-9290; www.pusherintakes.com).

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