PRI 2011: Diamond Pistons Launches Affordable New Piston Lineup
“Our primary target with these new pistons are the guys that can’t afford expensive custom pistons, because it allows them to have a quality, reliable part at a price point they can attain and not have to stick OEM pistons back into their engine,” said Diamond’s Rob Giebas.
This new lineup, which currently comprises a rather impressive 20 different SKU’s upon launch, is manufactured from a 2618 alloy process with a special strut design and banana groove slots, come fully coated, and best of all, are a died-in-the-wool American-made product.
Intended primarily for street use but certainly capable of the demands of the strip, Giebas shared with us that he’s seen customers make upwards of 1,000-1,100 horsepower on these pistons and they take it like a champ. Diamond is expecting to have as many as 30-35 different pistons for varying applications as the product line grows during 2012.
These affordable new pistons from Diamond don’t carry the full machining that the high-end and more expensive custom pistons feature, but Giebas explained that they’re strikingly similar in terms of design and performance with very little difference between the high-end part. Although a new launch here at PRI, these parts are currently available and ready to ship.
Among the current offerings:
- All GM LS configurations (including LSX)
- Big Block Chevy – flat and domed
- Ford Modulars – 4.6L and 5.4L
- New-Age HEMI – 5.7L and 6.1L
- Small Block Ford
- Small Block Chevrolet