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Being able to hold a higher gear on the freeway, around town and while towing is easily done and is the advantage of having more torque.

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There are now three generations of Leimroths working at Berrima Diesel in the NSW southern highlands. When Reinhard Leimroth was sent to Australia by Robert Bosch in 1956 to troubleshoot ‘problem’ diesel engines, there’s no way he could have known that 60 years later he’d be working alongside sons Andrew and Scott, as well as grandsons Trent and Baden, at Berrima Diesel Service, the company he started in the NSW Southern Highlands. Nor could Reinhard have known Berrima Diesel would become one of Australia’s biggest names in 4WD diesel tuning and repairs, also specialising in turbo installations, exhaust systems, DPChips, dyno-tuning and more. 2016 marks Reinhard’s 60th year as a diesel expert, and it also marks son Andrew’s 30th year working alongside his dad. “I think we might be the only company in the industry with three generations working here,” Andrew Leimroth explained. “It’s Dad’s 60th anniversary this year, and it’s coincidentally my 30th anniversary, because it was 1986 when I started working with Dad. So we’ve got 30, 60 and the three generations, so it’s a bit of a corker of a year.” Initially, neither of Andrew’s sons intended to join the family business. “One did sports science and the other did a chef’s degree,” Andrew said. “They love all that, but they said, ‘We want to be in the business’, so Trent [22] came in at the start of the year – he’s doing his apprenticeship and goes to TAFE – and Baden [20] is a chef by trade, but they’re both getting into the business. They’ve both got a passion for vehicles, they always have, and so here they are.” Andrew’s brother Scott is studying at Wollongong University, but he’s still involved with the family business, looking after the marketing side of things and manning the DPChip stand at 4×4 shows around Australia. “Scott is doing a marketing/psychology degree, so he’ll probably have a bunch of wonderful brainwashing ideas to use when he’s finished,” said Andrew with a laugh. 2016 has been a momentous year for Berrima Diesel Service, but it hasn’t all been plain sailing. The company has been involved in a tussle with the local council in regards to a change in zoning, which could have it forced to change locations, or even close altogether. Fortunately, the council saga appears to have been resolved, which is just as well for this growing business and the community in which it operates. “There’d be a good 12 or 13 people working here now,” Andrew said. “So we’re a big local employer, and we all spend money locally. And Jimmy, our Filipino mechanic, well he’s Australian now – he’s got his family coming out here… I mean, we contribute a lot, and it all just continues to grow.”

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With new ‘smart’ electronically controlled diesels taking over the market, are older diesels still king?

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Ant Kilner came across an amazing discovery called the DP PlugNGO, which is often referred to as a pedal chip, by pure chance. He was impressed enough to write about it as a potential safety item for towing folk!

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Just down the road from Don Bradman’s hometown of Bowral, Berrima Diesel Service has been hitting big sixes in the 4WD turbocharging and diesel performance tuning game for a long time, so much so that they’ve become a must-visit for touring customers from all over the country.

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We bring together Australia’s top diesel experts to bust (and confirm!) the myths around the modern common-rail diesel engine.
Twice the power – Twice as many kilometres out of a tank – twice as likely to blow up. That’s what many are saying about the new breed of common-rail diesel engines…

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This Aussie Colorado got a US-inspired build up and the result is a tough tourer in anyone’s language!
Kris Humphrys’ has always been a fan of American styling so when it came to choosing a new 4WD there was really only one choice…

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Whether it’s performance, reliability or economy, we’re got the answers to every single diesel upgrade question you’re ever had, direct from the experts who install em and the 4WDers who’ve fitted em…

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With 60 years diesel engine experience, the experts at Berrima Diesel Services offer two essential products to give your modern diesel more get up and go!

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Whether it’s an indirect, direct, mechanical, electronic or commonrail setup, the vital component of any fuel injection system is the injector itself, Because fuel injection is very ‘set and forget’ the fuel injector has joined the automattic transmission as being one of the most overlooked components when it comes to maintenance…

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