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Meet the guys at Predator

Jeff, Paul, Sen, Rusty, Chito, and Randy work diligently to complete the conversions, upgrades and general maintenance on vehicles. At any given time we have 5 or more Hummers in the shop for conversions. The guys are the very best at what they do and take great pride in their work. It may seem like your job isn’t going as fast as you would like, but they are the best and take satisfaction in knowing that the job is done right.

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An Afternoon at K1

All the crew at Predator got treated to an afternoon at K1, great way for the guys to blow off some steam and come together. The race was on and the everyone had a great time. Thanks Ryan, nothing better then pizza and racing!

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Tech Notes From Dan: FSD / PMD

In 1994 GM came out with the 6.5 turbo diesel engine. This is roughly the same engine used in the Hummer (H1) from 1996 to 2005. Here at Predator we get a lot of calls from people that are having trouble with their engines. The main complaints seems to be a rough running engine, will not start after shutting down, dies as they are driving along, etc. The list goes on and on. Usually we ask if they are getting a check engine light and if so, do they know what code is coming up (this usually takes a Tech2 Scanner to analyze). If you go to a dealer and he gets a code of 1216, 1217 or 1218, they will probaby tell you that you have a bad fuel injection pump and you need to replace it. This is because in the repair manual, these codes relate to the injection pump. In 99% of the time you have a good pump and a bad Fuel System Driver (FSD), also known as a Pump Mounted Drive (PMD) which is mounted directly on the side of the injection pump. There is no single code to differentiate between a bad fuel injection pump or a bad PMD. If you elect to have the injection pump replaced, this will usually fix the problem because in the overhaul of the pump a new PMD is installed. This will usually cost around $4,000.00. The real problem is in the design.

GM decided to mount the PMD on the side of the injection pump where it would be cooled by the fuel going into the injection pump. It sounds good and works most of the time in the pick up truck lineup however in the Hummer, the engine lacks airflow over the top of the engine. Additionally, the PMD unit is heat soaked as soon as the engine is turned off . So by changing the injection pump you are still faced with the same design flaw. It isn’t “IF” it fails but “WHEN” it fails. Several years ago I was in Indiana at a Hummer home coming and got to talk to one of AMG instructors who told me he always carries a spare PMD in his pocket when he goes off-roading. He said it has saved him many times. The real solution on the market is a PMD Isolator Kit which relocates the PMD onto a heat sink. There are a number of units on the market that accomplish this however most all are designed for the GM Pick Up Truck and don’t actually relocate it away from the engine. This is ok for GM Trucks however with our lack of airflow across the engine, it is a serious problem for the heat sink to disipate the heat it absorbs. When we began R&D for a solution for the H1 Hummer, we looked at a number of options before coming up with our system. We did not like the cooling fins because they tend to clog up in dirt and mud. Also we see the same problem occurring if you mount the new PMD inside the engine bay.

The solution for us was to relocate the PMD onto a flat plate heat sink and relocate it in the fender well area, far away from the engine. This solution has proved to add many years of trouble free service to the H1 lineup. If you suspect a bad PMD, shoot us a call and we will be happy to help you diagnose the problem over the phone.

Dan Wilson

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Justin’s Hummers

We wanted to share, Justin’s Hummers with you. Justin is a really good customer, as you can tell by the Predator parts on his trucks. We think he has done a a great job. Adding the HD Rear Bumper Ladder System, S&R Rear Winch Bumper & one of Predator’s newer items the S & R Bedrack w/Open Assist.  We look forward to seeing more upgrades, (actually I think a set of Predator Rock Skids on the truck would look awesome, hint  hint) We are always excited to see customer’s photos and look forward to sharing them with all of you.

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H2 Raptorq Performance Computer SALE!

The best performance upgrade for your H2 Hummer just got better. Limited to the first 10 orders, you can purchase the Raptorq Performance Computer Upgrade for your H2 Hummer and save a huge 25% off the retail price for an insanely low price of $449.96. Act quickly because once the 10 units are sold, the sale is over! Call in your order and mention promotion code H2comp25. For more information on the Raptorq computer check out the following link: http://shop.predatorinc.com/raptorqcomputer.aspx

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Bill Wu – Rally Racer

Bill Wu - Rally Racer

Bill Wu retired as a doctor several years ago to pursue professional rally street racing. He has raced consecutively in professional street races for the last 4 years. Traveling around the world he races in the Gum Ball 3000, the Bull Run and many other rally style street races. For the past several years Bill has been racing one of his fleet of Lamborghini Mercialgos. Then in 2005, after deciding to look for a different style of vehicle to race, he came to Predator to build a custom flat black H2 Duramax Diesel Hummer. Once the conversion on his H2 Hummer was completed, he used the vehicle as a support unit for his Lamborghini.

On the last leg of the Gumball 3000 race, his Lamborghini Mercialgo broke down. Bill Wu decided that the H2 Diesel Duramax Hummer would take him to the end of the race. Problem was, his H2 Hummer was registered in the Gum Ball 3000 as a support vehicle and therefore was not eligible to place in the actual race. Despite that issue, he jumped into the Predator built Duramax H2 support vehicle to continue on the race leaving the broken down Lamborghini on the side of the road. His Hummer went on to place 2nd overall even though the vehicle wasn’t technically in the race! Since then, Bill has consistently placed in the top 3 positions for each of the races he has competed in using the Predator H2 as his race vehicle. With a top speed of 160mph and a range of over 1200 miles between refuels, the Predator H2 Duramax Diesel Hummer is sure to win many more races! Recently, Bill just landed a position on the new reality tv show “Bull Run”, set to air this next summer. Bill’s next project with us includes a fully ground up restoration on an H1 Hummer Race Truck. Equipment includes the latest performance upgrades such as a dual ball bearing GT 42R Turbo, RapTorq High Performance Race Tune, Dual Fueler CP3 Pump Kit, Predator Stage V Transmission Upgrade Kit, High Performance Fuel Rail, and Predator RapJet Stage 3 Injectors which would allow the truck to push the 1000hp and 1900ft/lbs of torque range. Fuel economy will also be important, as Bill will be racing the Gumball 3000 race this coming year. The Gumball 3000 is a race that stretches over 3000 miles from Los Angeles, California to Miami, Florida in seven days with over 120 Race Cars. Interior options will include a full custom Blacked Out theme using the highest quality leather and suede materials available. Additionally, the vehicle will be outfitted with a CB radio, Sideband Radio, VHF Radio, full navigation system, and police scanner.

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Predator Duramax Hummer unveiled at ComicCon

July 21, 2010

Predator Duramax Hummer unveiled at ComicCon with West Coast Customs for computer giant Alienware!

Just in time for this week’s Comic Con, Predator Inc. teams up with West Coast Customs to unveiled its customized Hummer for computer game maker Alienware.com. It’s a beast.

There’s no soft edges to this Hummer. West Coast Customs, best known as the outfit that started MTV’s Pimp My Ride, made this one tough with trail lights and lots of other do-dads. Predator Inc. built the Duramax Hummer H1 and turned it over to WCC for the final build out for Alienware.

It’s going to be shown at the big comic book convention in San Diego, then it hits the road for a 2 year long tour through the US.

Watch for the complete build out on WCC’s Street Customs TV show on Discovery HD this fall! Its going to be insane!

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Press Release – Predator Motorsports Inc. has developed a High Performance “Raptorq™”

Vista Calif., July 23, 2007/PRWeb — Predator Motorsports Inc. today announced that it has released a High Performance Computer to increase the efficiency of the H3 Hummer for lower green house gas emissions, an increase in fuel economy of approximately 14% and an increase of 40 Horse Power.

Predator Motorsports Inc. has developed a High Performance “Raptorq™” GM Hummer H3 Computer Chip/Reprogram. The Raptorq™ program is the culmination of over 10 years experience in the high performance automotive programming and customization for Predator. The GM Hummer H3 High Performance Programming increases performance of the GM H3 by 40 Horse Power, on average, and increases fuel economy of up to 2 MPG over stock. Drivability is substantially increased by improving 0-60 time by about 20-25%.

“The key to the Raptorq™ efficiency and performance”, said Dan Wilson, Predator Engineer, “is the ability to modify and fine tune the data tables within the core programming of the GM Hummer H3. By fine tuning the data we are able to safely increase performance as well as the ability to smooth out the programming giving a huge increase in overall drivability and reliability.”

Each Raptorq™ High Performance Computer is tuned specifically for each customer’s vehicle. A new programmed computer is shipped out from Predator Motorsports to the customer upon order and once received, the customer removes the original ECM and replaces it with the Raptorq™ ECM and returns the stock ECM back to Predator. By offering a core exchange program, Predator is able to program within the data tables of the computer. This type of programming is much more efficient giving a substantial advantage over traditional hand held flash units in both performance and reliability.

Predator also offers the Raptorq™ Performance Programming for the H1 Hummer, the GM H2 Hummer as well as the GM Cadillac Escalade and Yukon Denali.

About Predator Motorsports, Inc.

Predator Motorsports, Inc., Vista, Calif., is the world’s largest exclusive Hummer accessory manufacturer. Predator has been in business for 9 years distributing their products and services to the Hummer community.

Brand websites include: www.predatormotorsports.com, www.predatorhummer.com, www.raptorq.com

Predator Motorsports Inc.

1250 Distribution Way • Vista, CA 92081

Phone 760-471-7058 • Fax 760-734-1749

www.predatorhummer.com

PMI assumes no responsibility for misprints within this publication.

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Press Release – H2 Hummer to a GM Duramax Diesel Engine and Allison 6-speed Transmission

Vista Calif., November 13, 2006 / PRWeb — Predator Motorsports Inc. today announced that it has released an economical conversion to increase the efficiency of the H2 Hummer for lower green house gas emissions and an increase in fuel economy of 100-180% depending upon options.

Predator Motorsports Inc. has developed a conversion for the H2 Hummer to a GM Duramax Diesel Engine and Allison 6-speed Transmission. The conversion for the GM Hummer H2 to Diesel doubles the fuel economy from 12 mpg to 24 mpg under the performance setting and can increase the fuel economy upwards of 30 mpg under an economy setting.

“The key to this efficiency”, said Dan Wilson, Predator Engineer, “is the ability to offer our customers the select ability of 2wd or 4wd with the push of a button as apposed to the stock GM Hummer H2 in full time All Wheel Drive. Couple this with the efficiency of the Duramax Diesel LBZ Engine and the 6-Speed Allison Transmission and we have created a very efficient vehicle.”

The conversion consists of removing the stock 6.0 liter Gas Engine, 4-speed Transmission and the All Wheel Drive Transfer Case. Then a brand new Duramax LBZ Engine, 6-Speed Allison Transmission and Selectable Transfercase are installed. Along with this, multiple computers, cooling upgrades and wiring harnesses are installed to complete the conversion. Predator offers many options such as performance upgrades boasting up to 800 hp and fuel economy upgrades which can top out your economy in the low 30 mpg range.

Predator also offers several Flex Fuel options for the GM H2 Duramax Conversion. “Economy is at the forefront of our conversion”. Said Ryan Wilson, President. “To maintain a future for our children we must all start to make a difference today. We have many options for our customers including the option of running Bio Diesel, Vegetable Oil, and hybrid fuels including Propane and Natural Gas.”

About Predator Motorsports, Inc.

Predator Motorsports, Inc., Vista, Calif., is the world’s largest exclusive Hummer accessory manufacturer. Predator has been in business for 9 years distributing their products and services to the Hummer community.

Brand websites include: www.predatormotorsports.com, www.predatorhummer.com

Predator Motorsports Inc.

1250 Distribution Way • Vista, CA 92081

Phone 760-471-7058 • Fax 760-734-1749

www.predatorhummer.com

PMI assumes no responsibility for misprints within this publication.

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