Kudos to Aerotech Caps for on the spot service

Recently, Mike stopped in at Aerotech Caps, in Jenison, MI, to pick up a set of 4-wheel covers for his drive tires. Instead of handing him the components and sending Mike on my way, Danny took the time to install the 4-wheel covers on the spot. Their stock gray was a...

Even rigs need a makeover sometimes

As storage space for personal belongings is a real premium within a semi’s sleeper compartment, the Breaking11 rig recently underwent a little remodeling. With the help of Jon Bartelt, owner of J.E.B. Construction, located in the Chicago suburbs the bunk was...

Breaking11 celebrates first anniversary

It’s been about a year since Mike Niss began his Breaking11 initiative, with the goal of achieving maximum fuel efficiency, lower operating costs, and cleaner emissions for Class 8 tractor-trailer combinations. Today, he’s still on his mission to get 11...

Making progress

Mike spent the first week of May at Pittsburgh Power in Saxonburg, Penn., and while there replaced the pistons, added a variable geometry turbo, reprogrammed the ecm to manage the new turbo and did a series of dyno runs. The nitty gritty: • Piston swap: We replaced...

Update from the road!

April 28 update from Pittsburgh Power, a diesel shop located in Saxonburg, PA. In preparation for our first phase of modifications in the effort to improve fuel efficiency from an engine performance standpoint our tractor was put on their dynometer to establish a...

“Many roadblocks but we are still standing”

A third engine has been installed in the Breaking11 tractor. It too is a pre-emissions Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine (12.7 liters). The difference is that this engine has been remanufactured to Detroit Diesel’s original equipment specifications. From the beginning,...