Dyno Tuning Staff Profiles

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Brian Jankuski Brad Riekoff Brian Stockinger Tom Billigen

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Brian Jankuski

Ever since Brian was born he has been interested in mechanical and electrical devices. He grew up on a farm and has been rebuilding various engines since he was five (with Dad’s help). This interest grew into a passion for building and racing anything that had an engine (snowmobiles, hi performance street cars, racing go-carts, drag racing, and road racing). At the age of 14 he purchased his first car, a 1971 Vega GT that he rebuilt and installed a 355 SBC and th350 automatic transmission into. By the time he turned 16 the car was completed and it served as his daily summer transportation vehicle and weekend drag car running low 12’s in the ¼ mile.

He is currently converting the car to compete in Hot Rod magazines Drag week competition in the SB naturally aspirated class with a 427 SBC running late model OBD2 electronics, with an expected goal of mid 9 second ¼ mile ET’s in street trim.

To further his mechanical understanding Brian took a short break from hot rodding to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering, computer integrated manufacturing, power system technology and an MBA in business administration. Once his schooling was completed he purchased two late 1980’s GM fuel injected cars and began modifying them for hi-performance street use and weekend bracket racing. To modify these cars (very few places will modify these cars), Brian needed to understand and reprogram the factory OBD1 computer to work with the modified engines and transmissions. To accomplish this task, Brian purchased Tuner Cat programming software and EASE scanning software to make and monitor the changes needed for hi-performance use. With these two programs Brian has tuned many stock and hi-performance OBD1 GM vehicles for better performance and improved drivability. He still owns the 1986 Corvette and 1988 Firebird which respectively runs low 11’s and low 12’s, (driven on the street) and they achieve 20 MPG or better on the highway.

As time progresses so does Brian’s tuning abilities. When vehicles switched to OBD2 computers Brian adapted and learned how to tune the OBD2 cars. To tune the latter OBD2 vehicles Brian uses Jet Dynamic tuning software and HP tuners software.

Brian is also an avid drag racer and he competes at WIR in the top eliminator class with a race only 1973 vette powered by a 555 CID BBC with a powerglide transmission. This car runs high 8’s in the ¼ at 150 MPH and is tuned with an old school carb running E85 fuel.

His goal is to finish the year top 10 in points for the year (so far that goal has eluded him).
When Brian is not working on cars or racing cars his other hobbies include racing and tuning snowmobiles, flying and building RC airplanes, competitive volleyball, and family activities with his wife and three kids.

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Brian Jankuski Brad Riekoff Brian Stockinger  Tom Billigen

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Brad Riekkoff

As owner and founder of West Bend Dyno Tuning LLC, Brad’s role is managing operations that includes everything from tuning to installations.

Brad’s love for cars started at a very young age, while helping his step father in his maintenance and fabrication shop.  Brad was disassembling everything from dump trucks to small cars. By the time he was 13 he had saved enough money to buy his first hot rod a 1969 Firebird which he started to fix before he even got it home. With a few years to go until he was legal to drive Brad’s need for speed was enough to convince his stepfather to turn there snowplowing truck into a dirt drag and hill climb champion. By the age of 18 he had cut the back half of his 1984 S-10 off and installed an S&W back half with a 4 link suspension, a 9″ ford rear end and a stroked small block chevy. Working in the construction trades, Brad’s passion for cars lead him to finally turn his hobby into a business and in December of 2007  West Bend Dyno Tuning was born. Brads goal at West Bend Dyno is to provide unmatchable tuning, installations, parts and service for your domestic hot rod.

When not Working, Brad enjoys drag racing, scuba diving, outdoor activities, such as mountain biking and adventure racing. Brad also is an avid weight lifter and recently retired WNBF pro natural builder.

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Brian Jankuski Brad Riekoff Brian Stockinger  Tom Billigen

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Brian Stockinger

In the fall of 2008 West Bend Dyno was in need of an individual to help manage operations with a background in performance muscle cars and ground up restoration experience. We didn’t have to look much further than Brian Stockinger. Brian brings over 15 years of restoration and performance experience to the shop. Brian has vested many hours after the closed sign goes up and has earned a spot, as part owner of West Bend Dyno Tuning LLC.

Brian’s passion for cars started with his dad’s 1969 Road Runner. When Brian was still in huggies, his dad gave him a Hurst shifter, as a gift like all gear head dads would do. As he grew up he was destined to find a car to bolt that shifter in. The car ended up being a 1979 Z/28 that he bought when he was 15 and still owns today at the age of 33. Brian’s latest project is a 1957 Chevy pick up that made it’s first appearance at the Good Guys show in Joliet, IL. in 2009. Brian loves anything automotive that involves speed.  He loves the challenge of making someone’s dream ride stronger, faster and just more fun to drive. Fun to Brian is planning a project from start to finish and in the end watching it come alive. Brian’s experience lies in the overall build of a car and finding all the pieces to make it perform as well as it looks. He looks forward to seeing repeat customers, as well as new. Brian is living a dream that started as a hobby and wouldn’t change it for a thing.

When not working Brian spends his time attending NHRA drag racing events. Taking his custom rides to local car shows and spending time with his lovely fiancee. Brian also enjoys making a home cooked meal and sharing it with family and friends.

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Brian Jankuski Brad Riekoff Brian Stockinger Tom Billigen

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Tom Billigen

Tom has had a unique childhood being involved in his parent’s muscle car collecting hobby. This hobby started with late 60’s Impalas and continues with 3 different Yenko Super Cars (LeMans Blue ’69 SYC Chevelle, Hugger Orange ’69 SYC Camaro, and an ultra-rare Corvette Bronze ’68 un-converted COPO 9737 Camaro that ended up being 1 of 6 sold from Don Yenko Chevrolet in late ‘68).  Tom had a unique outlook on his car hobby and once he was old enough to buy his first car, it became a lifestyle.

Tom was 20 years old, when he bought his 2001 Camaro SS brand new and that’s what started his work in modern EFI car modification and tuning. Only months after buying the car, he quickly moved through the bolt-on phase to a cam shaft swap and EFI tuning using LS1-edit. Tom is self-taught on the fundamentals of EFI tuning. He has always had a fascination with the theory of engine operation and how all the components work in unison, which made EFI tuning a very understandable procedure to him. In early 2007, Tom lost his father to cancer. Tom Sr. was a pillar in the GM Muscle car community and his advice and knowledge on cars was highly sought after. Tom wanted to build something in his dad’s memory and did by making his 2001 Camaro SS into a turbocharged street monster. This car belted out over 750 HP at the rear wheels and 800 ft/lbs of torque. Every aspect of that car was modified by Tom with the exception of the purchased turbo kit. This car was featured in March 2008 GM High-Tech Performance Magazine.

After making the tough decision to sell his 2001 SS, he special ordered a 2010 Camaro SS.  Tom quickly moved right into modifications with only a few hundred miles on the clock.  Tom added a new camshaft (given to him by his wife Megan, as a gift) and the car was producing 501 HP at the rear wheels.  Tom says, “It’s just crazy to witness what a carefully chosen cam can do for a LS engine!”

Tom is an instructor who teaches the fundamentals of engine, electrical and hydraulic system’s operation on modern day lawn & garden equipment with an emphasis on troubleshooting. He has 15 years of experience in the small engine industry and loves what he does. “There is no better feeling to me than passing on the things I’ve learned over the years to technicians to make their jobs easier!”

Tom has since sold the 2010 Camaro SS in favor of a more “family friendly” (not a mini-van!!) vehicle to better suit his growing, young family. Tom hopes to get his two daughters interested in his passion for cars, as they get older.  He’s already turned his wife Megan on to drag racing!

Tom’s main tuning focus is on anything late-model GM car/truck with an emphasis on LS based power plants.  He also tunes late-model Ford cars, with an emphasis on S197 (2005-Current) Mustangs. He is very well versed in the use of HP-Tuners software and Diablosport CMR for Ford and has 10 years of tuning experience.

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Brian Jankuski Brad Riekoff Brian Stockinger Tom Billigen

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