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  1. Back when all I was running was the EZ, I know for a fact that when I replaced my 3" straight piped factory exhaust with a 4" exhaust system I gained some HP. I dont believe it was copious amounts because it was nothing the butt detector could register, but I'm going to guess around 10 HP. Just enough to make the stock clutch slip at WOT while pulling my 5th wheel up a steep grade in 4th gear. There was no denying the gain either since there was zero other variables to consider. I literally did nothing else from one day making that pull to another day making the same exact pull but with a new exhaust system...
  2. I vote someone with an FTE do a with and without dyno test for us all... For educational purposes of course.
  3. I'm not a show off and my WOT situations are climbing a long grade with a heavy trailer and wanting everything the engine can offer. I have no idea what kinda power loss those resonators cause but it would sure be nice to know since below is what they say on their website. I'm not dogging on FTE but its hard to disagree with the dyno... This unique spiral design virtually eliminates the unwanted sound while keeping flow characteristics for both performance and EGT reduction. Small and Simple Design makes this unit ideal for mounting in tight areas, heavy construction ensures it lasts a long time. See what customers are saying about their experience with this amazing product at www.cumminsforum.com, this product has proven itself to work great on all diesel powered trucks alike (Cummins, Powerstroke, and Duramax). 4" ID Inlet & Outlet 5" maximum diameter x 17.5" Over All Length - 12" Usable HD Aluminized Construction Eliminates irritating "Drone" & Cab Noise, maintains good sound out tailpipe or stacks No gain in EGT or reduction in flow Premium grade product
  4. I would agree with that and already figured the volume coming out of my exhaust isnt going to relate to anything close to 120 hp loss. But...if a 900 HP truck will loose that much power just from a short resonator then a 300 HP truck will have to loose something significant as well. Maybe 30-40 HP? Not sure but just surprised at what they discovered in that vid...
  5. I've been toying with the idea of getting an FTE resonator for awhile... Watched this YouTube video and now I'm rethinking that decision. What say you guys? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8awazQJddk
  6. DONT float gears in these transmissions. This discussion has been hashed out for years and seems to get very heated depending who's defending what position...but no matter, it still stands as a FACT that doing so is damaging to the synchros and simply isnt what the transmission was designed to do.
  7. Yeah but all that liberal hot air is warming things up...
  8. This summer has been fantastic this year. Surprisingly cool temps overall, with the occasional high days. I've been planning for wood early this year so hopefully I have a handle on things before the cold winter days roll in. The funny thing about the weather patterns I have noticed these past few years or so is that I remember the hottest part of the day being around 1-2 pm. Now the hottest part of the day is 4-5 pm. And the afternoon heat is intense, like you feel like you're burning even though its only in the mid 90's. Weird... I remember there being a rumor that the planet has turned slightly off its axis due to normal patterns in weather, or one that said an earthquake knocked it off a few degrees. Maybe its true.
  9. Filling for bankruptcy doesnt mean you loose your house... If you're struggling so much that you cant make ends meet then maybe you need to talk to a bankruptcy attorney for advice as to whether this is an option for you. Some will offer free consultations but just make sure you get more than one opinion so you're not led astray. There are options Mike... But finding someone who can give you the correct help can be hard.
  10. Well I'm sure you're doing what you think is best for your situation... Sounds like you're chasing your tail too so maybe tone down the power a bit and make that truck a tad more reliable and hopefully you'll get through all this. I cant speak for everyone but I'm sure people are praying for you.
  11. Its because the fuel is running out of the lines. The fuel system must retain a "prime" whereby the fuel stays in the lines when the engine is off. Also, there is NO pressure in the fuel lines/system when the engine is off. Anyone who says so is mistaken. Think of the fuel lines like a straw in a cup of water. Put your finger over the top and pull the straw out and the water remains in the straw. Thats a "prime". But put a hole in the straw and the water will run back into the glass. The size of the hole is dependent on how fast the water runs out of the straw. This is whats happening with your hard starting. When the engine is off, somewhere the fuel lines lost their seal and the fuel is allowed to run back to the fuel tank. When you go to start the engine the fuel lines/system must re-prime before the engine will start. The larger the leak the shorter the truck has to sit before it hard starts. This is also why you can typically find out if this is the problem by parking with the nose pointed downhill, because the fuel tank is then in line with or higher than the engine and the fuel has a harder time running out of the lines.
  12. We obviously dont agree but based on the pictures and information I've seen so far, I do not believe the pilot walked out of the flywheel on its own. I think it was drawn out by the wiggling input shaft from internal problems, especially since it looks like its still intact sitting on the input shaft in one of your previous pictures. But no matter, lets just hope things hold up for you this time around... And hope your mom is doing better too...
  13. Its your truck Mike but I'm wondering why you're "upgrading" your clutch and rebuilding the transmission. You clearly are making too much power for the 4500 given your driving conditions. Why ask to deal with this again in the future? It cant be cheap to rebuild that tranny so why not put that money towards something stronger?
  14. This is not what injectors sound like...^ I'd check the APPS way before tearing the injectors out and having them pop tested.
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