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  1. greed

    Time for a clutch

    When I was towing my 11K fifth wheel, with the exhaust brake on , the clutch would slip on long, steep downhill grades, like McDonald pass going into Helena, MT. Clutch never slipped on level or uphill pulls. My truck is stock. I called SB, and their recommendation was the dual disc due to fairly heavy towing and the exhaust brake. So that is what I got from DAP. The dual disc doesn't seem to be very grabby. It doesn't like to slip, so sometimes quick engage, disengage helps when backing. It weighs about 20lbs more than stock. You will notice the engine lugging quicker than with the stock clutch. Pedal pressure isn't much different. The one thing I changed from the SB kit was the throwout bearing. I read on different forums where people had problems with the supplied throwout bearing. I went with a SKF from Rockauto. It looks to be a lot better quality. I believe SB changed their supplier, they may have a better bearing now. It wouldn't hurt to change the rear seal while your in there. Better safe than sorry.
  2. greed

    Time for a clutch

    I went through DAP for my SB clutch.
  3. Checking the hub temp is a good idea. I've got an IR thermometer and I check a lot of stuff, but never the front hubs. I don't know what would be good or bad temp. If you happen to do a brake teardown, that would be a good time to grease the bearing. Or, if you like getting dirty, sweaty and cussing a lot, you could tear the brakes down for a good clean up on the sliding surfaces and grease them then. They use the winter road slime stuff up here, so I like to check things out every couple of years, as things get pretty gummed up.
  4. Over the years I've never read on the various forums where anyone gained any appreciable mileage gains with the various lock out hub kits. Even a small gain would be nice. I think, the biggest advantage is being able to easily maintain the and check for wear. When my OEM bearings finally give out I may look into a locking hub kit.
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  6. Several years ago, there was a long thread on TDR. One of the members had a commercial operation in Spokane, WA. He had several Dodge P/U's in his fleet. He did the bearing grease operation every time he did a brake job. IIRC, the average mileage in his fleet was about 360,000 miles, with no bearing replacements. I'm only at 98,000 miles on my 2002, so time will tell if greasing the bearings helped.
  7. I used the grease that was recommended on courtsara.com. Kendall L-427 super blu. I think I found it on Amazon. He said of all the bearings he had pressed apart, they all looked like that was what was originally used. It is a Lithium complex grease.
  8. My ABS light has never come on.
  9. I lubed the front bearings on my 2002. I pulled the ABS sensor, then pumped in about 30 pumps of grease, turning the hub a bit every few pumps. I used a rubber air blow gun tip on the end of my grease gun to help make contact in the ABS sensor hole. You have to take the brakes off to get at the ABS sensor. I've read even brand new bearings sometimes have very little grease in them. It's a lot of work to get at the ABS, but a good time to clean up the brake slides and inspect everything. A good website explaining all of this is www.courtsara.com.
  10. There is a long thread on TDR called G-plus radiator. It is a welded aluminum radiator listed on Ebay. Seems like it is offered in 3 or 4 row. Aluminum tanks. Not a bad price. Of course, made in china. There was another outfit that makes radiators, but I can't remember the name. You might check that thread out. It is currant, so you don't have to be a member to access.
  11. greed

    High Fuel Temp

    I did a temp test with an IR gun to maybe see if the starter blanket helps with VP44 cooling. It was a 81 deg day. Engine running at operating temp: VP44 - 95 deg. Engine block - behind VP44 - 150 deg. Engine off after 20 min cool down with hood open: VP44 - 128 deg. Engine block - 134 deg. It doesn't look like the blanket helps much with heat soak on shut down. A
  12. greed

    High Fuel Temp

    Good idea. I have an IR temp gun. It is pushing 100 deg here, so I should be able to get a fairly good idea if it works.
  13. greed

    High Fuel Temp

    Katoom, no, I don't have any pictures. As far as holding heat in, while moving or engine running, the fan should move enough air to help cool. After shutdown, the blanket should (I hope) keep radiant engine heat off the VP44 as it is between the VP44 and the block. The VP44 computer, fuel lines are still exposed to open air. I used a large hose clamp and clamped the top side of he blanket to the air horn.
  14. greed

    High Fuel Temp

    I don't know if this helps my VP44 from radiant engine heat or not, but I draped a Chevy starter heat shield from the air horn to as far behind the VP44 as I could get it.
  15. Genos have a cab filter that mounts under the windshield wipers. That will keep bees, etc. out of the cab. On both sides of the cowl, near the bottom, there is a gap between the cowl and the fender. I filled those gaps with a stainless steel pot scrubber. You have to pull the cowl cover to see those slots. Some of the mounting studs and nuts will probably get messed up. You can get them at www.clipsandfasteners.com a lot cheaper than the dealer.