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  1. When looking at Wal-Mart 2-stroke to Amsoil cost comparison, the Amsoil was about the same cost "per serving" if you bought the big jug. I buy the 1/2 gallon jug, then divvy out into 5 ounce "servings" since most of my fillups are around 25 gallons. In a 5th Gen clearly you won't be running 2-stroke, but my point is that Amsoil fuel treatment is not expensive per serving - they also say it's alcohol free, and the brochure indicates wear scar reductions of ~150 microns when mixed with fuels from varying U.S. regions.
  2. I don't believe those offer 240V when combined, they just give a lot more 120V amperage. The Honda 7kW units do have 240V, and I believe can be paired up. I've read a lot of good reviews about the Harbor Freight Predator generators and see lots of food trucks using them. Also on job sites some guys have well-used versions and swear they're as good or nearly as good as their Hondas, for a LOT less money. I'd rather support Japan than China, but I ultimately prefer to keep my several thousand dollars, too.
  3. I'm guessing that's a pretty good inrush current. My old furnace had a 3/4 HP blower motor, 120V. My 2000W Honda could start it easy, but not with much else on. Once up and running, I could plug a fridge or freezer back in, and it could handle that appliance's inrush. A 240V generator generally is just available in larger unit, I've found, and those get expensive in inverter duty units which are quiet and fuel efficient. If this generator wouldn't need to run 24/7 I'd be tempted to buy a non-inverter and just start it as needed to refill water jugs, etc. Put the savings towards fuel and a propane conversion kit!
  4. I owned a '95 K1500 Suburban, 5.7L, auto trans, 3.73 gears (I think) for over 10 years and put almost 100k miles on it. Always had load range E tires on it for some reason. When my mixed mileage dropped below 16.5 MPG I began looking for problems. Are the older Dodge gassers really that thirsty that 14 MPG is something to brag about?
  5. This is required so that current is detected and a code isn't set, right? If so, could a guy put a dual position switch in the factory trigger wire, and when grid heaters are switched "off", the trigger wire current would just pass through a resistor to ground? This makes sense to me if the MAP sensor showed zero boost, but the ECM thinks he has 22 pounds of boost. Won't it then inject a massive amount of fuel?
  6. I can't even remember the last year I opened a window. I'm certain it wasn't in 40 degree weather, though. Around here maybe a few days per year is it not too hot, cold, humid, or allergy laden. Dew point today was around 77⁰. The low may hit upper 60’s, but 99-100 humidity. I'm not sure how people survive Louisiana unless they grow gills.
  7. I guess I just don't understand how to adjust for stock injectors versus yours that flow 43% more. I for sure don't want 100% CANbus for anything over 2 PSI. However, I believe this is bordering on a thread hijack so will cut it out!
  8. For better or for worse, I just got done installing these. With a bent-tip grease gun tool they are super easy to grease, so I now have no excuse for not doing so. I'm not sure what to think about them. I'm more likely to clean them off and grease them, but if/when the ball or spring wear out they'll be more likely to let in water/salt/grit than a normal zerk. A Google search for that part number and you can get them pretty cheap.
  9. Overnight lows in the upper 70s and low 80s is pretty normal summer weather in the Midwest. Dew points in the upper 70s are not shocking, but may be mentioned in a conversation. It just is what it is. Purely for weather reasons only do I frequently have a desire to move west. Then I come back to reality.
  10. Yeah, but with 7x.010 injectors! How much fuel stretch do stock injectors need to match that flow rate per cycle?
  11. Whoah! $2.85 to $2.99 around Kansas City area. Lots of pipelines around here, though, so our fuel isn't trucked far.
  12. I'm far from even a good rookie in this discussion, but perhaps one thing that could help narrow this down is if you describe more what kind of towing you do with your truck. Just for two quick examples, if I was going to use my 2nd Gen to haul heavy equipment up unpaved mountain roads, I would definitely listen to what @NIsaacs has to say. If I was going to travel the country's interstates pulling for hire, I would follow the lead of @Blueox01 - actually, I kind of did that anyway in the turbocharger department (HEW351W from www.Benzforce.com). Not sure how many people have put more miles on a truck than him! Since you're interested in a transmission swap, you should look up his build of putting a Fuller (8406?) in his truck. This may have been the link, but the pics are MIA.
  13. For the Cooper AT3, going to a 275/65/18 would add 220 lbs per tire of capacity, but would be 0.42" taller. Surely the Hankook 18s are similar, the 265/70/17 ratings I found were same as Cooper at 3195 lbs. Maybe for a truck that heavy the 19.5" (or 17.5" if you can find them in an all-terrain) tires would ride okay. At over 10k empty, that's getting into 4500 territory, and I think they come with 19.5s. SRW commercial wheels may be $$$$$ though!
  14. I get it. I bought it purely for changing tires. The POS that comes with the truck may be okay if you get a flat on a bowling lane, billiard table, or skating rink.
  15. Last year I bought a jack/stand combo unit. Has a bottle jack inside of the jack stand, and you can release the pressure in the the bottle. As safe as a jack stand, and just as stable. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/powerbuilt-3-ton-all-in-one-jack
  16. The same Fel-Pro part number at RA is $26 (30 day warranty) or $48 (12 month warranty) compared to $78 sale price at NAPA, though I know you get a discount.
  17. As discussed before, there are two general ways to increase cetane rating, and one method reduces the BTU rating of the fuel while the other does not. If to boost cetane they remove the energy-dense waxes, etc., at the refinery to increase cetane, then the BTUs/gallon are lowered. This would be like #1 diesel. Right, wrong, or indifferent, I think of this as taking the hard-to-light, energy dense wood out of the firewood pile and replacing it with easy to light but low-BTU balsa wood. If chemical means are used to increase cetane, the waxes and their BTUs are still there. 8 ounces of cetane and lubrication booster in a 35 gallon tank is pretty insignificant fuel dilution (about 0.4%). The 2-stroke obviously adds more BTUs than it 'takes away' by reducing diesel capacity by a quart - also insignificant. I don't know if the chemicals acting like pouring diesel on a big Oak log to get it to burn easier, or if it acts like a wood chipper turning the waxy hydrocarbon chains into kindling - either way, I believe that's more the approach to how this style of "cetane boosting" works. If you have worn out injectors or a timing advance box, increasing cetane may start ignition TOO early and cause bad side effects - essentially you're over advanced at that point. If you have high-pop injectors and thus try to compensate with an Adrenaline, the same effect may be possible by boosting cetane with chemical treatment (not using #1 diesel). Based on the the results presented on this website from guys with WAY more miles and years of experience than me, I was going to switch from using fuel treatment to using Wal-Mart 2-stroke, but when I did the economic analysis, it was about the same as Amsoil on a per-gallon-of-fuel basis. If cost was no object, I don't know if Amsoil fuel treatment is better or worse than 2-stroke, but my guess is about the same. Since most of my fill-ups are 25 gallons instead of 30-34 gallons, I use the Amsoil fuel treatments because I buy the bigger containers (which is also concentrated) and just refill my "single serve" bottles that I bought a few years ago. I use 5-6 oz of concentrate when I fill up; in winter I err I on the high side with their All-In-One treatment especially if heading north is in my near future. I don't know how many miles are on my VP, but I put the last 75k miles on it ranging from -20 in Minnesota to +100 around home and Oklahoma. My fuel gets hot in summer, have seen 150 or 160 degrees (I'll have to search for my post last year to confirm). So far, so good with no stuck timing pistons or gelled fuel. The first couple of winters I used Power Diesel Services white bottle at the recommended rates (including in Minnesota and northern Iowa) with no problems, even when I had last filled up in Kansas City or even farther south. The other three seasons I used the Gray bottle which contains cetane booster. My junk-pile Kubota seems to start easier, smoke less, and run better since I put cetane booster in it last fill-up. It has freshly rebuilt injectors (less than 15 hours), so that extra injector pop-pressure (retarding injection) may be why it likes the cetane to make the fuel hurry and light off. Same fuel station and the weather around here hasn't changed during this experiment, but admittedly it's a pretty dinky sample size and duration!
  18. If you start off at 13⁰ at 1500 RPM, then to what do you set the Low PSI timing reduction? I have my timing table start higher, but utilize the low psi timing reduction and it works well for me compared to just starting low like 13⁰
  19. I wish I could help! So far I haven't had issues with mine that weren't fairly obvious, like a loose plug.
  20. I now have AlfaOBD, just waiting for my magic cord to show up so I can look at all kinds of things (and program my new keys!), hopefully I can figure out some of those things. I'm really hoping my +25 mile commute is long enough to not create problems between my several hundred mile trips across the midwest.
  21. I was reading a trucking magazine the other day and there was an article in there about how some companies are using block heaters even in the summer. It has drastically reduced their maintenance on DPF, and of course saved them fuel money due to reduced regens. Based on our most recent bill I think I'm paying 12 cents/kW-hr, so I may give it a go for this truck.
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