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  1. #21
    Charter Member #34 Charter Member Dock Holiday's Avatar
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    Oct 2000
    Beautiful North Carolina
    Isuzu not Volvo - I KNEW THAT. Just had a brain fart.

    You are right about the interior being quiet. At interstate cruise speed you cannot tell the Ford is a diesel. The wife and I both comitted on that.

    Oh well, they are all nice trucks, thank God we have several choices.

  2. #22
    one more on the 100k Escort with three oil changes. Look at the bearing..........

    Also notice the lack of any deposits anywhere.

    (By the way. Ford did a boo-boo at the factory and missed an air bubble in ths cast under the number one valve seat. The seat popped and that was the reason I had to tear it down..... not the fault of the oil. No, I did not put new bearings in it. Would you have?)
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  3. #23
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    Dec 2000
    Flemington, N.J. U.S.A
    Mrgoodwrench, THat some serious psi !!

    Good ,I don't think your problem with the tire wear is the wheel base . We had a stretch limo checy duely . About 40" longer then a normal crew cab . We got about 40,000miles out of the tires hauling heavy . You need to check your air pressure and maybe slow down in the corners !
    A firend of mine is getting new tires put on his DMAx right now because they told him to run them under inflated .At about 6,ooo miles the fronts are bald ! THey are changing them FREE ! And he will add air this time !

    Gumby I haven't seen that one yet .the WD only has one switch and you can't see the chip. Don't I see 3 switches on that one ? And where do you mount it out of the way ? Looks like an interesting gadget though . GIves you something to play with going down the road !

  4. #24
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    Dec 2000
    Flemington, N.J. U.S.A
    What do they go for and how do they operate ? I'll buy one just to experiment . I try them all when I can to see if there is something better or at least as good as the WD stuff . In fact the UPS truck is just leaving with another companies product I'm trying .We'll call it brand "X" for now !

  5. #25
    The nice thing about that one. (At least the one in the Dodge I drove..) You can choose how much nut you want by the buttons on the front. It tells you EGT, Boost level etc etc. You dont need any other guages. I know you cant hide it like some others, but when you take into account it is your guages too, it is not so bad.

    Just call Chip there and tell him one of Don's Amsoil boys sent you.
    Great guy and a pleasure to do business with.

    If you do end up with one, am interested in hearing how you liked it.

    Wait till you hit "Drag Race Mode" heh heh heh

  6. #26
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    Jan 2002
    Hey guys, the air pressure is right. I check it all the time, but in city driving the front end wants to push a little. On a hot day in a frsh paved lot look what happens. I get about 45000 miles out a set of General tires, which are factory. I think thats pretty good. I have a slide in truck camper, and with the weight of that and a trailer, it tends to wear the tires more. I went to NASCAR race in Bristol fight after I got this truck and when I got back the front tires were wore BAD. Dealer took care of it and align.
    Gumby my friend is an Amsoil dist. That gear oil is some smelly stuff. I should run it cause I see what it does in his race car, but I don't. Stupid I guess.

  7. #27
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    You can't boat on an ICE FLOW
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    May 2001
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Talking Back to diesels for a minute

    The biggest issue I see for the Duramax is the high pressure fuel system. The common rail has to carry excessively high pressure The issue is the durability of the fuel pump and keeping the fuel rail sealed. All the connections between the rail and those eight injectors is suseptible to leakage. Diesels do vibrate a lot and maintaining a seal with extremely high pressure is very difficult. That is why Caterpillar does not use this type of system. Its not if they will leak, its when. When they do leak, the fuel ends up in the crank case. biggest problem with this is, the damage due to diluted oil is done before you even realize its a problem. I also do not like aluminum heads on a diesel.

    The Ford uses a low pressure fuel system (200 psi) and is much less susceptible to the leakage issue. And they use cast iron heads.

    Both engines generate between 25,000 and 30,000 psi injection pressures.

    I like both motors, great power, flat torque curves ( especially the Duramax) but I would have the above concern from a durability standpoint.
    Last edited by h2owarrior; 06-15-2002 at 11:19 PM.

  8. #28
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    2000 Powerquest Avenger
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    Feb 2001
    Big Rapids, MI
    your uncle must be using the Amsoil bypass system like I do on my Cummins, what a great investment. $160 for the kit + filters is a helluva lot cheaper than the 12 quart oil changes every 3K miles, and with the oil analysis kits I'm pretty confident that my oil is staying up to snuff. TBN and TAN numbers are very consistent, and very little wear metal after 15,000 on my last oil change, not bad considering I'm towing over 14,000 lbs!

    Baja Boss,
    I don't know why these dealers have to lie so much about Daimler putting Mercedes engines in the Dodges, they have a contract with Cummins, and Daimler KNOWS why people buy the Rams: BECAUSE THEY HAVE CUMMINS ENGINES!!! I had a buddy go to a local Ford dealer who told him the same B.S. , plus he said Ford owns Cummins(yet another lie) and that Ford would be getting the Cummins for their pickups(they are signed up with Navistar for the forseeable future). You can check this out at

    Don't listen to the slimeballs!

  9. #29
    Amsoil RULES!
    Anything else is dino-sludge.

    But I have had people tell me those pictures are fakes and I am a liar....:O

    What can you do??

  10. #30
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    Feb 2001
    lake st.clair, MI
    I read the new ford 6.0 diesel will be out later this year and it also uses the high pressure common rail fuel system. They boasted how it has up to 29,000psi of pressure. Guess its the wave of the future.

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