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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    That is a good question Daugen. With gasoline generators, the biggest plug issue seems to be carbon fouling. On propane (not there yet, so no hour #'s as a guess), I'd expect the limiting factor is...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Known diesel contamination is one thing..... most of us will stay away from a can of fuel that has been left lying around in the back of a truck with the cap missing.

    In another thread, CreekyB...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Got it, thanks. You should have my PM response now.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    That fueling scenario is a great point about extreme operating conditions.

    Aside from diesel fuel treatment practices, my other recommendation to northern newbies asking about tractors is - Stock...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Nice setup. I haven't been inside a modern poultry barn, but I can see where those fans would be critical.

    One thing I could never understand was the dairy (of all things today) farmers who got...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    I'd say you have my 1500w space heater beat :) ! As we've been discussing lately, always good to test the switchgear with a significant load.

    Sounds like you have a big operation there farmer....
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    Re: Truck ton ratings....

    To add to the "fun" in modern-day light trucks.... Tow Rating.

    Here, to use any more than about 1/3 of what "1 ton" diesels are rated to tow (other than RV trailers), you need a Class A CDL........
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Date: July 23/16

    Generator: 2kw Briggs - finally :) !

    Activity: Ran for 1 hour, charging 3 batteries and running 300w flood.

    Final Fueling notes: filled w. NonE gas. Red Stabil and Seafoam...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Shoemaker's children..... some serious honesty there :D , but sounds like your gens do fine.....

    The general consensus is that TBN should come with a warning banner page concerning how dangerous...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Welcome to TBN CB, and thanks for stopping by.

    Good input - IMO one of the best uses of these forums is listening to other peoples direct experience. In another recent thread I cited Will Rogers...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Started into typing most of this early am, then the day went away on me.....

    Short answer - 50% "feels" like enough load. That's a subjective answer, not based on what I call real engineering at...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    10-4.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    On the older residential Generacs I've seen, the main switch was:

    Off - for service presumably

    Auto - autostart after a fixed delay following line outage

    On - you could manually force it to...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Thoreau would have understood them. Over here....not a chance....

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Sounds like Admin needs to be tasked with scraping the sludge out of a diesel tank that hadn't been turned over/filled frequently enough.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Those short warmups at reduced speed wouldn't cut it up here for exercise a good portion of the year. GRS - can I assume that all these new ones still have a Manual/Forced Run setting ?

    Smart move...
  17. Re: Trailer Tire Failure - Not a good way tho start the weekend

    Thanks for the tip Tim. Tirerack has a good rep, but with the Canuck buck where it is a domestic source may be a better deal.

    Rgds, D.
  18. Re: Trailer Tire Failure - Not a good way tho start the weekend

    You've done your homework, and there is plenty of good TBN karma going your way..... happy trails and smooth running :steeringwheel:

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Western Europe..... what a weird place..... they have ultra-efficient wood-stoves AND legislators with common sense ! Then again, having a nutbag neighbour who supplies much of your Natgas and loves...
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    I thought those tires looked a bit big for those fenders.

    Might also be worth checking your swing shackle bushings for wear if you haven't in a while, as that might be adding play.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Electrical and Natgas have to be inspected here before running a standby system, and I know more regs have come into play for diesel tanks, but generally speaking our process is still fairly...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Nothing wrong with belt+suspenders approach.... we can get rough weather anywhere, but Atlantic storms can get serious in a hurry.

    Looks like 22's are the new normal for residential auto-transfer....
  23. Re: Trailer Tire Failure - Not a good way tho start the weekend

    Funny.... sitting up here I think of them as a virtual shop, but obviously they have a brick/mortar one.

    Time...... always comes back to time. I'll drive quite a distance to access the right...
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    Ouch. Tires aren't supposed to be that complicated, at least in a perfect world....

    I haven't yet, but I know people here who order from Tirerack.com, at least when our dollar is healthy. Any...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Thanks grs - and nicely done. Though, I'd expect no less given how much practice you get !

    22 at the house and the old one at the shop - I'd say you are well covered !

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Fuel additives

    As I recall the origin, Tom Wolfe coined the term Redneck out of respect for how smart the Good 'Ol Boys were that he came across..... that was a great summation of why water is more critical to deal...
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    That is a great point df. Was putting my all-seasons back on the old Civic this Spring - had one valve leaking like yours, and those Coopers are only about 3 (half) seasons old.

    I keep a dollar...
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    Re: Fuel additives

    Sounds like your son needs to read up on fencing....... ;)

    There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by... - Will Rogers at BrainyQuote

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Fuel additives

    Like most stories, that one is about (big) money. Once the sulphur was scheduled to be removed from N.American fuel - the battle was on between Big Oil and the Engine Manufacturers. Sulphur had...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    The generator race continues..... 16kw ones were common up here, but we mostly have lower AC loads than the South.

    If 22kw is the volume product in the USA now, that may also create a sweet-spot...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Congratulations on finally getting your own 22kw done !

    If you are talking about April '16, that is a crazy number. If you mean April 2015, that is still 2/month....

    Pics of the new at-home...
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    Re: Fuel additives

    ^ What he said.

    Best practice for diesels has always been top up the tank at the end of every operating day. That's even more critical (IMO) for the hobby category many of us fall into..... you...
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    It would be interesting to know the history of the ST spec. I wouldn't be surprised if it was put in place when 55mph was your national limit - 10 mph over that legal limit was reasonable headroom...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Change can be good sometimes..... during the big August blackout about 10 years ago, many inner city kids saw the stars for the first time.

    Unless it is -40 out, or I need a sump pump on NOW, I...
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    Basically yes, the speed rating is too low on STs - not enough margin is built into that spec to reliably run at high-speed, IMO.

    Like yourself Terry, I keep the speed down with my ST tires - I...
  36. Re: Trailer Tire Failure - Not a good way tho start the weekend

    Modern ST tires failing prematurely is more the rule, rather than the exception.

    I've seen belts break so badly on 2 year old Carlisle STs (properly inflated and loaded) that the tread on the...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Here is hoping that you are still not "testing" your gen this morning :thumbsup:.

    That sounds like a fun project..... propane burns clean and stores well. Keep us posted if you implement full...
  38. Re: Trailer Tire Failure - Not a good way tho start the weekend

    Is your trailer aluminum Beltz ? 500# seems a bit low if not.

    With a 3500# axle, many trailers will be rated for 3000# GVWR. A friend of mine who has fixed way more trailers than I ever want to...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Running like a Champ ! :thumbsup: Thanks for the field data on the valve, others will be interested in that. I couldn't see myself buying a small generator w/o manual start, but electric is sure...
  40. Re: PICS OF BARNS; Any barns; All barns; My barn; Your barn; Not your barn

    Lots of great barns and shops in this thread.

    Nice to see yours Woodpile - I am fond of that era of barn...... many of them around these parts are no longer standing.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Jeep 3.7L Crank Sensor removal

    With more practice, I'd trying throwing heat at it like you describe - that would be the fast way to clear a hoist :thumbsup:

    This was the first one of these I've had to do.... to say that I was...
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    Jeep 3.7L Crank Sensor removal

    More than a few folks have had grief with these, so I thought I'd post what worked for me today.

    Once the one bolt is out of this crank sensor, you are left to deal with the corrosion keeping this...
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    Re: One for the Good Guys

    It kinda reminded me of something that Dennis Weaver would have done in a McCloud episode :)

    Rgds, D.
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    One for the Good Guys

    The lady kept her bicycle, and a thief was caught..... cowboy style :thumbsup:

    Bicycle thief suspect lassoed by rancher in Oregon - BBC News

    A rancher in the US state of Oregon has used his...
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    Re: Small engine trouble

    If the governor is fan activated, check that the area is clear of leaves, mouse nests..... , if you haven't already OP.

    Rgds, D.
  46. Thread: Key is Dead

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    Re: Key is Dead

    Basic greases I've used have usually done the trick, for my service intervals. That is to say, most of the time.... I've been looking for something better, for a tough application (frame-rail mounted...
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    Re: Changing differential oil

    P.S. - you might PM Soundguy for advice - he is one of the regulars on here who has worked on a fair # of old Fords.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Changing differential oil

    A short change and refill is often wise - esp. if there was a lot of contamination (meaning original sludge and/or flush chemicals)..... Can add up $ with a big sump, but is a sure way to know what...
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    Re: Changing differential oil

    Depending on the axle design, it can be difficult to get all of the diesel etc. out, esp. if the diff cover is still in place.... this issue may lead to dilution of your final fill of gear oil.

    Up...
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    Re: Your last generator Maintenance Run

    Nice sized sump, though I'd expect as much from Isuzu. +1 on getting the maintenance done Ralph.

    Is that knife edge the olde school type I'm picturing ? ..... open frame, mostly not insulated ?...
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    Re: Your towing rigs and trailers

    With the caveat of - clearly understand what Ford deems to be Severe Service - I'd tend to trust Ford's Maintenance Intervals. They have been building this class of truck for a long time, and don't...
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    Re: Your towing rigs and trailers

    I'd say not really on the 6.7L, in the context of 6.0L type problems.

    Plan on using a 2 post lift, for any significant under-hood work, as the cab will typically need to be lifted.

    Sno...
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    Re: Your towing rigs and trailers

    What goes round, comes around...... your neighbour obviously appreciated your help on his projects.

    All is relative...... the 6.7 is very impressive to drive, as it's definitely up there in the...
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    Re: Your towing rigs and trailers

    Nice setup. The Ram is a survivor too..... IDK of any other full-size with a manual today.

    Unrestored - wow :thumbsup:. 10 y/o vehicles up here will often show body rot, even at that distance.
    ...
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    Re: lets discuss preps for disasters

    Many things, taken to extreme, can look like..... let's just say..... somebody has their tinfoil hat wrapped too tight..... unfortunately, a lot of people who could probably learn a thing or 20 from...
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    Re: lets discuss preps for disasters

    Speed - that is the value of a Bug Out Bag, or the other names it is known by (link).

    Bug-out bag - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Takes discipline to set up and maintain one, but can make a...
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    Re: Now this is how to build a unique house!!!!

    I was thinking that somebody finally came up with a new angle (pun intended) on selling boxes in the 'burbs....

    For the discerning home buyer who loves crawlin' at Moab, but doesn't have time to...
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    Re: Your towing rigs and trailers

    I hope that repair goes well for you, and it isn't too spendy..... that looks like a truck you want back working ASAP.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Oil - Another "why" question

    Roger that.

    I helped a lady select oil for her late model Mazda car a while back. She mentioned that she thought it need 5W30.... I had a look at her Owner's manual..... turns out that she had...
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    Re: This is what a fire storm looks like

    I hope that is the case.

    This update refers to the fire as "growing more slowly".

    Fort McMurray is 'still alive,' fire chief says — but safety concerns linger - Edmonton - CBC News

    Some of...
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    Re: This is what a fire storm looks like

    While I usually consider politicians to be experts in hot-air, not in this case.

    It's easy to turn down resources, when you are not working a fire-line.

    I'm not a pilot, but AFAIK, English is...
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    Re: This is what a fire storm looks like

    Lots of really tired people fighting The Beast up there....

    'I don't consider myself a hero': Fort McMurray firefighter - Calgary - CBC News

    Let's see them all make it home safe !

    I think...
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    Re: what on earth does electricity cost near you?

    6 months have gone by, so it's again time to crank the rates up here....

    Electricity Prices | OEB

    Mid-Peak is now 13.2 cents/kwh ...... that's about double what the flat rate was (Yep, I'm...
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    Re: Oil - Another "why" question

    Up until not that long ago, most charts like you posted were created with conventional oil in mind - vehicle manufacturers knew that many consumers did not want to be forced into buying synthetic...
  65. Re: Let's post our Made in USA tool finds (yard sales, old store stock, auctions etc)

    Nice cross-border combination, and good looking shop !

    Rgds, D.
  66. Re: Hi-Run Trailer Tires Made In China. Are They Any Good?

    I take my Winterforce tires off our old Civic in the summer. IIRC, those ones were made in Argentina.

    I'm not sure where that Firestone plant is here....

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: The Demise of Locally Owned Hardware Stores?

    LOL.

    Sounds like these BB stores are helping us get some exercise ! :laughing:

    I do like going for walks, but not when I need to grab some parts and get on with the rest of my day....

    Rgds,...
  68. Re: Hi-Run Trailer Tires Made In China. Are They Any Good?

    Similar here.... many of the Canuck tire plants are gone.... Michelin may still be out East (NS).

    I wouldn't call myself pro-pollution, but I am pro level-playing-field - there should be Global...
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    Re: The Demise of Locally Owned Hardware Stores?

    One thing that I do not like about some bigbox stores here - they have split up Electrical and Plumbing, putting them in widely separated areas.

    Yeah, I know why they are doing it (to make you...
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    Re: Look what I picked up for 5 bucks.

    Old radios are somewhat like old cars..... many people have no interest, but the ones that do are heavily into collecting and restoring and using them.....

    If you want to move that gear along to...
  71. Re: Hi-Run Trailer Tires Made In China. Are They Any Good?

    I went with Chris's recommendation on Greenball, and have been happy with them. I hear good things about Maxxis, but haven't had a chance to try them yet. My application was an old travel trailer.
    ...
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    Re: The Demise of Locally Owned Hardware Stores?

    You've touched on some currents that run deep through most of Canada/USA today....

    There are some good options on the web, but there was and is value in having somebody local who A) knows what...
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    Re: Socket Organizer

    Just a thought.....

    Make a wooden base in the length you want, and attach long tool-strip magnets. You can organize the socket sets the way you want - just add your own labels if you want to see...
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    Re: Look what I picked up for 5 bucks.

    Us olde tyme techs know the term..... other than that, you'd probably need to talk to an astronomy fan.... :)

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Look what I picked up for 5 bucks.

    Lots of big smiles (and memories) in this thread......

    That picture above had me thinking...

    If somebody heard me say parallax in a conversation today, they'd probably thinking I was talking...
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    Re: Look what I picked up for 5 bucks.

    A classic VOM - great to see a well cared for example going to a good home.... :thumbsup:

    Rgds, D.
  77. Thread: Almost Died

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    Re: Almost Died

    You've got past the heavy lifting TSB - sending my Best Wishes for your continued good fortune.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    The Seafoam would have probably cleaned up those plugs a bit - still, fresh plugs are always nice, IIRC you have a few miles on the Transit.

    Looking forward to some pics of the intake off, and how...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    Good to hear that worked out well. Happy Transit , Happy Wife, better performance/mileage :thumbsup:.

    IIRC, your year of Transit was still MPFI - correct 50 ?

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    I'd like to get this back on track.

    1) Anybody that wants to trade insults - set up your own thread, or do it in PMs.

    2) I honestly can't tell if I'm looking at trolling here, or lack of...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    I like to understand the pros and any cons of most technologies. Once I understood the basics of GDI, I wanted to ping the braintrust here to see what real-world experiences people are having. Thanks...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    ^Good oil change practices, and little/nothing for short-cycle cold weather driving. Doesn't get much better than that.

    Injector geometry has gone down, rail pressure up. Add to that many...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    LOL. (I believe you).

    Pretty ironic, considering we are (allegedly) supposed to be Saving the Planet with these latest/greatest designs.....

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    That's one of the reasons I started this thread..... wanted to see who was having problems with what. Some GDI designs are worse/better than others, and agreed, maintenance practices and use-profile...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    No Worries..... interesting info.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    I've seen Permatex dielectric grease up here in a spray can - haven't tried that packaging, so can't say if it works better. I do use Permatex dielectric grease, but not in high volume, so I buy it...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    Thanks for the 411, and specific recommendations.

    One of my gas MPFI engines has over 300k miles on it, and (knock wood) the head has never been off. I'd be seriously irritated with a GDI engine...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    Some GDI engines do better than others. By the time I get into GDI, I think I'll add a borescope to my tool collection though....

    Would I be correct in guessing that you are good at changing oil...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    Thanks for the update. Ouch.

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    I'm not sure that we even have that yet, up here north of the 49'th..... it's now on my Watch List.....

    I expect good things from CRC..... have you had a chance/reason to use that already 94 ?
    ...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    Manufacturers get pushed, from a few directions, to deliver long oil-change intervals. It would be interesting to see the details of how manufacturers prioritize the OCI calculations on today's...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    Thanks for the PN, and the background on how you use those in the shop.

    I won't be the only one expecting to see installation pics :thumbsup: - please !

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    Didn't have much luck searching for Jupiter.... something like this is what you will be using ?

    1/4 Inch NPT, 4 CFM Coalescing Filter 6927651 - MSC

    With you on the Class 8s, I've seen small...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    Unfortunately, many "domestic" offerings either now have no stick tranis available at all, or only on high performance models. A shame, IMO..... I enjoy driving stick in a personal vehicle, and if...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    :)

    Engines are digitally controlled today; I guess their feet are binary too !

    Rgds, D.
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    Re: Generator to power electronics?

    Always good practice.

    The first small gen I bought recommended running it totally unloaded for 2 minutes before connecting the loads, and after removing the load before shutdown, continuing to run...
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    Re: Generator to power electronics?

    I'd be inclined to run your Honda inverter gen as is - they are well regulated. I am assuming that your printer is not a power hog - add up the sticker wattages of what you are using, and/or test...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    Thanks for the 411.... that does make more sense that the complex vanes are on the cold side. I'd heard of issues with variable vanes not being exercised enough, for some reason that had me thinking...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    That is good field data, thanks.

    I hope the turbos on the recent generations of small gas DI motors stand up as well as those heavy-truck ones you describe. Would that generation of truck turbo...
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    Re: Decarbonizing GDI Engines....

    That carbon issue would still scare me with a turbo... thinking of the heavy-deposit BMW pic in this thread. If every last spec of debris is vacuumed out (head not removed), OK then, maybe.
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