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RE: Why diesels are most efficient around 1,800 rpm

Another potential factor is multi-squirt during the combustion stroke With today’s computer and injector’s there is that potential. First squirt to get it going and is normally a bigger or more fuel injected Subsequent squirts will have much lower amounts of fuel Found this looking at gasoline ICE’s with no spark plug. Direct injection, combustion ignition (DICI) gassers The early models had projections of higher MPG in Diesel range Bottom line will always have diesel provide higher MPG because it has more BTU’s per measure compared to gasoline IIrc, Nox was troublesome and the thought at that time to leave it to downstream components/system to manage (such a poor choice IMHO) Forgot about that and will look into that again
BenK 10/20/20 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Home is home and we all have our preferences and I do not diss anyone's vehicles, clothes, food, drink, GF's n wives, etc Just be happy with your choices and if not so...then change it... I'll not purchase new again at 72 and find better uses for the premium of new Then the potential of all these used with too many bells and whistles (for me) are all potential failure points
BenK 10/18/20 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

If he ever gets up to freeway speed...the leading edge of those insulation boards will try to lift... To then snap in half at the strap induced stress raiser To then fly off and the other half following...then the rest of that stack ditto... Common sense is so uncommon...
BenK 10/15/20 07:21am Tow Vehicles
Ford 6L diesel in the news again

Appeals court: Ford committed fraud by selling defective Super Duty trucks Why I've never liked class action...let's the OEM dodge the bigger bullet
BenK 10/14/20 07:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and Gearing

They are around 10% apart...meaning about 10% torque multiplication difference...more if going up numerically and ditto going down numerically Factored by the transmission gearing & number of gears...this includes tire revs per mile being the same Of course gasoline vs diesel factors
BenK 10/14/20 07:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAWR Question?

My 1980 Silverado C10 Big Ten was the HD half ton of it’s era. Big Ten meaning higher ratings than a regular half ton It had 5 lug’s My 1973 Chevy K5 4x4 was a shortened half ton and had 6 lug’s Material science, manufacturing science and everything else has improved significantly Found this chart and is about right to this discussion Check out the 3/4 ton GVWR of 5,200 to 6,200 lbs, which by today’s standards is mid sized pickups to the bottom ratted full sized pickups Chassis Data Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread GVW Tires G10 90 in - - - 3,900 - 5,000 lbs 6.95 x 14 in G20 108 in - - - 5,200 - 6,200 lbs 7.75 x 15 C10/K10 115 in 186.75 in 63.1 in 61.1 in 4,400-5,400 / 5,200-5,600 lbs G78 x 14 / G78 x 15 C10/K10 127 in 206.25 in 63.1 in 61.1 in 4,400-5,400 / 5,200-5,600 lbs H78 x 15 / G78 x 15 P10 102 in - - - 4,600 - 5,400 lbs G78 x 15 C20/K20 127 in (Longhorn 133 in) 206.25 - - 6,200-7,500 / 6,400-7,500 lbs 7 x 17.5 / 7 x 17.5 six-ply P20 125 / 137 in - - - 6,500 - 7,500 lbs 8.75 x 16.5 C30 133 in - - - 6,600 - 14,000 lbs 8.75 x 16.5 in P30 125 / 137 / 157 in - - - 7,300 - 14,000 lbs 8.75 x 16.5 in Edit... Meaning that the OEMs have/are playing mine’s bigger than yours and is a good thing for us consumers Also, the supplier (AAM) to GM rates my 1996 GMC K2500 rear end at 10,000 GAWR, while GM rates it at 6,000 GAWR. It is also the same AAM axle assembly on the 1 ton daully of the same year and is also rated by GM at 6,000 GAWR. There are differences and that is in the MC bore size, wheel cylinder bore size and wider drum/shoes. Ordered mine with the F60 (IIRC) option, which is the snow plow prep package, which got 1 ton front torsion bars on my 3/4 ton...and the wider drum and shoes
BenK 10/13/20 02:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup,630&quality=65 A very old image and snopes says true Nephew used to work at a large hardware and construction shop and said this happened almost every day Rules were to call the manager and he had a standard liability release form that must be signed before he could start loading
BenK 10/12/20 10:32am Tow Vehicles
Over loaded pickup

Wonder how often this occurs...think often width=680
BenK 10/12/20 07:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Auto tire deflate/inflate

Curious... Anyone know how these work ? Either a seal between the rotating tire/wheel to a stationary air line on the hub somewhere. Or, a tiny pump inside the tire cavity hooked up to a special Schrader valve. Assume a counter weight 180* apart. One per tire Bluetooth interface Or is there an extremely nifty design ? Too many parts to fail for me to consider
BenK 09/27/20 10:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Auto tire deflate/inflate

Agree with the OP on "...Screw the 18 stinkin useless cameras and navigation BS...." But, am okay with a bicycle hand pump, electric pump, etc and had them when off road a lot Best was just a 10 gallon tank with a Schrader valve filled up to 120 PSI Aired all 4 over sized, flotation tires back up enough to run on the highway till a gas station was found. Then finish airing them up If the OP is filling air bags...they don't take much air...IMHO
BenK 09/27/20 06:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Theoretically, with 1G downforce and coefficient of friction 1....1G would be the maximum....but there are other factors in play Asphalt pavement has rocks embedded Tiretread is soft enough to have it mold into the crevices to have interference Why racing has gumball compound
BenK 09/26/20 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Am still a huge fan of fuel cells, saline batteries and new fan of diamond batteries Diamond batteries has a no recharge neccessary life of around 5,000 years! Core material is nuclear waste encapsulated in layers of diamond Radiation is in the form of electrons...not dangerous alpha rays or gamma rays...still reading up and studying this phenomenon...
BenK 09/26/20 07:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Competition is always good... Already has 20 semi's opertating ! How many does Tusk have operating ? As Electric Truck Startup Hyliion Goes Public, Founder Is Set To Be America’s Youngest Self-Made Billionaire He may not be as slick as the other billionaire electric truck impresarios Elon Musk or Nikola’s disgraced former CEO Trevor Milton, but Healy has one up on both Tesla and Nikola when it comes to getting revolutionary tech onto the road. There are already 20 trucks operating with Hyliion’s electric powertrains, built via ventures with Dana Corp. and Volvo. Tesla said this year it was delaying production of its Semi until 2021. Shares in Nikola meanwhile have collapsed from the $70s to less than $20 amid fraud allegations and the departure of Milton.
BenK 09/26/20 06:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Garrett turbo files for bankruptcy

IMHO...screwed by corporate management (that bought them)
BenK 09/22/20 12:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: To Upgrade TV or Not

Even though this full sized SUV is derived from a F150....the SUV market folks demand even higher levels of ‘ride quality’...typical for all the OEM normally softens the springs (changes the force rates over travel) and other ‘car’ attributes added...though that is also happening to pickups...folks deciding ride quality over pure truck ride For this OP, going to higher class tires will help, but first air the ‘P’ class tires to their max sidewall PSI rating before purchasing new shoes Next would be replacing the shocks with higher dampening rate shocks. Even performance level, but ride quality will suffer Normally do not recommend higher torsional rate front & rear anti-sway (anti-lean) bars, but in this case another less costly than a new vehicle. Just understand both = #1 the ride quality will be reduced and #2 the ride quality will also be reduced Of course, the setup needs to be dialed in correctly. From having the right torsion bar ratings, to the orientation of the whole setup, which should have the TV returned to whatever front/rear weighting/measurement/etc the OEM’s manual recommends. The final orientation of the setup should be the above for the TV after dialing everything in and the trailer should be level in its pointing or preferred to have it pointing slightly down Of course, first weigh the whole setup, axle by axle, both hooked up and WD bars not tensioned Good luck and report back so others might gleen insight for their setup
BenK 09/22/20 12:33pm Towing
RE: Garrett turbo files for bankruptcy

X2 Haven't read the article...what happened ?
BenK 09/22/20 11:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

X2 with Philh Ravian's pickup towing test link below Tusk is going to be putting on a mine is bigger test ASAP... Still think recharging on board is not the way to go. Refueling via battery switch makes the most sense for both cars/pickups/etc and semi's China has a national EV Battery exchange refueling standards program and most of the major electric players have signed on...including Tusk But...industry standard specifications and most important...form factor the key This has been done for racing and should be the model for street vehicles
BenK 09/19/20 08:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are truck/trailer rims a weak link?

Agree...Dick Cepek taught that with my first purchase from him. Wanted alloy wheels for the dune buggy and called him (he used to advertise in the back of one of the off readers magazines Then for the 1973 K5 Blazer, ordered the delete back to min stock tires and wheels...drove down there as a breaking and new tires/wheels. He remembered me and we talked about alloys again. Decided on steel after all of his cautionary points described me. Alloys crack when they struck boulders at slow, crawling speeds. Steel will bend and hammer it back with a ball peen hammer. Other than some serious off-road/rock climbing I have never broken a rim, truck or trailer Have bent one rock crawling when I slip down but didn't break the tire bead But then I don't run aluminum rims.....steel only
BenK 09/17/20 03:39pm Towing
RE: New tow vehicle!

Grit....not towards you...just the topic of ratings and those who recommend that they are not meaningful Go back to the ICE RPM red line. That is a rating. Before computers controlled the throttle, a person could exceed that red line...I have both by accident and on purpose while out on the track (taking a calculated risk) To me, an oxymoron when the same person says okay to ignore specifications, but will not go over the red lined RPM... Just my opinion...having first two careers either writing specifications and/or designing to a specification(s) Am curious and ask you all who think warranty ratings do much... Or Coast Gaurd max occupancy for all certified boats ? They *All* can hold, carry, spin, etc more than their ratings... Oopsie, I may have the water cops on me too.... That surf pic didn’t come without a little exter ballusting. CG plate says 1440lbs max. I “might” have had 2000lbs of ballast and 7 people in the boat (and one surfing).... Bout 3000lbs on top of dual batteries, 3 amps, 8 component speakers, 2 subs and 2 coolers with beer!
BenK 09/16/20 03:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New tow vehicle!

Am curious and ask you all who think warranty ratings do not mean you all follow the ICE's RPM rating ? AKA....tach red line for your ICE Or Coast Gaurd max occupancy for all certified boats ? Ditto elevators, airplanes, etc They *All* can hold, carry, spin, etc more than their ratings...
BenK 09/15/20 02:24pm Tow Vehicles
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