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    Help with VP44...

    I forgot to mention that all my fuel lines are 1/2" and the pump is set at 15psi. Also usually add 2 stroke oil in the fuel. About 150:1 mix. Though even if I didn't it seems like it would take some real crap fuel to kill a pump in a hurry.... but then not effect anyone else that is filling up at that truck stop? When the truck stalls, I have to let it set about 30 secs till it will start back. Then it starts and runs just fine till it stalls again. Might be 30 secs, might be 3 hrs. Seems to run just fine when it's cold... -10 and I ran all over the place without trouble. Then warmed up to mid 30s and started acting up again. I have the codes but they are in the truck which is out at the farm. Was reading on here:http://bluechipdiesel.com/vp44diagnostichelp.html Seems to point to a bad distributor on the pump. The pump before got to the point that the truck wouldn't start if it was hot. I had to pour cold water on the VP44 or let it sit for a while till it cooled down.
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    What are you towing???

    2 cords of wood in the trailer. 6 cords in the dumptruck. Log truck was broke down... had to haul logs with what I have (too hard to load in dumptruck) Did about 300 cords this summer.
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    Here's somthing you dont see every day!

    Looks like a Pacific or Hayes truck. Snow...pfft... chain it up and dig in.
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    Help with VP44...

    First I guess I want to just say high... been a while I guess?! Dec 2011 my 98 2500 got hit (lady ran a stop sign) and truck had to get new bumper, bed side, etc. Got fixed... but when I got it back it kept stalling. Shop took it under (insurance covered) and they put a rebuilt VP44 from Industrial Injectors out of Utah. That was around June 2012 Worked fine for a little while, but starting having trouble with it... running rough at idle and raw fuel smell, shuddering when pulling grades and eventually started stalling out. (real fun while in traffic). Got in touch with Industrial Injectors and they said they would consider warrantying it, but I had to pay for a pump first. Put a pump in it this spring (May 2013) and sent the old one back. They came back telling me the pump was trashed from running bad fuel in it. BUT they did refund my money. Well the new pump only lasted a few weeks until it was throwing check engine light, running same as before and random stalling. Got in touch with Industrial Injectors and are sticking with the bad fuel, tough luck, I trashed the pump. I can't understand this "bad fuel". I have a TDI Jetta and 2 4 cylinder Kubota's, one 75hp, the other 35hp and they all run the same fuel. My pickup has an inline filter off the aux tank in the bed (I always fill that), then a Raptor 150 pump, and then the stock filter housing at the engine. I use the Stratopore filters. Seems pretty odd that the truck worked just fine for ~200k miles on the stock VP44 but now it's chewing up pumps. Anyone have any ideas or maybe some clout with Industrial Injectors? I'm not trying to "pull a fast one" over them. I can't really understand "bad fuel" but it's JUST an issue on MY truck. I even talked to the gas station manager (one of the larger stations around here, serves as a truck stop) and no one else was having problems. I offered to send them a sample of the fuel I'm running but it went nowhere. I looked into having a lab test it... it runs about $500 (ouch!) I would imagine it would have to be some horrible fuel to kill a pump that quickly?!
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    LOGGING... CHAINS.... This played on the radio last night, made me thing of you guys... http://new.music.yahoo.com/gary-morris/tracks/velvet-chains--712603
  6. Looks like fun. There is a place not far from the house that put a dyno in. Talked to them a couple days ago and they wanted $300 for 3 runs and THEY have to drive the vehicle. I had to ask if he was bullshitting me cause it didn't even make sense!
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    ATTN: "My Truck Gets 20mpg+" Turds

    My truck gets awesome fuel mileage when it's holding down the driveway Been getting around 45mpg in the Jetta so I'm not complaining too much.
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    Muffler Delete???

    I have had my truck straight piped since I bought it in 2005 and never have been troubled about it. I thought last night going to work I was doing to get hassled about something, cop followed me about 20 miles riding behind me, getting in the left lane to pass, passing a bit then slowing down and getting behind me. Did that 3 or 4 times before he pulled out at an exit.
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    Muffler Delete???

    No cat on your truck unless it's a Cali or Fed emissions, than perhaps it does. There is a can right in front of the muffler, that is a resonator. I'd like to see dyno runs where a straight pipe caused a LOSS in horsepower. An engine is a big air pump. Simply put, make it easier for air to suck in and blow out and it makes more power.
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    2010 Ram HD pics!

    Doesn't look too bad other than the small stock tires sitting in large fender wells.
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    What tires do you run?

    My post was a question not a statement, though I guess the way I worded it, doesn't seem so much like that. This is what I'm running: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Wrangler+DuraTrac They were $210 a tire so not bad at all for a good E rated tire. Mine are not white letter though, for some reason some sizes are and others aren't.
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    What tires do you run?

    What are you basing that one? Many wheels you can't put weights on the outside edge. I have static balanced lots of tires when I worked in a tire shop. The only time it wasn't doable is if the tire was very out of balance, but dynamic balancing wasn't going to make it that much better IMO. Yes static is not as good as dynamic, you need more weight, but it hardly "sucks". Sounds like Schwabs didn't know WTF they were doing. I have seen wheels balanced by them that had weights all over the wheel. That right there is a sign that the operator wasn't trained correctly. I'm sure Big O can static balance as well... all but the cheapest balancers can do either or and some have quite a few other options as well.
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    What tires do you run?

    What big rig runs 19.5s? Those should be chip and bread van/UPS/FedEx truck wheels. Big rigs usually run 22.5 or 24.5 wheels. I put a set of Goodyear Duratracs on the truck last week. I am very happy with them so far. Wet traction alone is at least 3-4x better than the BFG M/Ts I was running before. The worse tire took 6 oz of weight to static balance. My BFGs all had 10-14 ounces. I hauled 4,000lbs of gravel in the bed of my truck this morning and the tires didn't even flinch.
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    State Police Charger

    My friend has an 08 2500 with the Hemi and it goes no where in a hurry that's for sure. Stock gears and 37s don't help at all either. He pulls a 24ft car trailer with it, I have NO idea how. I drove it once from his house to mine (~50 miles) and any little incline it would come out of overdrive. The 12mpg was really great too.
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    Ant and the Grasshopper

    So true it's not even funny! THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER Two Different Versions! ................. Two Different Morals! OLD VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold. MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself! MODERN VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.' Acorn stages a demonstration in front of the ant 's house where the news stations film the group singing, 'We shall overcome..' Rev. Jeremiah Wright then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake. Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share. Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar. The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ants food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood. MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2010.