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RE: Recycled oil

VW 507.00 motor oil in 5w-30 is a specification for VW, Audi and Porsche (C-30) that is a full synthetic, made in Germany, PAO and Ester based (group 4 and 5) synthetic oil. It was designed and engineered for extended oil changes, to be at least 30,000 KM rated motor oil. Germany has the completely original different specification for the term "synthetic" motor oil... you can learn more about it if you look at the Castrol vs Mobil 1 lawsuit. Castrol synthesized petroleum based base stock and called it "Synthetic" motor oil, against the prevailing description of synthetic oil as originally created, designed and manufactured by Mobil chemical engineers. Germany does not allow Group III motor oils, like Castrol and Shell Rotella, to be classified as or marketed as synthetic motor oils, unlike other European nations. That German car companies still specify German made and produced oils for their cars makes one wonder... What I do know is that I change my oil every 10k miles, and at $9 a liter, and 8 liters required, it's a bite out of the wallet when it needs doing. Always ends up German made oil, just the way it is. I've sent a few samples of Mobil 1 Delvac 1 5w-40 diesel motor oil off for testing, with 15,000 miles on it, 3 or 4 times, and every time, when run in my 2002 VW Jetta TDI diesel, I was advised the oil truly looked fine, and that another 5 to 10,000 miles was still in the motor oil, based on metal and traace element levels. For reasons unknown, my motor always exhibited low soot, plenty of base additive left and 50 ppm levels of iron on 15k mile oil and filter change intervals... 80% of my mileage being freeway or highway cruising, easy on motor.
NinerBikes 09/23/14 08:13pm Tech Issues
RE: 1000 watt Honda gen

If its EX cond low hrs, it worth 650 any minute of the day. I've seen several bidded to near 700 recently. An EU 1000 runs 45 amps just fine, but not much more. It will run a PD9155 by grabbing a lower gear on the wizard for a couple minutes. His is in the classifieds, not Ebay. No bidding involved. I paid $350 for a used one, in good condition. I've seen Eu2000I Companions with the 30 amp jack go for $600. Plan on taking it in to the shop for a carb cleaning... my Eu1000i can be a real PIA on 10% methanol fuel to keep clean. It has to be run a lot, with a hair dryer heater on low fan and low heat, to keep the pilot jet and main jet varnish free. If the owner looks, dresses or drives a truck or van that looks anything like he might be a contractor for a living, run the other way. Contractors pretty much abuse all their equipment and never seem to have the time for proper maintenance or oil changes in a timely manner.
NinerBikes 09/23/14 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: when should a powermax pm4b drop into float mode

The 12.81 V was probably some surface charge still remaining. I'd say 12.72 V is pretty dog gone good and charged darn near fully to 100%. The best V I have ever seen, after a day or two of top charge, then an hour or two of equalization, then a day or two of losing the surface charge after EQing, was 12.73V. I've seen my T-1275 go through 4 or 5 cycles, top charging every single time, then doing an EQ session every single time after doing a 30 to 45% discharge, before all the cells pretty much came up as much as they were going to, and the voltage was at 12.73. The most important part for me was that the range of SG tightened up significantly per cell. I also saw top SG's of 1.285, uncorrected for temperature. I think doing this sort of treatment before I put my battery away for storage completely disconnected, is the best condition, storage wise, for the battery.
NinerBikes 09/23/14 08:40am Tech Issues
RE: Is There Something Unsuitable About This Power Supply?

Pendant. It's a remote control, by wire. Push a button and it changes the charge voltage. I still don't think 14.4V bulk charge rate is enough dry camping, per the Progressive Dynamics folks. Fine for the pedestal folks, but I am not one of them.
NinerBikes 09/22/14 03:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Ram Eco-Diesel vs F150 2.7 TT - Davis Dam

The gasser folks are HP nuts, it suits their cause, the diesel folks are torque nuts. While the torque figure of ft lbs in itself is somewhat meaningless, when you want real work to get done, with current technology and fuel prices... the prize goes to diesel. Boats, cruise ships, over the road hauling, towing, anything heavy, turbo diesel and the torque numbers, while high and HP figures, while low, seem to be the day in and day out choice to get the heavy work done by industry and private party. In city traffic and off the line, I noticed it right away from my first stop at a red light when I test drove a 1600cc 1981 Jetta diesel coupe, compared to my 1600cc 1967 Beetle with sunroof. The motor pulled much harder, off of idle, than any gasser. It was that feature that sold me on diesel... well that and going from 27 MPG to 48 to 53 MPG... I halved my fuel expenses per week.
NinerBikes 09/22/14 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: For Folks With MeanMega Well Power Supplies

What's the purpose of this whole thread, anyway? I thought that good old Vector that pianotuna used to brag about was the Cat's Meow. Can't you still pick up these on eBay - :B : http://www.batterychargerswizard.com/vector-40-amp-battery-charger.htmlI think we got a little off topic again. LOL! Boatandrvaccessories.com still has them. Expensive now though. MEX, you can get pay as you go plans from any of the big carriers. Just go into an AT&T store and ask for pay as you go. http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html Straight Talk is cheaper and uses AT&T's network. If you find their store, you can do the same there. http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/shop/serviceplans Mex, they have plans where you can use the phone on AT&T for $2 a day, only the days you want to use it. Unlimited, good in Mexico too. You find a AT&T store and be there at 9 am in the morning, M-Sat, pay up, or pay online from a laptop, and there you go. That would be a plan for basic and messaging phones. Check the AT&T link above.
NinerBikes 09/22/14 08:58am Tech Issues
RE: For Folks With MeanMega Well Power Supplies

BTW, with that S2 you don't per say NEED to use the keyboard. ONe of the keys on the lower left hand side has an icon of a microphone. Press it and dictate. The message will be close enough 99.9% of the time. Warning... a smart phone with a dumb owner is a dangerous idea. Be careful. Don't know what they'd think of a Gringo with an expensive phone down there... being discrete might be a good idea to prevent sticky fingers. Another caveat.... Do not EVER place this device somewhere where it can get knocked off, or fall onto the ground, or floor. They do not tolerate dropping at all, even Gorilla Glass screens. Treat it like an instrument, not a tool. Also, no use while driving... for text or phone calls, unless you supplement with a hands free device. A cell phone in the hands of an irresponsible driver is a lot like a gun... innocent people can get killed or run over with misuse. Operating a car should take 100% of your attention span, and a smart phone darn near 0%. I say this because I lost a friend to a dumb teenage girl that felt texting was more important than paying attention to driving. Not that you're a teenage girl, some folks have their priorities messed up, being young and all.
NinerBikes 09/22/14 08:40am Tech Issues
RE: For Folks With MeanMega Well Power Supplies

Mex, I have a Galaxy S2 AT&T. You want it, free? Get a pay as you go plan in San Diego at an AT&T store. I may have left it rooted with Ice Cream Sandwich operating system... 4.2.2 version, if I remember correctly. It will get you at least in the ball park with some phone service. Or if you feel guilty accepting gifts, a good mex wanderer powerpack timer charger for a T-1275 in trade? ;-)
NinerBikes 09/22/14 08:20am Tech Issues
RE: For Folks With MeanMega Well Power Supplies

I agree to disagree on opinions of uses of the devices. But I will say that rooting an Android based phone is a wise use of time, in getting rid of or shutting off massive amounts of carrier bloat ware. Or buy a used International Model Galaxy Note 2 that is rooted and unlocked. Once rooted with Super Moderator powers, custom ROM's and kernels are the way to go to wring out much better performance out of your device. You can put Galaxy S5 and Note III features on a Galaxy Note II with custom ROMs. Not outdated at all! Custom ROM for rooted Galaxy Note II
NinerBikes 09/21/14 10:29pm Tech Issues
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

Guess that means that running the Mega Watt in the cool of the morning is the best scenario for the caps longevity. Thanks for that find, LY.
NinerBikes 09/21/14 07:37pm Tech Issues
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

Mex... my determination is that using a 17F temp as a data point, is probably a big fat outliar in the grand scheme of things of using a Mega Watt to charge a T-1275. In other words, it was a fluke, the 40 amp reading I got, and not in the Bell Shaped curve, and probably a data point, in the form of learning from it, that needs to be thrown out, statistically. I left the Mega Watt out all night, it was cold as heck too, along with the battery. I saw 12.18V that morning in that temp, another anomaly with it being so damn cold, my voltage in the battery is going to be a lot lower also. It's a data point that I think few will ever be able to use in a meaningful manner, with it being so cold that morning.
NinerBikes 09/21/14 02:06pm Tech Issues
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

14.65V at batts, .95a AC draw. It's beginning to look like my attention span is going to snap like a cheap rubber band. Rough calculation would be .95 Amp draw at 120V would be 9.5 Amps at 12.0V, though you lose probably 15% in the conversion to DC, or more. Since you are at 14.8V from the power unit, probably a 6.5 Amp charge rate at 14.8V at the Power supply unit. 90 to 95 Watts worth, going in to the batteries.
NinerBikes 09/21/14 01:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Ram Eco-Diesel vs F150 2.7 TT - Davis Dam

I'd also like you to put your MPG of your TSI up against mine... have at it. The issue is amount of work accomplished per gallon, and gasoline falls far short on the miles per gallon, compared to diesel, almost every single time. Not trying to make this a gas vs. diesel p!$$ing contest. I'm well aware of the mpg advantages of the TDI vs. TSI. I'm also well aware that diesel fuel costs more and the TDI engine costs more, erasing a good part of the mileage advantage. My only point is that the nice flat torque curve that we both enjoy is a function of forced induction and direct injection, not fuel type. Now, if you wanna race, it's on! ;) Why would I even bother taking my sedate Grand touring sedan to the track? It was never designed or engineered to perform that function, all that constitutes is power drive train abuse. Which seems to be the problem with some of the posters around here, failing to understand the normal operating parameters of a vehicle and that towing duty is outside of those normal parameters, if done too frequently as a percentage of total miles driven. I paid $3.83 for diesel this week in L.A. Premium at the same station is $3.77. RUG is $3.57. Well worth the price increase paid to me, for the BTU's gained.
NinerBikes 09/21/14 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

To Land Yacht. Upon further reading, I have discovered that a 17F morning on a battery is a great way to introduce a LOT of internal charging resistance to a led acid battery. Of course, what happens then is that the battery I am using that 150 amp hour T-1275, becomes capable initially, especially with voltage drop at such temperatures, of sucking huge amounts of amps at start up. All that battery resistance doesn't help. What it does probably do is use the additional amps to make the electrolyte and plates heat quickly, so that things will charge properly with the electrolyte in the battery. What this means is that my Mega Watt may have escaped going poof this time, and that these power supply units do NOT have a method of temperature compensation at extreme temperature ranges. I had no way of knowing or predicting that I would be there in MT on the coldest day on record ever for a Sept 11th, when I turned the Mega Watt on that morning at 17 F. Frankly, it really kind of sucked being in such temps in a 3 season Travel Trailer... I didn't get running water until 12:30 pm that after noon also. My guess is that power supply units work a lot better in moderate temperature ranges... shirt and pant weather, but G string bikini or Carrhart insulated clothing weather temps, you need to reassess suitability and voltage you set at. My other thought is that the Mega Watt I have may have a limit as to Amp hours and Batteries in your bank. It' fine with a pair of Group 24's, probably a pair of Group 27's also. I would test for bulk charging on a pair of 6V GC-2's to make certain that at a 50% SOC, they do not over draw or over load a Mega Watt S35 version, for bulk charging purposes, or back the start voltage down, pre hooked up, to 14.4V. The Upper limit of Amp Hours in your battery pack needs to be defined for the Mega Watt. A single T-1275 may or may not be close to it with it's 150 amp hour capacity, and 75 amp hours @ 50% SOC. YMMV... but as Mex says... when it comes to using power supplies, think before you do, and you'd better read a lot here and learn to understand some theories, if you don't have the EE title hanging from your shingle. I don't have that "EE status", so I rely on the Pro's from Dover here on this board.
NinerBikes 09/21/14 10:55am Tech Issues
RE: Ram Eco-Diesel vs F150 2.7 TT - Davis Dam

It's a non issue, for me, peak HP. Peak torque however, all in, full at 1750 rpms, 406 ft/lbs, may very well come a lot closer to being reached at peak, without straining the motor or fueling characteristics, from 1750 rpm to 2500. As stated this is more a function of direct injection and turbocharging, not the type of fuel burned. The 1.8 TSI engine in my new VW Passat puts out its maximum torque from 1500-4500 rpm. The Ford Ecoboost engines have similar flat torque curves. Funny, my 2.0L 2014 Passat TDI SE puts out 240 ft lbs of torque, at 1500 rpms. Your TSI, while 10% less displacement at 1.8L, puts out 200 ft lbs of torque, or 20% less. K cals in a gallon of gas, when not cut with 10% Ethanol.... 110K cals, D2 diesel... 130 K cals. I've no idea what the calories per gallon are with E10, but I do know storage life of D2, if sealed, is measured in years, not weeks or a month, like E10 gasoline. I'd also like you to put your MPG of your TSI up against mine... have at it. The issue is amount of work accomplished per gallon, and gasoline falls far short on the miles per gallon, compared to diesel, almost every single time. 2014 Passat TDI SE w/ DSG Fuelly log
NinerBikes 09/21/14 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: For Folks With MeanMega Well Power Supplies

Mex, it's actually kind of ridiculous that they even call it a phone any more. It's more like a wireless access micro computer with something similar to Voice over Internet Protocol for a phone APP or feature. Maybe if they didn't call it a "phone" and called it a micro computer, we could get the government taxes off the backs of everyone's IP access data bill. As far as I am concerned, I don't text. Waste of time for any conversation. I can call and speak 100x faster than I can text. It's a matter of efficiency. Phone is far more efficient. Phone calls won't get you sued for defamation of character in public or libel law suits. Unless taped (duh, what agency tapes all our phone calls now), it won't hold up in the court of law. Then we have AutoCorrect for texting... Great for sheer entertainment value.. Go look up Texting Bloopers online. Text oops!'ers
NinerBikes 09/20/14 04:13pm Tech Issues
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

Mex, it's about scaleability. I have always been on the lower end of the totem pole here with a tiny 21 foot travel trailer, traveling solo, no hair dryers, no electric blankets, no 600w inverter, and a single 150 amp Trojan 12V battery. My needs are unique, only to me... I don't use much, therefore I don't have to recharge much. The Mega Watt, for me, and for my purposes only, does not seem to be overdriven. Mainly because I don't deplete my battery that deeply. I want to keep it above 60 to 65% SOC before I start recharging it. I wish to get to 97 or 98 or 99% SOC daily with the value added portable solar panel system to supplement the Mega Watt. It would be rare for my megawatt unit to be overdriven, with my configuration currently. If it does go poof, I will chalk it up to being nothing more than a steep learning curve, or a shorted battery that a few dips with a Freas that I should have seen coming.
NinerBikes 09/20/14 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: eTopxizu (cheapowatt) 30 amp power supply Guinea Pig

I look at it this way. Chemistry, and specific gravity decide on the charge rate in amps at a set voltage point. The more sulfur on the plates, the greater the ionic potential to take it off the lead plates and put it back in ionic H2SO4 solution. It's all limited by chemistry and ionic potential. No sulfur or not much sulfur on the plates, not much potential to consume any amps to do so. Low SOC and lots of sulfur on the plate, 20 to 30% SOC, huge potential to take a lot of amps. Law of diminishing returns. What I currently (pun intended) don't understand is how AGM batteries have so much more ionic potential to take huge amperage charging rates, and at an even lower voltage yet, at 14.4V? What is it that causes so much less resistance in the Chemistry? Denser acidic solution, less water? More chemically reactive?
NinerBikes 09/20/14 10:50am Tech Issues
RE: WFCO Please Describe The Operational Malfunctions

Mex, getting a WFCO for free is one thing, we know they don't go into bulk mode, but trying to use one to deal with an expensive AGM battery in bulk mode that has to have a set life of 4 years and not lose 10% charge capacity... I don't know... It sounds like it would be easier to get someone to donate you a used PD 9255 deck mount, and have a sure thing instead, that with pendant, WILL give you 14.4V right out of the box. JMHO... We know your butt is running out of peso's to squeeze
NinerBikes 09/20/14 09:55am Tech Issues
RE: WFCO Please Describe The Operational Malfunctions

The OEM resistors are SMD, right? Adding a 1/4 watt 47K should be a piece of cake. So should adhering a couple of TO247 heat sinks to those ceramic resistors. I have 48 large cells in the 24 volt bank. Six in the toad and six VR cells on the AGM. The batteries in the rig were given away as gifts to the local fishermen. Four years old and being eaten away. A 50 amp power supply works fine. Sheesh I need to get the sight machine under the knife soon I'm losing my vision. That's why I left home, to run away and get chopped up and haul back a ton of stuff. Seven power supplies including the WFCO. Maybe a quarter ton of gear, electronics. Here's a teaser. LM317 current limiting. 800ma...? For 10 watt LED chips. My rig is going all LED. Real LED's. A few fixtures will be PWM controlled, sans the 317. That should do fine, the LM317... I built a few custom head lights for my mtn biking buddies with Cree 10W LED's and the LM317 driver was a good choice. We used them for riding our mtn bikes down single track at night. Wild fun, pure instinctual riding style due to a limited amount of light. Tons of animal eye shines too, coyote, fox and bobcat, from time to time.
NinerBikes 09/20/14 09:47am Tech Issues
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