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RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Let’s do some simple math... $1.2 Billion due by the end of the year....or a portion...how’s about, say half is due...$600 Million... Musk is reported to be worth north of $22 Billion (approximately)...will he foot that payment ? Maybe no... So how much does each vehicle produce in profit, after all expenses? You know..stuff like rent, insurance, salary, utilities, vendors, and other loan payments, etc, etc... Then divide $600,000,000.00 by that profit dollar amount to find out how many Tesla vehicles they must sell to make that bond payment...simple math...ops....he already SOLD’m....ship is the correct term... Another possible income source is SolarCity...but their production info is not known by me...anyone ??? Then repeat that for next years bond payment... Or, if your credit and credibility are good...renegotiate another loan or extend these bonds... "Anyone know the bond call's due date?" An article I read (Seeking Alpha I think) said Tesla has 1.2B in bonds maturing beginning November 2018 and August 2019. 300 million in convertible bonds that are Tesla obligations and 900 million in bonds belonging to Solar City which is now part of Tesla.
BenK 06/21/18 10:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lifted truck for towing?

Z angle and phasing are just a couple of engineering things gotta account for and why a GOOD lift kit so important This video shows how stuff can mess up the drive line if not engineered right https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gmV4qwLfOMY With that changing velocity, there is also a change in torque transmitted and efficiency
BenK 06/21/18 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lifted truck for towing?

Ratings still the same...except...depending on what type of lift...the Z angle of the U-Joints may have increased Meaning that they are being stressed more, are unable to transmit as much torque as before at certain portions of it's rotation...that they will wear out sooner Depending on how and where driven...CG might be an important factor
BenK 06/21/18 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing differential gears

Geese...memories of my 1973 !!! Dana 60 front, GM 14 bolt rear end.4.1’s, new-positive arched front leaf springs, 33/12.5x16.5 load range F, 45 gallon main tank, 2” dia full roll cage from windshield to rear wheel wells, Audi 5000 front buckets, etc etc http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/CIMG0032K5-1.jpg~original To the OP... for each GM change in diff ratio...begets approx 10% change in torque multiplication. Example...go two higher numeric...approx 20% more torque to the axles So, I’d change them...some times...gain a bit more MPG while towing heavy, as the engine doesn’t work as hard
BenK 06/20/18 08:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Okay...amazing that folks won't go to links and just PM asking for proof...Fan-Boys...here it is below and directly from Musk's tweet Too many don't know of, nor understand OSHA standards, rules, etc... https://i.imgur.com/iMldZVRl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. https://i.imgur.com/nok116Ll.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
BenK 06/20/18 11:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Anyone know the bond call's due date is? Panic, IMHO, as Musk has installed a 'tent' building production line in the Fremont factory. Tesla’s new Model 3 general assembly line at the Fremont factory And his Tweet bragging about it...read the comments... Amazing work by Tesla team. Temp building permit (6 month) and wonder if their 'hurried' building of that and installation of whatever production machinery is up to code & quality required for the thousands of vehicles he will be shipping to customers. There are many images of production equipment mounting flanges to the concrete floor. Some missing and some at an angle. Movement on highly tolerance'd machinery is NOT tolerated. Maybe okay for a short run, but over time it will move out of tolerance There is a second tent production working its way through the Fremont planning department process... Almost like the old adage: "can't get 9 women preggers to hatch a kid in one month"...but this is about quality, not volume...at least in my view point... Check out the comments from this article...sounding very familiar and betcha a Costco Dog lunch that he will end up in the same situation...claiming to roll up his sleeves and spend 24/7 on the production floor to micromanage it back into the black and schedule... Musk company to build Chicago-to-O'Hare express transport CHICAGO — Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport at speeds of up to 150 mph could be operational in about three years. Musk joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to formally announce that a Musk-owned enterprise, The Boring Company, was selected for the project and will fully fund it. They say electric vehicles will carry passengers through underground tunnels in about 12 minutes each way. Emanuel called the new transit system "the fast lane to Chicago's future," and said it will create jobs and make the city more competitive. He scoffed at critics who question the still-unproven technology or the city's ability to achieve what's been a goal at City Hall for more than a decade. He noted there were doubters when the city set out to reverse the flow of the Chicago River or build the first skyscraper — other seemingly impossible tasks the city now boasts of having accomplished. "Chicago is always looking at what's possible and then making it achievable," Emanuel said. "There are doubters along the way all the time who sit on the sideline and then when the thing gets built and opportunities come and the job growth happens you can't find them." Musk, who's CEO of electric car maker Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX, noted he's successfully completed other "pretty tricky" projects . He said he expects the company will begin digging the dual tunnels after it's received all the necessary regulatory approvals, a process he expects to take a few months. Once construction begins he'd like to see the system operational in 18 months to two years, but said it should be no more than three years. "This is a difficult thing that we're doing, it's a hard thing, it's a new thing," Musk said. "I'd hope that you'd cheer us on for this, because if we succeed it's going to be a great thing for the city, and if we fail, well I guess me and others will lose a bunch of money." Thursday's news conference was held in the mothballed shell of an underground station that the city constructed years ago. The site, in a downtown development known as Block 37, will serve as the downtown station for the new express service. The Boring Company will create a new station at O'Hare. Vehicles will depart the airport and downtown as often as every 30 seconds, and each vehicle will accommodate up to 16 passengers and their luggage. The 12-minute ride — which Emanuel equated to "three songs on your iPod" — compares to the roughly 40 minutes it currently takes to make it from O'Hare to the city via the Chicago Transportation Authority's Blue Line train. The alternative — by road — can take more than twice as long. The company plans to collect ticket and advertising revenue, and Deputy Mayor Robert Rivkin said the estimated fare will be $20 to $25 per ride, which is significantly less than a taxi ride to or from the airport. A Blue Line ticket from O'Hare costs $5. Making the long-discussed express route a reality — and at no cost to taxpayers — would be a major accomplishment for Emanuel, who's seeking his third term next year. The project's timeline will allow him to campaign on the initiative, with its success or failure unknown until well past the election. Some critics already have emerged. Alderman Scott Waguespack, a member of the City Council's progressive caucus, said Emanuel was again putting the interests of billionaires and big corporations ahead of the needs of neighborhoods and taxpayers. He said the caucus is demanding hearings on the "potential boondoggle." In May, Musk said a tunnel built under a Los Angeles suburb to test a transportation system was almost complete and that the public would be offered free rides in a few months. Musk also touted a possible high-speed tunnel project connecting Washington, D.C., and New York last summer. Musk's flagship electric car company Tesla Inc. struggled last year to turn an annual profit for the first time in its 15 years of doing business. Musk announced Tuesday that Tesla would be laying off about 3,600 workers mainly from its salaried ranks as it slashes costs. He said the cuts amount to about 9 percent of the company's workforce of 40,000. For nearly all of its history, Tesla has put up losses while investing heavily in technology, manufacturing plants and an extensive car-charging network.
BenK 06/20/18 10:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gear Vendor/Gear splitter

Gear Vendor 0.5 OD is on my list of stuff going to do when time to rebuild the 7.4L...and IMHO...germain to this discussion Either the 4.88's or 5.13's will have lots more torque multiplication than my current 4.11's...torque multiplication works both ways... Chart in below quote is for a GearVendors 0.7, thinking of going to 0.5 so that the final double OD to the axles will be a higher gear (lower numeric) than stock Should I keep my old truck? This is that thread quote below is from With the cost of new vehicles today...going to save some coin rebuilding my 1996 GMT400 K3500, 7.4L Suburban with all new interior (seats, dash stuff, etc) 8 speed tranny with double OD vs stock of 4 speed and single OD....1,000 HP rated rebuilt 4L80E that has a 3 year warranty...diff ratio either 4.88's (will be 0.7 GearVenders) or 5.13's (will be 0.5 GearVenders)....etc, etc, etc Posted on another members thread where he is noodling stuff for his rebuild or not. Hopefully he found this of interest and helpful in making up his list of stuff to do gear ratios, page2 Similar to my nooddling plans for my 1996 7.4L K3500 Suburban. Stock is 4.1's and noodling going to something north of 4.56's. Currently think 4.88's will be it, but can't find enough info on that config's strength. IIRC, the pinion might be too small (both face sq/in and tooth root section...cantilever strength) First, gear boxes are for a change in direction and/or torque multiplication (some times just a change in RPMs) Here are the listed ratios for my 4L80E: Gear Ratio First 2.48 Second 1.48 Third 1.00 Fourth 0.75 Here is just one link to a +1,000 HP 4L80E and cost is similar to a plain Jane rebuild locally vs the 750HP version. The +1,500HP version just a couple thousand more...all warranted Stage 2 – Warranted 750 HP...Stage 5 - Warranted +1,500HP The Gear Venders OD noodling and is whether an 0.7 or 0.5 ratio that will split (insert itself) between each 4L80E gear. That would turn my 4L80E into an EIGHT forward gearbox and if you count the XfrCase...16 forward gear ratios...and...a lower 1st gear ratio than the 4L60E...AND...a similar to potentially higher OD final... Here are the resultant gear ratios https://i.imgur.com/gV8FsJgl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. Then switch from LT265/75R16E's to LT255/85R16E's for a LOWER rev's per mile and still not lose much in width...just 10mm, or 5mm each side of rim center. Toughest part is finding a HO crate 7.4L that will pass SMOG. Most found to date are offroad and/or carberator. No Vortec to be found. The guy who built the L88 for my Vette has passed on and no one even understands what an L88 was/is... Sure an L88 was a hot rod engine, but most of it can be for a TV...all in the cam... https://i.imgur.com/KMcSLe9l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
BenK 06/20/18 10:21am Towing
RE: Max Tow F150s

Careful guys...ya all going get labeled with the derogatory (to minimize your comment) “Weight Police”... Wear mine with pride, as there is no policing on these freebie forums... These days, find am talking to lurkers via PM’s... And the blocking function is one of the best here...
BenK 06/18/18 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Max Tow F150s

How can I identify a Max Tow F150 by decoding the VIN? I'll be replacing my 2012 F150 with a newer one in the next 6 months or so. I'd like the heavier duty package when I do. But how does Ford identify it? Thanks. Back to the OP's question...it has been answered many time and in many different ways... Bottom line for me, is to forget all of the marketing nomenclature and just use Ford's own GVWR and the main one RGAWR. Still lots and lots of info, but look beyond the marketing stuff. Notice Ford, as does them all, categorizes row and columns with what matters in this topic regard...engine, diff ratio and size of the truck (regular, extended, crew, etc) GVWR vs diff ratio vs GCWR. I did forget that they mostly do NOT list RGAWR, as that gets too technical for the majority of folks...that is buried in 'payload' or 'cargo' info Get the highest they offer when you order...or if buying used, check out Ford's site for a 2017. You can look up any other year and the older years may have Ford remove them...so spend some time to find as many and down load them. Print them out and highlight the ones you like. Their ratings will be in one of the charts Good luck This one is their sales brochure and more marketing than specifications Ford 2017 F150 Sales Brochure This one is their towing guide and much more detail specifications Ford 2017 F150 Pickup Truck {edit}...to the OP...have blocked a couple of the posters on your thread, so comment to you if you respond...I'll not see anything those have blocked...so can NOT respond to their comment unless someone quotes them...am not ignoring you, the OP...who asked a common and simple question
BenK 06/18/18 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Max Tow F150s

It is simple. A 250 will generally have much better durability ratings than a 150...Really? I don't believe you. I think you're continuing to blow smoke (BS). Show me the durability rating for each. Know a bit of a stretch.....all of that info is in the discussion above and in all of the OEM's brochures...but...gotta be able to step back to see the bigger picture and then put that stuff into perspective by tying that info into a complete system of how it all works All vehicles sold in the world has a warranty. Details of it are spelled out in their listed ratings with the assumption their product will be used as intended. Meaning within their published specifications. If you go over their published specifications and then try to claim warranty...guess what... Sure...many lie about it and then it becomes a urinating contest that then spills out into the public as lore...on both sides of that coin...OEMs are trying to screw customers...OEMs think these folks making false claims... Think the above still above and will drop that down a bit...warranty and specifications are the basis for your question. All or most all classes in our 'light duty' trucks and cars have a competitive warranty. Bumper to Bumper and longevity. They are all about the same...even the fine print. The difference or the tell on what HuntinDog references as: "durability rating" boils down to this: if you use your 'half ton' at '3/4 ton' ratings...it will NOT have the same durability rating as if would if used at it's 'half ton' ratings...AKA specifications... Also think many...too many...think all pickup classes are the same...because most OEM's use the EXACT same body/sheetmetal as the basis their product line. Once you move out of the 'light duty' class, the bodies are different sheetmetal, but made to have the same/similar looks... Amazing and repeat this: The statements I made are not opinions or guesses but are fully supported by the laws of physics. I don’t have time to go into all the details since I’m traveling right now but I’ll gladly do so later. Also keep in mind that it’s impossible to quantify the stability of a combo without considering the characteristics from both TV and trailer. Most understand how important trailer tongue weight % is to stability, the reason for that is it places the trailer COG at the correct location. Well for the TV there’s also an ideal COG location and the further the COG is forward from the rear axle while loaded the better the stability in both divergent and dynamic modes. When you extend wheelbase you shift the COG forward, a TV with 1,000lbs plus higher unladen weight on the front axle will carry its COG further forward as well increasing stability. I’ll touch on why MFG TWRs are overly optimistic for conventional TTs later. So in other words "I got no answer so I dazzle you with my bull sheet". Simple question - why is a F150 not capable of towing wihin its ratings? Because getting into technology becomes a headache (for me and assume others) because it is so far over folks who just don't get it...like this comment shows snip....
BenK 06/18/18 02:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Distance and mu-metal faraday cages seems to be the main components employed to manage human exposure to intense flux fields. Always found Faraday's Laws, Coulomb's Laws and Gauss's Laws (etc...all of them back then) fascinating...mainly that they lived centuries ago...without the stuff we have today in our research labs...just plain old brain power...Tesla's Laws too, as this topic is all about his name being employed by an electric vehicle corporation today Guess naming an EV 'Gauss' or 'Faraday' or 'Coulomb'...doen't ring as well as 'Tesla'... Flux density is very low on those mag trains and for vehicles...still no data yet Thought of LapTop/Cell/etc recharging stations at airports while back at SunLabs, but the efficiency required direct contact/etc...so dropped that from the list of stuff interns chose for their summer's work...really missed that boat...as see that there are many products available today in that exact IP area
BenK 06/18/18 11:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

And vehicle bellies made from Mu-Metal to shield occupants from flux fields...more so their credit card mag strips...
BenK 06/18/18 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Max Tow F150s

Maury....it is a bell curve...as are most all things Like the general comment that all half ton’s can’t tow heavy...is at one end of this bell curve...to your comment...is at the opposite of the same bell curve...and...many, many, many other Half ton’s between these ends of the bell curve Too many take either end as an absolute that applies to all of the one in between Last time someone posting the numbers of Ford half tons was, IIRC, 14 models. Why always say to compare or reference their GVWR’s and RGAWR’s. Proof is in this and most all half ton discussions...which one are they talking and/referencing? Another example is a PM thread with a guy who took the advice of a forum member. No one knew that advisor had a +8K GVWR “half ton” (I call that a fake half ton) giving advise “sure you can...ive been doing that for years”...while the poor guy with a +6K GVWR “half ton” burned up his diff out in the boonies...spending their vacation time and money repairing their diff.. This also applies to higher class TV’s and NOT only these lower class TV’s...they too have this metric of fake 3/4 ton’s...fake 1 ton’s
BenK 06/17/18 05:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla Fan-Boys... Been an advocate of electric motors (and ICE engines) since a teen rewinding slot car motors. Both for mine and for money from the adults losing races...even put on a plastic banana body (from neighbors fruit bowl) in place my Lotus body when going to another track for the first time...$5 a race...the adults thought easy money for themselves...side-bets were the icing on that cake... Never did find the right formula to rewind a winning KemTron...but they were too expensive for a teen in my $$$ situation... Wilson's were my main money maker. Lighter and didn't over heat as much as the Kemtrons Do wish Tesla will make it, as know many who work (or worked) there and as stated above...been a Fan-Boy of electric motors since the 60's...but...there are too many hurdles (both natural and self inflicted by Musk) now in place...think (seeing) more hurdles being put up (his bid and won to build a $1 BILLION buck underground/tunneled run to Ohare...that will dilute his $$$ and time) Going 24/7 with his own time at the Fremont factory will only work if his time and thoughts/ideas/etc are corrective. To date, see that as adding ever increasing hurdles (part of why exec's are leaving...micro managing them is NOT something they like...nor will put up with for long) There is Tesla thought of moving away from induction motors to PM motors...that will reduce their duty cycle and not be able to run +200% torque at zero RPM...unless liquid cooling is used to manage that duty cycle. Some of my old Skunk Works team (patented a solid state compressor..cryogenics for super computing) setup the liquid cooled battery system, but they quite after being micromanaged... As for the fire incident...where else can a person leave their burning vehicle while in the middle of S Calif traffic? Nor was there time to find a cliff to dump it...just get outa there FAST Model 3 has a change both in how the Tesla battery pack is designed and managed by software. Supposed to be 'improved', but when dealing with a highly volatile element like Lithium, gotta understand how drawing out such huge amounts of power heats up the material. Don't know the particulars of the Model 3 battery changes, but anyone remember the Samsung cell phone being banned on air planes because they caught fire sometimes? Has a lot to with their custom battery control chip...and...how it drew too much power without controlling it's internal temp via how much power it allowed to be drawn out...it is a ditto for charging a Lith-Ion battery On that...info/news on the GigaFactory is gone quiet..anyone know what is going on there? The Tesla form factor Lith-Ion battery hasn't been adopted by many in the industry...so am guessing they will only have themselves as customers...Tesla vehicles and SolarCity
BenK 06/17/18 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Compression ignition gasoline engines

Boils down to the ultimate PSI on the piston top...factored by many other attributes... Like the stroke...which begets the length of the crank lever arm pushing on the crank shaft...and having more PSI on the piston top...has more pounds pushing on that longer lever arm CI (compression ignition) requires a higher compression to ignite the fuel charge. Diesel requires a higher compression than gasoline. Factored by diesel having more BTU's per unite measure over gasoline...which begets higher PSI on the piston tops Pre-ignition becomes a lesser issue with gasoline when there is no fuel in the mixture...until the 'direct injection' squirts fuel (gasoline) into the CC...but there is a runaway if the injection is before TDC...why higher oxtane is preferred...but...not necessary. That can be managed by multiple squirts (today's injectors are now fast enough to have several squirts for each Otto Cycle...The main difference between Otto cycle and Diesel cycle is how the heat is supplied to initiate combustion. However, in practice, a compression ratio of 20 can be achieved in a Diesel engine. Therefore, the Diesel cycle efficiency rises up to 64.7%.) There is even a combo setup in testing...manifold injection of gasoline and diesel/gasoline inside the CC. This cleans the intake valve that direct injection gasoline has a problem with (Ford's ecoboost) Been waiting/watching GDICI for a few years...wish it to become mature enough and after market folks offering something for my 1996 7.4L big block... Posted By: BenK on 06/01/14 04:29pm Comment that the 'fashion statement herd' has driven the OEM's to drop the 'truck' from most all SUV's I keep my vehicles forever and with the latest on these trucks and even vans, will keep my GMT400 Suburban even longer Yes, the small block is very capable, but nothing like a big block. Again say it is like trying to explain sex to a virgin... :) To back that up with experience, I LOVE small displacement ICE's that spin up there...but...not for my trucks. Closest to that would be my Silverado (see sig) and it's 5.7L that used to beat up stock muscle cars My 2 seater's 3.1L (hogged out 2.7L & diesel crank, CC'd, cam'd, flowed, matched, etc...etc) is rated ~350 HP and red lined at 7K (builder says good for 8K, but I'm not going there with an in-line six circa 1969) Waiting for the day I decide to rebuild the 7.4L...noodling forced fed in some fashion...along with a better cam and breathing...or even GDICI components...if can find them A 5 speed manual too...sorry Jeremiah...back to your topic I checked out the Excursion when it came out. Not enough capacity compared to my Sub. Again when they refreshed the engine options. Nope, still not up to my Sub's performance. Didn't like the diesel in either the Sub or Excursion. Do prefer the live axle front, but not the way Ford did it. Love my IFS, but dislike it much off roading. Get 7-8 towing a +8.5K, 28foot boat from sea level to Lake Tahoe. City is 10MPG. High way is 12.5MPG and some times (often enough to claim it) get 15.2MPG fully loaded with my volleyball team going to tournaments (6'4 guy tallest and gals 4'11 with all seats filled) with gear on the rack and back John B sent me a Suburban link that I've only glanced at...but a half ton Sub going for near $100K is nuts and again driven by the fashion statement herd. Have talked to many of this crowd and when ask them if they are willing to scratch their sides from the head lights to the tail lights...get a weird look and ask me 'why?'.... It is NOT a truck to them, but the latest 'station wagon' or 'mini van'...so 'car' attributes trumpets truck attributes Towing HEAVY is lost to the OEM marketing departments... Also, if you look at GMT400's...careful...the brakes are truly awful but can be made GOOD to almost GREAT. I've out stopped many cars and a 5 series BMW among them
BenK 06/17/18 12:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Max Tow F150s

The statements I made are not opinions or guesses but are fully supported by the laws of physics. I don’t have time to go into all the details since I’m traveling right now but I’ll gladly do so later. Also keep in mind that it’s impossible to quantify the stability of a combo without considering the characteristics from both TV and trailer. Most understand how important trailer tongue weight % is to stability, the reason for that is it places the trailer COG at the correct location. Well for the TV there’s also an ideal COG location and the further the COG is forward from the rear axle while loaded the better the stability in both divergent and dynamic modes. When you extend wheelbase you shift the COG forward, a TV with 1,000lbs plus higher unladen weight on the front axle will carry its COG further forward as well increasing stability. I’ll touch on why MFG TWRs are overly optimistic for conventional TTs later. So in other words "I got no answer so I dazzle you with my bull sheet". Simple question - why is a F150 not capable of towing wihin its ratings? Because getting into technology becomes a headache (for me and assume others) because it is so far over folks who just don't get it...like this comment shows It is interesting how soft we have gotten over the last 150 years. Just a hundred years ago my great grand parents drove Model Ts over dirt roads and their parents came across the USA in covered wagons. Now the ride of 1-ton truck on paved road is unexceptable. As a nation WE sure have gotten soft. Agree and thoughts are that our society coddles too much and not enough are harmed/killed (Darwinism) like they did back in the day Toss in folks that don't understand the laws of physics providing: "sure you can...I've been doing it for years with no problems", etc, etc...advice here on these freebie forums to newbies who are on their learning curve(s)...
BenK 06/17/18 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: can I increase my tow vehicle's tow rating

2X what Jon says As for being out of warranty...yes, true...but...there continues to be a liability back to the OEM regardless of how old it is...Note that one of the years covered is 2001 and does anyone think they are still under warranty?...heck does anyone think any of those listed are still under warranty?...but...over all liability is always still there...the OEM's 'can buyout' that over all liability with a public notice and honor the terms the government accepts (time limit, dollar amount per, etc, etc) Why one of my small companies dropped our people movers product line...Ski Lift controls and drives. Crazy jury awards...even though the product was years/decades out of warranty. Ditto other people mover market sectors. Really forced to get out of those market sectors by our insurance So again...anyone of the freebie forum advisors going to put their skin into their mouth/advice???? An example is the current air bag recalls... Critical Warning Regarding Certain Honda, Acura, Mazda and Ford Vehicles with Takata Air Bags Summary NHTSA urges consumers to not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired immediately: 2001-2002 Honda Civic 2001-2002 Honda Accord 2002-2003 Acura TL 2002 Honda CR-V 2002 Honda Odyssey 2003 Acura CL 2003 Honda Pilot Certain 2006 Ford Ranger (Ford advises do not drive) Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda advises do not drive) New test data on the defective Takata air bag inflators in these vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment than for other recalled Takata air bags. If you own one of these vehicles, search the Recalls Lookup using your vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm that the vehicle has an unaddressed recall and needs a repair. If it does, immediately call your dealer to schedule a free repair. Replacement parts for these vehicles are available. Additional information is available here. {edit}...just in case someone thinks only these OEM's are affected...ALL are affected...even American badge vehicles...
BenK 06/17/18 11:39am Towing
RE: can I increase my tow vehicle's tow rating

Main difference on these freebie forums...advice is worth what one has paid for... Key is that the OEMs have a warranty obligation vs us advisors...we do another a have any skin in ‘your’ situation Can only speak for myself...of my advice here...I have to sleep at nite, as take my advice seriously Over time...Towing experience “teaches” via hard knock schooling...some never learn...others get PhD’s...and everything in between There is only one person held responsible for the setup/situation and that is the driver... The OEMs provide a warranty and that is based/limited on their ratings...that is based on rules provided by DOT and there are agencies and certifications that apply...and yes...there are CYA’s from the OEMs...mainly in the fine print Does any of the advisors here or any othe forum provide any warranty covering their advice ???
BenK 06/17/18 12:04am Towing
RE: Installed 25 gallon auxiliary tank..... sort of!

Hope this is both a DOT approved (had it molded into the part) and secured according to that DOT certification... There are many reasons aftermarket fuel tanks designed to be mounted on/in/etc vehicle are expensive Not for the good days, but for that Mr Murphy moment...most likely during an accident It might rupture and cause a fire, and if atomized...possible explosion Each state has their own laws on this, and another reason expensive to get their product certified...and...qualify for coverage... But...the chances are low, but not a zero chance... Have six or was it eight 5 gallon Jerry cans and mount them securely. IIRC four of them are NATO approved
BenK 06/15/18 07:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

to that PM...Okay...another mess up...it is the NTSB (they are all in the same DOT org)... Tesla's Wild Fight With the Feds Investigating Its Autopilot Death Tesla loves a good fight. CEO Elon Musk has battled car dealers, President Trump, and more than a few reporters. Now he has found a new opponent in the National Transportation Safety Board. The agency is investigating the crash of a Model X that was running with Autopilot engaged when it slammed into a highway divider in Northern California last month, killing the driver. Today, the NTSB announced it kicked Tesla off the team looking into what happened and how to stop it from recurring. Snip...go to the site for the whole article
BenK 06/15/18 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
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