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RE: GM's Max Trailering Package

X2 to Jerem0621;s comment and add...going by marketing nomenclature is risking getting caught in the marketing “king of the hill’ positioning where things are taken out of context (true, but not the whole picture) Suggest looking at the OEM ratings and do the simple math using their ratings numbers. GVWR, front & rear GAWR and their listed curb weight (not the old stripper model they used to employ for these “King of the Hilll” marketing, but their true weight as shipped from the factory) But first decide if you believe in the OEM ratings. Huge and never ending discussion on ‘which’ ratings to ignore or follow. It is a very personal risk management decision. IMO, the most important is the rear GAWR, then GVWR, then the rest of them. Actual weights best, but if you do not have one or the other or neither...use their listed GVWR & tongue (that will provide the basic tongue percentage to calculate vs the actual weight) Most of the weight on any pickup will be over the rear axle. Look at any pickup from the side and notice that the rear drivers door edge is about half way between the axles. Meaning anything loaded in the bed and/or on the ball will place the majority of that weight over the rear axle. Why as you move up in the capacity/rating scale of TV’s, the rear GAWR jumps higher. Why half ton’s have many different rear GAWR and higher class starts at 6,000 rear GAWR Nothing wrong with any pickup class, but just understand that and forget using marketing nomenclature Also, understand the “corporate component/systems stock room” and is where many think they can guess which parts are needed to increase their ratings. They maybe correct, but that doesn’t change the OEM ratings. Here is the link to the GM towing guide : https://www.chevrolet.com/truck-life/trailering-and-towing-guide https://www.chevrolet.com/truck-life/trailering-and-towing-guide Weird...posting via my iPad has clicky’s not work... Poke around to see which half ton you like. Plus it has a fairly good glossary of towing terms
BenK 11/07/20 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 20” wheels

IMHO....the Age old adage: :a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link’...meaning that in this case it seems the tires were the lowest rated link...
BenK 11/03/20 01:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Does This Guy Really Use Gas To Extend Range Of Tesla Model S ? https://insideevs.com/news/438109/video-gas-tesla-generator-range/ https://insideevs.com/news/438109/video-gas-tesla-generator-range/ A semi would need a larger Honda generator running on diesel....
BenK 11/02/20 01:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire pressure?

Have one of these in my travel toolbox and have used it to air my Suburban LT265/75R16E’s trailer tires up to 80PSI https://www.amazon.com/GSPSCN-Portable-Cylinders-Compressor-Inflatables/dp/B07VVC1JHD https://www.amazon.com/GSPSCN-Portable-Cylinders-Compressor-Inflatables/dp/B07VVC1JHD Double cylinder good for 150PSI $65 bucks Have cut off the cigarette plug and soldered in a set of battery clamps with longer wires
BenK 11/01/20 05:24pm Towing
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

Thanks and know that chart but it is not the hot end that I’m most interested in. Film strength is the biggest component specification am in interested in. As I believe in the articles over many decades referencing that most of engine wear is due to dry starts. Mostly after extended times off, like over night or a few days. Too many will just shut off their ICE after driving HARD. I allow mine to cool down before shutting down after driving hard. Around town, sure just shut it off, as my ICE doesn’t get up there in temp just driving around town. Which reminds me...time to replace the severe duty fan clutch, as it doesn’t couple as high as it used to. Know because it doesn’t ROAR anymore. Am after the highest film strength keeping as much of an oil film as possible and believe higher viscosity of the lower number helps solve that issue. IMHO...depends on how hard you plan to drive it... I'd go higher viscosity Both have the same viscosity grade of 40 at operating temp so they are about the same when driven hard with 15w40 having the slight edge. It is their cold temp viscosity grade that is different which mainly only comes into play when the oil temp is below 30F. One has a cold viscosity grade of 5W and the other 15W. Snip....
BenK 11/01/20 01:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need some advice, gearing/fuel mileage.

Decide where in the RPM range you will spend the most time towing and running empty or not towing Then decide which of the two is more important Then get the HP/torque curve & final hearing to pavement for your ICE. The lowest RPM for the HP you will need for the above will tell you what diff ratio best suits your desires
BenK 10/31/20 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5W40 or 15W40 in 6.7 CTD?

IMHO...depends on how hard you plan to drive it... I'd go higher viscosity
BenK 10/31/20 08:50am Tow Vehicles
Chevy will start selling EV retrofit kits in 2021

https://www.engadget.com/amp/chevy-ecrate-2021-174002305.html?guccounter=1 Exciting news! Chevy will start selling EV retrofit kits in 2021 Wonder when their HD and HO versions will come out Then the hot rod crowd's offerings
BenK 10/31/20 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

Me too...didn't know they made them that big and wonder if they provide enough "locking" force Think a split-ring should be added 360 ft-lbs and nylock nuts made me laugh.
BenK 10/29/20 08:48am Towing
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

I also justify tool purchases because needed and then have them for future projects FYI...when there are more than one fastener for a part, it is important to have them torqued evenly. Can't do that without a torque wrench or gauge (nifty torque gauge you found and now on my list) Else, the lowest torqued will vibrate lose It is not just clamping forces needed, but the expected vibration...frequence(s) and amplitude(s) are factored to the fastener's elasticity vs plastic point Pretty sure these designers didn't go there and most likely looked at shear and clamping forces desired...plus some margin Note that tge torque on the nut also has the same torque on the bolt. There are factors, one being the same K factor...aka friction on the respective mating surfaces
BenK 10/25/20 12:07pm Towing
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

A 3/4" bolt will have a hex head with 1.125" across the flats Therefore, needs a 1 1/8" socket
BenK 10/24/20 06:12pm Towing
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

Think mixing up 3/4" bolt (measured at the shank dia) vs across the hex flats A 3/4" across the hex flats is a 1/2" bolt...which IIRC, tops out around 160 ft/lbs max torque for a grade 8 A 3/4" bolt (measured at the shank), IIRC, tops out around 380 ft/lbs Socket sets are sized by the measurement across the square flats
BenK 10/24/20 06:04pm Towing
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

There is a Harbor Freight tool shop in El Cajon And they should have this 3/4 socket set, priced at $69 bucks https://www.harborfreight.com/21-piece-sae-3-4-quarter-inch-industrial-quality-socket-set-40996.html
BenK 10/24/20 03:30pm Towing
RE: Time to retire the 7.3 OBS?

X2 to Hank’s suggestion
BenK 10/24/20 02:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton truck towing question

One component everyone forgets (most at least) is that if this TV has an automatic...is that the thermal system is designed for published ratings...plus some level of margin (safety factor) for longevity up to and just past ratings Mainly the TC (torque converter) and that is where most all of the heat of any automatic is generated...shearing the fluid Be sure to check your cooling system is up to spec and if you can, increase the fan clutch from OEM (except HD trucks) to a HD fan clutch or even Severe Duty fan clutch. Just helps reject the added amounts of heat (BTU’s) for the radiator to reject Plus consider adding ‘another’ external aux ATF cooler & an electric fan if you have room/inclination. Also, a fresh charge of synthetic ATF would help
BenK 10/24/20 02:23pm Towing
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

Here is a lever arm that multiplies the torque Link to Summit Racing and is $19.99 bucks https://www.summitracing.com/parts/oes-24208?seid=srese1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjoGE0oHO7AIVJj6tBh2A2AHPEAQYCSABEgKo5vD_BwE For some reason the clicky doesn’t work and here is the link https://www.summitracing.com/parts/oes-24208?seid=srese1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjoGE0oHO7AIVJj6tBh2A2AHPEAQYCSABEgKo5vD_BwE https://static.summitracing.com/global/images/prod/xlarge/oes-24208_gj_xl.jpg? Width=640 Installing wind generators and forgot the big torque wrench back in the shop and all the local hardware store only had 150 ft/lb torque wrenches Plenty of steel bar stock, hack saw, Sawzall, sacrificial socket set and a welder did the job To double a 150 ft/lb torque wrench you need to double the effective wrench length from bolt center line to the center of the wrench handle. Then whatever the torque wrench setting is doubled (times 2) Triple the torque of a 150 ft/lb torque wrench, you need to triple the length from the bolt center line to the center of the handle. Then whatever the torque wrench seething is tripled (times 3) The socket set you use must be capable of handling that kind of torque, so maybe a 3/4” square We did that in pinch over nite as the windgenerator had to be ‘flying’ by mid nite the next...otherwise we lost money per the contract The prices of 3/4” torque wrenches have come down significantly and probably cheaper to just buy one rated for your needs...of course a 3/4” socket set too...
BenK 10/24/20 02:08pm Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Model S & X recall in China...only 30,000 that were imported from the USA https://auto.hindustantimes.com/auto/news/tesla-in-trouble-in-world-s-largest-ev-market-to-recall-around-30-000-cars/amp-41603438547027.html Then the question about the ones here and other parts of the world As said a few hundred posts ago...Tusk hasn’t setup his corporation to handle a large recall From revision control/documentation, to parts, to service without dealerships with service facilities. Will Tusk have loaner vehicles ? Wait to see how Tusk handles this China recall This is just personal vehicles...commercial (semi) will be much more demanding and with less patience
BenK 10/23/20 09:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Buddy’s facebook comment.... This is a true, sad story of the depression that can haunt a man Brad lived in California and was a lifelong environmentalist. He was sick of the world; of Covid 19, Brexit, Russian belligerence, global warming, racial tensions, and the rest of the disturbing stories that occupy media headlines. Brad drove his car into his garage and then sealed every doorway and window as best he could. He got back into his car and wound down all the windows, selected his favorite radio station and started the car. Four days later, a worried neighbor peered through his garage window and saw him in the car. She notified the emergency services and they broke in, pulling Brad from the car. A little sip of water and, surprisingly, he was in perfect condition, but his Tesla had a dead battery.
BenK 10/22/20 01:28pm Tow Vehicles
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 choices...like 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
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