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RE: Trans coolers

The flaw in thinking additional external aux ATF coolers will impede the engine coolant radiator...it does not or enough to reduce the main radiators function If so, then remove the AC condenser (the tube fin radiator in front of the engine coolant radiator) and the OEM external aux ATF cooler, which are all in front of the engine coolant radiator. That will remove all blockages this line of thinking would require for proper functioning Sizing by the thermal dynamic systems designer/engineer has the main coolant radiator good for the maximum conditions spelled out in the specifications. Plus whatever MAXIMUM margin management allowed (always too low to suit me...like lots of margin, but bean counter's penny-pinching wins). That sizing then has a throttle to no over cool the coolant and is the thermostat/etc. IMO, if the OP wants to keep their ATF cooler, sure thing, add either a larger plate ATF cooler in place of the OEM...or add another plate type cooler plumbed either in series or parallel to the OEM cooler. Key to keep the OEM routing that has the ATF go through the OEM radiator, which will keep the ATF at proper temps in extremely cold climate conditions Fastidiousness is key in working with ATF plumbing.
BenK 05/14/22 11:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Hey Marty...please keep this thread open...am hoping it reaches 1,000 pages !
BenK 05/14/22 11:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Just give me the bad news.

Condolences on your loss As for the gremlins...think of getting your home computer wet by dripping water into the case These days, any newer vehicle is no different than your computer At signal level voltages & currents...it doesn't take much to create shorts and/or couplings between lines. Toss in high frequencies that some subsystems employ Not salt water (the worst), but washed dust/etc during it's path to the dash. Meaning made conductive...high resistance shorts An analogy would be old time ignition with a distributor & getting water in there Good luck !
BenK 05/12/22 10:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Vehicle "rise" while towing.

Lamborghini started out in the tractor business, before exotics & super cars Story is similar to the current "Ford vs Ferrari" movie...Ferrari told him to go back to building tractors after he made an offer... Even drop...goes to the fact that front vs rear suspension spring rates are different So even drop gets the TV back to factory suspension bias But, with the OEMs now all over the place in regards to how they design & setup TV suspensions...follow their manual recommendations
BenK 05/03/22 11:32am Towing
RE: GM buying back 6.6L Duramax

Hows about directly from the OEM...GM in this case and some good internet sources of info : Directly from the OEM = GM To Repurchase Silverado HD, Sierra HD Units Due To Duramax Diesel Engine Quality Issue A good Internet sources I listen to = GM Buying Back Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Pickups Over Duramax Diesel Engines 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Recalls A good focused group of knowledgeable folks = GM To Repurchase Silverado HD, Sierra HD Units Due To Duramax Diesel Engine Quality Issue???!!! And if that isn't enough, hows about from the government regulatory agency, NHTSA = NHTSA.gov PDF on this Duramax recall A lot of bellyaching over a vague post on some internet fansite. For all anyone knows they could be buying back 5 trucks nationwide LOL.
BenK 04/21/22 11:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Vehicle "rise" while towing.

There is lot more than what is currently discussed for both empty grocery getter mode and as a TV ALL of the components, sub systems and systems matter and play together Just take tires, wheels and suspension Ultra low profile (aspect ratio) to traditional 85 aspect ratio matters and plays with... PSI you have in them and plays with... Wheel rim width vs the OEM's recommended rim width vs what you did to re-engineer and plays with... The wheel offset vs OEM offset and plays with... The OEM shocks to the aftermarket shocks you put on and plays with... The suspension layout. Such as Live axle, IDR/IDF, Swing arms, leaf/coil, etc, etc and plays with... The OEM anti-sway (lean) bars or none to the aftermarket you put on front and no rear, to the rear you put on & didn't increase the front bar's rating, to the other suspension modifications you have made and plays with... The steering system and the ratio & linear or variable rate & how tight it is and plays with... The OEM bushings and the aftermarket bushing you installed or not with the aftermarket anti-sway bar(s) and plays with... Whether empty grocery getter mode to TV to performance level driving and plays with... The ABS system & braking coefficient of materials (mud hen OEM to track level) you have chosen to install and plays with... The level of OEM thermal rejection management and the aftermarket stuff you have added or modified yourself and plays with... The rest of the whole vehicle system, which would be the computer management systems and subsystems that came with your vehicle to the aftermarket stuff you have installed... It is not as simple as most think and the reason OEMs dial in under-steer for the masses who have no clue, nor care in most cases...but this is a very narrow slice of the masses, so assume knows more...but the comments says closer to the masses... Edit...should have added the aftermarket OEM/model/etc of those components also matters and plays with...
BenK 04/21/22 11:17am Towing
GM buying back 6.6L Duramax

Anyone know why GM is buying back late model 6.6L Duramax's ?
BenK 04/16/22 11:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for power?

Movigng up to the +8K GVWR class has duty cycle come into play with these ICE's Best in class towing? Isn’t the ford with the 7.3/4.30 rated higher than that? Or is this a half ton? I believe it is for 1500 series trucks, GM's new 2500/3500 series gas engine is a 6.6. I did notice the caveat in "Best in class V8 towing". Among the big 3, it does have the best V8 tow rating, by a very small margin. What they left out is that the best overall 150/1500 series tow rating (only 400 lbs more) is held by a V6 with slightly more than half the displacement of the GM L87 V8.
BenK 04/16/22 03:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Vehicle "rise" while towing.

Generally, OEM's setup our pickups and SUVs with understeer with only a front anti-sway bar (anti-lean bar) and NO rear anti-sway bar Exception are 'performance' (boy racer with lots of GO) where they might have a rear anti-sway bar, but most don't know is that the OEM also increases the front anti-sway bars diameter (higher torsional rigidity) Why IMO...do not recommend installing a rear anti-sway bar and if insist, then to make sure to also change the OEM front anti-sway bar to a larger dia from the SAME after market suppler of the rear bar being installed With that in mind, the old 'even drop' kept the above handling characteristics, but with the newer suspensions & the new 'drop' or 'return the front axle' recommendations...that 'even drop' has been put aside I still adhere to 'even drop' for my setups. Maybe not if I ever get another +8K GVWR TV and know that GM's newer 4x4's has a secondary front axle spring in constant contact with the lower A-Arm and can NOT bring the front back to OEM height easily. Else there would be too much WD'ing weight off of the TV's rear axle Glad to read John mentioning that 'push' trailers impart onto the TV's rear end. And during a freeway speed curve while braking, the trailer will both nose dive during braking to add weight to the TV's read end and 'push' it trying to go 'straight'. That is where manhandling the setup comes into play.
BenK 04/16/22 03:01pm Towing
RE: Trailer Hitch Set-up Option

Ditto what Barney said, but think your existing bars won't be at that high level You did ask to raise your TV's back end to solve scraping the shank on the ground during maneuvers and copied replies below Did say within your rating's From the looks of your bars, there seems to be more tension that it will take and again, within rating's That is the whole point of WD Hitch systems, plus a level of anti-sway (yaw) built in...and notice you have TWO anti-sway friction bars (a good thing) By leveling the setup (both trailer & TV), it WD's weight from the TV's rear end to the TV's front end. Think of standing on the trailer tongue and lifting up on the two WD bars. That is like lifting the hand bars of a wheelbarrow and lifts. Since standing on the tongue, some of the weight lifted off of the TV's rear end, goes back onto the tongue. Here is a picture of my Nissan Frontier. Do not tow with it...yet. That is what the Suburban is for. Have had the Frontier's bed loaded up with 40 bags of potting soil and guessing around 1,600 lbs and my Frontier's rear dropped about an inch or so. Made sure most of them were ahead of the rear axle. So think your Frontier should handle this well https://i.imgur.com/nyn6Sy1l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. My K3500 Suburban https://i.imgur.com/KMcSLe9l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. Think flipping your drawbar/shank will have the WD hitch head too high Does your drawbar/shank have a couple more holes above where you top hitch head bolt pokes through ? If yes, then move the hitch head up one or two more holes. If no more holes higher up, then look for another drawbar/shank. Something like this, where there are holes higher up This one is for a 2” receiver (the part that bolted to the TV) https://www.etrailer.com/Drop-Hitch/Fastway/FA49-00-5900.html https://www.etrailer.com/Drop-Hitch/Fastway/FA49-00-5900.html This one is for a 2.5” receiver (the part boltes to the TV) https://www.etrailer.com/Drop-Hitch/Fastway/FA49-00-5925.html https://www.etrailer.com/Drop-Hitch/Fastway/FA49-00-5925.html No matter which one you use (yours, or the ones I posted links to), you will have to cut off the bottom How much is up to you and think it should be long enough to protect your WD spring bars I have a 2007 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, but don’t tow much with it. The Suburban is my main TV As only some have advised, follow your TV’s manual/label ratings information Decide if you believe in the ratings system or not If not, then do whatever you wish to do If yes, then weight everything, axle by axle. Both empty and fully loaded Orientation of the whole setup is to have the TV drop as per the manual. Most will say return the front axle to either unweighted height or some poundage The trailer should be level at it’s highest pointing and personally have mine pointing slightly down. Trailers follow better when they are level or slightly pointing down Good luck and tell us how it goes Looked at your picture again and you might try this before spending $$$ on new whatevers Depending on what the spring bars are rated for and how your TV is in reference to its ratings... Try LOWERING your hitch head one drawbar/shank/stinger hole and increase the tension on the bars That will transfer more tongue weight from the TV rear axle over to the TV front axle. Some of that tongue weight goes back onto the trailer tongue, which will raise the TVs rear bumper. This can also be accomplished by tilting the hitch head backwards toward the trailer. The increase the tension bars reach, therefore more links can be hooked up...but from the looks of your picture, the hitch head is already tilted back. Maybe there is more to go? This is why knowing your weights & where they are is important to dialing a setup in A hand held hacksaw and several new blades can cut through that shank/drawbar/stinger...jut lots of elbow grease & time
BenK 04/15/22 12:19pm Towing
RE: Vehicle "rise" while towing.

What Marty said...
BenK 04/15/22 10:26am Towing
RE: 2.7l Silverado, 7,200 lb TT Vs Monteagle

Jeremiah Good thinking and have gotten to know you over the years on this forum, which can say you will do the maintenance well. There are two things suggest #1 is that the coolant these days are rated for 5 years or more life cycle. The thermal system is one huge key to the longevity of any of these, modern small displacement ICE’s which are forced fed. OATs and HOATs coolants are well know to have issues with O2 getting into the system to wreck havoc. The why most all OEMs have gone to a closed, overflow bottle. They are now pressurized and the main onus is to keep O2 out when folks like me has to check coolant level/condition often. To check is to view coolant level through the translucent bottle walls and that they now have graduations for High and Low. Check on that level at each oil change, or like me…check it often, along with tires, oil level, etc #2 is to find and read up on your engine. Did that when Ford’s EcoBoost came out because had similar concerns of the longevity. Found that Ford did many things that were sound engineering. Biggest was that inside the engine, there was/is an oil spray system to cool the piston undersides. That is something boy racers of my day did for their ‘built’ engines. Meaning that the engine oil is going to see some higher temps than a naturally aspired engine would see. If you find that info, please post back on this. As I’ve not been able to find it…though haven’t had must time to do a proper search. Beautiful setup !!!
BenK 04/13/22 06:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2.7l Silverado, 7,200 lb TT Vs Monteagle

Admire your choices, setup, and know how GREAT looking setup to boot ! Forced induction turns that 2.7L into a much bigger displacement when the turbo is full on and advise to keep up the maintenance to keep it going for a looong time Mainly engine oil (synthetic) and other fluids. If me, way before the computer says to change for added insurance
BenK 04/11/22 12:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Hitch Set-up Option

As long as there is enough travel for the bars, lowering the hitch head & tilting it farther back towards the trailer will allow the bars to be tensioned more When the bars are tensioned, it lifts the TV’s tail end in order to “WD” the weight off the TV rear axle and moves that weight to the TV’s front axle. Flipping the drawbar/stinger/shank will have the hitch head too high and the trailer tongue will be pointing up into the sky. A bad situation, as trailers follow best when level or pointing slightly down Key is if your bars have enough tension rating to do this & enough room to be tensioned that much
BenK 04/07/22 10:08pm Towing
RE: Trailer Hitch Set-up Option

Looked at your picture again and you might try this before spending $$$ on new whatevers Depending on what the spring bars are rated for and how your TV is in reference to its ratings... Try LOWERING your hitch head one drawbar/shank/stinger hole and increase the tension on the bars That will transfer more tongue weight from the TV rear axle over to the TV front axle. Some of that tongue weight goes back onto the trailer tongue, which will raise the TVs rear bumper. This can also be accomplished by tilting the hitch head backwards toward the trailer. The increase the tension bars reach, therefore more links can be hooked up...but from the looks of your picture, the hitch head is already tilted back. Maybe there is more to go? This is why knowing your weights & where they are is important to dialing a setup in A hand held hacksaw and several new blades can cut through that shank/drawbar/stinger...jut lots of elbow grease & time
BenK 04/06/22 08:05pm Towing
RE: Trailer Hitch Set-up Option

Think flipping your drawbar/shank will have the WD hitch head too high Does your drawbar/shank have a couple more holes above where you top hitch head bolt pokes through ? If yes, then move the hitch head up one or two more holes. If no more holes higher up, then look for another drawbar/shank. Something like this, where there are holes higher up This one is for a 2” receiver (the part that bolted to the TV) https://www.etrailer.com/Drop-Hitch/Fastway/FA49-00-5900.html https://www.etrailer.com/Drop-Hitch/Fastway/FA49-00-5900.html This one is for a 2.5” receiver (the part boltes to the TV) https://www.etrailer.com/Drop-Hitch/Fastway/FA49-00-5925.html https://www.etrailer.com/Drop-Hitch/Fastway/FA49-00-5925.html No matter which one you use (yours, or the ones I posted links to), you will have to cut off the bottom How much is up to you and think it should be long enough to protect your WD spring bars I have a 2007 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, but don’t tow much with it. The Suburban is my main TV As only some have advised, follow your TV’s manual/label ratings information Decide if you believe in the ratings system or not If not, then do whatever you wish to do If yes, then weight everything, axle by axle. Both empty and fully loaded Orientation of the whole setup is to have the TV drop as per the manual. Most will say return the front axle to either unweighted height or some poundage The trailer should be level at it’s highest pointing and personally have mine pointing slightly down. Trailers follow better when they are level or slightly pointing down Good luck and tell us how it goes
BenK 04/04/22 09:59pm Towing
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Gotcha... https://i.imgur.com/hay3OKQl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
BenK 04/02/22 05:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Wonder what is next on Tusk's chopping block...semi ??? CANCELED! Tesla Cybertruck Is Dead CANCELED! Tesla Cybertruck Is Dead by Jay Traugott Home News CANCELED! Tesla Cybertruck Is Dead All pre-orders will be refunded. In what must be the most shocking news story of the year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed production of the long-awaited Cybertruck has been canceled. The reason? Ongoing development costs have far exceeded the original budget. The controversial-looking EV truck is no longer a viable business case. "Very sad to say we've made the tough decision to cancel our Cybertruck," Musk wrote. "I know there will be plenty of disappointed customers and all pre-orders will be promptly refunded. The decision was made in the best interest of Tesla and its future." Despite lacking a PR department, inside sources at the California-based automaker are quietly saying Musk studied the numbers and ultimately determined that the currently under construction Gigafactory in Austin, Texas will be better suited for only Model Y and Model 3 production. Originally, Austin was tasked with building both the Cybertruck and Model Y, but demand for the Model 3 continues to rapidly increase. Furthermore, the Cybertruck's delayed launch and behind-the-scenes issues would have resulted in a much higher price tag than initially announced. When the Cybertruck concept debuted back in 2019, Musk promised a base price starting at $39,900 for the rear-wheel-drive model. The all-wheel drive version would begin at exactly $10k more. Material costs, in general throughout the auto industry, have increased over the past couple of years since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing war in Ukraine is not helping matters. Tesla very recently increased the Model Y's price tag (the cheapest Long Range begins at $62,990 - a $20k increase over the Standard Range) and now needs to redirect the Cybertruck's development budget to avoid additional price hikes for its bread and butter vehicles. Another reality we think might have factored into Tesla's decision is that legacy OEMs like Ford and GM have beaten it to the EV truck market. The F-150 Lightning's downright affordable starting price is something Tesla can no longer match. Tesla is also anxious to enter the delivery business with vans, a market segment analysts predict will explode by the decade's end. A Tesla source later admitted that this entire article is utter nonsense.
BenK 04/01/22 10:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hemi to be replaced by inline six?

Thanks Turtle It is PSI x surface area of the piston top and the amount of time that high PSI is in effect on the piston top
BenK 03/28/22 01:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire aspect ratio

IMO...boils down to whether a person believes in the OEM specifications or not If yes, then follow them and things like warranty will apply If no, then do whatever and things like warranty may not apply...unless that person lies about following the specification...
BenK 03/28/22 01:24pm Tow Vehicles
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