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Tires/Suspension C10 / Re: Inexpensive Emulators?
« Last post by connie_rider on Today at 04:35:17 am »
Thanks George.
I just ordered a set. Will give them a try.
Any extra suggestions?

Ride safe, Ted
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Accessories C14 / Re: OH NO!! Another oil filter thread
« Last post by MtnRider on Today at 03:03:39 am »
The guy in the video make some reasonable points, but... I think he knew which filters he liked the best, and then found what he was looking for.
His points about the Fram filter make sense. Why would they be able to stay in business so long if they had problems?
Marketing, and...Treat warranty as simply a cost of making parts in which you save money on the parts... and marketing. That 1 in several thousand filters that causes the engine to blow... is the owner going to be savvy enough to know it was the filter's fault? then file a formal complaint?  maybe.  and marketing, oh, and also marketing :truce:
Having spent a number of years in the aftermarket portion of Delphi, I can tell you that many parts that claim to be "equal to OE" are FAR from it; the ones that claim to be "better than OE" are no better. They count on you not keeping the car very long (Rich, you and I, and many in COG  are exceptions). Did you keep that receipt for the oil filter? no, sorry, can't talk to you.  Did you install the filter correctly? can you prove it?
Then come the stamped springs instead of "real" springs. Rich will probably agree that a stamped spring will work in the oil filter just as well as a "real" coil spring. The stamped spring is probably easier to assemble properly, so less chance of an error, plus probably lower cost.
The filter media not being as long?   Dude, stretch the pleats the same amount, then let's compare. Maybe same result, but let's keep the playing field level.
I also will not buy a Fram filter, but I have bought many Purolator filters.
For the Cat engine in the Beast, our old RV, Cat filters - too much to lose there to take a chance.
For bikes?  K&N for ease in removing with the built-in nut.
For the 2001 truck with 225,000 miles, probably K&N for same reason.
For the 2007 creampuff Accord we bought a few of months ago?  Take it to the Honda dealer; it's too much of a pain to change myself - LOL

Good discussion, even if it is an oil filter thread  :-X

Along the "fun thread" theme.

Even if one filter is "bad". How much actual damage will be done?!? Even if a filter allows some particles thru will it cause a catastrophic failure before the next oil and filter change? If not, there won't be any indication to the vehicle owner that there was a filter issue. With current engine technology there's probably a lot of room for for some filter variability in effectiveness.   :great: :beerchug:
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Accessories C14 / Re: McCruise Cruise Control
« Last post by kris on Today at 02:21:49 am »
I mostly agree with the post above that gives the McCruise an 8 out of 10 score. Personally, I'd say its more like a 7 or 7.5 out of 10. I got it primarily for highway use and it works great in that setting, but around town doing anything under ~40mph...well it leaves a little bit to be desired.

My first test drive after the initial installation had me shaking my head the whole way back to the garage >:( Tony at McCruise tried calling me to figure out why it wouldn't hold rock steady at lower speeds, but we never could get a good phone connection. Multiple emails later, I got it tuned as well as its going to get. Horsed around with the settings for a few days to see if the low speed performance could be improved. We never did agree on the settings, so my old time mechanic assistant and I decided that the performance was good enough and gave up on emailing him any further.

Now don't get me wrong, it works pretty well all things considered. Not having to butcher any wiring was almost worth the price alone.  I don't regret buying it and it is within the specs that are stated in the owners manual, but don't expect it to function exactly like a factory cruise control.
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Accessories C14 / Re: OH NO!! Another oil filter thread
« Last post by MAN OF BLUES on Today at 02:09:51 am »
The guy in the video make some reasonable points, but... I think he knew which filters he liked the best, and then found what he was looking for.
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Good discussion, even if it is an oil filter thread  :-X

i'm astound..

ya thunk?
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Accessories C14 / Re: OH NO!! Another oil filter thread
« Last post by MAN OF BLUES on Today at 01:48:34 am »
I fully agree, on many points.

so all the discussion, about the manufacturer of the filter, noted in the O/P's start point, as I note...should directly be related to the actual product being utilized by those choosing an applicable filter for their application. no more, no less... apples to apples.

and I do apologize for any inside coments, and distractions.
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Tires/Suspension C10 / Re: Inexpensive Emulators?
« Last post by GeorgeRYoung on Today at 01:05:01 am »
I used the knock-offs in a Suzuki SV650, worked like a charm.

http://web.ncf.ca/ag136/SV650/forkEmulators.html
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: TPS Sensor Mod/Hack
« Last post by Jorge on Today at 12:53:02 am »
Too bad... we don't have admin rights. Maybe I can write as ticket to get the control installed on my PC...
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Accessories C14 / Re: OH NO!! Another oil filter thread
« Last post by Jorge on Today at 12:41:12 am »
The guy in the video make some reasonable points, but... I think he knew which filters he liked the best, and then found what he was looking for.
His points about the Fram filter make sense. Why would they be able to stay in business so long if they had problems?
Marketing, and...Treat warranty as simply a cost of making parts in which you save money on the parts... and marketing. That 1 in several thousand filters that causes the engine to blow... is the owner going to be savvy enough to know it was the filter's fault? then file a formal complaint?  maybe.  and marketing, oh, and also marketing :truce:
Having spent a number of years in the aftermarket portion of Delphi, I can tell you that many parts that claim to be "equal to OE" are FAR from it; the ones that claim to be "better than OE" are no better. They count on you not keeping the car very long (Rich, you and I, and many in COG  are exceptions). Did you keep that receipt for the oil filter? no, sorry, can't talk to you.  Did you install the filter correctly? can you prove it?
Then come the stamped springs instead of "real" springs. Rich will probably agree that a stamped spring will work in the oil filter just as well as a "real" coil spring. The stamped spring is probably easier to assemble properly, so less chance of an error, plus probably lower cost.
The filter media not being as long?   Dude, stretch the pleats the same amount, then let's compare. Maybe same result, but let's keep the playing field level.
I also will not buy a Fram filter, but I have bought many Purolator filters.
For the Cat engine in the Beast, our old RV, Cat filters - too much to lose there to take a chance.
For bikes?  K&N for ease in removing with the built-in nut.
For the 2001 truck with 225,000 miles, probably K&N for same reason.
For the 2007 creampuff Accord we bought a few of months ago?  Take it to the Honda dealer; it's too much of a pain to change myself - LOL

Good discussion, even if it is an oil filter thread  :-X
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Accessories C14 / Re: OH NO!! Another oil filter thread
« Last post by MAN OF BLUES on Yesterday at 10:11:00 pm »
THANX
actually, I forgot I installed that extended (time/mile, not size) filter, It was tossed to me by a guy that was running Synth(Royal Purple), and I run Dino (castrol), so even tho I changed the oil, I knew the filter was good for 10k miles, or more...
I did change the oil that passed thru the filter @ 4k, and IIRC i did do another change, just before I had some issues (exhaust rusted off, I had to replace a waterpump, and associated stuff like serpentine belt, etc., totaly painful cluster-f' .. in a blizzard),fixed the pump but found oil leaks hmmmmm, it leaked prior, but I didn't pay much attention..and then it sat, and again when fired up was an oil leaker... this was almost 3 years ago, (actually put it in "spare/store mode" around 3/2016, because i couldn't afford all the repairs, to get it smog inspected, to renew plates...more $$)

COME ON, you have a '98 with 200k+, that looks like this/ ?
meh

I originally thought the w/p serp belt, slipped behind the balancer, and took out a main seal on the block/pan side.. which I did NOT want to deal with at that time.  if you ever did one, you would not want to do it in winter, on your back, in the snow.. I'm too old now, and was too old even then, to say "oh sure, no problemo..." lie when I was 30, 40, or even 50 years old... :rotflmao:

so, end result, was a total of approx $800, with everything I bought, exhaust, battery, coolant flush and fill, oils and filter, winshield wiper blades, gas cans to dispose of the fuel in the tank, along with my pal's "shop time", to drop the tank, clean and flush it (it's plastic, thank god), completely purge the fuel lines from injector rails back) and get it all done to run.. this cost also includes the re-issue of a temp tag, just to get it to inspection (EPA), and a NEW registration, new plates and stickers.. oh, and also a FULL tank of 100% gasoline (90 octane) which I have a couple miles from my home.

so, the short story is the oil filter actually rusted out, prior to 10k, or 2 years after install... and even tho the truck never saw 10k miles on it from the time it was installed, it was a p.o. doo-doo from the get go. It has a Purolator on it now.

oh, and I do need to correct my miles on the truck...
when I had the EPA inspection today, it actually has 210,970.7 miles on the ODO...
so, tossing that out for oil filter, and service life of a vehicle, I smile and say "I think I'm getting my money's worth, out of the truck.." :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

yeah, call me cheap.. I don't owe anyone, any finance charges, for anything.. :great:
peace. the single rust spot on that ruck, which could be covered by a child's hand, is visible.. the body is immaculate..
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Merry/Happy Birthday!!!!

Ride safe, Ted
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