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can i run B20 bio diesel in my 99 7.3?

i can get it locally and i think its the only biodiesel here in Hawaii. will it be ok to run in my 7.3 or do i have to do any mods to run it?? im new to the biodiesel thing...any help is appreciated. thanks
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No mods-that's point of biodiesel, essentially it works just like regular diesel fuel. Plus if you're in Hawaii you shouldn't have any issues with gelling. Biodiesel tends to gel at higher temperatures than conventional diesel, but my guess is those temperatures are rarely seen where you are. I would guess that you could run B90 with no problems. One thing to watch out for is the solvent properties of biodiesel. If you have a fuel tank with lots of deposits and gunk on the insides it can loosen and wash away the deposits which can then clog your fuel filter and leave you stranded. I'd buy 2 or 3 new filters before filling up for the first time and changing the filter at the first sign of any weird hesitation, etc...
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Yep, what Badfish said....and there will definately be clogging of the filters at first with your truck being an older one. On newer trucks less buildup has occured so this isn't as much of a problem. There is a build up on the entire fuel system from the diesel...not just settlement in the tank but deposits from the diesel and the Bio-D will esentially clean your entire fuel system and all those deposits will quickely fill up in the filter. B-20 won't have as much of an effect as B-100 of course but do get you a filter and be ready to replace it probably within the first 1000 miles (2 tanks) of using the Bio-D.
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Yeah those two basically got it, you may loose a little fuel economy but just 1-5% but since it is only B20 it may not even be that. I want to start running some bio in the not too distant future.

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ok. thanks for everyones advice. i really appreciate it. ill let you guys know how it goes. aloha.
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does anyone know at what temperature bio diesel gel's?

ive been debating running biodiesel since its for sale locally

just pump and go?

sounds good to me
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they sell it locally here in north chicago. and i ran it all winter and didn't have a problem with gelling. and it got down to -23 for a few days in febuarary. this was a cold winter all i did was add a bottle of diesel kleen teh white bottle everytime i filled up with it and they are right change teh filter within teh first 1000 miles.

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does anyone know at what temperature bio diesel gel's?

ive been debating running biodiesel since its for sale locally

just pump and go?

sounds good to me
depends PURE biodiesel without ANY additives will start to get a lil slushy around 32 degrees F. But most commercially sold biodiesel has some additives in it to lower that temp. From what I have heard the 7.3 strokers respond very well to biodiesel. Personally I would start with a mix if possible like B20 or so and then work your way up. Since biodiesel is a better solvent than dino-diesel I would watch the fuel filter, since it will most likely clog with all the crap at the bottom of your tank.

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they sell it locally here in north chicago. and i ran it all winter and didn't have a problem with gelling. and it got down to -23 for a few days in febuarary. this was a cold winter all i did was add a bottle of diesel kleen teh white bottle everytime i filled up with it and they are right change teh filter within teh first 1000 miles.
This B20 you were using? Also, I've noticed that Power Service now references biodiesel on their bottles with regards to treatment.

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