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post #1 of 21 Old 09-25-2009, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Help I'm Moving North

I got orders to Western South Dakota, I will be getting there the end of December begining of January time frame. My 03 F250, has been a southern truck all its life, what if anything do I need to do to it to prepare for this climate/weather change. The truck is bone stock with 135K on the clicker.

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get a block heater for sure. some folks use thinner oil, i do not. and a good set of tires if you have no exp on the ice.

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For me, I noticed a significant difference going from 15-40 to 5-40 during the winter months. Of course the block heater helped a great deal too.
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He already has a block heater, all PSD's came with them, the 05's and later didn't come with the cord though. I would do the Marinco mod, this makes it a lot easier to plug the truck in and your cord will last a long time because it isn't being yanked on all the time!!
You for sure want to run a thinner oil, I would also get a good set of tire chains, you will need them depending on where you are living. You also want to get some Diesel 911 for when you have a gelling issue. Make sure all your GP's and GPR are working correctly, PM me for the How To. I would switch the GPR to the beefier Stancor unit, this really gets the power to the GP's.

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Thanks guys,

I'm going to change my oil before I make the move north, what brand 5w40 do ya'll recomend? I run 8oz of the white diesel clean everyother tank, it keeps my MPG's a little better. I just put a new set of maxxis 33's on back in June so my tires are good. I dug out my block heater cord, but I'm interested in the MOD mentioned. Also how do I test my GP and GPR and do the MOD?
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Here you go

Troubleshooting GPR & GP's

For the Marinco mod, you just need to buy the recepticle at any boat store, cabella's, bass pro etc.... and mount it where you want it. I have pics in my sig.

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which model Marinco plug do I need to be looking for?
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Just one for a 110 volt plug. I am using the heavy duty 25amp model, but then you need to make a special 1ft long pigtail to plug it in.

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I'm a little farther north here is what I do for winter.

Oil amsoil 5w-30 ( and lets not get into oil squabbling 5w-40 Rotella is very good as well)
coolant rated for -55 50/50 mix
-40 rated windshield wash with preheater in the flow line
Rad and underbelly tarp to keep the heat in.

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