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Can Vegistroke handle new england winter?

I am looking at getting a vegistroke kit for my truck. Will this be able to run WVO in the winter? Anybody with firsthand experience?

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I am looking at getting a vegistroke kit for my truck. Will this be able to run WVO in the winter? Anybody with firsthand experience?

Thanks
Yes, It can. I would recomend a couple easy and relatively inexpensive additions.

1) 20-30 plate FPHE. Positioned in the engine bay near the engine valley.
2) A quality fuel temp gauge installed between the FPHE and the Tee that feeds the heads.
3) A good grill cover
4) A working block heater.
5) Coolant circulation pump

The above will no doubt spawn debate from users that may or may not be in a cold climate. I live Northern WI and spend a considerable amount of time in Northern MN hunting. Despite the manufacturer claims I highly recomend all of the above. If items #1, 2, & 5 are done at time of install it would probably cost about $200 and an extra couple hours of time to install. IMHO well worth the time and relatively small amount of money to protect your sanity and equipment.

All of the above items can be found here
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I have had absolutely no problems with my vegistroke system in the cold weather.
While I don't live in New England, I spend a lot of time up there in the winter and also use my vegistroke system to plow snow. It runs fine for the 24-28 hours of plowing that I do each time it snows, and that is non-stop useage.
I believe that I have used it down to -9 degrees with no problem whatsoever.

I do think that an aux coolant pump would be a good idea. I am thinking of adding one to my system at some point.

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I have had absolutely no problems with my vegistroke system in the cold weather.
While I don't live in New England, I spend a lot of time up there in the winter and also use my vegistroke system to plow snow. It runs fine for the 24-28 hours of plowing that I do each time it snows, and that is non-stop useage.
I believe that I have used it down to -9 degrees with no problem whatsoever.

I do think that an aux coolant pump would be a good idea. I am thinking of adding one to my system at some point.

EVERY install that I do has and will always have a fuel temp gauge installed before the car/truck gets returned to the owner. That way I know and the operator knows what kind of temps are occuring before the fuel hits the heads.

I plow a lot of snow too, and at -15*F to -20*F with by Boss V plow hung on it really runs nice VO temps- the truck is working hard and the wind is not hitting the radiator. The longer you operate the system, the higher and more consistant the temps.

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Happy with my V3 this last NY winter - regularly hit the zero degrees F mark and didn't have any problems with it.

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