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Old 08-11-2010, 06:40 AM
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Just had some questions for you veteran vegi burners. I'm heading back to school part time and I'm going to be putting about an extra 300 miles a week on my truck in addition to the 200+ I already drive. Now it makes sense more than ever that I convert to WVO...especially with diesel rising to $3.10 a gallon around here. So it would pay for itself pretty quick.

Anyways my question is what is the absolute cheapest way I can get started without spending $5k. I know the Vegistroke system is the way to go, but for one the company is in restructuring so it may be a couple months before I can purchase a kit, and even then money is tight with me going back to school. So is there anyway to just cut the costs in the beginning until I have the money to do it right. For example if I just bought a CF and cleaned my oil could I mix it 50/50 with diesel during these warm months without causing any problems or is this a big no no??

Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions to get me started in the vegi world.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:59 AM
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I wouldn't even think about blending. You have a very expensive rig with alot of things that can go wrong. If you are putting that kind of mileage on a kit or DIY conversion would pay for itself in no time . I would find a way to do it right or not do it at all even if it meant throwing it on a credit card (even at a crazy rate you will get your return back quick if you are racking up the miles). Start stockpiling oil and get a Vegistroke kit ordered up and I'll bet you will have one in a month.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:12 AM
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dont EVER mix wvo with diesel. needs a totally separate fuel system to work properly.
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30-45 days for kits is what Jay just said (only six available at this time). Get your deposit in


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Old 08-11-2010, 09:11 AM
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Maybe I should put dibs on one if they are in that short of supply. Do you guys more familar with Vegistrokes know if all the bugs are worked out of the new kits??
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First things first. Have you found VO sources? Make sure you can get oil before spending any money.
Check all the other VO sites, craigslist, ebay etc. You may get lucky & find a used kit for a good price.
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how do you go about that? i havent done that yet and dont know how.
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I know that the new kits will have the updated relay and the new pump mounting design...there should be no issues. I have the old pump design and just recently put the new relay in and even with that I haven't had an issue in 56,000 miles on grease.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:54 AM
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All sounds good guys. What places should I target first....local bars, Mcdonalds, or any other particular place that has better grease than others???

All you guys already greasing do you use the CF or hot water tank method and which is better if you are just getting started??
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x2 finding sources first. whoever has non-pho first, usually bars, high end restraunts, chineese (usually taken), pizza hut, wherever really. pho will work fine, but is not as preferred, takes a bit more to melt it.

as for a budget kit, if your up to it, DIY. tubular031 has a pretty good setup. check the DIY sticky i have, the schematic doesnt necessarily apply to your truck (it does to a degree), but in that sticky first post, i have included a link to tubular's setup. minus a tank you can convert for less than $1000. fuge setup is entirly preference and space availability. the water heater method is popular and straight forward.

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