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Old 10-02-2013, 10:16 AM
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winterizing your rig for WVO use

I've noticed as its gotten colder out i'm not able to reach EOT as quickly, we are seeing 30's here in the mtns at night and its only gonna get colder. What are some tricks to warm up quicker and more importantly maintain EOT in the colder months? Currently I'm running an espar and have my radiator blocked with a piece of cardboard. Anyone had any luck using those Kats plug-in coolant heaters? I was thinking of running one of those along with the plug-in oil heater. I think that the engine oil is the main culprit once it gets cooler out, it takes alot of energy to warm up 15 qts to 200 degrees. Also should i be looking at switching to a VO/Diesel mix once it drops under a certain temp to aid with combustion/viscosity?
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i was think'n, you could "cut" the wvo with d2. Also, why not keep truck plugged in at night?
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:56 AM
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i was think'n, you could "cut" the wvo with d2. Also, why not keep truck plugged in at night?
I'd like to know the degree in temp and the suggested VO/diesel ratio, I'm sure that someone out there has figured it out. I drove 70 miles into town this morning while it was 35 out, although I got up to EOT my VO never rose above 140 at the FPHE (I have temp sensors on both coolant and VO). at 50+ out it will get up to 170 a few minutes after I reach EOT.

I will plug in when i'm able to, but i'm out in the woods alot especially during hunting season. Ran my espar for an hour this morning before starting it up, the coolant temp read at 150 at the FPHE, probably 100 or so on the dummy gauge.

I'm going to install a plug-in coolant heater and also a 12v circulation pump and see how it does. I'm due for an oil change so i was thinking of running a lighter weight oil, maybe 10w but i've heard of some guys running 5w in the winter even. I'm also thinking i may need to look in to those heated fuel line wraps that claim they get you up to 220 degrees going into the head.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:10 AM
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I don't think you want to use the vegitherm style heat, high heat electric style heaters will cause poly build upin the system. Without a heated filter head, and wrapped filter, that area of your system is loosing heat. You IR 140, but I bet its 140 and going down. Your FPHE looks a tad small too, mine is 3 times the size and mounted under the pass seat on frame rail.

I see 185 veg (truck temp will be 190s) all day long in 30 degrees without my alaska bra. If I put the bra on, it raises both veg and ect 10-15 degrees and will hold temps well below zero. I will run in -20 deg f pulling my sleds in the mountains and see 180. Getting the old girl started without being plugged in after a night of -20, is another story...

I needs an espar.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:23 AM
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I have a 40 plate FPHE, what size are you running? I thought most were only running 20 plate.

I bought my espar on ebay for $700, its a 24v and was brand new that someone bought for a project and never got around to it. You can usually find the 24v for alot cheaper then the 12v, and there is a $100 12v to 24v step-up converter you can buy (chinese unfortunately) that makes it all work with your 12v system. The same part through espar is around $400.

The install was super easy, I used the breather location on the front tank for my fuel pickup so you need to drop the tank, and built a bracket to mount the espar on the passenger side next to the radiator. Its pretty basic from there. I run it for an hour in the mornings and my coolant is at about 100 degrees when i start up, and then i run it while driving to get up to EOT. It doesnt use hardly any fuel, and the quicker switchover to VO makes it worth the additional cost.

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that degas bottle dont look gud, Boise. Have you verified its just "residual" from whatever or thought of getting a sample of coolant for oil contamination?
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that degas bottle dont look gud, Boise. Have you verified its just "residual" from whatever or thought of getting a sample of coolant for oil contamination?
she's just dirty. I replaced the coolant when I bought her, and it also runs through that coolant filter in the picture mounted next to the espar. I wasnt about to run dirty coolant through a $700 coolant heater.
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