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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #50 on: May 23, 2015, 02:02:08 AM »
Same thing I run.
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2015, 01:37:33 PM »
Awesome... I'm still trying to figure out what i want to put on my LBZ. I was already favoring the FASS over the AirDog, but I didn't realize Kennedy made the pump/filter kits too until now... I had only heard of people using the standalone pumps... Might have to seriously consider the Kennedy pump/filter combo too.
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #52 on: May 23, 2015, 04:34:17 PM »
I am running a separate 5mic filter below (Just add a filter head)and a 2 micron Cat 049 filter up top. This system does not remove air nor will the pump self prime, but supplies 5-7 psi taking the work from the CPS up top. It will however let fuel flow if the pump stops a reason I chose it.
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #53 on: June 22, 2015, 09:36:31 PM »
Today I decided to tear into this Air Dog 165 (again) to see what's wrong with it this time.

It started leaking, from up on top somewhere, so I am betting on a failed O-ring or something complicated like that. No chance it would be a loose filter or something simple.

This Air Dog is a poor product plain and simple. I will not endorse it in any manner at all. When I first installed it (New) I chased a pesky leak. Turned out to be this 1/8" pipe thread plug with a socket head. Nice thing about it is that you have to pull out the line sitting right beside it to get at it. Strike one for poor engineering. Someone could have moved it over 2mm and not have required introducing another leak to fix that leak.

Now a lot of people have had that hex leak, so that is a systemic problem with the product.
When I pulled the main line to get to the little plug, you guessed it, I had to drop the whole thing...more work!

Wlee later on one then both of the 3/8" pipe fittings started seeping, then leaking. I sealed them (Again) with quality Teflon tape. Then the motor quit. Then Air DOg would not warranty it and I had to spend another $200+ dollars on a motor that failed inside 40,000 miles!

Real piece of junk, this Air Dog, and no, I don't like it!

So a couple weeks ago, while driving back from the farm, I am smelling diesel fuel. Yep, Air Dog again!
So I just unplugged it and ran around with a light pedal, until a few days ago when the motor would not start for about 30 min. I had to crawl underneath and plug in the motor to get the engine running, then leak a puddle of fluid all over the parking lot.

So today I decided to undo everything that those idiots did with this unreliable product. Basically, replace the fittings with my own, seal the thing with my O-rings and so forth.

I discovered the little pipe plug was seeping again, the big supply line fitting was leaking and the pump itself was leaking. Additionally that expensive blue hose they supplied, now 3 years old is all cracked, dry rotted and peeling... What a bunch of junk!

Pulling the motor off again, I discovered the failed O-ring. It looks like an installation error, so that is on me, but it lasted since early winter, why did it fail now?
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #54 on: June 22, 2015, 09:37:49 PM »
Reinstalled but messy
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #55 on: June 22, 2015, 09:40:05 PM »
Here's my recommendation for fittings: Trash that junk AirDog supplies and get yourself a simple 3/8" brass barb or nipple fitting. By using that, it has a smaller base circle and therefore the socket hex which is going to leak, can be accessed

I am pointing to that pesky pipe plug in one of the photos
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« Reply #56 on: June 22, 2015, 09:41:51 PM »
Next up on this general maintenance day was to repair/replace the defective PAcAir air bag on the right rear

Obviously it had been abrading against the U-bolt plate
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« Reply #57 on: June 22, 2015, 09:43:05 PM »
Pac Air, a Canadian company makes excellent air bags. I purchased a replacement unit directly from them. They are friendly as well!
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #58 on: June 22, 2015, 09:44:31 PM »
That went right in with little fuss.

And now the air springs are helping once again.
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #59 on: June 22, 2015, 09:46:21 PM »
Those 35's look tiny!

That truck is begging for some 38's! or even 40's

Well, I couldn't stand looking at Shawn's rear cover rusting, so I got on it and prudied it all up again!
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« Reply #60 on: June 22, 2015, 09:47:48 PM »
I got on the rest of the undercarriage as well, attending to a few rust spots on the frame and suspension from last winter's salt fall and dusting of snow flurries
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« Reply #61 on: June 22, 2015, 10:00:21 PM »
I'm not really one to get excited about cosmetic stuff, but this is still a pretty new truck and still only has some 47,000 miles. So I started looking at the scratches which are EVERYWHERE thanks to that unforgiving farm "road"

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« Reply #62 on: June 22, 2015, 10:06:08 PM »
Just drive it another year or so then paint it OD green. Scratches add character.

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« Reply #63 on: June 22, 2015, 10:09:43 PM »
Just drive it another year or so then paint it OD green. Scratches add character.
Man if you only knew

I've wanted to paint that thing OD for some time, but the M.R.S. unit is really against that idea.

She said she looks hillbilly enough driving around in the truck the way it is. Funny, but the concept never occurred to me!
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« Reply #64 on: June 22, 2015, 11:43:10 PM »
Next time she rides in it have an old rocking chair tied to the top and pots hanging off the sides.
My wife tells me I'm backwoods country all the time. Funny thing is she uses my silly little phrases all the time and acts more like me the longer we're together. Took me 15 years to get her where she is. Another 15 and she'll be fully converted.

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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #65 on: June 23, 2015, 12:00:56 AM »
You know, a rocking chair would look nice up there as long as the shotgun goes along.

Those hoses do look bad for just a few years and who is that guy in the reflection there??????????

OD and 37s would be just right on there. To big n you loose the driveability.
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« Reply #66 on: June 23, 2015, 08:46:00 AM »
who is that guy in the reflection there??????????

OD and 37s would be just right on there. To big n you loose the driveability.

Guy in the reflection is my neighbor...old crotchety guy that nobody likes ;-)

OK, then goal will be 37's and OD in color!
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« Reply #67 on: June 23, 2015, 08:49:22 AM »
My wife tells me I'm backwoods country all the time. Funny thing is she uses my silly little phrases all the time and acts more like me the longer we're together. Took me 15 years to get her where she is. Another 15 and she'll be fully converted.

Haaaa!
Same thing here!
She is not only using my phrases, "Lost as last year's easter egg," and a few others

AND

She now claims they were her "Kentucky-girl" phrases all along, that I ADOPTED FROM HER!

She's too pretty to argue with, so I let it go
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« Reply #68 on: June 25, 2015, 09:43:12 PM »
I made 25 years with mine Tuesday.  Time flies.  Funny thing is that I have always been intolerant of ignorance and bad manners.  She's starting to catch up with me, though.  And the world is full of ignorant ill mannered people.  I told her if her mouth gets her in a fight, she has to take the ass whoopin.  (I'd never really let that happen, but I'm trying to tame her down a bit so she doesn't get me in any more fights.  Its been 25 years since she got me in the last brawl and I'd like it to be another 25 before the next.
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #69 on: September 23, 2015, 11:03:46 AM »
Don, what RPM do you pull at around 70? I just got 4.56 from Randys and have 35s like you. It sure seems happy in 5th vs 6th with rpm around 1900.
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« Reply #70 on: September 23, 2015, 11:13:15 AM »
Don, what RPM do you pull at around 70? I just got 4.56 from Randys and have 35s like you. It sure seems happy in 5th vs 6th with rpm around 1900.
Hmmm, err...
When I indicate 80, GPS says 76 and I'm pulling 2340, or is it 2240
I want to say that cruising at 70 I am just under 2K
My motor seems happy singing along at 2200-2300, delivers slightly better fuel economy, like .2 or so over 70mph
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« Reply #71 on: September 23, 2015, 04:03:53 PM »
I have been running mine in OD 5th, vs 6th. I think it was lugging before.

I have heard that they are happy around 2-2200 cruzing, but it seems high for a diesel, smaller V8 or not

Now, go drive SD so I can finalize my Spartan trans plans!!!
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #72 on: September 23, 2015, 05:57:07 PM »
I have been running mine in OD 5th, vs 6th. I think it was lugging before.

I have heard that they are happy around 2-2200 cruzing, but it seems high for a diesel, smaller V8 or not

Now, go drive SD so I can finalize my Spartan trans plans!!!
I'm late to the show figuring that out...That D-Max's like higher than normal for diesel cruise RPM's. Mine is running like a champ around 2200-2400. Mileage even picks up. Best mileage is country driving @50 and below. Will typically bet 18.something unloaded to/from the farm, and 16.5 towing the Armee trailer same route.
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #73 on: October 17, 2015, 08:24:54 PM »
Worked on C-Max a bit today

First up, the off road revolving pintle hitch I created is a bit longish. The weight of some of the trailer loads is playing havoc with it. I cannot shorten it as I would be drilling into the 1" bolt inside the square tube.
So I decided to replace it with the same Curt pintle I selected for SquareD.
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« Reply #74 on: October 17, 2015, 08:26:21 PM »
The rotating one shows a weight of 30,000 lbs. I believe that is the max weight and not the working weight. It has faithfully carried 10,000 all day and off road a bunch.
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« Reply #75 on: October 17, 2015, 08:27:37 PM »
The new stationary and solid Curt hitch is rated at 10 tons
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« Reply #76 on: October 17, 2015, 08:28:48 PM »
After tucking it in closer to the bumper, I marked and drilled it for the same pin, and here it is all finished and ready for that Armee trailer
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« Reply #77 on: October 17, 2015, 08:30:33 PM »
Another thing which has been bugging me is the fact that the rear barn doors lock into a flimsy 1" square tube which is not anchored anywhere except on the ends
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« Reply #78 on: October 17, 2015, 08:32:10 PM »
So I decided to use a piece of aluminum angle to make it a solid latch point instead of Mr. Elastic
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« Reply #79 on: October 17, 2015, 08:33:32 PM »
I riveted it into place for now. Lots of permanent rivets on the top and several temporary rivets on the bottom. First time I need to remove the bumper, I'll drill them and replace with 1/4" bolts
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« Reply #80 on: October 17, 2015, 08:34:28 PM »
And here it is holding things very securely...No movement at all!
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #81 on: October 17, 2015, 10:31:54 PM »
Cool
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« Reply #82 on: October 17, 2015, 10:35:38 PM »
You gotta get rid of the z71 decals, Don.


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« Reply #83 on: October 17, 2015, 11:53:41 PM »
You gotta get rid of the z71 decals, Don.


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« Reply #84 on: October 19, 2015, 11:58:43 AM »
You gotta get rid of the z71 decals, Don.


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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #85 on: October 19, 2015, 07:24:21 PM »
Seriously?

I kinda like em'
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« Reply #86 on: October 19, 2015, 10:44:31 PM »
Keep 'em. Adds character.

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« Reply #87 on: October 20, 2015, 10:44:32 AM »
I'm just bitter because the previous owner already removed mine, the Silverado badge on the tailgate, LT badge, but left the trim and the fender badging. I feel like I lost my pants somewhere and the experts say, if you have the dream where you're in your underwear, just imagine everyone else in their underwear and it won't be so awkward.
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #88 on: November 03, 2015, 07:25:42 PM »
Today was weather proofing or winterizing the undercarriage

I like this spray Amber stuff. It goes on liquid but soon dries leaving a cosmoline like coating that lasts forever.

It started off with a through washing at the truck stop.

For those who have never had their truck washed at a professional truck wash, the quality of the work far surpasses the normal car wash. The undercarriage flushing alone is worth it. It is like a grid of high pressure water that gets blasted everywhere. They also soften the water and treat the body work with chemicals which reduce corrosion. I have been going there a couple of years now. I haven't hand washed for years!
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« Reply #89 on: November 03, 2015, 07:27:12 PM »
I used a lot of the stuff. Don't worry about runs, it's just extra protection and no one will ever see it
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« Reply #90 on: November 03, 2015, 07:29:24 PM »
I sprayed a lot of the stuff into the wheel well housing to quarter panel joint. THis area above the wheel house is where dirt will accumulate, soak up salts and stay nice and moist until it burns a hole through your quarter panel. I sprayed so much that it was running out onto the ground
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« Reply #91 on: November 03, 2015, 07:30:40 PM »
I hit just about everything...three big cans worth
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« Reply #92 on: November 03, 2015, 07:33:41 PM »
The rust colored drops are not rust, but the waxy amber stuff.

The rear tires are definitely losing the fight with Mr Grizzly, the resident locker. You can see tread wear is double what the fronts have. But that super heavy duty locker has never failed and that truck always has loads of traction. I'll gladly pay a bit more for tires for the sure footed feeling that Locker provides over that junk G80 thing
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« Reply #93 on: November 03, 2015, 07:37:38 PM »
now that is a BIG difference in wear!
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« Reply #94 on: November 03, 2015, 07:52:02 PM »
Do you not believe in tire rotation Don?

Please tell us exactly what that amber stuff is,  I need to pay more attention to the underside of mine
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #95 on: November 03, 2015, 08:00:28 PM »
Grizzly + right foot= wear  ::)

never thought about a truck wash, but I do get the underbody spray.
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« Reply #96 on: November 04, 2015, 09:21:11 AM »
Grizzly + right foot= wear  ::)

never thought about a truck wash, but I do get the underbody spray.
Lockers will definitely wear the tires mo-quickly. That's why the Gov-Lock came about. Not really a locker until the wheel loses traction and spools up the clockwork. A real locker will lock up immediately under power the instant tire spin happens. So it doesn't wait until you've dug a hole and mixed up the mud to a slippery mess before giving you the dual wheel traction you need to get away from the mess.

With a heavy truck like ours, you will have to apply considerable torque when accelerating away from an intersection while making a turn. A bit too much and the thing locks, effectively spinning the inside tire. So you may be inadvertently be spinning the tire like 75 times a day without knowing it.

Tires rotated every 5000 miles. It already wore out one set on the back, these were the front tires rotated onto the back. The back tires have maybe 7500 miles more than the fronts!
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« Reply #97 on: November 05, 2015, 10:21:13 AM »
It's been a long morning don

Here you go Tex
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« Reply #98 on: November 05, 2015, 12:40:11 PM »
Good work Dave

That's the stuff!
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Re: LML Silverado Duramax C-Max build thread part 4
« Reply #99 on: November 05, 2015, 04:02:50 PM »
Looking at that tire wear, you need tougher tires. That's real excessive for that many miles. Locker or not.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
Sam