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  1. Exile

    Saw a F450 puffing white smoke......

    The white smoke from a regen smells different to me, but if it cleared up, it was probably a regen. Maybe I'm just sensitive, because I can smell it if someone in the car ahead of me is smoking a cigarette with the window open. White smoke from oil smells like burnt oil, usually has a blue tinge, you can smell it from 1/2 mile back if a car is burning enough to see. The only other reason you would get white smoke in a warm engine is if the engine gets way too much air. I have only seen this on diesels occasionally when someone clutches an engine with a turbo that's spinning fast. They can also "bark" (spin backwards) if the load is dropped too fast. You can hear it in truck and tractor pulls. It might also smoke white then.
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    South Carolina State Transport Police encounter

    Correction, needs to have sides/roof to be a camper trailer in Texas. para 14.7 of Motor vehicle title manual https://www.txdmv.gov/publications-tac/doc_download/3080-title-manual#page182
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    South Carolina State Transport Police encounter

    My limited memory of Texas law allows any type of trailer to be registered as a recreational vehicle, it does not have to have living quarters. Can’t find the cite right now.
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    Spring removal?

    Model shot of design
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    Spring removal?

    My door sticker on this truck say to run tandems at 75 psi anyway (with 36k on them), so they’re at 70-75 now. Hmm, axle wrap, hadn’t considered that danger. This suspension has a torque bar that would prevent the bottom of the axle housing from moving longitudinally, and the increased flexibility of the front spring might allow the air bag to become over extended. Good point.
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    Spring removal?

    I’m scratching my head to figure out how the ride would change if i took a leaf out of my rear springs. It is a Peterbilt air trac, so the axle is mounted under a beam with spring on one end and air bag on the other. apologies if pics don’t post
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    What happened to my shocks?

    Yes, tiedowns for towing it makes sense. thank you all for your input, i learn from all questions and answers. Answers to your questions: shocks are mechanically locked by the dent now, so they don’t stroke the shocks held the frame up, so the airbags were not deflated when this happened i did the inspection and saw it, just didn’t understand all the implications. This is a Craigslist truck, so i knew i would be doing work. And the state inspection was for an rv, so i think they just blew a lot of stuff off. This was both rear axle shocks, other axles okay. Shock is protected from tire by frame, and it was both sides.
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    Peterbilt part number source?

    Thanks, they printed 30 pages of wiring diagrams for me today, so i better bring them some donuts this Saturday, since they have to work. hadnt cone across Weldon on searches, will add it to my resources.
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    What happened to my shocks?

    Both my rear shocks were crushed like this when i bought this thing. i did not realize they were holding the suspension up, and causing issues with the levelling system until i started removing them. the levelling arm was also bashed in at the connection to the center of the diff. I can’t for the life of me figure out how this could happen. Dump trailer unhitched when raised maybe? i just don’t want this to happen to me. all surrounding suspension parts still have factory paint on them, except air bags have been changed at some point.
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    Question for the newbies.

    Thank you for the technical answer Scrap. very informative. Please keep them coming.
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    Peterbilt part number source?

    Google has not been my friend in this search. The evil Paccar empire has hidden all their part numbers inside their firewall. does anyone have any other sources? When i call them, they ask me for vin number, so i expect just shelling out 350$ for an old parts manual might not get me all the right part numbers due to the variations between trucks- suspension types, etc. any other suggestions? does anyone subscribe to the Paccar parts thing?
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    Joined ranks of hdt owners. . .

    Thanks all, have learned a lot from you all already, and I expect to ask a lot of questions. already had 40 gals of fuel stolen, and have owned the truck 4 weeks. Off to a good start, costs money even when I don’t buy anything :-0
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    Joined ranks of hdt owners. . .

    Low mileage, hard use. Should be an adventure. less than 200k on chassis, but cab looks like last three wars were fought in it. 12.7l detroit, 8LL, and omg 4.88s. Plenty of power in top gear, but not much speed. Now to squeeze all required items into a 36” sleeper. attempted link to photo below. anyone need a one line wet kit?
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    Pic test

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    Air leak detection

    It should not be leaking where the arm leaves the valve. I would not sweat a small leak, mine was gushing air. today i sourced one using goigle for “suspension leveling valve” and selected the picture that looked like mine. I expect most any of them could be used, but i am too lazy to modify the piping and arrangement to fit a different valve. mine was 89$ shipped to my door, or 350$ from dealer. or you can take it apart and change or lube the leaking o-ring for almost nothing.