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  1. porky69

    Engine heater

    Best block heater out there....no plug in required, 7 day programmable timer, only needs 2hrs to have engine at 150* or more....sold at most truck repair facilities/dealers.... Webasto Heater
  2. Don't think that just because the truck only has 40,000miles on it that stuff isn't worn out......Volvo/Pete/KW/FL/WS aren't any different than Ford/GM/Ram, they use the cheapest stuff that fills the need(which if the original purchaser is smart will spec upgrades). I had to replace shocks on my Pete at 20,000miles. Seats are a finnicky thing, some seats just about cannot be set comfortably if you have certain combinations of body attributes. I for example have relatively short legs, larger than average waist and average height and I find if I adjust some seats so it doesn't bottom out o
  3. Changing ride height does very little to change ride quality unless you are going to the very extremes(too low and it will constantly bottom out or way too high will over-extend the shocks and eventually blow the air bags out). It will change driveline angles which may cause vibration and accelerated u-joint wear and possible alignment issues. As others have indicated the factory engineers this stuff very precisely. Worn out seats or seat suspensions(seat shocks) can ruin a good riding truck. Next I would look at some upgraded shocks front, rear and cab- did this to a Pete 379
  4. I would start with quality shock absorbers.....drove a Pete with less than 100,000miles on a set of cheapish shocks and it rode like a tank, convinced shop foreman to replace them with some good ones and it was better than the day the truck was bought.
  5. porky69

    adding air lock

    See.... Peterbilt Low Air Leaf
  6. porky69

    Speed parts!

    My class 8 conversion is geared WAY to fast for my liking...if I were to regear it I would probably go somewhere in the 3.55 or 3.73 range with my low pro 22.5 rubber and keep my 3way lockers.... most people would want to keep the 3.23ish gears that are in it.... A little off topic but further to what noteven showed....amazing what properly built/equipped machines are capable of....that being said- what works for my wants/needs may not be what works for you.... If you are worried about getting a tug from a tow truck..... 4 dozers, 2 bed trucks moving one trailer O
  7. Try turning the engine brake off...I have driven trucks in the past where the cruise control would not work because the engine brake switch was in the on position. Sounds ridiculous but..... If this is the issue you should be able to have it disabled in the engine ECM settings. Also ....my Detroit powered requires the cruise control on/off switch to be turned off and then back on before the cruise control works....nothing you can change to disable this.
  8. Napa.... Napa Metal Glad hand Holder or any truck parts store should have or be able to get. For the electrical cord....these are supposedly aluminum.... https://www.summitracing.com/parts/pit-525 or https://www.summitracing.com/parts/pit-520
  9. Your new seats will probably have many, many extra mounting holes in the base. Worst case, cut the head off of the problem bolt and pick another hole nearby and mark it on the floor and either buy a kit to install a Nutsert (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Astro-Pneumatic-13-in-Nut-Thread-Hand-Riveter-Kit-with-Nosepiece-Set-AST1442/206859159) or find a local mechanic/fabricator that has them and have them install one for you. You would think that 3 bolts would be enough but you would be amazed at the forces on the base and over time the seat will rock a little and eventually come loose
  10. In the aftermarket seat world under $1000 is a relatively cheap seat truck shops don't bring in the expensive stuff cause it is a hard sell but you get what you pay for.....had a driver in the drilling rig moving company I managed who needed a "good seat" for his back and it cost us $3500cdn.....without heat or cooling.
  11. I put some Bostrom Wide Ride's with the low pro suspension, high seat back and dual arm rests in my 2000 379 Pete and loved them, but that was 15yrs ago. They were towards the lower end of the price spectrum but very comfy and well built. Unless you can find someone who has a particular seat installed in a similar model truck to yours it is just about impossible to tell how they will be in the real world just by sitting in them, something as simple as mounting them forward an inch can completely change how comfortable they are. There are a couple of things to be aware o
  12. Here on the prairies of southern Alberta we received approx 18inches of wet, heavy, crystal white snow between Saturday afternoon and early Monday morning. Here in Lethbridge and area (actually pretty much anything south of Hwy 1 from the Saskatchewan border to the BC border) it closed all schools, most roads/highways, cancelled city buses, closed university and college, etc. Even today many businesses even the shopping centers were still closed. Any non-main roads are pretty much impassable. Didn't get much more than 1 or 2 degrees below freezing. Supposed to be +7 celsius by Wednesday.....sl
  13. The grease zerk manifold behind the drivers side front spring should have I do believe 5 zerks..... I forgot about the 2 (one on each side) on the clutch fork pivots half way up the sides of the flywheel housing.
  14. Every truck is different, based on order specs and age of unit.So this is just a start..... You will have(going from memory as I owned a 2000 Peterbilt 379L about 15-17yrs ago): 1 or 2 on each brake s-cam tube(each wheel) 1 on each brake slack adjuster(each wheel) 2 front leaf spring shackle pins (rear of front leaf) each side 1 front spring pin(front of front leaf spring, right behind bumper)each side 1 output shaft of steering box 3 on steering shaft under hood (2 u-joints plus slip joint) 2 on drag link 2 tie rod ends steering king pins
  15. If you are willing to part with some cash you could always do these: Rotogrip Automatic Tire Chains or Onspot Automatic Tire Chains or Instachain Automatic Tire Chains They do reduce clearance requirements above but may need some more if you have low hanging tool/storage boxes. Oh....and as you may have guessed they are not cheap, but incedibly convenient- just flip a switch.
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