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  1. Golden Helmet

    Need Injector Pump Supplier

    Exactly. While Napa and others will occasionally let a good part slip through the cracks, most of their pumps are garbage. And sure, if it's bad, they'll be happy to exchange it for another. And another. And another. Untill you decide that these IDI's are just finicky garbage and you either sell...
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    So what did you do with your truck today?

    I tried to tighten the one bolt holding my vacuum pump on, and i found out why it was loose. The pivot bolt went MIA, and the hole in the bracket for the adjustment bolt was stripped. The PO got it juuuust tight enough to hold for X amount of years, and i never had to touch it in my 8 years of...
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    Water pump install advice needed sooner than later.

    Some new pump bodies have different heights where the bolts go in, so if you re-use the old long bolts on a short housing, they'll be too long and the ends of the bolts will grind against the timing gear inside your engine. Or if that pump was already done before, it may have short bolts and...
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    Water pump install advice needed sooner than later.

    Only the 4 center bolts need RTV, the rest of the bolts don't see oil or coolant. @ OP: i used Aviation Form-a-gasket on both sides of my water pump gasket, and grey RTV for the 4 center bolts. Compare your old 4 center bolts to the 4 new ones, if the new ones are a different size, use the new...
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    So what did you do with your truck today?

    There's usually a memorial day get together in the San Jose / SFBA, it got cancelled last year due to the pandemic and i don't know what we're doing this year. Whenever the next one is though, come on by! We got BBQ and IDI's :D https://www.oilburners.net/threads/west-side-2019-gtg.85070/ This...
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    Truck Registration

    Last year it was $240, this year it was $298. For comparison, my 2012 VW was $280 last year when I bought it and $230 this year. The "weight fee" on my IDI goes up every year. At least CA uses the weight on the pink slip, not the actual vehicle weight. My truck weighs 7400 pounds, but the title...
  7. Golden Helmet

    Always inspect your truck before driving!

    Ever watched Zip Ties n Bias Plies on youtube? I feel no shame at all for my use of a bungee cord LOL Funny side detail: never once since i've owned the truck have I ever loosened the vacuum pump bolts. Every time I changed belts, when I tensioned the alternator belt it also perfectly tightened...
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    Always inspect your truck before driving!

    Because sometimes, when you're sleeping, little gremlins come out and steal bolts from trucks that won't die. I found something today that could have been a bad day for me, but a catastrophic day for a stock truck. This is just one more reason I love hydroboost. No vacuum pump, no problems :D...
  9. Golden Helmet

    Custom 60G glow plugs

    I don't know if I'll ever disembark from the "ZD9 only and all else is heresy" bandwagon, but I do appreciate you doing all this real life testing and R&D and sharing your findings with us. It's very interesting stuff and i can't wait to see the long term results. Who knows, keep up the good...
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    Which antifreeze? Changing to Aluminum radiator

    I just order 4 gallons of the pink Fleet Charge concentrate from O'Reilly's, it's the correct low silica base antifreeze with the SCA's already added to stop cavitation. You can then either test the coolant now and then to maintain the correct SCA levels, or if you're lazy like me, forget about...
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    So what did you do with your truck today?

    CALLED IT!!!!! Actually, one of the two came back as bad. The second one they said came back to life, so I can't warranty that one. And because I "bought" my new set, that effectively means I have a third, useless battery and i'm out $150. Or that's what they want, at least. They wouldn't let...
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    So what did you do with your truck today?

    Put new batteries in it today, and fighting the stealership over the warranty on the last 2. Wouldn't you know it, she fired right up like a new truck. The 1 year old batteries were toast, but i half expect them to be just fine tomorrow when I go back to the dealer tomorrow for my refund. In...
  13. Golden Helmet

    Installing cab clearance lights

    I'm not 100% sure if it's there on bullnose trucks, but on OBS trucks there's an unused plug behind the passenger side kick panel for the cab lights to plug in to. Probably the only extra wire in the whole truck that the beancounters didn't take away, not sure how the engineers got away with...
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    So what did you do with your truck today?

    Played with my batteries some more after work, they were at 12.4 and 12.7 volts. This time the GP relay didn't act weird, and the starter engaged but didnt turn the engine or make a horrid racket. Put the jump box on and that got the starter going enough to turn the engine a few degrees, but not...
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    So what did you do with your truck today?

    I only had a minute to mess with my truck this morning while the TDI thawed. Put the cables back on, put the jump box on, annnnd.... Now the glow plug relay is making that noise, too. It did that for a few seconds, then stopped and cycled the normal 10 seconds, then... same sound from the...
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    So what did you do with your truck today?

    The batteries were 12.5 and 12.7 volts when I put them in, wouldn't that normally be enough to start it? Or, if not start, at least slow crank like it did last time? These batteries are no strangers to the jumper cables, i regularly carry my "third battery" aka jump pack, but this is the first...
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    So what did you do with your truck today?

    Man, I wanted to get my truck going again today as a last little FU to 2020, it's had issues with ghosts draining the batteries so it's been down for a while. I charged the batteries, let them sit for a few days to be sure they'd hold a charge, and put them in today thinking it'd crank right up...
  18. Golden Helmet

    Do I have a limited slip rear diff?

    Check the sticker on the driver side door jamb for your axle code, then look at the axle code chart and it'll tell you what you have.
  19. Golden Helmet

    How it Works - Fuel Selector Valve (FSV) and IDI Fuel Math AKA "What fuel pump should I run?"

    Out of curiosity, if the stock FSV is proving to be a bottleneck, are there any other options we could jerry rig to our trucks besides converting to a single tank? Maybe something off a big-rig that does the same job but has larger ports? I love your write-up and especially the inclusion of the...
  20. Golden Helmet

    Oil on dipstick doesn't look right

    That's what i'd do, it sucks to throw out 2 gallons of fresh oil, but just incase that's somehow leftover from your old pump it's better to try that than jump right in and tear the engine apart. You mentioned that the oil was a bit chocolately before you changed pumps, and that your oil change...
  21. Golden Helmet

    Oil on dipstick doesn't look right

    Oil cooler, head gasket, or cracked block are the 3 main causes of chocolate milk I believe. If you had chocolate milk before replacing the water pump, those 3 become more likely. But since you just did the waterpump, thats a possibility too, but that would only be through those 4 bolts as far...
  22. Golden Helmet

    Oil on dipstick doesn't look right

    That dipstick is supposed to be for oil, not chocolate milk. Change that oil asap, and if it becomes chocolate again you've got a problem on your hands.
  23. Golden Helmet

    So what did you do with your truck today?

    I haven't been using my truck much, it's had a battery drain issue and if I leave it alone for a week it won't start. When I last tried to jump it, it was so dead even my jump box couldn't get it going, so it's been dead for a while. Day before yesterday I pulled the batteries out (they...
  24. Golden Helmet

    Looking to get into an IDI -

    "70K miles" and with ugly aftermarket wheels, tint, and cap, AND the C6 transmission, for 16K? OH HELL NO.
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    Looking to get into an IDI -

    If its not some low mile garage queen / barn find / time capsule, there's no way I'd ever consider 16k for one of these trucks, especially if that automatic transmission is the C6. You can get any cheap IDI truck and put a fresh engine, trans, fuel system, and turbo in, and pay someone to do it...

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