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Old 09-15-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
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Diesel with propane boost?

My mechanic, who stays on the leading edge, was telling me about a kit with a switch that could cut-in a hotter burning propane to climb those grades. Anyone running such a outfit?
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you can find out about that on diesel fruck fourms
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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My mechanic, who stays on the leading edge, was telling me about a kit with a switch that could cut-in a hotter burning propane to climb those grades. Anyone running such a outfit?
I work in refining and had never heard of this but was intrigued. The best article I can find that has a semi-technical explanation is this one.

I'd bet that this has a significantly different effect on performance, fuel economy, and emissions on large semi-trucks with huge, often older diesel engines. A newer turbo diesel performance car or new model diesel pickup will likely not see even 10% of the effects that would otherwise occur.

My biggest concern would be adding a propane tank in your pickup bed. Contrary to popular belief, your gasoline or diesel tank are not a giant fireball waiting to happen upon collision with any other vehicle or with a bullet. On the other hand, a propane tank in your bed is like putting a stick of dynamite behind your seat and hoping no one hits you awkwardly or flips you over. It already scares me that there are two of them on the tongue of the trailer...
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we used to do that for tractor pulls. the biggest plus was the giant flame that shoots out of the exhaust stack, which would be quite impressive on the interstate. here's a scenario for you, say some stupid young cop decides to give you a ticket for small mirrors or some other bs revenue-generating crap. you hit the gas bottle and scorch off the paint on the front of the squad car and make your getaway in the confusion. you can shoot other stuff in there as well, also with interesting side effects and alternative uses, like nox. go ahead, be creative. if i had a diesel, i would. oh, it also used to cook the paint off the hood over the turbo, that was impressive too. at night the hood would glow cherry-red over the turbo.
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Ouch - maybe not...
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Thanks Peter,

That was a pretty interesting article, and I've already got a big tank of propane hanging right behind my front wheel. Hmmm.
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And.....I'm certain this will do nothing to your truck warranty?????
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