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post #46 of 49 (permalink) Old 09-20-2018, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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I live in Dallas TX and left the heater element out a few years ago when I rebuilt the fuel filter bowl, and have not noticed any different winter or summer. .
I am noticing some fuel in the valley again even though I replaced all the hoses and seals. I suspect the banjo bolt seals on the fuel pump. How did you tighten that banjo bolt without removing the turbo? I may need to replace those seals again.

For some reason, I can’t see the pictures of your truck that you posted.
Sorry for the late response, was out of town...

If you are patient, you can get to the banjo bolt with a standard open end wrench. I think it was 1 1/8" or 1 1/4"... Can't remember for sure now. It was a pain in the ass to remove because it was grimed up and the wrench only gives you a small turn at each attempt. I had to loosen a bit and then flip the wrench to get it to engage for the next small turn. If you are simply trying to tighten the banjo bolt, then it probably wont be too bad at all. Could also be the weep hole on your fuel pump that is leaking though.

1996 f-250 XLT 4x4 7.3 - 215k miles - bone stock, for now...
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So I finally bought a trailer to haul with the diesel.. We are really excited! Its a 28ft toy hauler and weighs about 5500lbs empty and about 7500lbs max when fully loaded.

The wife and I towed it home about 15 miles last weekend... I believe I have 4:10 gears so I tried to keep it around 65mph which is about 2100 RPMs. Truck seemed to do fine as far as I can tell.

The truck is 100% stock with 215k miles on it. We plan to tow the trailer from Phoenix to Glamis (California) pretty often, about a 500 mile round trip. I think its probably a good idea to install some gauges in the cab so I can keep an eye on things. Can you guys recommend which gauges would be most beneficial in keeping the truck running safely? I think trans temp is the one that I know is a must, right? Also, any particular brand that has the most complete kit? I don't mind paying a little bit more within reason if it makes the install process a little smoother or gives me the most accurate readings.

thanks guys, I love this site. Makes me love my truck even more

1996 f-250 XLT 4x4 7.3 - 215k miles - bone stock, for now...

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Hey, DAH7 glad the truck is doing good for you. I bought my gauges 13 yrs. ago from Napa just go to your local Napa and tell them that you need a boost, pyrometer and trans. temp gauge you will also, need to purchase the 3 gauge holder that mounts on your A-pillar just to your left next to the windshield. You might be able to purchase the 3 gauge holder from Napa I honestly do not remember if I bought mine from Napa or not. When you go to install the pyrometer gauge sensor you will want to install the sensor in your driver side exhaust manifold you will have to drill and tap the hole as there is not one. themule67

I have a 95 F350 PS/DRW/LB which I bought in 05' with 102,000mi from original owner as of 6/29/12 it has 920,798 mi.on the original engine.It runs great and pulls even better.It pulls commercially anything and everything that pays me money Ha,Ha.Upgrades done are an all steel cowl induction hood to help get the heat out of the engine bay,Banks inter-cooler hardware kit using a cooler from a 99 PS,TRUCOOL tranny cooler,Magtech alum.finned tranny and rear diff.covers,DP tunes 40T,60T,60E.S&W guages BST/Trans.Temp/EGT,K&N cold air intake,BD 4"exhaust,HPturbochargers did my upgrades on turbo with banks impeller(a little diff.pitch and height than the stock garrett splitter wheel) and 1.0 exh.for faster spool-up WOW!I'm hoping to hit 1 million miles or more before having to put my drop-in crate engine in.I can only hope that it will be just as good.Hopefully! I can be of assistance to any one needing help with thier PS with problems that I may or may not have encountered.GOOD LUCK!
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I just got my gauges installed for our first road trip. We towed the Toy Hauler down to the Glamis sand dunes for Thanksgiving. The truck did great and the gauges gave me a ton of feedback on how the motor was doing along the way.

As you can see in the image, my EGT's were pegged at around 1200 for the whole trip. I was running at about 65 MPH the whole way and about 2100 RPM's. I just started another thread with a slew of questions about towing, OverDrive, EGT's and MPG's haha I have a lot to learn.

I only got about 9 MPG's and my trailer only weighs about 7,000lbs. I felt like that seemed a little low. I am looking for pointers on how to use overdrive correctly, how to get better mpg's and how to keep my egt's lower... maybe even some upgrades to help some of those things...

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Hey, DAH7 glad the truck is doing good for you. I bought my gauges 13 yrs. ago from Napa just go to your local Napa and tell them that you need a boost, pyrometer and trans. temp gauge you will also, need to purchase the 3 gauge holder that mounts on your A-pillar just to your left next to the windshield. You might be able to purchase the 3 gauge holder from Napa I honestly do not remember if I bought mine from Napa or not. When you go to install the pyrometer gauge sensor you will want to install the sensor in your driver side exhaust manifold you will have to drill and tap the hole as there is not one. themule67

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