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RE: MOTOR OIL ?

The body panels are also stamped at the same Mexican plant. Under NAFTA parts can cross borders several times before they are completed, regardless of where the vehicles are finally assembled.
wilber1 12/12/19 03:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All battery/electric bus fleet

Edmonton is buying 50 electric buses. -30C winter temperatures are not unusual. Interesting.
wilber1 12/12/19 01:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

Quite FUNNY! I simply gave two BETTER oil filters as an option to the FleetGuard Stratapore not one person said thanks for the info. I also mentioned where they were made and that the FleetGuard changed from being US Made to now being Made in Mexico. But several go out of their way to say they have no issue with it Made in Mexico. Incredible! Maybe I should start talking about how great AMZ/OIL is, that should put a few in a tailspin. :B My truck was made in Mexico, why would I have a problem with using a filter that was made there.
wilber1 12/12/19 12:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

OEM spec oil and OEM spec filters according to manufacturers schedule. No one has ever given me a good reason to do anything different. Some European cars have oil specs of their own and you use something different at your own risk. I had a 2004 VW TDI and its pump duse engine had an oil spec that was different from other VW's. There was a big placard under the hood saying using anything else would invalidate the warranty. This particular engine used the camshaft to increase injection pressures and a specific additive was used to protect it from increased wear.
wilber1 12/11/19 01:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 CTD in Africa

Wow, not sure I've seen a thread go south as fast as this one. Good job guys. X2
wilber1 12/09/19 11:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: All battery/electric bus fleet

Indianapolis just did this, and when weather got cold, they failed. Good luck! Edit: I just checked, the article is till out there. Click here. Another... Good luck! 50 degrees is cold? Seriously?
wilber1 12/09/19 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

Because they are taxing me to fund a rebate for you to buy one...you want to buy one, fine...if the company survives, great...but when you make me pay for it, I get say.Really? What line on your 1040 relates to the EV surcharge? BTW any tax credit to Tesla Buyers ENDS December 31, 2019. Others beat me to it. Even with the tax credit coming to an end (tesla is fighting to change and extend it)...in most areas, you pay no where near the fuel tax, which is intended to pay for the roads you drive on. There has been some move to increase registration fees but so far, it's not nearly as much as the gas tax collected. So how much does a Tesla wear out and degrade the roads? Seriously? Why would it be any different than any other vehicle the same weight? Point being that most roads are designed for heavy truck traffic. The extra costs for building roads are due to truck traffic. If it wasn't for the heavy truck traffic roads would last a lot longer. So EV's and really any autos impact on road degradation is minimal. The exception being maybe a local road in a housing subdivision that wasn't designed to carry massive weights to begin with. That is why you will see posted weight limits on local roads. Just about everything you use in life comes by truck. How do you propose to pay for roads once everyone is using EV's and no longer paying fuel taxes? Right now EV's owners are getting a free ride. That can't continue forever.
wilber1 12/08/19 06:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

Because they are taxing me to fund a rebate for you to buy one...you want to buy one, fine...if the company survives, great...but when you make me pay for it, I get say.Really? What line on your 1040 relates to the EV surcharge? BTW any tax credit to Tesla Buyers ENDS December 31, 2019. Others beat me to it. Even with the tax credit coming to an end (tesla is fighting to change and extend it)...in most areas, you pay no where near the fuel tax, which is intended to pay for the roads you drive on. There has been some move to increase registration fees but so far, it's not nearly as much as the gas tax collected. So how much does a Tesla wear out and degrade the roads? Seriously? Why would it be any different than any other vehicle the same weight?
wilber1 12/08/19 08:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Have our trucks got too much power yet?

I cant think of an application where two different displacement turbo diesels are offered in the same vehicle but the Honda Accord Sport is available with two different turbo gasoline engines of different displacement and I know the smaller engine is rated to get somewhere around 10 - 15% better fuel economy. It seems to me the Honda engines are both designed to make similar power per liter. In the example I'm talking about .... a 6.7 making 475 horse vs a 5.0 making 300 I would expect a greater spread in the low load fuel economy than in the Hondas case because the 5.0 liter can be designed with a higher compression ratio than the 6.7. Nissan's variable compression ratio engine does both. Low compression/high boost for power, high compression/low boost for economy.
wilber1 12/07/19 10:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

I've never seen a train or subway that ran on batteries, including Tokyo.Batteries are not needed for a dedicated route. I understand the London tube first ran with steam engines. Doubt that was pleasant. No they aren’t. I don’t see what they have to do with battery powers vehicles. The only thing they have in common is electric motors.
wilber1 12/05/19 11:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

The problem with your theory of buggy manufacturers and diesel trains is, electric cars have been around for over 100 years. There's been mass produced electric cars on and off for all those years. How come they still aren't the "go to" form of propulsion after 100 years of refinement? ---------------------------------- Good point! I wonder if Tesla fanboys also use Unix. The arguments are the same. Ad hominem fallacy and non sequitor. I dont remember seeing or being able to buy any good EV in the past, not until Tesla built it And everyone driving one will tell you theyll never go back to fosil fuels its just that much better and I have no doubt more EVs are coming For mass transport Electric is the best most eficient mover, thats why countries w no natural resources aka oil have been relying on for half a century now with great success https://youtu.be/5SNlG_2sFXc Tokyo underground and subways https://youtu.be/9_3rtS93ilc I've never seen a train or subway that ran on batteries, including Tokyo.
wilber1 12/05/19 10:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

"Tesla is claiming a range of up to 500 miles but the truck isn't being sold yet. Mercedes is only claiming 250 miles for theirs. They will be short haul until batteries improve. From what I have heard Tesla puts out the most conservative and accurate ratings of anybody. They generally hit the predicted range if you drive with traffic. Will depend on the load. Energy out must equal energy in plus losses. The batteries are the limiting factor. Just physics.
wilber1 12/05/19 04:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

I think it's pretty obvious we're looking at what amounts to an El Camino or Ranchero, not a real pickup. Many people use their pickups as strictly grocery getters or transportation, not hauling anything much at all. I don’t see a “real pickup” as having anywhere near the facility as the cybertruck is projected to have with the exception of a “real pickup” being able to tow a fifth wheel or if you need a long box. But different people need pickups to do different things so there will be a market for the old stuff for a while yet. Fifth wheels are not near as common as they used to be with their biggest audience still being old boomers. That market will continually decline over the next ten years.Interesting that the RV market seems to be booming while you're asserting that it's doing the opposite. Unlikely that both can be happening. And you're merely reflecting wishful thinking I'm afraid. And a "real pickup" has a bed separate from the cab so it can flex and not damage the structural integrity of the vehicle. With no such flexibility, the Tesla truck would be susceptible to damage if loaded with an unequal heavy load. As I said, grocery getters and soccer moms won't be bothered with that issue. There actually are reasons behind some design parameters. Ever watch the movement between the bed and cab when there is a serious load in the truck bed? Just because you wish it so, doesn't make it so. My 08 Silverado doesnt flex at all with full load on, so that argument about necesary flex doesnt fly. Also Id think Tesla engineers who also design Space X rockets know enough on how to build Unibody Exoskeleton with that hard 30x SSteel to make it strong enough not to flex or damage under any loadSo you're saying the same engineers who design rockets are designing the Teslas pickup? I would think: "Not likely", after all designing cars isn't rocket science. HAR! That's a step-down in technology really. Reason I find it so ridiculous when skeptics are speculating Cybertruck's power drain based on Tesla X -- I'm about the scream, dude, there are already semis out there pulling 80,000 pounds and getting 500 miles range. Electric motors can move almost anything. The problem is. battery technology isn't up to the task of containing enough energy to move it very far under high load conditions. Tesla is claiming a range of up to 500 miles but the truck isn't being sold yet. Mercedes is only claiming 250 miles for theirs. They will be short haul until batteries improve. Model X or Cybertruck, it takes the same amount of energy to move the same weight the same distance.
wilber1 12/05/19 12:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Might be wrong, but I think the Ridgeline still has an in-bed box. The 2020 has a conventional bed with a gap between cab and bed just like other pickups. Ok. I haven't see a 2020 yet, but everything I have read said no significant changes. It will be interesting if they move to a conventional bed since the people I know that own one really like the in-bed storage. My only comment about in bed storage was the difficulty of getting at things in the front over sloping side rails extending from the roof of the cab. I don't really know anything about their in bed storage. I was referring to the bed being integral with the cab on older Ridgelines. The new ones have a separate bed like other pickups so they can flex in the middle when carrying heavy loads.
wilber1 12/04/19 03:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Might be wrong, but I think the Ridgeline still has an in-bed box. The 2020 has a conventional bed with a gap between cab and bed just like other pickups.
wilber1 12/04/19 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

I access my pickup bed from the side a lot more than I do from the tailgate. I'm always lifting stuff in and out over the side and have a couple of fold flat step stools tucked in either side of the bed box to make the job easier. Always having to open the tailgate and crawl up to get things out of the front of the bed would be a real PITA. Aerodynamic maybe but not very practical. With so many gadgets, maybe you can ask to customize to have the pick up bed slide out on voice command.;) So that gets you high enough to reach over the side but how long will your arms need to be to reach the bottom of the bed when you get there? I have an aluminum bed box behind the cab. If I need anything from it, I just whip out one of my folding stools and I can reach right down into the bottom of it from over the side, with the Tesla you will have to open the tailgate and climb over whatever else you have back there just to access the bed box. Doesn't Honda have already a box that is "similar" to the cyber truck. The early ones did, now they have conventional beds. Is there a message there?
wilber1 12/04/19 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

I also notice the Cybertruck has a unit body which means it will need to be incredibly stiff to avoid wrinkling the body work when people inevitably overload it. Early Honda Ridgeline. Pickups are body on frame with a gap between the cab and bed so they can flex without damaging anything when that happens.
wilber1 12/04/19 08:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

I access my pickup bed from the side a lot more than I do from the tailgate. I'm always lifting stuff in and out over the side and have a couple of fold flat step stools tucked in either side of the bed box to make the job easier. Always having to open the tailgate and crawl up to get things out of the front of the bed would be a real PITA. Aerodynamic maybe but not very practical. With so many gadgets, maybe you can ask to customize to have the pick up bed slide out on voice command.;) So that gets you high enough to reach over the side but how long will your arms need to be to reach the bottom of the bed when you get there? I have an aluminum bed box behind the cab. If I need anything from it, I just whip out one of my folding stools and I can reach right down into the bottom of it from over the side, with the Tesla you will have to open the tailgate and climb over whatever else you have back there just to access the bed box.
wilber1 12/04/19 07:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

I have a couple of fold flat step stools, they slide in between my bed box and the rail. One on each side. Cheap and practical.
wilber1 12/03/19 02:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

I access my pickup bed from the side a lot more than I do from the tailgate. I'm always lifting stuff in and out over the side and have a couple of fold flat step stools tucked in either side of the bed box to make the job easier. Always having to open the tailgate and crawl up to get things out of the front of the bed would be a real PITA. Aerodynamic maybe but not very practical.
wilber1 12/03/19 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
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