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Recent content by Ray2377

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    Exhaust manifold replacement

    I decided to finally try the driver’s side exhaust manifold replacement. I removed the inner fender and plasma torched most of it and sawzalled the rest to get it removed. I tried welding nuts onto 2 of the easiest to reach bolt parts sticking out. After 4 broken welds on 1 & 2 on the other, I...
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    6.5 “pops” & blows black smoke intermittently

    Just an update, it hasn’t missed since swapping the PMD. The exhaust however...
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    Replacing the exhaust manifolds?

    I just had my first experience with welding a stud onto a broken bolt. It was on my Tractors’s thermostat housing. I could get the bolt to partially turn, but then it would break off. This happened at least 5 times and I was about to order a new housing, but I cranked the flux welder to its...
  4. Ray2377

    6.5 “pops” & blows black smoke intermittently

    I just had my first experience with welding a stud onto a broken bolt. It was on my Tractors’s thermostat housing. I could get the bolt to partially turn, but then it would break off. This happened at least 5 times and I was about to order a new housing, but I cranked the flux welder to its...
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    6.5 “pops” & blows black smoke intermittently

    Can’t do anything about it now, though.
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    6.5 “pops” & blows black smoke intermittently

    I can live with a pmd every few years, if that’s all. Truck is a 97 but only has 134K miles on it. And, it’s only a farm truck.
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    6.5 “pops” & blows black smoke intermittently

    Yeah. It’s got a life time warranty through Leroy. The old one is mounted behind the battery & that’s why I put it on the bumper.
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    6.5 “pops” & blows black smoke intermittently

    It finally started the popping again while I was hauling my tractor. I plugged the new pmd in, without mounting it to the new heat sink. No popping. Drove it 30 miles with no issues and then plugged the old one back in, started popping right away. However, the new pmd was very hot already. I let...
  9. Ray2377

    Replacing the exhaust manifolds?

    Are you saying to weld onto the stud part that’s sticking out from the old manifold?
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    6.5 “pops” & blows black smoke intermittently

    My wiring seems cobbled.
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    6.5 “pops” & blows black smoke intermittently

    It’s amazing how frustrating not getting a problem can be. I haven’t had the popping issue in the last half a dozen times I’ve driven it to include today when I pulled my tractor behind it. All I wanna do now is get it to happen and then pop the new PMD in to see if it changes anything...
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    TTS Newbie & 1st Diesel

    I have not put the driver side harness on yet because I am debating cutting off the exhaust manifold and replacing. This is likely to involve a torch or in my case of plasma cutter. I am happy with the way the truck is been starting though, yesterday 25°F started on the first shot and today...
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    Replacing the exhaust manifolds?

    I can’t tell if they are bolts or studs. I found a YouTube that is pretty much like what I have. I would love to do it because the noise blows but it’s driveable. If I mess it up, I am screwed. I am having a hard time finding what to use for new bolts/studs and there seems to be a disagreement...
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    6.5 “pops” & blows black smoke intermittently

    I think that I am going to let it ride like that for a while. I still want to get it popping and swap out the pmd’s to see if it helps. I am still curious as to why the current pmd has no resistor and why it runs without one?
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    Replacing the exhaust manifolds?

    Do you have to pull the engine to replace the exhaust manifolds or can you get to them by removing the tire and inner fender? Mine, especially the driver side, are in horrible shape. Everything is extremely rusty and I expect to break off the bolts. I am going to try that welding on a nut to...
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