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Old 06-13-2015, 01:40 AM   #1
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Noticeable Lack of Power with head winds

Well after tackling strong head winds traveling west on I84 along the Columbia Gorge in Oregon I moved ahead with my lite mode schedule with a #11 fuel plate for my 1998 12v CTD. With my excising exhaust system with a BF air filter I can pull 22psi. and if need be I can place a Cat. Test Tube in place. I believe they do a visual on the Cat. here in Oregon's Multnomah county but not sure.

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Old 06-13-2015, 08:44 PM   #2
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Me, too--don't quite get the CTD lingo.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:52 AM   #4
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Ok ok, Cummins Turbo Diesel and the question was had anyone else experienced the head winds on the Columbia Gorge? and the other question and statement was to Dodge second gen. diesel past or presence owners was the direction I was headed in for mods. a good choice?
Just trying to get some feed back on what others have done

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Old 06-14-2015, 10:49 AM   #5
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Towing with the wind I get 11mpg. Towing into the wind I get 9mpg. That is a 20% dufference and one I can notice. Now....I am not talking 40 or 50mph head winds. Just normal 7 to 15 mph winds.

I drove north from Florida to Ohio when there was a warming wind from the south the whole way. That was an easy trip. When the opposite happens the trip is not as easy.
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I drive a Gasser.. One year crossing Texas I was reading on the Internet about the 14 MPG motor home.. I was getting 13.8.. Had a bit of a tail wind (Right around 100 MPH dead, and I mean DEAD astern,, The tumble weeds were going straight down the road and passing me like I had the brakes on.

Made up for it a couple states later.. Headwinds.. 6MPG.

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Old 06-14-2015, 01:34 PM   #7
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I "ASSUME" it's an auto? If so the best mod is to replace the injectors with stock Bosch 215HP injectors. Same injectors that came with the 5sp stick engines. From there I would throw in the "TEST PIPE" if you need to do emissions. If not get a aluminized MBRP 4" turbo back exhaust.

Be sure to install gauges! Tap the exhaust manifold for the pyrometer. 30 psi and 1250 degrees are good numbers to stick with while towing.

Play with just moving your stock fuel plate forward a bit at a time.

These trucks are easy to get good dependable power. JUST DONT RUN TOO HOT!!!! #6 will go bye bye!
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I did that run last year and the headwinds were a beast. The new Rams have so much power you just power through them. I still don't like them.
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:59 PM   #9
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Got an older truck, a 2000 Ford diesel, and with a fifth wheel I could definitely tell the difference with head winds in the western mountains. But I was also in 4th gear which is OD, and not very high RPMs.
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I installed a cooling system bypass made by Fleece performance on my 2000 CTD and it helps keep the engine temps cooler by 5 to 10 degrees. It is a separate thermostat that replaces a freeze plug that is in the back of the block below the cylinder head. It helps circulate the water from the back of the block and cylinder head back up to the existing thermostat. It will help with over heating an blowing the the head gasket on the CTD.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:44 PM   #11
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Just a quick update, thanks everyone for responding.
Well I got the #11 fuel plate install along with orffice to fool turbo to spool up faster and unregulated boost (I think)I'm basing this on years ago (ok decades) when I first started racing gas turbos that was one of the first ways learned to fool you regulator by playing with hole sizes. I may put an adjustable controller I have on the shelf still. It all depends on when I talk to the retailer and their reply to a couple of questions. On the road test 3rd (drive) slight incline 27psi boost gauge was not study where stock set up sweeping to 22 (1100 degrees Blue mountains). It was a nice even climb but with the #11 plate you do notice how fast it gets up to speed over the stock one.
True test will be next week pulling my TT south into Cali.

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