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Old 12-12-2016, 09:41 AM   #29
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My family owns a small farm in the mid-west. ULSD has been discussed greatly in agriculture news letters.
Suppliers of diesel fuel are only required to test and document levels of sulfur in the fuel, not the lubricity. Not sure if this requirement has changed over the last few years. But I can tell you that my family adds a lubricant to the bulk fuel they get to run in their older equipment. I run opti- lube in my 400 ISl but I do so at only 1/4 of the recommended dose.


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Hey smitty do you by chance know the model or part number of the fass pump you had installed in your rig? Looks like all have a filter attached and are rated in various gpm.
Here is a cut and paste out of a PM with Don.
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This was October 2015:
-FASS Adjustable Fuel Pump 95.5-04 = $459
-Misc parts (Made to order hoses from from pump to/from Lift Pump (Retain the Lift Pump housing on top, but as I understand it, that portion is separate from where the gaskets leak on the LP, so never a long term problem to worry about.). A relay, wiring, etc.) = $190.
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As Don mentioned, I did see the FASS available for a lower price online. (As I was not buying, I did not do due diligence on the companies offering them, and they all included additional shipping.) I had no problem with he costs of parts from Brazel's. Remain very pleased with the quality of components used, and craftsmanship of the install. One other shout out for Brazel's. They also provided the parts, and labor, to install a EGT valve. Some of you may remember that while traveling in Canada this year, the probe worked it's way loose and shot out of the flange bolt tapped int the exhaust manifold. McGivered the capping off of the whistling exhaust leak from this flange bolt. And pulled into Brazel's on our way South. Alan replaced the probe, and this time indented bolt that snugged up the probe, to 'lock' it onto the exhaust flange bolt. (Poor description, and probably not the right names of the parts. But he made it so that it would be highly improbable for the probe to work loose again.) All of this was done cheerfully on their dime. I appreciated this, and frankly did not expect it, as things happen with these kinds of mods. I feel it shows their commitment to backing their work. They've been good people to my wife and I!

And one other comment. When looking for FASS equipment, remember this is just the pump portion. I had a few fellow RV'er's call me with sticker shock on price, and they were looking at the full dual filter FASS setup, which of course is more expensive.

I do feel that source sort of a 'parts kits' from Brazel's, and DIY install, is doable for moderately experience and or handy owners!

And a reminder about my disclaimer about my experience as an enthusiastic coach owner, with my school of hard knocks (University of 'Burn as U Learn!') rounding out... Please be sure to do your own research, and consult with people you feel have the knowledge base to help you with decisions!

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My family owns a small farm in the mid-west. ULSD has been discussed greatly in agriculture news letters.
Suppliers of diesel fuel are only required to test and document levels of sulfur in the fuel, not the lubricity. Not sure if this requirement has changed over the last few years. But I can tell you that my family adds a lubricant to the bulk fuel they get to run in their older equipment. I run opti- lube in my 400 ISl but I do so at only 1/4 of the recommended dose.


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Many threads on Pro's/Con's of adding extra lubrication. I too came to the conclusion that running OptiLube was cheap insurance in the overall scheme of 'Cost of RV'ing!'. My main reason was it for sure was not going to hurt anything. And it could make the difference on keeping a CAPS well lubricated and assist the fuel in protecting the unit.

I also run a bottle of Techron in all our gas vehicles, every 6 months. Just what I've always done...

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Hey smitty do you by chance know the model or part number of the fass pump you had installed in your rig? Looks like all have a filter attached and are rated in various gpm.
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Fass FA D08 095G is the model Brazel's sent me, I believe it's the same one Smitty has.

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And glad you won't be spending the Holidays in prison... Who would have ever thought you were a 'Hard core illegal car parker!'
a good one...

don is the president of the hoa and hoa towed a nuthead's car for illegal parking. now he has to explain to the court himself. nice job! .

guys, i have heard many times about opti lube; guess i should step into the ring... where do you buy it? amazon has the gallon jug "XPD Diesel Fuel Improver" for $68 including shipping. is it the right one?
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Here is what I use.

It calls for 15oz for 60 gals of fuel.
Below 32 degrees it says to double it.



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Here is what I use.

It calls for 15oz for 60 gals of fuel.
Below 32 degrees it says to double it.
yep, that is the same one. thanks!
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yep, that is the same one. thanks!

I admit I cheat a little, and I could be a bit of a hypocrite in doing this.

I do have the XL available, as well as other diesel chemical warfare products! But the majority of the time I run Summer Blend, doubling the dosage, as I find that on longer trips, 2 gallons will cover my needs for that trip. (Good example, 6 months of travel this year, just over 8K miles. I still have just under a half of the second gallon.

This was after talking with a fellow XPD Opti-Lube user, that had talked with his source. This gent told him that he felt that by doubling the Summer Blend, that the lubricity level improved to just a bit lower then say the Purple XL, but had the bonus of the Cetane.

Going into the third year of this process of Summer Blend as my primary (Double dosage.), and recent Oil Analysis are looking good!

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Smitty,

Do you have any specs/size, fitting size on the fuel hose? I want to tackle this project too, I just want to make sure that I can get the hose here in the Portland area before I commit to the FASS pump system.

BTW, I was looking through my RV manuals and found an old business card of yours. You probably have hundreds but If you want it I'll send it to you
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I do have the XL available, as well as other diesel chemical warfare products! But the majority of the time I run Summer Blend, doubling the dosage, as I find that on longer trips, 2 gallons will cover my needs for that trip. (Good example, 6 months of travel this year, just over 8K miles. I still have just under a half of the second gallon.
good to know the variety of the applications... from amazon users' comments, it does appear to be standing out of the crowd. weird thing is no auto parts store carries it...
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Thanks bill & smitty. I'll tackle this job next spring when I get back home along with a fuel pressure gage,EGT gage and boost gage.
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Fass FA D08 095G is the model Brazel's sent me, I believe it's the same one Smitty has.

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Bill, that is the same part number I have on my coach as well

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good to know the variety of the applications... from amazon users' comments, it does appear to be standing out of the crowd. weird thing is no auto parts store carries it...
John, my coach is plumbed with -10 Hydraulic hose or 5/8" (its listed both ways for sale). Photo attached
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John, my coach is plumbed with -10 Hydraulic hose or 5/8" (its listed both ways for sale). Photo attached
Yep, after we picked the location to install the FASS, Alan measured the lengths needed, and had a local shop make the Hydraulic hoses for our application. One of the key things he did, and I've added a bit more myself later, is make sure the hoses are not vibrating against anything that can cause chaffing. (I added an outer sleeve at one point with zip ties to hold it place, as extra protection.)

As each installation point of the FASS could be different, it really is a coach by coach process.

Alan recommended, and I think it was a good idea, to leave the existing lines to the Lift Pump available. He capped those off. This way if I ever need to, I could re-plumb the lift pump to OEM, reattach electrical, and hopefully use it in an emergency if the FASS every has a problem....

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