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How cold is too cold

I am about 90% finished with the re-motoring of Casa Azul with a 5.9 from a 1997.5 dodge 2500.

Due to space constraints from the starter, I had to remove the fuel heater. My local "big truck" guru's (I'm on the coast half way between LA & SF) say that unless I'm spending a lot of time in really cold climates...There is no need to worry about the fuel heater. I will still have the air heater and if necessary I'll relocate the fuel heater. Am I OK without a fuel heater????

I mostly travel in Baja & have a saying about ice...

"The only place I want to see ice is in my Margarita!"

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Here is a picture of my York air compressor/ dual alternator set-up


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For the area you live/drive I wouldn't be worried about the lack of a fuel heater. Lots of diesel powered equipment do not have fuel heaters. I doubt that your heater ever comes on unless you get into freezing temps.

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you'll be fine.

that compressor/dual alternator setup is pretty bad arse!

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Thanks guys!!!!

Soon Casa Azul will be on the road with double her former horsepower!


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I don't have a fuel heater on my truck here in Northeast Ohio and I don't have any issues. My truck sits out overnights as well. You'll be fine. Just carry some additive with you if you think it's gonna dip below freezing.

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I was in Laramie, WY for the last 2 months. My fuel doesn't go through any type of heater since I changed to the Air Dog, and I've started at -22 or somewhere around there many times.

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what about the spacer behind the lift pump, which is the mount for the fuel heater. im thinking its 5mm.. by removing this bracket and the heater, will this change the stroke of the plunger on the lift pump or cause premature wear?
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Very observant!

I milled up an adaptor.

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Wow, that is a nice looking dual alternator/compressor setup.

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Wow, that is a nice looking dual alternator/compressor setup.

I agree. I use the same York compressor on my rock crawler for tools and tires. It makes an unreal amount of air. Do you have more pictures or info on how you mounted it? Build or buy the bracket? The plumbing is a no-brainer for me. I just haven't seen one mounted on that motor yet.
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