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ONCE AGAIN IT'S TURNING COLD AND I'M SEEING POSTS ABOUT HARD TO START AND GLOW PLUG ISSUES.I'VE BEEN THERE AND HAD THE SAME PROBLEMS AS SOME OF YOU OTHERS.WELL I FOUND SOMETHING THAT HAS WORKED GREAT FOR ME AND SAVED $$$$ ON GLOW PLUGS,IT'S A MANUAL CONTROLLER FOR THE GLOW PLUGS,GIVES ME CONTROL OF WHEN THEY ENERGIZE,SO THEY DONT CYCLE EVERY TIME I START THE TRUCK,ONLY WHEN I ENERGIZE VIA A PUSH BUTTON SWITCH,OK I'LL QUIT TALKING AND POST THE INFO. GO TO EBAY MOTORS TYPE IN ITEM#320800599383 INTO THE SEARCH BOX HOPE THIS WILL HELP SOME GUYS OUT.

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I sent the Ebay seller this

"I have set up "push button GP relays" on several trucks. They all work very well except on the 7.3 IDI engines, I kept burning up the glow plugs.

I got the issue figured out. The 7.3 IDI (bullet connector) GPs are 5 volt (6 volt system) that is why there a resistor on the GP controller.

The solution is to use 6.9 (blade connector) GPs are 12 volt, and are the same size as the 7.3 IDI GP.

http://www.dieselrxproducts.com makes a dual coil 6.9 IDI glow plug that I use in my 7.3 IDI trucks and they work very well."

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so would putting is a ballast resistor have the same effect as the glow plug controller for the 7.3's? when i did my motor swap i left the 6.9 harness in and switched all the connectors cuz i thought the 7.3 gp's were supposed to be better.

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I don't know how a ballast resistor works. The 7.3 IDI GP get hot much faster.

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I put the glow plug relay off ebay in my truck 2years ago,and wired it per the instructions,and i've had no problems at all,you hold glowplugs energized for no more than 10 seconds,i'm still running same glow plugs as when i put it in,i'm interested in the wellman 2 coil glowplugs,for the next time,
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i am not running any of the gp controllers, 6.9 or 7.3. i just have it wired from the relay to the switch to the gps. i hold for a 10 count and let off, start cranking on the starter while holding the switch again for 10. truck usually starts right up doing that. though i noticed it doesn't fire as quickly as it did last year when they were new. hope i didn't fry them by not having a resistor.

- a ballast resistor works by taking the voltage from 12 down to i dunno what. they were used on old cars and trucks to lessen the voltage going to the coil.

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Couldn't quite remember,so i checked on mine,it's on a manual switch,but it still uses the glowplug controller to control the voltage,which is at 9volts.
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There is no GP system on these that uses current limiting (a resistor) to keep the GPs alive. That big squiggly bar is more of a buss-bar than a resistor.

The 6V GPs are alive because they are NOT CONTINUALLY ON, but are cycled.

Guys, the GP system in our '93 is FACTORY, 19 years and only ONE set of GPs and one relay. You are not likely to "engineer" anything better or more reliable.

There are two real keys to longevity of the GP systems, neither are voodoo:

1) Use OEM parts
2) Know HOW it is supposed to work and keep it that way

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When I use the manual bypass switch for the glow plugs I have great results. My wife and daughter tho fried new Beru plugs in 2 months. I went back to the stock controller but they sell them solid state now. It actually works better than the bypass switch IMHO. Cold or hot the truck fires right up. Never any extra cycles or needing to cycle it twice. $70 has made it too easy even when single digits to start my truck. I did leave the bypass switch installed just in case.
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