The pre-2006 Duramax requires all of the components in this 2006 and later kit plus 4 of our High Flow Valves and a NADA Controller to keep cool diesel flowing past the FICM - see the Categories column at the left side of this page for those items. This makes our kit for the pre-2006 Duramax expensive, but not as expensive as a new FICM over and over again!
1. TTVTM with VM2, with a 2 micron filter element, Vegtherm Mega, etc. See categories menu at left.
2. We incllude a 26-plate HotPlate stainless steel flat plate coolant-fuel heat exchanger. See categories menu at left.
You'll need a 2nd tank, either from us or something you purchase elsewhere. Here's our Tanks page and for tanks from other vendors, see our faq. (And you'd want one of the 4 Universal Truck Tanks.)
Your 2nd tank will require a reliable and leak-proof fuel heater/heated fuel pickup. We sell the all-stainless HotFox, described and available for purchase here for $209: See categories menu at left.
None of our kits ship with fuel or coolant hose, or hose clamps. We tell you where to buy those items, and how to bundle your hoses to create a hose-on-hose assembly (see the faq section for why we feel hose-in-hose to be unsafe) and you'll spend about $150 to $200 for hose and clamps.
Unlike most of the other kit vendors, we don't have a one-size-fits-all kit for most vehicles: rather, we offer choices that you'll make based on your budget, the climate in which you drive, the length of your commute, etc. Which of course can be confusing. The following links will help you decide if the VegMax or the Vormax is the best filter for you, whether or not the 6-port valve that ships with the 6.0 Powerstroke kit is right for your climate and driving style or whether you want to upgrade to 2 or 3 3-port valves; and whether your 2nd tank is something you buy from us or from other vendors (links provided.)
(And the advantage of 3 High Flow Valves over 2 is quicker purge times, which means less purchased fuel used, but also is of benefit with a VOController, since you may decide to opt for the all-automatic option when programming the controller (not only auto-switchover from diesel to vegetable oil, but auto-purging: turn off the key, lock the doors, and walk away while the vehicle continues to run until the diesel has purged the vegetable oil from the system. An unattended but running vehicle is a carjack target (even though you've got the key in your pocket and the vehicle will stall once the purge is complete) so a quicker purge time helps keep the idiots away. (And "quicker" is hard to quantify - it depends on the vehicle. But a typical passenger car will see purge times shortened from 2-3 minutes at idle to less than a minute, and a truck's purge can be 3-4 minutes at idle with 2 valves, and about a minute with 3 valves.)
The following will help you decide if the VegMax or the Vormax is the best filter for you, whether or not the 6-port valve that ships with the basic $450 or $650 kits is right for your climate and driving style or whether you want to upgrade to 2 or 3 3-port valves, and whether your 2nd tank is something you buy from us or not, please read the following:
1. "Used Cooking Oil Fuel the Easy Way"
2. "Cross-Contamination with a 6-Port Valve - a Problem or Not?" ( FAQ)
3. "Our Tanks and Cheaper Tanks" ( FAQ )
4. Vormax or Vegmax (FAQ)
(Note - the 3rd valve, if you opt for 3, allows you to un-loop the returning fuel at shutdown or purge. For info on the benefits of looping the returning vegetable oil, see FAQ Un-looping the return at purge results in quicker purge times, aka less $ spent on purchased fuel.)
If you opt for 2 or 3 3-port valves instead of the default 6-port valve, you need a controller, and we sell the $550 VOControls deluxe controller with LCD display. See categories menu at left. The Installation Manual does not ship with the product. Rather, we send it to you in PDF format when we send you a shipping confirmation. We also tell you where to download Adobe Acrobat, in either Windows or Mac versions, in case you don't have it, so that you can open the PDF attachment.
Not included are coolant or fuel hose or hose clamps. The manual tells you where to buy them at local auto parts stores or online. We do this to keeps the cost of the kit down - hose is bulky and expensive to ship. Also when we shipped hose, years ago, we had to include enough for a worst-case scenario; that is, long wheelbase trucks with an 8' bed and an extended cab need more hose than a shorter truck,and customers would either want to return unused hose, feel badly about taking it to landfill or were loath to add it to the other junk in their garage. And of course they'd paid for that unneeded hose. As for hoseclamps: we give you a phone # for McMaster-Carr and the part number for their finest hoseclamps, and if you order before 5 and you live west of the Mississippi you'll have your clamps by 10 AM the next morning, 10 AM the following day if you're east of the Mississippi. You'll pay less than if we included them in the kit and you can easily order more if you add a heating component like a HotFox or HotPlate later The cost for an average passenger car for hose and clamps will be under $150, and for a truck, under $200.
We tell you how to assemble a hose-on-hose assembly. You'll bundle the synthetic rubber fuel lines with the synthetic rubber coolant lines so that the hot coolant exchanges it's heat with the fuel in an adjacent line. Hose-on-hose is easier to run that hose-in-hose but more importantly, you avoid the risk of losing the coolant due to an imperfectly installed compression fitting, or a compression fitting that loosens over time, with the very real possibility that your engine will overheat, resulting in a blown head gasket, cracked or warped head, cracked block or all of the above.
A NOTE ON TANKS:
We do not include tanks with these kits as many people do not need in-tank heat (see above) and our kits are not dependent on in-tank heat to work. Therefore, a wide range of tank options is possible. Customers have installed the Hotfox, if needed, in almost any conceivable tank. Some vehicles have two tanks. One can certainly be used if you wish, for SVO. We recommend the tank be removed, cleaned, install the Hotfox while removed, and then reinstalled. Others have used surplus tanks, recycled tanks, Tidy Tanks, Northern Tool truck bed tanks, tanks with tool boxes as part of them, plastic marine tanks, RCI aluminum tanks from www.summitracing.com, dune buggy tanks from www.jegs.com, etc.
Basically, with our kit you are not locked into buying a tank from us and you have a wide price range, size, and mounting locations to choose from.
If you do get one from us, it will be thicker aluminum and a stronger, better tank than others sell, with a method of filling that is convenient, and your spare tire will stay in the car, typically, in the spare tire well. Any tank you use must be properly installed, mounted solidly, vented, etc.
Here's our Tanks page and for tanks from other vendors, see our FAQ.
CAN YOU INSTALL THIS KIT?If you are a capable and careful "backyard mechanic". If not, get help from a friend who is, or from a professional mechanic who is willing to read our instructions and work with you/us, or get one of our dealers to install it - see our Dealer page. (In that case, have the DEALER order your kit for you, it costs you the same either way and they get their dealer discount.)