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Forum: 5.7L (345 cu in) HEMI V8 Specific Topics 07-11-2010, 11:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,825
Posted By Smitty
The point of installing an aftermarket exhaust is...

The point of installing an aftermarket exhaust is to reduce back pressure; the reason for the loss of power is an improperly sized/designed exhaust system. Improper pipe size is the most common...
Forum: 2009 Dodge Ram Forum 07-09-2010, 07:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,278
Posted By Smitty
Are there any baffles or mesh in the top of the...

Are there any baffles or mesh in the top of the catch can? So many that I have seen are just a tank with an inlet and outlet which is not very efficient at removing the oil.
Forum: Washing & Waxing 06-30-2010, 11:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,895
Posted By Smitty
Chances are the acids in the bird crap etched the...

Chances are the acids in the bird crap etched the clear a bit, I have had it happen many times and has to polish the spot out with a cutting compound. The clay bar will do nothing if the clear is...
Forum: Oil Change 06-24-2010, 09:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,147
Posted By Smitty
Synthetic oils do not suffer from the same level...

Synthetic oils do not suffer from the same level of thermal breakdown as mineral oils, in addition to having a higher flash point. The level of contaminants absorbed by the oil will be essentially...
Forum: Washing & Waxing 06-24-2010, 08:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
Posted By Smitty
A clay bar will do absolutely nothing for...

A clay bar will do absolutely nothing for scratches and I would avoid that rubbing compound all together. I can't think of a single reason to use that turtle wax compound, you may as well use a...
Forum: Washing & Waxing 05-22-2010, 12:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By Smitty
It doesn't foam until it exits the nozzle when...

It doesn't foam until it exits the nozzle when there is a pressure change. Heat is more of a problem for most pressure washer pumps. I don't use it either because low pressure soap is useless.
Forum: Washing & Waxing 05-21-2010, 01:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By Smitty
Almost every pressure washer, even the cheap...

Almost every pressure washer, even the cheap electric ones have low pressure injection nozzles on the side of the pump. You can also purchase high pressure injectors which install on the pump inlet...
Forum: Washing & Waxing 05-16-2010, 10:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,532
Posted By Smitty
The swirls are caused by the abrasives in the...

The swirls are caused by the abrasives in the rubbing compound, the swirls are small scratches in the clearcoat. Wax only covers up the swirl marks, the only way to virtually eliminate the swirl...
Forum: Oil Change 05-09-2010, 04:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,450
Posted By Smitty
Changing your oil is not going to make a...

Changing your oil is not going to make a difference in performance that you can feel, don't get me wrong I am an Amsoil dealer and use it in everything that has an engine/moves but the performance...
Forum: Brakes 05-09-2010, 04:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,183
Posted By Smitty
Try bleeding the brakes to start with.

Try bleeding the brakes to start with.
Forum: Dodge Ram Detailing and General Maintenance Forum 05-09-2010, 04:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,119
Posted By Smitty
I wouldn't go with less than about 1000 grit on...

I wouldn't go with less than about 1000 grit on plastic to begin with, start with a finer paper, if it is not aggressive enough then move to a more coarse paper. Make sure you pre-soak the paper and...
Forum: Washing & Waxing 05-07-2010, 12:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By Smitty
Are you using a low pressure nozzle when trying...

Are you using a low pressure nozzle when trying to apply the soap? Most pressure washers use a low pressure soap/chemical injection nozzle and will not operate at maximum operating pressure. I have...
Forum: Washing & Waxing 05-07-2010, 12:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 685
Posted By Smitty
If you are going to invest anything in a polisher...

If you are going to invest anything in a polisher the Porter Cable 7424 is a good choice, wax applicator machines such as the Simonize are useless for surface correction, they are simply a substitute...
Forum: Washing & Waxing 03-28-2010, 03:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 762
Posted By Smitty
When you say compound the scratches out, I assume...

When you say compound the scratches out, I assume you mean by hand? If so I would try and avoid abrasive rubbing compounds that you apply by hand. The uneven and often aggressive nature in which...
Forum: Rust Repair 03-19-2010, 02:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,534
Posted By Smitty
Try a cleaner wax or pre-wax paint cleaner before...

Try a cleaner wax or pre-wax paint cleaner before applying any abrasive polishes like rubbing compounds. I would avoid using any rubbing compounds by hand unless you have a rotary buffer that you...
Forum: Dodge Ram Detailing and General Maintenance Forum 03-19-2010, 02:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,277
Posted By Smitty
Well if they are stainless then chances are they...

Well if they are stainless then chances are they are not chrome plated. Most tips are made from 304SS which contains high levels of Chromium. This chromium in the stainless steel forms an oxide...
Forum: Exhaust 03-19-2010, 01:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,083
Posted By Smitty
The whole idea of an aftermarket exhaust is to...

The whole idea of an aftermarket exhaust is to reduce backpressure. A small leak in the exhaust is not really going to cause any major issues like stalling.
Forum: Washing & Waxing 03-03-2010, 04:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,050
Posted By Smitty
I don't doubt that the black wax will hide some...

I don't doubt that the black wax will hide some imperfections, I had some of the Turtle Wax color match wax in green and black back in the day. I was never satisfied with the short term results that...
Forum: Washing & Waxing 03-02-2010, 08:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,050
Posted By Smitty
Yes, but the oils and polymers is the polishes...

Yes, but the oils and polymers is the polishes are intended to essentially help fill or blend out the scratches in the clear temporarily. None of these products will remove the scratch, just how the...
Forum: Washing & Waxing 03-02-2010, 07:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,050
Posted By Smitty
It doesn't matter what color the base coat is,...

It doesn't matter what color the base coat is, the only part that you are applying wax to is the clear coat. For that reason it doesn't really make sense to use a wax or polish with a pigment. I...
Forum: 2009 Dodge Ram Forum 03-01-2010, 02:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 905
Posted By Smitty
Every single car I have ever driven has a lower...

Every single car I have ever driven has a lower driver side light, this is no more apparent than on a vehicle equipped with a projector HID light assembly with a good cut-off. Usually reflector...
Forum: 2009 Dodge Ram Forum 02-28-2010, 08:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 905
Posted By Smitty
The left side is intentionally aimed lower to...

The left side is intentionally aimed lower to reduce glare to oncoming traffic.
Forum: 2010 Dodge Ram Forum 02-26-2010, 04:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,057
Posted By Smitty
Leveling kits may work in the short term, but the...

Leveling kits may work in the short term, but the increased stress on CV joints and ball joints are going to significantly reduce usable life of these parts. The high angles on the CV joints alone...
Forum: Custom Dodge Ram Performance Mods - Engine - 5.7 HEMI V8 02-25-2010, 09:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,016
Posted By Smitty
Synthetic oils are not "thinner", if you are...

Synthetic oils are not "thinner", if you are comparing two oils of the same grade they have to meet the same standards for viscosity.
Forum: Exhaust 02-11-2010, 04:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,204
Posted By Smitty
None, most aftermarket cat back's are designed...

None, most aftermarket cat back's are designed with a pre-existing muffler the company has on its shelf and chances are they are not designing a specific muffler just for a single engine application....
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