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Big Decision, Propane injection???

Looks like it I am going to propane. I have been searching quietly, wondering if this would be a good option for me.

I think looking at all the costs of putting the 1.6 in that propane might actually cost me less, which is good! This rig is a trailer queen so no problems there...

I'm psyched. Anyone out there with propane experience? I'm looking for any input other than what I have searched.

BTW... I have a 8v fuel injection set-up for sale now... [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Big Decision, Propane injection???

Only successful propane injections I have seen performed were on diesels. Its like nitrous to those jokers. I've rode in a buncha HD diesel trucks with them and was impressed big time. Given you had a 8v FI for sale tells me your strapping this onto a gas powered engine???
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Given you had a 8v FI for sale tells me your strapping this onto a gas powered engine???

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No, I am converting the engine to run on propane only.

I like it for many reasons...

*No fuel pump
*It is a very safe set-up
*Little to no maintenance
*Engines last longer

*With my setup I do not need to adapt my harness any longer
*I need parts still to finish my EFI set-up all of which could add up to close of what it will cost me to convert to LPG.
*It's something different, I like that.

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Re: Big Decision, Propane injection???

Be aware that propane can eat some types of stock engine gaskets over time since it's "dry" compared to gasoline . I've seen a couple of Chevy's nearly burn to the ground from this . If you are running propane only , shouldn't be too much of a problem . The vehicles that really had the issues were dual fuel units ...
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Re: Big Decision, Propane injection???

Wonder what the cost per mile is to run a propane only rig, compared to a gasoline rig? Any idea?
Any idea as to what it would cost to convert?
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Re: Big Decision, Propane injection???

Dale,
You burn a bit more prop than gas since the Fuel value of prop is a bit lower, and the cost
of prop for your BBQ does not = the cost for a vehicle, They must add the road tax's. On
the other hand prop doesn't have the "mood" swings on price that gas does. Prop is harder
to find for fuel stations .

Some things to consider...
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Re: Big Decision, Propane injection???

back in high school my buddies truck ran on propane.

it was a ford 390 i believe. he would have to get propane like once every month or 2 depending. he would go out to an rv place to get the propane because it was cheaper than going somewhere like uhaul.
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Re: Big Decision, Propane injection???

NICE! That should be sweet when is all said and done. Are you gonna prop. inject the 1.3 or a 1.6? We ran a propane injection setup on our push vehicle at tech. school years back (chebby 350 BTW) and worked well. Was a bit thirstier,as mentioned above. I think Daxe is looking for some 1.6l stuff... [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Be aware that propane can eat some types of stock engine gaskets over time since it's "dry" compared to gasoline .

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From what I have read that doesn't seem to be an issue on a propane only rig.

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Wonder what the cost per mile is to run a propane only rig, compared to a gasoline rig? Any idea?
Any idea as to what it would cost to convert?


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There is a kit available for suzukis... here is on of the sites I have referenced. http://www.gotpropane.com/p4.html I can get most of the parts locally for less. Today I am going to search "real" costs when I find out more I'll chime in.

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You burn a bit more prop than gas since the Fuel value of prop is a bit lower, and the cost
of prop for your BBQ does not = the cost for a vehicle

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From what I have seen around my area the price is not only less than filling a BBQ tank(the volume cost) but much less than gasoline. They best bet is to fill at a large filling station rather than a place that does BBQ tanks. The taxes are less as well as the cost of fuel.

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Prop is harder to find for fuel stations .


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There are more places around that can fill than you think, the issue not running out or not being prepared if you do. I am going to have two tanks and keep one on my tow vehicle or in my garage. For the amount that the Samurai will be used in comparison I think propane will be efficient enough.

I hear the trick to high efficiency is to accomodate for the 100-110 octane of the propane.
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Re: Big Decision, Propane injection???

Brent, Check this out. Natural Gas. Jim
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