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Old 05-04-2010, 11:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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off road diesel

ok i have a friend that says he read an article that said off road diesel fuel or "red fuel" is better for your engine. me and him both have 1999 5.9 cummins. he said it contians more sulfer and has more lubricants that they take out, on the on road fuel to make it burn cleaner.

He said he tried running it and he got better mpgs????

anyone else running it?

i know it is illegal but it is cheaper and if you get better mpgs it might be worth it.

anyone know if they are checking this? in Indiana and what is the fine?
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Actually a good portion of off road diesel is usually just plain ol #2 with dye in it. And all the dye is for is taxes. Or it could be #1 with dye in it.
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different states = different fines, here it can be as much as 10k. i have also read it depends if you have above a certain level in the tank.
It has been done in the past, better fuel mileage i would have to agree, lubricants im not sure of other than the red dye for tax purposes, with the EPA now im sure all diesel is diesel and when it comes from the suppliers they add if anything to it.
Not sure the added mileage gain would even come close to a ticket, but if you got the money, they sure got the fine for it
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Actually a good portion of off road diesel is usually just plain ol #2 with dye in it. And all the dye is for is taxes. Or it could be #1 with dye in it.
yeah red fuel is just dyed..
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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make sure you check your state laws for that stuff but DAAAAYUM it can have some hefty fines involved
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only illegal if it's a state or federal funded road.

and a guy i know said there has to be something different with it because he tried running a 6.0 on it and it wouldn't run. ran fine on regular diesel, but put in the offroad stuff and it wouldn't run.
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well first off he has a 6.0 thats his first problem lol
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yeah red fuel is just dyed..
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Some of us have, and still run it around here! Georgia isn't as crazy about it as much as just finding it in commercial vehicles! DOT worker told me he had more important things to do with his time, than check pov's for dyed fuel!
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only illegal if it's a state or federal funded road.

and a guy i know said there has to be something different with it because he tried running a 6.0 on it and it wouldn't run. ran fine on regular diesel, but put in the offroad stuff and it wouldn't run.
theres nothin different other then the color
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i love to prove people wrong...
Dont take a pump sticker for gospel...

Back in the day, they used to have high sulphur offroad fuel, but IIRC they have migrated over slowly to ULSD for the offroad fuel in the last few years
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I think it is just regular diesel with dye, but my friend is a Dodge technician and has told me about at least one CR that he worked needed every injector replaced cause the owner was running off-road diesel and it damaged them. I'm not sure if it's because of the fuel itself or the lack of lubricant in the fuel, or lack of proper care and maintenance performed on the truck. Doesn't seem like it's worth the risk between the possible fines and possible fuel system and engine damage.
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