When I modify my truck, I do so by locating and purchasing as many Junk Yard Truck Parts for the modification as I can. The easiest way to get used truck parts is to find a quality junk yard with OTR trucks. I have been known to spend hours with my tool bag at my favorite junk yard collecting Truck Parts. I enjoy the time invested in saving money while collecting parts to improve my trucks performance and profitability.
When truck owners
see my truck and ask about my modifications they are shocked and in
disbelief when I tell them that the majority of the parts I used are
Junk Yard Truck Parts. Take for example the picture of my 1999
International 9900i shown above. As you can see I added 2 fuel tanks
on the drivers side. The first is a 30 gallon fuel tank for my APU
mounted directly in front of my first drive axle. The other is a 130
gallon fuel tank for truck fuel mounted below the drivers door. On
the passenger side of the truck I added another 130 gallon fuel tank
for the truck below the passengers door. With my original fuel tanks,
that is a total of 560 gallons of truck fuel and 30 gallons of APU
fuel! I purchased both 130 gallon fuel tanks, their carriers, their
straps and all mounting hardware for a total of $300.00. If I had
purchased all those parts new it would have cost an estimated
$4,000.00. By using Junk Yard Truck Parts I saved $3,700.00. The
best part is I improved my trucks performance and increased my
profits by more than .30 cents per gallon of fuel!
After I decided to
add the fuel tanks, I had to decided where and how to mount my
battery box. You guessed it, I found my solution using Junk Yard
Truck Parts. I simply walked around the junk yard looking at
different trucks and focused my attention on the older trucks since
they had different battery box styles and mounts. And I saw my
solution on an old International cab over. A battery box mounted
right behind the cab on the frame rails. Because of the other parts I
was purchasing that day (fuel tanks, hangers, straps, etc.) it’s
Watch for my upcoming post “How Does IFTA Work?” to see why I added 3 fuel tanks to my truck and exactly how I did increase my profits by more than .30 cents per gallon of fuel. I must read for any truck owner.
If you would like to learn more about modifying your truck using after market truck parts, lowering your maintenance cost and saving money, read my post After Market Truck Parts.
Once you have successfully financed your truck it won’t be long until you want to improve your profits. Using after market truck parts to modify your truck can lower your maintenance cost and save big money every year. I have had amazing success with some products while others left me disappointed. My best after market truck parts successes include oil by-pass filters, heated fuel filters, and tire inflation systems. My worst experiences were early on in my truck owning career because I failed to use common sense. Don’t make the same mistakes I did. Before you buy after market truck parts there are a few rules to remember.
1. Ensure you
really want or need any product before you purchase it! If your goal
with after market truck parts is to increase your profits at the end
of the year then you need to verify the ROI (return on investment).
The only way to do this is to verify that your total cost paid for a
product is lower than the estimated savings in 1 year. If it is a
larger purchase and your ROI plan is for 3 years, then multiply your
estimated annual savings by 3 and compare it to your total cost of
automatically believe what the salesman is telling you. Ask for
references that he has already sold the product to. Talk to other
truck owners who are using, or have used, after market truck parts
because they will provide you with their uncensored product
information. Truck Owners that are not referred to you by the
salesman are your most reliable resource for the performance of
after market truck parts.
3. Look for any
competitors that might offer a similar product. If you find one then
repeat rule #2 until you decide on which product you are going to
4. Keep looking to
improve your trucks performance by using after market truck parts. In
doing so it helps you stay competitive with your competition while
maintaining your profit margin.
After market truck parts aren’t the only way to lower maintenance cost and improve your profit margin. In my next post, Junk Yard Truck Parts, see how I dramatically reduced my fuel cost by over .30 per gallon!
As I frequently do,
I have learned another lesson the hard way. All oil By-Pass filters
are NOT equal. About 8 years ago I purchased the FS2500 oil By-Pass
filter from Filtration Solutions. It did and excellent job! All my
oil contaminates remained consistently low. On a couple of occasions
certain contaminants began to climb. Both times my oil analysis
company identified the failing parts correctly and I made the repairs
for minimal cost, on my terms and in my shop. The combination of the
FS2500 and oil sampling saved me thousands of dollars in repairs and
maintenance on 1 truck.
I parked my truck for 1 year while I was deployed to the middle east with the Indiana Army National Guard. When I returned I prepared to put my truck back on the road. I was introduced to the AmsOil BMK30. I was enticed by the spin on filter and the 20,000 miles between filter changes. Believing the AmsOil BMK30 was the way to go, I elected to replace the Filtration Solutions FS2500 with the AmsOil BMK30. It didn’t take long for me to discover I had made a terrible mistake. With the AmsOil BMK30 all my metal contaminants began to increase. While using the AmsOil BMK30 the metal contaminants in my engine the far exceeded any level of contaminants I had experienced with the Filtration Solutions FS2500. I removed the AmsOil BMK30 and put the Filtration Solutions FS2500 back on my truck. The results were immediate. My contaminant levels dropped and returned to the same low levels I had enjoyed from the first time I installed the Filtration Solutions FS2500.
While using the
AmsOil BMK30 I discovered significant differences between the filters
I had not considered before making the change.
Changing the Oil By-Pass filter using the FS2500 is a far cleaner than any spin on filter… especially while on the road.
When sampling your oil every 10,000 miles instead of every 20,000 miles you are far more likely to identify engine issues and repair them before they become an expensive repair or even unaffordable break down on the road.
The FS2500 doesn’t cost a single penny more and provides the very best protection for any diesel engine.
The FS2500 filter element holds a nominal 1 quart. The AmsOil EABP120-EA replacement filter holds an unnecessary and expensive 1 gallon of oil.
Filter Element: $32.95 EABP120-EA: $45.80
Shell Rotella T6: $5.50 (1 qt) Shell Rotella T6: $21.99 (1 gal)
Total Cost: $38.45 or 004cpm Total Cost: $67.79 or 004cpm
I will never make the mistake again of trying a different oil By-Pass filter. I am a Filtration Solutions customer for life. I would encourage all truck owners to give very serious consideration to purchasing the Filtration Solutions FS2500. For maximum results and profitability always perform regular oil testing to reduce repairs and maintenance costs while extending the life of your equipment.