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Paul's Picks - The Great West Truck Show
In June, Senior Technical Editor Paul Abelson trolled the floor of The Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas to bring you highlights of the most innovative and practical new products out there.

By Paul Abelson, senior technical editor

Whether you call them additives, supplements or conditioners, I'm a strong believer in what they can do for fuel. They dissolve sludge to keep the fuel system clean, and control water to protect fuel lines, filters and injectors. They reduce gelling and filter plugging while lubricating the fuel system. They reduce oxidation and control organic growth.

When used properly, they provide benefit. But all too often, they are not mixed properly. Mix ratio is critical, especially with more expensive treatments. They can cost as little as $20 per gallon, but the mix ratio may be only 250 to 1 for a cost of 8 cents per treated gallon of diesel. The most expensive approaches $300 per gallon, but can treat up to 5,000 gallons for just 6 cents per treated gallon.

Determining small quantities, like 3.25 ounces for a 125 gallon fill-up, is difficult to calculate in the field and makes it hard to measure and pour from gallon or quart containers without waste. Guess low and the additive may lose effectiveness. Guess high and overconcentration risks damage to seals and fuel line, also wasting money.

Addeco Tech introduced the SS10L-B Automatic Precision Fuel Additives Injector. It is approximately 10 inches wide, 13 1/2 inches tall and 12 1/4 inches deep, including its 2.5-gallon additive reservoir. It's made of 18 gauge 316 stainless steel, with a baked-on powder coat finish for durability and corrosion resistance.

You program the Additive Injector for the proper mix ratio indicated on the additive container, and then make sure the reservoir is filled. All the driver needs do is to fill the fuel tank as usual. The Additive Injector measures all new fuel and injects the precise amount of additive into the tank. The SS10L has numerous safety features including roll-over proof safety venting (, 855-539-9146).

Back in the '70s, many fleets specified every part and component. One major LTL fleet, operating what we would consider "plain Jane" equipment, created purchase orders with more than 30 pages of single spaced line-item specifications. Those who, like that fleet's maintenance VP, wanted the most rugged and dependable clutches specified the Lipe clutch.

Setco Automotive (NA) proudly proclaimed at the Vegas show that "Lipe is back." There are two sizes, 15.5-inch and 14-inch, with torque ratings up to 2,400 lb.-ft. Besides its torque capacity, the ceramic button clutch has other advantages. It uses needle bearings on the release levers, and its clamping springs are perpendicular to the clutch face. That results in a smooth, easy releasing action. The design eliminates driveline chatter and associated wheel hop, common with current clutches (, 731-642-4215).

Logolights are custom made logos for trailers that are backlit with LEDs. They stick out about an inch on either side, but since they are not used to carry cargo, they are DOT legal. Letters are aluminum composite with solid aluminum frames and brackets. All mounting hardware is stainless steel.
Cut-out logos are digitally printed on the aluminum. Full color printing is available. Printing is then covered with an automotive clear coat finish. Due to the variability of logo sizes, shapes and colors, all Logolights are custom made (, 661-295-1011). LL