Great job of the installation.....
However, am I correct in saying that you've only used ONE of the Amsoil brackets to hold the head unit to your own thick mounting plate?
I realize that your set-up was older and in storage for a few years, so maybe Amsoil didn't originally supply the TWO brackets at that time.
They do now....and they HIGHLY RECOMMEND that both brackets be used to hold the head unit. There is a heck of a lot of weight on the 90 degree factory bracket when those 2 filters are full.
You can imagine, just by looking at it, that that bracket will eventually fail. The addition of the second bracket, that bolts onto the top will greatly relieve the stress on that lower bracket.
I think Amsoil changed their bracket set-up because some were breaking, causing catastrophic loss of oil. The one you have is shaped like an hour-glass and is designed to only be used on the under side of the head unit. The current/revised brackets are different and MUCH stronger. I strongly suggest you consider getting the top bracket to add to you existing one.
Cheers from Australia,
Yes, that's correct. I used one bracket and it was the one that came with the unit. Both filters hold a total of 1.5 - 1.75 quarts of oil. With the weight of the oil, filters, and system itself, there is a fair amount of weight hanging there, but it seems like the Amsoil bracket is pretty stiff. I'll have to call Amsoil and find out why they went with different mounting brackets.
So, here's the latest update. The weather warmed up, the monsoon set in and melted all the snow and washed away all the salt on the roads. I had to get my 5th wheel over to the dealer for some warranty work, so I pulled the truck out of winter storage, coupled up and took it for a 220mi round trip road trip. I took my temp gun with me to get some readings. I'm definitely changing the hoses out on my system. I was getting temp readings off the filter adapter at 170*, the hoses were in the 130* mark, and the filters were in the 140* range. Being it was a mild 50* outside, I can just imagine the temps are gonna climb when summer gets here.
As far as the rest of it, with these Michigan roads totally sucking right now, we managed to hit some pretty bad spots and flexed the suspension of the truck pretty well. I was a little worried the front torsion bar would make contact with the filter, or something would spring a leak, etc... Needless to say, everything worked flawlessly. I got home and crawled under the truck for some inspection and found some oil on the torsion bar, but it was some residual from when I converted all this over. Factory filter placement and design is pretty poor. Fords are mounted vertical and nothing in the way and same with the Cummins. But I don't have to worry about it anymore. As far as the oil visually being any more clean with the new filter system installed, I didn't check. I'll try to remember when I pull it back out to go and pick up the trailer.