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couple of ??? about hydros

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i was thinking about putting bags on my truck but im starting to lean to juice now. the truck is a 89 suburban its already dropped 4/6. how long to the batt last or does it depend on how many you are using? do you have to charge each batt seperatly or can you get a special charger to do them all at once? i read alot about fires with hydros, how big of a problem are they or do they just happen if you have junk equpiment? are the very dependable cause this is my daily driver? what kind of setup would i need to do F.B.S.S? how does the voltage affect performance. when people are talking about how many pumps they have how does that work. can 1 pump run a whole system or do you need 1 per wheel. most of these questions prob seem dumb but the only experence i have with hydros is on a plow truck so be easy on me
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how long the battery last depends on the reserve capacity, and how frequently you hit switches..

you can either disconnect each battery and charge it individually, or buy a multicharger that will charge a group of bateries..

i thinkn the fires are mostly from solenoids popping, or getting the motors super hot from constant switch hitting. In an enclosed trunk, the gasses from the batteries can flame up if they are ignited from an arc..

hydros can be dependable if you use quality components, and perform some basic maintenance on the setup.. if you want juice, read up as much as you can on it. It seems the people with the most problems are people who paid to have theirs installed, and know nothing about how they work.

for true FBSS, you need 4 pumps, or a crapload of valves..

more voltage to a pump will cause the motor to spin faster, increasing flow, but shortening the life of the motor..

yes, 1 pump can run a whole car, but it requires lots of valves..

the most common setup includes 2 pumps and 4 dumps.. 1 pump to the front and one to the back. and a dump for each wheel..

also common is a three pump setup, 1 pump with 2 dumps to the front, 1 pump and 1 dump to the right rear wheel, and 1 pump 1 dump to the left rear wheel... this will let you do power 3 wheels and standing 3's..

4 pumps is commonly 1 pump and 1 dump to each wheel..

obviously there are variations in the setups that people run.. but those are the most common for street vehicles it seems.

if it's a daily and ride quality is a concern, you can add accumulators to the setup..
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would it even be possible to do a standing 3 w/a suburban or would my frame just twist and buckle my body
damn, thats a heavy mofo...
might be hard to offset all that weight..

what year burban? most big as tanks like that have super strong frames to begin with I thought..
how long to the batt last or does it depend on how many you are using?

how long the batteries last depends on how switch happy you are. my first setup was a ten switch, two pump, four battery (48v) setup. i would just trickle charge a different battery every night and i never had any problems. they have a charger now that will work with you car's electrical system to charge as you drive. try for more info on that.

i read alot about fires with hydros, how big of a problem are they or do they just happen if you have junk equpiment?

i had one fire with that setup and that was after two years of having it in my truck. the problem that i had went back to a solenoid but was caused by frayed cable going between two of my batteries. i've had fires with other setups but they were at shows and due to the high voltage that i was running. fires can happen on a daily low voltage setup though. installation is the key to having a reliable setup.

what kind of setup would i need to do F.B.S.S?

seeing how this would be your first setup i would suggest a two pump four dump kit. a one pump kit with a special manifold will give you the same moves but will be much slower, wear out sooner, and cost about the same as a two pump kit. a two pump kit will provide you with a pump for the front and a pump for the back. most companies offer these kits for around $1000. this kit will enable you to lift the front or back in unison and dump individual corners. running a pump to each wheel will give you individual lift as well as dump. you can imagine the power difference when you have one pump going to each wheel as opposed to one pump to the front or back.

how does the voltage affect performance.

the more voltage you run the faster the motor spins. the faster the motor spins the more fluid is pumped to your cylinders. when you up the power to your pumps then you open the door for more potential problems.

if you do decide to juice your ride choose your installer wisely and keep asking questions. hope this helped.......
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the truck is a 89 and it is huge. couldnt you use a engine driven pump or are they to slow? another thing is that i would want to install this myself. ive installed lift kits and lowering kits on stuff before , is this something that might be out of my league a little?
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