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Generator Thoughts?

Ok, so I have to stop borrowing Kruz's generator... so I guess I need to buy a generator (even though he doesn't have a bike yet!)

The big question is of course whether to go high-end high-dollar low wattage and get the ultimate generator, the Honda eu2000i, super quiet generator and be a good track neighbor...

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to get a super cheap, super loud high wattage generator at a lower price at PepBoys, WalMart, Sears, CostCo, etc...

Any words of wisdom from those of you who use tire warmers at the track?

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are tire warmers the only thing youll be pulling off the generator and what kind of power do those pull?

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They pull 1250 to 1500 and are the main draw. I suppose air compressor from time to time.

The thought is perhaps to eventually get two EU2000i's and use a parallel cable to sync them, and then do two warmers plus, or do one AC unit at night. 4000 is more than enough to handle that, and the 2000s are quiet enough to sleep next to.

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i would say depends on what all your gonna run off it, and what you have room for.. whichever you buy make sure its red!

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Ok, so I have to stop borrowing Kruz's generator... so I guess I need to buy a generator (even though he doesn't have a bike yet!)
That generator is supposed to be for my sump pump. You want to buy it? Im moving and sump backup should not be a problem anymore.
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The big question is of course whether to go high-end high-dollar low wattage and get the ultimate generator, the Honda eu2000i, super quiet generator and be a good track neighbor...

OR

to get a super cheap, super loud high wattage generator at a lower price at PepBoys, WalMart, Sears, CostCo, etc...

Any words of wisdom from those of you who use tire warmers at the track?
I split the differnce and went with the encased Coleman...not as quiet as the Honda but half as loud as the cheapos.
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the line up

I am in the same quandry with regards to power. I had mentioned to Wink that the guys at AF1 racing recomended the EX4500 or if you had the extra
$ the twin cylinder liquid cooled EX5500. The small inverters look nice and are very quiet but these bigger units cost less than a set of inverters, and have comercial engines. I have been out weekends in other sports where the generator starts friday PM and does not shut off until the loadout on sunday afternoon. My concern is that continuous duty is a lot to ask of non comercial units. I burned through a few generators my younger crappy construction job days.

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I have a 6000w 180amp miller but I don't think it would be nice to listen to it all day, let alone night time.

These are sweet but the $$$$ go up very fast. http://www.onan.com/onan/rvgenerators/generatorHome.jsp

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i think for 400-500 that i spent on a briggs for a 5500w generator yes it is noisy, but we are at a fucken race track.

just bring a 50-100 foot cord and plant the beast off to the side somewhere away from talking and seating areas.

simple as pie.



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Ok, based on feedback from a few people that bought cheap generators and had problems with them, I shopped and bought the Honda EU2000i. Certainly the top rated, and the quietest of its kind. Not the cheapest, but it will work great.

Planning on getting another one later in the year, adding the parallel cable, and having a redundant system with twice the wattage.

So, it is a racetrack, and I will be the quiet one. Also bought the extended gas can accessory so that it can run 21-24 hours non-stop, or 12 hours with 2 units running. This makes it ideal for running the AC unit in the trailer overnight without keeping everyone awake.

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Ok, based on feedback from a few people that bought cheap generators and had problems with them, I shopped and bought the Honda EU2000i. Certainly the top rated, and the quietest of its kind. Not the cheapest, but it will work great.

Planning on getting another one later in the year, adding the parallel cable, and having a redundant system with twice the wattage.

So, it is a racetrack, and I will be the quiet one. Also bought the extended gas can accessory so that it can run 21-24 hours non-stop, or 12 hours with 2 units running. This makes it ideal for running the AC unit in the trailer overnight without keeping everyone awake.


OH i am SOO gonna mess with you if you pit 100 feet from me anywhere. i bet you already know where i am gonna put my noisy beast



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I'll be off in a corner of the paddock, far away from Ken and Wink. That way I can enjoy the quiet, cool comfort of my own overpriced box on wheels.

Come on over and we can watch the Ken and Wink show from a safe distance. Where is one of those popcorn smiles? Which reminds me, we still "need" to get a new microwave for the trailer.

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Got the microwave and the fridge.

I was thinking KEGS though...

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Got the microwave and the fridge.

I was thinking KEGS though...

2000w and your gonna power a fridge, microwave, and tire warmers?

bullshit, your gonna want me next to you to use my generator to power your expresso mechine



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and don't forget my magic fingers bed!

2000 watts is for my tire warmers, not much else. In order to do anything else, I need the second 2000 watt generator in parallel. Now the microwave... that'll just ruin everything.

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just go buy the biggest beast you can find and bolt it to the front frame rails on the trailer. you can never have too much power. How the heck are you gonna run the 6 plasma's and disco ball in that trailer without one?




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Now who the heck was it that wanted that brass pole in the trailer?

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Good choice on the generator. If you buy a second one do not buy the parallel cables though, way overpriced and I do believe that you will loose some power by using them. You can make you own for a couple few dollars.
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hey Wink, where did you end up getting your EU2000i from? I saw lots of those around at Autobahn this weekend and think I might pick one up too.
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Cheapest place in the country that I could find was right here in my area.


http://www.wisesales.com/SuperQuiet....errer=GoogleAW

First ad that came up with a Google search for Honda EU2000.

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I bought a cheapo 3,500 watt earlier this year on sale from Menard's for $260. It isn't exactly whisper quiet (not even close), but it gets the job done.

It already saved well over $2g of fish, corals and the contents of the fridge this year when we lost power for 20 hours in 90+ degree weather.

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First ad that came up with a Google search for Honda EU2000.

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Do you have to call them to get prices? How much did you pay?

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I still think I wanna get one of those chepaer solutions with 7500 watts of power at Menards or something, more of a back up for the house than anything else.

Gotta love those quite Honda's though!

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You have to call. I think it was right around $900.

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If you reach up to the 7500 watt range, get one that hooks into your breaker box and auto starts. They are in the $3,500 range + installation. I know a mess of guys with large reef systems that use them for "insurance".

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yeah, that is exactly the plan. have to recoup from the track season though before I can do something like that.

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