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Old 02-24-2006, 11:04 AM   #31
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at least I'll get more than 62 mph.
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Old 02-24-2006, 06:29 PM   #32
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Yeah, but aren't you worried about upsetting the time/space continuum!?! PEOPLES LIVES ARE AT STAKE HERE! DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING 'TIL I GET UP WITH CARL SAGAN AND STEPHEN HAWKING!!! (Whew, that was close!)
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Old 02-25-2006, 05:49 AM   #33
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Good luck getting together with Carl Sagan, he has, uh, transcended the physical plane.
Yeah, I know. . . did I not mention the time/space continuum?
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:13 AM   #34
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Well guys, I can report that "I cut the wrong wire" on my first bus and the engine did indeed blow up. That was the 1981 International with a MV404 and a 7-something rear end. And the tachometer did not work. I took it up 65 MPH and bent the valves. One of the push rods looks like a boomerang. So DO be careful with RPMs!
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:48 AM   #35
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Re: How to adjust a buses govenor

I personally believe that they govern these buses for 2 reason.
1. For safe operation of the bus motor.
2. For the safety of the passengers.
Ahhh so there is a reason they only go so fast. But there are things you can do to help with some extra speed. Change the rear end. Then your RPM's stay the same and your able to move a little faster. When increasing the speed you also need to take other precautions for safety. Like checking the brakes,tires and install Inertia Dampners. That way you can go warp speed without hurting you expensive engine. A rear end is way cheaper than another engine would be.

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Old 05-24-2008, 11:01 PM   #36
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Re: How to adjust a buses govenor

I've got a 89 Ford B700 with a 370 2bl gas. I think it has a govenor but not sure. Been reading all the comments and have some question. How would I know if and what kind of governor i have? Seems like I can go about 55 mph and that is about it. Not looking for major speed, but would like to have some more power and speed when puling my boat. Also what would be a safe high rpm for this motor? Any help would be great.

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Old 05-30-2008, 10:34 AM   #37
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Re: How to adjust a buses govenor

IT'S YOUR GEARS!! I've got a '90 Chevy/Carpenter 30' w/ 8.2T AT645 that will run 60-65 at 2800-2900 RPM.. This is a relatively high RPM motor, but prob shouldn't be run over ~2800 RPM for any length. I'm not an expert, but I suspect that if you had a governor, it wouldn't go over 3000 RPM with a load. If you want it to last, I'd try to keep it below 3000, better 2800. My bus will slow to 20-25 MPH pulling 5500 and 7500' summits between Winnemucca and Elko on I-80. My Gillig w/ MT643 CAT 3208 does the same. School bus + big hill + SLOW.
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:15 PM   #38
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Re: How to adjust a buses govenor

I went to the Sturdy Road Speed Govenor website and requested info from them on adjusting my model 89 govenor. I got a phone call today from them, but they said nothing about cutting & splicing red & blue wires. First thing he asked me was where I bought the bus from. After being informed Harrisonburg Va he said that Virginia regulates buses at 55mph and that there were 2 things I could do to 'adjust' the road speed.

He told me to take it off the firewall and open it up, then remove the circuit board in there. After that I could call him, and he would tell me which 2 pins need to have a bridge soldered across them to attain certain speeds. He needed to know which ones were already "pinned" together before telling me what changes to make.

The other option was, that I could send him the board and that he'd do it for me (figuring I may not be up to the task of doing fine soldering work). Having a background in computer repair I told him I could handle it just fine. I only want to bump it up so that I can get 65mph out of this thing...
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:45 AM   #39
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Re: How to adjust a buses govenor

And, on your Cat 3208, you can run it up to 3200 rpm safely. If you wanted to adjust the engine's rpm too. That's just a set screw on top of the engine. Probably the easiest diesel to adjust the gov.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:49 PM   #40
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Re: How to adjust a buses govenor

Well, I'm back to square one. I went to remove the road speed governor on Saturday, and saw the wire connector with 3 or 4 wires coming out the bottom. I decided to follow that and see where it went, which was about 12 inches down and there dangled the other end, another plug with a connector on it....not plugged into anything!! Now if this thing is not plugged into anything, why can't I exceed 60mph? There is a cable that comes out and goes to the throttle body, but I can't figure if this does anything, considering the wires are not hooked up it can't be doing a thing.

Ok, exactly where is this RPM adjust screw located?
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