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Old 06-21-2013, 06:52 AM   #11
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cool, good to hear she's still running and getting some cool upgrades
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:23 AM   #12
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I love the chrome power exhaust tip!
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:36 PM   #13
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The air ride suspension will make a huge difference. My bus is 30 ft with a 13.5 ft wheel base. The back is perfect. I put a SS bowl down on the wheelchair lift and it stayed in the same place for 200 miles. Now I just need to figure out my front suspension. I get hat dolphin action going on if I hit a dip in the road. I've already changed shocks and tried to add a spring but they told me that I couldn't because mine were parabolic. I would need to buy a whole set of new springs. Fat chance, I figure out some thing.

I'm also interested n your power upgrades because I will be doing something with my DT466.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:59 PM   #14
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No quote yet. I'm guessing I will spend $3,000 on power, but won't flinch until it hits $5,000. Just guessing $1,000 on the pump and $2,000 on the turbo. Why do you need to modify the doghouse? It's a turbo, not a windmill.

Air ride was the most important because the springs really beat us up. The gear change gave a lot more speed. But a lot more pounding, too. The Kelderman kit is on a pallet in the driveway now.
Please take pics of the install. would love to follow along.

Aprox cost on said kit?

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Old 06-21-2013, 04:26 PM   #15
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No quote yet. I'm guessing I will spend $3,000 on power, but won't flinch until it hits $5,000. Just guessing $1,000 on the pump and $2,000 on the turbo. Why do you need to modify the doghouse? It's a turbo, not a windmill.
LOL...I should have explained better. My current down pipe is an "S" shape. It comes out from the snail and turns 180* so it is facing forward, it then snakes around my fuel filters and turns 180* again and then goes back. It is also crushed intentionally to clear the frame rail. If I upgrade the turbo, I will need to upsize the downpipe. If I upsize the downpipe, I will just modify my doghouse so I can come straight back and down with the downpipe, instead of the stupid crushed "S" pipe.
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:02 AM   #16
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Yeah, that is the worst downpipe in world. I've been looking at the military trucks that I drove way back when, and the exhaust came out just off to the right of the cab. Look at the deuce and a half, for instance. If you get rid of the first heater in the bus, maybe it could work. That turbine outlet pipe is retarded and I won't be having that. My goal is to have the exhaust exit through the right fender and way up in the air. I'll seal that bit of the bus so the exhaust can work.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:03 PM   #17
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Haha... Have it go up through the bus, where that heater is? Hadn't thought of that! I currently have a stack on the drivers side. I like it, just want to improve the downpipe. You are right... it is the WORST!
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