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Old 01-03-2015, 09:20 AM   #61
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Did you buy the bus in U.S. or Canada? Have you driven it yourself? What
is the RPM of the engine at 100kph? Is sixth gear enabled on the transmission or is it only using 5 speeds? Curious minds want to know.
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:40 PM   #62
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Did you buy the bus in U.S. or Canada? Have you driven it yourself? What
is the RPM of the engine at 100kph? Is sixth gear enabled on the transmission or is it only using 5 speeds? Curious minds want to know.
I bought the bus in Canada.

I couldn't drive it myself because I didn't have air brake endorsement, so I hired somebody and just followed the bus.

I wanted to drive behind just in case something started leaking oil coolant etc I could see. It did happen.... One of the hoses that goes to cabin heater burst and we lost lots of coolant. It happened near the river and we had enough water to add.

The bus has funny cluster. The same gauges show different parameters. I don't like this idea and will replace them with convenient gauges.

Unfortunately RPM gauge didn't work..... therefore I have no idea what RPM were at 100k. The same about 6 gear. If I were a drive I could count.....

I know about Allison locking 6 gear on school buses. In worst case scenario I will build Arduino controller to shift into 6 gear. Arduino controller will take control over original unit at certain conditions. For me this is a bit too early to consider....
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:53 PM   #63
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If your tranny is a 4th gen Allison 5 speed, it can indeed be re-programmed to engage the 6th gear (another OD). It will be worth the effort if you spend much time on fairly flat highways in the added mpg. Some shops require a release before they will do the work as the added speed apparently puts the unit above the speed rating on the standard issue tires or some such. Having the unit re-designated as an RV rather than a bus may make up the difference but the terms vary by state here in the US. No idea what they might want up your way. Good luck with it mate.
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Old 01-03-2015, 02:16 PM   #64
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If your tranny is a 4th gen Allison 5 speed, it can indeed be re-programmed to engage the 6th gear (another OD). It will be worth the effort if you spend much time on fairly flat highways in the added mpg. Some shops require a release before they will do the work as the added speed apparently puts the unit above the speed rating on the standard issue tires or some such. Having the unit re-designated as an RV rather than a bus may make up the difference but the terms vary by state here in the US. No idea what they might want up your way. Good luck with it mate.
I will definitely try to go conventional way via dealer reprogramming but if it doesn't work I will go arduino. I made torque converter lock for my ram using arduino and love it.

Sky is the limit....
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Roger doing what works. And having full lockup makes downhills a lot less nerve-racking as well as saving on brake pads/shoes.
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Old 01-03-2015, 05:30 PM   #66
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Roger doing what works. And having full lockup makes downhills a lot less nerve-racking as well as saving on brake pads/shoes.
When I followed the bus I noticed the driver hardly ever used brakes (by stop lights) even on very steep down hills. The bus easily reached 110-115k on highway but as i mentioned before the RPM unknown.

Btw who is Roger?
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The biggest slide out frame is done(living room dining area). The frame looks very solid and square. Now I start covering it up. I will use 0.051" (a bit thinner than 1/16") aluminum sheets. This time I will use #10 stainless screws.
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