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Old 12-31-2015, 06:20 PM   #1
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Engine: Cummins 8.3L 6CTA-210
Rated Cap: 84
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Took the skoolie to PA over Turkey Day holiday. 3800 miles thru blizzards and ice storms. Bus performed beautifully. Prior to trip upgraded fuel torque plate for 85 hp increase. Boost and EGT gauge. Installed new 8.5kw generator and 30k btu furnace. Family watched Walking Dead marathon via slingbox the whole time. Great fun and great experience. If your thinking about doing it, go for it!!!
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:04 PM   #2
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Year: 1998
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Chassis: International
Engine: 7.3L T444E
Ok so I think we need hp increase. Would that help the bus get up a hill? What is a "fuel torque plate for 85 hp increase"? I think to own a Skoolie you need to be a good mechanic and I am not.

We are going from Florida to Wyoming for the Summer. I slows to 45 mph going up a FL hill!
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:17 PM   #3
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Engine: Cummins 8.3L 6CTA-210
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What are your bus specs? Size, engine, trans?
A torque plate is inside the fuel injector pump. A few things need to be considered and planned for before modifying a Diesel engines performance.
My bus has an 8.3L Cummins with Allison MT643 trans. A modest 85 hp upgrade has made all the difference in the world with respect to power on climbs and towing. The bus used to look at a hill and slow down.
I am able to monitor boost and EGT so I don't start damaging things internally in the engine. More details of you want but there is a ton of info online on this subject.
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:28 PM   #4
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Thanks raceminer. I am going to look this up! I have a 1998 Bluebird International 7.3L T444E.
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:35 PM   #5
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Engine: Cummins 8.3L 6CTA-210
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Ok
That's a great engine, got the same one in my pickup
Check tha Banks website for upgrade options
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Old 12-31-2015, 11:36 PM   #6
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My bus has an 8.3L Cummins with Allison MT643 trans.
Be careful, your transmission is rated to 250hp.
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