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Old 04-30-2016, 09:42 PM   #41
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Hasn't there been talk about the 5000 series working from just the TPS information? Well, if you can afford one.
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:54 PM   #42
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Hasn't there been talk about the 5000 series working from just the TPS information? Well, if you can afford one.

its the 5th gen... or if you have the right TCM.. the 1000 series is a pretty close swap for a 545... ive found several sites for parts / info
with the help from Tango pointing me in the right direction...

as for as people talking of not being allowed to control equipment they own. that pretty much is anything and everything these days... ie any new car you buy has propietary hardware / software , air conditioning systems , transmissions, everything has proprietary hardware / software.. I write such software for a living... I dont give it away for free...

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Old 05-02-2016, 04:38 PM   #43
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From personal experience I would say stay away from CAT engined buses. Mine works fine now but not before doing like $3500 in PARTS of work to it, though that includes a $1200 radiator. Injectors, O rings, reman turbo cause of excessive shaft play (didn't want that to let go when running 30 PSI for 10 minutes straight climbing a 6% grade on the interstate). The electronic cats in particular, like mine, are a bit tricky to work on and parts are $$$. Bought a new oil feed like for the turbo cause the old one was super rusted out and that alone was like $70 for a 6" metal pipe.

The Allison MD3060 I have is awesome though. Double overdrive, and way more robust than I need, so it should last a minute or two.
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:06 PM   #44
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And Mercedes. Pretty but expensive, and some people are letting them go.
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