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Old 05-23-2016, 04:09 PM   #11
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Going back to something the OP said, don't let yourself get hung up on slack adjusters as a fundamental buying criteria. This could be (relatively) easily upgraded so if you find the right bus otherwise don't let that sole point cause you to pass it up.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:58 AM   #12
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Well lots of em came with 643's like mine. They're stout and function great. They don't have overdrive, though. Fourth gear is 1:1
They're great, though.

The newer OD units are awesome, like the 3060.

When I was bus shopping I was looking for any big, reliable engine with any transmission except a 545.
I mostly looked at 466's and 8.3's. The 466's are more common and I ended up with a 466 and 643. Great combo and simple.
What years are we looking at for the 3060?

The newer OD units are awesome, like the 3060.
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Going back to something the OP said, don't let yourself get hung up on slack adjusters as a fundamental buying criteria. This could be (relatively) easily upgraded so if you find the right bus otherwise don't let that sole point cause you to pass it up.
Thanks JB. I sure didn't know that.
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I'd be surprised if you found a 545 behind a dt466. Even in there lowest torque rating they're still too powerful for the 545. I'd Shoot for a 4.80 or there abouts for a rear gear. That will give you decent highway speed and quick enough acceleration too.

Like EC said, there are plenty of 545 behind DT466 engines. I own one and see them on the auctions all the time. Mine is a 1997 Genesis with a mechanical P-pump motor rated at 190hp. I also have a 1995 DT408 with a 545 behind it. I don't know the torque specs. I think at 210hp, you will see the 643.
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for flat travelling I find the 545 works great... I likely wouldnt want it if I were planning to run my bus over the rockies...

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