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Old 10-30-2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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DTA360 questions...

So, it turns out that I have a DTA360 in the bus rather than a 466...

It is the 190 hp and has mechanical fuel injection...

I've read some things about how to turn them up, but is it worth it???

What kind of performance can I expect out of one of these??? Stock or tweaked...

What kind of MPGs???

Who here has them that likes them??? Who hates them???
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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Re: DTA360 questions...

Take a look at the DTA360 thread in "Mechanical and Drivetrains:"
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:53 AM   #3
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Re: DTA360 questions...

Originally Posted by Smitty
I have one. Being an old fart, I no longer have the need for speed They're known for dependability and fuel economy....I don't want to jeopardize either for a few more MPH. I'm sure others will feel differently however.

I agree. I drove a bunch of 360's. We had them, 466's and 9L. I like the 9L the best actually.
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:20 PM   #4
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Re: DTA360 questions...

I drove many thousands of miles in a bus with a dt360, including a few trips from michigan to nevada and back. (about 5K miles each trip) One trip i pulled a trailer and was loaded about 6K pounds over the gvw. I drove her full throttle for about 110 hours roundtrip. She just kept pulling like a freight train. I had about 200K miles on it when i sold it and still running strong.

I had poor highway gears in the bus. I got about 7-9 mpg at a bit over 60 mph.

The final trip i made to nevada and back i had "turned up" the hp and the speed. I found that if i continued to drive just over 60 mph, i actually got better fuel economy, and i could accelerate and pull the long hills faster.

I definitely recommend turning up the hp and the rpm's. simple, free, and relatively safe. putting in an exhaust gas temp gauge would make it 100% safe.

I think the 360 is the same block as the 466, just different cylinders.

Fuel economy is not that great. My buddy with a 5.9 cummins motor (and better highway gears, and better trans) got about 50% better fuel economy than i did on our trip to texas and back in his blue bird tc2K.

the dt motor was a good cold starter. I could outstart phil's 5.9 cummins when it got below freezing.

the 5.9 cummins is my favorite skoolie motor because of it's fuel efficiency.
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:07 PM   #5
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Re: DTA360 questions...

Kind of a bummer finding out you have the DTA360 instead of the 466. BUT, it is a bulletproof motor just like the 466 and I believe shares the same block.

lapeer20m is right about it being a "good cold starter". Those DT's fire right up. My CAT3116 on the other hand hates the cold. They are horrible cold starters.

Cumminsapart usually has the best MPG.

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Old 10-31-2010, 10:05 PM   #6
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Re: DTA360 questions...

Yeah I found that thread about the dta360... Good info...

I'll wait on turning it up... I'll only be going to trails 40-100 miles from home for a while... If it drives me nuts I'll give it some love...

My bus weighed 16k originally, not sure what it will weigh when done... I'll be pulling around 8k with the Blazer and trailer... I'm thinking I'll be happy with it...

Thanks for the info guys...
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