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Old 03-03-2007, 09:56 PM   #11
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Old 03-04-2007, 02:41 PM   #12
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Is there anybody here that lays claim to the fastest skoolie around?
Mine probably isn't the fastest but when I got together with lapeer I could run circles around him.
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Old 03-04-2007, 02:57 PM   #13
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:02 PM   #14
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Is there anybody here that lays claim to the fastest skoolie around?
Mine probably isn't the fastest but when I got together with lapeer I could run circles around him.
Is that with the jacuzzi filled or empty?
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:30 PM   #15
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Is that with the jacuzzi filled or empty?
Empty or full wouldn't have made much difference, that old beast could barely get out of it's own way on a good day.....The jacuzzi was empty that day however. Steve's bus is a racecar!

I didn't think my old bus was all that bad, until i got my new bus.

old bus max mph: 57
new bus max mph: 65

old bus 8% grade max speed: 21 mph
new bus 8% max speed: 40 (and that's before i turned up the hp!)

Steves bus would probably still woop me in a race. I think his power to weight ratio is significantly better, plus he has a manual trans and 2 speed rear.
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:51 PM   #16
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I'm sure his gas engine has significantly more horsepower than your old 5.5 did. What was your 6.6 speced at? Mine is rated at 185 hp. Before the conversion it would do 62 comfortably, but with some weight back in it it has slowed down to 57-58 given the rediscovered torque converter slip. I know my 4.56 gears limit me, but I certainly am going to see what turning mine up does for me.. From a dead stop on a 7% grade I can get up to 30-35 mph. That is the top end of 2nd gear. It will rapidly come back to a stop if it gets into third.

I don't want to get into the physics of it all, but suffice it to say that Steve's higher horsepower and, albeit lower in output, highre RPM torque helps him on top end while our lower RPM torque is going to keep a hefty bus moving atleast. Unless he is a super fast shifter, I would imagine your 6.6/AT545 bus would out accelerate him for a ways from a stop on a steep incline.
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i think the difference in weight between the two vehicles is a significant factor also.
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Weight? He has enough batteries in his bus to light up Las Vegas for a week straight. I agree that weight was certainly at your disadvantage. The 6.6 is probably 1000 lbs heavier than an IH gasser fully dressed.
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i think the difference in weight between the two vehicles is a significant factor also.
yeah, but your bus has flames painted on the sides. That's gotta be good for a 100 hp, give or take a few.

I'm thinking of doing my toyota sunrader up in that paint scheme as the poor little 22RE needs some help too in the speed department. Problem is though, the wife would most likely shoot me or atleast withhold sex for a few months.

We are doing a 3 week trip out west this summer. If I'm up your way, maybe we can run for pink slips or something.
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i'm up for a game of tug-o-war !
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