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Old 08-21-2016, 07:26 AM   #51
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What's good gearing for a bus? To get 68-70 mph?
4.44 or higher.
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:57 AM   #52
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Getting the axle gearing to accomplish your speed requirements involves a number of considerations that really need to be worked out before jumping off. Re-gearing is not cheap and getting it wrong can be even more costly.

You need to take into account your engines preferred highway RPM (also known as its' "sweet spot")...your tire size...your final drive ratio coming off the tranny...and knowing if your motor will indeed pull higher gears.

Good news is there are a number of online calculators that will do most of the work once you have the correct numbers.

There are several below. I used the "Transmission Final Gear Ratio Manual Entry " on the one below to sort out mine...

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Old 08-25-2016, 12:15 PM   #53
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Where might one purchase such things, are they available in small quantities, brand name for Teflon gel?


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Old 12-03-2016, 08:34 AM   #54
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Where are you guys finding these $2500 buses??
Got mine for $2000 on Govdeals.com
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Old 12-03-2016, 08:44 PM   #55
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My budget is $25-30,000. Most of my expenses will be for top of the line solar/batteries/inverter. 2 roof low power draw AC units and a genny and any mechanical upgrades to rig. With the interior I will use a restore for most of what I need.


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My budget is $25-30,000. Most of my expenses will be for top of the line solar/batteries/inverter. 2 roof low power draw AC units and a genny and any mechanical upgrades to rig. With the interior I will use a restore for most of what I need.


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Also no more than $5000 for the bus


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Old 12-12-2016, 02:40 PM   #57
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right now i have an old couch table chairs and camp stove in mine, with tags im at 6,000. depends on what you want, one guy in here spent 200,000. i hope to get er done for less than 15,000.
I was just going to post with the same question. Is there a previous poll?

And where are the pics of the $200k build?!!?
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Old 12-12-2016, 02:45 PM   #58
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As a stand alone item, Honeysuckle Rose came in at between $14,000 and $15,000 plus two E.R. trips for stitches--priceless if you want to stanch the flow of blood! Jack
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Old 12-12-2016, 02:54 PM   #59
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On the Galvanic corrosion they make plastic washers with sleeves to prevent any of the two metals from touching. Also Teflon gel for the two surfaces. I am an engineer for Aluminum Ships. A common issue we face.

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Then maybe you can answer this question...

Where the hell are the zinc blocks? Galvanic corrosion isn't so bad when you add a huge chunk of sacrificial zinc. They do it all the time on salt water boats.
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I've gotten one for free, and my current bus was $2150 on GovDeals 18 months ago. Its got a DT466, Allison 643, Air ride, ABS, Auto slack adjusters, underside storage, and got me 800 miles home to FL from KY with no problems. No real rust to speak of either. You just gotta know what to watch for and strike while the iron is hot.
$2500 is about as much as I'd personally spend on a school bus, unless it were really something special.
I hate you. I think that's what I'm looking for. I want the RE with 8.3L in the 90 pax (longest available).
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