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Old 12-03-2017, 09:46 AM   #271
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I don't really feel the engine load when I kick in both units, but those 22 amp condenser fans plus the blowers show up on my bike gauge!

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Old 12-03-2017, 09:47 AM   #272
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from what ive seen travelling through texas is that the school busses are usually rolling along.. it surprises me that mine was limited to 60 and yours to 50. when I habve gotten passed more than once in houston by busses easily rolling 70-75. certain routes perhaps have certain speed limiters.. they like everything Big in texas!

and def good for you esp if yopu ever want to use it was a work-horse you can easily pull your lawn-equipment trailer with it.

if you Really felt like the RPM's are too high you **could** technically replace the valve body and TCM and have a 6 speed.. but I doublt you'll need it.. 40" tires and that rear ratio with .74 OD will likely be just perfect for most of the travelling you ll do in it.. running below 2000 RPM on cross country drives does improve fuel economy till you get in the hills.. I turn my 6th Off in the mountains.. and sometimes run in 4..

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Old 12-03-2017, 09:52 AM   #273
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from what ive seen travelling through texas is that the school busses are usually rolling along.. it surprises me that mine was limited to 60 and yours to 50. when I habve gotten passed more than once in houston by busses easily rolling 70-75. certain routes perhaps have certain speed limiters.. they like everything Big in texas!

and def good for you esp if yopu ever want to use it was a work-horse you can easily pull your lawn-equipment trailer with it.

if you Really felt like the RPM's are too high you **could** technically replace the valve body and TCM and have a 6 speed.. but I doublt you'll need it.. 40" tires and that rear ratio with .74 OD will likely be just perfect for most of the travelling you ll do in it.. running below 2000 RPM on cross country drives does improve fuel economy till you get in the hills.. I turn my 6th Off in the mountains.. and sometimes run in 4..

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Texas has some roads with 85mph speed limits and 50 mph minimum speed. They probably don't want school buses doing 85 mph, but they don't want them hobbled either. Some of their Activity buses will be geared for decent cruising speeds. They go long distances on fast roads, especially out West,
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:04 AM   #274
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Or maybe the mechanic and school REALLY DID sabotage things on the bus.
The port to attach the computer under the dash had the cover hanging off and looked like it wasn't as dusty inside as the rest of the bus. Maybe the spiteful mechanic set it to 50 to be a jerk.
Shaun said the guy was real unhappy about us buying that bus.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:27 AM   #275
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Or maybe the mechanic and school REALLY DID sabotage things on the bus.
The port to attach the computer under the dash had the cover hanging off and looked like it wasn't as dusty inside as the rest of the bus. Maybe the spiteful mechanic set it to 50 to be a jerk.
Shaun said the guy was real unhappy about us buying that bus.
School Districts tend to be honest, even if they are short of money and might skimp on some things ... That said, you can't odds human nature. If the mechanic did that he is simply a jerk, and they are everywhere.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:29 AM   #276
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thats possible too.. but someone else bidding may have asked for a computer printout to see the ECM mileage (and that ECM matches VIN).
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:39 AM   #277
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thats possible too.. but someone else bidding may have asked for a computer printout to see the ECM mileage (and that ECM matches VIN).
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I doubt it was for a potential buyer. They were less than friendly about answering questions, I can't imagine them taking the time to check anything.
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:12 AM   #278
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true - it sounds like they didnt want anything to do with anyone.. well probably because some bean counter made him replace a good DT-466 bus with a brand new emission controlled unit.... or even worse had to ditch a bus without a replacement..

or like you mentioned "something funky" behind the scenes..
jack up the dash and wiring on a perfectly good bus so it "costs too much" to fix...

or could just be they were careless when they yanked out the cameras and such.
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:10 PM   #279
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