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Old 07-10-2017, 06:41 PM   #221
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I think my GVW in 23500
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Old 07-10-2017, 08:17 PM   #222
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mine is 17500 so theres a shot at the rears being similar... what a cool idea if we can make this work.. ill have to read up on disassembly.. im guessing pull the wheels / tires / calipers, and then an axle retaining ring? unless its C_clips like in a GMC..

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Old 07-10-2017, 09:23 PM   #223
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Do not have to pull the brakes and no c clips, you undo the 8 bolts in the center of the rear hub, pull the axle straight out on each side, remove rear drive shaft, undo bolts around carrier assembly, remove with Jack as it weighs over 200 pounds

International dealer said my rear end is an S150 rated at 15,500 pounds when I gave him my VIN
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:30 PM   #224
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Do not have to pull the brakes and no c clips, you undo the 8 bolts in the center of the rear hub, pull the axle straight out on each side, remove rear drive shaft, undo bolts around carrier assembly, remove with Jack as it weighs over 200 pounds

International dealer said my rear end is an S150 rated at 15,500 pounds when I gave him my VIN
I think that is called a full floating axle.

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Old 07-10-2017, 09:57 PM   #225
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I never realized the 8.3 was electronic.. you have an MD-3060 transmission? if so that will have its own capabilities to be read as well.
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Yes, the later 8.3, just like the 5.9, went electronic in the late 90's.

Yes, I have the MD-3060.

Talked to CAC today and they think that they may be able to open up 6th gear for me. WooHooo!
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:06 PM   #226
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Keep us posted on CAC fixing you up with 6 gears. I've been thinking about asking them to do it for mine, but mine isn't at a point where I drive it more than up and down the driveway right now anyway.

To go with my 2000 Blue Bird, last week I picked up a '99. Pretty much same as my 2000 and yours too: 40 foot, electronic ISC 8.3 rear engine. But it has a 4.78 axle whereas my 2000 has a 5.34... so for the 2000, it's either crack 6th gear open or swap to the 4.78 gears. Would rather do the former.

For the data link connector in yours, look below the dash and left of the steering column. Mid-shin level. There should be a light gray color round connector there, and probably a toggle switch labeled "Diagnostic" above it. Both of mine are set up this way. Also out back in the engine bay there's an upright steel panel to which various fuses and circuit breakers are mounted. Both of mine have the same type of round diagnostic port mounted on that panel too.
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:30 PM   #227
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Keep us posted on CAC fixing you up with 6 gears. I've been thinking about asking them to do it for mine, but mine isn't at a point where I drive it more than up and down the driveway right now anyway.

To go with my 2000 Blue Bird, last week I picked up a '99. Pretty much same as my 2000 and yours too: 40 foot, electronic ISC 8.3 rear engine. But it has a 4.78 axle whereas my 2000 has a 5.34... so for the 2000, it's either crack 6th gear open or swap to the 4.78 gears. Would rather do the former.

For the data link connector in yours, look below the dash and left of the steering column. Mid-shin level. There should be a light gray color round connector there, and probably a toggle switch labeled "Diagnostic" above it. Both of mine are set up this way. Also out back in the engine bay there's an upright steel panel to which various fuses and circuit breakers are mounted. Both of mine have the same type of round diagnostic port mounted on that panel too.

Thanks for the info Family Wagon.

I am pretty sure that mine has 5.38 gears. I run about 65mph@2150rpm I don't really need to go any faster but I would like to see 65mph@1850rpm.

I will look for the connectors where you suggested in the morning.

Thanks again.
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Old 07-11-2017, 01:03 AM   #228
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Despite most of this thread going above my head, there's a lot of good info here and it's definitely one for the bookmarks. It's also awesome to see you under the spotlight Mr. Caddilac. Keep on doing what you do, and congrats with your success so far!
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:12 AM   #229
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Optimizing your rear gear ratio provides a number of benefits.

Lowering highway RPM to your engines "sweet spot" will...


Improve MPG

Increase longevity of the engine

Reduce noise


Most Skoolies are geared quite low which can really put a strain on the motor during extended highway runs.
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:14 AM   #230
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Yeah I'm picky about that when buying buses. I always ask about the rear axle ratio or I don't bid. My RYO bus has 4.44 and my shorty has 4.10. Perfect for what I use them for.
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