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Old 04-14-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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Re: Can a transit bus be made to go faster for highway speed

There are several transits over on Ian's board. We looked at one up in Maryville (TN) but even tho David said it drove well, we were leary of the low clearance. We like public campgrounds and traveled on dirt roads a lot. And the bus David drove was barely clearing the center high of the dirt road he was on. And David really wanted an Eagle Coach.
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Re: Can a transit bus be made to go faster for highway speed

transits with something like a detroit will not go faster by much if they are the 55mph busses.the engine cant be turned up... the reason is that the rear axle ratio is wrong for the freeway.. i know, i sold a freeway v-drive rear axle geared for the highway to a guy who had one geared for the city. they do make transits geared for the highway, best to buy one of those. you can change out the rear axle, but they are heavy...and it was a lot of work to remove the one i sold....
transits can go into most small campgrounds. the one i had, i went into most places that were made for shorter trailers. the turning radius on some transits is good, depending on the wheelbase length.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:50 AM   #3
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transit bus can go faster

The deciding factor about road speed is rear axle ratio. Most buses can be made to go 80-100 MPH. The next important factor is time. Depending on energy,HP, the time to 80 MPH can be very slow. Making the changes to reach a hi rate of speed, and consideration of economy is lost. Money can resolve most fuel, economy and speed problems. Money solves all. Frank
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Go ask over on Ian's board.
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Re: Can a transit bus be made to go faster for highway speed

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I don't even know who that is or what board you're talking about.
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It's run by a guy who is named... Ian.

BTW, the underlined words in blue are URL links that you can click on.
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Re: Can a transit bus be made to go faster for highway speed

bookmark bno as well as busconversions.com, and the eagles and mci, etc sites...

Just ask the guy if he has ever had it up to 65 MPH.... that will tell you whether or not it has the low geared rear end just for city traffic or not. One made just for city pickups will normally not go 65 even if the governor is turned up a bit. They are usually around 60 max and the intercity ones almost 70 or better.. depending on tire size also... I have driven city ones that will go 58 or 59 all day long, but that was max for the 6v71 engines.
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