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Old 08-05-2014, 07:54 PM   #1
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European engines and Transmissions

Hi all,

I wonder if there is a driveline mechanic/engineer on this forum, that has some experience with standards.

I understand that about everything is standardized and to a certain extend can be mixed and matched.

SAE/ISO would be some standards that drivetrains would adhere to.

So the bellhousing patterns should be standardized and then these to transmissions.....

I wonder if anybody has any experience to match up a Cummins or International/Navistar to ZF-Ecosplit trans??
Any Euro members here? Or someone from South America?

I drove these a while back (early 90s) in their Ecosplit-16 version from 360 hp to 520hp and am in love with these transmissions!

My plan is to get one installed in "my bus" (when ever that happens) - this would give me 16 speeds and I end up with the perfect gear for about anything!

16 gears is certainly overkill, but if you get a used trans it doesn't really matter anymore, does it?
The smallest Ecosplit-16 will EASILY take any torque any of the bus engines can dish out......

My further plans include a change to complete air-suspension, a possible tag axle and hydro-drive on the tag and front axles for those sticky situations on far off dirt roads. The air-suspension will be built in a way so I can get a serious lift to get over rough stretches - to the extend the driveline angles will allow form the RE.....

The 16-speed would give me from a serious crawl speed everything to a ultra highway OD - (counting on the splitter, there are 2 crawlers in the trans, 2 reverse + 2x(splitter)2x4 gears)

However before starting to look for a trans, I need to find out if I am right about the standardization issues and if it is economically feasible to go this way....


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