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Old 01-29-2014, 11:32 AM   #1
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Repower setup

I'm new to skoolies however I have had some experience in heavier diesel rigs. I'm wanting to start from scratch on my current project just to see how crazy it can get. I'm looking on input on what would be the best set-up for:

1. MPG
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3. Lowest cost of maintenance

My current idea of this setup is a turbo 3208 Cat with 431HP though an Eaton-Fuller Ultra-Shift MXP 13-Speed and an Eaton Fuller Double Planetary 4.50 Rear-end if my math is right I would cruise at 60MPH with 15MPG on flat ground. this setup has 50lbs less weight than my current setup of an 8.2L Detroit through an Allison AT545 and a Eaton Fuller Double Planetary 6.16 Rear-end which gets to 55MPH With 6MPG.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:19 PM   #2
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Re: Repower setup

welcome,
that mileage sucks, tranny is probably biggest issue with slippage

get a FE flat nose, stick a 14lt with an Allison 6 speed or whatever....then build the nose out to cover a radiator and the front of the engine

oh and build one huge drive shaft to handle the 1400 pounds of torque

might look kind of funny, but it would fly and get about 12 mpg at 55/60

just throwing crazy stuff out
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:04 PM   #3
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Re: Repower setup

"just to see how crazy it can get."

Picturing in my mind the scene from Smokey + the Bandit--Bandit in in the hammock -Big + little Enus talking him into the trip-just change the wording: "I need bus" (money comes out-flip flip) "A crazy bus" (flip flip flip) "CRAZIER than that." (flip flip flip)
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:11 PM   #4
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Re: Repower setup

A front engine, and a rear engine 8.3 Cummins with MD3060's behind both engines.

Two buses would be grafted together, front engine bus would get cut just behind the rear wheels. The rear engine bus would get cut just in front of the rear wheels. Bolt both together in a tandem configuration.

One more axle to help stop the combined 1900 ft pounds of torque stock. Bump both the Cummins 8.3's up, and you would have 3000 ft pounds of torque.

In the real light of things, a 5.9 Cummins at stock output 190hp, with a 10 speed manual trans. Lowest cost per mile hands down.

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A 3208 at 431hp? That would surely be pushing the limit and would expect problems. Why would you need that much hp?
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:53 AM   #6
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Cat engines aren't among the preferable engines. In my Opinion, they fall in the same category at the Chevy durdamax. 5.9 and 8.3 Cummins, Dt360, and 466 are the preferred four around here.

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A 3208 at 431hp? That would surely be pushing the limit and would expect problems. Why would you need that much hp?
Can you really have TO MUCH hp? Thats like saying your having to much sex
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Both are highly overrated and come with bothersome consequences. LOL!
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A 3208 at 431hp? That would surely be pushing the limit and would expect problems. Why would you need that much hp?
Can you really have TO MUCH hp? Thats like saying your having to much sex

Let's put this into perspective. Can you have too much Viagra? If you take Viagra and you have a woody for more than 4 hours, stuff might break. You have to go to the mechanic, I mean hospital to fix it. Just like your pecker wasn't designed to have a woody for 6 hours, I don't think a 3208 was designed for that much HP.


Edit. made a correction.
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A 3208 at 431hp? That would surely be pushing the limit and would expect problems. Why would you need that much hp?
Can you really have TO MUCH hp? Thats like saying your having to much sex

Let's put this into perspective. Can you have enough Viagra? If you take Viagra and you have a woody for more than 4 hours, stuff might break. You have to go to the mechanic, I mean hospital to fix it. Just like your pecker wasn't designed to have a woody for 6 hours, I don't think a 3208 was designed for that much HP.
interesting analogy, and interesting visual as well
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