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Old 10-06-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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Tranny Options/Swap

My wife and I are planning on buying a bus next spring. Looking for a DT466 and air brakes. Most that I see advertised are auto's. I have seen a few with 5 speeds but never a 6 or 7. I'm sure if we got a 5 speed unit swapping in a 6 or 7 wouldn't be that much of a hassle. Has anyone swapped out a 5 to a 7 or an auto to a manual? I do have a Fuller-Eaton remanned RT-6613 behind a 3208 in my old Bruin(that I might part out, less than 10,000 miles on the tranny) anyone seen a 13 speed Schoolie? I don't think the Road Ranger is an overdrive tranny but I think the 7 speed is OD.
We have a '92 F600 chip truck with a 6.6 and an Allison and neither of us are impressed with the Allison on the mountians here in Vermont. I have driven several IH trucks with the DT466 and have always been happy with them. Our plan with the schoolie is to travel the country towing a trailer hauling either one or maybe even both our Jeeps. Any input or thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:06 PM   #2
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Re: Tranny Options/Swap

DT's are great, but they dont get the best economy. That tranny is not an OD. Lots of options though!
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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Re: Tranny Options/Swap

I've read this link over a couple times, alot of good information if you take the time to read through it.
http://www.4btswaps.com/forum/showthrea ... ten-speeds

To me it sounds like the Roadranger RTO6610 would make a really nice swap. If you really like shifting gears . I have the DT466 with the spicer 7spd. I have alot of the same plans as you. But I really haven't driven it enough yet ,to decide on how well the tranny will work for me. Pretty sure better than any of the autos though.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:41 AM   #4
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Re: Tranny Options/Swap

Was the Allison in the chip truck a 545 or did it have lockup capability. I have the MT643 and like it, just need taller gears to not have to run it on the governor. Don't think I've driven anything with a 545 or similar, but they don't get rave reviews. Options could be to find a later International with a 3060. I've driven some behind the electronic ones, a 4700, and they're very nice. (4700, the Allison, not the International. It was in a Freightliner)
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