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Old 03-24-2015, 10:27 PM   #31
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you still need to find out the axle ratio, you can call a big international dealer with the serial number and he will tell you what axle ratio it left the factory with, my dealer actually printed out the chassis build sheet for me on my 97 with all that cool info since you will need to know which rear axle you have to buy a differential with a different ratio
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:00 AM   #32
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You have the 170 HP version of the DT360.

You have 6.14 gears which are going to give you a top speed of around 50 MPH.

And you have the Allison AT545 transmission.
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Old 03-25-2015, 02:26 PM   #33
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My 466 only make 180 hp
The 6.14 is a bummer though
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:41 PM   #34
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If I switch it out for a 4. something would my engine be fine for that? Or even anything midway if there is such a thing?
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:53 PM   #35
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If I switch it out for a 4. something would my engine be fine for that? Or even anything midway if there is such a thing?
I'm not sure what your asking.

Mine has 4.44 gears. Was that the question?

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Old 03-25-2015, 05:56 PM   #36
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Would my bus have a hard time with the 4.4 gears? I was asking if there's a 5 ratio or only a 4.4 and mine.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:50 PM   #37
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Is NC flat like Kansas?
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:02 PM   #38
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Well there's the Appalachian Mountains... so no. Then there's the foothills, where I live. It's relatively flat but not Kansas flat. Then there's the coast, which is definitely flat.

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Old 03-25-2015, 10:19 PM   #39
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Well there's the Appalachian Mountains... so no. Then there's the foothills, where I live. It's relatively flat but not Kansas flat. Then there's the coast, which is definitely flat.

I was trying to be funny and not doing a good job. The taller your gears are(lower number, more highway), the more powerful your engine needs to be to keep your bus moving at highway speeds, especially when you hit the hills. If your bus had a 10 speed like some of the older buses, you could keep your rpms in that sweetspot and not lug your engine everytime you hit a hill.

Simplistic answer from the simpleminded.
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Old 03-25-2015, 11:36 PM   #40
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My 195hp DT466 does fine with the 4.44's. They would be an improvement for sure in my opinion. You could eke out a few more hp from the engine too to help in the steep stuff.
You definitely want higher gearing for road trips man.
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