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Old 05-05-2017, 08:19 AM   #1
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I can't drive 55....

Well actually yes I can but that is all I get out of my bus. I know this is normal for safety reasons for the children.

Now that my skoolie is no longer a bus how can I get past this limitation? I don't want to do 80 but I would like to at least keep up with traffic and not be a traveling road block.

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-05-2017, 08:27 AM   #2
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do you know what RPM you are at when you hit max speed, and then what rear gears you have?
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Old 05-05-2017, 08:33 AM   #3
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reset your expectations of a bus and learn to enjoy the ride. otherwise, break out the wallet. rear gear will get you most bang for the buck. i moved the fuel plate on my cummins and got a few (3 or 4) more mph. new bigger tires will kick you up a bit too. to make a major difference it cost some $$$$$.
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I do enjoy the ride, just get concerned about everyone passing me like i am a road block. How do I determine my gear ratio? I know on my old hot rods you could jack up one side and mark the drive shaft and wheel and count the revolutions but this is just a tad bit heavier than my Chevelle.
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Old 05-13-2017, 10:12 PM   #5
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I've got the same engine in a Blue Bird. Does around 65. What transmission? Air or juice brakes?
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I do enjoy the ride, just get concerned about everyone passing me like i am a road block. How do I determine my gear ratio? I know on my old hot rods you could jack up one side and mark the drive shaft and wheel and count the revolutions but this is just a tad bit heavier than my Chevelle.
i think i recall someone saying to tape a string to your driveshaft, roll the truck one tire revolution and count the wraps of string on the drive shaft.
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Old 05-14-2017, 12:37 AM   #7
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I do enjoy the ride, just get concerned about everyone passing me like i am a road block. How do I determine my gear ratio? I know on my old hot rods you could jack up one side and mark the drive shaft and wheel and count the revolutions but this is just a tad bit heavier than my Chevelle.
That method will work for your bus.
As has been mentioned changing the rear end gears is the easiest way to get more speed.
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Old 05-14-2017, 07:42 AM   #8
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The other possibilities are an axle swap for one that's a 2 speed. Picked up a Ford cab and chassis recently for $400. I was more interested in the tires, hood, etc. If you go that route look for a diesel chassis. A gasser will rev higher meaning a bigger numerically rear end which you do not want. I know of a 70's era International that had a 5.9 swapped for the original gasoline engine. The ring and pinion were changed out. It will easily do 75mph loaded. If you have a standard instead of an automatic an overdrive transmission is another option from a donor chassis.
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Well actually yes I can but that is all I get out of my bus. I know this is normal for safety reasons for the children.

Now that my skoolie is no longer a bus how can I get past this limitation? I don't want to do 80 but I would like to at least keep up with traffic and not be a traveling road block.

Any suggestions?
I know how you feel about being a road block, but as long as I can keep the speed limit everyone else can go around, like turf said, enjoy the ride
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I've got the same engine in a Blue Bird. Does around 65. What transmission? Air or juice brakes?


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