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Old 09-12-2017, 11:34 AM   #1
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What's the shiniest part of your bus today?

I was thinking, let's put a little fun into repairing and upgrading our buses. As great as our buses are they're still automotive machinery and sometimes they need dirty bits replaced with shiny bits! My bus has needed several shiny parts lately so I figured I'm perfectly positioned to start this one.

My bus has dual engine-driven AC, and in Washington I was stuck with both compressors bad. After finding a parts house that had them, I paid a bundle for overnight shipping and presto, shiny bits!


After replacing those compressors and buying some fancy gauges, I discovered my high side pressures were way too high.. And narrowed it down to inadequate cooling of the condensers.. So next up, shiny new condenser fans!


And then yesterday my voltage gauge was reading low and slowly going lower.. Pro tip: if you have a medium duty chassis bus, don't bother going to autozone or napa, call an alternator rebuilder! So as of right now, the shiniest piece of my bus is my alternator.


So what's yours? Doesn't have to be a repair, if you just installed a sweet new gadget, let's hear about it!
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:10 PM   #2
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Mine will be the rear diff. going from a 5.29 to a 4.10 and cruising at a comfortable 65 mph! Other parts will follow very quickly.....

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Old 09-12-2017, 12:16 PM   #3
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That sounds like an awesome upgrade! I'm convinced if my gearing were any lower my AT542 would melt, though. Anyway you see a lot more of the world at 58mph right?
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:21 PM   #4
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Got tired of seeing the world @ 52 mph... Too many safety hazards at that speed.......

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Old 09-12-2017, 12:28 PM   #5
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Im sad to say.... There doesn't appear to be anything shiny on my bus

Cept this

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Old 09-12-2017, 12:29 PM   #6
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the upgraded new Display tablets... one on the right is brand new.. one on the left is similar to the one I had been using but is upgraded CPU / RAM.

as far as gears.. I need shorter gears!! (has a skoolie ever said that before?)..

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Old 09-12-2017, 12:31 PM   #7
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Lovin those condensor fans!!!!!! #NoMoreBlownCompressors!!
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:36 PM   #8
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Are those both Windows tablets? I can't bring myself to buy a Windows tablet.. My brain aches just putting the wor "windows" next to the word "tablet". Ouch!

But I still haven't ordered an adapter, and I occasionally see windows tablets for values approaching free.
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:43 PM   #9
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yeah they are windoZZZEE tablets... unfortunately the software requires windows.. and WINE engine was wayyy too slow .. so i had to run W native..

im one of those guys that will run any and every OS to get the job done... I have Linux machines, OSX machines, Win machines, Qnx machine (for hacking Uconnect chrysler stuff), DOS machine.( some of our voicemail systems are DOS!!).. some of those "machines" I mention are VM guests on a Linux KVM Host..

im definitely not loyal or disloyal to any tool that will get me what i want..

at some point ill probably get back at building my own stuff.. but for now these work perfect.. as does the Shiny Cat-5E cable carrying the J1939 from the ECM to the TCM!!! yeah!!
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:58 PM   #10
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Ahh quickly getting off topic but I really liked QNX for a few years when they were expanding their compatibility and producing something you could confuse with a usable desktop environment... Neutrino with the Photon gui as I recall... Their self-hosted development environment was awesome, too! I spent a few months contributing to their ports repositories and my brother ran it as his desktop for 2 years on a Pentium Pro 200.

I try not to be too soured about WIndows but the laptop I bought to do Windows testing with is just so absolutely frustrating to use. Granted I didn't buy a particularly high end model but its a good amount of computing power and all it does it run updates for 3 hours every time I turn it on!

But those screens sure look nice on your dashboard...
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