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Old 01-27-2019, 09:41 AM   #21
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If you click the channel name, I have 3 other videos. One slightly longer of a Tour in the bus. One showing the trip going to my Dads Dr appointment. The last is a video showing about half the return trip from Pflugerville, Tx.
Dad and I talk a bit in the longer ones so youll hear that and all the other noises of the road.

IF anybody is interested in the independent contractor I hired, I will provide his name and a contact email.
I hope you enjoy the videos and this short journey of replacing the floor in a 30 Passenger bus which now has seating for 3 plus driver, As youll see in the video.
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Old 01-27-2019, 11:02 AM   #22
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Is that flooring mat or plate? Where did you get it? Looking for something like that for the garage floor.
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Old 01-27-2019, 02:44 PM   #23
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I got it from Ebay. Polyvinyl garage mat. It was between $110 to $140 for a 14 ft by 7.5 ft roll.
search for this . . .

Black Universal High Quality Flooring Raised Diamond Mat Garage 7.5 ft. x 14 ft

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Old 01-27-2019, 02:47 PM   #24
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I got it from Ebay. Polyvinyl garage mat. It was between $110 to $140 for a 14 ft by 7.5 ft roll.
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Black Universal High Quality Flooring Raised Diamond Mat Garage 7.5 ft. x 14 ft

That sounds perfect for the garage. Glad to see I can fit it in one piece.
Sucks that it only comes in 14' lengths, I only need 8'. I suppose I can use the left over in the bed of the Dakota.
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Old 01-29-2019, 05:00 PM   #25
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Just ordered a rear diff with a 3.91 ratio from Vanderhaags. Cost just under a grand including shipping to a business.
I also ordered a couple passenger seat belts and a much longer drivers seat belt.
Bit by bit, I'm getting it fixed for Dad and a few passengers (if there are any).
I'll update more later when it happens.
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Old 01-29-2019, 05:57 PM   #26
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Just ordered a rear diff with a 3.91 ratio from Vanderhaags. Cost just under a grand including shipping to a business.
I also ordered a couple passenger seat belts and a much longer drivers seat belt.
Bit by bit, I'm getting it fixed for Dad and a few passengers (if there are any).
I'll update more later when it happens.
Highway gears are the BEST upgrade for the $$, IMO.
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Old 01-29-2019, 06:11 PM   #27
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Highway gears are the BEST upgrade for the $$, IMO.
If you start with a bust with 6.17 gears, I would agree.

I do cringe a bit when I see a blind rush for taller gears without considering the whole equation.

It doesn't only affect highway speed. It also affects your performance from a standing start in 1st and your reverse speed.

I have a truck with a 6 speed overdrive, 255/70R22.5 tires and 3.73 gears.

I get my best fuel economy in 5th gear and backing up trailers is a b1%ch.

It simply goes too fast in reverse. I have to slip the clutch to back slowly.

I would gladly go back up to 4.11 or higher.

I have 5.29 rear gears in my A3RE along with an MD3060. I find that ideal except I would love to have a bit lower revs at highway speeds and can address that by unlocking 6th gear. I would much rather spend the $$ on that versus rear gears.

I do understand the merit to regearing taller in appropriate circumstances has merit but there is more to it than simply highway speed/RPM.

Not picking on anyone. Just offering a little different perspective....
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You are absolutely dead on. Any re-gearing HAS to be done right which means running all the numbers and hopefully settling into your engines "sweet spot" at reasonable turnpike speed without giving up too much on the low end. But...given that very few Skoolies come with anything remotely like hiway gearing...it is an area in which big improvements can be made.


Properly geared, the entire drive train will be happier going the road.


But...if your plan is to gain lots of mph rather than getting the rpm's right...then you really do need to be upgrading the brakes as well.
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If you start with a bust with 6.17 gears, I would agree.

I do cringe a bit when I see a blind rush for taller gears without considering the whole equation.

It doesn't only affect highway speed. It also affects your performance from a standing start in 1st and your reverse speed.

I have a truck with a 6 speed overdrive, 255/70R22.5 tires and 3.73 gears.

I get my best fuel economy in 5th gear and backing up trailers is a b1%ch.

It simply goes too fast in reverse. I have to slip the clutch to back slowly.

I would gladly go back up to 4.11 or higher.

I have 5.29 rear gears in my A3RE along with an MD3060. I find that ideal except I would love to have a bit lower revs at highway speeds and can address that by unlocking 6th gear. I would much rather spend the $$ on that versus rear gears.

I do understand the merit to regearing taller in appropriate circumstances has merit but there is more to it than simply highway speed/RPM.

Not picking on anyone. Just offering a little different perspective....
I've had extremely high geared buses with low hp ratings and never felt like I was missing out on anything taking off from a start.
There's more to it than highway speed/rpm for sure. But if you're going to be spending time on the highway it sure sucks redlining to go 55.
Sure- OD is great to have. But if you're like 90% of us stuck without it then regearing from standard route bus gears is a huge upgrade.

My current bus is geared somewhere in the low 3's. Its crazy. At 1750 rpm I'm doing 65 down the interstate with a 545. No real need for OD but gears are like so many things- more is always better!
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