I know, I know, I know!!
WRONG place! ...or maybe not?!!
I have the following thread over at "Mechanical and Drivetrains" for nearly a month now... - BUT as it is, NO answer so far.
MaD has 3505 posts so far - CD has 24328! ....so far!
So - I appreciate if you leave this here for a while, to see if someone "bites"!
I will remove/move the whole thread once I see if there is some useful (topic) response or not - just figuring that not everyone is looking through the whole Skoolie site!
TEMORARY COPY from the MaD-forum:
I wonder if there is a drive-line mechanic/engineer on this forum, that has some experience with standards.
I understand that about everything is standardized and to a certain extend can be mixed and matched.
SAE/ISO would be some standards that drive-trains would adhere to.
So the bell-housing patterns should be standardized and then these to transmissions.....
I wonder if anybody has any experience to match up a Cummins or International/Navistar to a ZF-Ecosplit trans??
Any Euro members here? Or someone from South America?
I drove these a while back (early 90s) in their Ecosplit-16 version from 360 hp to 520hp and am in love with these transmissions!
My plan is to get one installed in "my bus" (whenever and if that happens) - this would give me 16 speeds and I end up with the perfect gear for about anything!
16 gears is certainly overkill, but if you get a used trans it doesn't really matter anymore, does it?
The smallest Ecosplit-16 will EASILY take any torque any of the bus engines can dish out......
My further plans include a change to complete air-suspension, a possible tag axle and hydro-drive on the tag and front axles for those sticky situations on far off dirt roads. The air-suspension will be built in a way so I can get a serious lift to get over rough stretches - to the extend the drive-line angles will allow from the RE.....
The 16-speed would give me: from a serious crawl speed everything to a ultra highway OD - counting on the splitter, there are 2 crawlers in the trans, 2 reverse + 16 [2x(splitter)2x4] gears
However before starting to look for a trans, I need to find out if I am right about the standardization issues and if it is economically feasible to go this way....