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Old 09-22-2021, 11:15 AM   #1
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TC2000 - Noise & Ride?

I have been looking at a 1998 TC2000.

Took a test ride and the engine noise and ride were very harsh.

I measured the noise at 74Db with my phone. Hard to say this is correct but it was the same as standing 10 feet from a running lawn mower. Too loud to tolerate.

Is it possible to remedy this to the point of having conversation and not being beat up after driving for hours? (or is this just how front engine buses are).

I have no doubt I could build a skoolie that is very nice while parked, I have lots of doubt about one being comfortable while moving down the road.

Need some honest feedback here. Thanks!

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Old 09-22-2021, 11:36 AM   #2
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yep, sounds accurate.

tuning, latches, seals, unsecured panels, a lot of things affect the noise level, my '96 FE is a rattle box.

conversation is not casual, mostly yelling.

springs get sprung after 20 years, expect a harsh ride.

the magic happens when you park
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Old 09-22-2021, 11:51 AM   #3
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yep thats an FE... the ride is tough but you can possibly alter the suspension.. an alignment and new high quality shocks did wonders for my conventional busses..

noise-wise building an insulated doghouse-box over the existing doghouse will net you the best results.. dynamat / hushmat and others can be applied to the existing doghouse and then some type of finidh material / carpet over it can help also..

if theres enough room to build a box over your doghouse that also will help with engine heat which is an issue in front engine busses in the hot weather.. youd obviously want to make it removeable as you need to be able to open up the doghouse regularly for maint and inspection etc of your engine.
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