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Old 12-30-2019, 08:11 PM   #61
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Yeah I'm leaning toward possiy a 6-7 but I may actually need that 1000 lbs ft at some point. A modified p pump and a decent turbo get you there in a hurry. I'm really wanting to get the rear regeared and get a feel for it as is then figure it out. One truck place I've been talking to said I really want to regear and put an overdrive trans plus turn up the pump(or replace) to be completely satisfied with my planned useage. I have found a couple Spicer's I'm looking into and the one is 660lb ft rated. I'd just hate to be limited. It sure would be nice to have a bus that does 0 60 under 14 seconds.
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Old 12-31-2019, 09:11 AM   #62
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See what your current power levels are. A lot of engines came in the 180 hp range. I think the dt360 came stock up to 210(pretty rare), going to 250 or so would make it a pretty good runner without sacrificing too much reliability.

You don't need 500hp and 1000+ ftlbs to make a bus a good runner.

Unless you're loaded to 40k lbs, then it's a different story.

Honestly, changing the gearing in a bus is a big step to drivability, most are gear bound to only go about 60 at rated rpm. Once a diesel engine gets near rated rpm, the power and torque fall off a cliff, which gives you the false impression that the bus is gutless. Adding more power to it won't change that, you'll still be gear bound. You have to put your cruise speed back into a decent rpm range. Do that and you'll be amazed at how much more driveable a bus is.
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Old 01-05-2020, 06:56 PM   #63
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Yeah that's what I'm hoping. It's 2700rpm at 55 mph and was dropping to 48 on big-ish hills down to like 23-2400 I believe. I'd like it to be more like 2300 at 65 I think. But it sure feels gutless below 2000 (maybe 1900) as well. So it only has a 4-500rpm powerband?

Edit. I'm still not sure 100% on power. It does have the goofy half radiator half "aftercooler" arrangement though. So is it a dta360 in fact?
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Old 01-05-2020, 07:34 PM   #64
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the DTA360 has the split radiator..
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