John JonesModeratorNovember 14, 2023 at 7:49 amPost count: 13376
Makes some sense to me.. I prefer to lug it at low RPMs in 4th rather than rev 3rd.. mostly cause I have the power to do it…. While towing a car in a fully loaded bus…😎😎😎😎
Proud and Stubborn 👍🏻John JonesModeratorNovember 14, 2023 at 8:31 amPost count: 13376
We just need to drive faster 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😎😎😎
Proud and Stubborn 👍🏻czechhazaParticipantNovember 15, 2023 at 7:46 amPost count: 90
Well my failure on tranny #2 was a bent synchro ring. Just ever so slightly. I learned a lot and have a better understanding of transmissions. They are really not that complicated. Tony was very thoughtful about the low RPM theory.WillyModeratorNovember 15, 2023 at 3:16 pmPost count: 1821
What if you made a pickup out of the drain plug and ran a line that pumped oil to a spot over 4th gear that you tap a hole in? Sounds more complicated than it probably is.alykatParticipantNovember 16, 2023 at 5:42 amPost count: 969
Use that gear climbing crap that they have little hand crank display setups in all the auto parts stores ?John JonesModeratorNovember 16, 2023 at 6:14 amPost count: 13376
What if you made a pickup out of the drain plug and ran a line that pumped oil to a spot over 4th gear that you tap a hole in? Sounds more complicated than it probably is.
I’ve heard there are guys already doing it🙄🙄🙄🙄. Oh boy, let’s add a oil pump, cooler and filter to it too 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻
Proud and Stubborn 👍🏻John JonesModeratorNovember 16, 2023 at 9:02 amPost count: 13376
My RPMs in 4th, at 55mph.. 2860.. and I can do 55 up most hills in 4th gear, even towing.. 😎 low rpm, heavy load, up hill.. 😎
Proud and Stubborn 👍🏻John JonesModeratorNovember 17, 2023 at 8:22 amPost count: 13376
What I am hearing is we need to be turning more RPM when our shit is hot…. Not less.., fan speed is optimal at 3500😎👍🏻 I think?
Proud and Stubborn 👍🏻BBWBParticipantNovember 17, 2023 at 8:53 amPost count: 1339
Just think of your rig as the orchestra, where all parts are required for optimal performance. When towing, it adds stress to the drive train that wasn’t really designed for the loads being imposed on it. In order to keep the drive train happy, keep the engine in its optimal cooling range(in VW’s, it’s RPM’s). To get the RPM’s, use the transmission’s lower gears. Lower gears turn the trans faster, slinging more oil, keeping gears cooler. A good indicator to use whether towing or not, when climbing a pass for instance. When the speed is steady, and your foot is on the floor, you need a lower gear(this is the condition where your engine is straining all its torque, fourth or fifth gear is loaded under the strain. This where the heat builds up, oils start getting hot and breaking down, causing more heat and destruction. Best solution? Get into a lower gear, RPM’s up, Gear speed goes up. Engines gets back into power band, trans is slinging more oil. Hope this makes any kind of sense.
I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.MikeKParticipantNovember 17, 2023 at 8:59 amPost count: 424
Lugging is the killer of an air cooled motor. Like you mentioned, the oil has to pump and the fan has to turn. When it comes to mountain passes, I drop a gear and rev it out. If you cant accelerate, you’re in the wrong gear, but that’s engines. I can’t see how you’re trans is not getting lubed properly, regardless of what gear you’re in. It seems to me like the trans is constantly getting splash oiled, but I don’t build trannies, so what do I know?
Maybe you’re just pushing the little Bus too far past it’s comfort zone.John JonesModeratorNovember 17, 2023 at 9:07 amPost count: 13376
I think Mikes last says it all!
I appreciate all the responses and advice. I’m done pushing it up hills. I like the if you can’t accelerate, or foot is on the floor…. Downshift👍🏻
oh boy…. Greta is always floored, she’ll be in 2nd in hills🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫
Proud and Stubborn 👍🏻RustabusParticipantNovember 17, 2023 at 11:47 amPost count: 3205
I run up most the mountain passes in 3rd Around here!!! Just slow down by 10 or so miles per hour….. my Speedo hasn’t even been hooked up for over a half dozen years😂😂👍👍 I just listen, go slow and cruise along!!!!😃👍😃👍😃John JonesModeratorNovember 18, 2023 at 6:10 amPost count: 13376
Rusty is the one who introduced me to the idea of Towing with a bus🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫. It’s all his fault ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️
I heard from Harold Carter yesterday that he thinks we are spinning our 4th gear on the shaft, loosing the proper mesh and over heating it from there in forward. He said we should be welding our 3rd and 4th gears…….😎😎😎.
Proud and Stubborn 👍🏻VwfoolParticipantNovember 18, 2023 at 7:02 amPost count: 931
Definitely weld 3rd and 4th. I assumed your builder was already doing that knowing you are running a heavy load and a stout engine.
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