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Old 07-15-2015, 01:19 PM   #21
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OK- didn't know that. I guess I should amend my post. The 340 hp Cummins engines are paired with an Allison 2500 transmission and the 360 hp Cummins engines are paired with an Allison 3000 transmission.

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Old 07-15-2015, 02:33 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by TaterColo View Post
I'd say it's about the same. I'd be interested to hear what the coaches get that you see on their tail touting 500+ hp? I dream of having 500+ thinking I can take 6-7% grades at 55+. Dunno??

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One of my "must haves" when I bought this coach was a 400HP Caterpillar engine. Obviously, I didn't get it, but saved at least $30K by getting this Berk with the 340.

I do wish I had a "real" Jake brake. From what I can tell, what we have on these coaches is nothing more than an automatic downshift on the Allison tranny.

First time I activated it, my hair stood on end; when I drove semi, I was taught the ABSOLUTE max RPM was 2000 RPM. When the 340 hit almost 3K, I figured there would be pistons swapping holes back there.


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