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[> Subject: Re: 82 35fc motor conversion
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Date Posted: 02/ 12/ 06, 1:49pm
I am picking up my 80FC35 with a 3208N next weekend and have already been thinking about more hp as well.
I found this post from Jeff Miller
"Although it isn't exactly what you asked, I have made some performance improvements on my existing 3208NA. It will easily run 80+mph in rolling terrain, runs 75mph all day long, climbs better, and accelerates better.
I've changed rear-end ratio from 5.29:1 to 4.63:1 ($1200)
Increased air intake to engine ($100)
turned the full-load point to 3000rpm ($38)
That's it! The best money IMO I've put into my coach, and I've put plenty into it.
I'd certainly look for the extra horsepower if you can get a 250hp to put in, but feel that the little Cat works fine if properly set up and it is much cheaper to install another 3208 as all of your mounts/accessories would otherwise need to change. I don't see any use in a two-speed differential (although I looked into it myself), mostly because you will gain lower gears not higher ones and the beast doesn't need lower gears. A taller ratio still gives you plenty of lower gears for climbing.
Feel free to email me if you have questions."
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