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Drove a FL70
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Drove a FL70
Got to drive my friend's Freightliner FL70, "Tiny". Different than most other things i've driven, but definately fun. This one's got the Cummins and Eaton 9-speed, no automatic BS here. Monster torque, drags around a fusion 40' toyhauler all day. It was strange having that much power that low and reving over 2k is useless. I had the clutch down pat, but down shifting with no syncros is a trip. Feels like driving my '85 chevy pickup 4spd without using the clutch.
'78 300D, OM617.912: 4spd manual, TB03 at 10PSI, 26*BTDC, DV's turned, HVAC, emissions system removed, e-fan, short ram, 3" downpipe to straight exhaust, W126 Bendix brakes, MR2 Spyder seats. 2890lbs
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03-11-2009, 03:09 AM
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RE: Drove a FL70
Clutch on a truck? The pros only use the clutch from a stop. Big Grin Those Eaton 9-speeds are easy to roll through the gears. The lo-hi shift can be tricky though.
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03-11-2009, 04:27 AM
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RE: Drove a FL70
who is a pro truck driver,one who can take a 72000 lb tractor trailor and cruise down the 4 lane on the flat and shift with no clutch,or one who has to handle a rig weighing 120k with a 80k excuvator on small roads with grades that require up and down shifts,well let me tell you,you miss a shift by not using the clutch you could be dead fast.
more teeth are broken from the tranny gears when shifting under load ,miss that gear by 1/2 tooth and you just spent 8000 bucks,in short i train my people to use the clutch always,just a small dip will releave enough pressure to allow full gear mash on level and low load,and use it full with heavy grades and large loads.
maybe not a pro but was grandfathered into the cdl program when it started,no accidents.
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03-11-2009, 10:18 AM
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I know, I've seen plenty of driver caused chunked trannys, differentials and u-joints. Thats why I used the " Big Grin ". Wink
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03-11-2009, 03:26 PM
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RE: Drove a FL70
I've done a few tuning tricks not dissimilar to those we do to our 617's. This thing hates life when you don't use the clutch. When I was driving it, my buddy punched me in the nuts every time I grinded a gear...which only happened once.
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'78 300D, OM617.912: 4spd manual, TB03 at 10PSI, 26*BTDC, DV's turned, HVAC, emissions system removed, e-fan, short ram, 3" downpipe to straight exhaust, W126 Bendix brakes, MR2 Spyder seats. 2890lbs
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