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Old 10-19-2005, 06:55 AM   #15
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The general consesus seems to be ....go for it.

Guess this is the route we'll take.

Seems a bit of waste to remove what's there now. My old dad used to say "if it ain't broke - don't fix it" but on the other hand, I don't want trouble next spring when were in the mountains trying to enjoy the holiday.

Does anyone think the $ 3000 will up the value on the MH or is it an investment that won't show.

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Old 11-05-2005, 11:40 AM   #16
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Nice looking MH...used to have the 95 version. Unfortunately having some sort of manifold problem with this engine seems to be almost inevitable. I put the full Banks on mine before I started having problems. Two bolts broke off during the installation and the rear two ports on both sides showed signs of beginning to leak.

The Banks is expensive but seems to be the solution. I've seen no reports of problems afterwords. Get the TransCommand as well...it will help the tranny by shifting more firmly and reducing heat buildup (a good thing). The rig will run better, climb better and sound better ;-) and can get you perhaps 1 mpg better if you don't overdo the "sounds better" thing.

If you're going to keep the rig for a while, go for it. It will probably help sell the rig to someone who is aware of the problem, but you probably won't get all your money back.

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Old 11-05-2005, 02:46 PM   #17
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I have the 454 chev big block in our 86 class A motorhome (P-30 chassis). Some have recommended banks....I'm told that exhaust manifold gaskets are blown or our manifold is warped. However I really don't hear anything too strange when running the engine.

Several have mentioned that manifold studs (460 ford) have poped off. How in the world can the mechanic find enough room to drill out the broken studs...in our unit (454 gmc), especially the left side of the engine is so crowded....

Can anyone out there with 454 experience please get back to me....I would probably go with the banks only if I were to pull the engine for a rebuild or replace with crate engine.

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Old 11-06-2005, 05:27 AM   #18
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We had the full Banks kit, including Transcommand, on our 1996 460 (Southwind 36 w/ tag axle) and the engine performed quite well. Transmission still had that huge gap between 2nd and 3rd, though. Once you drop below the RPM range for 3rd, it's 2nd gear and 20 mph. That deficiency can be solved by adding a Gear vendors Over/Underdrive auxiliary transmission, but now you are`talking more big bucks. We traded for a new rig and a Workhorse W22 instead.
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Old 11-06-2005, 09:29 AM   #19
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I guess this requires a mechanic to understand, but on our las trip we had a lot of climbing in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The thing that puzzled me was why the tranny would shift down to say 3rd from o/d and instead of running along for the rest of the climb it kept upshifting to a higher gear which made it lugg.

Seems to me the sensor should tell it that rpm is O.K. so stay where you are and get the advantage of higher revs and better cooling till it gets easier and then shift up.

Ford knows what this is all about, but I don't

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