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Old 04-11-2013, 05:18 PM
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Gear Vendor... ever try it?

When I purchased my truck last week I also purchased seperately from the same guy an uninstalled Gear Vendor over/under drive. Anyone ever have experience with one? I plan on pulling an 18,000lb+ 5th wheel camper so it sounds like a good addition but I know nothing about them and very little about the truck. All my previous truck experience has been F150s for last 15 years. Thanks.
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Really? Nobody?
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My Grandpa has one on his 1965 Power Wagon. Works great. They are really well built devices, and you should get years of use out of it, provided you maintain it properly.

It effectively gives you a half gear between all the gears, with a little taller OD. OD should NOT be used when towing a heavy load. It'll be nice if you're on the freeway empty though.
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Thank you much for the reply. Do you know what kind of maintenance is involved? This unit came with no paperwork. I plan on hiring a mechanic friend to install it for me, but he has never installed one and doesn't know much about them. From what I can tell they are selectable over or under drive?
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:07 PM
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Gear Vendors under/overdrive transmissions the most awarded auxiliary transmissions.

They can answer better than me. I'm guessing it'll need periodic oil changes at the least. It's only an OD unit though. No super low granny.
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I talked to Gear Vendors today about getting one for my truck.
Having essentially another gear in between would be great. However, they were not enthusiastic about selling me one for a 10,000 lb. truck with a manual transmission. Said engine pulses at speeds I would be running were not good on them. Great people tho. Call them and discuss it.
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Odd. My Grandpa's '64 1-ton might not be as heavy, but the 426 had more power that we have. His unit is still in there, and that thing has been more overloaded than anything of that era should ever see. Maybe it's a power band thing?
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High Rpms were not the issue. If I understand the tech correctly it is the diesel engine pulses at a lower rpm. Jackhammer effect. They are the best units ever made. Steady 1000 HP is not a problem for them either. They just did not like my 10,000 lb with a manual trans. Even with 4.63 ratio. Which is why I wanted one.

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Good info to know, and it's appreciated that you passed it on. I can see how someone being in the wrong gear could cause issues though.
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Lighter truck ......no problem. Which makes me wonder about motor homes equipped with them.

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