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Hi All, New here, questions about my bus.

Hi Peeps.

I'm 34(35 soon), and have 8 kids. We just picked up an ex senior citizen bus to haul our kids around.

the van,
2002-E350-SRW-Diesel-Auto-van front, bus rearend-a hair over 300k-new tranny-new rearend.

Ok, so, it's a slug, also only gets about 11mpg..

My daily driver truck is a 1997 Dodge Cummins... I love that truck, this is my first powerstroke.

So, where would I start trying to make this bus be able to get out of its own way? Also, need the mpgs up.. Exhaust, intake, injectors, etc.. Being a cummins guy, I know nothing about this.

Does truck exhaust fit a van?
who make aftermarket intakes?
best place to buy parts? I use rollin smoke diesel for my cummins parts. Where do others buy parts?

any general info for me to know?

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First, welcome!!! This is a great wealth of knowlage here...

I have both a van, and a truck. The van is, as you said, a slug. The truck scoots. Even before I did some mods, it was quick.

The van has no intercooler, and is likely de-tuned to accomodate this... Mods to the air intake system on the van are much needed, and difficult at best.

The normal things, intake of some type, straight pipe/no cat the exhaust, gauges, and a DP tuner is what I have planed for my van. I will probly replace the muffler with a better one, the stock muffer is the biggest restriction in the exhaust. The stock pipe is ok, the muffer has to go. Walker BTM mufflers are popular, reasonable sound, good air flow.

Truck exhaust is close, the down pipe may be too long, and need cut, shortened, and re-welded. But, as I said, the stock pipe is ok for 400+ HP, its the muffler that's gotta go.

Fresh filters all the way around, synthetic fluids in the rearend, DP tuner w/ econo tune, that should do something for MPG and power.


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Diamond eye and Jones exhaust both make van exhaust kits, and are the only 2 that do to the best of my knowledge. I'm trying to get my hands around mpg atm, my old 96 crew long bed dually f350 weighed 7,200 lbs. my 2000 e350 bus weighs 9,940 and is 10 feet tall. My current feelings are that the injectors in my truck need replacing and then my mileage will improve, but I've had these thoughts about other fixes in the past LOL I know I'm hauling a lot of weight around, and try to drive very conservatively which is tough when you drive something as powerful as a powerstroke. if yours doesn't feel powerful it should.

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Mods completed:
upped tire size to 235/85R16E's. With my 4.11 rear end, this gives me a new effective gearing of 3.80
4" Diamond eye turbo back straight pipe
4-5" Bully Dog SS elbow exhaust tip
Bean's Stage 1 injectors
TS 6 position chip
Bean's custom tunes
Modded IDM module
Mods in progress:
battery relocation to rear drivers side
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