Cummins ISX Questions ??? HELP
I'd like to ask a few questions...I "HAD" an N14 Cummins 460+ engine set to 525 or maybe 500hp, not sure, but it was one hell of an engine, it did things for me that it should never had been asked to do....ie, I had a 97 International set up to haul a 11 axle RGN, and it had 600,000 miles on it, to start with, I rolled main and rods in it and hooked it up, it was not un usual to be grossing 172,000 and it NEVER let me down or missed a beat.... NOTHING, I put 75,000 HARD MILES on it and it got me through some very hard money times.
Anyway, I am in a little better shape now and away from the oversize business, I have a job I can start and never gross over 80,000 lbs, we have a new law up here in Ontario Canada, that makes us govern all our big trucks at 65 MPH.....so as you can see the job will not be hard on the truck and I will look after this truck as well as all of my equipment....I am the guy that is not into chrome, more into top sets, oil changes grease jobs, anything the truck needs or looks like it is going to need, it gets, after all, its the one making the money, right.
So I am looking at another International, I know its not a Pete or KW, but for me, it does the same job.....And I see, I cant buy any International newer then 03 without a cat or Cummins, I have heard some seriously bad horror stories about these ISX engines, I am looking at a 06 with a 450 ISX and a 13 speed trans, it has about 450,000 miles on it.....
My questions is.....Would it help this engine live longer if it had the egr valve taken out and the hole plugged with a pipe plug and the egr was tied up so all the electrical was still hooked up and getting power, maybe you would have to re adjust the computer or ??? , then roll in bearings and keep the oil changed every 10,000 miles ???
I have heard that they blow up because the oil is getting so dirty its wiping out the bearings, we spin one and out comes a rod......keep in mind, I am buying or looking at a used engine, so I dont know what the last people have done, although, these are fleet trucks ??? Is there a certain year to stay away from or one to buy ??? Help , sorry about the long story, I just wanted you to sorta see how I am and that I dont mind maintaining an engine, but I cant have it window its self or be in the shop all the time.....Shawn