Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Tyler, TX
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"Best motor for HD"
That depends on what you are doing with it.
If you need to pull HEAVY (loaded reefers, flat-bed loads etc) CAT is your best choice. They simply out-pull anything else on the market. BUT, if they break, they are by far the most expensive to repair.
If fuel economy, ease of operation, nad low cost of ownership are your goals, NOTHING beats a pre-'04 Detroit Series 60 (DDEC II, III or IV).
If you want a common engine that can be repaired by nearly every shop, gets decent economy, and the problems with it are well known so quickly identified and fixed, the Cummins N14 is a very good option. It does nothing BETTER than the others, but it also does nothing badly.
'93 F-250 HD, 7.3L IDI, 5spd - FARM TRUCK
I Support: Trailer brakes an every axle over the towing vehicle's GVW; CDLs for RVers; Safety inspections for ALL vehicles and 6 axle trucks (97K GVW proposal).
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