This Weekend I got to drive a 6x6 & was wodering if you had info or links. I think is was a sterling-owens or something like that. 7-speed (?) Allison auto, cat motor I think and about 50" Michelins.
<font color="yellow">I haven't found much online about them, but here's the best 2 descriptions I found and the results of a search I did last night, not much info, but you can kinda put bits and pieces together...
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I'm not one to bad mouth alot of equipment, but I'm not too impressed with the FMTV.
Cat motor (3126?) nice alittle under powered in the 5 ton variant (typically derated for military use). But thank God no elelctronic controls (not good for U.S. Army combat vehicle). No highway speed.
Transmission/transfer: Can of worms- the transmission is ECU controlled (electronically shifted). Transmission normally shifts from 2nd through 5th. First gear (Low) is only used in "MODE" or offroad operation BECAUSE there is NO low range. In normal operation power is split 30% front 70% rear. In "MODE" power is 50/50. It is MHO that electronics do NOT belong in a standard cambat/support vehicle. The Army, and it's mechanics are ill equipped and ill trained to deal with them (wait 10-15 yrs down the road when they're ALL falling apart). Oh ya, the manufacturer says they got the transmission housing cracking problems and driveshaft failure problems licked now.
Chassis: to damn high. Hey we got to load these things; impossible without a liftgate or a forklift. A personnel ladder is standard equipment.
Central Tire inflation System: The reason CTIS is on alot of Military equipment is someone convinced the Logistics people that this would save "millions" a year on tire wear. More troublesome equipment to repair. If you're really interested in Cross-Country Mobility why didn't they include Lockers front or rear?
Manufacturer: Stewart Stevenson - never should of gotten the contract, even the Army knew that. Politics got in the way.
<font color="yellow">I believe the one I was looking at was actually a TTV, not a FMTV... Is there a difference? I know nothing about them, as I just saw it and said "the only thing that could make that truck any cooler would be my truck sitting on the top being towed to TDS or the Con"... I'm probably not going to even get one till sometime next year, but I thought I'd start researching now, so I can make a better decision...any more info or inout from anyone??
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