M915 vs M916

lakeydna

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Does anybody know where the height difference comes from between the two trucks besides the tires and having a front diff. The M916 sits higher when looking at the front bumper, is it double framed? I would like to get a M916 but I think I might just put a transfer case and front diff in a M915. Any advice/tips?
 

wreckerman893

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The M916 has 24 inch tires and heavier springs which makes it sit higher......it is also designed for fording and is higher for that reason. The M915 is basically a day cab, line haul truck for mostly highway driving. When I was in a unit at Fort Benning that had M916's I could never figure out why we had crappy city tires on them instead of lugged tires that would pull in the mud. With a dozer on the lowboy that thing would get stuck in it's own shadow.
 

quickfarms

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Standard street tractors have a drop front axle. The driven front axle is a straight axle and make the truck sit a lot higher. The light duty driven front axles have an offset differential. The heavy duty driven front axles have a centered differential. With a centered differential the truck must sit a lot higher for the front axle to clear the engine and transmission. The rear can be handled with suspension modifications, a sub frame or z brackets in the frame.
 

JH1

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Another factor in choosing a collector vehicle like this is the turning radius. I have a M915 and curb to curb turning diameter is 53' vs about 80' for the all weel drive 916 and above. For getting around on city streets and backing around, I appreciate the extra 'dexterity', if such a word applies to these things.
 

lakeydna

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The M915 seems more like a practical truck, better road speed, handling and such like a normal OTR tractor but the M916 just has that mean stance and would be a cooler truck to drive. Besides I don't think the word practical goes along with this obsession of MV. Could you change a M915 into a M916?
 

73m819

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It would be easier to make a 916 into a 915.
What I would like to do is drop the front axle and transfer case from a m916 and install a non powered front axle and maybe a aux. transmission, this would make a NICE winch equiped recovery tractor
 

lakeydna

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I've already got four, a pair of A1's and a pair of A2's. I want the rear winch and higher payload. I'm in the hunt right now for a M916 and am jumping through hoops trying to get an EUC.
 

Debest

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Another factor in choosing a collector vehicle like this is the turning radius. I have a M915 and curb to curb turning diameter is 53' vs about 80' for the all weel drive 916 and above. For getting around on city streets and backing around, I appreciate the extra 'dexterity', if such a word applies to these things.
Thanks for the info
 
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