Western Star

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Dark Wolf, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. Dark Wolf

    Dark Wolf Light Load Member

    Jul 28, 2008
    Belding, Mi
    OK....I am looking at buying a truck soon.....I don't know anything about WS so I asked are they any good? Are they worth the $?, What are the biggest problems with them?.

    I want a W9, 379, 389, but with fuel cost it wil be more along the lines of T2000, 387, Volvo.


    Thanks for the links but the first and third did not work and the second one gave me stuff for a car.


    What speed are you running 65-70.....60-65......

    I like the cab on the WS it's wide and still a hood but a hood cost a gal a mile to run over the 387's and Volvo's. I like the classic Hoods.......

    But thanks for all the help so far I really need it because I don't want to buy something set wrong or not the way I want or won't do what I want it to.
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  3. Waterloo

    Waterloo Medium Load Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Grass Lake, MI
    I normally get those numbers right at 64 mph. It starts to drop at 66 and at 70 I am right at around 6.7 mpg. And these numbers are for a roughly 25 - 30 thousand pound load. Most stuff I pull is right around 20,000 lbs or less in the vans.

    Now running out west, with a head wind at 70 mph I am under 6 mpg, but never under 5. It is all in how you drive it. My last IFTA, 2nd quarter this year, was 6.75 mpg. But that was pulling my Conestoga. 106" wide with sails for sides. The dry vans are a nice switch, fuel mileage wise, over my wagon. And those running West numbers are with my Conestoga. I am sure I could do much better with a dry van.

  4. 7mouths2feed

    7mouths2feed "Family Man"

    Nov 29, 2007
    Jacksonville, AR
    Fixed the links and resent them. the second on that you stat as car stuff is an RPM calculator for cars, trucks, etc. Use the formula at the bottom labeled

    Transmission Final Gear Ratio Manual Entry
  5. Sportster2000

    Sportster2000 Road Train Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    You can not get a new Western Star with a Cummins engine in it. You can get an older one with a cummins in it. Western Star stopped using Cummins engines a few years back over a civil disagreement. I won't go into details about it. But for 2010 They will offer Cummins engines once again.
  6. 12 Wyoming

    12 Wyoming Light Load Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Kemmerer, Wyoming
    Ah come on. Us Star owners want to know!
  7. alltlzrd

    alltlzrd Bobtail Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    ramona ks
    am running a 4964 glider.have 14liter pre egr reman engine,rtlo18918 ,23-190 rear with 2.69 ratio,air lift tag, on 455/55-22.5 s.s. runs 1450 rpm at 65 mph in 16th{direct] this is the best drivetrain i've ever had. pulls super, 6.5 loaded to 80000, 8 mpg mt.
  8. flight379

    flight379 Bobtail Member

    Jan 13, 2012
    Where were you able to get a Star glider? Did you order it and have it put together yourself, or did you buy it pre-assembled?
  9. alltlzrd

    alltlzrd Bobtail Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    ramona ks
    ordered truck with reman 14 liter from factory, tsi western star in north jackson oh put the rest of it together with reman parts
  10. SHC

    SHC Spoiled Rotten Brat O/O

    Feb 26, 2011
    Westville, IN
    I have a 2004 4900EX Lowmax with a MBN C15 that has a Bully Dog programmer, 13spd and 3.55 rears. I like thetruck, it runs like a beast and eats fuel too!!!!

    I am avg 5.7mpg pulling a stepdeck (5.2mpg when loaded with 46,000# of plate steel on flat roads) and avg between 60-63mph
  11. Trucker186

    Trucker186 Medium Load Member

    Jan 29, 2019
    Well if u know how to drive a CAT unlike some of the idiots on here (not calling u guys idiots but some people on here dont know how to drive) and a 18 speed we ran 65 to 70 mph and got 7.0 mpg with a twin turbo acert 550hp cat she pulled good and got 7.0 mpg.
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