A glider kit is a new truck special ordered from the factory without engine or transmission, although several manufacturers do offer a powered glider with a pre-emission motor. A glider with all axles installed is a rolling glider.
We have built several hundred gliders in the last couple years due to the demand for new trucks with more reliable pre-emission engines. We are providing an alternative to the current production new trucks saving costly down-time with a more dependable truck and improved fuel economy.
Substantial Fuel Savings.
$1,847 / Month = $22,164 / Year. (Based on fuel $4/Gal. 10k miles/Month, increasing from 5 mpg to 6.5 mpg. Most C15 gliders average 6.5-7 mpg.)
Longevity / Reliability.
No DPF Filter Problems.
No Urea / Diesel Fuel Additive.
The Possibility of Re-Using Your Own Engine / Transmission.
Ease of Service / Maintenance.
New engines use 200+ Sensors, Urea Fluid, & DPF Particulate Filter - The pictures speak for themselves!
Glider Power & Driveline Options
For Peterbilt & Kenworth applications we recommend and install primarily 2000-2004 Cat C15 6NZ, 2WS, & MBN engines. Cummins ISX, ISC, & N14 Select Plus motors are candidates for power as well. Western Star and Freightliner can utilize Caterpillar, Cummins, and Detroit engines.
Most pre-emission engines available are high mileage core engines so we recommend going with a complete rebuild. We have rebuilders we recommend that will do premium Cat overhauls and offer 4 year / unlimited mileage Cat warranties.
We offer a full range of Weller and Lucken's remanufactured transmissions, both come with 1 year / 100k mile warranties.
Click on our Parts page for more info on components we may have in stock.
Our labor fee for assembling a rolling Peterbilt kit is $7,385. Kenworth
kits run $8,385, & Western Stars run $6,885 for labor. Labor to install
visors, lights, or additional chrome will be on an hourly basis. Parts
to assemble a Western Star kit run several thousand dollars cheaper than
Peterbilt because the donnage box (assembly parts from the manufacturer)
provided is more complete.
Eaton / Roadranger has a very helpful website for determining what gear ratio you will need. Our Cat C15 engines seem to get the best fuel mileage rolling along at 1325 RPM. Click here for the Road Speed Calculator.
Take a look at our
sample assembly bills here:
sample assembly bills here:
Currently Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, & Western Star offer glider kits. We primarily build Peterbilts, but have done them all. Check out our brochure here!
When asking for the price of a glider, in order for us to help you.. we need to know a few things:
Model - ie: 386, 388, 389? (Peterbilt only makes 3 models for gliders)
Day cab or sleeper size - 36", 48", 63", 72"?
Axle ratings ie.: 12k & 40k or 20k & 46k ?
What do you want to do about an engine? We have used C15 CAT core engines for $5600-$6500. It is recommended that they are rebuilt by someone before installation. We do not rebuilt engines. We provide cores only as a service.
Transmission model and new or rebuilt? We carry Weller Reman units that carry a 1yr / 100K parts and labor warranty at any Paccar dealer in the nation.
With this info we can "ballpark" the price.
Currently In Stock / On Order Kits
We currently do not have any in-stock kits for sale due to demand, however as of September 2013 Peterbilt & KW glider orders are only out 4-5 weeks.
Previously Built Glider Kits
Call Jerry - (330) 878-6630 Monday through Friday 8:00 - 5:00 EST. Open Saturday by appointment.