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Old 08-17-2011, 07:20 PM   #1
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after my 8700plus km trip this summer, the only real complaint I have is the ride good be softer, I wondering if anyone has installed after market rear or front air bags to there bus? I think this would give a nicer ride, Im going to start to look into it, I have full size dog nose blue bird, with a 3800 internatioal frame, any one put some on?

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Old 08-17-2011, 07:59 PM   #2
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I was told air bag school buses dont ride well at all. FWIW
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:50 AM   #3
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I was told air bag school buses dont ride well at all. FWIW
thats most likey right, may not be worth the time and money.
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:09 AM   #4
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If it were a rear engine, that might be different. How about having a spring shop redo the springs for a better ride?
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There was a guy putting air bags on his bus posting on this site about two years ago. He got it torn apart, and then was never heard from again (at least on this site).
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We put Firestone Ride-rite Airbags on the Class C back in 2006. The springs were almost flattened out (it's heavy) and that improved the ride a lot (I run 58 lbs of air in the bags). Now David is considering possibly installing the airbags on the bus to use as levelers for times when we only need to level with a few inches. We will have an air compressor on board anyway. We bought the ones on the Class C from JC Whitney. They installed in a couple of hours. Nothing had to be removed.

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They look the same to me but I'm sure the bags are thicker to support the heavier weight. But we are just looking to use them to level as the bus rides just fine.
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Re: air bags

Why not take it a step further and replace the straight rear axle with an independent suspension setup! Not sure what's available but that would be an interesting modification and might improve ride quality.
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well I was under the bus yesterday, had better look at things, well those springs, and rear axle, etc, looks really heavy, and need big tools, jacks tourches etc.just a bit to much there for me to tackle outside in my back yard. so I think im just going to learn to live with the ride
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Thats what they make spring shops for.
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Thats what they make spring shops for.
I know, but I just dont have the extra cash right now, to many other things to get done, hopefully next year I can look into it more, also Im more of the type of person that has to do things them selfs, thats why Im lic auto tech,lic small engine,lic aircraft ame(turbine) now working in water and sewage systems
as well as a bit of a wood worker, still have lots to learn

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