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Old 04-22-2005, 03:15 PM   #1
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Air Ride Suspension on Skoolie

Hi,
I was wondering if anyone out there as installed an air ride suspension system to their schoo bus??

Also,what about the Mor ryde company and their rubber springs??
If anyone has any thoughts on this or other ways to make the ride smoother,I would appreciate it.
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Old 04-22-2005, 05:49 PM   #2
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we test drove busses with leaf and with bags. Leafs will never fail bags may and are expensive. We went with bags becuase the ride was worth the risk. It was a night and day difference on the smoothness of the ride in the bagged bus.
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Old 04-22-2005, 06:42 PM   #3
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Do you have any pictures of the install, where did you buy the equipment from?

Are you running off the air brakes compressor or did you install one for the suspension.
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Old 04-22-2005, 07:10 PM   #4
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Hi,
Thanks for the info.Do you know what type of air bag system it was ?Two bag,eight bag,front,rear??

When you say you tested leaf springs,did they have just the regular springs or did they have the nifty rubber springs,made by this company

http://www.morryde.com/

It is obvious that air bags would be way better than plain ole school bus leaf springs.

The question is are they better than the rubber springs? The "mor ryde "company will for 1.200 bucks install there rubber springs on a school bus,which they say will greatly improve the ride.

The kelderman company will install a two bag rear system in a bus that they say will also improve the ride.They will do this for 2000.

I am just trying to decide which would be the better ride for the buck.Obviously,I hope for the lesser expensive one.~Pixie
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Old 04-22-2005, 09:38 PM   #5
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I've found that my bus rides A LOT smoother with 400 gallons of water inside.

$2,000 for air bags is a little too rich for my blood
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Old 04-22-2005, 10:25 PM   #6
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Yeah well,.........it is for my blood too really.However,this is our home,we dont have anything else,and we want it to be safe and comfortable........

BTW ~ I am oposed to logging intact forests and old growth, let em cut tree farms....and I do not use plastic toilet paper....


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Old 04-23-2005, 10:31 AM   #7
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Has anyone tried removing a spring to improve the ride? I know this is sugested on box vans to reduce MGVW to get under D.O.T. radar.
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Old 04-23-2005, 01:05 PM   #8
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Morryde suspension

My bus came with the Mor/ryde rubber springs. To date, I've only driven it around empty, so it may not be a fair comparison -- but it feels like there is no suspension at all. There were head-shaped dents in some of the ceiling panels, which I attribute to unluckly solo riders and small potholes (large potholes would have punched kid-sized holes...).
I've been daydreaming of upgrading to an air-ride system.

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Old 04-24-2005, 11:23 PM   #9
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Air ride possibilities

I'm looking for an air ride solution on my '89 blubird (empty weight 15,500 -71 pass.) also. The springs are sagging somewhat now in both front and rear. My background is that of a truck mechanic, turned driver when my 'ol back wore out. In any case, it may be possible to adapt an air bag setup from an 18 wheeler to the rear axle of the skoolie. Some fabrication would be in order no doubt. I will post what I learn from checking various tractors/ trailers that I come into contact with, as to what I believe would work. On the other hand, I have seen springs sent to a shop to be re-arched and have a leaf or two removed to improve the ride on some straight trucks. This is a cost effective way to go. Quad air shocks in the front (2 per side) is something else I was considering. They add about 3000 lbs. carrying capacity total, and would definately help a sagging front end. I haven't priced new leaf srings for several years but know they are pricey. If anyone else has an idea, please post it.
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Old 04-25-2005, 12:09 AM   #10
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Hi,
Have you checked out the Kelderman company ??

http://www.keldermanmfg.com/


I contacted them and they said they have a two bag rear system they will install for 2,000, parts included.They said they have instaled one on a school bus they use for tailgating parties and that it improved the ride considerably.

Do you think a two bag rear sytem will make much difference?? ~ Pixie
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