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Old 05-01-2006, 08:43 AM   #1
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Air vs hydraulics

what is better to convert my bus to?
air suspension or hydraulics.
i want to be able to adjust the hight of my bus.
if it is possible like you can on cars, where can i get it.
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Air is the only way to go IMHO. While both systems will allow you to adjust the height of the bus, they are totally different in operation. In an air ride system the bags control both ride height (and kneeling when stopped) and are the springs in the system. In a hydrauli system you will still be relying on another spring for ride quality while the hydraulics simply control ride height. In most cases this means shorter, rougher riding springs in order to keep the heigh reasonable. There is a reason why coach builders use air ride systems instead of hydraulics for "kneeling." Of course if you're going for that So-Cal look, a bus bouncing up and down 2 feet at the stopsign would be cool and only possible with hydraulics

**Also...air systems are much less complicated and I promise you want a leak to be compressed air, not hydraulic fluid under pressure should one arise
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does anyone know where to get hydraulics or air suspension?
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Check out this thread for more help.
http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=714

If you want hydraulics I think you may be fabricating for yourself. I wouldn't be afraid to fabricate an air ride system for my own rig if I had the desire, but my experience with suspension fabrication is certainly on smaller rigs.
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