Anybody ever do any suspension work?
So after returning from our 9,000 mile US trip this summer, we collectively determined one thing about my bus: the suspension and ride quality is HORRIBLE! I know it is a leaf-sprung school bus, but it is seriously unbearable, especially in Michigan and any rough roads.
The front leaf spring bushings (where the bolt goes through) are completely shot, the front ones are heavily worn and the rears are just GONE. Completely disintegrated and fell out, so there is no "cushion" over bumps and it is probably a leading cause as to why there is so much play in the steering, and why it wanders so badly. I am not sure about the shocks, but those are cake to replace and if I find the parts and they aren't crazy expensive I'll do so.
I doubt I would tackle this myself, but has anyone ever replaced leaf spring bushings on a truck this size, or had a shop do it? I have never messed with truck suspension (straight axle / leaf) only macpherson or semi-trailing arm car-style suspension. The front axle bushings seem easy enough to get to, and are in by far the worst shape. I doubt the leaf would even need to come off the bus / off the axle.
I appreciate any advice. Thanks!