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Old 01-16-2014, 11:11 AM   #1
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Crown Front Suspension Retrofit?

A question for you mechanically inclined (AKA grease monkey) skoolies...especially you Crown Coach guys (and gals?):

My 1990 Crown Super Coach II has airbag rear suspension, but leaf spring front suspension. The front end tends to bounce more than I would like while driving. I'm considering having the front suspension replaced with an airbag retrofit. What do you think about the practicality of such a project? Is it even possible? Are we talking big bucks? Have any of you ever done this with your skoolie?

If Crown was still in business I could contact their tech support but of course Crown as an enterprise is long gone, more's the pity.
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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Re: Crown Front Suspension Retrofit?

Could be the shocks might be the culprit.
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Old 01-18-2014, 06:07 AM   #3
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Re: Crown Front Suspension Retrofit?

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Could be the shocks might be the culprit.
X2

Just like on a car, if bad will let suspension bounce

Take them off and try to compress and extend you can tell if they are bad, they won't have resistance
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:21 PM   #4
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Oooo...nice. That should set you back more than the bus is worth. LOL!
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:58 AM   #5
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Re: Crown Front Suspension Retrofit?

Thanks for the link Nat. No pricing info but looks expensive. That would replace the steering axle too, but I wonder if there's any kit that would just replace the leaf springs only. Might save some money that way.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:08 AM   #6
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Re: Crown Front Suspension Retrofit?

$7500! That's 4 times what the whole bus cost.
Thanks for the Firestone link. That might prove quite helpful. I'll probably have it professionally installed though, if I do it.
As for the "kneeling down" part, I was thinking more along the lines of adapting the air suspension for automatic leveling. Maybe there are kits out there for that sort of thing...
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:58 PM   #7
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Re: Crown Front Suspension Retrofit?

My guess was at least five grand. It seems I was a little low.
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