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Old 08-22-2019, 12:34 PM   #1
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Replacing shocks. DIY or a job for the shop? IC 3800

So, I know how to replace shocks on passenger vehicles, but I'm not sure how, or if I should even try, to replace the shocks on this bus.

Is there a practical way a home mechanic can make this happen without spending too much $ on uncommon tools or equipment, or would you suggest bringing it to a biz better equipped for this sort of work?

Any idea how long of a job this would be at a shop and/or ~ how much it would cost?

Also, any info on a source for shocks would be great too. I'm sure it can't be hard, but I haven't researched that yet.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:43 PM   #2
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The only difference I see is the bus shock is bigger. So it should be no different changing bus shocks DIY.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:51 PM   #3
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Thanks, Marc. I see what you mean. Maybe next time I should look before posting questions lol. For some reason I was concerned I'd have to support the chassis somehow. Now I see it's just like most anything else.
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Thanks, Marc. I see what you mean. Maybe next time I should look before posting questions lol. For some reason I was concerned I'd have to support the chassis somehow. Now I see it's just like most anything else.
The springs hold the bus up, not the shocks.
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Old 08-22-2019, 02:20 PM   #5
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The vehicle being held up by the springs applies to all vehicles that have springs, but as someone who learned to drive on a John Deere at age 6, I know that not all vehicles have springs, and if they don't have springs they don't need shocks either. Fortunately our buses have both.
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It's not hard. Biggest issue would be if you have tools that are large enough.

You might also need a heat source(acetylene torch) of some kind if the nuts/bolts are rusted tight.
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Gracias, all.

I think sometimes I get intimidated by the sheer size of this thing and figure it's got to more difficult to <insert x job here> than a 'normal vehicle' without bothering to verify. Kind of put my frontal lobe on stand-by when asking the question above. I'm used to working on things with 2 tires vs 6, and a wet weight <500lbs !

Anyway, yeah... got a 3/4 drive set & map gas. Should be GTG.
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