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Old 01-19-2013, 01:45 PM   #11
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Is the 5k for the 4wd bus or 15k for the 4wd bus. The last 4wd bus I saw sold for over 25 large.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:26 PM   #12
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Is the 5k for the 4wd bus or 15k for the 4wd bus. The last 4wd bus I saw sold for over 25 large.
Was that awesome white outwest cali I think?
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:34 PM   #13
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Is the 5k for the 4wd bus or 15k for the 4wd bus. The last 4wd bus I saw sold for over 25 large.
Was that awesome white outwest cali I think?

Yes and it was a gasser.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:17 PM   #14
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hdLJTCOW1zQ]

Interesting heavy offroad trials clip I saw on the net...


If you try that with a bus I promise you will end up on your head. If I drive over a pencil it feels like I'm going to roll.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:13 AM   #15
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Re: Request Info on 4x4 bus drivetrains

I think it's because of my air ride suspension. I might try to find a sway bar.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #16
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Whilst cruising on YouTube I found a short clip about that bus/train on the first page.

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Old 01-24-2013, 04:04 PM   #17
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Scarry. Pinion brakes are not safe on the highway, not with a rig that big anyway. Unless his rear steer can be pinned for road use, I say that's a bad idea also. The front lift blocks are stacked and look suspiciously like 2x4s. You know that isn't 4wd right? The jacked up buses look like a fun toy, but I would discourage you if you are wanting to actually use the thing on the road. This is coming from someone who built a 2 1/2 ton rockwelled suburban on 1600x20's, the tire on that bus. I considered building a bus like that for a toy, but I wouldn't want to drive it to where I wheel, and trailering it presents a whole list of pains in the ass. Not to mention, it wouldn't fit down many trails and they really aren't capable off road, and what is it going to take to pull you out when you get stuck?

There are positives, getting the tires to fit is a sinch, the vehicle is strong enough to handle the tire size. The next tire size down, 1400x20 would fit on my bus with just fender trimming. If 4x4, you could make the brakes from the 6x6 work. The steering on the bus could handle the larger tires and probably wouldn't take much modification.

You might consider a bus that still has the older 20 inch rims and sawzall a set of 1400x20's on it. If you don't know already, that tire, and the ones in the link are military surplus. They can often be bought cheap as surplus from farm related tire stores. Don't skimp on them if you want to drive it on the road, find ones that look like new, they're out there.
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FOUND ONE!

$10,500. Its a shortie IH, but its factory 4x4.

http://www.busesonline.com/view-listing ... ing_id=910


That's cool. Would make a great expo rig.
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As has already been pointed out, using parts from an ex-military 2.5 or 5 ton truck is probably your best bet. The front end will be interesting though. It will be very difficult to keep the oil pan and differential from trying to occupy the same space. You could have a lot of down-travel in the suspension, but that doesn't do you a ton of good. 4wd doesn't do you any good if the bus is too tall to be usable.
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Newbienut;
I haven't a clue about 4x4, but you mentioned water. Check out Lifestraw, their large scale isn't in production yet but their single units looks very promising for clean water.
And I hear you on your Zombus concept. We are aiming for the same idea - Safe & sustainable. Doesn't matter what kind of bus we get, my fiancée wants a cow pusher on the front, liftable steel tilt slats over the windows and as much fresh water and back up power as we can haul.
The plan is for long term bondocking (and a good exit strategy) so please keep us updated on your bus situation.
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