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Old 06-25-2015, 07:01 PM   #11
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How well do those wheelchair buses with the small tires do on the highway? Is the axle ratio/transmission gearing set up to compensate for the small tires?

I like the idea of getting one of these shorter wheelchair buses especially because there's no fenders to work around.
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Old 06-28-2015, 02:05 AM   #12
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How well do those wheelchair buses with the small tires do on the highway? Is the axle ratio/transmission gearing set up to compensate for the small tires?

I like the idea of getting one of these shorter wheelchair buses especially because there's no fenders to work around.
The ones here do fine on the highway.

Yes, most have the right gears in the rear axle to compensate for the smaller tires. They have a 3.?? gear ratio.
Most full size will have a 4.?? or a 5.?? rear axle ratio.

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Old 06-28-2015, 01:49 PM   #13
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:10 PM   #14
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:42 AM   #15
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Factory air could be converted to run the compressor from a smaller gas or diesel engine, VS running the bus engine for AC use.

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Old 06-30-2015, 01:46 AM   #16
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That looks like a really nice looking bus for a very reasonable price.

If the wheels are standard 10-hole Budd wheels you can go up to some taller tires on standard 22.5" wheels as long as you still have clearance in the wheel wells. The clearance can be compensated by putting blocks under the air bags.

I have given my opinion on coach A/C systems--expensive to maintain, hard to work on, and most were barely adequate to cool the space.

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Old 06-30-2015, 10:17 AM   #17
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Factory air could be converted to run the compressor from a smaller gas or diesel engine, VS running the bus engine for AC use.

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And if you rip out the factory air, I wont ever talk to you again. I'd take bus air 10x over a roof mount.
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Going down the road the dual air in our BB is the way to go!

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