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Old 02-18-2015, 12:03 PM   #1
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Ribs on sides of bus......?

What are those ribs that run the length of the bus for? safety? rigidity? I don't see them on other types of vehicles. Could they be removed?
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:06 PM   #2
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They are for impact safety and do add rigidity

I would not remove them personally, school buses are probably the safest vehicle for hauling people on the road
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:11 PM   #3
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Rigidity and safety.They keep the bus... bus shaped. For the sake of your own life and the lives of others, don't remove them. Not sure you could get away with removing every third or so? I personally wouldn't even risk that. A big reason I love the skoolies is how solid and safe they are.
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I'd imagine one could pull out every other one. Some non-school buses have less ribs. I may remove a couple of the upright sections just to go with some wider windows. But I'd be welding in some square tubing to reinforce it.
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:33 PM   #5
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I think the OP is referring to the rub rails on the sides.

Op did you mean these?



Here's a link to a former discussion on these here:
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f13/removing-rub-rails-are-they-needed-6606.html
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Ahhhh derp! that would make MUCH more sense.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:30 PM   #7
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I would not remove them. They are part of the strength of our buses.

Like one of the other members mentioned, non school type buses use less, some use more. All depends on what options were ordered when the bus was purchased.

I'm even adding more rub rails in the sections of new metal I added after the roof raise. I'm keeping the spacing close to what the factory did on the ones below the windows.

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Old 02-18-2015, 09:45 PM   #8
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You want to remove rub-rails on a bus? Stop by and you can have fun removing mine so I can get to the few/only spots of rust I have. I am not anxious to remove the 50 million or more rivets, plus putting new rivets in when I finish with the repair.
I say leave the rails if you can.
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