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Old 06-18-2015, 06:05 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by somewhereinusa View Post

Here is a diagram of the weights.

Great info on the weights of all four corners of the bus.

Originally Posted by turf View Post
after reading this thread, i emailed a spring company for a quote. told them my weights, and that i want to soften the ride. here is the email response from spring company:

To "soften" a vehicle of that size is almost impossible with out damaging the integrity of the springs. This is not something we can do here. Anytime you "Soften" a ride usually we would take a spring out of the pack, however due to the size of your bus doing this could seriously damage the vehicle. We therefore unfortunately cannot help you with the springs on your bus.

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That is nothing more than a fear of liability.

This is why we have packs made to a smaller weight rating, with Fewer, thicker leafs.

I also can't helpbut notice that all of the newer buses here come with far fewer, but thicker leafs right from the factory.

A few of us here need to go do some leaning on Pirate 4x4. Trouble is, they would get ripped apart over there.


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Old 06-18-2015, 07:50 PM   #22
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Less, thicker leafs make for a rougher ride than more thinner leafs.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:19 AM   #23
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I heard basically the same thing from Eaton Detroit which is why I chose to replace the whole spring pack with new ones properly rated for a softer ride. Weren't all that expensive especially given the "peace of mind" factor.
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Old 06-19-2015, 02:17 PM   #24
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150 pound third grader yikes!
I had 3 - 7th grade, 200+ pound linemen on my bus this past school year, so I'm NOT surprised anymore..... They were BIGGER than ME!
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Old 06-19-2015, 03:17 PM   #25
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Interesting discussion! I'm hoping to accomplish the same thing: a softer rear suspension.

I took part in a thread that started discussing the same thing.. It didn't really get resolved, but I'll post it anyhow:

I was hoping to simply drop a leaf and see how it rides, but perhaps I'll have a chat with some local suspension experts..
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