Originally Posted by kazetsukai
How would one add air ride to their rig?
Originally Posted by EastCoastCB
It would be quite an undertaking. A new Hendrickson rear unit is around 5 or 6 grand. Then there's installing it.
Or one could get a donor bus.
If one wants air ride that bad though its best to stop now, sell, and get another bus with air ride from the get go.
I use to be part of the extreme rock crawling scene. Fabbing suspension isn't really very hard. This would just be on a much larger scale. Build a 4 link, add a couple airbags, a level indicator, tie into the existing air system. Using 4 level indicators it wouldn't even be very hard to have the system level each corner independently. Sure, there will be cost involved, there is with everything you do making a school bus into a RV/Home. But nowhere near $5K.
Just like the air over hydraulic bottle jacks I plan on using as stabilizer/leveling jacks. I think I can get that done for a less than $500, whereas the big leveling systems run about $5K. I'm not sure why so many seem reluctant to tie into the existing compressed air system these busses already come with.