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« Reply #45 on: May 17, 2007, 09:25:52 AM »

Take her out on Lake Superior in the winter.... lots of room there, just don't run over any shacks! LOL
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« Reply #46 on: May 17, 2007, 09:39:38 AM »

Oh Man! I could charge admission for that ride!
And some of you here think the newlooks are junk! Pish Posh! Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #47 on: May 17, 2007, 11:46:43 AM »

Wow, you are WAY over thinking this. Skip a few ice cream cones, set the air bags to correct height and drive.

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Speaking of setting the Ride Hight, Which waty do you set them for a bit Softer ride.. I have the manuals but they dont tell you that..
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« Reply #48 on: May 17, 2007, 06:31:45 PM »

Hmmmmm. . . . .


Speaking of setting the Ride Height, Which way do you set them for a bit Softer ride.. I have the manuals but they don't tell you that...
 
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Paul -

The manuals don't tell you that because you're not setting up the ride for a Cadillac/Lincoln.  You're setting up the ride for an industrial piece of machinery, in this case, a transit bus.

Do you really think you can second-guess the team of factory engineers who designed the suspension system for your coach?

Set the ride height to the correct setting per the shop manual.  That's the setting for the best combination of ride quality and handling, as determined by the factory. 

And install new shocks. . .

BTW, the ride characteristics of a transit bus are quite different than those of a highway coach.  Guess which one rides "smoother". . . and why do you suppose so?  Especially if they're both air suspension systems. . .

FWIW & HTH. . .

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« Reply #49 on: May 17, 2007, 07:49:28 PM »

Air bags are similar to tires. Air bags have steel cords from top to bottom. Air bags do not have the capability to flex. Less air is less ride height, more air is more ride height PERIOD.
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« Reply #50 on: May 18, 2007, 04:49:45 AM »

    I have had people tell that changing the ride height affected the handling on their buses. I do not remember waht make or model these buses were, but this should probably be considered.  Jack
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« Reply #51 on: May 18, 2007, 05:14:08 AM »

Air bags are similar to tires. Air bags have steel cords from top to bottom. Air bags do not have the capability to flex. Less air is less ride height, more air is more ride height PERIOD.


The Firestone design guide mentioned fabric plys but not steel cords. Air bags DO FLEX. They are air springs & changing the air pressure changes the spring rate. It is this that makes them great for buses, you can change the spring rate to suit the load - full of passangers or just a few. The ride height valves do this automatically.

Here is the link to the design guide:
http://www.firestoneindustrial.com/pdfs/OE/AirideDG.pdf

Maybe this can explain air bags well enough to answer the questions, seems there is more to it than some realize  Smiley
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« Reply #52 on: May 18, 2007, 07:38:33 AM »

Kyle -

Great link - thanks for sharing!


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"Air bags do not have the capability to flex."

So you're saying that springs (like leaf, coil steel or air) don't flex? 

Wow, learn something new every day. . .

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