[T2] Improved ride quality

Al Brase alribee at gmail.com
Tue Sep 3 16:58:03 PDT 2019


Something else: I bet the rubber snubbers are all hard  and not very bouncy
any more, so that when you encounter a bump the snubbers do not absorb any
shock.

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 12:08 PM Chris Dreike <cdreike at gmail.com> wrote:

> David,
> Thanks for the comments. I have compared my ride height to 3 other
> splitties of varying ages and all are at the same height. So I think that
> my bus has not sagged. (no guarantee of course with hardware this old)
> Having removed the stops and driven around for about 25 miles, I am much
> happier with the ride quality. So I have ground off about 3/8" of rubber
> from my stops with a wire wheel and I will be reinstalling them today.
> Next experiment will be to reduce the front tire pressure to about 22-24
> psi. The factory recommends 28 in the front and 32 in the rear.
> I hope to report back on that later.
> A while back I had a conversation with Peter at Airkewld about the ride
> quality. I had asked about removing a torsion leaf to reduce the spring
> rate and installing an adjuster to lift the front back up to stock. His
> answer was that it is a bad idea to
> remove a leaf and to try removing the stops and lowering air pressure. So
> that is where I am at right now.
>
> BTW, my modified brake arm makes driving the bus much more delightful.
> Please let me know if any of you folks try this and how you like it.
>
> Cheers,
> Chris
> 64DD Kamper Kit
> 71 Sunroof
>
> On Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 8:46 AM david raistrick <keen at icantclick.org>
> wrote:
>
> > > I still think the suspension was bottoming onto the rubber stops. The
> > gap between the top of the
> > trailing arm and the rubber was very short.
> >
> > based on your descriptions, I'd agree.   it sounds like you have a
> reduced
> > suspension travel from stock.   I'd guess that you may be suffering
> spring
> > sag, which is pretty common, particularly on campers.    for rears, it's
> a
> > torsion bar adjustment to bring it up.   for front it's a bit harder,
> since
> > the stock beams dont have adjustability.   Of course, you could have a
> > broken spring leaf, which is also common.    could be worth a beam
> teardown
> > to find out.     You can add (or have added) an adjuster, and use it to
> > raise (to stock height), instead of lower, the front.
> >
> > it's pretty common for the lowered crowd to have to cut or remove the
> bump
> > stops.  it's not really normal for the stock height crowd. ;)
> >
> >
> >
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