[T2] Improved ride quality

Chris Dreike cdreike at gmail.com
Tue Sep 3 18:51:33 PDT 2019


Thanks Al,
I thought about that too. The rubber does seem to be rather hard, however I
installed new ones when I restored the bus 16 years ago.
The bus lives in my garage so not a lot of deterioration would have
happened. The rough ride is not new. Always been that way over the 47 years
I've had the bus.
I installed the trimmed snubbers today, lowered the tire pressure to 24
psi. Went for a drive this evening and I like the ride. Not as smooth as my
bay, however much smoother than before.
I can go through my dips in the streets around my neighborhood at 20
without getting tossed to the ceiling.

Cheers,
Chris
64DD Kamper Kit
71 Bay

On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 4:58 PM Al Brase <alribee at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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