[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.

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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