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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:45 am    Post subject: Front beam air shocks, do you have them and how you did it Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

Ok here it goes, I just got me my first running and driving 66 rusty bus, lowered and all, but here is my problem, the PO added some wagen west side plates and lowering spindles, with adjusters, this bus is low, even has a raised steering box.

My problem is its too low, I know I know there is no such thing, well I have the beam set at max height and it still rubs on the inner fender (top) I have 45/15 tires, it is LOWso I need to go up just about an inch or 2, but I canít seem to find any information on adding air shocks to the front , kinda like you would add air shocks to a bugís front end, with weld in adapters or offsetting the mounts, nothing. I keep seeing all this complicated air bags and stuff but no air shocks.

Does anyone have air shocks in your pre 67 bus front end, can you share how you did it or some pictures?
Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Post pictures of the bus and the adjusters in the beam. Nate (WagensWest) builds good quality stuff. You may have the adjusters adjusted in the wrong direction. Also post your complete tire size.

I run air shocks in the front so when I have a heavy load or bigger passengers. I use Monroe MA785.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a look at the AirKewld web site. They sell a air shock (not bagged) system for the front beam. The install instructions are on site too. Might be some help. Their complete system replaces the torson bars with a 'through' bar but they do offer the air shocks individually. I can't speak to the quality, I'm using Wagenswest without air.

I've wondered the strength of such systems supporting the entire front weight on the shock mounts. Keeping the torson bars and supplementing with air shocks seems more reliable to me.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see that airkweld uses weld on shock extensions and fancy air shock, I will try to duplicate is with some Monroe air shocks and use one of the samba members to fabricate the extensions, it should all come together for less than $150

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok got the parts on order and will see how it turns out, I will take picture and do a step by step and post the final results
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe include source of parts and cost...
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