Airbag suspension

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 11, 2003 at 21:21
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Saw an ad in "Aust 4x4 Monthly" July 2003 pg 194 for airbag suspension like they use in trucks and busses. Anyone any experience, info or comments?
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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 10:15

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 10:15
Put Polly Airs on the Patrol when we got the camper work a treat also stop body roll when not towingRegards Bob
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Reply By: haze - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 13:32

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 13:32
Polyair bellows units on my 75 L/C . pump em up for BIG loads, back to 20psi. for normal use. Absolute "ducks guts"
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Reply By: Jimbo - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 19:29

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 19:29
Thanks for that. However these aren't Polyair bags. They're big round black rubber bags as seen under trucks and buses. Have a look at www.airbagman.com.au and follow the "about air springs" link for a picture. They had an ad in "4x4 Australia" so I assume they reckon they can fit them to 4x4 trucks. The road from Camerons Corner to Tobooburra was hell on the truck. These bags sound like just the answer if they can be fitted. Cheers Jim
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Reply By: Cameron - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 08:35

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 08:35
Jimbo
We have air bags on our camper trailer. When they work they are great, nice smooth ride, but they can be hell on shockers (no natural damping), you will need to beef up the shockers. We now run two shockers per trailing arm and so far so good. There is a company in Melbourne, Vic Air Suspension (also trading as Complete Truck Alignment). They fitted mine. Give them a bell, 03 9369 1115.
They used to do a kit for air bags on Cruisers and Patrols, but I am not sure if this is still available.
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Reply By: Old Jack - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 19:13

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 19:13
Hi,
have driven a forward control truck with camper on the back before and after was converted to air bag suspension. it works very well, as for 4WD's Range rover has had it available for years, they have been using airbags on heavy off road trucks for years and a lot of road transport trucks have it now. There is a company in Rutherford(maitland NSW) that does conversions.

like most things it's a bit of a mind set change after seeing springs under vehicals for years. must say that the truck camper conversion was a far better deal to drive on the road with the air suspension & hay all those coach's use the stuff!
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