Thinking of lowering your bus? There's more to it than price.
Thinking of lowering your bus, and would like to let a little less air under your bus on the freeway, slow down some of those cross winds, right?
Here are a few ways to go about lowering a Bay Window Kombi. At the end of this page is split window information
Here are a few wrong ways, Removal of torsion leaves, wrong, weakens the spring rate and worsens the ride and is dangerous. Cutting and turning the beam, wrong, again weakens the beam and is really guess work, both ideas not very long term thinking, and both pretentiously dangerous.
Indian's work in lowering safely and reliably has been spoken about in a number of magazines and books and we now offer a range of lowering solutions, from kits to drive-in-drive-out.
Kruizinwagon Lowering - 2-3 Inches
But if it's two to three inches lower than standard your looking for, then a basic method would serve you well and will be economical. All you will require is an Adjustable front beam and Adjust down the standard rear spring plates to the desired height. With this method, [provided the ride height was only adjusted two to three inches,] the standard size shock absorbers could be retained and the ride will not be too harsh. Email us for more information.
Kruizinwagon Lowering - 3 Inches Plus
If it's lower than three inches your heart desires, the rear end will require further attention. As the rear goes down, the rear wheel becomes more difficult to remove and replace through the rear wheel arch, and the rear trailing arm starts to get too close to the chassis rails and we start to run out of bump stops. To compensate this, we use adjustable spring plates allowing the rear spring to have enough movement once the bus is off the ground to remove and replace the rear wheels. Email us for more information.
For the use of wider alloy rims, Kruzinwagon Adjustable Spring Plates are made to suit the much wider and taller alloy rims. The adjusters are set in such a way that they do not interfere with the rim, and allow the fitment of 16", 17" and 18" allow rims.
Sway bars are always an asset and 18 to 22mm rear sway bar will work wonders. Shorter shock absorber will be required and there are several good brands available, depending on your budget.
Front End information
Because we have a torsion leaf front suspension, we are limited to what we can do to slow the spring rate down and limit the travel of the control arms. The lower the ride gets, the closer the body gets to the front tyres, as it's driven on normal roads. Sitting over the front wheels as we do in our forward control buses, we are shown no mercy as the lower control arms rides up to kiss the bump stop on the way down. So we've come up with torsion leaf stiffeners, that slide over the torsion leaves, one for each control arm, to slow or limit the twist in the torsion bar.
The bump stops need to be relocated as well, to give the front suspension back it's travel. See, you have to keep in mind, as you adjust your front control arms down, you will still need the bump stops in a workable position. That's why we use adjustable bump stops with our adjustable beams.
Shock absorbers play a big part in the ride of your bus, as you would know, and by using a modified mount on top, a wider range of shock absorber is available, being shorter, stronger and more adjustable. The front sway bar is okay, but larger ones are available and will improve the handling. We can advise you on these.
You'll notice as the front end gets closer the ground, so does the standard sway bar, because of it's shape. We use one that is fastened to the beam and it stays away from the road, a real plus.
That just about covers the lowering of your bay window bus. Something to keep in mind, any modification you do to any part of your suspension will more than likely require an Engineers report to comply with your local Roads and Traffic Authority. We can arrange engineers inspections for you.
Split Screen Information
Lowering a Split Screen Bus is almost the same up the front, but in the rear there are a few subtle differences, being swing axle rather than IRS. Split screens have reduction hubs, and lowering those can cause big problems as they get lower and run out of oil. We also offer an IRS conversion for Split Screens.
There's more to getting it right than price or reading a 'how to' in a popular VW Magazine, so get some advice from the experts - email us today.