airbag for2017 200 series with kdss

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:20
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Is it necessary to fit airbags to standard suspension to carry the weight of bushtracker or would you need to up grade the back springs as well .

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Reply By: Gone Bush - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 13:47

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 13:47
Upgrade the springs and use WDH bars.

Don't instal airbags, they just help to transmit all the road shock to the hitch.

KDSS has nothing to do with weight carrying capacity. It is all about wheel articulation.
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Reply By: NIK `N` OFF - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 15:25

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 15:25
Greg I upgraded the suspension (GVM upgrade) originally I was using weight distribution bars but I didn't like the amount of rear sag when I took them off for off roading, so I had airbags fitted as well. Since then I have not used the bars for 25,000k towing I only require 10psi in the airbags for the rig to sit level.

Now recently I have broken a chine bar / girder strap on the BT's drawbar, wether that has anything to do with using air bags and no WDB's I don't know. I intend to change the chine bar over to the heavy duty flat bar type and continue to tow without the WDB's
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Reply By: Krisandkev - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 16:16

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 16:16
Originally had airbags but found the 200 a little low when off road. Only towing a camper trailer back then. Had an ARB 2” lift with 200 kg springs and kept the airbags but later found one bag split on the top and noticed the 200 did not actually need the bags since the lift. Picked up our new Bushtracker in September 2015 and the guys set up our cruiser perfectly with the WDB’s. The vehicle and van sit perfectly and after 36,000 kms towing it is a dream to tow. The lift made a massive difference. When we do go off road just do not need to worry about driving over obstacles so much and beach driving is also improved when driving in deep wheel ruts as nothing underneath gets dragged along the sand. So from my experience go for the lift and forget the bags.
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Reply By: Maximus - Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 at 19:07

Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 at 19:07
This may interest you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=XBZu39pQ8Gg&app=desktop
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Follow Up By: Krisandkev - Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 at 10:00

Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 at 10:00
Good video, explains it perfectly.

But I wish those Americans would go like the rest of the world and go metric! Amazingly I was talking to a engineer from America a couple of years ago and I asked him the same question and he said he recalls a while back they were going to go metric and most were looking forward to it and in his company they started to gear up for the change and then as we know they did not go that way. As an engineer he was disappointed as he says metric just makes sense and is so much easier to work with. Kevin




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Reply By: Maximus - Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 at 11:55

Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 at 11:55
About the only thing the US recognise metric is in cannon shells, rifle and hand gun ammunition etc!!!
It was a good explainetory video. I think it shows that air bags are band aid treatments.

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Follow Up By: Col & Diane - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 at 21:17

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 at 21:17
Great video Maximus. Thanks.

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Reply By: Maximus - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 at 00:03

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 at 00:03
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No problems.. picked it it from the LCOOL site which can be handy at times!!

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Reply By: Ponce - Friday, Mar 24, 2017 at 18:05

Friday, Mar 24, 2017 at 18:05
Nice video on a flat concrete workshop floor. No doubt about the figures but wonder what it is like when articulation and degree of vehicle alters. Almost impossible to obtain readings I guess but bet it would throw some of those weights out.!!
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