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Suspension advice for my wheelchair van.

Hi i have a 92 E350 i just bought with a 7.3 to transport my son (insurance doesnt cover 100% of transport). So instead of going further in dept the wife told me to buy something we can transport him in. So i did.

This was an old ambulance used by a fire dept. Well maintained and runs like a beast. The fact that it traveled in salt doesnt help but thats another story and another dollar.


I need suspension all the way around. Im looking for some links to some sites that will get me where i need to be. I weighed it at a cat scale and shes 7800lbs. I also will be towing our wheelchair modified travel trailer (8k).

I have no experience in air ride and was looking for pros and cons.

We usually to tow with our newer 3/4 tons suburban. Its not an option after mys sons accident for him to travel in that vehicle on the long trips out of state to the Dr that has him under care.

So fire away with all the info/exp you have.

Thanks for your help guys.
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I used to work at a ambulance manufacture. both installing and later a purchasing agent. I can tell you that all of them that we did, and there was alot. got either air lift or ride tech air suspension in the rear and the front were always stock. we tried alot of other ones but just could not cut it. you can contact either one and im sure they have a direct kit for ya. most ambulances have a air discharge switch by the rear doors on the inside. im not sure if you have a van cut away or a cab and chassie but they will ask that .hope this helps
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Thanks for the info. Its a van with a raised roof pretty much. I didnt see any air suspension at all. Like i said its a 92. Not sure if it was around back then haha. I was in high school in 92.


I have looked at autozone and pep boys and such. Did a little google but i would like to hear what type of springs people are using. I will now research air rides. Thanks again.
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i think that you will have to call and ask. but im sure they have something. try not to crap you pants when they give ya a price ..... if you need anything else let me know. i can kinda point ya in the right way.........
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Suspension advice for my wheelchair van.

I've heard good and bad about AirBagIt so maybe some others can comment. There seems to be a lot of air suspension choices for raised vehicles but very little for ones you want to keep close to stock ride height. There also Kelderman Air Ride.


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They seem a little cheesy?
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but I must admit some of their stuff like he F series coil replacement and rear 4 link entice Me

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Suspension advice for my wheelchair van.

ZMANN are you talking about Kelderman?


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I cant get enough input to make a firm choice on air ride. Thanks for your help.

Im going with moog front coil springs
monroe rv front shock
rear monroe spring assist shocks (magnum)
Leaf springs we will look at this weekend when we get her on the lift. I have 0 ext with leaf springs. This should be fun.

I did talk to a guy at the air ride place in AZ as listed above. He said he only had rear. And i would have to take out some leaf springs and install bags. 600.

Id love a smooth air ride but i would need to hear from ppl that use it and tow with it. I cant take a risk like that because it sounds cool. haha.

Thanks again guys.
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