air ride front ends

Discussion in 'Western Star Forum' started by starmac, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    Looking at an 06, that has an air ride front end.
    How are these holding up, it will be put to the test with potholes and frost heaves.
     
  2. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

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    What is it, a Prevost?o_O IDK, with the trucking you do, it may not be the best idea. Buses don't do well off road,,,I'd have to think an air ride steer semi tractor may not be tough enough. Then there's probably a pesky leveling valve for the front, I say just go with what you know.
     
  3. Sharky88

    Sharky88 Medium Load Member

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    I have an air ride front end and have no problems at all. Rides well and a lot less bumpy.
     
    Mike250rs Thanks this.
  4. Snow Monster

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    If it's a bus type air ride, I might be put off.

    If its leaf springs with air bags between axle and frame, I would be more receptive.
     
  5. swaan

    swaan Road Train Member

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    I have hendrickson steertek air ride front axle in my 2012 star. I would get it again in a heart beat. Best riding truck I've had. So far zero maintenance not even a leveling valve .
     
  6. Mike250rs

    Mike250rs Light Load Member

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    Our Fitz gliders have them. Only had 1 with any issues, but that driver never met a pothole he couldn't hit.

    Honestly it depends on your truck setup if it will help or hurt. Set back axles it will be a smoother ride. Set forward axles it will make your front end " floaty" for lack of better words.
     
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