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post #1 of 14 Old Jan 22nd, 2010, 4:51 pm Thread Starter
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Air Ride Suspension

I have an 05 Bushtec Quantum GL that I will now be towing behind my "LT". I saw at one time someone had come up with a portable compressor you can install to adjust your suspension. I have been thinking about purchasing one but can't seem to find it anywhere.

Does anyone have one? If so, how do you like it. And can someone point to to a link to look at it.

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post #3 of 14 Old Jan 22nd, 2010, 8:06 pm Thread Starter
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Re: Air Ride Suspension

I saw that the other day while browsing but that is not what I have seen for the bushtec. Specifically designed for the ride suspension. Thanks for the link though

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I did some more searching and found it. Made by Electrical Connections. Here is the link
http://www.electricalconnection.com/...ents/08011.htm

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Wow, $300.00 just to adjust your trailer suspension "on the fly" ?

The ultimate farkle!


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Wow, $300.00 just to adjust your trailer suspension "on the fly" ?

The ultimate farkle!
Hell It's worth every penny to me. It,s a PITA to keep adjusting the air as your load changes.
That's the only complaint I have ever had with Bushtec. Just think fling 80 down the Hiway & you see you need to adjust your air. Push the button & your done. KEWL.
It WILL be my next Farkle

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I did some more searching and found it. Made by Electrical Connections. Here is the link
http://www.electricalconnection.com/...ents/08011.htm

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I just order this Air Compressor system so I'll post my findings on install , fit & finish. also over all thoughts. I did find out that the owner of this company is the son of the owner of Bushtec.

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It,s a PITA to keep adjusting the air as your load changes.
If you close the lid before you drive down the road the load won't change... (and I won't have to dodge your skivies in the twisties)

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Done a load of miles with our Quantum. Measure to check the tongue weight, syringe pump from Bushtec prior to hooking up to adjust the camber. You need to roll the trailer back and forth to get this right. Never needed to adjust after this first daily check, however I do see that the lid is shut properly. 2nd click !
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Done a load of miles with our Quantum. Measure to check the tongue weight, syringe pump from Bushtec prior to hooking up to adjust the camber. You need to roll the trailer back and forth to get this right. Never needed to adjust after this first daily check, however I do see that the lid is shut properly. 2nd click !
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My problem (among many ) is when I am not working (truck & trailer goes with employee) my only transportation is the bike. If I need to go to the store I hook up the trailer when it's empty then add weight at the store. Now I either have to GUESS how much air to put in & ride around the parking lot to check then stop to adjust air if needed or unhook trailer & roll back & forth while airing up the shocks.
With this NEW set up it will be faster to get on the road.

BTW John them aint my Skivvies flyin outa my rig ..... Commando all the way.

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Of course ! Shopping trailer. That makes much more sense.
See the need now for variable pressures of a daily nature.
On tour, our load remains fairly static and hence the initial setting remains OK.
Requires about 70 - 75 psi to achieve the correct tire camber as we are around
max load. Would depend on shocks and "stiction " though.
Sorry dude.
Trailer safe and happy shopping.

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Steve,
I would be interested in hearing from you regarding how you like it. I have not ordered yet but may be soon as I have a couple of good rode trips planned this summer.
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Steve,
I would be interested in hearing from you regarding how you like it. I have not ordered yet but may be soon as I have a couple of good rode trips planned this summer.
Gary
Gary it came in yesterday & I installed last night & this morning.
First impressions ...... VERY nice design, looks well made & compact.
Instructions are NOT VERY GOOD I contacted Bushtec & they told me the best way to wire it to their trailer
It came with wiring I DID NOT need.
The remote has 4 buttons but you only use 2 of them.
Instruction say button 1 to air up & button 3 to dump air. My remote was #2 to air up & 3 to dump air. Not a big deal I just started pushing buttons till it worked.
Very EASY to install , On the Bushtec you use the interior light wire (black) for power. If you have the interior light (I do not) just move power for light to running light.
Ground the unit to the trailer ground wire (white).
On the bike (With Bushtec isolator) you cut black wire at the isolator and run it to your power source WITH the 7.5 amp inline fuse in the kit.
Hook up trailer , plug in wires to bike , turn bike on & push a button.
It really is that easy. It takes 5 or 6 seconds to fully air up shocks & about the same time to dump the air. Now this is with the trailer empty. I will NOT be able to ROAD TEST it till Sunday.

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Well finally we had a DRY Sunday so I got Lola & Mae out for a little 100+ mile ride. The New onboard compressor on the trailer worked flawlessly. I put about 75 lbs in the center section of the trailer and hit the twisties. It's pretty cool to just hit 1 button & adjust the suspension going down the road. On the way home I stopped by Home Depot & picked up another 90 + lbs of mulch, loaded it up & off I went. Pushed 1 button & 2 seconds later the trailer was level again.

If you use your trailer as a "SHOPPING" trailer as Hilton called it you have to get this upgrade.

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