EUROPART offers an extensive range of spare parts for the chassis of buses and coaches from European bus manufacturers Irisbus, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Neoplan, Scania, Setra, Solaris, Temsa, Van Hool, VDL and Volvo.
Suspension, damping, steering parts and axle spare parts
The broad range of EUROPART spare parts for buses includes axle and steering parts such as suspension beams and steering rods, ball joints, power steering pumps, axle guidance or wheel bearing sets and spare parts for suspension and damping, such as for example air bellows or shock absorbers. ECAS and levelling valves, sensors and ABS spare parts can also be found in the EUROPART range.
Chassis designs for the route
Bus chassis are primarily composed of axles, suspension, damping and axle connection to the vehicle frame. European public service vehicles have had air suspension as standard for decades. It offers a high degree of comfort and - thanks to electronic lifting and lowering equipment - the option to lower the bus when opening the door on the entrance side, making it easier to get on and off.
In addition to the rigid front axle construction, independent suspension is also commonly found in modern public and intercity buses, guaranteeing increased driving comfort, but requiring more installation space for the protruding suspension.
At the rear, air-sprung rigid axles form the usual chassis technology. Portal axles are mostly used in low-floor buses, in which the axle tube is angled and passes under the wheel centre. In this way, there is more interior space and a continuous flat low-level floor can be implemented. In low-entry buses, in which the floor is raised in the rear of the vehicle, there is, however, enough space for a standard rigid drive axle.
Driving comfort for journeys
The combination of independent suspension at the front and rigid axle at the rear has become accepted as a comfortable and stable design. European coaches always have air suspension at the front and rear. Independent suspension at the front is made up of several moving rods which connect the steering knuckle and the wheel carrier with the structural supporting vehicle frame. This design guarantees considerably more comfort than a rigid axle.