Common modifications we can provide Approval Certificates for:
- Body installation and change of body descriptions
- Wheelbase modifications
- Lazy axle modifications
- FURP & ROPS installations
- Motorhome and Campervan conversions
- Wheelchair transport vehicles and taxis
- 5th wheel turntable installations
- Installations of ADR approved towbars
- Cranes, Skip Loaders & Hooklifts
- Tailgate loaders and wheelchair lifts
- Seating modifications
- 25 year Bus Frame inspections
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Nearly all heavy trucks start out life as Cab chassis vehicles. From here they are then design and fitted with the body application suitable to the intended use. Most Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM’s) provide what is called body builders guidelines. It is these guidelines that provide the instructions for the bodybuilders and modifiers. These instructions will provide guidance on how to fit bodies, how to carry out wheelbase and other chassis modifications and minimum requirements for new holes drilled into the chassis frame, among others. It is these guidelines that precedence and should be sourced for recommendations of how to carry out modifications to the vehicle.
If this information is no longer available or applicable the National Code of Practice – VSB6 can provide assistance. However it does not include recommendations for truck body design. Vehicle that undergo modification to the body type and size, wheelbase and rear overhang modifications, installation of some components can all have effect of the body mounting system.
It is recommended that consideration be given when fitting bodies around the access to, inspection of and other maintainability of chassis components and equipment such as engines, transmission, spare tyre carriers, battery trays and fuel fillers to name a few.
One thing that is common among all OEM body builders guidelines is the need for a tapered subframe. The chassis frame around the start of the body is often exposed to high stress due to the change of structure stiffness.To reduce this high load the subframe must be tapered. VSB6 provides the below example. However OEM guidelines may differ and it’s strongly recommended that the bodybuilder obtain the specific manufacturer’s guidelines
Example of Tapered Subframes for VSB6
Example of Tapered Subframe from Isuzu N-series Bodybuilders Guide
Commercial Vehicle Compliance has a range of body builder guidelines and provide assistance for body builders on request.
Sometimes bodies and towbars are fitted as part of the OEM compliance and are not classed as a modification prior to being registered. To establish if the particular body or towbar was part of the manufactures original compliance click here to read Vehicle Standard Guide – VSG7.