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Old 04-02-2006, 04:43 PM   #43
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Cool WoW

Spring and Airbag replacement complete! WoW! Went for a test drive. There is a huge change in the handle! Routed the lines up into the engine compartment so I can fill with a DC air compressor.
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:21 PM   #44
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Old 04-04-2006, 04:44 PM   #45
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Looks good and must be rewarding to have improved the ride. My rig rides light yrs better than it did when the airbags were flat. I filled them today when out getting things ready for a three day campout this week.
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anyone going bagless?

hi guys

nice pics of the work, results look good...

when redoing the suspension for the 10th bday, i opted for no bags up front.....
used this 'supercoils' product; as i recall under 200 and no bags to deal with...

http://www.coilsprings.com/rv/p_30.html

i considered the results excellent and much better than the stock setup was even when new in 79.....firmer but not too...and no wallowing on wavy roadways...much less lean on turns...

these super coils were mounted in 88 i think and along with ipd front sway bar / poly bushings and bilsteins shocks made a huge difference...up front.

the full setup is still in service...except the shocks were replaced again recently...

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Old 04-04-2006, 08:18 PM   #47
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Airbag Replacement???

Is that like getting divorced and finding someone new?
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:40 AM   #48
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Old 04-13-2006, 09:12 AM   #49
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New Airbag Source

I located a new source for those who need rear airbags.
The part number is W01-358-5405. I also heard Firestone only makes a run
of 12 bags for stock. You might have to wait 2 - 3 weeks if they are out. See attachment.

http://www.truckspring.com/Search.aspx?Keyword=5405


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Old 04-04-2009, 08:13 PM   #50
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I replaced the front bags on our MoHo a couple of years ago. It made a huge difference in ride quality. Removing the old bags is much easier if you use a steak knife to cut the old bag in a spiral around the spring, then basically "screw it" out of the bottom. (This was 87MH's suggestion and made the project much easier). Lots of pulling is required, but all in all I think I replaced both bags on a single Saturday afternoon.
Yeah I know this is an old thread but I thought I would revive it anyway. I was out in the shop trying to replace the front airbags on our 310 motorhome and struggling to try and remove the old bags. I finally came in the house and searched the forums and found this post. Slicing the old bags in a spiral around the spring made a huge difference . So thanks to Swebster and 87MH for taking the time to post this method.

Sometime earlier I had read about using hose clamps to compress the new bags enough to get them in the hole. Tried that method and after much struggling, grunting, groaning and cussing I finally got them in.

Tomorrow I run the extender hoses and that should wrap the project up.

Thanks!

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Old 08-25-2012, 09:00 AM   #51
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Bumping this thread...
I found 2 different Part numbers for the 345 (1987 with 1986 GM Chassis) Rear Airbags
Firestone WO 1-358-5412
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Firestone WO 1-358-5405
Which of the two would be the correct one?
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:00 PM   #52
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See if this Drawing attachedhelps,.... I am trying to find the details of the Airsprings I bought, but they are lost in cyber space at present.
Thses are the kiddies!
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:08 PM   #53
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:25 PM   #54
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See if this Drawing attachedhelps,.... I am trying to find the details of the Airsprings I bought, but they are lost in cyber space at present.
Thses are the kiddies!
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Thanks for the schematics.
I tried to order the W01-358-5412 and checked on the W01-358-5311 (both have the internal bumper stop) from several online places and they are back ordered for 3-4 weeks (end of Sept 2012). What a bummer if you on the road trying to get one replaced. I guess this is how the wrong Airbags get installed, like it is the case in my 345. The clearance bellow to the frame on the side is 1/8"
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I do have somewhere, details of the tag axle arrangement. From memory it had all the settings for clearances etc.
Give a little time I am sure I will be able to find it.
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Front Air assist Springs/Air bags

Just a quick note on fitting front ones.....

Put the new bag in the oven for about 5-10 minutes - with the valve out of course.

When warm squeeze the bag down as far as it will go, and fit cable ties at selected intervals. When all air is out fit the dust cover back on the valve stem to prevent air re-entering the bag. DO NOT fit the valve at this stage.

As a precursor, run a wire brush (prefarably on an electric drill) around the hole in the lower wishbone plate to polish up the surface. This will not only help insertion but will prevent rusty bits damaging the bag. Grease liberally.

While still warm, and with some light grease/washing up liquid on the bag, fed the air spring bag up through the hole in the lower wishbone plate, cutting off the ties as you go.

Done...

It takes me about 20-30 minutes from cutting out old, to inflating new. On a 310 with new heavy electric kid leather seats .... inflate to 60 psi for a firm ride and 55 psi for a comfort ride.

Hope this helps!
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