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Old 03-18-2013, 04:27 PM   #15
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For those looking at purchasing a front airbag, I just ran into this deal. Don't know how long it will last.

sdtrucksprings.com

With the 15% off coupon code it puts them in at under $90 delivered. Just ordered a set for myself.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:02 PM   #16
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Is.Chowa, I also went with the SuperSteer by Henderson. I felt the same about not wanting to deal with the front airbag filling and checking. May be more money but I think it worth having the front springs matched to the weight of the MH. I also agree, great ride.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:50 AM   #17
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I would have gone the SuperSteer route but the finaces were getting in the way. I may still go that way later. I still have too many other things to spend my $$$ on.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:39 AM   #18
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Hendersons has some good videos on how to: Weighed the front corners and got the right springs. Had the mech install as I was on a timeline. At same time put in new Hendersons bell cranks and the other bits n pieces. Like the nice Blue color. Not clear as to which bags to use, read a link somewhere that synthetics are the way to go. My decision was based that the front end needed work, so at the same time springs went in.

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:55 PM   #19
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Iwish I wasn't in a hurry to get this fixed, I could haved saved 150 bucks.Now I gotta gets these in . Real soon,I may try the oven trick with zip straps. And use some Kentucky jelly.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:15 PM   #20
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Iwish I wasn't in a hurry to get this fixed, I could haved saved 150 bucks.Now I gotta gets these in . Real soon,I may try the oven trick with zip straps. And use some Kentucky jelly.
When I put mine in I took the valve stem out and twisted the bag while I squeezed the air out. I applied some waterless hand cleaner for lube and then kind of "screwed" them into the hole in the lower "A" frame. It took a only a minute or two to get in. Getting the old bags out was the real hassle. Good luck.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:30 PM   #21
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Thanks for the tip, Dan. The bags are in crumbly condition , they should come out piece by piece.
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I did mine myself years ago. I used a knife and cut the existing bags in a spiral in line with the spring and pulled it out like an orange peel. It was 7 years ago, but I don't remember removing the spring or anything, just stuffed them in there with lots of soapy water.

Put them in there, then inflate, then drain them, then inflate again. That gives them a little "re-set" in case you got them in a little crooked the first time.

I don't think you'll die driving around without them. It's just more bouncy, and you can bottom out the suspension on a hard compression. Since you've never had them, you don't even know how much better it will be. Personally, I barely noticed the difference. But mine was a 1982 280 Excella.

Good luck! Wear gloves and save your knuckles.

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Don't forget the plastic disks that go at the top and bottom of the bags. Not particularly hard to get in but telling if they are seated in the right spot is more interesting. I don't know how important they are but instructions say to put them in so I did.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:42 PM   #24
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Andy,

Thanks for correcting me on the fact that ALL P30's came with air bags. Speaking with my local RV center, they told me that mine never came with them. So much for listening to my so called "experts". Now it's time for me to install a new set of air bags since mine are missing except for some blag fragments that look like plastic. New Firestone airbags have arrived and, as soon as the weather warms up, I'll start on the replacement.
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I am going to tackle the bag replacement tonight after work or definitely Saturday morning.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:28 PM   #26
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Air bags installed

Well I tackled the front air bags. I pulled a vacuum on them and put them in a pan of boiling water, removed the disc at the air end, folded it and put them right in with a little force and done all in all it took 2 hours. Counting removing the wheels, and using a steak knife to cut the old ones out.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:35 PM   #27
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Yep, that's the next project on the slate.
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