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Old 12-11-2019, 10:20 AM   #1
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Chassis Blocks

Hey everyone, I'm new here.
I have a 2007 Executive and am starting to fix some of the air leaks I've found which will include the front ride height valve. My coach has both air and jacks for leveling but I don't trust the jacks with my life. haha.
I'm curious to see how you guys are blocking the chassis for safety and where.
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I don't usually "block" the space between frame and air bags, I just drive up on homemade wood ramps (gets me 7 inches of height). Then I crawl under and do my work.

If I was removing an air bag that would be different. Then blocks would be needed between the top of frame and the upper air bag support frame.

You just need to understand what spaces are crush zones if an air bag(s) blew out and keep your body out of those areas.

Or you can drop the suspension (dump the air bags) before you go under. It depends on what you need to work on.
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Old 12-11-2019, 01:05 PM   #3
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I use these blocks my brother made for me.
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Thanks, I was thinking of building a set of ramps. I assume when I disconnect the air lines to the air bags to remove the ride height valve, the bags will completely deflate.
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Old 12-11-2019, 10:02 PM   #6
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Dump the air before disconnecting the lines.

I just used horizontal stacked 2x4s between the H Frame and frame. I did all 8 air bags this way. Air up as high as possible, insert cribbing, deflate, dump air and have fun.
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I use steel pipe.

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I use steel pipe.

That's what I was looking for.
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I use 12 ton jack stands. The advantage is I can adjust the height easily.
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I use 12 ton jack stands. The advantage is I can adjust the height easily.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I was thinking about getting jack stands but now the question is where are you putting them? That type of stand doesn't look like it will work where the other guys shows the steel tube placement.
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Jack stands are needed if you need to remove a wheel (changing tire working on brakes, etc.). In that event the jack stand goes under the axle of course.

This is the simple wood block ramp I made/use.
You need two (driving up one one only would twist the frame too much)
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I use 12 ton jack stands. The advantage is I can adjust the height easily.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I have 12 ton jack stands also. They work better for the front end than my pipe and are handy for other jobs as mentioned, like tires. I also have a 22 ton air/hydraulic jack. I don't have ramps but are a great addition.
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I was thinking about getting jack stands but now the question is where are you putting them? That type of stand doesn't look like it will work where the other guys shows the steel tube placement.
You could get a pair of "Screw jacks" they would work in the position where the pipe is shown (above post) or under the axle. You just need to check that minimum height of the screw jack is about same height (or less) than the airbag). For placing under Axle you can lay a couple of 4x4 blocks down (cribbing) if you need more height there.

Here's an example of a screw jack. https://www.amazon.com/JET-SJ-5T-5-T...omotive&sr=1-3
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