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Old 05-24-2012, 06:43 PM   #15
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Well the bags came in and I started the job. 2 hours approx. it said in the book. Well I assembled the bag assembly's, that was a piece of cake and looking at it, 4 bolts on each side, this was going to go fast, WRONG. Had to remove the shock and took off the jounce piece. started to remove the 2 bolts on the jounce assy. and they are rusted and the nuts are almost unacceptable. Fortunately I had the offset wrenches to get into the tight spot. Next the new carriage bolts had to go in where the bolts came off. Could not get to the area to be able to set the nuts and washers. Off came the muffler clamps and was able to push the exhaust system out of the way. Did not know I could contort that much. With the Gearwrench and the off set wrench the top bolts are on. The bottom brackets were no big deal. I've got about 4 hours on this side and the hose and heat shield are not on yet. I think the passengers side was the tough side and I started there first. The problem with those top bolts was there were about 5 steel lines following down that frame rail so it made accessabilty a PIA. Tommorow the drivers side.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:24 PM   #16
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Well the bags came in and I started the job. 2 hours approx. it said in the book. Well I assembled the bag assembly's, that was a piece of cake and looking at it, 4 bolts on each side, this was going to go fast, WRONG. Had to remove the shock and took off the jounce piece. started to remove the 2 bolts on the jounce assy. and they are rusted and the nuts are almost unacceptable. Fortunately I had the offset wrenches to get into the tight spot. Next the new carriage bolts had to go in where the bolts came off. Could not get to the area to be able to set the nuts and washers. Off came the muffler clamps and was able to push the exhaust system out of the way. Did not know I could contort that much. With the Gearwrench and the off set wrench the top bolts are on. The bottom brackets were no big deal. I've got about 4 hours on this side and the hose and heat shield are not on yet. I think the passengers side was the tough side and I started there first. The problem with those top bolts was there were about 5 steel lines following down that frame rail so it made accessabilty a PIA. Tommorow the drivers side.

HEH - yup, been there - done that!

Take heart, the second time will be lots easier! I had to replace one of the airbags on our MH - or thought I did - turned out to just be a loose and leaking fitting at the top of the airbag, but the airbag had to come out to tighten the fitting anyway. Be absolutely SURE to get those fittings nice and tight - or you'll get re-introduced into the assembly all over again!

You're correct - it takes a contortionist AND a good set of offset open end and box wrenches in some of the more congested areas of the install...
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Wellllll........ almost there. There was not enough air line for the installation so I have to wait till Tuesday before I can order/get some. Drivers side is done, heat wrapped the exhaust pipe ( could not use the heat shields ) and ran the air line to the inside of the rear compartment. This way the air valve's are right next to the compressor. I will be getting 2 new brackets that wrap the axle because I tightened them up with the air ratchet and put them down to 40-50 lbs. Those brackets and bolts did not like that.
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Also, for those that have them, how high does the air bags lift the rear end?
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my rear weight is 8000 lb maybe a inch or a little more i run 65 lbs
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my rear weight is 8000 lb maybe a inch or a little more i run 65 lbs
Same here...
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Well, finished up the job today. Went to Lansing where Air Lift is located and bought another air line today. Nobody around had one and no time to order. They seem to be holding air. They'll get tested this weekend.
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What are your front and rear weights
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:35 PM   #23
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whem2fish, Don't have a clue.
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you might have a tag when sitting in drivers seat look to the lef ton wall just behind the drivers door start around 60 psi
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Just got done with 1300 miles and the bags worked great. The winds were pretty good ( especially around Chicago ) still have to handle the MH but the handling was much improved. I can jack it up so it looks like I'm gonna race.
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