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Old 09-09-2021, 09:51 PM   #1
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Air Bag change

I have finally replaced both front and rear air bags and shock absorbers on my 2001 Intrigue Coach. The bags looked badly worn and the front shocks were broken, and the rear shocks had no recoil at all. Testing the ride height valves found the front valve never shut off which explained why it rode very high in the front [no doubt caused the shocks to fail]. The rear valves function correctly off the coach. I'm awaiting some new air fittings and new ride height valves before getting the system totally functional. I was able to accomplish the change out without removing any of the wheels [don't have tools for that] but laying on the desert floor in 100 degree + temperatures is challenging but that all part of retirement.


I cut open one of the old bags that when you rubbed on it the rubber would roll up and flake off, to my surprise the interior was in perfect almost pristine shape.


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Old 09-10-2021, 08:11 AM   #2
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Dennis, what size 2001 Intrigue do you have? I have a 36 foot. What air bag part number did you use? I need to change all my air bags. Thanks.
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Old 09-10-2021, 02:58 PM   #3
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Its a 40 footer, I used the same part numbers that another owner with sister coach had used, and confirmed with Neway my original bag P/N's were 90557160 [front] and 90557161 [rear].


For the front, these cross referenced to Firestone W01-358-9366 / IT15M-2 and further cross reference I found these which are a great price. Talked to seller in Texas and they are used on many trailers.



https://www.ebay.com/itm/162388034355


On the rear Firestone W01-358-8802 / 1T15M-4 and the best pricing I found again was on Ebay



https://www.ebay.com/itm/304020166358



So for about $430 I procured all four.



My new ride height valves arrived to day and I have ordered new fittings for them so awaiting those before I install the valves.


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Old 09-10-2021, 08:06 PM   #4
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Thanks. Wonder if a 40 foot and a 36 foot would use the same air bags? Hope so.
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:14 PM   #5
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I think both use the same Neway system IFS-114 up front and the AD-200-7 in the rear. The data tags would tell you. The front on mine is on the forward end of system and the rear data plate or ID tag is on the right or passenger side below the air bag.
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I cut open one of the old bags that when you rubbed on it the rubber would roll up and flake off, to my surprise the interior was in perfect almost pristine shape.


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Thank you for that interesting discovery.

Do you think that your air bags had lots of life left when removed?
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Old 09-11-2021, 10:31 AM   #7
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They probably did but after suffering multiple blow out with trailer tires I was not willing to risk it.


I purchased the coach on the East Coast and the tires looked good but were 12 years old and I did not even test drive it as I did not want to risk a blow out. They to looked ok after removal but as I needed to drive 2400 back to home I would not risk that. Getting the new tires was painful as limited supplies of my size [12R22.5] existed other than "Chinese made entry level" which I did not to install, it took about 10 days to procure transport and have them installed.
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Mine drives much better now that the bags, shocks and the track bar have been replaced. Added bonus, it holds air much longer also when leveled. I still need to get the air pump working on the air leveling system but it only needs to be re-leveled now every two days.
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Prior to the air bag change out my coach would stay pressurized for weeks, the front was max'ed out high due to the height control valve not shutting off.
I now have 4 new air bags [springs], 4 new shock absorbers and 3 new ride height control valves, no air leaks front. What is proving to be a pain is attaining the correct front ride height when adjusting the 2 rear height control valves for the required front side to side tolerance of +/- 1/16" [measured at the front shocks for 17 3/4"]. I have not driven the coach yet, purely dumping the air and allowing it to 'pump' up while in the travel mode. The auto-level and manual height control are both functioning per design.



How critical is it to achieve the front +/- 1/16" tolerance?
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I do not think the +/- 1/16 inch will make any difference at all
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What did it cost you to replace the airbags? Thanks, John
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All up with 4 air bags, 4 new height control valves [one extra as a spare] and various new fittings it was less than $600. The shock absorbers cost more than them.
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