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Old 10-17-2016, 01:26 PM   #1
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Air Bags and Shocks

While checking my air suspension for leaks I discovered one of my air bags has a tear in the outer cover. Does anyone have part numbers for the air bags for a 2000 Dynasty? The fronts and rears look like they are the same.

None of them look especially hard to get to except the rear axle fronts. You can reach the air line and the nut on top of the bag, but its a long reach and you can't get two hands up there because of the axle.

While I'm at it I will probably replace the shocks too. I have 120K on the coach and the PO, who owned it for most of those miles, said he never changed them. They are a dark metallic green color does anyone know what brand those are? I haven't made a decision as to what type I'll use.
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My Chassis may be the same as yours, my airbags are Firestone 9376(1T15L-2), do some searches to see if it looks like yours.

Here's a link to 3 sources.

https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...HUD5AvAQ2SsICQ
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Jim,

I called Monaco and they said the part number was 8619 which does cross to W01-358-9376. When I did a cross reference search on the web, the Firestone bag also crossed to a Meritor 8619. Meritor may have been the original supplier for Monaco.

I think I'm going to take a chance and order one to see if it fits.
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I ended up ordering two W01-358-9376 from Truck Springs for $162.95 each with free shipping. I hope they fit! Depending on how difficult they are to install, I'll probably replace the other side too and replace the shocks while I'm at it. That way the whole rear end will be done. If I don't have any more suspension issues I'll do the front end next year.
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The OEM were Blistein HD but if it were me I would go with the Blistein comfort shocks. Why would you want to replace more than the damage air bag, I have a friend that had a 94 with over 200000 miles on it and had only replaced one damaged bag. If it's not broke I try not to fix it.
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The OEM were Blistein HD but if it were me I would go with the Blistein comfort shocks. Why would you want to replace more than the damage air bag, I have a friend that had a 94 with over 200000 miles on it and had only replaced one damaged bag. If it's not broke I try not to fix it.
Walt, you sound like my wife!

I've only looked at the rears closely and they have a lot of checking on the outer cover. I figure they've lasted 16 years so if I replace now, I won't have to worry about them the rest of the time I own the coach.

I don't think the cover of the front PS air bag was damaged by road debris because it's in front of the wheel well and behind the bay that holds the furnace and water heater. I think they are just dry rotting. I'd hate to get stuck on the road and have to pay someone to replace one that failed.
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That is going to be a pretty rough job , I would start spraying a good penetrant way before I started the job and one of the best is 50% trans fluid and 50% acitone in a spray bottle.
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That is going to be a pretty rough job , I would start spraying a good penetrant way before I started the job and one of the best is 50% trans fluid and 50% acitone in a spray bottle.
I'm going to get under the coach just as soon as we get back from the coast and start spraying!
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That is going to be a pretty rough job , I would start spraying a good penetrant way before I started the job and one of the best is 50% trans fluid and 50% acitone in a spray bottle.
Get Acetone on an air bag and you will probably be replacing it sooner rather than later. I would get some PB Blaster or Kroil.
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I replaced all 8 on 1999 HR Imperial ( just because of age). I was told front and rear were the same, they were not. On the Firestone site you can download a PDF file that lists all bags and a reference by vehicle year, make, etc. My coach was listed.
They were not rusted, but rotten buggers to get at. Tops covered in spray foam and very little room. Important: after they were off found 2 that were cracked very deep and could see fiber/cord frayed. If your coach is the same, I think Diplomat and Imperial are the same, I will drive down to storage and get numbers for front bags.
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If you have a Freightliner chasis, just call them with the last 6 of your vin and they'll give you the part numbers.
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I think Diplomat and Imperial are the same.


No Robby the HR Imperial and Monaco Windsor are close to the same I think the HR Imperisl was a litter more up scale , the Diplomat is a raise rail rear radiator chassis coach and a entry level coach starting in 98
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Here's the bad air bag. I'm not sure I ordered the right one.

Here's the air bag deflated it's about 6" tall



Here's one inflated it's about 9 inches tall.



Here's the front bag.



These are the new ones.





Do these look like replacements?
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I got the damaged air bag out this afternoon. The shock came off easy enough with the air ratchet. The ratchet wouldn't budge the bottom nuts on the air bag though. A 24" breaker bar made quick work of them. The top nuts were a little harder to reach because the lower baggage compartment frame kept me a little farther away than was comfortable. It wasn't hard, just awkward.

Luckily there was room to get a ratchet in there.



I did order the right air bag.



Getting theair fitting off was the hardest part of the removal process. Even after the air bag was out I couldn't get this loose.



They don't look a lot alike after 16 years under a coach.



I've got to find a couple air fittings tomorrow and then replace the bag.
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