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Gary.

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Posted: 09/26/20 02:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here we go again with a 2000 Harney Coach 37 foot Riata with Firestone Air Ride air bags. Now my son and myself have the air bag nuts off both the top and bottom. There is a 2 inch bolt sticking out the bottom and a 1 inch bolt sticking out the top. This type air bag has a large bell shape base that it sits on. We are having a heck of a time trying to compress this enough to get it out! He can push down on the top far enough to get the top bolt to clear, but then the bottom one is so long that we are unable to remove the bag from the position? Just asking if someone has a method that we have not thought of yet and can save us. We tried a 10 inch C clamp but looks like we need a 12 inch one. Once again any and all help really appreciated. TIA Gary

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Posted: 09/26/20 02:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you check Youtube?

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Posted: 09/26/20 02:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rather than compressing the air helper spring, what about extending the suspension by jacking up the frame (not the axle) somewhat? Doing so safely isn't exactly trivial, but it's also far from impossible; jacking and supporting on cribbing or suitable stands would be a good plan. If you have leveling jacks, they could be used to do the jacking (but I wouldn't trust them to do the holding when I'm underneath with my hands working in a pinch and crush zone).





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Posted: 09/26/20 03:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X2. Use bottle Jack's or RV hyd levelers
And place Jack stands , under the frame rails

Use chock blocks on the wheels so it doesn't too off the Jack stands


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Since mine were being replaced I simply used a sawsall and cut the rubber.


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Posted: 09/26/20 09:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cut them out, Your just going to throw them away anyway.


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I was trying to remember how I removed mine? Cut! I was thinking use vacuum, if bags are bad will not hold vacuum.

The new bags will have nylon straps, holding them compressed. Do not cut the straps before trying to install.

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We are still mulling this operation over. We hate to cut them up to get them out because then we are wondering what we have to do to get the new ones in! If we had the situation where they were loose enough to just take out we would feel a lot more comfortable about installing the new ones. Does anybody know if the new ones are compressed more in order to make it easier to replace them? We may try DrewE's idea. But today is Sunday so we are not going to do anything but think about the situation. But thanks for all your ideas and if anyone else has any other ideas we would appreciate them also. Gary

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Still trying to work on this, but haven't had time to stay on it, so kicking it back in case somebody has more ideas. Thanks again to everybody.

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Vacuum.............Use an AC vacuum pump or run a small hose from the intake manifold of a gas engine.

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