Firestone Airbags

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 10:48
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Had a look in a local 4x4 shop yesterday and inquired about airbag helpers for the patrol. They are only stocking the Firestone brand and as all sellers do,they bagged the others. Anyone have first hand knowledge of these as the price was competitive with Polyairs?
Also got some info on incar water bladders (85lt for $340 was a bit exxy)Looks like smaller plastic jerries are the way to go.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 11:40

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 11:40
I got some airbag things through www.truckspring.com in the USA. They have the airlift ones which have Polyair on them and also the Firestone ones. I would think that they are equivalent quality but have no personal experience.
For my 100series Landcruiser I paid airfreight and they cost about $189 Australian and arrived within one week. That was when the dollar was much lower so might be nearer $160 - $170 with freight now.
Andrew2001 Landcruiser 100S Turbo Diesel
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Reply By: David N. - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 12:01

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 12:01
Have had the Firestone ones on a Maverick for three years now- quite happy in every respect,
Cheers
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Reply By: Diamond(due to duck season) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 12:34

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 12:34
probly should be ok so long as your not fitting them to an explorer lol
cheersdue to duck season coming
ive decided to hide out
love jemima puddle duck
back after the season
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Reply By: Steve from Armidale - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 13:32

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 13:32
Have Firestone airsprings on the troopy. Got them from the Air Bag man - see http://www.airbagman.com.au/. I've done nearly 100,000km with them, including Madigan's line with no drama.

They are excellent and will handle any punishment you dish out to them. I have had sticks and fencing wire try to puncture them, but it doesn't leave a scratch.

On Madigan's Line we had 14 days food, spares and camping gear, in addition to 120 litres of water and 120 litres of diesel in the back, as well as full tanks under her - so she was weighed down - but with the air springs the ride was great and the car perfectly level.

Note that each spring can handle 2000kg, you can take leaves out of your existing spring pack and soften the ride a bit if you want too- on my list of things to do.
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Reply By: David O - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 16:33

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 16:33
Re the water bladder. a friend had mine made by a Camping and canvas place, from food grade "pool liner" type material. Seams double welded ie two welded seams at each join. We fitted fittings ourselves with his instructions. Cost $120.
I put mine in a tent bag for protection.

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Follow Up By: chrisfrd - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 19:15

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 19:15
THAT is a bleep ing brill idea!

I'll have to start thinking about getting one knocked up like that.

I'm starting to get organised for a big-ish trip and I'm running out of places to store stuff on my Patrol.

I looked at the bags that fit along the floor of the truck only to find that they wanted $400 +++ dollars for the blighters!
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Reply By: macandjen - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 19:58

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 19:58
Ray as far as the water baldders go have a look at http://www.whitworths.com.au/main_specials.asp - they have water bladders (cant remember the name of them but found them using the search facility) - heaps cheaper than 4WD shops etc. In fact they have a lot of gear that is suitable for 4WDing and cos its made for yachting would probably stand up to some punishment.
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 07:14

Friday, Jan 30, 2004 at 07:14
Hi Ray,

I had Polyairs fitted to me GQ for many years - no complaints and I carried some heavy loads in that time.

I fitted Firestone Coil Rites to my GU 18 months ago and am very satisfied. The reason I bought the Coil Rites was (I think) by info gained from this Forum. I then did the research and believed that they would be suitable.
I was able to easily fit them myself without having to take out the rear springs, just jacked the car up and squeezed them through the coils.
Cost me $355.00 inc delivery & GST from Toolern Engineering Ph 03 9746 1484.

I am happy with the Coil Rites but I am not knocking the Polyairs 'cos they gave me a good run too.

Anyhow, Hoo RayHappy 4 wheeling
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Reply By: Jimbo (WA) - Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 00:28

Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at 00:28
Ray,

Got my Firestones from the US here and they are the same as you gethere only lots cheaper.

I'm sure happy with mine.Cheers, Jim

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