Firestone spring for 80 Series.

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 16:42
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G/Day all....I am about to tak ethe plunge and order a set of Firestone Air Springs for my '93 80 Series. The 'Crusier has a tired set of OME springs that "back when" gave me about an inch over standard height, I am guessing that this will have some effet on which part no is appropriate. I have e-mailed Michigan Truck Springs but that have yet (after two weeks) to replay.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

All the best.

Andy
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Reply By: locallaw - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 17:27

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 17:27
Gidday,I fitted a set of Firestones to the rear springs of my 80 series and tow a van.Like you I bought mine from oseas and saved a lot of money.Quoted $310 to $400 just to buy the kit.Paid $126 + freight.Fitting was a breeze.Go to their web site www.truckspring.com The part number you are looking for is 4124.My cruiser is a 94 gxl and they fitted perfectly.They are supposed to fit from 91to 03 models.
Go for it.I did and am satisfied.
Seeya Locallaw
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Follow Up By: Andy - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:22

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:22
Hi
A couple of questions
1 is that Au $ or US $, and
2 What was the cost of the freight.
Andy
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Reply By: locallaw - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 17:35

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 17:35
Whoops I forgot my cruiser has been lifted 50mm.When you drop the springs you have to remove the rebound rubbers and take the hacksaw to them (just follow the instructions to the letter). You leave the bolt out that holds the rebound rubber in place and run the air line through that hole.It is a bit fiddly but I managed at my age and no probs.I ran the air lines to the LH and fitted the valves into the bar on top where the bar curves up so out of the dirt and water.A couple of hours and they are fitted.If you want more info send your e-mail addy.
Seeya Locallaw
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 17:57

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 17:57
Andy I just emailed Michigan Truck Springs and they were slow to reply also.

Give them another email chasing them up and asking whats going on.

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Follow Up By: Member - Darryl - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:22

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:22
I have just ordered a set for my jack .I rang them direct and spoke to them ,very accomodating and the price is right considering what they want here in oz. $146 delivered . I guess its the free trade agreement .LOL
I just emailed them with my full postage address and gave c/card over the phone.Should have this week.

Regards Darryl
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Reply By: locallaw - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:36

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:36
Gidday,The price was $126+ $35 (OZ type money)freight and it took 5 day from order.You have to open an account with them( a bit fiddly).Fill out the account form useing a bogus USA address but with all your correct details.When you have done this you then can put your delivery addy(in oz).When I bought mine they had no overseas setup so the bogus USA addy.Send your c/card deails and you are in business.I was thinking of ordering a batch of these and selling them on E-Bay but cant be bothered.
Hope this helps anyone out there For anymore info let me know.
Seeya Locallaw
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Follow Up By: Member - Moggs - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:45

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:45
Ordered a set for my Pathy over the phone from them a while ago now and had none of the "account set up" stuff at all. Just gave them the Amex card no. and address and they were here soon after that - no problem at all. Mine were the AirLift branded bags that have "Polyair" stamped on the bottom
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Follow Up By: locallaw - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:50

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:50
Gidday,I used the internet to order mine never thought to phone.
Seeya Locallaw
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:46

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 18:46
No one yet makes a shock which can control an air bag in a passenger vehicle correctly, because of its frustrating linear approach of rising spring rate as the bag compresses, making for an unbalanced vehicle.

Anyone who doesnt notice the bounce bounce bounce musnt of started with good suspension to compare it too.

Polyairs can also do the same thing when pumped up on a vehicle carrying a load.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 22:20

Sunday, Jan 30, 2005 at 22:20
Andy,

I think I'm a bit confued. When I read your post I assumed you were talking about putting in full air-bag suspension; the type that is marketed here by "AIRBAG MAN".

These are full air suspension set-ups that fully replaces the coils your 80 series has now.

However, some of the replies are referring (I think) to airbag "helpers" (Polyair being the best known, but Firestone make one called "Coil-Rite" I think).

I believe the blokes who have replied by saying they ordered them from the states and only paid about $146- might be taliking about the bags to go inside the coils.

Just curious which system you are contemplating putting in?
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Reply By: AndyMac - Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 16:03

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 16:03
Roachie....my bad I was less than specific. I am looking at the Coil Right bags that go inside the coil springs.

locallaw....I was looking at the 4124s but then I tok a look at the Airbag Man site here and they list 4124R1 for 25mm over suspension and 4142s for the 50mm over. I gather the 4124s worked ok though with your 50mm over springs...??

Thanks for all the replys guys. I have anumber of friends in the stte sthat have made some calls to Michigan Truck Springs to try and get to the bottom of what I need but it is still a little grey.

All the best.

Andy
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Follow Up By: AndyMac - Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 16:12

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 16:12
God my spelling is bad.....!!!! That was meant to read that I have a number of friends in the states that have made some calls for me.....

Andy :)
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Reply By: AndyMac - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 17:53

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 17:53
i am still up the creek a little with these, I have taken a little look see and I hav a two inch over standard kit in my 80. Now according to the Air Bag man I need longer bags than those that come with the 4124 kit. Locallaw was I am sure that I read you right that you have a 2 inch over kit and used the 4124s. Did you use a spacer at all or leave the bump stops longer to compensate ?

Sorry to be a pain guys.

Andy
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