Mounting of Valves for airbags

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 13:08
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Well for those of you who have airbags or the equivalent, where have you mounted the valves ?
I'm thinking a nice 2mm thick plate of stainless steel plate/angle mounted to tow bar with valves mounted on it accordingly.. ? any ideas ?
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Reply By: Member - 'Lucy' - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 13:16

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 13:16
Afternoon Mozza.

I have polyairs and the valves were mounted up under the rear bar.

All I have to do is look underneath and there they are up out of harms way and away from the eyes of 'curious onlookers/vandals' etc etc.

Very easy to access when you know where to look.

The 4WD shop that fitted the setup, put them there for that reason without any input from me and to date I have had no inclination/reason to shift them anywhere else.

So there is a suggestion or 3 for you.

As a matter of fact I recently had an airline extended from the air tank to the rear and the fitters utilsed the same mount for the same reasons as above.

Mainly out of harms way, or as far as reasonably possible/allowable.

Regards

Ken Robinson
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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 13:20

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 13:20
thanks ken.
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Follow Up By: deepwood - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 17:49

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 17:49
If you do a bit of off road stuff, it's a bit of a worry mounting the valves under the back bar - they get ripped off. I've got a GU patrol and I mounted my poly air bag valves facing out above the back step. Out of harms way.

Deepwood
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 13:48

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 13:48
On my website there is a pick of my valves mounted just under the small rear barn door - they clear nicely on the Jack - I hate bending and scrabbling around for things ! Go through into the Jack section.....
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 13:53

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 13:53
I mounted mine to the rear bumper like this:

Rear Bumper
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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 14:11

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 14:11
exactly what i had planned Jeff. But I was going to mount them on a small plate of s/s, screwed to the tow bar then mount valves to it.. there is a gap of about 50mm between bumper and tow bar.. so I was going to mount them in between to keep them out of the 'knee knocking' zone!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 14:14

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 14:14
Hmm, never thought of knee knocking... I guess because the bumper is slopped from top to bottom they are kind of out of the way, plus I leave the tow hitch in most of the time anyway (for stupid city drivers who tail gate) plus the spare tyre is there too...

PLUS, I'm lazy and that was easy to do and easy to get to! LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 14:15

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 14:15
Oh hang on, I just figured out why I've never had that problem, cos I've got a TAILGATE!! LOL So the spare is in the way or I've got the spare out the way but the tail gate down. There you go, you idea is probally good for barn door type setups.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 14:23

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 14:23
yeah true. spare tyre also helps when my barn door is shut.. but when door is open... well.. lets just say i've got the scars on the shins to show you...!
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Reply By: joc45 - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 14:04

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 14:04
On my GU, I mounted them each end of the aluminium step, same place I had them on the old Mav. Easy to get to but recessed away from possible damage.
On the original install on the Mav, the fitters put the bl00dy things out proud on the rear bumpers, ready to get bashed off. Some people never think...
Gerry
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 15:26

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 15:26
Hi Mozza

I mounted mine inside the vehicle on the draw system. Click on my rig pic and check out the draw system. If you look carefully, you can see the valves are mounted on the LHS panel near the pressure gauge and compressor switch. I prefer the idea having them inside the vehicle, that way no-one can "accidiently" adjust them.

Cheers

Captain
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Reply By: ginga - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 17:16

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 17:16
Mine are mounted immediately behind the mud flap on each side - they are protected there & are easily accessed.
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 17:31

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 17:31
Hi Mozza,

Al mounted ours behind the fuel filler cover, this is convenient for Al as he is 6ft6" and he is "too lazy" to bend down to check his pressures, they also don't get covered in "crap", no one knows they're there, they're not unslightly. He went through one of the original grometts in the body and came out beside the fuel fillers.

If you'd like a pic, let us know.

cheers

Lyn
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 18:28

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 18:28
That's a REALLY good idea!
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 18:32

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 18:32
Thanks Jeff,

Al is an ideas man..

I forgot to mention he said to use some pieces of plasticine the size of the valves to make sure they fit into the area....
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 18:37

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 18:37
here's a pic

!MPG:8!
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 19:37

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 19:37
Ah Haaaaa, Al and Mrs Al
I thought i remembered that someone had mounted them in the filler.
I was wondering how you had done it.
Thanks for the picture, i am planning on getting some polyairs put in this week.

How hard was it to do that?

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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 19:42

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2005 at 19:42
Hi Wayne

I don't think it was too hard, I'd have to check with Al when he comes in, but if I remember back to when he did it, it didn't take too long at all.

Lyn
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