firestone ride rite air bags

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 10:03
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Last month I had a set of ride rite's fitted to my troopie, tomorrow she goes in for new tyre's. Am I correct in believing that all I have to do is let all the air out of them and then it is ok for the car to go on the hoist?
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Reply By: Ray - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 10:41

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 10:41
Are you satisfied with the performance of the air bags as I am considering fitting some on my L/cruiser. Do you have them front and rear?
I can't understand why you should let the air out to lift it on a hoist?????
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:26

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:26
Hi Ray
Can't really comment yet as have not have the vehicle fully loaded. Have heard from other members on here that they were good so i just went with that.
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Follow Up By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:27

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:27
Opp's rear only
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Reply By: Dave B (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:32

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:32
Lyndon, I have Boss airbags on my LC and while I don't have the CT on the back, I let all the air out of them.

The air pressure just stops the springs from compressing too far when there is weight on the back.

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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 13:36

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 13:36
Dave, where did you get the Boss bags from? I'm happy with my Firestone ones, but have a new 70 Series cab chassis on order. If Boss are as good as Firestone and half the price, I'll have a look at them for the new vehicle.

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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 12:27

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 12:27
Have Firestone airbags on my Troopy for over a year and they sure did the job towing my camper trailer to Cape york last year--stops all the sag in the rear end and takes a lot of load off the springs.The only problem Ihad was a leaking line t o one of the bags which was due to poor instalation and was fixed under warrenty.I would not think air bags on the front would be necessary.Iwould certainly reccomend them for carrying any heavy load or towing.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 13:32

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 13:32
Lyndon, I've never let all the air out of mine. I keep them at about 8 to 10 PSI when the Hilux is not loaded. I think the instructions say to keep about 10PSI in them.

If you let all the air out, I would think there is a risk of pinching the bag.

Overall these are a great addition to the 4B. We carry a very big load when touring, including tinnie on top, outboard, elec motor, CT with 200KG ball weight when fully loaded, etc. And that's before Kathryn starts loading her stuff!!

At 30 to 35PSI, the Hilux rides perfectly level.

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Follow Up By: Dave B (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 13:56

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 13:56
Norm, you can get them through ebay, but I went direct.

I don't recall anything in the instructions about keeping any specific pressure in the airbags. Maybe I am wrong.

We don't have any pressure in the airbags in the extra axles on the trucks when they are not needed.

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Reply By: Member - Big Al. Gold Coast - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 18:12

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 18:12
We only use the hoist under axle.
I think it was a recommendation in the owners book.
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Reply By: John S (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:31

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:31
Lyndon,

We have full Firestone air bag suspension under the rear of our LC100. In order for the air bags to hold the weight of the axle you must let the air out otherwise the bags can be damaged. But as stated, if the vehicle is lifted by the axle, then there is no need to let the air out. Just make sure the dealership knows this when you drop the 4by off.
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