Those with airbags fitted.

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 23:35
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I love my airbags.....would not do without them.

Had a 3" exhaust fitted the other day and I decided to do the brakes front and rear plus the hand brake as well and that's when I saw it.

The right hand rear flexible rubber hose that attaches to the rear right caliper and been rubbed half way through where it comes in contact with the airbag.

The airbag will pass BUT the hose must be changed out at a cost of around of $50.

I do most of my own work so it is only parts that I have to spend the money on.

BUT everyone with airbags....PLEASE check the condition of your hoses as it could have been nasty indeed IF it went unnoticed.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 00:12

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 00:12
Worth wrapping them with some corrugated tube me thinks.

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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 08:32

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 08:32
I think you mean convoluted tubing.

A word of advise, don't rap stuff in convoluted tubing if you don't want a hole rubbed into the other thing not protected.

Convoluted tubing is great at stopping stuff not getting rubbed through but we have seen it where it has gouged into high tensile truck chassis rails and truck intercoolers from DIY spot light wiring, another thing if the size used is to big it will rub into what it's meant to be protecting.

Rubber is the best thing between two moving parts and it's something we have always used on the race car to stop lines rubbing.

There is no substitute for good practice for anchoring and routing of cables, we have seen stuff through our workshop that's been caused by poor instillation...... sure the convoluted tube protected $5 worth of wiring but it caused a $600 repair bill for the intercooler.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:51

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:51
I am with you olcoolone, but I also think regarding correct positioning and installation Redbakk's airbags were placed in the wrong position and/or the brake line must have been in close proximity during the initial installation.

If it was close enough to rub it must have been obvious during the fitting of the bags and would/should have been rectified then.

There is no substitute for being awake/alert and smart before the fact.

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Follow Up By: Member - Redbakk (WA) - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 21:17

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 21:17
I agree with you guys.
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 06:13

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 06:13
Mine on a Prado don't go anywhere near the springs/airbag. What vehicle is this on? Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Redbakk (WA) - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 21:18

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 21:18
99 Troopy :)
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:43

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:43
Redbakk,

We had this happen on a Toyota 79 series ute on the station, on the passenger side from memory. Just blanked the brake off on that side, using a copper rivet, until a new flexi hose arrived from dealer.

Would suggest that it may have been caused, in this case, by not keeping enough air in the bags at all times. The drivers side was beginning to wear too, but hadn't leaked before I retired. Also, not increasing pressure in the bags when heavily loaded would increase wear, I'd say.

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Follow Up By: Member - Redbakk (WA) - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 21:19

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 21:19
Thanks Bob.......it has been duly noted......I will be taking more care with them in the future. Cheers.
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