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Old 05-04-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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If you want something done right...do it yourself.

Can't believe CW installer who ran the plastic air line for my airbags, right against the exhaust pipe.

Any wonder why it doesn't hold air.

The hose fitting is a once and done push in type.

Looking at the system, I'm surprised to find plastic hose. Anyone else have a braided hose, or upgraded the connections.

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Old 05-04-2014, 08:17 PM   #2
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I have the Firestone Ride Rites and actually had the left side bag replaced under warranty last season, the leak was at the top where rubber met steel. At the same time the installer upgraded the fittings at the bag inlet because the lines tend to leak over time and I noticed it on the gauge.
My system has a heat deflector to keep the line away from the exhaust. I put a short section of plastic water supply tubing around the line by slitting it, at that point in case there was any contact or friction from the heat deflector.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:34 PM   #3
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That's a good idea. Thanks
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We have Firestone bags with plastic lines. No problems of any kind. They were installed at a small local shop.
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:54 PM   #5
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Yea, everything I see online looks like plastic lines, so I guess I'm ok now.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:42 AM   #6
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Can't believe CW installer who ran the plastic air line for my airbags, right against the exhaust pipe.

Any wonder why it doesn't hold air.

The hose fitting is a once and done push in type.

Looking at the system, I'm surprised to find plastic hose. Anyone else have a braided hose, or upgraded the connections.


The hose fittings on my Firestone Ride-Rites are reusable push connects as are extremely common on industrial machinery. The easiest way to disconnect them if you have candy hands is to take a small adjustable wrench, close the jaws down so they slide over the tubing. With one hand slide the wrench up to the release ring and depress it. When fully depressed, pull the tubing out of the fitting with the other hand. Sometimes there will be a small groove where the ferrule bites into the OD of tubing and you have to overcome that. Simply take a sharp razor knife and trim the groove off leaving a nice square end and re-connect.

In your case, get some 1/4" OD polyureathane or nylon tubing, re-routing it away from heat or abrasion and re-connect it.
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I pretty much butchered the existing fitting trying to get the hose out. Now I have removed the brass fitting from the top of the airbag and will head to the store to find a more friendly replacement.

Thinking I may just do both sides while I'm at it.
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I pretty much butchered the existing fitting trying to get the hose out. Now I have removed the brass fitting from the top of the airbag and will head to the store to find a more friendly replacement.

Thinking I may just do both sides while I'm at it.
Head over to a truck stop and you'll find better nickel plated replacements
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$4 for barbed brass fitting. Re routed hose up and over frame to avoid exhaust. Glad they left me some slack / service loop in the hose

It's holding air. Yea!
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