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Old 09-04-2012, 11:33 AM   #1
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Rear Air bags - '95 Vectra 34' Ford

I had a little incident on Friday trying to get out of town. My compressor for the (rear) air bags went out, I was about 30 miles out of town. I drove home replaced the compressor and noticed that the air bag had rubbed on something (on the way home) creating a hole in it.
I have called the dealer and they want $364/ea for the JET Co air bag replacements (50774).
I called Air Lift Co and they want $151/ea for the replacements (50201).

My questions are; has anyone replaced the JET Co with the Air Lift? Are they a direct replacement (no modifications needed)? Is the pressure through the regulator valves going to be okay?

I want to replace both of the air bags at the same time and $364/ea is too much to spend.

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Old 09-04-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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You may be able to get a Goodyear bag cheaper.

I used to own a 1994 Vectra with JetAir rear suspension. A very nice coach.

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Old 09-04-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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Goodyear bags would be great, does anyone have a cross over referrence?
I am not going to do the install and do not want to give my mechanic a "head ache" ;-)

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Old 09-04-2012, 02:00 PM   #4
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JamesT what is your zip code??

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Old 09-04-2012, 02:03 PM   #5
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:26 PM   #6
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The Jet Air bags are much larger. Call them directly and many times the owner will answer the phone and help you personally. They are great folks to deal with.

There is a manual fill valve so you can fill the bags with any available compressor with a tire chuck if the built-in compressor fails.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:05 PM   #7
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The Jet Air bags are much larger.
Much large than what, the Goodyear bags??

Goodyear made the original bags for JetAir.

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Old 09-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #8
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There are no Goodyear suppliers listed under your zip code.

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Take your bag to a large over the road truck parts supplier in your area. If you do not know one check NAPA Truck Parts or call a local large truck repair shop and ask to speak to their parts department.

I left a brand new Goodyear bag go with my 1994 Vectra when I traded it in in 2004. The spare bag I had came with my Vectra when I purchased it from C Classic Chrysler in Clearfield, PA. My Vectra was the personal coach of the owner of C Classic.

C. Classic Dodge Chrysler Jeep | New Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership in Clearfield, PA 16830

If all fails call C Classic Dodge Chrysler Jeep at (877) 215-1906 and ask to speak to the owner, Robert Brown. Ask him what supplier he used to purchase the Goodyear bags he bought for his old 1994 Vectra.

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Old 09-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #9
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Thanks, you don't happen to have a receipt with the part number on it, do you?
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I just went out and took this picture of the good one. It says Firestone on it. Now I just need a part number.
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The part number I can find online for Firestone (2068) look like they are using the air bag as a "helper" to a leaf, not the way this is set up (the back part of the spring).
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I also am in need of a rear air bag on my coach, I have a 95 vectra on a GM. Chaise. I had this bag brake last year and again this year. I bought the bag last year from the Jet Co. I to am looking for a replacement from some other supplier as they want $243.plus shipping. The Firestone # WO1-517-9260.
I will follow up on what has been posed today. Any other info is welcome.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:22 PM   #13
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I don't believe the Chevy's are the same as the Ford but, if you have the Firestone part number (which I don't have) you can go to different vendors and get an equivalent bag or shop around Firestone distributors for the best price on a Firestone bag.
Good luck.
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Not that easy Firestone is having a problem with the number, as well as 3 different supplies. Firestone gave me a cross reference number, but the mounting holes do not match. If all else fails I will have to go back to the Jet Co . As I need the coach on the road for mid October.
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