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Dear Friends and Rangey-nuts,
I am trying to fit new rear air bags to the suspension. After much cursing and bashing of the top plastic mount I managed to pull out the top pin. The bottom was slightly easier. But now I cannot get the plastic top of the old bag to shift. I have made sure no length of the pin has remained in place. I have tried to lever up inside the mounting, chiselled away most of the plastic bit above the chassis, twisted and pulled, raised the axle and lowered it - to no avail. Is there a trick I am missing? Or do I need to completely destroy the top plastic mounting:?:.
 

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I replaced mine the other day. I had no luck until I used a crowbar to pry it out, from below. About two feet long.


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Yep, prybar for the real horrible ones.

Martin
 

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You need a reasonably straight bar, or a long cold chisel,, make sure you clean all areas before installing the new bags,, pin nose pliers or forceps help with reinstalling the air line
 

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yes, when I replaced mine last year I battled with the pin then had to crow bar the darn plastic off. I thought I was going to break something but eventually it came loose.
 

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Thanks everyone - I shall renew the fight with a prybar and large hammer, and let you know what breaks first - the air bag, the Rangey, or me.
 

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If nothing else, just beat the snot out of the top of the airbag plastic. It's getting replaced anyways.
The just make sure the hole is clean with a little emory paper before putting the new bag on.

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I made a lever to slip up the side of the plastic from underneath and give it a twist when I changed the original ones on my ex-plod but when I did the SE, I couldn't be bothered with subtlety. Old 25mm wood chisel in the gap between chassis rail and body and gave it a good clout. Chopped the top off the old plastic and the rest just fell out.
 

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Thinking back, on my last rear bag change,on one side the pin sheared, ended up getting a hand saw and chopping the top off, it fell out after that,, so an idea if your still stuck.
 

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Success! Thanks everyone for your ideas and support. The first time you do one of these jobs it's always tricky what with not knowing the ropes. Anyway I took Chris1234's advice and sawed off the top flush with the top of the chassis. Then I borrowed a tip from Gilbert and found a strange tool with a right-angle near the end which I was able to forced up inside and lever out. Worked a treat. Now the other side to do, but at least I know what I'm up against.

Mind you when axle and chassis are on stands and the bag inflates it is weird!
 

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The top of the rear airbags usually does stick in the mounting. I use a long prybar to lever between the top and the body, it can take quite a lot of force but it has always worked so far and takes very little time.
 
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