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Offline Brian Diehl

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How long should a Air Bag keep on a shelf?
« on: October 11, 2006, 05:52:19 PM »
I recently got two used air bags from Caylor Supply and discovered I only needed 1 air bag replaced.  I'm trying to decide if I should hang on to the spare bag. 

So, the question is, how long should the airbag stay good if it is stored in my garage? 

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Re: How long should a Air Bag keep on a shelf?
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2006, 06:02:15 PM »
Here in the dry climate of Colorado, I'd imagine an unsealed rubber part would begin to deteriorate fairly quickly. But in MN, seems like it's humid all of the time.  :D

It's nice to have the spare, but I'd wrap it up in plastic and maybe coat it periodically with a rubber protectant. Should last indefinately that way, I'd think.

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Re: How long should a Air Bag keep on a shelf?
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2006, 06:12:25 PM »
Keep it out of the sunlight & away from ozone (electric motors & etc). If mine, I'd wrap it up to seal it from air.

Since it is used, it won't keep as long as a new one, so you might consider selling it so a fellow busnut could save a few bucks & get back on the road.
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Re: How long should a Air Bag keep on a shelf?
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2006, 06:16:24 PM »
I have some new/old stock bags that I "acquired" from a charter company's leftovers through a friend. I think they're dated late 90's and are in great condition. No sign of deterioration.

I'm not sure what they fit. One, I think is a tag bag for MC9 and similar. I think the others are possibly off 102 model.
When I get some time, I'm going to track down the part numbers.

What'd you have to pay for yours?  Which bag are they?

I figure these are probably worth half what a new one would cost, which puts them above the limits on the flea market posting here, so I'll probably put them on ebay since I don't need them.

BTW, I have one of those vacuum food thingys if you want to seal it in plastic  ::)
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Re: How long should a Air Bag keep on a shelf?
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2006, 08:35:38 PM »
The bag is a tag axle bag and I paid $60 for it.  It is in fairly good condition with only a few signs of its prior usage.

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Re: How long should a Air Bag keep on a shelf?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2006, 11:38:19 PM »
I was looking at my air bags while i was changing my wheel bearing and seals! They are probably 20 years old maybe orginal, anyway while i was working on the right front wheel i was looking at the brake chamber its a type 24, i thought what the heck i'm gonna take a look and see how bad the diaphram is.  It came right apart, it was a little rusty and the diaphram looked old with a few cracks that were not deep, i took some solvent and cleaned it up thinking that this would dissolve the diaphram but it didn't I actually think this thing would go another 4 or 5 years if needed be, but i'll probably change it also afterall, its apart and it is a critical part!  I bet those air bags would last a long time in a vacuum sealed bag!

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Re: How long should a Air Bag keep on a shelf?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2006, 01:06:50 AM »
Alright, it is starting to sound like I could go ahead and keep it as a spare.