Photo 2/26 | Firestone Bags | 1 Anytime you're installing a 'bag, inspect it for any cracks, rub marks, distortion, and yes, rust or contaminants inside of it.
Photo 3/26 | Firestone Bag Rust | 2. What you find may change your plans!
Photo 4/26 | Slam Specialties Re 6 Bags | 3. We played it safe and chose a new set of Slam Specialties RE-6s.
Photo 5/26 | Bag Brackets | 4. We were able to repurpose some previously enjoyed 'bag brackets.
Photo 6/26 | Repurposed Bag Brackets | 5. We were able to repurpose some previously enjoyed 'bag brackets.
Photo 7/26 | Lower Bag Bracket | 6. We cut the salvaged lower 'bag brackets with a band saw to suit our intended setup on the lower four-link bars.
Photo 8/26 | Cut Lower Bag Bracket | 7. We cut the salvaged lower 'bag brackets with a band saw to suit our intended setup on the lower four-link bars.
Photo 9/26 | Lower Bag Bracket On Four Link Bar | 8. We cut the salvaged lower 'bag brackets with a band saw to suit our intended setup on the lower four-link bars.
Photo 10/26 | Bag Placement | 9. A template was fashioned out of a piece of cardboard to enable us to arrange the 'bag mounts to suit our needs.
Photo 11/26 | Bracket Placement | 10. Once trimmed, the brackets and collapsed 'bag were used to line up our mounts, that were then tacked into place.
Photo 12/26 | Installed Bags And Brackets | 11. Notice we had to cut the brackets off the lower bars, and flip the adjustable portion to the diff end of the bar to retain ‘bag alignment.
Photo 13/26 | Brass Hammer Backing | 12. To weld up the unused holes on our 'bag bracket, a brass hammer was used as a backing, then we simply MIG welded.
Photo 14/26 | Mig Weld | 13. Aluminum will also work in a pinch.
Photo 15/26 | Hole Saw | 14. Another trick our friend Mike the Magician told us: when using a hole saw, first score the plate, then drill a couple 1/8-inch holes on the score marks partially through. Fill those wells with cutting oil then hole saw away, Boom! Like butter!
Photo 16/26 | Control Arm | 15. The lack of room up front in the control arm area on these old trucks required the frame rail to be opened up completely.
Photo 17/26 | Opened Frame Rail | 16. Once again, a collapsed 'bag was used to check for clearance.
Photo 18/26 | Collapsed Bag Check | 17. Please note: this area will need to be reinforced to prevent failure.
Photo 19/26 | Upper Bag Plate | 18. The upper 'bag plate was trimmed as needed to center the bag and ensure clearance on all sides before being tacked in place.
Photo 20/26 | Installed Upper Bag Plate | 19. The I-beam type construction of the lower arms allowed us to simply drill the mounting holes for the 'bag into the arms.
Photo 21/26 | After Bag Install | 20. A before and after pic shows the room the 'bag takes up.
Photo 22/26 | Lower Arms | 21.A before and after pic shows the room the 'bag takes up.
Photo 23/26 | Inflated Bags | 22 With the 'bags inflated; there's still lots of room, and no rubbing!
Photo 24/26 | Added Bridge | 23. We will be adding a bridge on the notches to prevent the 'bags from twisting the frame.