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Old 11-12-2018, 11:10 PM   #1
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I just picked up my 2002 Explorer 230 XLW.
Can I get some help on where to set my airbag pressure when driving and in storage.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:51 PM   #2
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I just today put mine at 75 psi for storage in anticipation of the much colder temps ahead & no plans to drive the van. That would be too high for driving with my van.

Some of the brands have 90 PSI max so you should probably look up the specs on yours. bags also have a minimum requirement. You could start with 30 or 40 psi and adjust from there for comfort and handling.
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I just picked up my 2002 Explorer 230 XLW.
Can I get some help on where to set my airbag pressure when driving and in storage.
Thanks for help.
Welcome to the Xplorer world. Ours is a 1999 230 xlwt and we love it.

They are a couple of years apart but I would bet most components are the same. You probably have Firestone air bags with on board air pump to each bag independently.

I just googled Firestone air bags and without a specific part number, the best I could find is none of their air bags are intended to exceed 100psi.


I have generally run in the 60-80psi range, and have tried as high as 90psi.


I don't feel a lot of difference between those settings so I leave it alone.

I do, however, use them regularly to level the thing at camp sites - not unusual to have 10-20 on one side and 80-90 on the other to get level. Or, sometimes both down to 20, just depends...

Trick is remembering in the morning before you head out to check and adjust - doesn't drive too well with one side at 20 and the other at 80

I have never considered what is best for the winter when parked.

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