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Aftermarket bump stops & Airbags

Discussion in 'Towing' started by nolanspawn, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. Oct 5, 2009 at 10:41 PM
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    I am trying to come up with a setup that I can have the offroader I want with my Icon lift kit and All Pro leaf springs but still be able to tow. I am trying to figure out if there is a way I can mount some Timbrens where the stock bump stops were and maybe mount some airbags elsewhere. If I can find a spot for the airbags I can leave them completely deflated when I am not towing and the Timbrens will do their magic. Whenever I need to tow something I can just fill up the bags. Any thoughts on if this is possible and if so where there might be a spot to mount some airbags instead of mounting them where the stock bump stops were.
     
  2. Oct 6, 2009 at 5:00 AM
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    I think there are a few folks around with the Dakar leaf packs which are supposed to be a balance between offroad flex and cargo capacity.

    There is also the a system from Light Racing called the Jounce Shocks. Another couple steps up (in price and design) from the Timbrens.

    I think you'll be trying to fit a lot of stuff under/into the suspension if you try to get both in there. Best of luck tho!!
     
  3. Oct 6, 2009 at 5:19 AM
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    Not sure why you need both but Air Lift bags mount just forward of the bump stops so they might just fit together. ???

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  4. Oct 6, 2009 at 4:43 PM
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    Only reason I thought Timbrens wouldn't suffice is I was under the assumtion that they like most aftermarket leaf packs were for offroading benefit. Figure with the airbags I would be able to have the best of both worlds.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2009 at 8:39 PM
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    I've had the above airbags on my truck for 4 years now without a single problem.
     
  6. Oct 9, 2009 at 5:02 AM
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    How much were you guys Air Lift brand bags?
     
  7. Oct 9, 2009 at 5:05 AM
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    Mine were $189 plus $209 for the controller.
     
  8. Oct 9, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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    So they are pretty stout. They just don't seem to appear as stout as say the Firestone RideRite ones.
     
  9. Oct 9, 2009 at 12:16 PM
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    I drag a nose heavy 20 foot boat and trailer(4000 lb. or so) all summer and it tows level at 40-50 lbs. Max capacity is 100. The only downside if there is one is because of the low air volume in the bags, just checking them for pressure causes you to lose 5 lbs. so it's a little tricky setting the pressure on them manually...hence the reason I bought the controller. Decent warranty as I recall. I would buy them again.
     
  10. Oct 9, 2009 at 4:54 PM
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    Did you buy yours online directly from them or another distributor?
     
  11. Oct 9, 2009 at 5:09 PM
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    I bought the bags (59561) from Truckaddons.com and the controller (25812) from Ebay. Google Air Lift's part numbers. Someone's always got a deal going.
     
  12. Oct 11, 2009 at 1:32 PM
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    That's a nice setup. I have a 21' MasterCraft and I test drove a stock Taco,4x4 TRD off road and i did get a lot of bouncy bounce with the boat back there.

    So, these airbags will stop a lot of that from happening? someone also said i would need a WD( i assume Weight Distributing hitch?) as well?

    :confused:
     
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    Mine handles fine with no WD or trailer brakes. You still know you're towing something but the truck rides and handles great. No saggy butt either!:)

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    That's Great, and nice boat. I usually tow behind a MH, so i don't feel it as much. I really like your color! The new Tacoma colors i think are poo. You have a beautiful deep red and there was a Dark Blue then too. Now they have this light blue and light red and I don't like em. Almost makes me want to buy used.

    What year is your truck? and is it the 4x4?

    I worry that if i don't get 4x4 i might get stuck on a slippery ramp...? Mine weighs 5700#

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  15. Oct 11, 2009 at 6:36 PM
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    5700 pounds dry? If so you may need something bigger. The Taco can handle it for a little but for the long haul you may want a bigger truck. Rule of thumb is don't regularly tow something greater than 80% of manufacturers tow rating putting it at 5200 pounds
     
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    Nice boat!

    Tks. It's Barcelona Red Metallic on an '09. Funny thing is I didn't like it that much when I drove it off the lot. The metallic sets it off IMO. It's a TRD Sport (4 by with an LSD rear). All of the ramps that I use are fairly new and purpose built so 2 lo is all I ever use pulling 4000 lbs. or so. That said, I would NEVER own a 2WD truck to launch a boat although many do.
     
  17. Oct 11, 2009 at 6:49 PM
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    Thanks Jason. I should have gave the weight. The 5700# is everything.

    2900 Boat
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    270 =45 Gal x6 lbs
    500 Stuff
    200 X-10 Tower Added
    780= people still in boat going up ramp

    I can make a few of them walk up the ramp...:rolleyes:
     
  18. Oct 12, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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    Without the people, which I assume you don't haul too far down the road if at all it puts you at less than the 5200 pound rule of thumb limit so with trailer breaks I would think the taco would be able to handle that without much effort, for peace of mind I would suggest a tranny cooler which comes with the tow package.
     
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