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Air Bags while running through the desert in a DD??

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by HAWAIICALIVEGAZ, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Jan 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM
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    HAWAIICALIVEGAZ

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    I tried searching but didn't really find my answer. I use my truck as a daily but eventually will be taking it through some trails here in the desert.. I have a prerunner so I won't be doing any crawling. But my question is how feasible is it to run air bags with a 3" lift and the occasional trip to the dirt and I do tow from time to time. I do know that there is potential for them to get punctured but my biggest concern is how will the trails affect the bags?
     
  2. Jan 15, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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    have never actually had the air bags,a buddy does and says great for towing and daily driving.
     
  3. Jan 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM
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    I think as long as you don't have the bags under pressure while off-roading you should be ok.
     
  4. Jan 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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    that's kind of what I'm thinking...
     
  5. Jan 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM
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    wut do u mean under pressure? u can turn them off or something? i kno u can for shotgun
     
  6. Jan 16, 2012 at 12:14 AM
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    Not the airbags in the steering wheel or dash... Rear helper air bags to help level the truck when towing or just level the truck in general...
     
  7. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM
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    My thoughts too. i wouldn't race Baja with bags, but as long as they aren't under pressure, you should be okay.

    Those things are pretty thick, I wouldn't worry *too* much about a rock or something flipping up and puncturing them...
     
  8. Jan 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM
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    wow i feel dumb :facepalm:
     
  9. Jan 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM
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    LOL It's alright... It happens to us all!.....











































    well maybe not that one but you know what I mean LOL
     
  10. Jan 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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    I had Ride Rite air bags on my '05 DC Off Road 4WD, to fix the soft rear spring harsh ride/ bottoming. They were awesome... great in the desert and Baja... loaded truck or empty... just adjust the pressure! 15 psi empty to 45 psi heavy load... raises the truck too.
     
  11. Jan 30, 2012 at 11:19 PM
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    Seems to me you would add premature wear on them and shorten the life of the material much more. I would think it's not a good idea but not much harm done if you do that on a limited basis either.
     
  12. Jan 30, 2012 at 11:47 PM
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    I took my ride rites up on the Oregon Dunes and was looking at how the bags responded with flex, my gut feeling is to put straps on the axle to keep the axle from going too far and ripping open a bag
     
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    Well, as they say, you are what you feel. :rofl:
     
  14. Jan 31, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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    So how did they do?
     
  15. Jan 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM
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    dont you get less flex with the bags? dont know if that matters to you or not
     
  16. Jan 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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    They did fine, my concern was that it was the airbags themselves that determined the limit of travel so I felt that straps that limit the travel to no more than what the airbags could handle would keep them from possibly getting damaged.
     
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    Gotchya... Guess when I install mine, i'll jack the truck up enough to check what's limiting my down travel?
     
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