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Air Lift air bags?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Bleuboy, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Apr 17, 2018 at 12:19 PM
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    I was having a mild bottoming out issue on my 2010 tacoma and decided to install a set of air lift bags. I planned to run the minimum amount of 5 pounds in them until i had a load. But after installation and running only 5 lbs in the bags the truck bottoms out significantly worse than before bag installation. Has anyone seen or heard of an issue like this. I am forced at this point to run 35-40 lbs in the bags now all the time just to be able to drive the truck.
     
  2. Apr 17, 2018 at 12:26 PM
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    That seems high for normal driving. I run 5-8 and it seems similar to stock, 35-40 is really stiff.

    Maybe springs are getting tired?
     
  3. Apr 17, 2018 at 12:31 PM
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    I totally agree that is higer than i intented to run all the time for sure. Problem i have is that before the bags it it only bottomed out every now and then and immediately after instalation of the bags it is dramatically worse with only 5 lbs of air in the bags! I am confused and highly frustrated considering the cost to install.
     
  4. Apr 17, 2018 at 12:33 PM
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    Maybe you were on the bump stop and didn't realize it. It's big so offers a lot of cushion
     
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    They do decrease ride quality IMO. Worse if you get a lift plus cradles. Are you stock? When I had mine installed I thought while fully loaded the truck felt very smooth (25lb on the bags). With an empty bed at 5lb felt more or less as you describe. When I added AAL plus cradles was bottoming out even more
     
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    Like forana said, you were probably close to riding the bumps before the bags, and now that you have bags its more noticeable. I have firestone riderites on mine and im running about 45-50psi but i have a constant load of probably 500lbs
     
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    I am totally stock. Other than the bags. I have to believe that because these bags ride forward of the axle on the spring and not center of the spring on the axle that must have changed the geometry in some way or that is at least my thoughts!
     
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    That is interesting for sure.. where do they bolt up on the frame? Mine go right where the old bumpstop was and use that reinforcing plate for the bumps for extra strength..
     
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    They bolt to the frame on the bottom side of the frame just forward of the axle.
     
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    This is how they attach!

    1A5E8022-284E-41FB-ACDF-CF78F3862789.jpg
     
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    I am SERIOUSLY considering taking them up on their 60day ride guarantee and just sending them back!! And buying the firestones!
     
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    I installed mine about a year ago, I keep 20 - 25 psi for a smooth ride.
     
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    Sbrady if you run 5 in them what is the ride like?
     
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    I would definitely do this.. firestones are the way to go..
     
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    Ohh yeah, I didn't catch that. I have firestones. with cradles.
     
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    Horrible, it does bottom out. I'm certain the leafs are at the end of life. The bags help alot
     
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