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Anyone Running Air bags with their leaf springs?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Tacomamoose, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Tacomamoose

    Tacomamoose [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey I have been towing a lot lately and someone told me that I should look at getting air bags and an onboard air compressor for my truck what do you think??? Please give me some thoughts
     
  2. mustangwilly

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    I have the firestone ride right system and it works great. I installed it because I wasn't happy with the back end squatting when pulling my boat, hauling stuff, etc. The tsb just wasn't enough for me.
     
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    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    They work well for hauling/towing but they slightly limit you of you off road. You don't necessarily need a dedicated on-board air set-up. They can get expensive and an aftermarket 12v air compressor that you plug into your cigarette lighter would do the trick. If I recall correctly they carry about 5-8 psi unloaded and up to 20-25 psi loaded so it doesn't take an overly powerful compressor to load the air bags.
     
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    I keep mine at 5 psi all the time I have never needed to go over 20psi so you're right on. As far as the compressor goes, you can actually just use a bicycle tire hand pump. I went with the onboard compressor though:D
     
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    I would imagine that everyone running air bags also has leaf springs. If your rig is nose high after hooking up the trailer then you might get Firestone airbags to level it out.
     
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    Yes to the leaf springs. The air bags basically replace the bumpstops, but are attached to the axle and frame. You can acheive quite a bit of lift to level the truck out when hauling something heavy, and you never have to worry about bouncing your truck off the bump stops again.
     
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    I have the Firestone Ride-Rite system as well.. Absolutely love it.
     
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    The sarcasm must have been too subtle, my bad.
     
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    Is this sarcasm as well? LOL
     
  10. Tim A

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    No it's me being apologetic for being sarcastic
     
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