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Firestone Airbags for Tacoma, any good?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Marsey13, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. Oct 31, 2011 at 7:18 AM
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    Marsey13

    Marsey13 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I think I speak for more than a few people on this forum, that have the dreaded "sage" when hauling medium loads and heavier. My 06 Tacoma TRD 4x4 has a revtek leveling kit on it and I was wondering if, the best way to get rid of the "sage", is to add airbags. Firestone offers a kit for around $300. Install seems pretty straight-forward, but is it any good? My other question is: is there any other options to reduce "sage" and level out the ass end while hauling, towing..etc? Any info would be awesome.
     
  2. Oct 31, 2011 at 7:21 AM
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    I like my firestones. I got mine for $259 shipped. If u look around you'll find a deal. There is also a brand called air lift I think for like $215
     
  3. Oct 31, 2011 at 7:43 AM
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    Lots of ways to get rid of rear end sag. Air bags are pretty decent but if you are a hardcore off roader, they're not a great choice since they can tear from constantly being flexed out. Other options would be an add-a-leaf although they are more of a band aid when added to a failing leaf pack. Last option would be a replacement leaf pack. You can get a new leaf pack to give you the lift you want and better load handling ability. This is by far the most expensive option though at about twice the cost of air bags.
     
  4. Oct 31, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    Thanks guys! That info helps me steer my thoughts in the right direction.
     
  5. Feb 6, 2012 at 6:59 AM
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    I just finished the install of the Firestone RideRite airbags on my 1st Gen Doublecab Tacoma this past weekend. The minimum air pressure is 5lbs (100lbs under load). The install wasn't too difficult (outside of the Magnaflow cat back exhaust was a little close). I'm running the bags at 10lbs presently (no load). It feels a little strange at the moment as I have driven my Tacoma for 100k miles and just now installed this kit. I did notice after the install that my leaf springs may of gone bad as just 10lbs has caused my truck to feel like I got a 2" lift in the rear (but doesn't make my look like a dragster though). I will be putting a Jeep 4.0 I6 in the bed this coming weekend, which will really test out the bags. Here is the post: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/technical-chat/4838-cheap-free-mods-57.html#post4500834
     
  6. Feb 6, 2012 at 8:45 AM
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    The rideright bags work very well. The bags are really best when you have widely varying loads to deal with. You can easily adjust to take out a little sag or to haul a heavy load. If you have mostly a constant load you want to compensate, some form of spring is probably better.
     
  7. Feb 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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    how was the install with the airbags? When I put them in my 97 4runner I had to pull off the whole rear axle. Not gonna do that again.
     
  8. Feb 7, 2012 at 4:29 AM
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    The Firestone RideRite airbag install on my 2001 Prerunner was mostly easy and if I had a stock exhaust, I think I could of done this install in about an hour or so. I have a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust which the pipe was too close for the heat shield that came with the kit. I had to cut the shield quite a bit to still shield the bag. I also picked up a exhaust wrap from the auto parts store and wrapped about a foot of pipe which is next to the bag to reduce the heat. Other than the exhaust pipe on the passenger side, I only had to cut the bump stop out and drill a total of four holes in my frame. There was no need to remove an axle.

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