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"Official" Firestone RideRite + Lift Thread

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by littleblue81, May 28, 2013.

  1. Jun 21, 2013 at 5:45 AM
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    indashipad

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    I haven't had problem without the cups.

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  2. Jun 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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    so im debating if i really need the air bags. This is my truck, fully loaded with extra fuel tanks. its low but not sagging that much.
    Do you recommend air bags? is it not sagging as much since its still new?
     
  3. Jun 21, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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    It's definitely sagging. But only you can make the call. If it drives fine and the amount of sagging isn't bothering you than you probably don't need them.
     
  4. Jun 22, 2013 at 8:28 AM
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    ------------------------------------------------------------ Stabilus.EZDown.Tailgate http://www.ezdown.com/home.php ----------------------------------------------- Tekonsha.Primus.IQ.Trailer.brake http://www.tekonsha.com/content/default.aspx---------------------------------------------------------------- Leer 180 CC http://www.leer.com/Truck-Caps#------------------------------------------------ Firestone Air Rite Air Bags--------------------------------------Kargomaster Rack
    You would be surprised how much more stable they make the truck.

    If it ever drives boaty then maybe they could be good for you.
     
  5. Jun 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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    I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on the Ride-Rites, probably from here...

    http://toyteclifts.3dcartstores.com/Tacoma-05-Rear-Air-Bags_p_302.html

    unless someone has a better source to buy from.

    I've struggled choosing, still struggling, between Dakars vs. Ride-Rites. I have an OME 3" lift, more like 2.5", 885's and an aal, but sag big time when I pull my boat and/or load any significant amount of weight in the bed.

    With the Dakars I worry that I'll still sag a little, more-so worried about being in this same position a few years down the road, especially if we upgrade to a bigger boat. Is this concern legit?

    Anyways, if I pull the trigger on the Ride-Rites should I add the spacer option listed on Toytec?
     
  6. Jun 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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    I would get the airbags. You can set the psi for whatever load you want and never worry about sag in any state, loaded or unloaded.

    I would not recommend the spacers. I really like the cradles. Just had the truck out this past weekend fooling around in the dirt and did some mild off roading, they are great.
     
  7. Jun 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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    Edit: Nevermind I just re-read your post from page 2 and looked at the pics more closely.

    Did you ever get the cradle to line up properly?
     
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  8. Jun 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM
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    Just when flexing. But doesn't take that much flex to float off the cradle.
     
  9. Jun 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM
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    Not perfectly but good enough. I ran out of time to really line it up on the day I was working on it, but I think it's fine the way it is now.
     
  10. Jun 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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    Thanks OP for all the usefull information! I need bags to level my truck out when towing TT. I thought I would be unable to run the bags with a new leaf pack and
    figured I would have to deal with the sag until I lifted truck (still not sure it would sag or not). But with the bags I will be able to level any load. I love the idea of the cradles too, being able to float the bags!
     
  11. Jun 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM
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    No problem! I know how you feel, I was scratching my head for the longest time trying to figure out the best solution for lift + good ride + towing/eliminating sag.

    Update us with how you like it when you're done. Haven't found much of anything on the cradles being used with Taco's.
     
  12. Jun 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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    Yes, thanks OP.

    I worry about slush and ice build up in the winter. Anyone here use the cradles and can speak about how they do in winter conditions?

    I'm imagining water/slush building up around the cradle and bags, then freezing, then possibly tearing/puncturing the bags when I drive around.
     
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  13. Jul 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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    I ordered up the RideRites and Daystars and it was 360 something altogether. They gave me almost 40% off. Cradles were 60 instead of 100, and RideRites was 270ish instead of 400+

    Can't wait to get them. My truck will be much happier.
     
  14. Jul 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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    I am ready to pull the trigger too. Where did you purchase from? That's a good price.

    Thanks
     
  15. Jul 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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  16. Jul 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM
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    Installed the Ride Rites today. Everything went smooth, except I forgot to put on the heat shield. Don't think they are completely necessary, there is a good distance between the exhaust and the bag. I do recommend to remove your spare when installing, lots of room. I was able to actually sit under the truck. Towing trailer next week, should help a bit. Now I'm set up good for towing. Air bags, brake controller and ScanGauge to monitor tranny temp.
     
  17. Jul 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM
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    These are going on this week... got everything, but gotta hit up the lake tomorrow or it would be going in
     
  18. Jul 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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    I'm thinking of putting ride-rites on my truck (lifted with ome up front and dakars in the rear), has anyone used the ride-rite spacer (pn WR17602366 or "2366") on their truck ($65)? Or is everyone just using the daystar ($80)?

    http://www.amazon.com/Firestone-2366-Axle-Mount-Spacer/dp/B001FEOQZA/ref=reg_hu-rd_add_1_dp

    http://www.summitracing.com/parts/fip-2366

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    http://www.amazon.com/Daystar-KU09140BK-Cradle-Polyurethane-Convoluted/dp/B0084ROJBM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=15P82QXO6ALYH&coliid=I3RERFBSDUU54O

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  19. Jul 22, 2013 at 6:29 AM
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    Have you noticed any additional noise coming from the rear suspension after installing the Daystar Cradles? Seems like each bump would result in the bag coming out of the cradle then reseating with a bang when the metal bottom of the bag hit the Daystar cradle. They are made from polyurethane, but are they soft?
     
  20. Jul 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM
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    They are not soft and I have not noticed any other noises.
     
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