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Old 05-13-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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2008 Tundra Ride-Rite Airbags

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I have a 2008 Toyota Tundra that we bought brand new in August of 08. It is a 4x4 Crewmax

This year, we bought a 2014 Rockwood Roo 233s from All Seasons RV in Michigan.

We met the delivery driver in Billings, MT to save on gas, time and money. We came home with a 35-50 mph headwind from Billings to Missoula. It was miserable for fuel economy, but the truck and trailer both felt great with the equalizer 4-way sway. Loaded with all of of our gear, the truck squatted and the WDH was not set up properly for the trip home. I am in the process of getting the hitch set up correctly so the trailer and truck are even.

I was doing some searching at online retailers and I got a great deal on a set of Firestone Ride-Rite airbags at AutoAccessoriesGarage.com - Auto Accessories, Car & Truck Accessories, Aftermarket Performance Parts. I got the airbags, which are normally $337 at many other retailers, for only $286. This was a great deal for my particular model truck that I could not pass on. I will try to get some good pictures so I can do a detailed installation. I do not think I will need them with my hitch set up properly, but it will be nice to have them when hauling other loads and to provide some extra suspension and bounce protection.

They should be here later this week and I will try to post some pictures of the install.

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Old 05-13-2013, 03:13 PM   #2
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can't wait to see your installation
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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Once the kit comes I will try to get it on ASAP. I did not order a compressor so I will likely plumb the tubing and the air valves near the back bumper or in the fuel cap area. I will cross that bridge when I get it. Thanks for your interest.
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Looking fwrd to see the pics.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:22 PM   #5
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Did you ever get them installed?
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:04 PM   #6
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I did not, unfortunately. Once I got the equalizer hitch tuned in I have not had a need for it. I regret buying them now as I do not need them and can not return them. I may put them up for sale here in the classifieds but shipping would likely be a deal breaker for most
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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I did not, unfortunately. Once I got the equalizer hitch tuned in I have not had a need for it. I regret buying them now as I do not need them and can not return them. I may put them up for sale here in the classifieds but shipping would likely be a deal breaker for most
i was wondering if you really needed air bags with a wdh. i have the tundra but tow a 5th wheel. bags are needed there. glad yours worked out. you might post your bags for sale on this forum. someone else might need them.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:25 PM   #8
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I was thinking of that. Yeah I did not think I did, but my hitch was just way out of whack and I kind of jumped the gun on buying the bags although it might be nice when hauling firewood.

I will still post up if I end up installing soon.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:35 AM   #9
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Installed the bags tonight. Sure made a difference in the ride for me, I like it with about 40 psi, although, I will probably decrease that to around 25 or 30. 40 gives to much rake.

Install was easy. The most difficult part was getting the lug-nuts off that some dim-wit over torqued.

Step one: Chock front wheels, jack rear, and remove rear wheels/tires.

Step two: Use reciprocating saw to cut out rubber bumper.

Step three: Pre-assemble the bag to the top and bottom mounting plates and place in position.

Step four: Bolt lower bracket to spring assembly and install nut on combination stud in frame-well.

Step five: Install top L-Shaped air inlet and insert the red tubing.

Step six: Beer

Step seven: Run red tubing to desired mounting location. I chose rear bumper, top license plate bolt hose. (note, these did have to be drilled out slightly.)

Step eight: Repeat for driver side, add a step in between step two and three that will relocate the fuel pump control module with the supplied brackets and hardware:

Step nine: fill bags

Step ten: beer

Step eleven: inspect for leaks using soapy water on all connections.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:39 AM   #10
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Moar ;-)

Cutting the drivers side rubber stop

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shot of the truck at 40psi, lots of rake.
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