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Old 05-08-2014, 06:50 AM   #1
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i have a 2012 silverado 2500 HD duramx srw looking at air bags BUT i have a pullrite super glide that mount on the out sideof the frame rails With a B&W turnover mounted out side of that and most all bag kits have U bolts that go over the frame
What is anboy else using that has a frame mounted hitch??
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:58 AM   #2
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The Ride Rite air bags I installed on my 2008 did not have u bolts going over the frame. You remove the rubber frame stops and they bolt into place where these were. It has bolts and bracket that go under the axle to attach there.

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Old 05-08-2014, 08:05 AM   #3
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Looking into this as well and it appears that all the air bag kits I have found are like you mentioned and use U bolts around the frame and appear they would interfere with the hitch brackets.

My recommendation would be to go with a set of timbren springs. I personally would rather use air bags for the availability to adjust them, but many folk on here really love their timbrens and swear by them. These just push into the bump stop bracket and have no hardware around the frame.

Only other option I could image would be to order an air bag kit and try and customize it to fit your application while avoiding all the other mounting hardware...

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Old 05-08-2014, 11:23 PM   #4
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air bags

Air Lift has a kit for frame side fifth wheel mount for my 01 F250 so I would think they would have one for your application.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:36 AM   #5
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I sent air lift an email, their tech support rep send me an email back directing me to refer to thier install PDF for my truck
after asking them if they had another option i got no reply
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:23 AM   #6
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From the Air Lift instruction book;

"For trucks that have fifth wheel hitch brackets along side the frame rail:
1. There are holes in the middle of the bracket just forward and behind the jounce bumper mounting cups on the upper bracket (fig. 1). Once the upper brackets are in position, drill two 5/16" holes through the bottom of the frame using the holes as a template and attach the upper brackets using the self tapping screws (K).Torque all four fasteners "

I just installed Air Lifts on my 03 GMC, and I too have a B&W. But the Air Lift kit for the 03 is very different from what I see on the 2012.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:41 AM   #7
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So , you decided to go with air-bags?

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