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Old 03-26-2019, 02:28 PM   #1
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Air bags or new shocks

Drive a 2010 silverado 1500 with a little over 100000 80percent highway. Wanting to either put blistein shocks on it or air bags to help with towing. We have a artic wold 26dbh. Which would have the most benefit?
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Old 03-26-2019, 03:01 PM   #2
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Your shocks are probably worn out at that mileage. I would look into replacing them first and than add the air bags if needed for leveling the load. The shocks are used for dampening the rebound of the tire and wheel assembly do to uneven road surfaces as the vehicle is driven over the road.

The air bags will not dampen suspension travel but will level your vehicle do to increase loading that is placed on the rear axle by a heavy load such as a trailer.
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Old 03-26-2019, 03:27 PM   #3
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New shocks first thing. swap in new shocks and you may think you got a new truck.
Old shocks cause excessive wear on all your suspension components, especially the front.
You may not need any airbags if you buy quality shocks.
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Both do different things.
Shocks do nothing for supporting loads. All they do is dampen rebound. Agree that you're WAY past when you should have replaced the OEM shocks.
Air bags are for raising the rear end when loaded.
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Ok thanks. That's what I was thinking. Will have to get some shocks in it before our next trio and see the difference. Appreciate it.
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Old 03-26-2019, 04:14 PM   #6
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As noted above--- new shocks and airbags.
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Also, 1/2T Silverados are notorious for having sagging leaf springs at 100K miles. Take a look and see how flat they are. On my 99 I did add a leaf kit since I was selling it within a year and it helped a lot but I was all ready to replace the leaf springs and possibly go up to a heavier version than stock.
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Consider timbren, Sumos or aircells they are basically extended bump stops that dampen instead of bump and help only u deer load quicker and cheaper than airbags
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I have Firestone Ride-Rite air bags on my Frontier. It helps with rear squat but doesn't help with weight limits.
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Drive a 2010 silverado 1500 with a little over 100000 80percent highway. Wanting to either put blistein shocks on it or air bags to help with towing. We have a artic wold 26dbh. Which would have the most benefit?
Not sure what you mean by "help with towing". Is it sway, squat, payload or all of these.
Consensus from the replies suggests you are due for shocks but without knowing what towing help specifically, it is hard to say. Depending on the hitch and how it is setup, it could address sway and squat. Airbags will address just squat and tongue weight is the only think that will effect payload.
I found this to be a very good video . Keep in mind that it is a hitch manufacturer who made it but unless they fudged the numbers it sheds a different light in what many believed (myself included) airbags will do for you. I assumed that if the back of the truck was back to empty height the front axle would have all of the empty load back on it and additional from the tongue weight. Doesn't seem to be the case.
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