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Old 01-21-2016, 02:44 PM   #31
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I have installed Ride-Rite air bags on a Dodge Ram, GMC Sierra, and a Silverado over the past 10 years. Unassisted, I have never had to take off a wheel or jack up the vehicle. I had to remove the joust bumpers because that's where the bags attached. It took longer to find my tools and route the air lines to the rear bumper than it did to install the bags. I will concede it took longer than 10 minutes, No need to take on/off. Super Springs vs Ride-Rite is about a wash in dollars on a quick check. The bag sets we bought for each of the 3 vehicles was under $300 on sale.

Porpoising and sway have not been a problem with the Lance slide in on the Ram, and towing some pretty hefty loads and stiff cross winds (our last trip was 40 mph cross winds) with the Sierra and Silverado. No matter if you use springs or bags, the weight still ends up on the axle. The bags work in concert with the springs rather than instead of.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:15 PM   #32
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Yuh, porpoising.

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Old 01-21-2016, 05:17 PM   #33
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I have installed Ride-Rite air bags on a Dodge Ram, GMC Sierra, and a Silverado over the past 10 years. Unassisted, I have never had to take off a wheel or jack up the vehicle. I had to remove the joust bumpers because that's where the bags attached. It took longer to find my tools and route the air lines to the rear bumper than it did to install the bags. I will concede it took longer than 10 minutes, No need to take on/off. Super Springs vs Ride-Rite is about a wash in dollars on a quick check. The bag sets we bought for each of the 3 vehicles was under $300 on sale.

Porpoising and sway have not been a problem with the Lance slide in on the Ram, and towing some pretty hefty loads and stiff cross winds (our last trip was 40 mph cross winds) with the Sierra and Silverado. No matter if you use springs or bags, the weight still ends up on the axle. The bags work in concert with the springs rather than instead of.

That highlighted statement sums it all up.
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Old 01-22-2016, 06:44 AM   #34
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Air bags have issues in a few years, springs are forever.

Air bags and springs don't make your truck carry more.


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Old 01-22-2016, 07:34 PM   #35
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Have used mind now for 7+ years, still going strong.

The local installer told a couple Ford friends that the springs are better and less aggravation if not full time towing. They both said he mentioned air bags cracking if not exercised frequently. Maybe it's a brand thing, maybe it's a newer model thing. I do know rubber and compressors fail. Steel spring normally last as long as you have a truck.
Adding springs was less expensive than adding air bags.

As with all items the older stuff worked, the newer stuff is crap.




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The local installer told a couple Ford friends that the springs are better and less aggravation if not full time towing. They both said he mentioned air bags cracking if not exercised frequently. Maybe it's a brand thing, maybe it's a newer model thing. I do know rubber and compressors fail. Steel spring normally last as long as you have a truck.
Adding springs was less expensive than adding air bags.

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Old 01-23-2016, 08:46 AM   #37
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Not sure what basis this installer is using. Air bags cracking if not used frequently sounds more like muscle atrophy. Normally, UV is the biggest enemy of rubber and bags are not exposed to direct UV as are tires. Springs are subject to constant load and rust-and they also have some rubber components. Nothing is forever.
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If you were to tye both air bags to the same air line you would still get body roll as the air would travel between the air bags, but if you have seperate lines to each air bag you will greatly improve the body roll
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Muddyroad, that makes perfect sense. Thank heavens I have done separate lines.
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