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Old 03-24-2015, 09:25 AM   #11
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Well this answers my other new add on that's coming. Only question I have left is how difficult is the install? Fairly handy at doing things like this so I don't envision a lot of difficulty.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:27 AM   #12
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I have firestone bags. I don't use much air, about 12psi, but they make a difference. But, get an auto inflator to maintain the minimum 5psi. Easily overlooked in the winter, and I am replacing my bags in a few weeks.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:30 AM   #13
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I have the same bags with an onboard as well as the connections in the rear in case the compressor ever craps out. Sure is nice having the ability to inflate and deflate while driving over different terrain without stopping and breaking a sweat and wasting precious drive time.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:44 AM   #14
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Air Lift 1000's

Max psi - 35
Min psi - 5

I run mine between 8-12 psi when empty on my Ram 1500. I have the Air Lift Wireless One System and absolutely love the ability to adjust the psi in the bags on the fly. I've got the wireless remote programmed for the max psi and min psi for each memory button.
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Old 03-24-2015, 03:50 PM   #15
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I had been thinking about just using a pancake compressor before i leave home before a trip, and then using hand/food inflator if needed on the road. Sure does sound nice and handy to have that in the cab of the truck though. Was that an easy install? Did you do yourself?
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Old 03-24-2015, 04:08 PM   #16
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Pops did it, real simple directions.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:53 PM   #17
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Well this answers my other new add on that's coming. Only question I have left is how difficult is the install? Fairly handy at doing things like this so I don't envision a lot of difficulty.
The ride-rite install was pretty easy. took me about 1.5 hours or so. The first one took the longest then once I had it figured out the other side was quick. In the winter (or anytime for that matter) I check the airbags for minimum pressure when I check my tire pressures, once a month. Just part of the maintenance. If there is a drastic drop in temp, then I just check real quick for 5 lb minimums. No biggy.
Also, when you change or rotate your wheels and tires, or any time you jack up the back of the truck, I use a bottle jack to avoid full suspension sag by putting a little lift on the axle. Some say full sag can damage the bags.
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:11 PM   #18
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I have the ultimate 5000 bags on my truck and usually run about 15 to 20 lbs when towing. My TW loaded is 1050 lbs. but my WD hitch keeps everything level. I use the bags to help with ride quality. The 27DBUD is a very nose heavy trailer and the ride was pretty harsh. The bags helped with that a lot. As far as an on board compressor I never saw the need. If I was adjusting pressure everyday that would be one thing. But every now and then just doesn't justify the expense.
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Old 03-25-2015, 12:08 AM   #19
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I have the Air Lift 5000 they inflate to a higher PSI than the 1000/s... I ran the air lines out by the real license plate, one for each bag. I did not go with the onboard air compressor. I use the Craftsman 19.2 portable air inflator. I also use the Craftsman 19.2 drill for raising and lower my stabilizer jacks so it works out pretty well.

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The max psi for the 1000's is 35psi. I would measure the distance from the top of your rear wheel well to the ground without the trailer loaded. I would load the trailer and set the WDH and measure again and see where your at.. I would add PSI up to 35 lbs till the truck raises to or close to the first measurement..

My bags were not a total plug and play I had to drill some holes took me about 3/4 hours...Your setup may be different..
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Sheehast, can't really tell much of a diff. They were not too difficult to install, maybe 2 hrs tops. I was concerned about my nearly 1 k hitch weight so installed to save my shocks and leaf springs. I can run 12-15 psi while towing and it does seem to help damper bumpy roads or interstates with constant expansion joints in the concrete. I noticed that for every 20 psi it will raise the rear by 3/4 of an inch. The air goes in super easy, even with a common bicycle pump. My WDH probably would have been sufficient to avoid the sag but I just added them for extra insurance and to put an extra buffer in there for my leafs and rear shocks. These Firestone airbags are extremely durable and have a lot of expansion capability. Hope this helps.
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