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Old 03-06-2012, 08:22 PM   #11
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Well I spent the better part of the day installing the air bags. I just took my time and everything fit just perfect. Then routing the air lines was time consuming. I thought it out real well keeping it as far as I could from the exhaust system. Also trying to find the best route to keep the lines from any possible kinking. I think running the lines took as long to do as to install the air bags.
After everything was completed I tested the system with no leaks at any of the fittings.
I think I am really going to love this mod for towing.







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Old 03-06-2012, 08:47 PM   #12
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go with the bags, big rigs don't have bags for nothing. bags will work awesome and soften your ride overall
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:49 AM   #13
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Forgot that fact. That was one of the reasons I didn't consider Dodge after I saw this.



Did you get that paper in your glove box?
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:26 AM   #14
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One thing about using airbags, do not tee them off of one air line. The bags should not be connected in any way, as that actually increases the roll forces if you get in a tough situation.
Let me explain. Say you have to make a hard right hand turn, and the weight shifts to the driver's side of the truck. That increases the pressure in that air bag, so if it is connected to the other bag, air will move to the passenger side and actually push up on the frame, thus increasing the roll, and potentially getting you in a heck of a lot of trouble.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:42 AM   #15
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One thing about using airbags, do not tee them off of one air line. The bags should not be connected in any way, as that actually increases the roll forces if you get in a tough situation.
Let me explain. Say you have to make a hard right hand turn, and the weight shifts to the driver's side of the truck. That increases the pressure in that air bag, so if it is connected to the other bag, air will move to the passenger side and actually push up on the frame, thus increasing the roll, and potentially getting you in a heck of a lot of trouble.
Yes, that air has to go somewhere.
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One thing about using airbags, do not tee them off of one air line. The bags should not be connected in any way, as that actually increases the roll forces if you get in a tough situation.
Let me explain. Say you have to make a hard right hand turn, and the weight shifts to the driver's side of the truck. That increases the pressure in that air bag, so if it is connected to the other bag, air will move to the passenger side and actually push up on the frame, thus increasing the roll, and potentially getting you in a heck of a lot of trouble.
Wow! I never would have thought about that! Awesome information Crocus!
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:30 PM   #17
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I put air bags on my 08 ram. Alot of guys around here do it. I pulled without them and thought it was a little soft and the bags fixed that. I know it does nothing to help my weight ratings but it does help the ride.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:46 PM   #18
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I have air bags on my lowrider and I run an air line to each bag, also if your not using them alot (filling and draining), try and drain your air tank frequently due a moisture build up. Plus depending where you live, the moisture could freeze in the air lines. Also, run seperate air guages for each bag as well, this will give you an accurate reading on the PSI on each bag.
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Forgot that fact. That was one of the reasons I didn't consider Dodge after I saw this.



Did you get that paper in your glove box?
Sounds like a Ford ad.

If you are so confident about the Ford rear springs, put you a roll of wire in the bed and run the track they did in the Dodge. Notice they didn't show the Ford running it.
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Since the concerns of safety was brought up, I checked with the manufacturer regarding the safety aspects associated with using a single fill line or independent air lines.

Ok, Firestone technician said that as far roll you won't even notice it. He said you have to remember you're not driving a Nascar vehicle and you're in a 1/2, 3/4 or 1 ton truck. You're not putting your suspension into that drastic of a lean at very high speeds which would likely to induce weight rolling. He further said that while towing especially with a fifth wheel the weight of the trailer is somewhat isolated and it pivots at the pin/fifth wheel receiver and not distributed that unevenly from one side to another. He also said they do not recommend the single line on trucks that are hauling an in the bed large camper. He said sometimes the weight of these campers tend to be heavier on one side and could lean toward the heavy side, so the independent line to fill the heavy side up is used.
He said that he fields many calls like this one from members on forums think you're going to get an large volume of air escaping from one bag to the other with a single line utilizing the T.

So basically I am not worried about it one bit. However, everyone has their own opinions and that's fine. If you feel better running two lines, and it makes you feel safer, then run the second line.
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