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Old 03-02-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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air shocks or air bags

hauling wildcat 5er with 09 dodge 1500 wildcat weight 8500 would air shocks or air bags help with the suspension
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
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Air bags will help your suspension but does not change your weight rating!
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:25 PM   #3
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Yep that 5er loaded ready to roll is probably over your 1/2 ton trucks tow rating .The HEMI and transmission will pull it without an issue it's the trucks frame,suspension,axles,brakes that are being pushed beyond it's limits. Any of the true to form 1/2 ton towable 5er's are gonna be more in the 6700# area dry. As stated above airbags will help level the ride I have them in my Ram 1500. Another option is Timbrens wich are basically a heavy duty set of rubber stoppers in place of bags.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:05 PM   #4
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In response to the actual question..they will both provide less squat....air bags are a more permanent non cheesy solution. Disclosure statement: do not exceed trucks ratings!
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:14 PM   #5
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Stay with the air bags. The shock mounts may not take the extra strain.

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Old 03-02-2012, 08:14 PM   #6
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In my opinion air bags are much better option than the air shocks. They will definatley help your ride height.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:39 PM   #7
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hauling wildcat 5er with 09 dodge 1500 wildcat weight 8500 would air shocks or air bags help with the suspension
neither will help if your Dodge is overloaded.
you haven't provided enough info.
what year and model is your Wildcat and is the 8500lbs. the fictional brochure "dry" weight or its actual factory sticker weight?
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Shock mounts are not designed to haul loads! Air shocks should be banned in my opinion.
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:26 AM   #9
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A third (or maybe second with that last post) option should be helper springs. Most bolt on top of your current set of leafs and it is not to hard of a job for a do it your selfer.
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A third (or maybe second with that last post) option should be helper springs. Most bolt on top of your current set of leafs and it is not to hard of a job for a do it your selfer.
N/A - the 09 Dodge half-tons are sprung with coils.
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