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Old 08-28-2016, 02:03 PM   #1
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Helper springs vs. Air bags

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I'm pulling a 2017 Grey Wolf 26DBH with my 2005 Ram 1500 Big Horn. No problems at all pulling the trailer (usually loaded to around 6500#) but when loaded up I sit about a 1/2" lower in the back of the truck than in the front. I'm trying to decide between purchasing some Hellwig LP35 helper springs or going with an Airlift Load Lifter 5000 air bag kit. A new 3/4 ton truck is not in my immediate plans (dang house addition!), so that's out of the question. Any preferences between the two kits?

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Old 08-28-2016, 04:47 PM   #2
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The Hellwig kit is an actual spring that is going to affect the ride unloaded as well as loaded. Airlift air bag kit you can simply deflate to 5lbs. When not towing and still have the cushy ride.
With that said I have the Airlift kit and love it. I went over and beyond by installing an on board compressor with electronic valves with a momentary rocker switch so I can adjust the ride from the cab. Airlift does offer a kit that does the same, but I wanted a higher capacity air compressor.
If you look around I think you'll see most go airbags.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:51 PM   #3
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The Hellwig progressives or the Supersprings do not affect the ride unloaded. In reality I can only speak for the Supersprings because that what I have on my '16 F150.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:00 PM   #4
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I was going to get airbags until a seasoned friend told me about the Supersprings. They really help with the sag and stiffens up the rear end adding extra control when towing.
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You don't need bags or springs.. You need a good weight distribution hitch. The bags are not going to transfer weight to the front axle, they are just going to lift the rear of the truck.

1/2 inch is not much. A good wdh will more than fix your problem..
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:11 PM   #6
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I use the Supersprings in conjunction with the WDH. It helps with the sag when I hook up the camper prior to adjusting the WDH. The Supersprings stay in play when you are towing reducing sway or roll on the vehicle rear end.
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I use the Supersprings in conjunction with the WDH. It helps with the sag when I hook up the camper prior to adjusting the WDH. The Supersprings stay in play when you are towing reducing sway or roll on the vehicle rear end.
The whole purpose of a WDH is to remove the sag and redistribute the weight onto the front axle. I guess each to his own but once you add the super springs they are there if you are towing or not. Don't know how that effects the drive for a daily driver...

Usually use bags or springs when towing a 5th wheel as weight is right over the axle...
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I have bags. Easier install and they are adjustable. However, since install, we have not needed to raise them. Maintained five to ten psi and all OK. But if I gave a heavier load up they go and down when finished.
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Supersprings and adjusting the WDH.
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Hi everyone.

I'm pulling a 2017 Grey Wolf 26DBH with my 2005 Ram 1500 Big Horn. No problems at all pulling the trailer (usually loaded to around 6500#) but when loaded up I sit about a 1/2" lower in the back of the truck than in the front. I'm trying to decide between purchasing some Hellwig LP35 helper springs or going with an Airlift Load Lifter 5000 air bag kit. A new 3/4 ton truck is not in my immediate plans (dang house addition!), so that's out of the question. Any preferences between the two kits?

Thanks!!
What WDH kit are you using?
...you are using a WDH, right?
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