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Old 09-17-2014, 10:27 PM   #11
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Been looking last couple of days for air assist bags for our 2004 f150. I have it setup as tight on the WD bars as I want to go, and am just trying to level it out some more.
Right now Airlift is offering a $50 to $100 dollar rebate on their air springs, good till October 31, 2014.
Their website has links to online retailers and I found a good price for our setup. Prob gonna pull trigger very soon. Came here to find more info before I commit all of the way, though.
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:34 AM   #12
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I had Timbrens on my 2003 dodge 2500 but the ride did suffer when loaded. Of course those dodge seats didn't help any... Lol. Unloaded it was ok

On the new truck I went with the Firestone Ride Rites with wireless on board air. This is the way to go! I got them off of Amazon and may had 850 in parts and install. Very cool being able to adjust on the go or stand outside and adjust the air to see where the truck is stilling loaded up.
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:37 AM   #13
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Been looking last couple of days for air assist bags for our 2004 f150. I have it setup as tight on the WD bars as I want to go, and am just trying to level it out some more.
Right now Airlift is offering a $50 to $100 dollar rebate on their air springs, good till October 31, 2014.
Their website has links to online retailers and I found a good price for our setup. Prob gonna pull trigger very soon. Came here to find more info before I commit all of the way, though.
If you know the part # then search Amazon. I bet you will save a decent amount even with the rebate at the other place.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:31 AM   #14
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I had Air Lift bags on my '09 Ram 1500 and loved them. Took the sag out and it road surprisingly well with 30lbs in them with the TT connected. I too had the onboard compressor, definitely worth the little bit of money and effort to install them. Good luck!


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Old 09-23-2014, 09:24 AM   #15
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So, have you been to the scales yet?

Since you have a WD hitch AND assuming it is set up properly AND you are still "on the stops" you are most likely over the rear axle rating and since most rear axle ratings far exceed the truck gross vehicle rating you are most likely over on the frame rating too.

Airbags and helper springs do not change the max load ratings for your truck. They just make towing a "better" experience by evening out the bumps in the road and allowing the truck to ride more level with a full rated load.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:25 AM   #16
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I agree with the airbags and on-board compressor. I have the Firestone air bags and the Airlift remote compressor. I added the compressor after I couldn't find air one morning before hooking up. Hitching and unhitching the WD is super easy now.

The benefit of this setup is ease of adjustment; more stuff in the truck, more stuff in the trailer, tank(s) full, adjust the air pressure. Unhook, empty the truck, adjust the air pressure it makes it very simple and convenient.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:36 AM   #17
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So, have you been to the scales yet?

Since you have a WD hitch AND assuming it is set up properly AND you are still "on the stops" you are most likely over the rear axle rating and since most rear axle ratings far exceed the truck gross vehicle rating you are most likely over on the frame rating too.

Airbags and helper springs do not change the max load ratings for your truck. They just make towing a "better" experience by evening out the bumps in the road and allowing the truck to ride more level with a full rated load.
I'm with Herk, but I'm questioning whether the hitch is actually set up correctly. I would take another look at it, since you are still dropping 2" in back.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:39 AM   #18
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We try to land on the low end of the [money spent on camping] scale!
I've had airlift air bags for 10 years and am very happy with them.
I like being able to keep my headlights down on the road instead of
in the rear view mirrors of anyone in front of me!

I opted for the self install with no compressor.
A $20 slime brand 12v tire inflator from WallyWorld works great for
adjusting them. This inflator can take up to 10 minutes to fully air up
a full sized car/van/truck tire but the air bags are small and it only takes
a minute or two to boost them.

Your choice- dealer install with compressor $1000+
Do it yourself without compressor $275
Maybe the ability to push a button on the dash to adjust them is
priceless to you....
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We try to land on the low end of the [money spent on camping] scale!
I've had airlift air bags for 10 years and am very happy with them.
I like being able to keep my headlights down on the road instead of
in the rear view mirrors of anyone in front of me!

I opted for the self install with no compressor.
A $20 slime brand 12v tire inflator from WallyWorld works great for
adjusting them. This inflator can take up to 10 minutes to fully air up
a full sized car/van/truck tire but the air bags are small and it only takes
a minute or two to boost them.

Your choice- dealer install with compressor $1000+
Do it yourself without compressor $275
Maybe the ability to push a button on the dash to adjust them is
priceless to you....
I do the exact same thing. I did go with the Firestone bags, though. I bought a 7 way adapter that has a 12V outlet so I can plug my little Slime compressor up at the rear of the truck. Of course, it has to be running to get 12V there.
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:56 PM   #20
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Another reason for air bags is once in a great while I'm hauling stuff.
Mulch, bricks, lumber, firewood etc.
No trailer involved so there is no WD hitch to help level the truck.
Just add air to the air bags and haul on! Nice and level fully loaded.
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