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Old 04-27-2016, 04:57 PM   #1
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Adding Air Bags

Thinking of adding air bags my question is which ones? I've looked at air lift 5000 and firestone F2528, I see airlift uses plastic at the end of the bags as opposed to steel on the firestone if anyone is using these I'm looking for your opinion. PLEASE don't comment on weight issues as that is not the question.
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Thinking of adding air bags my question is which ones? I've looked at air lift 5000 and firestone F2528, I see airlift uses plastic at the end of the bags as opposed to steel on the firestone if anyone is using these I'm looking for your opinion. PLEASE don't comment on weight issues as that is not the question.
I have the Firestone bags on my F250 and they work great. I did not add the onboard compressor so just run at 5-10psi unloaded and at about 35psi when fifth wheel is attached. They have worked well for me.

My son in law and I installed them in a couple of hours. Not very difficult to do. I would recommend the Firestone bags. I don't have any experience with the air lift 5000 but sure others will pipe in...
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I added the airlift ultimate 5000 air bags to my Chevy 2500hd. They have the internal jounce bumper. It took me about 2 hours each side. Just make sure you check the bags for leaks before your install them. I had one that was leaking, contacted airlift and they sent me a new one, got it in 2 days. So far so good. This is my first set of bags so I cannot comment on the fire stones.


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I have the Firestone bags on my F250 and they work great. I did not add the onboard compressor so just run at 5-10psi unloaded and at about 35psi when fifth wheel is attached. They have worked well for me.

My son in law and I installed them in a couple of hours. Not very difficult to do. I would recommend the Firestone bags. I don't have any experience with the air lift 5000 but sure others will pipe in...
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I installed the Firestones. Ultra easy, prefect fit. I ran the fill valves to the licence plate. I didn't think onboard air was necessary for my needs. I would recommend them.
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If you do look at the Airlift's, I'll second the "Ultimates". Without that option, they would be pretty much the same as the Firestones. In a pinch, you can run the 5000 Ultimates with no air. Don't try that with any of the others, that I am aware of.

Not sure about your truck, but for my truck the only advantage I saw on the Firestones was that they had two different mounting levels. It is just a second set of holes, but allows a higher or lower ride. I just didn't need that.

As for the ease of installation, they are almost exactly the same installation methods on most trucks.
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I have the airlift 5000's and so far they are great. I run about 15 psi unloaded and about 40-50 loaded.

No compressor. I wanted to minimize the places where air could find a way out

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For my application, the Air Lift required drilling. The Firestones did not. Check the instructions for your vehicle.
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I have the firestones on my F250, they make for a really nice ride with the fifthwheel hooked up. Run about 10psi unloaded and 40psi with the fifthwheel on. I ran the airlines inside the fuel door so I can reach it with my little 12v compressor. Installation was about 3.5hrs to install.
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