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Old 10-29-2015, 10:40 PM   #21
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Added the Firestone air bag kit to my 2012 Silverado Z71 1/2 ton......inexpensive way to add load capacity.....installed myself in a couple of hours.....
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:11 PM   #22
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As a follow up, we just installed NAPA self-adjusting shocks and see/feel the difference. Taking our trailer out this weekend for one last outing, so we'll see how it does. Thanks for all the comments and suggestions.
so everyone recommended new springs since shocks don't hold any weight, so you got new shocks
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:13 PM   #23
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Added the Firestone air bag kit to my 2012 Silverado Z71 1/2 ton......inexpensive way to add load capacity.....installed myself in a couple of hours.....
air bags DO NOT add any capacity. They are for load leveling and ride control only. They make no claims to increase payload.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:18 AM   #24
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That's were you are wrong. Air bags depending on the style will increased load. I had inner spring bags and they increased the capacity by 1000 lbs. As stated by the bag manufacture. And would raise the truck bed depending on air volume 3 to 4 inches.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:33 AM   #25
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air bags DO NOT add any capacity. They are for load leveling and ride control only. They make no claims to increase payload.
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You can put springs off of a diesel locomotive on your half ton and it is still a half ton. If springs have gotten weak, replace them; if you don't have enough truck, get another. I don't like air shocks, they are designed to make money for the manufacturer. Having an opinion doesn't make you right.... same for me, its just my opinion... although, I am seldom wrong
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Old 10-30-2015, 11:19 AM   #26
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so everyone recommended new springs since shocks don't hold any weight, so you got new shocks

That's usually the way it goes on a forum.
Subject has a problem, with a solution he likes... Asks for opinions... Does what what he was going to do originally.


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Old 10-30-2015, 11:27 AM   #27
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That's were you are wrong. Air bags depending on the style will increased load. I had inner spring bags and they increased the capacity by 1000 lbs. As stated by the bag manufacture. And would raise the truck bed depending on air volume 3 to 4 inches.
Your wrong, adding extra leafs or air bags do NOT increase your vehicles weight rating or cargo carrying capacity.
Period.
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:15 PM   #28
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normal for this form people think that they know everything about every product on the market and they know little. If you install a coil spring air bag and when inflated it dose not allow the spring to compress as much as before then the spring is getting a greater pay load from the bag. That is not saying you have made your 1500 into a 2500 truck yes you are right as it improves handling by increasing the payload of the springs. How else do you think they work. As for the original question the person had an older truck that he was not able to get a new one at this time and he was looking for an economical way to get a better ride and raise the rear of the truck during tow until he can afford a new truck. Just because he went with his original idea dose not make it the wrong idea for his needs.
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Problem; sagging weak springs
Solution; adjustable shocks?

He in fact wasted money .
I'm not sure it's even a band aid.
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One of the issues that people forget is legality.
If you bugger your suspension in an attempt to carry more weight, you don't/can't change the GVWR. The GVWR can only be changed by the manufacturer or a qualified rebuilder.


If you then try to carry more weight than the GVWR allows and get into an accident, and if the cop questions it, you'll be in a legal mess.
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