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orange anchor

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air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« on: March 17, 2014, 10:53:34 AM »
With the plow prep package on my chevy, my truck sits level.  Put on trailer and it starts to look like I am way overloaded in the rear.  It handles fine and doesn't wag at all. Thinking about adding air bags in rear to help level load and keep from drawing any un-needed attention.  Anyone got any experience with they? 

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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2014, 11:14:10 AM »
I used the Timbren extended bumpstops http://timbren.com/ on a couple of trucks and they worked well and were cheap.

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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2014, 11:15:51 AM »
I have Firestone Ride rites and like them. They're pretty easy to instal and definitely leveled it out with the bigger trailers on it.
1997 XJ Country 4.0/AW4 - DD/Weekend Wheeler
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2006 Chevy 2500HD 6.0 - Tow Rig
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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2014, 11:16:16 AM »
my cummins has a firestone kit on it installed by the previous owner. when loaded with a trailer and air in the bags the rear end is VERY firm. With it being a SRW and the few times ive towed a goose neck (one being a wedge) i was very please with how it handled and felt. I have no experince towing without bags.

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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2014, 11:17:33 AM »
I plan to get a set of firestones shall I ever have a running rig again

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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2014, 11:52:14 AM »
whats your tounge weight? be nice to almost know if your 5-800lbs or if your 1500lbs and asking to fail things

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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2014, 01:21:11 PM »
I have the air bag helpers on my dodge. Don't know the brand since they came on it and never really looked at them. I love them and would get them on another truck.

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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2014, 02:04:25 PM »
Thanks for the input for a few hundred $  doesn't seem you can go wrong.  Smike Next time I am loaded I will bring it across the scales.  I know what me and the truck weights, so it will be easy to see what the trailer is putting on the rear end by leaving the trailer wheels off the scale.

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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2014, 03:23:47 PM »
ill close my fancy math book and almost agree with that jeff, ok.   :P

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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2014, 03:35:59 PM »
High Miler came with a set, but one damaged bag. I got replacement bags and have never installed them. I don't think I've ever missed them, but maybe I don't know what I'm missing
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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2014, 04:15:48 PM »
My truck slams the bump stops when the bags get low. That's when I know it's time to pump some air back in them.

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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2014, 04:53:03 PM »
Mikes truck- newer truck not whooped
Nicks trick- whooped truck
Jeff- needs a 1 ton dually with real springs :)

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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2014, 04:57:50 PM »
370k mi towing though - maybe the air bags kept them from being whooped?
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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2014, 06:56:23 PM »
I had ~3,000lb in bed of my truck a few times and didn't really need air bags. However my truck have the camper special package so it have overload springs to take over when it see the weight. 245k miles and the POs was farmers so my truck was used on the farm and pulled trailers and goosenecks entire of its life before me. Gravel road dust was everywhere on it.


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Re: air bags for rear of truck experiences needed
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2014, 09:17:02 PM »

Nicks trick- whooped truck



That's right and she likes it!!!