Author Topic: airbag suspension for towing  (Read 3159 times)

Harrison

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1893
  • Karma: +1/-0
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2014, 06:07:49 PM »
That is a sweet ride Gif!

I bought the HF weight distributing hitch today with some Christmas cash. $173 with coupon. Not 100% confident I have it dialed in, but it really did make a huge difference in how the truck handled. Had it set so I still had a tiny bit of rake. Sort of a pain to get the second bar hooked up, but worth the hassle for long tows.

etk300ex

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4441
  • Karma: +1/-3
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2014, 06:43:21 PM »
The second bar is a pain?  Most of the weight should be off it at that point.

etk300ex

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4441
  • Karma: +1/-3
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2014, 06:46:51 PM »
I'm happy with my wd hitch.  I couldn't decide which method to go with either and mike had one so went with that.  The ride quality is way better and I thought it was fine before I used it.  Never had bags to compare tho.

Harrison

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1893
  • Karma: +1/-0
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2014, 08:00:41 PM »
Not sure why the second bar is a pain. It's been the driver's side both times I've done it. Not sure what would cause that unless maybe my trailer is tweaked a little.

JEEPWERX

  • Friendly Competitor
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 3436
  • Karma: +1/-0
  • Friendly Competitor!
    • JEEPWERX
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2014, 09:37:51 AM »
That's strange.
Like Eric said should be easier.
Could be just different steel characteristics from one bar to the other?
Hey as long as it works right.
I ended up making a longer pry bar for mine to make it easier.

M

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1210
  • Karma: +3/-0
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2014, 04:05:56 PM »
Yea but with no rake in the suspension it's going to bottom out quick with little load in the bed.

400# is nothing, and in older trucks with more factory rake it wasn't as much of an issue even with similar suspension components.

I'd look into the prices of air bag systems also.
I'd say you could find some leveling kits for under 400 clams.

When you said you were loaded I was expecting much more weight.
I haul more than 400 lbs in nails every day.
just busting balls

  http://www.airliftcompany.com/shop/59565/
Nice simple kit with remote fill / deflate chuck.
Or upgrade later and add on board compressor.


You are right. I was way off with 400# estimate

Here's a pic of my truck with 160 bags of Rubberific mulch when I did my house landscaping (that's maybe 1,250# in the bed).  It wasn't so bad squat-wise considering it is leveled.

I am thinking I was really overloaded with the trailer at the tongue.  Oh well.

Trailer had 2x canon imagerunner 7095, 150 lcds, 50 printers, 50 desktop scanners, 125 phones, cables from everything so it had a lot of weight...   the 7095 units were sitting in the very front of the trailer.

10mpg towing from VA Beach to GA at approx 65mph.  Love my truck.  Probably will go for a WD hitch.

JEEPWERX

  • Friendly Competitor
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 3436
  • Karma: +1/-0
  • Friendly Competitor!
    • JEEPWERX
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2014, 08:45:57 PM »
Do you love the rubber mulch as much as the truck?

M

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1210
  • Karma: +3/-0
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2014, 08:57:17 PM »
before:






after:







closeup:


Yes, I love it.   Should last us for a LONG TIME. I dont want to do yardwork a lot, would rather just cut grass. 

JEEPWERX

  • Friendly Competitor
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 3436
  • Karma: +1/-0
  • Friendly Competitor!
    • JEEPWERX
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2014, 01:16:18 PM »
I've never seen that product around here.
I'd do it. As long as it's non toxic for the pups.

JEEPWERX

  • Friendly Competitor
  • Hero Member
  • *
  • Posts: 3436
  • Karma: +1/-0
  • Friendly Competitor!
    • JEEPWERX
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2014, 01:16:26 PM »
Looks great BTW

rejeep

  • M4wd Vendor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5909
  • Karma: +1/-0
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2014, 01:32:09 PM »
I'm sure its carcinogenic.. I mean it is rubber....
I never wanted a red car.. always thought they were tacky and common...
I now have 4 very not common cars and they are all red.. :o

rejeep

  • M4wd Vendor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5909
  • Karma: +1/-0
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2014, 01:33:04 PM »
erik, its the sunshine that makes it look good.....

would look that much worse here :(
I never wanted a red car.. always thought they were tacky and common...
I now have 4 very not common cars and they are all red.. :o

cracker

  • Free Loader
  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1382
  • Karma: +3/-2
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2014, 02:06:07 PM »
I used some in a small space under part of my kids swingset at the old house.  It was expensive. HomeDepot has it about $7 per .8cu foot bag http://www.homedepot.com/p/Vigoro-0-8-cu-ft-Rubber-Mulch-in-Cedar-Red-HDVCRMN8CB/203714941

CJ

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 716
  • Karma: +0/-2
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2014, 05:19:28 PM »
our dogs would eat it

M

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1210
  • Karma: +3/-0
Re: airbag suspension for towing
« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2014, 11:44:21 PM »
I used some in a small space under part of my kids swingset at the old house.  It was expensive. HomeDepot has it about $7 per .8cu foot bag http://www.homedepot.com/p/Vigoro-0-8-cu-ft-Rubber-Mulch-in-Cedar-Red-HDVCRMN8CB/203714941

Yours is chunky shredded. I looked at it and didn't like it for my house.  For a playground, it'd be perfect.

the ones I bought are $10 a bag and they look like real shredded mulch.  I didnt pay $10 a bag though! I found a 10% off lowes coupon code online, plus another 50 off 200 deal, plus another discount -  dont remember it now.  It came to about $8 a bag

http://www.lowes.com/pd_326448-25888-LRM8RD_0__?productId=3199903&Ntt=rubberific+red&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Drubberific%2Bred&facetInfo=