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Old 07-26-2002, 12:22 AM
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Air bagged my 1/2 ton burban... love it. Went without the onboard compressor. That would be nice, but using the garage's air compressor is not that big a deal.
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I had airbags on my f-350 and my ex wifes jeep, both had the on board compressor, the only way to go!
 
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Sorry buck183, I did not read your response, I just read the initial question and responded. I had the stage 1 bags on my 1500 Tahoe, and they were awesome. I had two fitting plummed to the back bumper, and just left then at 60PSI all the time. It really stabled out the truck, even when NOT towing. Too bad I invested money into the bags and a new alarm and TRADED IT IN yesterday!!

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Old 07-26-2002, 10:47 AM
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No problem.

I agree though, Bags would be the way to go if it's in the budget.

What did you trade for?

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I like!!!

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Old 07-27-2002, 09:43 AM
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What happened to air shocks? Or is that old news? I have air shocks on my 1/2 ton and handle 1000 lbs of tongue weight when they are pumped to 130 psi. Air Bags? never even heard of them. Oh well, Ill crawl back in my hole now.
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Air Bags. I have 185,000 on a Dodge 1/2 ton that has towed 10,000lbs+ for 5 years. The bags have never leaked, torn or anything. Easy to install and can be let down to bring the ride back. Don't do anything else. Maybe a sway bar.
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Old 07-27-2002, 11:53 AM
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Thumbs up Air bags...

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Originally posted by formula31
... Air Bags? never even heard of them...
I used Air Lift, but there are others.

Ever been behind the big rigs and see those big rubber suspension pieces? Those are "mucho grande" bags...

1/2 Ton Chevy system From Summit:
Air lift Single Compressor- $101.69
Load Control Bags- 168.99
Total- $270.68 ($7.95 handling, no tax- free shipping)

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Old 07-27-2002, 02:01 PM
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Thumbs down Air shocks

I wouldn't recommend using air shocks to carry extra weight. Take a look at where the shock mounts. Those areas were not designed to hold the load. Shocks are for dampening the suspension. If you need something to bring the back of your tow vehicle up from excessive weight, trade in your overloaded truck for one that is built to tow and carry what you are throwing at it.

I am amazed at so many people that spend mega bucks for their boat and tow it with a truck, or even worse, an SUV barely rated or not rated to tow it. Then they go out and throw money at bolt-ons to compensate for an inadequate tow vehicle. Air bags work, hell, look at a semi-truck! Why bother though? Unless you're lowering your one ton truck.

Add air bags so it can tow the boat more level. What is your plan for stopping and manuvering? You could always put 3/4 ton brakes, front springs, sway bar, spindles, etc........

Save your money for your trade-in!
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