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Old 08-09-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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Air Shocks for Rear Suspension

After what I have read in other threads I am considering installing Firestone Ride-Rite air shocks to improve leveling and stability for my 2004 Four Winds Hurricane that has a f-53 chassis. I know very little about suspension systems. Are there critical factors I should be evaluating before determining that air shocks are the right way to go.
Comments and suggestions are appreciated.
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Check out the Sumo Springs before installing the air shocks.

SuperSprings Self-Adjusting Suspension Stabilizers
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Help me understand why the Sumo Springs could be the better choice.
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Help me understand why the Sumo Springs could be the better choice.
Air shocks have a tendency to leak and every time you change the height of the coach by adjusting them you need to have the front end realigned.

Sumo Springs you install front and rear and forget about them.

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I have firestone air bags on 4 corners. They provide slight ride stability but I use them to level my MH side to side and front to back. You Do Not need an alignment after installing air bags on a F-53 chassis. I had Sumo springs and trashed them because they made the ride too harsh.
I'd stay away from air shocks, I didn't know they made them for medium truck chassis.
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My mistake, I have been calling the Firestone Ride Rite an air shock instead of an air bag. And, according to a Firestone web site, http://riderite.com/Ride-Rite%20Product%20Detail the Ride Rite is a helper spring.
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Look in to RV and Trailer | Kelderman. This is a better system.
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I have firestone air bags on 4 corners. They provide slight ride stability but I use them to level my MH side to side and front to back. You Do Not need an alignment after installing air bags on a F-53 chassis. I had Sumo springs and trashed them because they made the ride too harsh.
I'd stay away from air shocks, I didn't know they made them for medium truck chassis.
you had the wrong ones... but tooo late now...
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After what I have read in other threads I am considering installing Firestone Ride-Rite air shocks to improve leveling and stability for my 2004 Four Winds Hurricane that has a f-53 chassis. I know very little about suspension systems. Are there critical factors I should be evaluating before determining that air shocks are the right way to go.
Comments and suggestions are appreciated.
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just so you know...allegro installs sumo's at their factory...

fit them and forget them..no dredgery of pumping up air bags,,

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