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Old 12-30-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Air Bags or Springs

I am towing a Avion 30p with a F150 ecoboost and all is within the trucks weight limits. I would like to stiffen the the rear of the truck just a bit and wondering if it would be better to add a spring leaf or use air bags. All thoughts are welcome.gps PS empty ride is great so do not want to effect it any more than I have to.

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Big rigs have been using air bags for decades. Springs sag, air bag systems level the load on the axle. When I buy a new truck next year, I will be seriously looking at the Dodge 2500s and up for the factory available air bags on the rear axle. When heavily loaded, the air bags suspension can feel a little harsh, but I don't believe the ride is as bad as steel springs that are compressed under heavy load.

You'll like the ride without a load, too.

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When I had my fifth wheel, I added SuperSprings to the rear leafs. Google it and check them out. Really easy to install or take off, probably a little cheaper than going the airbag route as well. They really do work like they claim. I added them on a 2008 Ford F250 Superduty and didn't notice any ride quality loss when driving unloaded. Randy
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My 2003 F250 diesel has AirRide airbags on the rear. When unloaded, I keep 10 lbs. pressure in them, and I like the way the truck rides. It seems with a little pressure in the bags, I can feel the front end suspension a little better.

Air bags are a worthwhile addition to any pickup if it's going to be used to tow RV's or if heavy loads are going to be experienced in the bed.

My only problem was pre-assembling the air bags prior to mounting them on the axle to the frame. AirRide's instructions are written in some unknown English, and only looking on UTube.com allowed me to figure out the assembly. AirRide should sell'em only assembled.
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Most add a leafs will raise the rear of the truck when empty. Bags won't if you keep the min 5psi in them. Timbrens will do the same as both and the ride will be like stock when empty.
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Like the Firestone bags on my truck. I got the cab controller as well. Makes it so easy. 5psi when not towing. Rides good.
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Air bags! I've used them on all my pickup trucks for the past 20 years. Never had one fail.
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Cumminsfan: Do your Timbrens make your truck ride hard or jolt a lot when you are setting down on them? I have heard this complaint, but that was years back. Thanks in advance gps

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