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Old 10-01-2011, 06:49 PM
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I need a lift ...airbags?

I have a 2007 E250 sd extended gaser that has a high top and only has 30,000 on it being used as a work van.Between tools and materials she sags a bit in the a*s.I know nothing about airbags but have been told that was the best way to solve the problem. Some questions i have are : 1)Does the ride improve or get worse with the airbags? 2) Will they actually raise the back of the van up? 3)Are they fairly easy to install? 4)And finally what brands are out there and is one better than the other. Thanks in advance guys.
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Hey medic, I had airbags on my 2000 chevy 3500 crewcab and most of the time i would keep the airbags empty and would only inflate them when I was towing or hauling. You can hook them up to a compressor that u install in your truck or you can go the cheap way (like I did) and connect them to a valve (like your tires have) and just fill them up with an air compressor at home or at a gas station. That being said, when they were empty my ride was the same as without them, and when I was towing, the ride was much smoother. As for you and your application, I would assume that you could go the route I did and just keep them filled up all the time, since you likely always are carrying a load.

Yes the airbags lift the back of the van. My truck would lift probably about 2-3 inches in the rear.

For the rear of a truck, they are easy to install. I honestly dont know about a van. for a set up like mine you would mount a bracket to the left and right rear axle and to the corresponding side of the frame. you then put the airbag between the frame bracket and the axle bracket. iirc, you attach the air hose to the top of each bag, have them meet at the middle at a "t" and then shoot another hose to the rear bumper where you mount the air valve. (thats how i think i did it atleast)

i dont know what brands are better than others, but i had firestone bags which lasted 100k miles before i sold the truck

best of luck to ya,
matt
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let me know if you have any other questions.....it has been about 10 years since i did them, but it was pretty straight forward.....you will be quite happy with the results...it is a good return on investment
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