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post #1 of 22 Old 06-07-2010, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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AIR BAGS OR HELPER SPRINGS?

opinions wanted, experience preferred!

have an 05 cc 250. Looking for something to assist in keeping the rear end level when towing fifth wheel. Not looking to increase towing capacity just keep from squatting. Truck does not have any oem overload springs.Was looking at helwig helper springs 2500, and firestone airbags


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I have some new airbags for sale. I just dont have any air lines for em. Otherwise they are brand new and for a superduty.

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I have the Firestone air bags in my truck and they have made a BIG difference.
My truck has a daily weight of 12,000 lbs and I keep the psi set about 100 and it keeps the truck sitting nice.
I have also loaded it up with 3,500 lbs of materials and it hardly moved.

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Saw a 4link system on Truck U this weekend. They removed the leafs and put in a 4 link system and some large bags. They say they are good to 10,000 lbs. System cost over $2,000. The neat thing was they can lower the truck back up to a trailer and then raise it to set the hitch. One kit goes up and down 4" total of 8" travel.
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I second the airbags I have a set on a few older trucks and they are wonderful! Very easy install and really lift some weight.
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Air bags, 'nuff said.

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thanks for all the input, airbags it is

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Airbags can help out with more weight.
Helper leafs can help out with more weight too.
But when running empty, airbags can be deflated for a stock ride and handling, helper springs cannot, and ride harsh.

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Best option is factory top overloads, make a removable spacer 2" to bolt to the springs at the frame stop location, bolt on before towing cheap and easy way to get the extra capasity when needed without the drawbacks of bags.
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