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post #1 of 15 Old 07-06-2012, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone using airbags/load levelers?

Just wondering if any of y'all are using air bags or load levelers on y'all's trucks? Which ones are y'all running? Anything I should know about them before I make my decision? I'm not needing anything fancy, just would like to level the truck when I'm loaded.... Thanks!!

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I'm using the air bags from Firestone to help level out my truck when towing my 5th wheel. They're capable of having 100psi in them but I don't get anywhere near that - usually around 60psi is all I need. Have never had a problem with them either - work great every time!


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Yep,I also run the firestone bags for my 5th too,they work great,I run 45 to 50 psi to level it out.I also have the digital aircommand that monitors psi.

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I run Firestone ride rite bags on my F-350. Thinking about buying the air compressor kit for it. I air up and down so much cus of weight changes and I get tired of looking for an air supply. With air compressor kit you are able to air up and down the bags from inside your cab. It would be a great addition.

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Firestone or Airlift ( I have run both )
I like the outboard style vs the inboard axle tube mounted style because it can hep with sway also

Amazon has a good deal on the compressor and wireless remote ( love it)

things to think about = do you have a spring lift

are you do you have a fifth wheel hitch? they make bag mounts to work with most

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i have firestones. i dont have a compressor cuse my weight dosent change but i do run heavy.

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I was looking at the airlift kit. I don't have a 5th wheel, but I pull my gooseneck a lot. I don't mind having to air it up or down each time. What happens if you leave them aired up some? Rides too rough? Thanks for the replies y'all!

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I went with the Airlift 5000 Load Lifter kit for a few reasons. I wanted outside the framerail bags, and I needed a kit that was taylored to my B&W gooseneck hitch plates. Airlift makes brackets that work for my hitch. The firestone kit albeit a good one would have made swiss cheese out of my hitch.

I also recommend that you keep your right and left bag independant of each other even if you use a compressor system. This acts as a natural swaybar.

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. What happens if you leave them aired up some? Rides too rough? Thanks for the replies y'all!
u always leave 5 psi to protect the bag

I find that running a little more actually can take the ride from the spring and transfer it to the bags making it smoother

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I have a B&M gooseneck hitch along with the Firestone airbags...no problems seen here. Do you have a different mounting on your hitch that would make the Firestones a bad choice?


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