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post #1 of 6 Old 10-26-2010, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Firestone AirBag kits

Guys,

I've been looking online and it appears that some of the guys who have air bag kits on their trucks have upgraded their air compressors to a continuous duty compressor capable of handling some light air work, like refilling tires, etc.

I know Firestone makes the air bag kit I need for my '11 F250, but what do you recommend as far as a compressor/tank package to run the system?

I do have a small air tank (1 gallon) and a 25% duty Kleinn compressor to pump up and run the air horns. It's hooked into a master toggle switch so I can kill the power to the compressor whenever I want to (and also hooked into a key-switched source). I'm debating whether it would be worthwhile to replace that 25% duty compressor and 1-gallon tank with a system that's capable of running the air bags and the horn all together so I don't have to have two separate systems. There's not a lot of room left under the truck after my air horns and my larger fuel tank.

Any thoughts on this? The compressor I currently have is mounted in the corner of my truck box to keep it away from road grit and grime.

I'd welcome any and all input!

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Aww, come on guys... no one has a 2011 with a B&W hitch and airbags? Maybe I'm in the wrong posting category. ??

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2011 F250 CC SB KR Black/Adobe
H&S Black Maxx, EGR Delete, DPF/DEF Deleted exhaust
Line-X'ed DiamondBack ATV Cover
295/20 TerraGrapplers, XD Spy's
AMP power steps
50-gal TransferFlow tank
B&W Turnover Ball w/ Companion Hitch
Firestone Air Springs - front and rear
ViAir Xtreme Duty air system
Kleinn Train Horns

2012 Heartland Road Warrior 30C 5th-Wheel Toyhauler
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I run a Viair Continuous duty air compressor that is already tank mounted and I installed it behind the back seat next to the subwoofer of my 2011 king ranch. Have these Viairs in all my toys and I love em. They are good quality and last a long time. I only run air horns and pump up tires but they will work just fine I think for your app too. Might want to consider mounting the compressor in your tool box or behind the seat like I did and put a 5 gal tank under the truck. Just my 2 Cents
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Awesome - thanks! I'll take a look at that. Sounds like I should just order the two parts separately then - the air bags and the compressor/tank kit.

2011 F250 CC SB KR Black/Adobe
H&S Black Maxx, EGR Delete, DPF/DEF Deleted exhaust
Line-X'ed DiamondBack ATV Cover
295/20 TerraGrapplers, XD Spy's
AMP power steps
50-gal TransferFlow tank
B&W Turnover Ball w/ Companion Hitch
Firestone Air Springs - front and rear
ViAir Xtreme Duty air system
Kleinn Train Horns

2012 Heartland Road Warrior 30C 5th-Wheel Toyhauler
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Does the air bags give the truck a smoother rides or just keeping it level with the heavy load?Are they just for the rear? Sorry for the dump questions mine's the 350.
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I have a B&W and firestone bags with in cab controls. I have a big tank under the passenger door that runs my air horn and supplies the bags. I fill the tank with my air compressor at home and then just top it off when I need more air with the pump that came with the kit. I have that wired to one of my upfitter switches. My buddy is a big time jeeper and uses a Viair pump to air up his tires every time he goes out. He says it works really good

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