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Old 03-14-2013, 11:30 AM
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Firestone or Airlift

I am looking to get either one these airbags. I did a search but nothing really of a sure answer came of this. It seems like most have Firestone. My 4 wheel drives shop is pushing Airlift. But I kind of want Firestone. Is one better than the other? The Firestone kit I Am told by them is more expensive also. What does everyone run is one better than other.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:32 PM
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I've used Firestone in the past and they have worked well. I've heard good things about Airlift too. If I were buying a set now, I'd probably go with Airlift as they do the same thing for less $$.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:33 PM
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I'd go Firestone. Had them on my last truck and now on my 08.
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I think that they are about even. On my old truck the Firestone bags worked great but I hear the Airlifts ride a little nicer. I would look at the instructions for both and see if either require drilling in to the frame. Airlift also has a model with an internal jounce protector that looks like it might be a good thing to have. That model is more $$ though. With either system I would get a compressor system to inflate/deflate the bags. Didn't have one on my last set up and wished I did.

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Old 03-14-2013, 05:12 PM
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I thought I read one of them had interference if you had the 5th wheel prep package. It sounded like you could still install...just required some grinding. I think it was the Airlift, but cannot remember.
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The one thing i could find is the fact that the Firestones can hold more air compared to Airlift. Don't know if that is enough to buy though.
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i went with firestones. not that they were any better, just what the local shop was pushing.

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Re: Firestone or Airlift

The hell with airlift bags. A nightmare to assemble
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:28 PM
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I just installed the Firestone on my 2012 F350, I have the fifth wheel prep and the Firestone bags fit perfectly without having to drill or relocate anything. I was going to do the Airlift but, I read where alot of people that installed them with the fifth wheel prep package had to do some pretty extensive drilling to get them installed.
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The hell with airlift bags. A nightmare to assemble
Also the maintenance factor, that's why I installed Timbren SES on my 2012 F350. No contact when running empty and plenty of support to reduce the squat factor with 2,220 lbs of 5th Wheel Pin weight. I have the Reese 5 th Wheel Frame Brackets and could not add the Firestone Air Bags due to the location of where the brackets mount on the side of the frame.
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