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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Henderson ky
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Why would the ride suck? I have been considering this for a while and here is what i think.
If you can level the truck by putting a jack under the frame rail and the front tires never leave the ground then it should work fine and ride similar to just having air ride (with some added spring rate when you hit a big bump). You will get a harsh ride if you run a small diameter bag because it requires a lot of psi to lift the front of the truck and there is not much volume for the air to be compressed into thus the pressures will spike high when you hit a bump and thus increase the spring rate to quickly and give a bouncy ride.
By using the airbags to support the trucks weight the springs are no longer doing the work and are basically there to just locate the rearend(or front end for this matter). Location is a bigger issue i think because on my truck there is virtually 2-3 inches of suspension travel before the bump stops hit so putting them in-between the frame and axle would be difficult and mounting them on the outside of the frame rail you start getting into the tire and knuckle of the axle.
On the other hand if your truck takes more lift than the stock suspension will drupe trying to force it down with airbags is going to give you a ride like having the axle bolted to the frame due to the increased pressure just to get the truck to "ride height" now the truck doesn't have enough weight to compress the air bags thus little to no suspension movement.
these are just my opinions If some one has actually tried it and it doesn't work then let me know so I don't waste time building a kit because i think i have a way to do it but don't have time at the moment to work on it (winter project). I think it would be great for snow plow guys as well.
2002 F-250 XLT 4x4 offroad extended cab short bed
2000 model 7.3L diesel with forged rods
4-4.5in down pipe 5in back exhaust, 6637 filter, backup camera, gauges,
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