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Old 11-20-2012, 11:59 AM
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Who makes the better air bag kit? Hellwig, Airlift ? Does it matter? Just for the manual fill set-up.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:40 PM
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I had firestone ride rite air bags on F150 they worked really well. They held up to some pretty heavy loads and if I dropped the air to the minimum empty it rode like they weren't even there. Also they were really easy to install in my application anyway there were no holes to drill in the frame and the directions were pretty good.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:26 AM
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I called up Mr. Sangster who happens to be a BCR advertiser and admin.......told him what I was looking for and BAM. few days later I had a firestone ride-rite kit in my office ready to install. Great kit and worked really well.

I installed it on a 1/2 ton GMC......and it allowed me to remove all trailer sway when towing the enclosed trailer without using my load leveling hitch. I had the on board compressor and independent filling bags side to side. it really was nice to be able to adjust on the fly and balance things out without having to pay as close attention to getting the load just right before leaving on a trip.
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What was cost on the whole setup Kent?? Text me if ya want.. truck has sway control and pulls the enclosed nicely now but I think airbags would be nice for our dump trailer with the bobcat loaded into it.
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What was cost on the whole setup Kent?? Text me if ya want.. truck has sway control and pulls the enclosed nicely now but I think airbags would be nice for our dump trailer with the bobcat loaded into it.
whole setup was around $600 if I remember right.....that was a couple years ago. check with booster. if he's in the office his secretary will put you through.

anyhow, I installed it in a Saturday afternoon and was pretty easy.....hardest part was routing all the air hoses so they wouldn't get scratched and rub through on the frame. If you go this route, get the setup with 1 gauge and two needles showing you the pressure of both bags. Looking at that pic VVVVVVVV its hard to see but there is a red and black needle, they happen to be set to the same pressure so the red one doesn't show up
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I had the Airlift on my old 04 Ram with onboard kit. Worked awesome to adjust the bags for whatever load you are hauling on the fly, (kit also came with manual fill valves as backup). Camper, 4 ton of hay, 4 sleds, whatever. This one was fill both bags evenly, saw no need to fill one more than the other.
I think most kits nowdays are fairly close. Install the same way. My next kit will be Airlift with the wireless controller, (no need to drill firewall and route lines/wires in the cab). Bit costlier but for me would be worth it.
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Hobbes has the wireless kit in his Ford. I know side to side adjustment isn't completely necessary, but when it really works slick is when you're headed down a long straight stretch of interstate and have a heavy sidewind. Filling the bag on the opposite side with more pressure takes the lean out of the truck. Put lots of miles on with him and it works great.
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Will check it out. Looking to put set of air bags on my 1/2 ton dodge. Bought a sled deck this year.
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I've had those other types of bag before and they work great with a load.....
That being said, when empty they do make your truck ride rough.
I installed the Long Travel Carli Bags, no difference in ride fully loaded or empty.
http://www.thecarlisuspension.com/do...elairbags.html

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Another vote for firestone. Have them on two trucks, one's gone 220,XXX miles with them and not one issue.
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