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Old 08-11-2014, 07:46 PM
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Air Ride Suspension

I'm sure this has been discussed here before, but I'm playing with the idea of changing the rear suspension of my truck to air ride. I thought at first of adding the overload bags, but they will only provide me with additional load capacity, but not a smoother ride.
I know, complete systems are available, but they are way to pricey.
I read somewhere, that some guys used parts from semi-trucks and build their own system. Any idea / link of a good solid diy system?
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This should provide some food for thought.

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Old 08-13-2014, 01:33 PM
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Thanks for that info. I am still trying to decide what route to take . Maybe to keep cost down , I just add the overload air bags . At the moment I do know , that my truck sits lower than most other f350 even though I did not lower it . But than again the rear end is very hard, sags some with a trailer behind it . I was hoping in changing to total air ride to maintain always same riding height but also be comfortable .... Any thoughts ?
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You could go to softer rear springs for ride quality and the helper bags for pay load capacity.
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Would you reccomned to remove one leaf or get a different spring? If so, where from?
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i thought you dropped the springs and removed many leafs. since they would only be used for keeping the rear end in place, not supporting weight anymore.
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I replaced my front coil springs and gained 3" of height, if that helps you. I have bags on the rear and really like them.
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Well if I gain 3" on my front axle, I drive uphill . My truck currently is level. But I do believe my front springs are wore . Are there any airbags available that would fit inside the front coil ? If I replace , any good source ?
As for my rear axle , I can jump on my back bumper and she only moves about 2" max but maintains to be very hard suspension
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Here's what I have on the front and rear.




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Well, my truck is 2wd , therefore your front set up won't work. In regards to your rear axle, is this a kit or did you build it ? Any more info?
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It is a kit from www.airslamit.com. the kit came with everything and was $225.
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My neighbor has air bags inside of his coils so I guess you can find them.
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Air lift brand has bags for inside. They will make it ride terrible in front.
Air in rear and remove leafed sucks too. I have some experience with a major manufacturer that has a system like that.it sucks.you won't like it.and especially on theses trucks with axle wrap a problem.remove springs and it will be even worse.
The only correct way in my head is a four link and bags completely supporting the rear.great ride and adjustability would be had. Otherwise you are wasting your money.kelderman or ride tech should be of assistance.ride tech I believe used to do a kit for a 2wd SD just not sure on obs how much different.2wd I believe could be fairly close.
There isn't much better than a SD that lays it out!!!!!
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Air lift brand has bags for inside. They will make it ride terrible in front.
Air in rear and remove leafed sucks too. I have some experience with a major manufacturer that has a system like that.it sucks.you won't like it.and especially on theses trucks with axle wrap a problem.remove springs and it will be even worse.
The only correct way in my head is a four link and bags completely supporting the rear.great ride and adjustability would be had. Otherwise you are wasting your money.kelderman or ride tech should be of assistance.ride tech I believe used to do a kit for a 2wd SD just not sure on obs how much different.2wd I believe could be fairly close.
There isn't much better than a SD that lays it out!!!!!
I can assure you that the ride is stiffer as you claim, if you leave air pressure in the bags with the truck unloaded. I have a travel trailer that has a tongue weight of over 1400lbs. I can level the truck with 55 psi in the rear bags and 20 psi in the front and maintain the ride quality as if the truck didn't have airbags.

Axle wrap? Your springs must be shot. I've never encountered axle wrap.
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I think i might be scoping out the local salvage yards. I know that some ambulances have the air ride in the back as well as some busses. just not sure about the front. I might just change the springs itself and see if that helps.
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