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Old 03-01-2007, 05:15 PM
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Question Air Bag Suspension Kit

I am looking to add either Firestone or Goodyear air ride helper spring kit to my F350. I carry between 1000K and 4K in the bed daily and I wanted to add some additional suspension help. Are these kits any good, where is the best place to buy. I found the Firestone on ebay for just under 300 and the goodyear for about the same. Any suggestions will be helpful.
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:35 PM
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I have Ride rites on mine and I love them (Firestone)
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I have had the Air Lift brand on 3 trucks now and never had a problem -- I did the install myself on this latest truck and it's not tough to do, plus you do a better job than the installers will...

With that said, I've looked over the Firestone bag system after installing this last set of Air Lifts, and I must say I think they are of superior design, so if I were to do it again, I'd go with the Firestones (they use metal air fittings and heavier duty air lines for example).

I found the best price from Summit Racing, btw...

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Thanks for the help. Is the basic system enough or is it better to get one with a build in compressor and other extras? Is it a pain to constantly stop at gas stations to add air? Should I just add them to the rear or is it benificial to add them to the front also.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:24 PM
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I had the air lifts on my last truck. They work well and are durable. Install is easy....bolted right in. I regretted not spending the $$ on the in-cab controls. They WILL make your truck ride pretty rough empty if you leave a lot of air in them, but they are really nice if you have a trailer with a heavy tongue weight.
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I've heard of problems with the controllers/compressors that run the air lines to the gauges in the cab -- lots of leak issues. There are electronic controllers that are supposed to be much more reliable. With that said, I carry a $29 - 12 volt compressor with me -- I often use the bags to level the camper as well as any other load (make sure you keep the bag separate with seperate schrader valves), and then I just pump them back up as needed after breaking camp, etc.. I've never had a leak, so the pressure I set stays until I change it...
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$239 from Summit sounds like a good deal to me. Has anyone had a problem with the Firestone kit? Is there a difference between kits for an 04 and earlier or is it the same for 05,06,07.
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Harley Davidson has a suspension pump for the iar ride bikes that works pretty good for pumping up the bags. Cost it right, nothing to break and small enough to fit in the glove box. I have the Firestone ride rights. Love them. I have the drill kit, if I had to do it again I would get the no drill, as the no drill kit allows you to mount any combination of 5iver hitches. The no drill kit is also only $10 more. I have seen them advertised for $259.
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I just installed the Firestone bags in my Ex today. Bought them from www.get-chrome.com for $226. THey are very nice! I didn't buy a compressor with mine, I drilled holes in the license plate and put the fill valves right on the license plate. Didn't have to drill the bumper that way!
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Have the air lift brand love them helped the ride also installed the compressor and leveling sensor don't need to worry about air pressure or adding air. I hook up the trailer turn on the igntion and the compressor pumps it up to level.
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I like Diesel Dan carry a portable air compressor in my toy hauler for airing down the bikes and for the trailer tires. My toy hauler will have a tongue weight of over 1200lbs depending on how the bikes are loaded. With about 50 psi in the ride rites the truck will sit perfectly level. To me nothing looks worse than a truck with a trailer and the back of the truck is squatted real bad. Not to say that the truck wont handle properly.
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Check this place out. One of their systems are in my future, just haven't decided which one yet, stock height or lift. I'm tired of feeling like I'm riding in a tank.


http://www.keldermanairride.com/
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I went with the Firestone and the on board compressor and in cab gauge and switches. They have been installed for over 1 1/2 years with no problem and I love 'em.
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Can these systems be installed on the front of the truck, or only on the rear?
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