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Old 01-29-2019, 08:59 PM
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My 2017 had a little too much rake for my liking (3Ē) so I took the blocks out of the back. I really like the stance, it makes getting things out of the bed easier, and still have 1Ēof rake.

I tow 22í 4K pound bay boat almost every weekend. It drops the rear of the truck 2Ē. With the blocks removed this gives me 1Ē of sag that I hate. I also tow a 40 horse tractor every once in a while that I know will sag worse but I havenít hooked to it yet.

Any recommendations on air bag systems (price, easy install,fit, etc) that could take out the sag and not effect my unloaded ride quality. I donít have any problem with sway so Iím not to concerned with that. I mainly just want to bump the rear back up an inch or 2 when loaded.

Would like to keep the proce around $250 if possible.
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Old 01-30-2019, 09:45 AM
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Interested as well.

Truck looks great by the way
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Old 01-30-2019, 09:47 AM
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Thank you. I posted this on another forum and all the guys there recommended AirLift 59570. You can also get a compressor with wireless remote to go with but I think that is a little over kill for my needs.
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Old 01-30-2019, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by joshd472 View Post
Thank you. I posted this on another forum and all the guys there recommended AirLift 59570. You can also get a compressor with wireless remote to go with but I think that is a little over kill for my needs.

Get it. You will be glad you did
I mounted my WirelessONE compressor under the back seat. It keeps it out of the weather
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:55 PM
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While I donít have your exact setup, I can give you some insight. I have the Firestone airbags. They are awesome. With the minimum 5psi in them they actually make the ride better. When towing they make a HUGE difference.

The bags can handle up to 110 psi or so. They are really small volume and as such are EASY to inflate with a simple bicycle pump. Eliminating an onboard compressor/gauge/switch/valves etc will cut the price in half or more.

I had my setup installed at a local truck accessory store. They ran the air lines to inside my gas door. The Schroeder valves stay clean and out of site. A few pumps of a bicycle pump and Iím ready for any load. My system. Installed. With labor. No compressor, came to about $500. Installed yourself should be half that.
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Old 01-30-2019, 06:22 PM
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I think Iím going to forgo the compressor right now. It would be easy enough to add later if I get tired of the manual way.

One thing i do like about the wireless remote is you can just set the psi and go. Should be able to keep the read approximately the same height all the time.
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I just installed the Air Lift load lifter 5000 kit in my Silverado and donít know why I didnít do it sooner. My truck is leveled too so any trailer would cause a sag. With 20 pounds in the bags, it gave it about an inch of rake, but it is enough air to support 700 pounds of tongue weight without sag. I did not do the compressor, just installed the air fittings at the bumper, have not had to add or remove air since installing them, 20 lbs seems to be the ideal psi for my setup.
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Originally Posted by sundancekid View Post
I just installed the Air Lift load lifter 5000 kit in my Silverado and donít know why I didnít do it sooner. My truck is leveled too so any trailer would cause a sag. With 20 pounds in the bags, it gave it about an inch of rake, but it is enough air to support 700 pounds of tongue weight without sag. I did not do the compressor, just installed the air fittings at the bumper, have not had to add or remove air since installing them, 20 lbs seems to be the ideal psi for my setup.
Iíve heard the 5000lbs kits can cause a rough ride unloaded. Have you noticed that?
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Originally Posted by joshd472 View Post


I’ve heard the 5000lbs kits can cause a rough ride unloaded. Have you noticed that?


They sure do. I have them on mine and it rides like a truck
There isn't any spring movement with that kit

Starting at the 3:19 mark you will see what i am talking about


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I've had the Air Lift 1000 system on the '98 Jeep about 15 years. When running the min pressure of 5 psi it does not increase stiffness at all. Yes if you leave it at 25 psi with no load it will ride like an empty 3/4 ton pick up. Works great esp on coil sprung vehicles with soft springs like Grand Cherokees.

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Regarding ride: This may be just sales BS. But the shop I went to is both an air ride and firestone dealer. He said the Firestones ride better do to their design. The Firestone bags are slightly ďpinchedĒ in the middle. This pinch allows flexing more easily. Like a bendy straw. Makes sense to me. But Iíve never tried air rides. My truck rides better on 5psi than stock. And the difference towing is night and day. Like the other poster said, I kick myself for not doing them sooner. As inexpensive as they are I donít see why they donít come OEM with ďmax towĒ packages.
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Just from personal experience either Airlift or Firestone are equally great. Your choice should be based on what your local 4WD store carries. I never felt the need to add a compressor. I have a compressor at every place I would need one but you should have a good pressure gauge in your truck.
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Originally Posted by joshd472 View Post


Iíve heard the 5000lbs kits can cause a rough ride unloaded. Have you noticed that?
It stiffens up the ride for sure, but thatís with 20 psi in them. Dump them down to minimum at 5 psi and itís back to stock. Having a level ride with more steering control when towing is well worth the trade off. Run a compressor system if you want to be able to adjust on the fly. The ones I have come with internal jounce bumpers to prevent bottoming out since you remove the factory bumpers to install these.
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I too have the Air Lift 5000 air bags on my F250 diesel. Since I seldom tow heavy, I only keep 2 lbs. or so in the airbags, and I have Schrader valves in my license plate--inflated by an air tank I carry.

The installation was very easy. The only problem was following their assembly instructions which read like they were in a foreign language. I ended up seeing a YouTube video on how to assembly the components used in the installation.
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OP are those 20" rims and what size are the tires? Truck looks great.
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OP are those 20" rims and what size are the tires? Truck looks great.
Thank you. Yeah 20” roush wheels. Tires are 275/60/20 Duratracs.

I went ahead and ordered the air lift 2000lbs bags yesterday.

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I have the Airlift 5000 series on my 2000 F250. The ride is much more comfortable but then again my springs were 18 years old when I put the bags on.

I didn't do the compressor but I will be doing it soon.

Also, the lines and fittings that come with the kit kinda suck and I found that my suspension would leak down after a few days (even when it wasn't driven). I swapped everything out for barbed NPT fittings and a high quality 1/8" ID line with clamps. Now I can leave the truck at the airport for a week and she's still sitting at 50 PSI when I get back.
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I have not had to add air at all since install, they are sitting solid as the day I filled them. Instructions were very easy to follow with color pictures, I am assuming they upgraded them.
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I'm sorry, but why would you want to lower a 4x4? Never heard of such a thing. Do you live up north? Hey, my son and I have plans to build a pro street truck lowered of course for drag racing. Our 4 x 4 at least has a level kit. 4 x 2 lower away.
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I'm sorry, but why would you want to lower a 4x4? Never heard of such a thing. Do you live up north? Hey, my son and I have plans to build a pro street truck lowered of course for drag racing. Our 4 x 4 at least has a level kit. 4 x 2 lower away.
The truck just had way too much rake stock. Same concept as your level kit with out fucking up the front end. This is the most expensive vehicle I ever bought. I have 0 intentions of going and sticking it in a mud hole. Ground clearance is still the same as stock also.
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