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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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I'm looking at ordering a set of air bags for my dad's tow rig.

2002 Chevy 1/2 ton 2wd

Anyone used these before?

http://www.suspensionconnection.com/...con/2320c.html

Seems like the bag should go directly over the perch not in front of the tube on the spring like in the picture.



Never had a set just looking for opinions
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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:13 AM   #2
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Also found this one

http://www.airbagit.com/product-p/towkit-gm99.htm



Seems like a better bag but still on the spring rather than the tube / perch

These solutions just look like a good way to bend the already weak leaf springs
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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:17 AM   #3
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I think they do that to allow more travel at the center point of the axle. It will do the same thing right in front of or behind the axle, just allow for more travel and probably a better ride because of it.

I had a set on my duty and my dather-in-law has them on his duramax. We both love them. In can't vouch for either of those 2 brands, but I would just check what most of the manufacturers have the bags rated at and make sure these are comparable.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:47 AM   #4
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That makes sense I'll have to see where Muddypaws got his on his super duty they go to his perch. I think he got them from Ironman.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:53 AM   #5
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Oh- those are just generic pics also. The bags are the important part that are all pretty much designed the same way and are universal. It's the mounts that make them truck-specific. Your truck may mount them centered over the axle. Just make sure the mounts are nice and beefy...
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Old December 4th, 2011, 04:41 PM   #6
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That makes sense I'll have to see where Muddypaws got his on his super duty they go to his perch. I think he got them from Ironman.
air lift 5000's seem to be the popular choice around pirate they're what i put on my truck and they work great.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #7
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the firestone riderites are popular in the truck camper crowd i camp with.
i got a used set for my superduty, but i never installed them.

timbrens are another popular option. they are cheap and maintenance free.
unloaded ride is not affected. we carry more payload than most people, so most of us run somthing to boost the rear payload capacity.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 05:25 PM   #8
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We used the timbrens on a couple trucks at work, and they seem to work nice. They bolt in place of the original bump stops.
http://www.timbren.com/
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I just put the Airlift's on my GW
I mounted them directly over the axle using longer U bolts and a 1/4' steel plate as a base. This was due to the 1" lift springs. The mounting height needs to be maintained for the air bags to work correctly. Airlift is a Michigan Company.
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I have the airlift sleeve bag on my 1/2 ton.I was hoping to find a bellow type of bag to make work but with how the mounts are set up it wont allow anything but a sleeve type bag.I also think the bellow type of bag is used on the 3/4-1 tons.

If possible stay away from airbagit.I have built a few air bagged trucks and they offer nothing but garbage and shitty customer service.Deal with airlift or firestone.

since were talking bags heres a c10 i built haha
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I have the Firestones on the 3500 and love them. Improves the ride while towing a lot.
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I'd like to put air bags on my 2500 Suburban....anyone recommend a good place to purchase. I've been looking around online just didn't know if anyone had a cheaper price than I'm finding.
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I'm ordering from Jeeperz Creeperz
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I also recommend air lift. I had a buddy that worked there about 8 years ago. Great product and a good fit. Recommend going with the kit with the on board compressor and gauges. It is a little frame mounted compressor witch is noisy when you hit the button, but it is nice to just toggle the button and raise and lower your pressures on the fly as your load may change.
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Got the Air lift bags from Jeeperz Creeperz I'll report back with how the work but it's gotta wait till after Christmas
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I have the Firestones and love them. Best investment i have ever made from a towing standpoint
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I'd like to put air bags on my 2500 Suburban....anyone recommend a good place to purchase. I've been looking around online just didn't know if anyone had a cheaper price than I'm finding.
got a refurbished set on ebay dirt cheap.
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Got the airlifts om my 2500 dodge and love them. it even gives me a lttle smoother ride at 20 psi. Had the timbrens on my 1500 chevy, but they did not do much in my opinion
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Should have caught this thread earlier.
We are a AirLift dealer also.
Awsome product with the best customer service from a Lansing company.
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I put them on today I'll report back in 2 weeks when we really finally get a load on the truck. Simple install took about 3 hours
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