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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-06-2008, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Who runs airbags?

Anyone run the Ride-rites or other airbags?
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There are a couple of guys around here with bags on their Dodge trucks. Have a trailer on them pretty much all of the time.

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I'd like to get them, but the thing I don't like is if you lose your air, supposedly it ruins them. Any truth to that?
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I have Firestones, for the most part in the winter they are generally totally flat, I haven't hurt one yet. I have enough leaks in my lines that it is hard to keep air in them during the cold months. During the summer when the plastic lines are more plyale I can keep around 5psi in them when they are not in use.
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I dump the bags all of the time on the big truck when hooking up a loaded trailer. I back part way under, inflate the bags and it takes the weight off of the jack legs before the kingpin makes the trailer slide one way or another if you aren't lined up perfectly.

Also dump the bags on the grain trailer, since the ride control valve can't exhaust the air fast enough when unloading.

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Bmoeller, I think these air bags might be different since they are not the primary suspension source like on the big trucks we have. Airbag suspensions have rubber blocks for stoppers.

With the ride rites, I read somewhere that if you let them go flat, then put the truck on a lift for repairs, the bag can get streched out so much it'll rip or pop.
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Well, if put it on that kind of lift, you could always chain the axle to the frame so the bags won't get stretched like that.....................

Saw a guy do something like that on a grain trailer once. Apparently didn't have a dump valve. Welded log chain to the rear of the spring and the steel sub frame. Works like limiting straps on a rock crawler.

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Duke you don't have to worry about over extending them. They would over extend with air in them or without air. The shocks keep the suspension from drooping too far. I ran a pair for 100,000 miles on an F150 with anywhere from 0 air to 60 lbs. They are pretty tough. Sure nice on a truck without enough spring to set level loaded.
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My goal is to gain back some ride height when hooked to a heavy (~12K) trailer. I lost a lot of pin weight with my utility body being so full of equipment. I only have 1,800lbs of legal pin weight left for trailer.

I was hoping they also give you back more stability on the *** end.
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The bags should do that for ya. Maybe some heavier sway bars are in order, too? Help control body roll. Better quality shocks would make some difference.

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