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Rye_a

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I’d like to add airbags to my rear suspension on my Ram 2500 diesel to level my truck when I’m towing, but don’t really feel I need to be able to control them from the cab and don’t want to go through an expensive and involved installation of a full system with a permanent compressor. Any recommendations for airbags that can be inflated with an external compressor?

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I felt the same way. I was wrong.
Someone talked me into an onboard compressor. I thank them every time I see them.


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Having a built in system is far better than needing to fill,up elsewhere.


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Rye_a wrote:

I’d like to add airbags to my rear suspension on my Ram 2500 diesel to level my truck when I’m towing, but don’t really feel I need to be able to control them from the cab and don’t want to go through an expensive and involved installation of a full system with a permanent compressor. Any recommendations for airbags that can be inflated with an external compressor?


Any of them. Pick whatever brand you want. They are virtually identical except for the model(s) with the internal jounce bumpers, which doesn't affect capacity.

If you don't air up and down frequently, I don't personally see the roi of a built in compressor auto system either.
And you can air them up with most any reasonable priced 12V or gas station compressor if you want to air up on the road.


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I used Firestone and they worked great on my 2013 2500HD, I just ran a air line from each bag to each side of the license plate. I never had a issue adjusting them, I just used a bicycle pump you don’t need a compressor.

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Love the Firestone 5000s - I've had them on 2 trucks and never felt a need to control them from inside. If they were a primary suspension system I could see it but just being a supplement I've never felt the need to change on the fly.... or really ever for that matter (other than filling them each time I hookup which takes about 2 minutes). I just figure what's about right with some trial and error with each trailer or load and I'm set. I usually run them around 40 with my 11,000# 5th wheel. I don't totally need them but it just helps lessen bouncing over uneven roads.

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Another vote for firestones. The same set has been on my vehicle for the past 16 years with no issues. Like the previous poster I put the fillers next to the license plate. Use the air pump on my battery jump box to fill them. It doesnt take much air.


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Turtle n Peeps wrote:

I felt the same way. I was wrong.
Someone talked me into an onboard compressor. I thank them every time I see them.

The used truck I bought from a dealer had them external tied together and uses one air valve. This last month while towing I developed a leak somewhere in the system. Try finding a station the is convenient with working air to add to your load as you travel towing. It's inconvenient and I agree with you that an onboard unit would have made that much easier.


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my last 3 trucks all had the Airlift 5000 with the Schrader valves locked on the RV light plug and only 1 issue.. that issue was self caused and I fixed the problem..

I was looking for bags for my new truck and Airlift has not named a fitment yet so I went to Firestone Riderite with the built in compressor...

I have not towed with it yet so I cannot comment on the ease, but I am sure I will love it.


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