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Posted: 06/19/21 09:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2002 Chevrolet Dmax and tow a 25.5 rls jayco and hoping to get a less of a bumpy ride with air bags. Will that help?


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First thing put a set of Bilstien shocks on it. Inflate tires based on load using weight/inflation chart for your tires.

Air bags can help but do the above FIRST.


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Posted: 06/19/21 11:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Air bags will eventually leak. Look into installing Sumo springs in place of your standard bump stock.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

First thing put a set of Bilstien shocks on it. Inflate tires based on load using weight/inflation chart for your tires.

Air bags can help but do the above FIRST.


This^. And no need for airbags with that size trailer even if you don’t have a wdh unless the springs are sacked out.


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Fresno Tundra Driver wrote:

Air bags will eventually leak. Look into installing Sumo springs in place of your standard bump stock.

And sumos will eventually wear out so same thing, but a request for a “less bumpy “ ride doesn’t actually explain what the OPs issue is so reccomendations are semi useless based on the info presented.

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Fresno Tundra Driver wrote:

Air bags will eventually leak. Look into installing Sumo springs in place of your standard bump stock.

Either these or Timbrens. Either one will not change your stock ride unless loaded and then these kick in to handle the load as your regular bump stops would. Air bags have issues and I have had my share.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

First thing put a set of Bilstien shocks on it. Inflate tires based on load using weight/inflation chart for your tires.

Air bags can help but do the above FIRST.


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I've got the Firestone air bags, manual fill. They've been on the truck for over 10 years, and no issues whatsoever with leaks. They help the ride tremendously for me since they get the truck off the overloads. YMMV.


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I too agree with Cummings.


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I also had Firestone air bags on a 2500 for over 10 years with no problems. I only needed to inflate them to 15 psi when towing, but they improved the ride and stability substantially.


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