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#1 dcairns

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 12:51 PM

I am thinking about towing a trailer on vacation this year. I was thinking some means of keeping the truck level with a load would be nice.

Anyone installed any of these products? So far I like the Air Lift Ride Control series at $179.39
http://www.airliftco...ridecontrol.htm
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SmartAir automatic leveling sounds cool, if a bit pricey at $279.95
http://www.airliftcompany.com/ARLS.htm
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Posted 25 April 2005 - 01:31 PM

I am going to need to install sum, I think there is several people that do have them on hear for there boats. If ya put them on let us know how it works for ya.
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Posted 26 April 2005 - 09:01 PM

That isn't a bad price really. But that setup sucks. I would opt for a better setup. Checkout Suicidedoors.com or AirRideTechnologies.

Edited by SSplaytoy, 26 April 2005 - 09:02 PM.

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 08:39 AM

Why do you consider the AirRideTechnologies air bags better? To my un-trained eye, they look pretty much the same.
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Posted 28 April 2005 - 11:01 AM

Thats a nice system. I installed a similar one on a Dodge 1500 for customer who tows a fifth wheel camper trailer and loves it, it was not as high tech as that one but works great. :thumbs:
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Posted 28 April 2005 - 11:13 PM

I have them. They are the sportrite kit with goodyear bags. They are well worth the money. I did not get the compressor, not a bad investment though. They work wonders. I pulled a race trailor with three roadrace bikes, and a roadking in the bed of the truck 300 miles and they kicked as$. I would recommend them to anyone. I paid 200 bucks for them.
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Posted 28 April 2005 - 11:41 PM

The goodyear bags aren't bad because that's what 18 wheelers use, but I would get a better compressor and tank.
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Posted 29 April 2005 - 10:18 AM

I've been shopping air systems as well and the one piece of advice that I'm consistantly getting from all sources is that you DO NOT want manual valves. They have a tendency to develop leaks. Other than that I don't have anything else to offer b/c I'm still trying to decide on a setup. :dunno:

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 10:30 AM

Ah, so it is the compressor that does not look up to the task. In the picture, I don't think that is a reservoir under the compressor. It looks more like a plastic cover or electronics cover. I suppose it is pretty light duty looking pump, they do make better looking ones. On the other hand, it does not need to be large or run much, as it only adds air when the load changes. My interest is strictly for vacation travel use. Thanks for the input.
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Posted 29 April 2005 - 12:05 PM

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keep us posted on what you end up going with and how well it does b/c this is something I'm very interested in now that I've got the truck lowered and air suspension is something anyone here w/ an SS has yet to do.
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Posted 29 April 2005 - 09:35 PM

For valves, I would definitely get SMC's. And make sure you get a check valve and a pressure switch too.
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Posted 02 May 2005 - 02:00 PM

I went ahead and ordered the Air Lift Ride Control bags. They are sold for trailering use, so they have to be close to what I need. I decided to hold off on the automatic compressor (too many other bills at the moment). For this trip, I can fill them at the gas station.
I also ordered a B&M transmission cooler. Same one BenKey has, I think.
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Posted 12 May 2005 - 07:06 PM

McGAUGHYS has a new air bag helper kit for the SS. It costs $289 that includes
bags for both sides, lines, T, and schrader valves. about 30 minutes to install. Works with dropped vehicles too.
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Posted 15 May 2005 - 08:31 AM

I think air ride and air lift are the same company in lansing michigan???

I would get a better bag, not the sleeve the double bellow kind, that is where the kit changes, so are designed for the bigger bags. I could be wrong but this seems like a good kit but I think there is a higher rated kit for more weight???

I wonder if you play w/ pressure if you could help your ride w/o a load??
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