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Old 08-17-2013, 06:55 PM
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Alright, for starters I'm dealing with a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4x4 QC, Hemi. I am NOT looking to increase payload, obviously in order to increase payload I have to increase truck. However, I am a HUGE hater of a sagging rear end when pulling a trailer . I have currently been looking at the following products, what do you guys think and/or suggest?

Timbren SES P/N: DR1525H4 = 6,000lb carrying capacity
Monroe Sensa-Trac rear coilovers P/N: 58640 = 1,200lb carrying capacity

My personal belief, with these upgrades if my rear end still sags due to a trailer...I do NOT need to be pulling that trailer with a 1/2 ton truck, just saying.
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You don't say what kind of trailer you have but you need to know the weight and most importantly the tongue weight and assure it's within the truck's limits.

Assuming the weight's are within the truck's capacity, you also might want to consider using a weight distributing hitch if you're not already to distribute the weight evenly on the truck.

I'm not a big fan of the coil springs that RAM went to but I haven't hooked my truck up to my travel trailer yet to see if it sits like the '03 I had. If not, I plan to add bags.
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I wouldn't mess around with springs, go air bags and a good weight distribution hitch. The combination of those two will get you perfectly level.
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By air bags do you guys mean air helper springs? Or true air bags with an onboard air compressor and air control switches/gauges? Regardless, any suggestions to a particular brand/model for the air bags you speak of? Thanks!
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My dad has the monroe coilovers, they are great. They will lift the rear of the truck a bit, but they can handle a lot of weight. Here's his truck, IIRC this was after the coilovers were installed(yeah I know it's on a jack, but this is the only pic I have lol):

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I have to admit I am pretty pumped about the Monroe coilovers, just need to find out about these air bags
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air bags are great, but more work to install. Coilover's are simple and effective. I have air bags on the rear of my 4th gen ram, but they are super easy to put in with the coil spring suspension. If I had leaf springs I wouldn't install air bags as it's more work, I'd get coil overs. I had coil overs(monroe) on my s10 as well and they were great. I had put 2000 lb in that truck a few times and it handled it.

You can also look in to air shocks. They are easy to install. I had them on my F100 and were great.
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I still don't understand what kind of air bags you guys are talking about. The actual air system requiring a compressor and air controls/gauges or just the "air helper springs" that are on the market?
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There are many air systems out there, all with different capabilities and different price tags.
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I am looking at these

http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....125&x=101&y=13

They claim 50% "capacity" increase.
Available in regular and variable rate.
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