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Old 09-22-2012, 08:06 PM
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Well, I finally just went ahead and bought them instead of wondering about it any further. I wanted to accomplish a few things. One, try to eliminate the bounciness when towing. Two, improve cornering. Three, of course, eliminate excessive squat when loaded. So, here are my observations. Sorry, no pics. I figured the installation has been covered enough on the internet and I basically followed the instructions.

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Pretty tough getting the bags into the springs. When you fold them flat they become wider and therefore you are required to basically fold them in on the sides to squeeze them in. You have to jack up and support the frame, remove the tires and lower the axle a little so you can install the line over the fitting on the top of the bag. Make sure you don't lower the axle too much and damage the brake line. I ran separate lines to control each side and to (supposedly) eliminate bleeding from side to side when cornering.

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I put 16lbs in each bag. I could immediately notice the difference. I wouldn't say the ride was more harsh but rather more stiff. It felt much tighter. I hit the nearest highway on ramp to see if my cornering concerns were addressed. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that, yes in fact, they were. The truck felt much tighter going around the ramp. I take this ramp almost every day so I know the truck's limits and how it used to feel at certain speeds. I am very satisfied with the results.

I'm hoping the truck will feel even better when towing. I may not find this out until next year.

All in all, a great mod for $90 and about 1.5 hrs of your time.

EDIT: almost forgot, the rear tires were a beyotch to get off. The centre hub has started rusting already!!! Nice. I had to beat the crap out of them side to side and top to bottom to get them off. I will have to sand them down and slap a few coats of Tremclad on them before winter. No time for that today.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:22 PM
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i didn't take my tires off to install mine. i jacked the frame up until the rear tires started to come off the ground. then i simply got underneath and installed everything. i ran the line across in a channel under the bed that runs above the axle. i will agree the bags were a little hard to slip in, but i found that standing on them lets the air out best.
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crap, i hit post too soon.

i agree the ride is a little stiffer, but definitely better cornering.

i ran a single line, i only bought 1 compressor and did not see the need currently for dual.
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i agree the ride is a little stiffer, but definitely better cornering.
I was surprised to feel how much better the cornering was after the install. I was contemplating getting a bigger anti sway bar but the bags were the more economical choice.
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Great review on them....now I need to figure out if this works with a lifted ram
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I used a heat gun to warm up the bags a bit...worked great. I took the wheels off, didn't have any troubles with that.




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I threw mine in the oven so I could just handle them with bare hands left the tire on and jack up the frame to stretch the springs slid them in pretty easy
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Great review on them....now I need to figure out if this works with a lifted ram
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call airlift and give them the measurement of the space in your coil. they probably already have a kit for another vehicle that will fit....depending on how high you are. a guy here did that for those of us that are lowered and turns out the Durango kit fits.

nice write up to the OP.
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call airlift and give them the measurement of the space in your coil. they probably already have a kit for another vehicle that will fit....depending on how high you are. a guy here did that for those of us that are lowered and turns out the Durango kit fits.

nice write up to the OP.
I'll call again and inquire. They told me the one for our truck still fits.
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I'll call again and inquire. They told me the one for our truck still fits.
just saw your signature...they told you that with 8" of lift. lol. hopefully you'll get someone smarter when/if you call back.
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