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Old 05-01-2012, 02:05 PM
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Hey guys. I'm having my truck leveled with the Bilstein shocks set to 2.1 but I realize that when I tow my 6500lb boat I may have the rear slightly lower than the front... Not acceptable! lol

So I've looked into both the Timbren Helper springs and the Air Lift system. Which do you suggest? Which did you choose? What are you happy with? Pros/cons?

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I went with the Air Lift. At $87 delivered I figured even if it sucked I wasn't out of anything. It does not suck. It couldn't be easier to install. No sag with my 6500lb trailer. I love it.
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I just got the TLC air springs. Man what a difference.
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I just got the TLC air springs. Man what a difference.
So you replaced the entire rear coil spring? What kind of a difference do you feel?
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I went with a set of springs from topguncustonz. They are the same height just a bit stronger. When installed they lifted the rear of the truck 2 inches. And in my opnion i have a better ride. I have bilsteins set at 2.8 and bilsteins in the rears. I still have a slight rake but the truck is lifted. When I tow and the bed is packed with gear I'm sitting level. And the ride is day and night.
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I went with the air lift for when I carry my bikes in the back, I haven't used it yet so I can't comment on how well it works but it was pretty easy to install. It was also a few bucks cheaper if you call autoanything and tell them you are a member, I think I saved an additional 5 bucks under the 87

I wonder if you guys change your tire air pressure when you load up?
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So you replaced the entire rear coil spring? What kind of a difference do you feel?
The TLC air springs don't replace the coil springs. Your stock suspension is
left alone (save removing those cheap plastic bump stops).
The TLC air bags are installed where your bump stops are after you knock them out with a whiffle bat. They are large "bus" type goodyear bags and supplement the coils. Each bag is rated for 2500 lbs, so it's really overkill, but with the compressor I can adjust the height of the bed at will depending on the load I'm carrying. I tow a trailer and load up the bed, so it will be awesome for me. Once I install the controller inside the cab it will be a couple of button pushes to put it where I want it. It makes the truck feel more "sporty" too, really firms it up, but not a harsh ride.
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The TLC air springs don't replace the coil springs. Your stock suspension is
left alone (save removing those cheap plastic bump stops).
The TLC air bags are installed where your bump stops are after you knock them out with a whiffle bat. They are large "bus" type goodyear bags and supplement the coils. Each bag is rated for 2500 lbs, so it's really overkill, but with the compressor I can adjust the height of the bed at will depending on the load I'm carrying. I tow a trailer and load up the bed, so it will be awesome for me. Once I install the controller inside the cab it will be a couple of button pushes to put it where I want it. It makes the truck feel more "sporty" too, really firms it up, but not a harsh ride.
[Note to self, google before asking dumb questions.] This really looks like the way to go. The more expensive way to go but definitely the most complete.

For those of you using a system of some kind, is your truck leveled and does it stay reasonably leveled?

Thanks for the feedback so far!
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I have TLC. With 5lbs it raises the rear 1 inch, but I can raise the rear another 4 inches by putting more air in. I'm waiting for my Bilstein 5100s. I have had air bags on the last 4 pickups I have owned. When I loaded my Polaris 850 sportsman in the back without TLC it sucked the ass down 4 inches, now I push a button and it levels or goes higher.
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Airlift 1000's here. Had them for over a year, probably longer. No issues and initial purchase price is hard to beat.

I haul 'Cruiser' MC's. Vulcan 900 in the bed and a Yami Stratoliner in a trailer, or, most recently a Yami Roadliner in the bed. No difference. Level as can be.

I'll run 'em at 30 psi loaded heavy and 0 psi empty. (Yeah , I know, not supposed to go less than 5)

The 'available' air suspension on the 13's looks attractive.
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