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Old 11-23-2012, 12:03 PM
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thumbuster2- You can and will experience unusual tire wear if- you are close to towing capacity, if your rear sags over a couple of inches, if you tow alot. I have towed my 33' Jayco 25000 miles since buying my 1500 new in 2009. I am close to max towing capacity when the trailer is fully loaded, (7240 vs. 7500 capacity). When the WDH is adjusted correctly I would have about a 3" squat in the rear. The rig towed and handled great but with new 10 ply tires I would experience cupping on the inside 2" of tread (rear) and the outside 2" of tread (front). This happened on my last long distance trip which was about 8000 miles. Since installing the rear air bags I was able to level the load out with just enough tongue weight to tow safely but not so much that it created a squatting of the rear.
Keep in mind that the tire wear is not real excessive without help in the rear but if you tow as much as I do the air bags pay for themselves in tire savings.
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Sandawilliams, you are right on the money and this is one of the reasons why I put the air bags in. Anytime you are loading close to capacity will cause strange things to happen to tire wear but that is usually related to the loading and not the angle of the truck. As you said, leveling out the truck to adjust rear/front loading is what is really the whole idea of the air bags. No matter what we add, we can not change the GVW of a vehicle. When in a DOT check they don't care what it is registered for but rather what the vehicle itself is rated for. My service truck was Dot regulated, 25000lbs, and after having to check in at many checkpoints over a few years ya really get used to what they are looking for, lol.
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I saw that, might go with 25% and see how that works. I don't have a real heavy camper, only about 4500# loaded up; so the 25% might be the way to go for me. I haven't even tried towing yet, my camper is put away for the winter already
I spoke to Randy at Otto-Max about their TufTruck TTC-1223V variable rate springs today and he stated they will run somewhere between 30-35% and will be stock height and near stock ride due to the variable rate. I may just be ordering these for my truck.
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I installed the TufTruck TTC-1223V springs today. The sag I had when towing my snowmobile trailer is no longer a problem. The ride is good and there is a bit of a rake again even with the bilsteins set at 2.1, I hope the springs will take a set after a bit and the truck will be more level again.

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How dose the truck ride now with the TufTruck springs?
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Truck has a nice ride still but that is probably due to the bilsteins in the front and rear.
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I installed the TufTruck TTC-1223V springs today. The sag I had when towing my snowmobile trailer is no longer a problem. The ride is good and there is a bit of a rake again even with the bilsteins set at 2.1, I hope the springs will take a set after a bit and the truck will be more level again.

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