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Old 01-28-2013, 10:18 AM
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I'm not worried about reliability or mainenance or any of that.. And I like all the features of the factory air ride. Another thousand bucks on a brand new trucks is nothing. So, I was initially thinking I'd get it.

But... The more I think about it, the more I think I'd be better off with the coils and adding aftermarket rear bags, for my purposes. Mainly because it will give me options going forward if I want to lift the truck, or swap out shocks or springs. Those options will be more limited/difficult/expensive with the factory air ride. Given the anemic payload ratings of the 1500's though, and that I'll sometimes need to load the bed to max or even over max rating, and also tow near the max rating, I'm planning on adding aftermarket air bags in the rear basically the first nice weather Saturday I get after bringing the truck home. I'll be looking into replacement aftermarket progressive rate coils for the rear too - new coils are cheap and easy.

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Old 01-28-2013, 10:44 AM
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Getting the air suspension will force me to keep the truck stock. I have a car I can put my money into or better yet pay down my mortgage. Or take the money I would spend on aftermarket parts for the truck and pay the truck off quicker.

If I run into issues post-warranty, I will replace with aftermarket parts. I will not have anything in the bed heavier than a snowmobile, and if for some reason I needed to haul something that is getting close to payload ratings I will throw it on/in a trailer and tow it.
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I never thought about heavier progressive rate coil springs.
How expensive are they and who sells them? I guess heavier duty shocks would be needed with the coils too.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:51 PM
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You guys have me questioning whether I should change my order and get coils!
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Sorry, I am still not sure myself. I have driven both.
The air is superior ride with less body lean. But the coils are simpler.
The air will make it better for loading the dirt bike and quad
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I will be ordering the air suspension, on a Sport. I will be towing a 23' boat, and if the air suspension will make towing easier, the more I'll want to take the boat places I wouldn't normally take it!

Also, I just like it for the coolness factor. An air-equipped Sport is definitely NOT going to be the norm. Actually, in 2 dealers I've been to they have been "unable" to add it to my order list. They claim it is currently "restricted", just like the 8speed hemi. I'm still waiting till the spring so hopefully these options will formally be available then.
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Hey guys-think about this. I believe you can completely de-activate the air suspension, meaning the truck stays at normal ride height all the time. Some people simply aren't going to use it all the time, and there are various reasons you'd want to de-activate (for example, with a weight distribution hitch). If you de-activate it, would the system still go into "protection mode"? From reading an article in motor trend, the system does not monitor weight, it is only meant to monitor the level of the truck...the air suspension is simply a load leveling add on.

If you got the coil springs and added your own air bags, Chrysler could say you voided warranty just the same (if, for example, you have a cracked axle, a rear diff problem, or another similar problem associated by overloading...

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That is something to think about. And as rexmobile said, there is the "coolness factor"
I think I am getting it
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Great thread! Im about to trade my tacoma for a full size. The new v6 is on my radar, and im trying to figure out if the air ride is worth the price. ...not afraid of new technology, just wasting money. ..
So, does it makes a difference? Im tired of the Tacoma rough ride.
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Getting the air suspension will force me to keep the truck stock. I have a car I can put my money into or better yet pay down my mortgage. Or take the money I would spend on aftermarket parts for the truck and pay the truck off quicker.
I was thinking the same thing when I ordered my truck with the air suspension.
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