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I would have gone with 17's instead of 18's but 18's allowed me to match the stock tire overall dimensions.
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If I put on a leveling kit on the stock suspension, I'd probably go that route too.
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Could you put a set of timbren air springs in rear if you got air ride-try replace bump stops. Seems a heavy payload might not show so much to the load leveling computer...the heavy load should contact the timbren springs before squatting the truck too bad? Then how would computer know to enter protection mode? Again, I think computer only monitors level of truck, not weight. Maybe protection mode is when the rear air bags simply cannot compensate to load and level the truck. Wouldn't timbren springs help with that?
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None of you'll be surprised that my vote is for TLC instead of factory air ride. The TotalLoadControl™ air bags are bigger to deliver all the lifting power you need and you keep the factory coil springs. TLC costs 1/3 of the factory suspension.

Here is the thing, I have been in this business a LONG time. Remember the Range Rovers with air ride in the 90's? Or the 2000ish Lincoln Navigators? The air ride components can cost THOUSANDS at a shot when they fail.

An entire replacement TLC system can be had for the price of ONE (thats right, ONE) Air Strut for a 2013 Ram. In my Lexus LS430 the struts were $1,100 per strut, the air dryer had to be serviced regularly and replacement filters were $100 (once a year), the Air dryer unit itself went out and cost me $1400, and then the Compressor went. When I was quoted $2,200 for a new compressor, I gave up, converted it to OEM coil over strut suspension and sent back my $4400 in new air struts.

The way I see it, for those that simply want the air for added towing stability, why pay $1500 now, and go through all the hassle in 10 years when the system fails out of warranty, when you can get TLC under $500 and be worry free.

I've been using TLC for almost a year now - and flat out, I wouldn't drive a RAM without it. Its really a no brainer when you think about it - how could a truck with only coil springs have as much lifting and leveling power as a truck with large 9" air springs that can level heavy loads with only 20-30 psi. I have the wired air compressor and its a breeze to add air for less than a minute to level most loads.

Also, if you have any interest in lifting or lowering your truck, you can't get the factory optional air.

Its not gotten out there yet, but TLC really has something with their patented system - not just for 4th Gen RAMs but all pickups. TLC is the only air suspension 9" air springs that really deliver on everything you need - all the power to level any load - improved steering and handling - understeer and oversteer virtually eliminated - improved 0-60mph performance - no hesitation when you put your foot on the gas - absorbs road bumps, shock and noise for a more comfortable, sportier ride - and reliable and easy to install without modification.
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Well, I decided to order it. Placed my order yesterday for a Laramie with the air suspension and a bunch of other stuff
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Could you put a set of timbren air springs in rear if you got air ride-try replace bump stops. Seems a heavy payload might not show so much to the load leveling computer...the heavy load should contact the timbren springs before squatting the truck too bad? Then how would computer know to enter protection mode? Again, I think computer only monitors level of truck, not weight. Maybe protection mode is when the rear air bags simply cannot compensate to load and level the truck. Wouldn't timbren springs help with that?
This could be a possibility. I checked and they aren't listing anything for the 2013 models yet. Maybe they will have something available soon. Simple enough system but I have no knowledge of the Timbren system durability. Do they hold up long term? You would think so because most of the line they aren't being used.
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Timbren is a great product. I've heard nothing but good things about them. I've not owned a set, but strongly considered them on my previous truck. Another post suggests the air suspension may be discontinued! Very disturbing!
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According to the chit chat on the thread below - Chrysler have issued a stop on the Air Suspension.
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