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Old 06-11-2013, 08:38 PM
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My buddy told me that when he had just his quad in the box (~700lbs) it was really squatting (hitting the bump stop frequently) and no fun to drive. Will it be worthwhile for me to put them in my truck? I will have sleds and ATV's in it pretty often.
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The Airlift 1000's for $88 are definitely worth it!
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OK, thanks. Can you install them without a spring compressor or dropping the rear end?
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Yup. The way Airlift's instructions say to install them is to fold them up and slide them into the coil spring. However I could see that making the rest of the install somewhat difficult. I don't see it being easy to connect the airlines to the bag once it's already in the coil. I just dropped my rear end, removed the springs, ran my airlines, hooked them up to the bags, and reassembled the whole thing. Made life a lot easier. And it's not like it's very hard to drop the rear end.... you literally only have to under the bottom shock bolts.
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OK, thanks. Can you install them without a spring compressor or dropping the rear end?
Absolutely. Just jack the truck up, put jack stands under the frame and let the wheels drop. There is plenty of room with the springs extended to get the airbags in. The air lines are easy to run after that. Shouldn't take more than an hour or so.
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I just installed a set yesterday, found a couple of 4x4 blocks of wood and took my scissor jack and raised the back of the truck under my receiver, only high enough to unload the suspension leaving the rear tires still on the ground. I didn't have jack stands, so this worked very well, it left enough room to attach the air lines to the top of the airbags. I am anal so it took me a couple of hours, I wasn't in a hurry to route things. On the factory receiver there was a hole on either side of the receiver opening which worked out perfect for mounting the filler points. I chose to run separate lines, I just pulled my travel trailer out of storage yesterday, I set the bags at 20 psi, and there was zero squat. The ride quality was awesome.
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