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Old 08-19-2013, 11:39 AM
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I am looking at these

http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....125&x=101&y=13

They claim 50% "capacity" increase.
Available in regular and variable rate.
I looked into those too, but they aren't made for my truck...only the 2009-2013. My question in regards to that is, will rear shocks from a 4th gen bolt onto a 3rd gen? It would be as simple as mounting on the cross member under the bed and on the axle...I have known of a lot of different vehicles being able to swap out shocks, are the 3rd gen and 4th gen Rams capable of doing this?
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I have a 2008. I installed the bilstiens to level it. Once it was leveled when I would hook my camper up it would "sag" a little since I removed the factory rake. I went with the firestone ride rite air bags. They installed easily with a few wrenches in about an hour and a half in my driveway. I decided not to go with a onboard compressor, I did tee the airlines to both bags together and just use one Schrader valve mounted in the bumper to fill/empty.




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I have a 2008. I installed the bilstiens to level it. Once it was leveled when I would hook my camper up it would "sag" a little since I removed the factory rake. I went with the firestone ride rite air bags. They installed easily with a few wrenches in about an hour and a half in my driveway. I decided not to go with a onboard compressor, I did tee the airlines to both bags together and just use one Schrader valve mounted in the bumper to fill/empty.



That is a really nice setup. One question though, if I remember right they increase carrying capacity by up to 5,000lb (advertised)...how do you know you are not putting too much air in them and risk blowing the bags?
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If I remember correctly the bags are rated to hold up to 80psi and the lines are rated for 100psi. I check them with a tire gauge. When I first installed them I left about 15 psi in them, first time I hitched up the camper I filled them to 38 psi to bring me level and honesty I just left them like that. Since its just a normal Schrader Valve filling and checking is no different than doing the same as you would your tires

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^I don't have that same kit but I have the airlift bags and T'd my lines and ran the valve the same way. The bags on my truck have a max psi of 35psi and have such little volume that about 10-20 pumps on a bicycle pump fills it to that pressure. So I just leave a pump in my truck toolbox. I don't like the extra electronics, headache, etc of an electric pump when it's so easy to do by hand. Literally takes about 1 minute to fill up.
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I have to admit I like the idea of air bags
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air bags are great, but more work to install. Coilover's are simple and effective. I have air bags on the rear of my 4th gen ram, but they are super easy to put in with the coil spring suspension. If I had leaf springs I wouldn't install air bags as it's more work, I'd get coil overs. I had coil overs(monroe) on my s10 as well and they were great. I had put 2000 lb in that truck a few times and it handled it.

You can also look in to air shocks. They are easy to install. I had them on my F100 and were great.
What brand of coilovers did you install on the ram?
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I don't have coilovers on my ram. My dad has the monroe coilovers on his 05 ram. He loves them. They will lift the back of the truck a bit, and have a lot of capacity.
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Thanks and sorry I misread I thought you installed them on your truck...
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