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Old 06-27-2011, 11:10 AM
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So I installed these last week for a trip to the lake this weekend pulling the boat. Trailer isn't all that heavy, just over 3K, but we had 450 pounds of passengers, plus a few hundred pounds of gear in the bed, so I thought they would be a good idea. Round trip was about 350 miles to Truman lake in MO, so there were some pretty good hills and windy twisty roads.

Empty, I leave the bags at about 10 PSI, which makes for a nice ride, just a little firmer than stock, but it recovers from bumps better than stock.

Loaded, with a payload just over 1K with the trailer tongue weight, I set the bags at 20 pounds. Truck sagged maybe just over an inch. Ride was great. Boat is light enough that it wants to bounce over some bumps in the road, but the air bags really tamed that down, and aside from gas mileage, and the occasional wind gust, I pretty much didn't even notice towing the trailer.

For the towing that I have done (just over 4K and less), I love this truck. Mileage with most trailers has been right around 15 mpg with average speeds of 65 mph. Tranny never got over 168, and it was 95 F yesterday on the way home. For the weights I am pulling, I can set the cruise, and most hills I pull without dropping down a gear, and I have the 3.55's.

Just thought I would share. Most people probably look at Timbren or the air bags for towing, and for a whole lot less money, I think the air lift 1000's do a great job. Can't comment on the timbrens, but I can't see them being worth the extra money. Only advantage to them, I think the install would have been much simpler.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:22 AM
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Thanks for sharing. I pull trailers all the time. Since I have had the Ram, I have not had to pull anything over 3000 pounds. I know the day is coming, so I am trying to decide if I should add the Air Lift or go with something else. Where did you route your lines and do you have any photos of your install?
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Thanks for sharing. I pull trailers all the time. Since I have had the Ram, I have not had to pull anything over 3000 pounds. I know the day is coming, so I am trying to decide if I should add the Air Lift or go with something else. Where did you route your lines and do you have any photos of your install?
I didn't take any pics, but I can get some tonight and post them. I routed them along the crossmember between the tires, and T'd it there. Then I ran it down the frame rail, along the hitch and through the bumper, just to the passenger side of the license plate.

I left the tires on, but I would suggest taking them off, because I think it would have made the install easier.
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I'm going to get a set after I lower my truck to help prevent bittoming out, even at stock weight, 5-8 psi in the bags should help some!
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I keep them at 10 PSI for everyday use, because I don't have a pressure gauge that goes any lower than that. You might want to talk to someone at Air Lift first. Since you are lowering the truck, I am not sure if they will counter that and lift it some due to the height of the air bags.
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They have shorter bags for the drop kits!
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I did not know that. Then they should work perfect for you.
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Yeah, saw another post about them! Thanks for the write up
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Thanks for the reps! I will get some pics up tonight or tomorrow.
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