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Old 11-11-2011, 11:26 PM
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I installed the Air Lift 1000 rear air spring kit (#60818) on my truck last month, and I'm happy with the way they prevent sag when towing my travel trailer. Tongue weight is around 800 pounds and there is minimal sag when I'm hooked to my trailer. $85 at Amazon.com, with a warranty that covers them as long as Air Lift manufactures the item.

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I installed the Air Lift 1000 rear air spring kit (#60818) on my truck last month, and I'm happy with the way they prevent sag when towing my travel trailer. Tongue weight is around 800 pounds and there is minimal sag when I'm hooked to my trailer. $85 at Amazon.com, with a warranty that covers them as long as Air Lift manufactures the item.

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I installed the same kit. Super easy install, cheap, and they work.
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Thanks Guys - I will check into this Air Lift 1000 System as well. Looks very similar to the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bag System I put on my 2003 Dodge Ram.
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I installed the Air-Lift system about a month ago and have been very happy with it.
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And just so you know, even though the air bags (or any other rear spring helpers) prevent the rear from sagging, the weight of the tongue will still lighten the front end unless you use a weight distributing hitch.

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Having come out of a super duty that needed 800# of tongue weight just to make it ride reasonably, I'll take coil rear all day.

Don't forget that towing 6000# is getting pretty close to capacity depending on how the truck is outfitted. The sag is that friendly reminder that you're getting close.

Don't forget that you also have to contend with the tongue weight. Its a critical number that shouldn't be exceeded. The dynamics of adding all that leverage on the furthest end of the truck can wreak serious havoc with steering and stability.
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Having come out of a super duty that needed 800# of tongue weight just to make it ride reasonably, I'll take coil rear all day.

Don't forget that towing 6000# is getting pretty close to capacity depending on how the truck is outfitted. The sag is that friendly reminder that you're getting close.

Don't forget that you also have to contend with the tongue weight. Its a critical number that shouldn't be exceeded. The dynamics of adding all that leverage on the furthest end of the truck can wreak serious havoc with steering and stability.
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I agree sag is important to understand the amount of load on your suspension. Without sag you wouldn't really be able to judge the load and could easily overload the truck. Keep in mind the springs aren't the only things that matter, the rear wheel bearings are only rated for so much weight, same with wheels and tires. Brakes, sway bars, the overall frame of the truck, etc.... all matter.
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You want to check for rise in the front also. You might have a combination of both front end rise and rear end sag due to high tongue weight. A correctly installed and adjusted weight distributing hitch will correct much of that, it solved my issues.
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Just my opinion but I don't know why people get upset with sagging when putting thousands of pounds on the back of a truck...it's supposed to do that. The coil spring suspension is really a good setup, superior to leafs in every way. It is, however, possible that there is more travel in the coil system vs. the leaf system, as in maybe there is more overall travel to achieve the same payload...
Man, I have to disagree, The coild springs aare terrible choice for a truck, as I've just realized. The ride isnt THAT much better than any of my past 5 trucks with leafs. Plus, they kill the utilitarian purpose of a truck. OP, youre gonna need some bags.
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I don't know, to each their own, but I love the coils, the truck is much more stable in the corners IMO. They carry just as much payload (actually more) than the previous ram's with leafs. My payload is over 3/4 ton... Leafs are ancient technology, they are ok but they don't do anything desirable for performance (handling, launching, etc.). The coils do this plus still carry the payload just as good as the leafs.
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