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Old 08-14-2013, 08:35 PM
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timbren, ride-rite, or extra leafs for suspension?

Planning to beef up the suspension, rear and probably front also, of a 2001
F250 extended cab short bed. My question is, what's the best way to do this? I hear a lot about timbrens, and ride-rite, but not so much about just a good old extra leaf or two. Cost would be around the same, I'm guessing, so I just want to know the best type to get. which is most effective? Which last longest without needing replacing? Any help is appreciated.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:53 AM
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Ever considered air bags? They make airbag kits specifically designed for trucks and towing which I've heard nothing but great things about.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:39 PM
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before I bought my 05 my ram 1500 did all my hauling heavy or light. Some loads that a 2500 would probably pass up. Said that I have the firestone ride-rite and have had them at 90LBS the truck held a 22ft vnose filled front to back top to bottom with moving stuff, level. I would offer them to anyone trying to beef something up, comfortable ride compared to adding a leaf and you have the extra hauling comp. without suffering a good ride. If you go with airbags spend the extra change and get the onboard air compressor. I note back the same trailer empty before the airbags overloaded the 1500.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:14 AM
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before I bought my 05 my ram 1500 did all my hauling heavy or light. Some loads that a 2500 would probably pass up. Said that I have the firestone ride-rite and have had them at 90LBS the truck held a 22ft vnose filled front to back top to bottom with moving stuff, level. I would offer them to anyone trying to beef something up, comfortable ride compared to adding a leaf and you have the extra hauling comp. without suffering a good ride. If you go with airbags spend the extra change and get the onboard air compressor. I note back the same trailer empty before the airbags overloaded the 1500.
I second that and get the Auto leveling kit. Bags are great
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:18 AM
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I put add a leaf's on the rear of my 2001 dodge ram 1500 and it doesn't hardly sag under any load, it really made it a lot more stout. It also made the ride a lot stiffer when you're not pulling a trailer. Airbags's are kind of the best of both worlds but not going to be near as cheap as add-a-leafs
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:37 AM
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Ummm they also my coil over shock for the rear instead of the normal shocks. Its simple and does not effect the ride as much because they activate as they compress. I want to say it adds another 750-1000 lbs.
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:56 PM
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Can't beat the Airlift system with wireless air compressor. Completely adjustable to your needs.
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:48 PM
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Can't beat the Airlift system with wireless air compressor. Completely adjustable to your needs.
I have a set of bags for sale part # 6401. I had them on a F150 2007 www.ride-rite.cm
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:59 PM
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Can't beat the Airlift system with wireless air compressor. Completely adjustable to your needs.
I have heard and seen bad things happen with Airlift. Not saying all are bad but I have seen a bag blow out and do some horrid things to the rear end because of it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:45 PM
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I have heard and seen bad things happen with Airlift. Not saying all are bad but I have seen a bag blow out and do some horrid things to the rear end because of it.
I've had mine on an 09 with no issues.
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