Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bobcatnj, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    thinking about putting air bags on my 2004 f250. they will be used mostly for towing and carrying salt in the winter. any type of brands you recomend?pros/cons? are they easy to install?
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    I would personally go with Timbren Rubber springs they are cheap and maintenance free. Once you install them you forget about them untill you put a load in the truck.

    I don't like bags they are too rigid and will damage the frame. Plus the fact when a bag blows the truck drops suddenly and can cause you to get in a accident.

    If you want bags go with Ride Rites (Firestone).
  3. Evans Lawn Service

    Evans Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    if you want to look for air bags look in trucking magazine or street trucks magazines i have been in minitrucking all my life (have a 92 ranger with 4 link and air bags) pm me and i will tell you what or where to get the setup
  4. SimonCX

    SimonCX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 731

    I looked into the same thing a month ago and ended up going with timbrens. The ride is stiffer then without them but none of the headaches with the hoses, less that can go wrong. I ordered them at for $203 they were the cheapest I could find and came in 3 days. Install was about 30mins, no drilling just bolt up.
  5. john_incircuit

    john_incircuit LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 310

    I have the blue Firestone "in the springs" airbags. Don't like them too much, one or the other bag are always leaking some air.
  6. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    i ordered the timbrens today. i'll let you know what happens
  7. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    I have Firestone airbags in the rear. In the summer with my trailer and insert I have them at 75psi, in the winter with about 800lbs of salt in the back I have them at 45psi.

    They are great, and very easy to install, took about 25min per side. If your hauling alot of weight, they are the only way to go. I think they ran me a little over $260 from
    The only think I would get in addition, is the compressor.

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