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Dry Heat
01-30-2009, 11:30 AM
I've pulled my 2007 Sundance 2700RL thousands of miles, but have always been concerned about the way the back of my 99 F250 PSD squats down when hitched up. What's the most cost effective way to stiffen up the rear suspension when towing and not compromise ride quality when unhitched? I appreciate your help.
Bill

truknutt
01-30-2009, 12:21 PM
Bill,

I have a 2001 F250 SuperCab Short Bed w/AirLift Super Duty 5000 bags & onboard air controller on it (now called Load Lifter 5000). When needed they really work! DW says the unloaded ride isn't like it was before though. It did ride nice & cushy when it was new & empty but I keep telling her it's a truck!! A co-worker has the same setup but on a long bed and the unloaded ride seems less harsh/stiff to me. I found mine at J.C. Whitney on sale some years ago.

Here are some other options and their manufacturer's links to look at:

Air Lift Load Lifter (http://www.airliftcompany.com/LoadLifter5000.html)

Rancho Add-A-Leaf (http://www.gorancho.com/products/accessories/load_control.php)

SuperSprings overload springs (http://www.supersprings.com/productguide.asp)

Have you considered adding an F-350 overload spring from the scrapyard. It may be the least expensive way to go.

Hope this helps,

SmokeyBare
01-30-2009, 12:53 PM
OR....you may want to consider Timbren....

http://www.timbren.com/ses-pickup.htm


http://www.timbren.com/guarantee.htm

lmcclure
01-30-2009, 01:54 PM
Dry Heat I have a 06 F250 6.0 with the Airlift 5000, I had a dodge 1500 with Super Springs, cost is similat, and I can say that i like the bags better for lifting. The ride unloaded is not as good as loaded but I feel better with my headlights on the street now and not in the sky.

leftyf
01-30-2009, 06:16 PM
OR....you may want to consider Timbren....

http://www.timbren.com/ses-pickup.htm


http://www.timbren.com/guarantee.htm


Cheverolet will roll my new vehicle off the truck tomorrow at 9 am. Timbrens pre-installed by dealer. $270 installed and delivered.

Dry Heat
01-30-2009, 06:19 PM
Thank you all. Either of the bag options look promising.

2010augusta
01-30-2009, 06:24 PM
Bill,

Kelderman air ride is another option that is very nice if ride comfort is important. Here is a link (http://www.keldermanairride.com/standard/truck/info.php?product=99FRDREAR) to your type of truck. My f-450 came with the kit installed and it works great and provides a nice ride, even for a 450. it is pricey at $1375, but personally it is a better system than the bags and springs that set on top of the axles.

jmgratz
01-30-2009, 06:53 PM
Mor-ryde also has the ability to upgrade the suspension on a tow vehicle. If interested contact Gary Wheeler at Mor-ryde at 574-293-1581 ext 222

jnbhobe
01-30-2009, 08:35 PM
I use progresive helper springs by triangle spring, I took out the factory helpers and replaced them with the 4 leaf helpers. This way I still have the original factory ride. Jon ;) ;)

Barry & Tammy Martin
01-31-2009, 07:52 PM
We use the Firestone airbags and they work great with the in cab compressor control.

fjspinelli
03-01-2009, 08:21 PM
I just installed the Firestone Ride Rites today. After figuring out some of the glitches of the instructions the install went well. Unloaded with 20 psi the rear of the truck was up 2 or 3 inches. I can't wait to hook up and roll down the road. I did not install all the fancy guages or compressor. Instead I inflated them and will check the pressure like my tires.

http://store.summitracing.com/egnsearch.asp?N=115+400136

jmgratz
03-01-2009, 09:20 PM
I have the gauges and compressor with mine and that allows me to make a change (either adding or subtracting) while moving.

westxsrt10
03-10-2009, 11:29 AM
I love my Firestone Air Bags! ...... they were only $240 shipped and i installed them myself (no drilling).

mountainlovers76
03-11-2009, 11:42 AM
I love my Firestone Air Bags! ...... they were only $240 shipped and i installed them myself (no drilling).

Ditto that. I found them on sale, installed myself also and absolutely love the ride.

santafedave
03-16-2009, 03:09 PM
I just had the firestone airbags with the in cab controller on my 2004 F250. I have a 3750 Cyclone and my truck rides great with the airbags. I have a 4 inch lift on her and adding the airbags helps when the wind is blowing and when you are going thru mountain passes. Also the truck doesn't squat as much and I can air down to hitch up. D.