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Posted: 06/20/21 09:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cummins12V98 wrote:

First thing put a set of Bilstien shocks on it. Inflate tires based on load using weight/inflation chart for your tires.

Air bags can help but do the above FIRST.
. They have many different ones do you have a a favorite? How much are they?


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Air Bags WILL NOT leak "eventually".
Everything is prone to manufacturer's defects, so I say this as an almost certainty.

Air bags are used on big semi rigs and trailers for millions of miles, they would not use a weak and leaky method, only something dependable. Same technology just in a smaller package.

Air will ride smooth when loaded, it will do nothing for your daily driver unless you remove some of the factory spring.

Likely you do need new shocks. Are yours original 2002? Any cheap shock will improve over your 19 yr old shocks, but for added weight of towing get the upgrade ones as advised above.

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Lwiddis wrote:

I too agree with Cummings.


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rhagfo wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

First thing put a set of Bilstien shocks on it. Inflate tires based on load using weight/inflation chart for your tires.

Air bags can help but do the above FIRST.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

I too agree with Cummings.


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Describe bumpy ride as in Pogo stickin' like in worn out shocks.... chunking like in freeway hop...... harsh like in too much air pressure in the trucks tires.
We have no idea how much weight the 2500 is carrying but a 25.5 TT or 5th wheel trailer doesn't seem like enough weight to justify air bags unless the 2500 truck carrying close to max rear axle loads. Air bags on a lite loaded rear axle may make a really harsh ride.

I'm not a fan of Bilstien shocks but if your '02 truck has the OEM shocks they would work better.


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"I'm not a fan of Bilstien shocks but if your '02 truck has the OEM shocks they would work better."

I'm curious what aftermarket shock do you like?

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snowpeke wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

First thing put a set of Bilstien shocks on it. Inflate tires based on load using weight/inflation chart for your tires.

Air bags can help but do the above FIRST.
. They have many different ones do you have a a favorite? How much are they?


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And yes, airbags eventually wear out and pop or maybe leak if the line gets chaffed. Using that as a reason to not use them is as silly as saying, "Why use tires, they just wear out or blow out?"

Last set, on our 07. bought them used in 2013, so presuming they were at least 10 years old before one of them popped.

I've split Timbrens in half too...

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snowpeke wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

First thing put a set of Bilstien shocks on it. Inflate tires based on load using weight/inflation chart for your tires.

Air bags can help but do the above FIRST.
. They have many different ones do you have a a favorite? How much are they?


Depends on what color you like. For stock trucks 4600 are yellow and light blue. For stock to 2" lift 5011 are silver and black. Basically the same shocks.

4600 on my stock front 15 DRW and 5100 on my 01 with 2" lift front and no lift rear.

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