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Old 08-08-2018, 05:25 AM   #29
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And the lower right corner of page 3 in the Ride-Rite brochure

* Never exceed your vehicle’s maximum GVWR.

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So we can forget about the GAWR?
The answer I got from the jobber.
"The Firestone air bags will increase your weight carrying capacity by
5000 pounds."


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Old 08-08-2018, 06:35 AM   #30
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Sales droids only lie when their mouth is moving, obviously trying to sell you something.
That’s total BS. The axle is a mechanical thing and the rating is set by the bearings, strength of the materials, and size. Airbags are not going to do anything other than make it easier to overload it.
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I've also got air lifts on my 1996 Ford, and they work very nicely to adjust for a level ride (and a level Airstream) as the bed load varies. I don't use a WD hitch, as it's really not necessary w/ a 500 lb tongue weight on an F250 w/ a 1000 lb diesel on the front wheels. I did the numbers - the weight on the ball reduces the weight on the front wheels by 117 lbs - less than either of us . Sometimes the truck is at GVWR, and sometimes 800 lbs below even when pulling the trailer - but adjusting the air pressure makes it ride nice. It also helps, as others have commented, on reducing the pogoing on some Interstates.
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I ran the Firestone bags on my old F-250 and they worked great. I put the Airlift bags on my current F-250 and they work even better. Airlift incorporates an internal Jounce stop that under zero pressure makes it behave exactly like the normal suspension before the bags were added. I air up to about 20 psi with the HA-WD and depending on what other trailer (cattle, hay, bobcat, dump, etc.) I'm hauling I'll run up to 50 psi to keep things level. Not only do things tow and brake better but I can keep my headlights on the road and not in other drivers eyes. I only use them for truck leveling and never load beyond factory specs.
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I've also got air lifts on my 1996 Ford, and they work very nicely to adjust for a level ride (and a level Airstream) as the bed load varies. I don't use a WD hitch, as it's really not necessary w/ a 500 lb tongue weight on an F250 w/ a 1000 lb diesel on the front wheels. I did the numbers - the weight on the ball reduces the weight on the front wheels by 117 lbs - less than either of us . Sometimes the truck is at GVWR, and sometimes 800 lbs below even when pulling the trailer - but adjusting the air pressure makes it ride nice. It also helps, as others have commented, on reducing the pogoing on some Interstates.
The scale weights are a stand-in. Static.

Better had you increased the Steer Axle weight by 120-lbs than reduced by same. Especially without WD.

Worth your while to try WD.
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