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puttin air bags on the rear?

i have some air bag helper springs and i was wondering if i could put them on my truck and use them full time if i got a compressor so taht i could lower the axle to the frame....would the bags hold for a long trip or should i get a stronger bag...thanxs
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helper springs arent designed to carry the full weight of the truck. doesnt sound like a good idea to me.
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so wait, are you removing the leafs?

helper bars aren't ment to hold the rear end up by themselves, they are supposed to help the truck from squating too much from a heavy load


also, if you remove the leafs, whats keep the axle from twisting
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noooo i was gunna lower the truck until the axle was on the frame...prolly with a flip kit and put the bags n and when i wanted to drop it i would deflate the bag and when i wanted it level i would inflate the bags
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its possible. some ppl do this with a mono leaf setup. depending on how low you are talking, i would reccomend a 2link with watts link setp. its the cheapest way to lower it and it rides AMAZING... provided you get the bag in the right spot
i know ppl will dog a 2link, but i see it fine if your not trying to slide around corners and such..
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a watts linkage is a total waste of time and money on a 2link
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You could use Monroe air shocks, I have them on my truck and it is lowered 2/3 and I can raise it taller than stock with them fully inflated.
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a watts linkage is a total waste of time and money on a 2link

i beg to differ. problems seen with 2links are side to side movement correct... watts link keeps the axle centered thru all ranges of motion correct?
so how is getting rid of a problem with 2links a waste of time and money.
id take a 2link over a 3-4-5-6 link any day since they ride awsome! other than a true cantilever setup, IMO 2links ride the best
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have fun with pinion angle with a 2 link..

I wouldnt waste my time on airbags in the back if you just want the axle on the frame, Im sitting on my frame now without bags and it sucks the rides horrible.

A flipkit and blocks will set you on the frame and you can use airshocks to raise it if you want.
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u ride on the frame constant...damn i did that for about a month and with the roads around here my butt got numb after about 30 minutes, so i raised it back up
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i beg to differ. problems seen with 2links are side to side movement correct... watts link keeps the axle centered thru all ranges of motion correct?
one "problem" with 2links is hittin sides, not side to side sway of the axle. in a 2link the front leaf hanger is used and the link is BOLTED to the axle leaf perch. there is no more side to side sway in a 2link than in a normal leaf setup. no additional lateral location is necessary.
this isnt a problem for people who dont hit sides, and only want height adjustability. however, pinion angle is only correct at ride height w/a 2link. ANY other position is wrong. how far out the u-joint will allow the pinion angle to be determines the range of height adjustability
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u ride on the frame constant...damn i did that for about a month and with the roads around here my butt got numb after about 30 minutes, so i raised it back up
its not that bad you get used to it.
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