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Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? #2872908
01/11/21 10:08 PM
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Got me a real nice 2011 2500 diesel shortbed. It rides great, but when I hook the trailer to it, it drops that back like a rock. I have bags on my 2003 2500 diesel and they have been great, should I do that again, or add the helper leafs? I was also planning to add a rear sway bar if that matters.

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Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: Dragula] #2872937
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At least with air bags you can change the stiffness of the ride when it's empty or not towing.

Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: Dragula] #2872941
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wondering what your tongue weight is?

Do you have an equalizer hitch?

I'm asking 'cause I just bought an '08 Mega Cab.

I used air lift bags on my Durango, but I know its more involved and $$$ on a vehicle with leaf springs.

I'd probably go with bags again, 'cause I like the unloaded ride too.

Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: geo.] #2873097
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Bag it and don't look back. I like to run the fill line to the fuel door. Stays nice and clean, easy to get to, and does not take a beating when mounted in the rear.

Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: Dragula] #2873140
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Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: W.I.N. racing] #2873397
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Get a proper hitch

Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: ruderunner] #2873417
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I had bags on my 2004 quad cab 4x4 shortbed one ton and loved them. The original owner had a 200 gallon diesel tank in the back to fill his construction equipment and left them on when he traded it in. Bad it and forget it! The only thing I wish he would have put in was a built in compressor with a switch in the cab. To change stiffness there were dual fillers in the bumper to fill it manually.


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Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: Rhinodart] #2874223
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Originally Posted by ruderunner
Get a proper hitch


Can you elaborate on this?


Bags it is....Might even opt for an on board compressor with pressure read out. My tongue weight must be up there pretty good, none of the 1/2 ton truck like my trailer and my '03 2500 ended up with bags on after a few years.

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'71 Duster 400/512
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znuo3jMUXTk (6.00 at 114.05mph)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9hxSMAWoII (9.66 at 139mph)

'70 Cuda, Plan C....605 Hemi Street Car
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYw6RA-k5Bk (6.25 at 108.75mph)(823hp and still tuning)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zQEb9uxFng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCvfzsC4NgM (9.9)
Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: Dragula] #2874270
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He probably means using a weight distribution hitch.
You might want to check the tongue weight to make sure it's not overloading the hitch on the truck,

Bags sound like the best way to go. I guess that's the one disadvantage of the newer truck suspensions.

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Is this for a tag trailer? If so the proper weight distribution hitch is all that's needed. Never had any issue with my 2500 with a tag. However when I went to a heavier and longer gooseneck trailer I added bags.

Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: 5thAve] #2874984
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Originally Posted by 5thAve
He probably means using a weight distribution hitch.
You might want to check the tongue weight to make sure it's not overloading the hitch on the truck,

Bags sound like the best way to go. I guess that's the one disadvantage of the newer truck suspensions.


Yes weight distribution hitch.

Just because the rear end doesn't squat doesn't mean the package is balanced properly. If you've never towed with weight distribution you don't know what you're missing.

Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: Dragula] #2875032
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Re: Towing rear suspension, air bags or helper leafs? [Re: mgoblue9798] #2875053
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Air bags !!! I had a set on my 02 Durango, when I bought my 08 H.Q.C. I actually made brackets to adapt the same set to the 08 after 17 years one bag developed a leak I purchased a new pair and they bolted right to the same brackets. when I purchased the 08 the nose sat lower than the rear , I installed a 2 inch leveling kit the air bags are good for keeping the truck level even when not towing.

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