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airbag suspension?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by wheelin72, Jul 8, 2002.

  1. wheelin72

    wheelin72 Registered Member

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    I always thought airbags would be cool to have on a truck but never looked into them because i figured they would not be practical for wheelin. Recently i have been seeing rockcrawler with a forced articulation setup using airbags. Then i saw a dunebuggy ( the ones with huge travel) with this /forums/images/icons/confused.gif setup. This guy was flying. I also saw a truck on dual paddles out in the dunes with this setup.
    Does anyone have any information on airbag suspension?
    I have a buddy who "bags" lowered cars and trucks and he said he would help me out.
    thanks for any info.
     
  2. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    I don't see why wheelin' wouldn't be a good application for it. The 18-wheelers have been using them for years so if it's good enough for them......
     
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    wheelin72 Registered Member

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    ya the more i think about it it seems the bags holding up will not be a problem more if they will offer a good ride and the design of the suspension.
     
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    I have seen new jeep lift kits with 4 to 6 inch adjustable lifts using bags. I dont know why but i would be concerned about them getting punctured. It seems like alot could go wrong with them.
     
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    wheelin72 Registered Member

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    DOGMAN all my buddys that were at the coast on memorial saw that truck. That thing is sweet. WHat did you think about the bag setup? Was he jumping or anything?
    Im not to worried about them being punctured
    one thing really apealling about this to me is the ability to lower it to put my bike in the back.
     
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    wheelin72 Registered Member

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    dogman you have any more info on that stepside??
     
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    That dually's bark is much worse than its bite. My buddy has a '71 K5 with 33x16.5x15 cepeks and a 468BBC and he beat that truck up the hill by at least 2 truck lengths. It took the whoops okay, but I have passed him on the sandhighway before at 65mph (he was doing 40-45 which is still fast over the whoops for a SFA) But it is definately a cool looking original setup.
     
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    My current big rig has peterbuilt air track rear suspension. It doesn't work near as well as walking beam off the road. On the road it has a decent ride. But I won't buy another construction truck with air ride.
     
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    I know of a guy from another board that has built several huge air ride trucks,
    at least 2 dually dodges on 44s, and his own Ford with a full boxtube frame.
    he goes by the handle '4x4nut'
     
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    thanks for the links look like a good setup.
    that what i figured about that stepside.
    what board are u talking about M-j?
     
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    theres a guy @ school who has a 98 Ram, with a 6" lift and 36's. He has airbags on it to lift it to clear the 36's when hes offroad..... Ill try to get in touch with him and get some pics, might be awhile since its summer....
     
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    I had a 85 bronco that I packed the front coils full of tennis balls to make it ride better. /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif
    Does that count as air suspention ??
     
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    http://www.customtruckshowcase.com/forum/index.php?s=

    I first met him on Truckworld.com forums but he is often on the CTS board,
    I cannot remember the name of his shop off hand.
    It is a truck and farm machinery shop that his grandfather started IIRC and he is doing projects there now as well as the traditional business
     
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    lol i never though of tennis balls too bad i have leaf springs /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
    ill check that forum out thanks
    k20 that would be cool to get some pics of someone with a bag setup for offroad
     
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    There is a guy here in Santa Maria that makes his own suspension for 88&up GM's that uses airbags on the rear. his truck has 15'' lift and he can dump bags down 12'' (the bed will sit on the tires before it goes all the way down) you can see his truck on the www.hill4wheel.com homepage and also on the for sale page. His name is Jarod (sp) Dominguez and his company is called JD fabworx.
     
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    like you, we saw that guy in the dunes.
    neat set up, so cool; Ryan put it on his web.

    dogman
     
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    AGH, HE SOLD IT!!!!!!!!! Well, no pics of it. /forums/images/icons/frown.gif
     
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    What my main question is if it will perform well. I really would like being able to change the ride height not to be cool(well that too /forums/images/icons/grin.gif ) but driving around town so the cops wont mess with me.
     

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