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Old 12-06-2012, 01:45 PM   #1
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Air suspension..good idea or bad?

My father has a stock '06 TJ. When he and my mother go on trips, he loads everything into a storage box that he places on one of those storage shelves that mounts to the rear hitch.

He's complained that when he does this, the rear sags quite a bit and he gets more bounce that he cares for.

He's stated he wants to install an air suspension system. I'm thinking just some stiffer springs would be easier/better but as I've never worked w/ air bags, I'm coming to you guys for advice.

My main problem w/ the air system is that he doesn't want to install a compressor. He states he'll just load up all his stuff then inflate to raise the rear back up. To me this seems kinda a bad idea. What about when he unloads at the camp site? Then the rear will sit too high and he can't air down since he has no compressor to air back up. Or if a bag develops a leak for some reason, then he's really hosed.

I should point out...he's not wanting to remove his stock springs..he's wanting one of those air systems that sits inside the springs.

It just seams that some stiffer springs all 'round would be ideal.

What advice do you have?

NOTE: Not hating on air lifts, I just have no experience w/ them so I'm just stating the issues that my uneducated mind sees.

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Those airbags that go in the springs are very easy to deal with and would work well for this purpose. I know guys that have those in the front for plowing with a wrangler. No need for a compressor, just hit the nearest gas station for air as soon as he leaves the campsite or just leave them aired up. It wont cause the jeep to sit any higher, it will just help it from sagging when loaded with weight.

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Those airbags that go in the springs are very easy to deal with and would work well for this purpose. I know guys that have those in the front for plowing with a wrangler. No need for a compressor, just hit the nearest gas station for air as soon as he leaves the campsite or just leave them aired up. It wont cause the jeep to sit any higher, it will just help it from sagging when loaded with weight.
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My take on air lift suspensions is that they're good on a race car. I had them on 2 of mine. They're good to put on the right side rear of a coil suspension, they keep the car level on launch and level on power shift gear changes. I think on an extended trip, filled up with air the coil spring would eventually wear thru the wall of the airbag weaken it and cause it to blow out.
I don't have any experience with them on a jeep but that's my take on it.
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I found the same article last evening.

After reading it, I felt a little better about the idea.

And I never thought about using the air compressor at a gas station.

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