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    Question Air Bags or Helper Springs?

    OK all you towing veterans! I have a 99 tahoe the likes to squat when hitched, so I think I need to help the rear suspension a bit. My question is which route to go, air bags or helper springs/add a leaf. Like to know which is better and co$t of hardware. Also maybe who does installs since I'm not much of a gear head. Looking forward to hearing from all you GM experts!! Thanks, Mike
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    Me id go with Air Bags for the fact that when you arent loaded they will ride just as nice.
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    x2.....On Air bags.....Air lift or Firestone are the 2 most often mentioned......

    I have Air lift Bags,Compressor and Controls.....I like having the controls in the cab,as I can adjust the bags for the road Conditions.....went towing my boat!!...

    As far as installing them,is not that hard.....for me adding the air bags to help with Towing has been one of the Best Mods I've done to my truck......


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    Air bags hands down, they retain the ride quality, can be adjusted to the hauling weight for each individual load, and depending on the kit you buy are an easy driveway install.

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    Default air lift

    Thinking about maybe going with the Air Lift bags, cheaper than Firestone and seem to be popular. Not so sure about drilling into my frame, though. Other than that the install doesn't seem too bad. What do you think of Air Lift?
    Mike, Heidi, Joe & Jordan S.
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    Airlift is a great company, they are about 3 miles from my home. Many of my friends work for them and they do great work. There quality and customer service is hands down one of the best. If you have any issues there technicians are always willing to walk you through step by step.

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    Default Anybody ever heard of these?

    Roadmaster active suspension helper springs.

    http://www.strutmasters.com/Chevy-Ta...er-2364-ct.htm

    They look super easy to install but a bit pricey. Wonding if anyone has had any experience with them. Thanks!
    Mike, Heidi, Joe & Jordan S.
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    my 06 used to sag in the rear alot when i had a trailor hooked up. i put 3/4 ton rear springs in it and now anything i hook up to, the rear end doesn't move at all. but on the other hand my brothers 95 would damn near drag the ground with his mud truck hooked to it and he added the air bags and loves them. it all depends on what you want and how you want to do it i guess. i'm not sure what he paid for his setup but i got the rear spring packs complete for free from a friend and took about an hour installing them


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    Well Mike i dont have any experience in this area.. Please let us all know what you do come up with since i need a set for my truck as well.
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