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Air Bags / Helper springs .... anyone [Expired Topic]

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by MN_Burbon, Jun 21, 2005.

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  1. MN_Burbon

    MN_Burbon Rockstar 100 Posts

    One of the next upgrades on my short list is the rear suspension, I just put new Edelbrock IAS shocks on but I frequently tow "gently" ;-) over the weight limit for my truck. Ok more frequently than gently. But anyway I have been considering helper springs or airbags, the airbags have obviously the most "cool factor points" and seem to be function and fairly cheap.

    Anybody tried either? I don't want the truck to bounce up and down or dance or anything but I would like to level out my plane with the big trailer on it.
  2. 3com

    3com Member

    what the hell are you hauling? i haul a four horse stock trailer and it hauls just right with the trailer empty, put some air in the air shocks and she rides perfect loaded.
  3. MN_Burbon

    MN_Burbon Rockstar 100 Posts

    28 foot flat bed with a new holland ls170 turbo on it ;-) with the bucket and some accessories.
  4. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    yep! That's a bit over the manufacturer's limit.
  5. MN_Burbon

    MN_Burbon Rockstar 100 Posts

    In all honesty my suburban pulls it all like a trooper. I have been pulling this rig, and my boat and my other toy cars with this truck since the day I got it in 1998 and 100k miles later it still pulls great. I am adding an electric brake this weekend (long overdue) and will be doing something with the rear end shortly. But I am still on the same drivetrain with no problems. That is in my opinion one of the reasons we all love the suburbans so much.
  6. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    No doubt about it the Suburban definately lives up to it's promise as a workhorse. At 200k we took our trip to pick up our new horse trailer, and get a puppy while we were in the area 2 states over. Total trip 1700 miles, the only problem we had was through the mountains in North Carolina to Tennesee the truck had a little trouble towing up those steep inclines. Turned out to be a worn distributor shaft. once replaced the engine ran as good as new!
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