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Old 05-03-2016, 11:21 AM   #11
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I used RAS on my old F150. I really never noticed a difference in towing (7500lb trailer). Unloaded there was no noticeable difference either. I ended up removing RAS because one side was squeaking. Between the tail gate squeek, and RAS squeek, one of them had to go.

I rode in a 1/2 ton with air bags not long ago. I thought it was pretty bouncy. I'm not sure how much air pressure they were using. Probably something that could have been adjusted.

I wouldn't count on RAS to take away the sag. My WDH corrected the sag better than RAS did. I think you will control the sag more with air bags than RAS.

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Old 05-04-2016, 07:06 AM   #12
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RAS isn't meant to replace the WDH. A good hitch is first priority, setting it up properly is next, and then finally adding some kind of suspension help.

Did you have your RAS set to the black disc setting (max)? One thing I have noticed is that the springs stretch a bit at first so you have to re-tension them a couple times after initial installation in order to maintain their effectiveness.

These undoubtably help reduce body roll and rear sag - I have hauled firewood in my box with and without them and the difference is remarkable.

Be warned, however, that the RAS will increase your rear end ride height. I'm pretty sure airbags do too though. The F150s usually gain 3/8 - 7/8 inches so it will increase your rake. I have a front end leveling kit though so I needed the back end up a bit more anyways.

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Old 05-04-2016, 07:18 PM   #13
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Air bags easy install and mine are about 14 years old. Still hold air with no bleed down. Like some one above said check tires every time I move and air bags. Couple minutes extra for a much nicer ride.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:18 PM   #14
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Ride Rite air bags, installed mine last weekend in three hours and could not be happier. Run 10 psi empty and then once hooked up to the fiver the psi raises to 24 but the truck only drops an inch! No adjustment needed.

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Old 05-06-2016, 05:41 AM   #15
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I will say that if I had gone the aig bag route, I would definitely have splurged for the on-board compressor and in-cab control. It's a bit pricey but I think it would be so worth it.

The RAS is effective and just simple. It's a set it and forget it system that takes care of itself and just does its thing. The simplicity is great.
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Old 05-09-2016, 08:19 AM   #16
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I have air bags on my 2010 F150. Ran air lines out to the rear license plate and use a small battery powered air compressor to air them up. They do not take much air at all as the volume of the bag is quite small. For me, it was not worth having the in cab controller as I have enough screens in the cockpit already. I leave the bags at 10 psi when unloaded for no effect on ride and then with handheld compressor, they air up to 30 psi in less than 10 seconds and then hitch and go.

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