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Old 09-16-2016, 11:09 AM   #1
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Do I need HD Shocks or Airbags on my C1500 ??

I will be purchasing a 2017 X23B this weekend and getting my 1996 Chevy C1500 5.7 L V8 ready to pull it. My dilemma is, what kind of shocks do I need??? I have been researching and I am more confused than ever. Airbags are expensive, HD shocks will give me a rough ride, when not towing. Any suggestions from the 1/2 tonners?
I am not veryl good at interpreting the forum lingo, nor mechanical jargon, so any help in this area is greatly appreciated.
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Maybe all you need is just a good weight distribution hitch.
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Old 09-16-2016, 11:37 AM   #3
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Unless you end up adding a lot of weight in the front of the trailer I don't think you'll need either one. Just buy a good weight distribution hitch. I would do that and tow it a few times before investing in anything else. If you feel like it's close you might consider buying a good bilstein shock or maybe an adjustable one instead of an HD set.
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Worth a look..


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We are getting Equal-i-zer for Sway and Distribution Control

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Good choice... That's what we used with our TT when we had it... Now if I could just find someone to buy it...
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I will be purchasing a 2017 X23B this weekend and getting my 1996 Chevy C1500 5.7 L V8 ready to pull it. My dilemma is, what kind of shocks do I need??? I have been researching and I am more confused than ever. Airbags are expensive, HD shocks will give me a rough ride, when not towing. Any suggestions from the 1/2 tonners?
I am not veryl good at interpreting the forum lingo, nor mechanical jargon, so any help in this area is greatly appreciated.
Thank You!
Dollar for dollar the best towing accessory I have is my Load Rite airbags. I use a weight distribution hitch and sway control, but the airbags allow me to keep my leaf springs from perpetually sagging. I'm using a 2500 truck but I often tow different trailers and loads some without the benefit of the WD hitch . The airbags allow me to adjust my rear suspension and ride both loaded and unloaded!

I purchased them on an EBay Closeout deal and saved a considerable amount. You could try that option if you can find a installer.
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We towed our X23B with our '03 Expedition 5.4 which is roughly a 1/4 ton and it was fine tho we were close to the Rear GAWR. I changed the shocks for a set of Bilsteins and was pleased. Our tongue was roughly 600# loaded. MPG was in the low 9's for the most part. A visit to the scales will give you an idea how your weights will be.
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