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Old 06-18-2018, 06:28 PM   #1
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Has anybody installed airbags on their F150?
I have a 2014 ecoboost with a level kit and when hooking up my boat the back end sags pretty good. Looking to to put airbags on it to level it out and looking for recommendations. I have heard good things about the firestone systems and called a shop that sells / installs them and they actually recommended the Air-Lift systems over the firestone.

Any first hand experience on either system on a 1/2 ton truck

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Old 06-18-2018, 06:33 PM   #2
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Love that boat, was just looking at your build thread the other day.

I have a set of Firestone's on a 2015 and love em. I run 10-15 pounds when empty which seems to give the best ride. I've loaded two 55 gallon drums of water plus corn or protein with no problem.

A boat like that wouldn't need more then 25-30 pounds to maintain a good ride. I wish I had done the kit with an onboard air pump but it's double the money. I may add it anyway.
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:42 PM   #3
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I have the Airlift "Ride Control" bags on my 2015 F150 that has also been leveled. Love it. I haul a John Deere 4520 with FEL and bush hong on a heavy pipe top "Big Tex" trailer, a Rockwood 30 ft travel trailer, and a Sea Hunt BX24 all completely level.

The "Loadlifter 5000" will give you more lifting capacity but a rougher unloaded ride. The "Ride Control" will level 2000# which is plenty considering my max payload is 1800 anyway.

I went with the onboard compressor and in-cab analog controller. I recommend both highly. I can play with the pressure going down the road to get it just right.
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:46 PM   #4
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Ecoboost with airbags is perfect for towing 12k and less.

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Old 06-18-2018, 06:46 PM   #5
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Love that boat, was just looking at your build thread the other day.

I have a set of Firestone's on a 2015 and love em. I run 10-15 pounds when empty which seems to give the best ride. I've loaded two 55 gallon drums of water plus corn or protein with no problem.

A boat like that wouldn't need more then 25-30 pounds to maintain a good ride. I wish I had done the kit with an onboard air pump but it's double the money. I may add it anyway.


Thank you,
Definitely want the onboard compressor, and the Air lift system has a wireless remote which I like the concept if it works. That way donít have to worry about installing a gauge and switch inside the truck


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Old 06-18-2018, 06:51 PM   #6
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I have the Airlift "Ride Control" bags on my 2015 F150 that has also been leveled. Love it. I haul a John Deere 4520 with FEL and bush hong on a heavy pipe top "Big Tex" trailer, a Rockwood 30 ft travel trailer, and a Sea Hunt BX24 all completely level.

The "Loadlifter 5000" will give you more lifting capacity but a rougher unloaded ride. The "Ride Control" will level 2000# which is plenty considering my max payload is 1800 anyway.

I went with the onboard compressor and in-cab analog controller. I recommend both highly. I can play with the pressure going down the road to get it just right.


Great info, thanks


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Old 06-18-2018, 08:00 PM   #7
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Thereís a reason they come from the factory with a rake to them (actually more than one).

The air bags will fix your sagging issue though.


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Old 06-18-2018, 08:10 PM   #8
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Had airlift on my tahoe with compressor. After about 3 years the bags had pinholes and it leaked down with time. Customer service was top notch and covered under warranty shipping included, very easy to replace. I would buy again. Definitely get an on board compressor.
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Old 06-18-2018, 08:48 PM   #9
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I have had the load lifter 5000 and like said above its a rougher unloaded ride. Now the ride control with on board compressor and remote on my new truck are the perfect setup. Very easy to install yourself as well.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:13 PM   #10
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Default Airbags on F150

You may try moving your boat back on the trailer. A few inches goes a long way. You can move the bow stop back 2-3Ē and then retrained it and see if it helps. Airbags will help no doubt
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:07 PM   #11
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I put a set on myself in my garage- took like 3 hrs and totally worth the ride
I can haul my 20ft flatbed with my old project 3/4 ton 81 Chevy on it and rides smooth and level

They are air lift brand and same brand I ran on my old truck with zero problems
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:18 PM   #12
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No help on the airbags, but kudos on the Whaler! Nice looking boat!
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