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I was wondering if there was a kit out there that came with the compressor and also if it would be beneficial to have an onboard tank with it.
 

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I purchased the setup I had installed on my T from sd truck springs, pretty good discount, firestone ride rite setup. I had the bags, compressor, and onboard tank installed. The compressor is useful, the tank was honestly just because I could, but it did come in handy a couple times, so I wouldn't rule it out. Can't run tools off it, but enough to get you out of some situations for flats. My install is in my Sig.
 

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What type of bags do you guys think would be better convoluted or sleeve style. I won't to use them to level out the rar of my t along with helping with the sag when having aloud in the bed or towing my boat
 

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Also is the tank really needed, and will the compressor auto fill or do you have to turn it on, sorry if these sound like dumb questions but I've never delt with air . It just seems like a better option than helper spring and a much nicer ride
 

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Also is the tank really needed, and will the compressor auto fill or do you have to turn it on, sorry if these sound like dumb questions but I've never delt with air . It just seems like a better option than helper spring and a much nicer ride
As previously mentioned, SD Truck Springs can't be beat for price. I installed firestone's for the rear of my Dmax, I didn't go the route of the onboard compressor/tank. To date, I don't regret that decision. It definitely improved the ride and certainly helps when towing.
 

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The firestones are convoluted, they bolt on pretty easy and quickly. The compressor has a pressure switch, once the tank reaches 120psi the compressor kicks off. I hated the sag when I towed or put a load in the bed, once I added those things, never looked back, rode great and handled well too. I would always pressurize them to the point of being almost leveled out, kept about 8psi in them when I wasn't towing or hauling anything. The install I did was a tad over the top, can always go easy on it or as complicated as you want.
 

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My bags were a kit for a ford excursion/F-Super Duty with manual controller/gauge, and compressor from summit. Air lift brand. With MANY hours of tinkering and several different 'setups' I was able to modify a pressure switch from a dead garage compressor for use as auto-ride. My system is extremely custom and perfectly tuned to my daily towing usage, but if I had had the money (And not already had this kit collecting dust in the garage) I would have gone with another of the kits out there..you know, one that didn't require half a million mock ups, two sets of mounts, seven weeks, hours of grinding, and a welder willing to climb under my truck in the snow for a bottle of crown.


There's a ton of setups out there, but for most practical uses, just get the bags with mounts, and the valved hoses. You can route the hoses to almost anywhere on the body (Such as the rear licence plate, or fuel door), and unless they are damaged or you want to adjust it, the pressure won't need checked more often than your tires. If you want to go the more complicated (and pricey) route, There are kits that offer from as simple to a manual switch, to wirelessly controlled, programmed, and monitored digital consoles for the cab.

DO keep in mind, for every component that is added, such as a tank, aux air output, etc, that there are more points where air can bleed off, which means the compressor will be used more often. Also, tanks=condensation, which especially in the winter = ice blockage, settling, expansion, and corrosion. With the simple bag/hose setup, there are only 3 points where air will bleed off: The bag, Connectors, and the hose. With more elaborate setup, more issues arise, and the price of these components is insanity compared to just a kit with valve-stemmed hoses.

Don't misunderstand, I love my horrid little mad-scientist-esque air setup, but it's FAR from worry free, and if it was something I'd BOUGHT as is, rather than cobbled together myself, I'd give it terrible reviews..lol. Unless you do a TON of towing/hauling, or constantly have more than 200# in the bed all the time, I'd keep it simple. If you want to go with something more elaborate, be prepared to spend a lot of money, and troubleshoot fairly regularly.
 

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Lee thank you very much for your break down I'm gonna just go with the simple kit aftet reading your post it seemed like the best choice!
 
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