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 Post subject: Airbags for a 4” lifted van
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:19 am 
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Howdy folks, I have poured through the posts and have yet to see this discussed. I need to add air bags to the rear suspension of my van for towing a small camp trailer. There are kits for our vans in stock configuration but has any one figured out an airbag kit for our lifted vans?

Here is a picture of the van and trailer..... trailer has a 15” poptop too and has been lifted 10”. Sorry for the fuzzy picture, this is the day I brought it home.... she needs some love and new bigger tires but at 1900 lbs, 2 queen beds, full kitchen and $1350 I couldn’t pass it up. Between the air bags and a hitch that is the correct height I think it will work out Great.

Ryan


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 Post subject: Re: Airbags for a 4” lifted van
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:05 am 
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Hi,
You could try rear Monroe air shocks or rear Monroe coil over shocks.
Although, the tilt on your trailer doesn't look too bad actually. You could get a load equalizing hitch draw bar. You could also move more trailer weigh rear ward to reduce trailer tongue weight.

Good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Airbags for a 4” lifted van
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:20 pm 
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I haven't looked at the airbag system for our vans closely, but it seems the easiest solution would be to buy an Astro/Safari kit and just extend the upper or lower bag mount the lifted amount. Just a bit of welding I'd guess. (In theory, I'll face this one day myself as I'm hoping to someday use my van to tow a larger 2-place enclosed snowmobile trailer that will have a hefty tongue weight.)

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 Post subject: Re: Airbags for a 4” lifted van
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:24 am 
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The other option, from a research standpoint, at least, would be to check airbag kits for the S10 trucks. (Since a 4" lift is roughly had from the difference in arch when switching to the S10 spring-pack)

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 Post subject: Re: Airbags for a 4” lifted van
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:18 pm 
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I talked to the guys at my local 4x4 shop and they cleared all this up for me. I purchase a typical air bag kit.... they sugges the Firestone ride-rite kit. We install everything then measure the gap under the air bag. They carry spacers that you then match to that gap and your all done. Looking like 3-4 hundred bucks and I am done.

I will update here as this project gets under way.

Ryan

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2004 Astro (was AWD now 4X4) 125,000 miles: purchased April 2012
Colorado Camper Van poptop
4" Overland lift, Rancho 5000 Cooper AT3 245/75/16 C,
4x4 - NP236 Transfercase
Propex HS2211 propane heater
I am copying a few of you hope you don't mind!

See my build here


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