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Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers - Front Axle

Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers - Front Axle

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5,000-lb Capacity. LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air springs have internal bumpers, so you get the adjustable load support of air springs and the comfort and reliability of jounce springs. Jounces also work as a fail-safe if air springs lose pressure. Lowest Prices for the best vehicle suspension from Air Lift. Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers - Front Axle part number AL88240 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Air Lift Vehicle Suspension - AL88240

  • Air Lift
  • Air Springs
  • Front Axle Suspension Enhancement
  • Heavy Duty

5,000-lb Capacity. LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air springs have internal bumpers, so you get the adjustable load support of air springs and the comfort and reliability of jounce springs. Jounces also work as a fail-safe if air springs lose pressure.


Features:

  • Hybrid spring system combines the adjustability of air springs with the reliability of jounce-style springs
  • Air bags reduce the strain on your front suspension, increase safety, and compensate for uneven loads
    • Level your vehicle front to back and help maintain safe headlight aim
    • Adjust independently for side-to-side leveling of off-center loads
    • Improve steering and braking performance
  • Jounce spring inside each air spring helps to improve ride comfort, reduce sway, and help with cornering
    • Engages at lower air pressures to better absorb road shock and minimize bottoming out
    • Provides support progressively - the more you load the springs, the stiffer they become
    • Lets you temporarily carry a load with zero air pressure in your springs
  • Quality construction for long-lasting spring life
    • 2-Ply, fabric-reinforced rubber air springs are durable
    • High-strength Zytel nylon endcaps are lighter, stronger, and more corrosion resistant than steel
    • Urethane internal jounces require no maintenance and work well in hot or cold temperatures
  • Designed for heavy-duty applications such as 3/4-ton and 1-ton pickup trucks, motor homes, and commercial trucks
  • Easily installs between your truck's frame and its leaf springs
    • 2 Air springs with internal jounces, mounting brackets, hardware, air lines (or tubing), and manual inflation valves included
    • Compressor system with in-cab gauges (sold separately) lets you monitor and adjust air pressure
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Load-leveling capacity: up to 5,000 lbs
    • LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate springs will not increase your vehicle's weight-carrying capacity. Do not exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight limit.
  • Adjustable air pressure: 5 psi - 100 psi
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 60-Day satisfaction guarantee


Get the Best of Both Springs

The air springs and jounce springs in this system work together to give you the best ride whether your truck is loaded or unloaded. Air Lift's LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air springs have internal urethane foam jounces that protect the air springs and provide added ride comfort when your air pressure is low. The jounces also allow you to temporarily carry a load if the air springs lose air pressure. This gives your 3/4- or 1-ton pickup, motor home, or commercial truck air springs that are easier to maintain.


Air Springs Level Your Load

Carrying heavy cargo in your truck bed or trailer puts extra stress on your truck. Your brakes erode faster, your tires wear unevenly, and handling suffers severely. When towing, you might also experience excessive sway, bottoming out, and even inaccurate and unsafe headlight aim.


By pairing your existing suspension with LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air springs, you can seriously beef up your suspension, ensure equal load distribution, and get the support you need. The springs provide up to 5,000 lbs of load-leveling capacity (depending on the weight-carrying capacity of your vehicle) and distribute the weight of your payload to all 4 wheels. As a result, the stress on your factory suspension is significantly reduced. LoadLifter's air bags are adjustable from 5 to 100 psi for precise support, and they can be inflated equally for front-to-back leveling or independently of one another for side-to-side leveling.


The air springs are made of high-quality, 2-ply, fabric-reinforced rubber. Most air bags lose air at the ends where the bag is enclosed with steel caps. These caps can rust and corrode over time, creating small holes. But the endcaps on Air Lift air bags are fashioned from corrosion-proof Zytel nylon, a material that is both stronger and lighter than steel, ensuring that the air bags won't lose air.


Built-In Jounce Springs Add Control and Comfort

Air Lift 5000 Ultimate air spring with jounce spring inside

The closed-cell urethane jounce spring inside each air spring gives you a more stable, comfortable ride. Each jounce acts as an overload spring and engages when your current air pressure level isn't enough to support your load. So on a rough road, the springs will kick in if needed to absorb bumps and shocks and help you to avoid bottoming out. When the jounces support a load, they adjust progressively - the more weight you pile on, the stiffer they become. The urethane material engages more smoothly than rubber jounces so you get a less jerky ride.


Because these jounces are taller than your factory jounce bumpers, they engage sooner than your factory jounces would to provide better support. And if the LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air springs have insufficient or zero air pressure, the internal jounces will help to temporarily support your suspension and protect it from damage until you can repair or adjust the air spring system.


Easy Installation

This system installs easily. Just mount the springs, inflate them, and ride. The springs install between your truck's frame and its leaf springs. To inflate the LoadLifter springs, you just have to pump in air through the inflation valves. A line kit is included with the springs so that you can install the manual inflation valves (1 for each spring). These are typically mounted on the bumper but can be installed anywhere that is easily accessible. If you want to make the springs even easier to use, you can get a compressor and gauge system (sold separately) that allows you to monitor and adjust the springs from the cab of your truck.


Lifetime Warranty

Along with a lifetime warranty that has no mileage restrictions, Air Lift offers a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. Just install and use LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate springs for 60 days, and if you are not satisfied at the end of this time, you can remove and return them for a full refund.



88240 AirLift Load Lifter 5000 Ultimate Air Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers - Front Axle

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Video Transcript for Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs Installation - 2011 Tiffin Allegro Motorhome

Dave: Hi there, Tiffin owners. Today in your 2011 Tiffin Allegro motor home, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Airlift's LoadLifter 5,000 air helper springs for the front axle, and this is what our airbags look like when they're installed. They replace our factory jounce bumper, and they will go in a similar location between our front axle and our frame. They are a little bit slightly further forward, but they're going to perform similar functions except we're going to get those benefits throughout our suspension travel. Whereas our jounce bumper from the factory really only applies once our suspension has bottomed out to give us that support right at that last little bit of travel. Once you hit the jounce bumper on your factory suspension, you've basically exhausted the travel of your suspension, and it gets really stiff at that point, once you're down on that jounce bumper.With our airbags here, we can use air pressure, and you can see that we're contacting the frame and our axle right now when we're under just our normal load, and we're already getting support from our airbags now, before our suspension is even traveled down in its normal resting position.

So this way throughout our entire suspension travel, our airbag is going to be providing assistance. This is going to help smooth out our ride. It's going to help eliminate sway because as we want to roll this direction, this bag wants to push back up to help level us back out, and we've got one on the other side as well. So they work back and forth with each other to help keep us upright. And even though we remove our factory jounce bumper to put our airbags in, we're still going to get the same benefits of having a jounce bumper because inside of our airbag, there's an internal jounce bumper there.

So if we do happen to fully compress our suspension to its maximum, we've got that jounce bumper in there to provide us with support. So when we bottom out, we're going to be hitting on that rubber.So adding these airbags, we're going to get up to 5,000 pounds of support for that weight that we've got on our motor home here. Before we install our components, we're going to go ahead and hit the test course and just get a baseline on how our motor home feels beforehand. We're going to start by going into our uneven bumps section. And this is going to mimic going over potholes that you might hit just hit on one side and that gets swaying back and forth, and this is one of the things I do expect us to see some improvements on once we get our components installed, and it is pretty sloppy when we hit that we do get quite a bit of rocking going on inside here.

So our components inside are definitely rattling around, and we should expect to have quite a bit of minimization on that once our components are installed.Next, we're going into the even bump section. This is going to be the more porpoising up and down front to back, and this is going to be like going over a speed bump or pulling in and out of your driveway. And it hits the bumps pretty good. It doesn't really feel like we got a whole lot of cushion up there in the front, but it does not too bad on our porpoising. It almost wants to rock back and forth more side to side.

It seems like this motor home has a sway issues more than anything.Lastly, we're going to be going into our slalom section here, and this is going to mimic an evasive maneuver. So we're going to start getting her going back and forth, like we we're having to whip around an object in the road and we're going to see how the motor home responds, whether or not it feels like we have the confidence to be able to make those maneuvers, or if we feel like we would have to back off because we just don't trust the suspension and handling of our motor home here. So we're heading into the section now.Oh yeah. She's definitely got some sway. I mean, when you really feel the G-forces, when you start to turn it, I don't even really want to go too crazy with this guy here just because it really has a lot of rocking going on. Even when we just kind of come to a stop, you can see it kind of wants to bounce back and forth as it's trying to bring itself back straight again.Now, with our airbags installed, we're going to head back out on the test course. We're heading into our uneven bumps section first. Before, we had a lot of sway back and forth. I already noticed there's already quite a huge difference in the amount of sway. We hit the bumps and it's significantly softer. We hit it a little harder there, and we do still have some sway, but there is definitely a noticeable improvement from before and after.Next, we're going to be heading into the even bump section, which is the forward and backward of our motor home, and this is going to be similar to going over a speed bump. When we hit the bump here, it does feel a little bit softer than it did before. It's not quite as abrupt when we hit it, but there's not a huge difference on our forward and backward movement there. It does seem like we don't have quite as much bouncing here in the front after we've got those installed.Last, we're going to be going into our slalom section here, and this is where I really expect to see quite a bit of improvements here because before it really felt awfully soft, when we we're trying to whip it back and forth, it just was not very comfortable, and I wouldn't want to be sitting in this driver's seat if we had somebody slam on their brakes in front of us and we needed to just get over because we weren't going to be able to stop in time.So we're coming into that section now. Oh, yeah. And it's quite a massive difference between the two. Not nearly as much sway on the inside here, throwing us around. It does still exist. There are still some of our items moving, but as far as the comfort that you would have driving this and the confidence in the maneuverability of your motor home. Oh, yeah. Big difference. Before it was getting a little sketchy going back and forth there. It was really starting to rock it.These airbags come with everything you'll need to get them installed. There's no drilling required. So why don't you follow along with me, and we'll show you how to get them installed. We'll begin our installation underneath the front of our vehicle. We'll need to remove the factory jounce bumpers, and in order to do so, you'll want to use your leveling jacks to lift up on the front of the vehicle. This is going to increase the clearance between the jounce bumper and the front axle so you can get your tools in there to work. Once you've got it lifted up, you do want to make sure you support it on the frame by jack stands because we don't want to trust just our hydraulic jacks on our motor home while we're working underneath.Our jounce bumper is located here, and there is a hole in the bottom. We can use an extension and a socket slide up inside to remove the bolt. On our passenger side, here, we can just use the socket only to remove the bolt. On the driver's side, you'll be able to see in the frame. It's not going to be enclosed like this, and there'll be a nut on there, you'll want to hold with a 15 millimeter wrench. On our passenger side here, it's welded. The nut is welded to the frame since you can't get inside of it. We're just going to remove that here. We're going to save the bolt here on our passenger side.When you're removing your driver's side jounce bumper, you can just take it off and set it aside. We're not going to be putting anything back, but over here on our passenger side, we're going to take the bolt and the spacer plate that comes in our kit. We're going to re-install our factory bolts right up in there, and hold our spacer plate here to where it is nice and solid and flush with our bracket right here. And then we're just going to tighten this down.We're now going to do some pre-assembly on our bag. The top of your bag is going to have three holes in it, and the bottom is just going to have two holes. The odd hole here that's slightly raised, whereas these two are going to be flush here, is going to accept our air fittings. We can go ahead and thread that in there, and we want to make sure we have at least two or three of the threads that are coated in the sealant threaded down inside of there. And we're going to tighten it down with an 11 millimeter wrench. We can then take our upper bracket, and it's going to sit right on our bag, and the holes in the bottom of our bracket, here, are going to line up with the holes in our airbag. The large cutout here is for our air fitting. We'll then take the bolts that come in our kit. We're going to place a lock washer on it, followed by a flat washer, and then we're going to thread those down through the top of our bracket, into our airbag.Our lower bracket here is going to have the square holes facing towards the front of the vehicle, and our airbag is going to be installed on the inside set of holes. So we're going to be pre-assembling the passenger side airbag here. So this is going to be the inside, then, of our vehicle, and this will be the outside of our vehicle. We want the tall portion of our upper bracket here to be towards the outside of the vehicle. So it's going to center it almost right here in the middle of our bracket. We'll then flip this over, and we're going to use the tapered bolts here to secure it to the bottom side of our airbag, lining up these holes. These will just thread right down in there, and then we'll snug them down with a 7/32 allen key.We can then go back and torque our hardware to the specifications found in our instructions. We can now lift our airbag into position. So we're going to lift it up over our spring here. Okay. Now that we've got it set into position, you want to check on the opposite side here and make sure you're not pinching any of your wiring.So you can see here, I've got this wire pulled out and our bracket is flush up against the frame. We don't want to pinch any of our wiring or components or anything here. You can see here on ours, we do have a hole pre-drilled in our frame. Now, if you don't have a hole pre-drilled in your frame, you will have to use your bracket as a template and drill your own. Since we have a hole here, we can go ahead and use the bolt that comes in our kit and a flat washer. Slide it on it, and then slide our bolt on through.Now, here on the other side, you're not really going to be able to see this bolt where it passes through, but this is the opening directly above the jounce bumper where that welded nut is that we talked about earlier. Our bolt is going to pass through the side of the frame. You can reach your arm in this hole here, and you're just going to have to feel for the bolt, and slide your flat washer on it, and then put your locking nut on after that.We can then go ahead and snug these up. You want to make sure you've got your airbags seated all the way against the bottom of the frame. So if you've got your suspension lifted up too high to where it's not touching the bottom, you want to lower it back down just a little bit until it does. Then we'll tighten it down with a 19 millimeter socket and wrench. We can then go back and torque this bolt to the specifications outlined in our instructions.Now back here, down below at the front of our lower bracket, you're going to have a couple of square holes. It's going to be one on each side of our leaf spring, and we're going to take the carriage bolts that come in our kit and drop down through those holes. We can then put our bracket in place underneath.Now, if you've got your suspension hanging and you're lifted up with your jacks, if you've got it, lift it up too high, it's actually going to bring your sway bar here too close to the leaf Springs. So you won't be able to fit in place. So you just have to lower down your suspension, just a little bit, lower your vehicle down. Let those wheels touch the ground to give yourself a little bit of clearance in here.We're then going to finish this up by placing a flat washer over our carriage bolts, and then threading on a nylon locking nut. Once you've got both of those started, you're just going to take your lower leaf spring now and just center it. So your airbag is nice and level up and down because this bracket here on the backside, this little flange here sits in between your shock mount and your leaf spring U-bolt here, and it does have a little bit of play back and forth there. You can change your position slightly. We just want to change it 'til it's straight up and down, and then we're going to snug down our carriage bolts using a 9/16 socket.You want to go back and forth to make sure they tighten down evenly. We can go back and torque our hardware to the specifications found in our instructions. We can now install our driver's side the exact same way that we installed the passenger side. The only difference here is that that little spacer plate we had to install when we removed our jounce bumper is not over on this driver's side here. So you can skip that step and just put the airbags in.Now we're going to be routing our airlines from our airbags to the location where we want to reach our fittings so we can easily inflate them. We're going to be running ours to the front, to where we can easily access them here in the open compartment, but I wanted to point out when cutting your airline here. Since this is going to attach with our airbags using quick connect fittings, it's important to have a nice clean square cut in order for it to seal properly. You'll want to make sure you're using a pair of hose cutters because it's going to give you that clean square cut.If you we're to use a pair of side cutters like this, it would squish it and deform it to where it wouldn't seal properly. We have host cutters here etrailer.com. They're a little bit smaller of a pair which works out pretty nicely for you guys that are at home. We mounted our air fittings in our open compartment here in the front. Our customer had some locations that he already decided where he wanted them and he had already pre-drilled holes for our fittings to go into. Our customer wanted them to be just behind the opening here, just above his headlight where he could easily reach in here to fill them up. He just drilled a hole in the bracket here. 5/16 will be plenty close to the size you'll need here. That's what I would recommend for drilling out for the fitting if you do need to add a hole. You'll thread a nut on one side. Then place your star washer on it.And then on the other side, you'll follow that up with a rubber spacer, flat washer and nut. You can see, we just snug those down there. They don't have to be crazy tight. You can use the two nuts to adjust the depth, but you're pretty much going to want it to be all the way down so you have as much sticking out as possible. So, that way your air chuck is to be able to press on there far enough to put air inside of it.We mounted the other one on the other side in basically the same location. From there, we routed our airline hose straight down. After coming down, we then just curved it back and went alongside the frame, zip tying it to any factory wiring along the way. We did make a small loop right here, because we had some excess.You can trim out the excess if you want, but if you don't want to trim it out, it's always nice to have some extra here for the future in case you ever had to make any repairs or anything like that, you've got some extra hose. Just make sure you make a nice little loop in it. You don't want any real harsh bends or turns that's going to kink the line.Right after we make our loop, we're just going to curve our hose down and then we're going to plug it into the quick connect fitting here on top for airbag. It's a swivel fitting so we can easily angle it however we need to. I'm going to have mine kind of pointing towards the back of the vehicle, and our end here is just going to push right into it. And it's just going to click in just like that. I like to kind of give it a tug just to make sure it's not going to come out and that we're fully seated all the way in there. We're going to route the driver's side, basically in the exact same way as we did over here, looping up any excess we've got and then just plugging it right into the airbag.We can now air up our air bags, and then we'll check for leaks. Just remove our cap. We can now check for leaks. You want to check at any connection point as well as your fittings. We're just going to spray it with some soapy water. And we're going to look for the presence of bubbles. Now, the little white bubbles you see around the bottom, that's not what we're looking for. We're looking for bubbles that continually reproduce and make more and more bubbles because that's going to be air coming out of the system, creating those bubbles. Since we don't see any bubbles being produced up here, we have no leaks up here. We're going to go check down at our airbags.With no leaks present that completes our installation, and we're now ready to hit the road. Now let's talk to the rest of the team about this product. Hi there, team. How's it going today We just got done putting some airbags on our motor home here, did a video on it, talked about what they do, why the customer needs them. You guys got any additional thoughts or questions about them Yeah, man. So I was just going to ask, I guess the first and foremost thing was, why did the customer want to put air springs instead of doing a Sumo spring on the front of the motor home Dave: Okay. Yeah. We kind of just covered that, talked about that in the video. So our airbags here, they're going to be adjustable. So you can change the amount of pressure up or down. With the Sumo Springs, they're going to be at a set of what they do. They do compress to provide more support as they compress, but you can't change anything. What you get is what you get.He's had an internal jounce bumpers in them. So you still get that with these, but as far as which ones I would recommend it, I mean, it really comes down to the customer and their needs. So if this is somebody who doesn't want to ever have to air these things up or down, then I wouldn't recommend it for him because as temperature changes, pressure goes up and down, that's going to change your air pressure, and so you're just going to have to check these throughout the different parts of the year you use your motor home, maybe six or seven months or three or four months, even. You're going to have to check those before you leave to make sure they're okay. Sumo springs, you can just hop in and go out. So, it's up to that customer and how they're planning on using it. I just kind of wanted to get your opinion on what you think of those, Dave, as far as those internal jounce bumpers on the airlift go because I've heard good things, and I've heard bad things. Dave: I mean, it's cool that they're there. That's for sure because if you have it. If you a misfortunate event where there was something in the road and it popped up and it popped your bag, you've got that support from that internal jounce bumper there. The suspension's going to want to slam down right after you lose the initial support, and with airbags, you're taken out that factory jounce bumper. So it's nice to still have that support in the emergency event that you need it. Did they get a compressor for these Or no Dave: No. They didn't get a compressor. So you did mention cost a little bit how these we're cheaper than the other options. The compressor would be the kind of the thing that would maybe change that because some customers that don't want to maintain these, well, they have the option to get a compressor, and they don't have to worry about maintaining them. So the compressor could be a solution for the customer that's interested in air bags and all the versatility they offer, but don't want to ever have to adjust that pressure. Where did you guys install the mounts for these, anyway Dave: There's a mount on each side. So these ones are dual path. This is how he requested it to be done. So he's got one just like this over on the other side. Okay, cool. Speaker 3: Yeah, he already had the holes marked out and everything where he wanted him. Yeah, it sounded like he wanted. He did his research. I think he knew what he wanted. Dave: All right. If you guys have got any more questions, we're going to go ahead and wrap her up.And that completes our installation of Airlift's LoadLifter 5,000 air helper Springs for the front axle on our 2011 Tiffin Allegro motor home.


Customer Reviews

Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers - Front Axle - AL88240

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (150 Customer Reviews)

5,000-lb Capacity. LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air springs have internal bumpers, so you get the adjustable load support of air springs and the comfort and reliability of jounce springs. Jounces also work as a fail-safe if air springs lose pressure.

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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension


Great product! Easy install. Tech Tip, On my 2018 F250 in order to install the driver side air bag unbolt the lower shock mounting bolt and swing shock up and out of the way. Have a 2018 28.5 Jayco fifth wheel 1400 LBS pin weight only need 10 psi to level the truck! Rides great! Thanks Again E Trailer 566616



- AL88385
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Easy install on Ford F-150 and works gr eat. 511047



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Diana was excellent on recommending this kit for our Tundra. Easy installation. Makes a significant difference in loads and towing. Talk about fast shipping. Arrived two days sinner than expected, considering we live in the Texas Hill Country an hour away from town 617798



- AL88396
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Product was very easy to install and made all the difference in the world when pulling and at minimum air with no load still rides good 694848



- AL88338
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The staff at etrailer was great. They verified that this product would fit my application even though there is a fifth wheel rail bracket involved. Also I ordered multiple products and one of the products was delayed. The offered to split the order so I could receive the air bags sooner, which I needed because I have an appointment to have them installed 425153



- AL88365
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Air bags work great when the truck is fully loaded but the ride is very brutal when the truck is empty and only 5psig in the bags. The internal bump stops appear to be a little bit to long or stiff. The install was very easy and took less then 2 hours, overall very nice product. 581041



- AL88299
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As usual, the service from etrailer.com was great. The installation went pretty well. The instructions were clear and understandable and the installation went as depicted in the instructions. The most difficult part was routing the air lines in safe areas (especially around the exhaust pipe) and then inserting the end into the fitting on the top of the unit since it is nearly impossible to see what you are doing. However, all went well and I had no leaks. Can't wait to get some miles on the truck to see how the ride is with and without the trailer attached. 150325



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Just wanted to send you a few pics of the installed bags... They were very easy to install, and you can absolutely feel the difference in the ride... Thank you very much... 299476



- AL88399
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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension


Great air bags. Install was straightforward and the directions were perfect. Really helps if you have a friend assist. One under the truck and one from the top makes it much faster. 543324



- AL88299
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Installing this was easy if you follow the instructions and look at video installation as reference. I took my time about 4 hours from start to finish. Ready to help with towing our 30' Coleman travel trailer with our Toyota Tundra to the grand canyon this summer. 524512


Comments
One year later and the air bags and wireless compressor are still running strong.
Jose - 06/29/2019

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- AL88299
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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension


Work perfect! I installed these on my 2014 tundra to help with hauling a 30’ enclosed trailer when we were moving. Trailer weighed basically my max tow rating for my truck (10500lbs) and with these bags the truck sat perfectly level and towed like a dream! Well the supercharger also helped. 521145



- AL88396
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Works good, followed the instructions to a tee for install I’m a tech at a ford dealership so wasn’t hard to read and install accordingly, good quality in all hardware my issue is one of the airbags has developed a small leak in less than 6 months time and only a handful of uses as instructed always kept 15-20 psi in the bags not sure why one failed or developed a leak but will see how the lifetime warranty works out 615567


Comments
Its fairly rare for the leak to occur in the bags themselves, the point where the air lines join the fittings is a much more likely culprit. The best way to find exactly where the leak is would be to add a little bit of water to a cup with a little bit of liquid dish detergent, and paint it on all the fittings, as well as at the schrader valve where you fill the system. A small paintbrush works well. When the system is pressured up, look for the bubbles and thatll be your leak. Leaks most frequently happen at the fittings because of the air line not being cut perfectly straight. If you find the bags are indeed the culprit, they are covered by a lifetime warranty. You can get warranty info by calling our Customer Service folks at 800-298-8924.
-- Mike L - 04/02/2019

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Watched the video, took about an hour to do the installation myself. I added this product to level out truck when hauling my fifth wheel camper. Overall great craftsmanship on this product, easy installation. I just couldn’t drill holes in my new bumper for the valve stems, so I add a piece of aluminum angle iron, drilled two 5/16 holes and added two self tapping screws to the hitch, turned out well. 541624



- AL88370
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If your truck is a daily driver don't buy this kit, buy the kit without jounce bumps. The ride is terrible. The jounce bumps are too tall. I have 9 psi in the air bags and I still hit the jounce bumps over every little bump. I will be removing this kit after I’m done towing. The only reason for the 2 stars is that it was easy to install. 664950



- AL88299
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So far so good; the product performs as it should. Install took about 4 hours to do myself. Reading the instructions and watching the installation video before the install was super helpful. etrailer reps were also very helpful answering any questions prior to purchasing. 611372



- AL88396
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Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 installed on a 2016 F350, pulling a Momentum 328M. While it was not the cure all for ride quality that some claim, there was an improvement in ride quality, especially at bridge joints and rail road tracks and my headlights are now back on the road when towing the RV. Shipping was prompt and all parts needed were included with the kit. Installation was simple (watching the video helped a lot), getting the rear of the truck elevated (I drove mine up on a set of ramps) and removing the spare tire simplified the process as it allowed me to sit under the truck. I had one leak at the fitting where the air hose screws into the air spring, it was repaired by removing the fitting, applying teflon tape, and reinstalling. I am satisfied with the product and would recommend to anyone considering adding air springs. 402956



- AL88395
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Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 is doing the job I had hoped for and doing what the data listed for them said. I know the installation time shown by the "professionals" was said to be about 4 hours, but when you are 70+ years old and retired, I took more like 12 hours and enjoyed a lot of laying down during the installation. Which I did by myself. I would recommend these air lifts to anyone that wants to improve the "Ford Tough" ride and lift the rear to support any load, in my case, a 5th wheel trailer. 467900


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After about a year the Air Lifts are doing just great! The 5th wheel trailer that loads the rear axle now rides level and is exactly why I purchased the Air Lifts. Easy to add or reduce air pressure as needed. Thanks for asking.
Art S - 01/17/2019

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Installation took about 2 1/2 hrs. on my 2017 Tundra. I thought the instructions were very accurate and easy to follow. I did notice there was no torque spec. for the 3/8 bolts that attached the bottom plate and bowl to the air bag. Other then that everything was straight forward. I'm an old school tech. so I just used a standard USS thread torque chart. I installed these air bags to help stabilize the load when pulling my 32 ft travel trailer. Will be putting them to the test in a couple of weeks on a rather long trip. As for now........5 stars for the installation and etrailers support. 505735


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Lawrence, thank you for your review. The torque spec of the 3/*8 bolt is listed at the bottom of page 7 of the installation instructions. Since these figures are subject to change I cant list them here for liability reasons.
-- Heather A - 05/10/2018

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- AL88396
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Good day gents, I recently purchased the load lifter 5k. So far this is a fantastic product. They are rugged and heavy duty. everything bolts up nice and tight. I separated my instillation by two days; left side one day and right side the next it was a comfortable and less stressful pace. The instructions were a little difficult to follow but they include several schematics to refer to. I haven't experienced any leaks so far and they are holding pressure. There is an aftermarket super glide 5th wheel hitch in my truck so I did have to use a 1/2" drill to reveal the holes in my frame. Also if you have a hitch like mine or any aftermarket hitch you might need a longer 8x55 mm bolt for the left side that you won't find out until later....yea. I pull a 14k fifth wheel with my F250 and it works out great. Thanks again for an excellent solution. 200336



- AL88299
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I compared this product with the Firestone offering for my vehicle and chose AirLift for several reasons: 1- The internal jounce bumpers. I liked the idea of being able to run with little to no air pressure. I also thought this necessary because I needed eliminate the factory bump-stops to install. 2- This product was made in Lansing, MI. I like supporting local industry. 3- I liked the fact that the load from the spring transferred directly into the frame of the truck vs. the offset brackets that came with the Firestone product. I am impressed with and disappointed with this product. We will start with my likes: - The bags do carry the load. I can level the truck regardless of what is in the back or on the trailer hitch. - The towing experience is much better with the bags in the back. The rear springs on the Tundra (probably true of most half ton trucks) for 900# of tongue weight even with weight distribution. The bags eliminated the extreme up/down bounce that come with very stiff weight distribution bars. - The kit is very well engineered and the installation went very well. - Airbags are an excellent compliment to a good WD hitch. My dislikes: - The internal jounce bumpers are awful. IMO they engage way too early. With no pressure in the bags they might as well be steel blocks. The truck crashes into them after only 1.5" of travel (railroad crossings, speed bumps, and undulations in the road. With 5-10 psi in the bags this is better but the stock ride of the truck is gone. It now feels more like a ¾ ton truck in the back (smoother because you are riding on air but there is very little suspension motion). - An airbag acts as a spring when the suspension compresses but it also acts like a spring when the suspension extends. The down travel of the rear suspension is limited. You notice this when you drive through a dip in the road at speed. Not only do I have limited down travel but when the tuck unloads the back of truck runs out of up travel way before the front. I am not sure what the future hold. I love the bags while towing my travel trailer and hate the bags when unloaded. I think that the best option would be a SumoSpring. I did not go this route because most people say that they engage to abruptly and wreck the ride. Well, so do these Airbags. At least with a SumoSpring I would keep the down travel of the suspension. I am considering purchasing a set for evaluation. AirLift offers an unconditional 60 day return policy. However 60 days did not prove to be enough time to really evaluate this product. Right away I noticed the problems with the ride of the truck. I played with air pressure etc. At 90 days I knew what I really didn't like. I wrote AirLift an e-mail but did not receive a response. Would I buy again? Maybe. It is a love/hate relationship. 427052


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I have removed the airbags from my vehicle and replaced them with a set of SumoSprings. I am much happier with the SumoSprings.
Mike V - 08/31/2018

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All the products that etrailer sell are direct fit or slight mods. Bought a brake control system and had it installed in 30 minutes. Just purchased a AirLift rear suspension kit and it went in as per instructions. All the people who work at etrailer are very knowledgeable and helpful. Have them on speed dial for my next travel trailer up grade. Thanks etrailer , job very well done Rou 668884



- AL88385
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I installed the 88385 kit on my 2019 F-150. In addition, I installed the 7400EZ air compressor which I purchased from a separate source. I installed the air bags to improve the towing performance of my truck. In addition to improving my towing performance, & completely unexpected, was that the air bags smoothed out my ride as well. I do have one comment on the installation instructions. They specify that the top mount be installed first while attaching the bags to the bottom mount & checking the alignment. While this step needs to be completed, I was unable to get the top screws into the bags after spending a great deal of time attempting. I finally removed the entire assembly & assembled every thing off of the vehicle & then reinstalled. I did the alignment on the bottom & top plate per the instructions. I lovely placed the screws in the top plate off of the vehicle & did the final alignment & tightening with both plates secured in place. For my installation this was possible by making certain the axle was fully dropped to put the assembled bags in place. I reattached the top plate by allowing the axle to move back up towards the frame. For those that are installing the 7400EZ compressor kit, follow the instructions & do not attach the compressor & modulator grounds to the chassis. If you make the mistake of doing this, the compressor will remain on & not shut off. I love dealing with etrailer! 897481



- AL88289
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- AL88200
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I installed the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000's on my 2014 F150. Installation was easy and what a difference they make. They make my everyday drive smoother and how my truck drives while pulling my 35' camper is night and day different. I utilize a load leveling system but my truck still sagged a lot and after installing these, my truck is now level. I'm not sure why I went so long without these. 893878



- AL88138
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works great! 892711


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  • Comparing Air Lift Suspension and SumoSprings On 2019 Thor ACE Motorhome 27.2
    The Air Lift air bags for the 2019 Thor ACE motorhome 27.2 part # AL88240 for the front axle and part # AL88344 for the rear are a great option for suspension enhancement however they do require some upkeep so they are not easier. I recommend to use the SumoSprings part # SSF-170-40-2 for the front axle and part # SSR-187-40-1 for the rear axle. The SumoSprings are easier to install and do not require any upkeep. They are basically an install it and forget it suspension enhancement....
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    To soften road bumps in your 2011 Thor Hurricane Class A Motorhome I suggest an air bag kit. An air bag will do a better job than simple rubber jounce spring at absorbing road shocks before they can reach the Ford F-53 chassis on which the Hurricane is built. We have a hybrid front-axle kit from Air Lift, part # AL88240, that uses springs that have BOTH an adjustable air cushion AND an internal bumper. This feature gives you a fail-safe spring in the event the bags were out of air, yet...
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  • Suspension Enhancement for 2019 Thor ACE that Would Allow Leveling Side to Side
    Additional suspension support from a SumoSpring will most likely correct at least some of the lean you are experiencing but an air bag kit would be more ideal as you could put more pressure in the one side which would allow you to get the exact amount of pressure needed to level side to side. For that you would want the part # AL88240.
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