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

Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers - Rear 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 - Rear Axle part number AL88385 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Air Lift Vehicle Suspension - AL88385

  • Air Lift
  • Air Springs
  • Rear 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.


  • Hybrid spring system combines the adjustability of air springs with the reliability of jounce-style springs
  • Air bags reduce the strain on your rear 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
    • Air Lift's exclusive upper and lower roll plates protect air springs from damage, extending the life of the suspension system
    • 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 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton, and 1-ton pickup trucks, motor homes, and commercial trucks
  • Mounting brackets and hardware are included for installation
  • Manual inflation valves and air lines are included
    • Manual valves are typically mounted on bumper for easy access
    • Compressor system with in-cab gauges (sold separately) can be added to monitor and automatically adjust air pressure
  • Made in the USA


  • 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 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton, 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.

Roll plates on Air Lift 5000 Ultimate air spring

The air bags also have Air Lift's exclusive roll plates, which protect the air springs and beef up their load capacity. These sturdy plates help guard the springs from moving parts under your vehicle that might puncture the air bags. The plates also provide a larger surface area for each spring to roll on. The extra surface area gives you a higher spring rate at a lower air pressure, resulting in a better ride.

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 with the included brackets and hardware. Just mount the springs, inflate them, and ride. 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 (one 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.

88385 AirLift Load Lifter 5000 Ultimate Air Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers - Back Axle

Replaces Air Lift 88284

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Customer Reviews

Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers - Rear Axle - AL88385

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (242 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.

- AL88385

I installed the air bags and everything fit as advertised. Works excellent and would recommend to anyone who is pulling or hauling heavy loads. The only issue I had was some of the small parts for the air valves were missing.Not a big deal as I have a maintenance shop had extra fasteners to finish installation. Very good product

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2019 Ford F-150

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!

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2016 Ford F-150

So far so good. They have been on now for less than 24 hours. The install took more time than anticipated as the confines of my work area restricted movement, while my jack stands were too short to fully keep the rear of the truck elevated enough to allow the axle to hang. Past those self induced problems the install was straight forward except getting the correct torque on some of the bolts were impossible because of their final position, and the air hose was not equipped with a protected heat sleeve. I routed the passenger side air hose as far from the exhaust as possible; fingers crossed. It holds air and lifts, so it's doing its job; that's good enough.

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Product just as described. Very good installation videos. Etrailer has the best customer service on the net. Excellent product selection. Very fast shipping. Price matching. They actually answer e-mail inquires in a timely manner. When you call you get a real person who knows what's going on. Doesn't get any better.

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Ford F-150

2015 FORD f-150 Crew Cab. Exactly what I wanted. Works great. One note: The kit recommends a minimum of 5 lbs of air at all times even when the bags arn't needed which unfortunatly lifts the rear of the truck of about an inch. Not a big deal but worth mentioning.

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2019 Ford F-150

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2017 Ford F-150

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

- AL88289

Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

They were easy for any handy guy to install . It took about 2 hrs. They lifted my 2500 ram to sit level with my 37ft. 5th wheel. I even leave them as is, when I'm not hooked up, and don't notice a difference. I ran two separate lines to near my rear license plate, no compressor. I'm glad I didn't spend that extra money. You rarely change the pressure, and it's so easy to do.

- AL88289

Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

Second set of these Airbags I have put on a truck. All I can say is that there is a reason they don't show you the passenger side installation, as it is much harder to get the bags inserted on the passenger side. I did the installation in a gravel lot and only had a small hydrophilic floor jack that I was able to set on orange trailer leveling blocks to get the additional height I needed. I jacked the truck up from the hitch and used a jack stand and the floor jack to hold it in place. I was able to get the necessary separation without ever having the wheels leave the ground. Sounds a little sketchy but after I set it up this way gave it a good push from the tailgate and the sides of the truck and there was no movement at all....I'm an old guy that doesn't take many chances. One tip if you do it this way....don't waist time trying to work from below like they are doing in the video. You do have to be under the truck to get the bags into place and get that first bolt started. But you can put the second bolt and nut on and tighten them up by accessing it from the side, as the top mounting plates are above the tire level at that point. It is much easier to work, when you can see what you are doing.

These continue to work flawlessly and my primary use is to give me some adjustability while towing our Airstream trailer. We have it paired with the wireless compressor and can add air on the fly while towing.
David - 06/19/2021

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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

The air bags do their job well and would be great for someone who caries the same load all the time or doesn't carry a load often these would be great. I have different loads on my trailer or I'm empty multiple times per day, I definitely recommend buying the setup with an air compressor and remote.

- AL88288

Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

Purchased the Airlift 5000 Series Airbags, 88288. Do it yourself installation was fairly easy with no complications. Installation instructions were detailed and there are several online Installation videos to view online. Would highly recommend these bags over the various leaf springs helpers available.

- AL88200

Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

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.

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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

2020 GMC 2500. Did LoadLifter 5000 and EZ compressor set up. The exhaust runs down the passenger side and the fuse box with switched power signal is on the driver side so for multiple reasons I wanted to mount the compressor on the driver side. I couldn’t do inside the rail as I would have preferred given all the DEF and fuel tanks. Above the frame rail running down most of the truck are 2 solid brake lines that would interfere with the U bolt to mount the EZ compressor assembly vertically as I originally intended. I did find a space I could fit it in without interference with those lines but it hung low and was more visible and exposed that I preferred. I did find though 2 existing holes in the frame that the U bolt fit in perfectly for a horizontal mount without interference and much higher and better tucked up under the truck for a super clean mount. The U bolt threads didn’t run deep enough for a single frame wall mount so for $3, I bought steel spacers and after painting them inside and out for corrosion resistance, I mounted very easily for a “customized” no drill $3 option. There is also a large wire harness that runs from that spot all the way to the battery so it was easy to run my wires along side and attach to that all the way up. Very happy with that location as air lines were easy to run and plenty long from there as well and put in 2 service loops just in case. I ended up running the pink wire to the fuse box and bought some fuse splicer wires Iike in the etrailer video. Hesitated to trim the fuse box on my brand new truck so the lid would close and like to keep mods as unnoticeable as possible so wanted to see how well it performed just based on motion and waking with the remote or app. I’ll wire it later if needed but just left it tucked for now. I also picked up some Daystar airbag cradles and mounted those to bottom bracket using the existing center hole in the bracket. Just picked up longer SS countersink bolts and hex nuts. No drill but I did have to trim the bolts off for a perfect length. Now the stretch of the airbag doesn’t limit suspension travel down and I don’t have to worry about bag damage when on a service lift down the road. Obviously when under its own weight or loaded the bags fit snugly and are well supported by the cradles. Outside of the time to buy the additional hardware that took zero additional time and is much preferred as now I can take it to the shop without worry. The only draw back is they are 6” cradles and I would have preferred the 7500# air bags for extra duty but they are 7”. I run the same setup on my 2002 Excursion and knew for sure I wanted the cradles so stayed with 5000# bags. I’m not loading a skid steer in the bed so really that should be plenty. Love the AirLift system and have ran them for years. Glad to have them installed on my new truck and look forward to the next load. Put pics of bags with suspension full droop, and then under normal weight. Also pics of the mounting location and final mounted compressor set up and look from side of truck. Would recommend this set up for anyone who uses their truck like a truck and would recommend these minor mods on the install.

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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

The Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air bags work great and are reliable. I ended pairing the with the WirelessOne air compressor with the remote so I could keep a constant PSI while towing. I use them to tweak my Equalizer weight distribution bars while towing, I drop the pressure to stiffen the ride or add pressure to loosen it up. It seems after a year, it's starting to leak a little, but normally all you need to do is reset the hoses that have slipped a little over time.

Bought the same setup for my new RAM 2500
Dave S - 09/27/2020

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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

I love the bags on my truck it makes hauling way smoother and worry free. When you buy this product you will not be ashamed to pull up with a loaded trailer anymore, a level truck and trailer make the hauling experience worth it! I recommend the ez mount air compressor to this purchase as well it makes like a whole lot easier. 10/10 recommend!

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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

I have a work truck with a heavy utility body that has really stressed the rear suspension. Put these on my truck, install was easy and didn't take very long. My truck immediately drives like it did when it was new. Great breaking, no more roll and a much stiffer ride, plus my headlights are back in the right alignment.

These air bags have been great. A year of constant load driven on highway and 4x4 roads and no problems. Only added air once. I would highly recomend!
Christin - 09/18/2020

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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension


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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

Works fantastic. Unbelievable a new truck has such light rear springs and this package corrects sag.

- AL88299

Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

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.

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

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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

I put these Air Helper Springs on a 2013 Ram 2500. Installation of the air bags took a little over two hours and was easy following the instructions. No drilling was requited. Just make sure you do not forget to complete a leak check and make sure to cut the airlines with a very sharp cutter. I purchased the Helper Springs to assist the truck springs and reduce sag when pulling our 17,000 Lb fifth wheel toy hauler with a 3,700 Lb tongue weight. I chose this part number because of the jounce bumper since they would prevent the springs from totally collapsing should total air loss occur. They do the job reducing the sag and increasing vehicle stability. Shout out to etrailer.com for excellent products at reasonable prices.

- AL88242

Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

The package arrived all beat to heck but everything was still inside. The installation was fairly straight forward except the instructions had me leave the airbag loose in the mount until the mounts were firmly bolted in place on the frame and spring,this would have been ok but there was no room to get a wrench in the top and bottom to tighten it up. I had to use the by guess method to get them aligned and tightened down then sliding them into place to attach the mounts. I'm a handy guy and the installation on my motor home took about 4 hours, they did the job and brought it back up to level. Will see how the handling is on my next trip.

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Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

There is no heat shield supplied with this installation kit. The clearance between the air spring and the exhaust pipe is only 4" on my 2015 F-150 which is insufficient according to Air Lift's Installation Checklist which requires 6 inches. etrailer.com should have included that information in their installation and product review videos or in the other documentation they provided.

- AL88338

Review from a similar LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate in Vehicle Suspension

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.

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