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Old 08-10-2018, 03:21 PM   #57
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From what all I've seen, the Firestone RideRite are much more durable than the Airlift stuff... but they are primarily for rear leaf spring vehicles, so not at all applicable to Subarus or most crossover SUVs.

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Old 08-10-2018, 04:19 PM   #58
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I believe one of the inherit problems with the Airlift airbags when used in conjunction with coil springs are the bags rubbing against the springs when inflated. The airbag that ruptured on my 4Runner had a wear spot and over time it just wore out. I did replace with another set of airbags and Airlift had re-engineered the shape of the airbag, which seems narrower so that might alleviated the problem. I sold the 4Runner not too long after installation the new set of airbags so can comment on the newer designs longevity.

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Old 08-10-2018, 06:27 PM   #59
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Originally Posted by jabithorn View Post
Are air shocks required on my 2012 Subaru Outback to pull a 1986 Scamp 16'?
I just bought one and the shop installing the hitch and break controller is telling me that I will have to get air shocks. I have never read this in any of the Forums and my newbie understanding is that as long as you don't exceed the recommended tongue weight and towing capacity...all is good.
Air shocks may help reduce the "squat" if your rear springs are too soft. However, they will not help to re-establish the proper weight distribution between the front and rear axles of your tow vehicle, meaning that they will not transfer weight back to the front wheels to help attain optimal braking and steering.

Here's a video that I think does a good job of illustrating the issue and a link to a thread where it was posted earlier this year.

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