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I have a 2014 dodge 3500 6.7 turbo diesel, thinking about adding air ride suspension, towing a 40' fiver. trying to get a softer ride when not towing.. any good ideas !! 



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We had the auto flex system installed on our truck 2 years ago, made a huge difference on the ride both towing and when not towing.

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You should also consider an air-ride king pin in addition to any truck up-grades.  The air on the truck will help.  But a lot of the “bad ride” comes from the pin weight of the rig “banging” down over bumps.

Consider a Trail-Air or 5th Airborne king pin replacement or a Trailer Saver air ride hitch in the truck.  Replacement pin box air-ride will be less expensive but the Trailer Saver will do a very good job a reducing the ride issues.  Either solution will greatly protect your trailer and truck and give you a much better ride.



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An option we're considering, in addition to the TrailerSaver hitch we already have, is Kelderman:
kelderman.com.

Here's an article posted by Greg Surratt who is active as "The Ancient Mariner" on the NuWa forum:
www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1253980-suspension-mods-end-with-kelderman.html

We rode in Greg's 2011 F450 this past fall and loved its ride (not pulling at the time). As I recall, the ride while not pulling was a major selling point for Greg and his wife. Their F450 with Kelderman rides considerably better than our F450 without. There's also an auto leveling function that, from our standpoint, is very appealing.

Also, the folks at New Horizons have a new RAM 5500 set up with a Utility Bodywerks bed, a TrailerSaver hitch, and the full Kelderman system. They seem to like it a lot.



-- Edited by Trikester on Wednesday 8th of July 2015 02:59:37 PM

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The Link Air Ride suspension on my C4500 is self adjusting when I add or remove a load. However when empty I have no way of reducing the pressure in the air bags. The ride is rougher than my old C3500 with springs and factory overloads.

Folks with the same truck I have also found the ride to be rough when empty. Most of them have replaced the front springs with with new springs from Deaver Spring Co. and added bilstein shocks. The folks who have done this claim the ride improves dramatically. I don't drive the truck that often empty so I can't justify the $2500 cost for the new front springs and shocks.



-- Edited by The Bear II on Wednesday 8th of July 2015 03:19:47 PM

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Thanks for the great advise, ordered my air ride suspension today and getting it installed Friday, hope to get Trail-air asap for the 5er !! I will up date everyone one the ride of the truck asap, Again Thanks Curtis

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We have had a great ride on two different trucks, first a 350 and now a 450, by adding air bags to the truck and having a Mor/Ryde king pin on the rig. The air bags cushion the vertical bumps and the Mor/Ryde king pin cushions the chucking or horizontal jolts. I personally would not waste the money on an air ride king pin if I was going to add air bags or air suspension to the truck or install an air ride hitch. I personally feel that as long as you have air bags somewhere between the trailer and the axle, they will cushion the ride equally, but I also personally feel there is no better system to cushion the chucking than a Mor/Ryde king pin on the trailer. Just my honest opinion.

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Got my truck back today and it rides great, put a Firestone wireless air lift suspension and WOW what a difference.

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