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#11 Taku

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Posted 19 February 2021 - 02:01 PM

I agree with JHanson - although on our 05 Tundra with a full time ATC Ocelot on it we have just used Air bags and a Hellwig sway bar for 102K miles with no issues. And we have taken it some fairly rough 4x4 roads, but I drive slowly and at times use a spotter for exact placement of wheels. That being said, when we get our new Tundra, we plan on putting a leaf spring package on (which I had added to an older Toyo HiLux and that did add 2" to the lift and worked great - the rancher we sold that truck too is still driving it). We generally run 40 - 50 lbs when loaded in the airbags. Truck still comes in about #200 to #300 over GVW when we are loaded up.


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#12 Huckleberry

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 04:43 AM

Thank you everyone for your responses. It’s great to hear everyone’s opinion. I looked under the truck and the airbag spacers with the daystar cradles were really not giving the airbags much room. I ended up removing the spaces and putting a little more air in the bags and I’m much happier with it.

Now I’m toying with idea of adding a valve to the line so when off road and articulating the air can flow from bag to bag... but we’ll see.

In other news I found a good deal on a 02 7.3 f350 so as long as it passes smog it will be mine this weekend. It may be the new camping truck :) four doors is much better for our family of four
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Posted 23 February 2021 - 02:05 PM

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In other news I found a good deal on a 02 7.3 f350 so as long as it passes smog it will be mine this weekend. It may be the new camping truck :) four doors is much better for our family of four

That is good news, and is a very good engine.  I sometimes I wish I would have kept mine.  If it has an automatic transmission, you might consider adding a trans temp gauge to monitor temps.  If you find that you’re running close to upper limits, an oversized trans cooler from a 6.0L is a way to keep things happy.  


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Posted 23 February 2021 - 02:54 PM

Installed super springs on my 06 Access Cab to carry my Hawk around full time for 3 years. While that worked OK, if I had to do it over(build up a 1/2 ton truck) I would replace the entire spring pack. By the way, the camper is now full time on a F250 which is the best set up of all(except maybe a F350). First time you need full braking power on a steep down hill grade, you'll be grateful for the bigger braking system.


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 01:03 AM

That is good news, and is a very good engine. I sometimes I wish I would have kept mine. If it has an automatic transmission, you might consider adding a trans temp gauge to monitor temps. If you find that you’re running close to upper limits, an oversized trans cooler from a 6.0L is a way to keep things happy.


Thank you! That’s good info! I’m definitely new to the diesel world and there is A LOT to learn.
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Posted 24 February 2021 - 01:08 AM

Installed super springs on my 06 Access Cab to carry my Hawk around full time for 3 years. While that worked OK, if I had to do it over(build up a 1/2 ton truck) I would replace the entire spring pack. By the way, the camper is now full time on a F250 which is the best set up of all(except maybe a F350). First time you need full braking power on a steep down hill grade, you'll be grateful for the bigger braking system.


It seems having the camper on a 1/2 ton pickup is doable and it seems a lot of people have zero issues with it. Myself, I will feel much more comfortable for a truck meant to carry that kind of weight.

Not to change subjects but did you do any suspension modifications on your f250 for the camper?
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