Shocks for towing

Shocks for towing

Postby Jimbob51 [OP] » June 4th 2016, 1:23pm

Hi yall. I'm a noob here. I'm about to install a hitch on my 95 Astro awd to tow a 2600 lb camper with a 300 lb tongue weight. I'm going to put heavier rear shocks on it and would like some input on air vs spring shocks.
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Re: Shocks for towing

Postby timothy47130 » June 4th 2016, 4:55pm

Alot of people dont like the stiff ride of air shocks. The load carrier type shocks give a more traditional shock type ride. If you choose air shocks run a separate air fill line to each shock instead of teeing them together. That way when your load transfers to one side (say as in like when taking a sharp turn).The oposite side wont get over inflated and too stiff. Most people hate air shocks because they have installed them with a tee and what i said above happens.


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Re: Shocks for towing

Postby Big_kid » June 6th 2016, 2:20pm

I've got air shocks in mine and I've not noticed this happening. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, just that I've not experienced it.
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Re: Shocks for towing

Postby Lumpy » June 6th 2016, 6:21pm

timothy47130 wrote:Alot of people dont like the stiff ride of air shocks. The load carrier type shocks give a more traditional shock type ride. If you choose air shocks run a separate air fill line to each shock instead of teeing them together. That way when your load transfers to one side (say as in like when taking a sharp turn).The oposite side wont get over inflated and too stiff. Most people hate air shocks because they have installed them with a tee and what i said above happens.



If I'm understanding what you wrote above, that's not how air shocks work. Shifting loads, turns, flexing suspension etc do not shift air pressure from one side to the other. The air in a shock simply makes it LONGER, adding preload. The damping action of the springs is changed because the suspension is temporarily "taller" or under more pre-load.


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Re: Shocks for towing

Postby The Drummer » June 6th 2016, 7:42pm

I v got monroe s air shocks and i like it , but i dont tow anything heavy , the adjustability is what i like , some like the ones with added springs and i am sure its good too ,but there are no adjustment so i would asume that whit no loads the rise is harder ,but does it matter i dont know .
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Re: Shocks for towing

Postby Leeann_93 » June 6th 2016, 11:16pm

I have the Monroe load-leveling (coilover) shocks on the back of my '02 and '99. Doesn't make the rear ride any rougher unloaded. In fact, it doesn't get into the spring load or heavier response until a heavier load is detected.
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Re: Shocks for towing

Postby The Drummer » June 7th 2016, 6:24am

Good thing then , the 99 i had was reenforced with 2 leafs a side more and was lifted ,at first i thought it would have a very harsh truck like ride , but it did not it was still very reasonable .
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Re: Shocks for towing

Postby Coaster » June 7th 2016, 2:31pm

i added air bags and run them at least 50# when towing
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