Leveling Your Truck Lights - Keep Your Headlights SteadyPosted in How To on March 1, 2009
When our friend, Danny Grimes, complained about the stinkbug effect his Ram 3500 had, we asked why he didn't just install a set of spacers in the front to alleviate the problem. He told us he'd love to and that would be fine for unloaded driving, but when his fifth wheel trailer was attached, he knew the headlights would go skyward (blinding oncoming drivers) because the rear end would squat. Therefore, Danny never leveled out his truck and instead would drive around with his headlights pointed at the ground (poor visibility) until a trailer was hooked up to level out the ride and point the lights true.
So what do you do if you want your truck level and your headlights accurately pointed at all times? Well, you could weld your rear suspension stationary (don't do this), or you could simply add a supplemental airbag system on the rear axle to help not only alleviate the load on the rear suspension (when loaded), but to also better control sway and greatly improve handling of your HD truck and trailer package.
The next time we called Danny, we told him to drive his truck back out to California because we had a solution to both of the problems: we were going to add a 2-inch Daystar spacer to the front and a Firestone air bag system with an in-cab Air Command control system to the rear. The Daystar spacers are extremely easy to install and require no other parts except three included nuts to mount to the upper coil bucket. The rear Firestone Ride-Rite airbags and Dual Electric Air Command kit came with the airbags, brackets, in-cab controller, air compressor and all necessary air and electrical lines to make this an all-inclusive kit. It took us about half a day to get the spacers on and the air bag kit onto the truck with common hand tools and a floorjack.