Bagged and bodied 99 c3500 build

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I've been looking around the forum for a few months now while I was looking for a truck.
Finally picked up the truck so I thought I would jump right in and start a build thread.

It's a 1999 c3500 dually with the 454. It has plenty of little issues here and there, but an incredibly solid truck.

I'm still gathering information, but the overall plan is laying frame with air ride, then lay rockers with a body drop.

Looking forward to any and all input as well as having a place to show my progress along the way.
 

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Sub'd. Mine will get bodied eventually...
I am not sure yet if I'll do it all in one go. Odds are I will bag it first.

Any recommendations on the air components I should be looking into? From what I have seen slam specialties re7 or re8 would be a good choice for bags. ⅜ or ½ lines and valves. that's pretty much all I have, still new to air.
 

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I plan on driving the truck as my daily, I don't do much driving anyway.
Still not sure where the best bag and shock placement will be, I won't be doing much if any hauling. Also still trying to weigh the options between wishbone and a 4 link setup.
 

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I have bought stuff from Gauge with good results, others I know have used Switch Suspension with good results.
Member @bluex is a solid and reliable source as well.
Bigger line is better, these trucks are heavy. Bag placement depends on what you want in terms of ride and capabilities for doing truck shìt.
 

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I've not been around a bagged 1 ton much but usually 1/2" lines are so fast its hard to control. 3/8" should be plenty.

I like level ride for valves an controls if you want the automatic heights an stuff. I have the pressure an height on my C10 an it works great. Air lift is also good. Imo avoid accuair and ride tech. I don't really like the ride tech interface an accuair always has weird issues an I've heard about customer service issues singe they got bought out.

Most trucks that haul alot are 4 link with bag over axle from what I've seen. But for a driver you could do whatever you want really.
 

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I've not been around a bagged 1 ton much but usually 1/2" lines are so fast its hard to control. 3/8" should be plenty.

I like level ride for valves an controls if you want the automatic heights an stuff. I have the pressure an height on my C10 an it works great. Air lift is also good. Imo avoid accuair and ride tech. I don't really like the ride tech interface an accuair always has weird issues an I've heard about customer service issues singe they got bought out.

Most trucks that haul alot are 4 link with bag over axle from what I've seen. But for a driver you could do whatever you want really.
I have 1/2 in stuff and it's not too fast imo, even with 200 psi. The weight makes a difference I guess.
 

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I've not been around a bagged 1 ton much but usually 1/2" lines are so fast its hard to control. 3/8" should be plenty.

I like level ride for valves an controls if you want the automatic heights an stuff. I have the pressure an height on my C10 an it works great. Air lift is also good. Imo avoid accuair and ride tech. I don't really like the ride tech interface an accuair always has weird issues an I've heard about customer service issues singe they got bought out.

Most trucks that haul alot are 4 link with bag over axle from what I've seen. But for a driver you could do whatever you want really.
In your opinion should I buy a complete kit or would I be better off piecing it together. I've never heard good or bad about their bags. Sorry if that is a dumb question.
 

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I have bought stuff from Gauge with good results, others I know have used Switch Suspension with good results.
Member @bluex is a solid and reliable source as well.
Bigger line is better, these trucks are heavy. Bag placement depends on what you want in terms of ride and capabilities for doing truck shìt.
Overall I am going for a nice ride.
 
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