Have you ever been to Moab, Utah? If not, you’ve most likely heard of the incredible off-roading cruising through there every day. Some of the most exotic and extravagant trucks, SUVs and off-road vehicles you’ve ever seen showcase their talents on some of the most difficult driving terrain in the United States. Some of the biggest lifts imaginable strut their shocks on the climbing catwalk— dazzling spectators and visitors alike. The event is rather incredible. Any driver of a truck or SUV with a suspension lift kit knows that Firestone is one of the most trusted brands available to support and lift your vehicle.
As the drivers and enthusiasts make their way to Moab, and prepare for the Mecca of motor-sporting, it’s always surprising to see the amount of trucks and SUVs that aren’t fitted with Firestone Air Bags. I’m aware there are many brands and models out there to choose from, but with Firestone’s history of excellence and their consistency to quality, it’s a wonder to me not every vehicle down here carries them.
For days and days this goes on. Monster machines traverse the red-rock canyons and hillsides showing off their incredible power and drivers’ skill. This is where the big boys come to play and they play hard. Those who aren’t quite on board with the thrill of it all need to look more in depth at the marvel of modern day suspension lift kits. The technology behind lifting these multi-ton vehicles from a few, to several, inches takes more than a simple tire jack. These kits are designed at raising the cars base level higher, or in some cases lower. The off-road vehicle enthusiasts in southern Utah are all most likely raising their vehicles to adequately maneuver the treacherous rocks and chasms that await them.
The innovation behind the Firestone airbag stems from the idea of supporting a vehicle’s suspension from the bottom up. Resting the weight of the vehicle on a softer surface helps eliminate some of the natural bounce and shock from stiff or tight springs and coils. Adding these air bags to the suspension mounts give you not only a smoother ride, but ultimately more stability in your overall drive, which is essential when you’re focusing your efforts on off-road or rough-terrain driving.
Another bonus of installing a Firestone air bag to your suspension lift kit is adding distance to your vehicle’s clearance level. When traveling off-road it’s often essential that your vehicle can clear higher-than-normal obstructions. Without proper clearance on your lift, that rock that normally would dent your muffler or bang your oil pan slides casually by as you plow along.
So what do you need to do when lifting your own vehicle? Let’s run through some of the more basic points:
- Establish the Reason for the Lift.
- Determine the Height of the Lift for your Vehicle.
- Have the Kit Installed or Install it Yourself.
Let’s run through each of these points in more depth. First let’s begin with establishing the reason for the lift. Some may ask what reasons there are for lifting in the first place, and they make a good point. There are many reason to lift a vehicle and you need to know which one you’re choosing. The most common reason people lift their vehicles is for clearance. Many off-road enthusiasts are looking for as much clearance as possible to make the new climb or achieve new heights, literally. Most clearance lifts are specifically designed on a vehicle-to-vehicle basis, so make sure if you are going to lift your car that you know what suspension lift kit you actually need. If you’re not lifting for clearance reasons, you’re most likely lifting for visual appeal or for handicap vehicle situations. Either one of these scenarios are perfectly acceptable for vehicle lifting, and should be done at the buyer’s discretion.
Second we need to discuss the height of the vehicle being lifted. How high would you like to go? Some vehicles will lift only a couple inches just to give them a little clearance while other trucks or SUVs will go extreme and put 12-18 inches on their rides, thus requiring a small ladder or stairs to get in. Some of the advantages to a higher clearance means, obviously, more room under the vehicle and also more protection to the bottom of your vehicle, but one of the main disadvantages is that with every inch you raise your vehicle you lose miles per gallon in your fuel efficiency. The higher you go the more you spend at the pump. Choose wisely the lift you’re looking for, because once you lift your vehicle you deal with the results.
Thirdly, you need to decide how you’re going to install your Firestone Air Bag. Are you going to do it yourself, or are you going to take it to a certified and authorized installer? Is it something you have the time to do properly, or do you feel your efforts would be best spent in other areas while someone else amended your vehicle properly? Regardless of your decision, make sure it’s the one that will ultimately give you the best and most comfortable ride in your truck or SUV.
Most commonly lifted trucks and SUVs:
- Ford F-150
- Dodge Ram 1500
- Chevrolet Silverado 2500
- Nissan Titan
- Toyota Tacoma
- Ford Excursion
- Chevy Impala
The Chevy Impala may look like a mistake to some of you, but the Impala is actually one of the most lifted cars in America. Most models lifted are made in the early 80s, and are given a suspension lift kit and hydraulic suspension. This allows the car to rise and fall with the flip of a switch. These types of lift kits are installed for purely aesthetic reasons and have no influence on off-road or rough-terrain driving.
Lifting a car purely for aesthetic reasons is perfectly acceptable. It’s often said that those lifting vehicles purely to “look cool” aren’t cool at all. I think it’s safe to say that there are certain cars that, when lifted, look quite pristine. Then again, on the other side, we’ve all seen those cars that are absolutely horrendous when lifted. They are an eye sore to everyone that has the misfortune of laying eyes on them.
Firestone Air Bags are also commonly used on big rigs and train cars. Most people think their lift kits are specific to SUVs and trucks, but Firestone is well known for their work elsewhere.
Most SUV and truck lovers will find their way down to Moab at some point in their travels, and when they arrive they will find an incredible amount of excitement awaiting them. These are just a few of the most traveled off-road sites in Moab, Utah:
- Chicken Corners
- Gemini Bridges
- Poison Spider Mesa
- Moab Rim
Starting with Chicken Corner from Discover Moab: “ The route travels the Colorado River Canyon just below Moab, follows a spectacular part of Kane Springs Canyon, climbs the Kane Creek anticline to Hurrah Pass, and descends to benches above the Colorado River. The trail dead-ends about 400 feet above the river across from Dead Horse Point.”
Next we follow with Gemini Bridges: “The trail covers a region between Highways 191 and 313, reaches some grand vistas, and accesses numerous other trails. The highlight is the spectacular twin arch, called Gemini Bridges, on the rim of an arm of Bull Canyon.”
Now off to Poison Spider Mesa: “The trail visits themes atop just north of the Colorado River and west of Moab Valley, and it reaches overlooks of the river and valley. The expanses of unbroken slickrock and views of the Behind the Rocks area and the La Sal Mountains make it one of the most attractive trails in the area.”
And finishing with the most difficult of them all, Moab Rim: “The trail climbs the tilted rock strata along the south side of the Colorado River to reach a rim view overlooking Moab, with outstanding views of the river, Spanish Valley, and the La Sal Mountains. The 4WD trail is the boundary of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study area and the area west of the trail is closed to vehicle travel to protect scenic andprimitive recreation values.”
These trails offer the absolute best test for any Firestone Air Bags your truck can throw at it. Regardless of your lift kits or suspension, this is where you go to test the best of the best. Make sure when you go you take all the proper supplies needed, and ensure you have ample amounts of water as it is a desert and tends to get apocalyptically hot. Here’s a list of several other things to bring when you plan your off-road trip:
- Extra water
- Fuel Containers
- Tow Ropes
- Winch and Tow Cables
- Air Pump for Tires
- Extra Tire
- Backpack Full of Food and Personal Supplies
When you get out there, you will get hungry, stuck, tired, thirsty, and break down. As long as you prepare yourself for the worst you’ll have the best experience.
When you drive a truck or SUV off road, you’re driving a machine that needs to be cared for just like any other car. When you take your truck or SUV to Moab, Utah, make sure you’re installed Firestone Air Bags on your vehicle for optimal four wheeling. Now only will you enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever seen, but your vehicle will get you in and out safely. Air bags really do help when it comes to vehicle safety.
Key Points to Remember
- The perfect lift kits help with off roading anywhere, even in southern Utah.
- Many lifted trucks and lifted SUVs have firestone air bags built into them or have been installed into them.
- Firestone airbags support the vehicles suspension. That’s what makes them the best airbags for lifted vehicles. They understand your vehicle when it’s lifted. They know when you actually hit something and need the air bag to come into play to help protect you. If you’re jumping over a rock they know that as well and they will not release.
- The air bags can work for all lifted vehicles.
- Life is worth it when you can go off roading.