In the world of truck air bag suspensions, this is a grudge match on par with Ali and Frazier. Both are powerful mainstays in the air shocks industry, and both have a fiercely loyal fan base. But, behind the Firestone or Air Lift hype, we are dealing with the two most popular brands in the air suspension biz. Honestly, the two are so similar that their marriage would be illegal in all 50 states.
Right out of the gate, Firestone air bags have the distinct advantage of the Firestone name—a brand name of such popularity that it survives an appearance of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company’s founder and namesake’s great-grandson on The Bachelor. But, it goes without saying that Firestone specializes in all things rubber, and air bag shocks are made of rubber. Along with their high-quality F-150 air shocks, and any of their air shocks for that matter, Firestone crafts a comprehensive kit for most popular trucks.
On the other hand, Air Lift Suspension made its name with high-quality air compressors. An Air Lift compressor in fact is pretty much considered the Cadillac of air compressors. And, since air compressors are a major aspect of an air suspension system, they quickly garnered a loyal following. Now, after years of intense R&D and real world testing, Air Lift has designed airbag tanks and complete kits for most vehicles, including their ever-popular air bag suspension kits for Toyota Tundras.
No matter which brand you go with, you’re getting a well-designed suspension system designed just for your vehicle and your suspension needs. Remember, these kits are built for towing and heavy hauling. If you’re looking for track performance, you’re probably better off with a set of shocks. And, if you’re anticipating some off-road action, you need to consider lift kits rather than air suspension systems. But, if you need a high-quality air suspension system to haul heavy loads or tow heavy trailers, you can’t go wrong with either brand.
Mike Cote is an off-road enthusiast behind the wheel of a perpetual project 4x4 Tacoma. He enjoys off-roading and has a passion for cars.