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I'm about to order an airbag kit, but am unsure which company to order from. I think I've narrowed it down to either FBI or MIC. Anyone out there have any personal experiences/preferences on the two? Also, besides the kit, what else do I need to lay frame? There are a few things that I know I need. Lowered spindles, 4-Link, depending on if the kit comes with the c-notch I will need one of those. I've also heard about the transmission crossmember getting in the way. Is this true on a 96 GMC Sonoma ext cab? What about the crossmember for the drive shaft that holds the carrier bearing? Do I need to take out my wheel wheels to lay out on 18"s with low profile tires or does each application differ? I can get stainless steel 3/8" line. Is it hard or worth it to run it? I know these are a lot of questions, but I want to do it right the first time, and instead of asking one person that is out to make money, I'd rather ask fellow enthusiasts. Thanks.
 

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I personally haven't dealt with FBI or MIC but I hear they are reputable. All my parts came from AIM and even though everyone complains about them... I didn't have any troubles with my setup. You have all the basic parts for the kit so it's pretty much up to the installer to get it to lay. Depending on the tires on your 18's, you will probably have to cut out/notch the fenders all around to get it to lay hard. But if your Sonoma is like my S-10, the crossmember in the middle of the truck is gonna hold you up ( along with your leaf spring hangers - just drag those off :woah: ) FBI or MIC may have the replacement crossmember that is flush with the frame. You might as well go with the hard lines from the start, better than rubber hose as long as those lines don't rust.

My truck sits on stock 15s with 205/60 tires. Right now the X-member in the middle of the truck holds it up, it's ground down almost even with the frame (I'll be replacing it soon) but it also rests on the fenders all around. I'll also be ordering 18s tomorrow =P Check out the pics in my signature of what to expect.....
 

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well personally i got my stuff through aim (im a dealer) so ... good prices hehe :D but as far as fbi or mic... only reason i wont go with mic is because of there poor customer service and they are way over priced, fbi is good you can also try hack shack... but they get a lot of there air bag stuff through aim. but you might benefit cuz aim has decently poor customer service but good prices. you dont need a 4link to lay you can just use 4inch angled blocks and run mono leaf. works just fine and really the diffrence in ride quality... is not noticable(depending on application) 18s. you will prolly need to cut front wheel wells i have 17s i am an inch from laying (no spindles and i have mabe 2 inches before i hit my fenders wells... 17 i beleive are the biggest you can go with out cutting wheel wells. my total circufrence on my rims w/ tires is 23.xx inches. i know a rim with total cirumfrence of 25inches will not lay cuz it hit wheel wells. *this is the front we are talkin back should be fine* hope this helps
 

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Have you considered Easy Street at all?? Their Gen. 2 kit will have you laying frame with 20's...... Their kit comes with everything you need to lay frame and the best part is you can do it all yourself :D
It retails for $3199 US, but I'm sure we can work out a deal if you're interested.
Check out their website at www.airliftcompany.com and follow the easystreet link..... I think you'll be impressed :D
 

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have you tried calling TCM (timeless custom manufacturing) i just bought my kit that included everything but a fourlink for 1700 buck so when that comes in all i need is a welder to put it in...you should try calling them too phone # 530-534-5453
 

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i have bought all my stuff from FBI they are a very good company in my eyes.
the only thing is the valves they have need to be cleaned about everyother month to keep them from blowing o-rings.also i would eventually stepp up to a bigger compressor than the ones most companys supply in there kits.
STS sell the carrier bearing x member its a pain in the ass to get the sotock x member out but the flush fit one goes in easily.
 

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I have had nothing but trouble with AIM. I called them wanting to order a rotary A/C air pump for my 2001 sonoma. I called them and they said they had a kit for my truck. When I got the kit nothing lined up correctly. So I called them back. When I asked the guy why nothing lined he told me they never sold a kit for a 2001 sonoma. So I had to send everything back. It's a month later and I still am waiting for my exchange.
 

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I really appreciate all of your replies. So, in order to lay hard, I do need a new carrier bearing crossmember? I think I have everything figured out, the only thing I have left is the front wheel wheels. This is a difficult area because of the different tire and rim sizes everyone has and also all of the things that are attatched to it in the engine compartment. When you say "cut the wheel wheels", do you mean actually remove them or just cut some out?
 

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you can do both with the wheel wells. ive got 17"s with a 45 series tire and i lay fine but another friend of mine has a 17" with a 40 series tire and he hits wheel well before his truck is layed all the way.
 

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Yes you do

need a new carrier bearing crossmember. We had a group purchase a while ago and they were going for $80 shipped. I can still do one for $100 plus shipping as well.

If you were looking for some prices on Air Lift, FBI, Air Ride Tech, let me know and I can knock some points off for u.
 

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[email protected], I will definately get with you about the carrier bearing crossmember in a little while. And I think I have decided on a kit from FBI and the 4 link. So whatever you can do, do it :). I still got a few questions about the wheel wells. Say I do decide to take them out, what do I do with all of the stuff that is bolted to it? What about water and debris getting in my engine compartment? Is this something I'd have to live with? Are there any other suggestions? Thanks
 

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Raised Fenderwells

U can raise them up and retach weld them in place. They are all one piece with the outer fenders or you can buy aftermarket ones and put them in place.

The engine will get really dirty and probably not the best thing to do. If you want FBI and 4 link prices, hit me up with an e mail.
 

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how fast of a bag set up could i get for about 1,500 to 2,000? I just want it to be as fast as possible, or do i need more money to be fast?
 

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I can work out a

pretty decent system for that kinda money, if you are doing install. Drop me an e mail and I will get pricing for ya.
 
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basically the best way to save money bagging your truck, is to just keep it out of shops, if you cant weld try and find a friend that can. i have a decent bag setup, stepnotch, front back side side, 7 gal tank and its pretty fast, all told ive spent less than 2 grand easy. i mean unless you got a hook up with a shop they will take ou for everything you got.... why? cause they can. i was quoted at 3800 bucks by 2 different shops for setups that didnt even include side to side, or the size line/ valve i have, and one of the shops didnt even include a stepnotch. but people still pay em. now i mean, use common sense, if you dont have the confidence in yourself or our friends that are gonna help you, then you dont really have a choice, but definately, the shops will take you for a ride.... by the way, i got all my stuff from FBI, great company in my opinion, EXCELLENT customer service, i called them up a couple times during the bagging process just to ask for some tips/advice on stuff i was confused with, you could tell they were more than happy to be there. they really seem like guys that are in it for the right reasons, not to just take kids money
 
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