Not 100% happy with any of the coils on the market right now, don't have the money for coil-overs, and want to be able to haul ass through the rough stuff. I would rather have coil-overs, but it seems like there is more to get wrong in tuning a coil-over (and cost).
Haven't seen many air-shocks blow out unless the rig didn't have proper bumpstops or something out of the norm happened. And then the blown shock would be the last thing keeping the rig from moving. But if it happens, it happens.
Nope, but I've seen air shocks on street rigs...they seem pretty safe now. Fox 2.5s are said to hold twice the load of the 2.0s, so if the 2.0s hold up 4-runners, jeeps, p/u's, and buggies, then 2.5s can hold the front of a cruiser....I hope. But I asked to find out for sure, and I agree...need something that doesn't fade and is easy to tune, air shock seems to fit that category IF it's enough for the 80.
I too have been pondering a three link and that is largely the reason I haven't stepped up OME or the slee kits. The fact is, bone stock I have been able to drive my truck where ever I have pointed it. Anyway FirstToy made some valid points. So IMO if you are going to spend the money get the best "KING" lots of different options.