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Firestone Vehicle Suspension for the Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty, 2011

Firestone Vehicle Suspension

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Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty, 2011

For safety and stability, air springs are the perfect partner for your rear suspension when you are hauling heavy loads. Springs reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty level, and adjust to load sizes for a consistently smooth ride.

Features:

  • Maximize safe load-carrying capacity, increase stability and improve ride quality
    • Install between your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty's frame and its rear suspension
  • Keep your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty level when you are hauling a heavy load
    • Improve steering control and braking when you are hauling or towing
    • Level your headlight beams
    • Reduce tire wear
  • Maintain even load distribution with air pressure, leveling off-center loads
    • Air bags adjust manually, side to side, with individual inflation valves
  • Reduce strain on rear suspension
    • Prevent permanent sagging and excessive friction in leaf springs
  • Increase stability
    • Absorb road shock for a smooth ride
    • Soften contact between axle and frame to prevent bottoming out
  • Provide maximum load support and durability with rubber construction and double-convoluted design
  • Include all materials necessary for installation
    • Brackets, air springs, hardware, air line and separate valves for manual inflation
    • Switches and gauges, compressors, and air tanks (sold separately) are available for quick and easy air spring inflation/deflation from inside your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Load-leveling capacity: at least 3,200 lbs (at most 5,000 lbs)
    • Ride-Rite springs will not increase your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty's weight-carrying capacity. Do not exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight limit.
  • Adjustable air pressure: 5 psi to 100 psi
  • Limited lifetime warranty on air springs
  • 2-Year limited warranty on hardware


Firestone Ride-Rite Air Spring Basics

Firestone Ride-Rite springs are designed to increase safety and reduce the strain on your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty when you are hauling heavy loads or towing a heavy trailer. The springs partner with your existing rear suspension system to help keep your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty level, maintain even load distribution and increase stability. Hauling heavy loads or towing a heavy trailer can make the rear of your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty sag and the front end rise. This puts more strain on your rear axle and reduces contact between your front tires and the road, causing problems with braking, steering control and traction. By adding air springs to your rear suspension, you can help to level your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty and improve braking and handling. The air springs also help to level your headlight beams and reduce wear on your tires.


Firestone Ride-Rite air spring airline installation

Adjustable Air Pressure

The air pressure in your Ride-Rite springs can be adjusted manually, side to side, to compensate for off-center loads. A centered load improves the stability of your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty by reducing body roll. The air springs will also help to absorb road shock and to soften contact between your axle and frame. This prevents bottoming out, thus improving ride comfort. Route the air line tubing for the springs to your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty's bumper to provide easy access to the manual inflation valves.


Firestone Ride-Ride air spring components

Air Spring Construction

Firestone's double-convoluted Ride-Rite air springs are designed to give you maximum load support and enhance the performance and ride comfort of your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty. The rubber springs provide cushioning between your suspension components and operate at up to 100 psi. The springs have four layers of reinforced rubber to ensure durability and enhance load support. A braided wire girdle creates the double-convoluted shape of each air spring, increasing the burst pressure of the spring. The rubber springs are attached to corrosion-resistant metal end plates with a time-proven, rolled crimp seal that keeps the bags securely anchored.


Air Spring Installation

Each Ride-Rite kit includes custom-fit brackets that connect to your axle and frame. The brackets provide the mounting points for the air springs. Drilling may be required for some applications.



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Customer Reviews

Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - F2550

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.7 out of 5 stars   (114 Customer Reviews)

For safety and stability, air springs are the perfect partner for your rear suspension when you are hauling heavy loads. Springs reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your vehicle level, and adjust to load sizes for a consistently smooth ride.


- F2550

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Todd Ford09/25/2014


I put the load levelers on a 2008 F250 SuperDuty (diesel). It took me about 4 hours per side, on the grass with no lift or power tools. I could probably do it in two hours per side the next time. The instructions are terse, but correct - the 2011 Ford F250 video was very helpful and resolve all my questions except for one. The bladder(s) have an forward/rearward bracket positioning option constituted by two positioning nubs on the bladder top, and 2 mounting bolt holes on the bladder bottom. I was confused by the positioning option until I actually tested bladder positioning on the installed brackets - the brackets don't line up exactly, so the positioning option was actually a good thing. You have to choose forward or readward depending on how your brackets line up. If your brackets line up perfectly then you still have to choose. I used the levelers on a couple of heavy trailers on fairly long hauls and they work as I expect them to - they: are easy to inflate/deflate, keep my bed level and support a heavy load, and keep my headlights out of everyones eyes. 152985






- F2550

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Daryl A.03/14/2014


Very good overall rating. The instructions a pretty lengthy considering the little amount of info they contained. Would have been much simpler if the three categories of installation instructions weren't mixed together. 120745






- F2550

ratingratingratingratingrating by: John D07/05/2013


I am happy with product and performance, but the instructions we vague with confusing drawings and lack of dimensions when needed. If the instructions were well written, then install would have been half as long. 87821






- F2550

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve03/18/2013


Installation was pretty easy. About 2 1/2 hours to install when reading instructions. Installed on F250 for towing 10,000 max load car hauler. We'll see how it goes. 71331






- F2550

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Les B12/06/2012


Great turn around time from order placement In fact so fast I havent had time to install 60794






- F2250

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Veterancowboy08/07/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Good product could use better instructions for installation. Would be better if they placed them as 1.2.3. instead of paragraph sentences. The videos are helpful if they play properly. Took about 3 hours to install. Camping world wanted $150 to install them. 93671





Comments

i just bought a 2010 silverado with 6 lift. is that what you got as well i cant tell from your pics.did you have to buy or make a extension mount for the fram braket?

comment by: jj - 09/04/2014


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If you truck has a 6 inch lift you might consider using the Firestone Lift Spacers # F2375

$0.00
. This kit is designed to work with kits that mount to the axle on your truck like how the Firestone Ride-Rite # F2250

$0.00
install.

Rachael H - 9/5/2014




- F2525

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill T.04/30/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Product was as described. Installation video was most helpful as were the written instructions. Bending the bolt plates was absolutely necessary and was the most difficult part of the installation. I dropped one inside the frame, after retrieving, 30 minutes later, I drilled small holes in the handles and put a piece of wire thru them so they could be easily retrived if dropped again. Tested as recommended with 70 lbs of pressure and the truck's rear end popped up about 4-5 inches! Can't wait to try then with the trailer! 128198






- F2299

ratingratingratingratingrating by: F1Joe09/10/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


The product engineering is great, everything fit perfectly! It was easy to install especially after watching the video on etrailer.com, I hardly had to look at the printed instructions. So far the noise level when unloaded has decreased significantly, and when loaded with a 10k fifth wheel, it has smoothed out the constant push/pull bounce I usually got from the stiff springs. I should note that I have a 2004 Dodge 3500 and I took my factory overload springs off and used this kit to replace it. The factory overload springs would "slap" on the upper supports at times and that is the noise that was eliminated. Now the extra load is on the air bags and that has smoothed out the loaded ride. I only have to run 10 lbs. of air level the truck with the 1300 lb. pin weight. etrailer.com is a good company to purchase this product from, while I didn't need to call customer support, the shipping was super quick even when I ordered on the holiday weekend! Thanks! 150626






- F2525

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rob B05/06/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Good quality product, instructions are clear and kit was complete. The frame-mounting with the tabs is cheezy, and quite difficult on the driver side where access hole to the frame is obstructed by wiring/hydraulic lines. I recommend a solution that only uses access from outside of frame -- like a toggle bolt... after all the torque was only 20 ft-lb. 79157





Comments

I agree with Rob B on the frame mounting tabs. Definitely a two person job lining up the tabs with the bolts. Other than that it was an easy install and well worth the money. If you are going to haul a heavy trailer this is by far the way to go!

comment by: Rcerne - 06/12/2013


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Comments

Installed a set today on my 2013 F-150. Nothing about this product is cheezy. I owned a repair shop for 35 years and was impressed with the quality of this kit. A toggle bolt would not replace the steel plate firestone uses for the bracket mounting inside the frame . All in all, a first class problem solver. Lloyd Church Powell Butte, Oregon

comment by: Lloyd C - 11/16/2013


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- F2430

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill B.04/03/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Finally got a break in the rain yesterday so I installed the Firestone Ride-Rite air bags on my 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD. Took about 4.5 hrs to install. My only problem was finding the correct way to remove the jounce bumpers from my truck. Directions state to simply unbolt them, but it took me awhile to figure out that the correct socket was a 10mm since you can't see or feel the bolt. The perfect setup to remove them is a deep well 10mm socket with a universal joint to get the right depth. After that the directions were right on and everthing went together nicely. I used a tubing cutter for the air lines and had no leaks. This is my second truck with air bags and I find them very useful in keeping the truck level and reducing sway while towing a 5th wheel trailer. 36071






- F2528

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Shawn P.08/22/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Simple to install, took my time, the brackets of my 5th wheel did not prevent me from installing it, there was room between the custom bracket and my frame, so if you have a Silverado 2012 with custom brackets check to see if you have nearly 1/2 an inch clearance, than you can use this item. Suggestion to etrailer, re-box the item, reinforce the box to ensure that the box and items are not mangled in shipment. the box was a mess, had been re-taped some time along the shipment line, freaked me out where I had to inventory everything and really check for damage, especially the hose, part of it was not serviceable and I had to ensure that I did not use that section which was right in the middle of the hose. Other than that, I am happy with it. 52628






- F2250

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Eucario Ruiz04/16/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Excellent product. The installation was very easy, it only took me 45min to bolted on and have it working. The installation video on your website is excellent, very helpful. Thank you to the etrailer team for the excellent service, keep up the good work looking forward to do more business with you. Ps. Sorry didn't take to many pictures. 125547






- F2299

ratingratingratingratingrating by: James E07/11/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


I have purchased several items from etrailer and always impressed with their accuracy and speed of delivery. They have high shipping costs to Alaska so have not been able to use them except when in the lower 48. Installed on a 1-ton Dodge dually used to either carry a 4600 lb truck camper, pull a 11000 pound fifth wheel or tow a 10000 trailer. The truck camper really sat the truck on the axle and the recently installed Timbrens made matters even worse. When I hit a dip or bump it sounded like there were no springs what so ever. Installed the air springs and now I get a much improved ride and have not bottomed out to date. I installed the air springs in Oregon and drove to Homer Alaska over some pretty rough roads. Great ride!!! 88865






- F2250

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jan S.07/10/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Packaging of this product was fine, and delivery was on time. Pricing very competitive with other internet providers. Etrailer support is as expected....very good. I and my neighbor installed this air bags in my 2009 Silverado 2500 HD Diesel to give me greater support while pulling my fifth wheel trailer (with a tongue weight of 2300 lb). Install took us about 3 hours to complete, with no problems what so ever (not even a leak in the air lines...which I worried about...cut them carefully with a razor knife). After the install and air test, I hooked up my fifth wheel and was pleasantly surprised how the ride improved. Would recommend this product. I put 30 psi in the bags and the results on the suspension we outstanding! 140486






- F2445

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ryan B.08/07/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


I purchased the helper springs for my 2011 Toyota Tundra for leveling the truck while towing. It took me about 3 hours to install the helper springs and they work great. I attached a photo of my truck with my VW on a U-Haul to show how the helper springs kept the load level with about 50 psi in each helper spring. I pulled the VW a little over 2000 miles, from WI to WA, and never needed to add air (the photo was half-way through the trip). Unloaded, I keep about 5 to 10 psi in the helper springs and the ride is still very smooth. 50874






- F2430

ratingratingratingratingrating by: James M08/10/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Installation was pretty easy, instructions were basic. It would have helped to had an example picture of the installed product on the vehicle as part of the instruction booklet. For my truck, the bumpers were bolted to a part of the frame that didn't match the illustrations in the guide. After some looking around (a video on etrailer.com) I found that it was expected. Also, it would have been nice to know how to remove the stock bumpers. I spent a good 30 minutes trying to figure out that it was a 10mm socket up the middle of the bumper (I'm not a vehicle guy). Overall, the product was simple enough to install and I suspect it will be fine, as I'm testing it out tomorrow. 51312






- F2250

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Michael C.03/06/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


When I first purchased the kit I thought it was over priced. Once I finished the install by myself, in under two hours, in my driveway, with only a few simple tools, the price looked a little better. When I added in the very heavy-duty construction and quality construction the price started to look pretty darn good. Well, as I sit here in Florida after the nicest 750 mile pull I must say that the F2250 kit is probable the best money I have spent in a long time. If you pull you will understand what I mean about the problem you have when you hit a number of bumps in a row. This product almost completely solves the problem. In addition the over-all ride is much better. 119698






- F2286

ratingratingratingratingrating by: William S.03/30/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


I recieved my air bags a couple of days ago. They were super fast with delivery and everything was accounted for. Installed it myself on my 2005 ram 1500 4x4. Took around four hours. Simple instructions to understand. As soon as I completed the installation I hooked up a heavy gooseneck trailer and with jus ten lbs. of air it leveled the trailer and never dropped and inch more. Even when loading a horse into the front of it. I I havent pulled the gooseneck yet put pulled a bumper trailer and it handled well... even with out a load I can tell the difference with them on... very well made product and would recommend to anyone. Very satisfied customer right here. 122885






- F2299

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom10/21/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


These air bags are a must for carrying a load to make your truck handle better. Empty, I run at 5 lbs and only change I notice is the truck rides about a inch higher. The install went real smooth with the directions easy to under stand. Shipping was very fast and communication to let me know how and when the package was to arrive. 104545





Comments

customer service,quality and install was excellent,if Firestone puts their name on it I knew it had to be a good product,if you know what your looking at you can probably install it in 1 hour,excellent engineering as well,im lovin it,two thumbs up,or 5 stars as far as im concerned

comment by: michael c - 11/03/2013


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- F2430

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve W08/06/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Thanks for the information. I received the airsprings in good condition and have installed them on my truck. Attached is the photos of my installation. Everything installed great with no problems. 144702






- F2430

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bubba K05/26/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Easy to install. It took longer to run the air lines than it did to install the bags. The way Firestone packages this kit needs some help as I had to paint the brackets as they were chipped and didn't want to worry about rust. Some of this is due to my OCD. I can see where they are going to work well as just a few LBS of pressure changes the ride height on my truck with no load. I have not towed with them yet but am sure they are going to be perfect for the application of towing my TT and a better ride. Not only that, but taking some of the strain off the stock springs. 81999






- F2445

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Eddy M.10/09/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Product was in good shape when it arrived. Instructions were easy to follow. Put 2014 Toyota Tundra on a 2 post lift. Cut off my bumper pads on springs with a sawzall and mounted lower bracket. Tightened it with 3/8 dewalt impact. Next we set the bags in place and started the lower bolt. We then drilled the 2 holes in rear bumper and mounted air chucks. Then we lowered truck and started top of bag thru hole and the lowered to top bracket. Tightened bolts and nuts. Installed sit hoses. Inflated to 5psi. Very easy. 1.5 hours total. Easy to install. Ride stayed the same. 155412






- F2525

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rob B08/22/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Everytime I order from eTrailer the products arrive faster and the installation gets more enjoyable. I used the air bag system to correct trailer sway and vehicle sag on my '09 F150. Putting these brackets on the suspension was awsome with only three common hand tools and the results are wonderful. I needed the adjustability of air ride to compensate for light loads when empty and of course heavy trailer weight when pulling a 20ft enclosed v-nose. This system allows me to maintain level vehicle travel with just a portable air tank and a low pressure tire PSI gauge. 52552






- F2250

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Marvin J02/16/2011

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Was concerned if thls kit would fit a 2010 Silverado 2500 HD Quad cab with 6.5 ft. bed with a B&W fifth wheel turn over ball hitch. It took me 2.5 hours and every thing fit perfect. No problem with the instructions dead on, and the only holes I had to drill was in the rear bumper for the air fittings. Have had them on since November no air leaks or problems. This make my truck ride excellent with my toy hauler and other gooseneck trailer I have. Alot cheeper than a air pin box and does the same thing,no more chucking and bouncing. thanks 7291






- F2299

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Alex V07/10/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Awesome product! Air bags have worked wonders to easily help level my truck while pulling a 36' bumper pull camper with 1000LBS of tongue weight. I also have installed a weight distribution hitch from ETRAILER and the combo works amazing... I ordered a sway bar for my truck from another source as ETRAILER didn't have one and their service isn't near as good as ETRAILERS. They have an awesome turn around on the product as well as shipping times generally are only a couple of days... Will continue to buy from you! 88656






- F2528

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Hank G10/11/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


I ordered a set of Firestone air bags (springs) and Torklift camper tiedowns for my new Chevy 3500HD Duramax. I had both on an older truck that was just traded. I put the last set on myself, but this time hired a mechanic (ain't gettin' any younger!). Anyway, the shipment was both prompt and correct. Both items were correctly engineered for this 2015 model truck. Installation was no problem for the pro, and I'm very happy. The airbags are hard to beat for heavy loads, and Torklift makes super tiedowns. 155610






- F2407

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Terry B05/21/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Took a few hours to get it completed, and went in as described. Have not had opportunity to test them out under load, but figure they would perform as expected. Instructions were not totally accurate, 4 bolts had changed size (to a smaller bolt than listed), but anyone with common sense could figure it out. (I did. LOL!) Wish "they" had included a "T" to inflate them equally, but purchased one at Lowes for about $6. I also "beefed up" the hose around sharp corners to protect them from getting damaged. 131693






- F2430

ratingratingratingratingrating by: John Masters11/09/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


My 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 4X4 has a leveling kit on it. It looks great until I hook up to a trailer and the rear end lowers making it look like I'm driving uphill all the time. Because of this I ordered Firestones RideRite air bags. So far I really like them. They keep the truck nice and level even under a load. Time will tell if the air is gonna bleed off over time. I wish etrailer sold this kit with a compressor as well so you could adjust the bags at the push of a button. I may have to buy one and try it! 106863






- F2430

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dana D.07/16/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


2008 Chevy 1500. Using to assist with hauling travel trailer. Product shipped quickly and arrived on time. Poorly written instructions but easily installed once I was able to sort out the installation process. Very heavy duty material. Vehicle drove great after installation. Cant wait to put it to the test with a load. Note that the reference pictures on the website are of an older design. The mounting brackets have been redesigned and probably easier installation now. 141466






- F2245

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott E.03/11/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Very pleased with the product. An installation caveat: For the placement of the inflation valves (per the instruction example), be aware that the 2003 Tundra Ltd bumper has a plastic cowling that is part of the bumper but separated from the metal part by ~0.25". This plastic requires an ~1.25" opening to reach the valve (attached to the metal) with an air chuck. An alternative is to reassess the location of the inflation valves before drilling the 5/16" holes. 120214






- F2299

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don Olson05/22/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Etrailer did a wonderful job. The installation was a breeze once I had the right bracket. Turns out that the bracket on the drivers side needed to be different (2012 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie) and a call to Firestone got me that bracket. Installation about 1.5hrs with modest hand tools. 41289





Comments

Im having the same problem with driver side install. Brake line in the way and bracket does not fit. Am talking to Firestone but no luck yet. Can anyone help??

comment by: Maureen W - 04/23/2013


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Let us know the year, make and model of your truck and we can follow up with you. You are using F2299 kit, correct?

Patrick B - 4/25/2013




- F2430

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom A.01/10/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


This is my first set of Firestone air shocks - my last set were made by Air Lift, which I used for about 10 years and really liked. It took me about 2 hours to install these air shocks on my 2014 Chevy 1500 4x4 but I could see it taking less time for someone with more mechanical experience. I haven't tried towing with these shocks yet but I like the quality and fit. I may add an update once I tow something heavy with them inflated. 112435






- F2407

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Roger09/10/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


My fault. I grossly looked at all the parts and separated them for each side. Then went ahead and put the truck on jack stands and removed the tires. In step one I needed a 5/8-18 jam nut, none were to be found, anywhere. Iand I only slit the plastic sack and layer it open on the bench. All other hardware accounted for, except the two jam nuts. Putting the tires back on now to go to the store to buy a couple. Not pleased! 99279






- F2535

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeff Sousa03/31/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Very satisfied from beginning to end. Low prices very easy to use website and helpful people to deal with. My order got upgraded to faster shipping without any extra cost from myself. Product worked out great very easy to install and works great. I can now tow my 37 foot 5th wheel travel trailer without a problem. Would defiantly recommend this product to others and I will be shopping here again. 122887






- F2071

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul W02/12/2011

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


My Firestone air bags were delivered across the nation as promised in 5 business days. This company obviously cares about Customer service...Oh and no shipping charges and the least expensive price I could find on the internet. My only issue is my wife...asking if I really need all these things for my new truck!! Thanks for the great service - I will definitley buy at etrailer first! 7070






- F2407

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan B.08/31/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


I ordered this item on a Tuesday and it arrived approximately one week later as promised with the standard UPS free shipping. The day before (Monday) I had ordered two tires on rims with the standard free shipping. The shipping was upgraded at no expense to me and I received the shipment on Wednesday - two days later! I am pleased to have learned about this website. 53713






- F2299

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Will M.04/02/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


The Firestone airbags I purchased from etrailer.com are awesome. Installation was easy and great quality. I took my travel trailer out over weekend after installing airbags and new leaf springs I also purchased from etrailer.com and the ride is perfect. I will definitely buy from again. Thanks for your products and making my hunting/camping trips safe 123505






- F2449

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Stephen A.07/12/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Had trouble finding air bag suspension for my 2000 Isuzu NPR, others could get it but your price beat the dickens out of theirs. The sustem is now on and working, results are good but may need to add air tanks to smooth the ride more. Everything bolted on good, the compressor and controlls are sweet. Had to add shims to better utilize air bag travel. 89344






- F2535

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Stan S.05/24/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


The Firestone F2535 Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs for my 2014 F350 were very easy to install and fit perfect. Realistic installation time is about 4 hours. etrailer.com shipped them out the next day and they arrived by UPS within two days. This is the second time ordering from etrailer and will definitely be ordering from them again. 132301






- F2250

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ray G.02/19/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Pleasure doing business with E-Trailer. Order was taken by Suzanne, as she was very helpful and knowledgeable. Order was received promptly and installation was straight forward. Air fittings were prepped with a red thread sealing compound for an airtight seal. No teflon tape required. Great product! Thanks E-Trailer. Ray 116934






- F2250

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Roy P.07/09/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


I installed the Firestone Air Ride on my 2009 Chevy 2500 HD Duramax. I am towing a horse trailer with LQ and felt like I needed the extra support. I installed them myself and it took about 3 hours. Going to try them out this weekend. etrailer is the best. They have excellent customer service and I would order from them again. 140441






- F2025

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Lane M02/13/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


I am always worried when I try someone new online, but they were wonderful!!! They even upgraded my deliver time for no extra charge and keep me posted on the delivery times. I will definitely continue to be their Customer..............Great Service Guys!!!1 116440





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Will these Springs fit my 1994 GMC 3500 Dually 2-wheel drive.

comment by: jim w - 03/30/2014


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Yes, as long as the truck was not originally built as a Cab and Chassis model, the part # F2025

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air sping kit will fit.

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- F2525

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jason T.02/03/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Time from ordering to shipping was amazon.com FAST! Don't know if that is legal to say...but I was impressed. The product actually arrived 2 days earlier than I expected with Standard shipping. All the parts I ordered were in good condition and installation was easy. I will use etrailer.com in the future! 115600






- F2250

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Albert03/16/2013

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THis was an easy install it took about 1.5 hrs I put 15psi in after the 70 psi test and went for a drive my son and I both said it rode good and we went on some very rough roads . I do think this is a very good so far and the staff at etrailer was very help full with everything. Thanks ALbert M. 71137






- F2525

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike g05/07/2014

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If you want great customer service this is your go to company. I have never seen a company get you what you need so quickly and keep you so informed through the entire purchasing process. Their sales people set the bar for outstanding customer service. You won't go wrong dealing with this company. 129539






- F2445

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brad R09/11/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


Easy to install, less than an hour to install. A couple of wrenches and a knife and you are good to go. No holes to drill in my 2008 Tundra Crewmax. Pulled a 9k 5th wheel camper with them and the truck was stable using about 20lbs of pressure, truck barely dropped when we connected the camper. 54342






- F2350

ratingratingratingratingrating by: James P.05/23/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


These airbags are great. Good quality. Took me longer to install than the time listed but it wasn't too difficult. The bags really help with weight and there is a very noticeable difference with them. I haul a lot of trailers around and these bags do everything they are supposed to. 132161






- F2535

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Hayden10/17/2014

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I felt like the materials used for the brackets and bolts is too light. Also a 3/8" bolt does not fit through the frame where the Urea tank bracket bolt goes through. A 5/16" is all I could get through there and it barely fit. This was installed on a 2013 F350 diesel 4x4 SRW. 156577






- F2250

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron09/26/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs


It took two of us two hours to install. I would recommend using two people for install. I put a tee in the two airlines to inflate them at the same time. The friend that helped install these has this brand on his truck and he said it made a world of difference in his towing. 55831






- F2400

ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ray09/01/2012

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Loading a RZR in bed of my truck, and towing a trailer, needed the extra support. It was easy to install. The instructions were easy to follow, and the installation video was also very helpfull. This product performs as advertised. Very pleased with the results. 53734




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  • Are Air Springs or Helper Springs Better For Sag When Towing a 5th Wheel With a 2008 Ford F-250
  • The decision between an air ride system or helper springs should be made based on how you will be using your 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty. Air bags are a good option if you tow your fifth wheel trailer occasionally and do a lot of hauling with varying load weights. I would recommend using the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2550, as these air bags will work with a fifth hitch installed in your truck bed. Air springs should be manually adjusted for each load using an air compressor....
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 Fit 2008 Ford F-250 4WD With Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part # F2550, will fit your 2008 Ford F-250 4WD if you are using the Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit, part # RP50082-58 for your fifth wheel hitch. The Reese install kit includes the Reese Custom Brackets, part # RP50082, that will install on the outside of the frame rails and has a square hole located in the center of the bracket that is where the top mounting bracket of the Firestone kit will install. The Firestone...
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  • Rear Suspension Enhancement System for a 2000 Ford F-250 4x4 Towing Gooseneck Trailer
  • The best rear suspension enhancement product for your 2000 Ford F-250 is going to depend on a couple things. First, how your gooseneck hitch is attached to the frame of your truck and second, whether you prefer adjustable air springs or fixed rubber springs. For an air spring system, I recommend installing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2550, that you referenced. This system is compatible with most gooseneck and fifth wheel hitches and have been tested for up to 5,000...
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  • Compatibility of Firestone Air Helper Spring Kit # F2550 on 2004 Ford F250 with 5th Wheel Hitch
  • According to our friends at Firestone, the Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs you mentioned, part # F2550 are indeed compatible with a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch installed on a 2004 F250. The Reese fifth wheel install brackets you mentioned part # RP50082-58 would not interfere with the installation or operation of the helper spring kit.
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F-250 with 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • Both the # RP50043 brackets and the Firestone brackets # F2550 for your 2001 Ford F-250 install on the inboard side of the vehicle frame rails so they cannot be installed at the same time. What I recommend is a Timbren system, # TFR250SDE, that installs on the bottom of the frame rail and will not interfere. I have included some instructional links for you to view. This system will work well for towing a 5th wheel trailer and they will not affect the non-loaded ride of the vehicle....
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  • Will Timbren or Firestone Ride Rites Work Better on a 2013 Ford F-250 Carrying Camper and Trailer
  • When choosing between the Timbren # TFR250SDG and Ride-Rite # F2550 rear suspension system for your 2013 Ford F-250, I recommend using the Timbren for a couple of reasons. The main reason that I would choose the Timbrens over the Ride-Rite is because you have a camper that weighs approximately 2200 lbs and the Ride-Rites handle between 3200 and 5000 lbs. The Timbrens activate whenever a load is encountered and stabilize that load accordingly. The Timbrens have a 6,000 lb weight...
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  • Can Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs be Used With Reese Custom Install 5th Wheel Bracket
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 in conjunction with the Reese Quick-Install Custom Brackets # RP50082 should be able to be installed without interference. The mounting brackets for the Firestone Ride-Rite # F2550 attach to inboard side of your 2003 Ford truck frame. The Reese Custom Brackets # RP50082 mount to the outboard of your 2003 Ford truck frame. The Reese Custom Bracket has a square hole in the center of the bracket and this should line up on to the hole...
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  • Recommended Suspension Enhancement for 2011 Ford F250 Towing 14K 5th Wheel
  • If in addition to towing a fifth wheel, you also regularly haul loads of varying weights in your truck bed, an air bag system like the Firestone Ride-Rite # F2550 would be a good choice, because you can vary the air pressure according to the load being applied to the truck bed. If you will be primarily towing with the truck, and therefore the amount of load applied to the bed (in this case, the pin weight of the fifth wheel) will not vary much, the Timbren # FR250SDG system you mentioned...
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  • How to Reduce Sag on a 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty with Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The best way to reduce the sag on your 2012 Ford F-250 when towing your fifth wheel trailer is to add a rear suspension enhancement system like the SumoSprings Custom Helper Springs, # SSR-102, that you referenced. The two most common types of rear suspension enhancement systems are air bag systems and rubber spring systems. The rubber spring systems like the SumoSprings and the Timbren Springs, # TFR250SDG, are typically more economical than an air bag kit like the Firestone Ride-Rite...
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  • Will Firestone Air Spring Kit F2250 Fit with Reese 5th Wheel Brackets RP50082 on a 2008 Ford F-250
  • That is what you would have to do. The factory bump stop bracket also should be in this location or just below the 5th wheel rail. In that square hole on the # RP50082-58 brackets you would put the bolt through to secure the bracket, put the Firestone air spring bracket from kit # F2550 on the other side of the frame, then put the nut on and torque to spec. I have included a picture showing the outboard and inboard sides of the frame with the 5th wheel bracket and Firestone air spring bracket...
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  • Suspension Enhancement for a 2008 Ford F-250 with 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installed
  • The Firestone suspension enhancement system, # F2071, is not designed for the 2008 Ford F-250 so the short answer is no. What I recommend , if your 5th wheel underbed brackets install on the outsides of the frame rails is # F2550. This kit has brackets that install on the bottom and insides of the frame rails. Another option, if the bottoms of the frame rails are free of obstructions, is a Timbren system like # TFR250SDF. These are not springs that inflate but they work in much the same...
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  • Rear Air Bags Recommendation for a 2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty 2WD
  • For your 2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty 2WD, I would recommend installing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2550. There is not much of a difference between the Ride-Rite Kits, # F2550, that I recommended and # F2484 that you referenced, but the brackets that are included with the # F2550 springs are compatible with fifth wheel and gooseneck trailer hitches. It may not seem that important now if you do not have a gooseneck or fifth wheel hitch, but the # F2550 air springs will...
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite System Install With Reese Custom Brackets on a 2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty
  • We do have a rear suspension enhancement system that is confirmed to work with your Reese 50073-58 custom brackets and rails on your 2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty, however, I cannot guarantee that the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2550, will fit because the Reese custom brackets cover the hole in the frame rail that the upper bracket from the air bag uses to install as you mentioned. The Ride-Rite air bags are compatible with the Reese universal brackets and the Elite Series...
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit Compatible with Gooseneck Hitch for 2001 Ford F250
  • Firestone does offer an Air Helper Spring kit that would be compatible with certain 2001 F250 models. Part # F2550 is only compatible with trucks with a GVWR over 8500 lbs. The GVWR of your truck should be listed on the sticker in the door jamb on the drivers side. This kit is compatible with fifth wheel and gooseneck hitches. The F2071 kit you mentioned is compatible with Dodge trucks only.
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  • Will the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2071 Work on a 2004 F250 Towing a 26 ft Camper
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2071, would be more than adequate to reduce sag and improve ride quality when towing your 5,750 lbs camper. The additional weight that the airbags would support would only be the tongue weight of the trailer, plus the weight of any cargo in the truck bed. For this kit to fit, you must have at least 7-1/2 inches from the outside of the truck frame to the inside of the tire. If you have less than 7-1/2 inches, then I recommend going with the...
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  • Can Firestone Air Bags and Reese 5th Wheel Installation Kit Fit on a 2007 Dodge Ram Mega Cab 4x4
  • If you are talking about Reese installation kit # RP50140-58, make sure that you do not have a 1500 with the 8 foot bed and a Mega Cab (if there is such an animal) because that is the only thing this kit does not fit. To determine if it would interfere with Firestone air bags you have to look at where each installs. The Reese installation kit has front brackets that fit on the outside of the frame and also block part of the bottom of the frame. The rear brackets are mounted on the inside...
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 Affect Tongue Weight on 2008 Ford F-250 4WD
  • Using the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 on your 2008 Ford F-250 4WD will not affect the tongue weight of your trailer or your ability to properly hook it up to your tow vehicle. If you have concerns regarding the tongue weight of your trailer, and any sag the trailer tongue weight might cause, I would recommend a weight distribution system. If you choose to go this route, you will want to set the airbags prior to hooking up the weight distribution system. If you can...
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  • Can Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs # F2550 Enable Lowering Rear End of 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Axle Helper Air Springs # F2550 that you referenced are a correct fit for your 2012 F-250 Super Duty, but they are intended to support a rear suspension in good working order when carrying a heavy or uneven load. When installed in your truck this kit will not allow the rear of the vehicle to drop down lower than it does already. We do offer a variety of loading ramps, including fixed, telescoping and folding types, but these are not intended for use with...
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  • Suspension Enhancement for a 2008 Ford F-250 with Blue Ox Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installed
  • It is possible that the Firestone air bags # F2550 will fit on your 2008 Ford F-250 with the Blue Ox gooseneck hitch # DH1203 installed. However, the 2 have not been tested together so I cannot guarantee that the two will place nice together. The issue is that the hitch uses some u-bolts that clamp around the frame rails. The Firestone air bags upper bracket bolts to the sides of the frame rails but could end up contacting the hitch hardware. It is too close for comfort in my book. What...
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  • Gooseneck Trailer Hitch for a 2003 Ford F-250 Short Bed with Firestone Air Bags
  • There are a few different Firestone air bag kits that you could have. Kit # F2550 installs on the inboard side of the truck frame. Kit # F2071 mounts on the outboard side of the frame. And kit # F2484 mounts on the outside of the frame. This is very important because there could potentially be interference. Gooseneck trailer hitch and installation kit # 9460-48 does include the hitch and the install kit. The frame brackets for the installation kit mount on the outsides of the truck frame....
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2264 Fit a 2007 Ford F-250 with 4 inch Lift
  • I checked with Firestone and you can use the Ride-Rite kit # F2264 for your 2007 Ford F-250 with a 4 inch lift. The kit only fits if your truck is rated for 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight or more.
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  • Air Suspension Recommendations For Front And Rear Of 2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty Truck
  • We do offer front and rear air bag suspension systems that will work with your 2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty truck. All air suspension systems will not increase the weight carrying capacity of your truck and are designed to be used with trucks that have a good working suspension. For the front of your F-350 I recommend the Firestone Vehicle Suspension, part # F2223. The adjustable air pressure is from 5 psi to 100 psi. On the rear of your truck I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Air...
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F350
  • For your 2001 Ford F350 4x4 you would want the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550. This has been confirmed as a fit for you vehicle. The Firestone Kit part # F2068 that you referenced is for older model Fords so I would not recommend it for you.
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  • Install Difficulty of Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags for a 2009 Ford F-350 XLT, Crew Cab Long Bed
  • I will be happy to send you a copy of the instructions in a separate email. The Firestone Ride-Rite kit # F2550 seems like a typical installation to me based on the many, many instructions I have gone through over the years. A mechanic like yourself would probably have no problem with the installation.
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  • Recommendation for an Air Bag System on a 2003 Ford Pickup with Fifth Wheel
  • If you are looking for an air bag system that mounts to the inside of the frame, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2550, would be a great option. Since these springs mount on the inside of the frame and the install brackets for your fifth wheel mount on the outside of the frame, there is no interference.
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2008 Ford F250 with Pullrite Hitch Installed
  • The only suspension enhancement I can recommend for you is the the SuperSprings Custom Suspension Stabilizer and Sway-Control Kit # SSA10. All the air spring setups confirmed to fit your vehicle attach to the vehicle frame in the same place as your Pullrite rail brackets so they are compatible. If you try the # SSA10 you will like them and they will work for you. You also will not have to worry about maintaining air pressure in bags or have to worry about air leaks.
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  • Solution for Rear-End Sag in 2012 Ford F-350 4X4 Pulling 16K 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Suspension enhancement kits such as the Firestone Air Springs and the Timbren and SuperSprings jounce springs that you referenced are intended primarily to support heavy cargo loads in the truck bed, but you will get some benefit when towing your 5th wheel by giving the rear suspension some additional support. If you often remove your 5th wheel hitch to haul uneven heavy cargo loads then the higher cost and installation complexity of a Firestone Air Spring system may be worthwhile; if...
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  • Air Bags and Suspension Enhancement For a 212 Ford F-250 4x4 with Gas Engine
  • Firestone air bags # F2535 are designed to fit a 2012 Ford F-250 4x4 with a diesel engine. For a gas engine you would use # F2550. The brackets for the air springs will install on the inboard side and bottoms of the truck frame rails. You will need to take a look at the gooseneck brackets attached to the frame to see where they install to determine if there will be any interference. I have included a link to the installation instructions for # F2550 for you to compare to your truck. Another...
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