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

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

5,000-lb Capacity. Ride-Rite air springs enhance your factory suspension for safety and stability when you are hauling heavy loads. They reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty level, and adjust to load size 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: 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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Video Transcript for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2011 Ford F-250

Today, on this 2011 Ford F250 were going to install part number F2550 from Firestone, your ride right 00:00:08 air helper springs. Well go ahead and air to the springs, and you can see how it goes up and down. Next, we will go ahead and take it for a road test and you can see how the air spring will work with the springs on the truck. All right, before we start the install were actually going to loosely assemble all the components for one side and show you how they all interact together. It is a little easier to see it this way than it is when its installed on the truck. Also, you want to note theres a small stub on the end of the air spring that it will go into, and we will show it here. Ill rotate it as it clicks into position.

Youll make your final decision on this once installed on the truck. One other thing about our vehicle today is that it has a gooseneck hitch already installed on it. Now, this will use of part of the hardware from the gooseneck hitch. What you want to do is make sure you get an okay from your manufacturer to install this part, and basically make sure that the bolt is long enough to attach the hitch and the new bracket from the air spring kit. First, well go ahead and remove the joint stop 00:01:31. Theres a nut on top. We will go ahead and remove that first, and then we can go ahead and take it down.

With that removed, we will go ahead and start loosening up the bolt for the gooseneck hitch. Once thats removed and loosened up, well go into your top bracket and get it ready to install. Well show that the spacer plate that goes between the bracket and the bottom of the frame, and also theres a bolt that goes through. This bolt will go through the bracket, through the spacer, and through the hole in the frame where the joint stop used to be. Then, a flat washer and a lock nut will go on top. Now, were going to loosely install our hardware for now.

Ill take one of the extra thick washers that come with the kit and run it over the hitch bolt. This washer should fit over the bracket going into the inside of the frame. Then well take the original fastener, reinstall it, and snug it down. We will also snug down the fastener on the bottom of the frame as well. Next, we will onto some pre-assembly onto the air spring. Well take the bottom bracket for the air spring and loosely attach it to the bottom 00:03:07 of the air spring using a threaded fitting at the very end.

Now that the holes divided in two, so once again, you may have to adjust this. Then we will compress it with our hands, and then install between the axel and the frame. The large threaded section will go through a hole in the upper bracket. Also, there will be a bar above the axel that the bottom bracket will sit on top of for now. All right, next, we will install a star washer that goes on top of the bracket, and goes to the larger threaded fitting, and then well install the nut on top of that. Well snug it down for now, and then also well snug down the air fitting that goes onto the top. Next, we will go ahead and install a bracket that goes between the bottom bracket and the axel, so that our bracket that sits on top of the axel will get four bolts and four lock nuts. Well loosely install them to hold its shape. There is a little bit of adjustment to this. Basically, you want the bolt on the bottom of the spring to be just above the bar thats above the axel, the closer the better. In this case, we had a little extra room. This will vary with the different types of suspensions on different trucks. Next, we will install the U-bolt that goes around the outside of the suspension U-bolts, and a lock nut, and thread it on as well. The lassige 00:04:52 is a strap that goes below the bottom of the axel. Well install two carriage bolts from the top down, and two locking nuts. At this point, it just is a good idea to take a final look at the assembly and make sure its sitting all in a straight line. Once again, due to suspension variations, it may not be in an exact perfect straight line, but as close as possible is what you want to aim for. Once were satisfied with the arrangement, well go ahead and tighten down all the nuts and bolts and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. One thing to note that the torque values are listed on top of the air springs, so you may want to take a look at it before you install both springs. All right, were done with our drivers side. Well go ahead and repeat the same process for the passenger side. One difference though is that since the exhaust is right next to that spring, well install the heat shield that goes between the top bracket and the top of the spring, so it will get sandwiched in there. Basically, its set together and moves around to protect it between the spring and the exhaust. Now, well go ahead and install our airline fittings on the bumper. Were going to install one on each side of the license plate area. Well go ahead and mark out where we want it, and then we will go ahead and drill it out. Were going to drill out to a 5/16th hole and install our air fitting. On the backside of the air fitting will get a stainless steel washer. We will slide it on through the hole from the inside to the outside, then another stainless steel washer, and then the nut. Put a wrench on the nut and spin it from the backside, and then tighten it down as best we can, as long as we dont crush the plastic. Were going to do one on each side. Next, well go ahead and run our airline tubing from our spring to our air fitting. We need to go ahead and add some of the protection for the tubing itself. The two black tubes are heat shielding for our airline tubing going onto the spring on the exhaust side. Now, well go ahead and take our tubing, and install into the spring. You want to make sure you have a square cut on the end, and then just go ahead and push into place. It will stop. Push in some more and then it will go all the way and snap into place. Starting on the drivers side, well cut off a fresh piece of end of the hose. Youll make this cut as square and as smooth as possible. This tubing cutter is also available as part number S9009. Its very easy to install the airline; basically, you just push it into the fitting. We have a spare fitting that we can show you how easy it is. Well just push it together as far as it goes, then pull back to lock it into place. All right, lets go ahead and do it underneath the truck. Well cut our airline to length and add to the fitting in the back of the bumper. Its also a good idea to put an extra loop in there in case you have to take it apart and redo the seal. Were completely done for our passenger side. Now well go ahead and work on our drivers side. Well go ahead and add air to the springs. Next, we will go ahead and take it for a road test and you can see how the air spring will work with the springs on the truck. All right, with that, that will finish it for our install of part number F2550 from Firestone, on our 2011 Ford F250. .


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (258 Customer Reviews)


5,000-lb Capacity. Ride-Rite air springs enhance your factory suspension for safety and stability when you are hauling heavy loads. They reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your vehicle level, and adjust to load size for a consistently smooth ride.


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by: Jim F.08/25/2015


The product is high quality. The components are heavy duty, well made and fit together properly. Just beware, this is a time consuming installation that requires lying on your back on a creeper for several hours and doing work requiring some arm strength over your head. If I were doing it again, the kit would go to my mechanic and the young guys would do it with the truck on a lift. Also, removing the jounce bumper on the four wheel drive truck was very difficult. The nut was well corroded on the bolt and it is in a nearly inaccessible position. I ended up using a sawzall with a metal cutting blade to remove them and that wasn't easy. After about seven hours of hard labor flat on my back, the job is done and I am satisfied with the results. 221540


Comments

A year later and all is well. I load the bed of my truck and tow a 7,000 lb trailer. The air lifts keep the truck level. That is the objective.

Jim F - 08/26/2016

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by: Dave08/22/2015


Installed on a 2009 F-250 SD. Installation was difficult. Only because I didn't have access to a lift. Product is well built. It provides the rear suspension support I was looking for. Added bonus is my 3/4 ton rides smoother now. I pull a 35 foot travel trailer and a golf cart in the bed of my truck. I noticed the added weight of the cart was lowering the back end of my truck and affecting the steering. Not much, but enough where I needed to do something. There was one problem with the instructions/diagram. When assembling the bottom bracket pieces, the diagram showed the bolt heads on the outside. I had to reverse them in order to clear the jounce stop to get proper alignment with the top bracket. See photos. I also found a leak on one of the connections on top of the drivers side air spring. I pressured both springs to 40 pounds and let sit over night. There was a 20 pound drop on drivers side the next morning. I applied a kids bubble solution with a syringe ( works great) to find the leak. since there is sealer on the threads, I just gave it about 3/4 turn. Problem solved. Overall, I think this is a great product which I would recommend. 221059



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by: Gordon M.05/19/2015


My airbags showed up quickly and I installed them as soon as I got home. I spent about 3 hrs to install them, the instructions are alright, could be a little better. I have a gas F-250 and installed the air valves in behind the fuel door which makes them very easy to fill of deflate. I put 20lbs of air in them and they lifted the back end 1 3/4" with the truck empty. Going to be pulling the fver this weekend, looking forward to see how much air I need to put in them with a load and see how they perform. 194451


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They are still performing great, only issue I had with them was I had to replace the valve stem cores right away as they started leaking.

Gordon M - 05/26/2016

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by: Terry S06/08/2015


Easy to install, fit perfect with my 5th wheel hitch. My camper weighs 14000 lbs, hitch weight is 3000 lbs. It takes 85 lbs of air to raise my truck to standard driving height. Definitely a better ride. Thanks E trailer, Melinda, you were very helpful in helping me making the right decision for lifting air springs. 201678


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I had to replace a couple of support brackets due to an auto accident. Etrailer was very helpful in contacting the manufacture for the parts. Thank you for you help. Now for the lifting bags themselves. All work great, very easy to make adjustments with load. I will have them on any truck I own from now on.

Terry S - 06/18/2016

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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



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by: Danny05/10/2016


I bought these for my 2002 Ford F-350 Crewcab DRW. I pull a 40' fifth wheel with 2200 lb toungue weight. Previously it was slightly below level and touching the overloads which was not a show stopper. Now pulling same trailer, this truck sits level with only 38 lbs of air. With the truck level, headlights are striking where they should at night and I can seriously tell the difference in the smooth ride, especially when entering and exiting concrete overpasses. I am totally impressed with these air springs and would recommend them to anyone that is interested in pulling loads and keeping your tow vehicle level which means safer for a better control. 249678



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by: Carson C03/04/2016


Super fast shipping to Amarillo TX. I'm 53 yr old fairly mechanically abled person... Installed on a 2001 F250 4x4 diesel with Fifth wheel hitch and goose neck ball plate. Did it in my home shop with a floor jack and jack stands. Took me about 4 hours and 4 beers and I installed new shocks on all 4 corners. Excellent product and fairly easy installation. Had to ream out the 3/4 inch hole in frame rail since I had a goose neck plate. Really impressed with how it went together. Can't wait to hook on to my 14000 # fifth wheel and give it a yank... I watched the video first and that helped a lot. Good luck! Cheers, 239632



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by: Mac s.03/29/2015


Put on 2008 f250. With a B&W turnover ball. Had to remove one bolt on both side of B &W to mount top bracket then replace with new bolts in kit No big deal. Put both sides on and ran the air lines in less than 2 hours. Had a leak on driver side. It was where I didn't cut the air line straight. Recut air line and that fixed the problem. I would recommend this to anyone. 181344



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by: Alan M.03/17/2015


The Firestone F2550 Air Helper springs were received just in time for weekend installation. The kit was fairly easy to install. The installation instructions were well written and easy to follow. Along with videos on the website the installation went well. The air helper springs perform as advertised. I am very satisfied with the product. 179274



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by: Jimmy C03/03/2016


The product was easy to install and works perfectly. Etrailers customer service was excellent also, a part was missing from the initial package and etrailer shipped the missing piece right way. I will definitely do business with etrailer again Jimmy C 239397



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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



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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



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by: Doug P03/10/2015


I have not yet installed these, but I can say the staff at ETrailer was extremely helpful and the product arrived sooner than I expected. A great company to deal with, so far. Doug P 177743



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by: Leland H07/14/2016


This business is great to deal with fast shipping good pricing and great customer service and follow up I have used them several times over the years and have never had a privlem 272009



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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



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by: matt06/11/2016


I've installed several of these now. No problems and a must have for heavy towing. Not only can you prevent rear end sag, but the ride is much better. 260170



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by: Les B12/06/2012


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



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by: Charles05/04/2016


installed and works real will , works great with the fifth wheel 248365



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by: Ryan P11/02/2016


Everything is great. I appreciate you reaching out. 315921



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by: MIKE G02/02/2015


Fit great! Delivery was very prompt, Th anks 172203



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by: Steve01/06/2015


Great product. Easy installation 167886



- F2535

by: Terence05/27/2016

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I bought the Firestone F2535 for a 2015 Ford F-250. My need of the kit is twofold, 1, correct the slight sag which takes weight off my front wheels when I hitch up my race car trailer, 2, even up the side to side ride heights with the aftermarket 51 gal duel tank installed. I verified fitment on the Firestone Riderite website before purchasing from e-trailer. Shipment was prompt and the kit arrived in the manufacturers box. All of the parts were in the box and nothing was damaged. Installation was relatively straightforward and the written instructions combined with the video posted on e-trailer left nothing to the imagination. On my truck the brake lines and hoses needed to be tied back to create more clearance around the drivers side air bag. I don't remember this being mentioned in the video, it certainly isn't noted in the instructions. Removing the DEF tank captive nut was difficulties as the clip on the nut broke and resisted efforts to get it out from behind the DEF tank bracket. I pre-assembled each air bag on its upper bracket and made my alignment marks to ease aligning things up once under the truck. Then I installed the upper bracket(s) and loosely installed each airbag. Then I installed the lower (axle) mount parts. The drivers side was definitely more difficult because of more limited clearances to work in. Overall installation took approx 6 hrs in my driveway with no lift. I installed, removed and reinstalled the drivers side lower assembly 2x to verify I had the height set correctly over the factory jounce stop. In the end the highest setting is the only one that would work with my 4WD truck. Air leaks occurred at the threaded air line fittings on the airbag - but I expected this as I purposely lightly torqued the air line fittings on with the intention of re-torquing them during the leak testing process. There weren't enough tie wraps included with the kit (easy enough to solve) to properly secure the air lines to the chassis rails. This is especially important on the passenger side of the truck where the exhaust runs. I used both heat shield tubes (provided with the kit) on the passenger side airbag from the air bag back. The two lengths provided were sufficient to cover the tubing until it clears the last resonator box aft of the axle. I covered all of the rest of my tubing with split loom to help prevent chafing of the air lines. Overall, great product. Well made and was straightforward to install. 252460



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by: Smithsonite02/08/2015

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


So far, so good. These things will hold some serious weight! I haven't had to exceed 6 lbs. yet, even towing cars on a flatbed trailer. The weight distribution setup I have has alot to do with that though. One gripe I have is that is should have came with a T joining both sides, going into a single Schrader valve. I don't like having to try and balance 2 separate sides. Just checking the pressure at lower pressures will release quite a bit of air - not alot of volume in there. If you load your vehicle correctly there should never be a need to have differing pressures on each side. At the very least, the option to choose should be included. Other than that, and a nagging slow leak I have on one side (at one of the quick-connect fittings), they've been great. 172906


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I still havent fixed the slow leak yet. Ive developed a rattle from the top half of the bag mount against the frame. Need to take that down and see what the issue is - nut might have loosened up. Weve got some pretty bad roads up here in the Northeast, so its no surprise. Other than that, theyre still working great. My idea on the T is a bad one, because that will introduce some severe body roll, as air pressure is forced from one side to the other depending on which way you turn. Will definitely decrease stability, so I wont be making that modification. Wish there was a way to hook this up to my existing Viair compressor. Suppose theres a way, just not an easy one.

Smithsonite - 02/08/2016

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- F2535

by: Dean G06/29/2016

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


There are two parts to this review - one, on the product itself, and two, on the customer service from eTrailer. The product itself is one I have been installing on my trucks for years. However, this most recent purchase was missing a few bolts and the heat shields to protect the air bags from the exhaust pipe. I don't know if this was an anomaly, but I was a bit disappointed to find parts missing from a sealed box. Once I received the parts, and installed them, they performed as they always had - very well. I don't use them to add extra load, just to stiffen the ride a bit, making trailer towing a bit more stable in windy conditions. The second part of the review deals with customer service from eTrailer. I called to report the missing parts, and was told by the representative that there was nothing he could do, and that I would have to call Firestone direct to obtain replacement parts that were not included. He was rather curt, and not helpful at all. I told him that I wanted to return the product then, as I was not satisfied with his response. He said that it was not an acceptable reason to return the product. At that point, I asked to speak with a supervisor. Twice. Once on the line with the supervisor, she was very helpful and seemed unhappy to hear I had told her regarding the representative's attitude. She told me she would get the parts out of another kit, and send them out directly. I received them the next day, and was able to have them installed before my extended trip. She even checked to ensure I had receive the parts the following day. It was unfortunate that one individual could possibly scar a company's reputation, but I must say that the supervisor went the extra distance to ensure I was taken care of. For that, she gets 6 stars! And a continued returning customer. The only reason I gave 4 stars is due to Firestone's mis-packaging of the item. 266395



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by: James E07/11/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


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I still have the highest opinion of the air shocks! Been many miles and always loaded. Not one time have I had to add air and perform the same as they did when I first put them on. These shocks really tamed the load. Would not own a large truck camper without them.

James E - 01/09/2015

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by: Robert N07/09/2016

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


It was an easy install and everything fit OK. I removed the spare tire to make it easy. I had to slightly bend the brake hose bracket on both sides and another bracket just slightly to clear the rear spring clamp at the bottom of the spring. I carry my 1,400 pound Honda Pioneer 700 and pull my travel trailer with a 400 pound hitch weight. I have your weight distribution hitch for some of the hitch weight. 270021



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by: Steve C.08/06/2016

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Fast delivery. I suggest a "do it yourselfer" watch a couple of the You Tube videos before starting up on this, also have a helper which makes things easier while you're under the vehicle. I have a 2016 F250 with an underbed 5th wheel rail system from Reese. The driver's side rail was not a problem as it had an access hole for the DEF tank bracket bolt. The passenger side rail presented a complication in that the 3/4 inch bolt would strike the rail when installed to secure the top bracket. This was solved by my neighbor/helper who donated several 3/4 inch washers which when installed on the bolt before installation took up the needed distance on the bolt to keep it from contacting the trailer hitch side rail. (see photo) The bags are inflated in the photo to about 10-15 lbs. I took a ride on a local country road with plenty of curves. Normally the truck would tend to roll to the outside in the curves. The bags did a great job of minimizing any roll even when inflated with minimal pressure. I am anxious to see how the bags affect my towing experience when I'm loaded to almost max weight with 5th wheel tongue weight and an auxiliary fuel tank. 280563



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by: William S.03/30/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


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I really like the product. I have hauled a gooseneck several times in the past year with five horses in it and it performed well beyond my expectations. Very pleased.

William S - 04/06/2015

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- F2299

by: Tom10/21/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


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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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05 Dodge 3/4 ton. Makes a big difference in handling with a camper. I run 5 lbs when unloaded and 15 lbs to haul a ton of pellets for the stove. No sag what so ever.

Tom - 10/27/2014

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- F2250

by: Veterancowboy08/07/2013

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


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

Rachael H - 9/5/2014




- F2407

by: Terry B05/21/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


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Working great! Added an on-board compressor to the unit and use it to tow Travel Trailer. Does not get a LOT of use, but when it does, its great!

Terry B - 05/23/2015

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- F2525

by: Bill T.04/30/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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



- F2528

by: Craig09/04/2015

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Product is well engineered but difficult to install doing to the limited room. The disc that goes into the joust bumper holder needs to be looked at. the joust holder has a radiused upper edge while the disc has a square corner. a radius had to be ground on the upper edge of the disc to get it to fit. Other than this all parts fit well, brackets lined up. Kit was put on a 2015 silverado 2500hd 6.6 liter duramax. definitely a 2 man job due to the limited access. overall a good product 224103


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after using for a year my only comment would be the slow air leaks I have. Have been unable to find them to date but not a deal breaker

Craig - 09/12/2016

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- F2525

by: John09/17/2015

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Haven't had a chance to install but the bags were delivered very quickly. The install video that Etrailer has on them is great. Worth the look. 226147


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Im still happy with the air bags. I do a lot of towing. From a camper to horse trailers. After hooking up either trailer I just add in the right of air and its a noticeable difference. I did add a T-fitting to add air at the same time to the bags. I own and drive tractor trailers and knew air bags are the way to go with my little 150. The Firestone product has held up and did recommend them who asked about them when they saw them. Also told them where I got them.

John - 09/21/2016

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- F2528

by: Tim Rogers04/23/2016

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


The Firestone Ride Rite was repackaged by etrailer and not shipped in the original manufactures shipping box. Heat shield was damaged considerably during shipping; bent, gouged and scratched. I straightened out the heat shield with a rubber mallet and anvil. Still scratched up but serviceable. I was able to file the rough edges. Everything else was fine. Installation and instructions very straight forward. The final assembly and installation came out very nice. I'm very pleased with the product and would highly recommend. I haven't hauled my new fifth wheel trailer yet and therefore have not had the chance to verify how well it levels and rides. I anticipate having to play around with air pressure to adjust the ride height and ride. Once air pressures are determined for a specific load, it just a matter of setting the pressure that works best for the load. I expect it to work perfectly and possibly improve my ride. This product was installed on a 2013 GMC Sierra Denali 3500 HD 4x4. Great fit. 4 out of 5 stars for packaging/shipping/damage. 246592



- F2299

by: Ken10/12/2015

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Installation was simple. Product performance is excellent. Instructions and video es very simple to follow. I also ordered the air line "T" so I only have one line at the back to air up the bags. Put 45#s of air in the bags then loaded a round bale of hay on, see pics 229764


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Working out great! I pull a horse trailer and loads of cattle . No failure in the last 12 months

Ken - 10/11/2016

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- F2407

by: Shaun L03/10/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I installed the air bags and changed both shocks in less then 2 hours!! They went in perfect and the instructions were great. I do think the best part was the online video of the install!! Thanks Great product 120095


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Well its been -40C up here in Ontario and these air bags are holding up just great!! Ive loaded my truck with would and put the bags to 50psi and the truck was level and the ride was just like there was nothing in the box. Ive also been able to add electric brake and tow and large trailer with a small pickup on it!!! Great product!!

Shaun L - 03/11/2015

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- F2299

by: Roy D.02/09/2016

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


These were installed on a 2012 Dodge 3500 DRW Crew Cab Laramie 4x4 with the 6.7 turbo diesel. I received my air shocks as expected. Very happy with that. Installation was easy and pretty straight forward. I only had two issues with the install. The first was installing both upper brackets after the axle bumpers are removed. This is a metric bolt, 10mm x 1.5p and somehow, I managed to cross thread all four of them. The first two bolts, drivers side, I did get in but the passenger side required the use of a tap and die to fix the threads on the bolt and to chase the threads on the mounting point. The second issue was both air lines leaked where the air line fitting screwed into the top of the air bag. I couldn't tighten them down enough to get them to stop leaking (the loctite that comes on these fittings just wasn't doing the trick) but a little bit of white teflon tape sealed them up tight. Overall, I'm very happy with how easy they were to install. Now, to hook up my 5er and take it for a spin. 237391



- F2299

by: F1Joe09/10/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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



- F2299

by: Martin-Hutchinson, KS12/07/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I purchased an air bag suspension system (F2299) and a front hitch (65063) for my truck. Installation of the air bag suspension system was very simple and quick by following the video (excellent aid by the way; I praise e-Trailer to continue including installation videos, it helps a lot). I barely glanced at the instructions, and was just to ensure the order was completed (even though I never received orders with missing/defective parts from e-trailer). I am not in a any way a weekend mechanic or nothing similar, just an average car-truck owner with a bare minimum tools in my shed. Front Hitch installation was very simple too, even though I had to remove front grill to gain easy access to remove or fasten top bolts. Installed both parts in my 2011 Ram 2500 4x4. I'm just waiting the moment to hit the road towing a 34 ft camper to see how it handles. shipping, technical and sales services have been excellent over the years I've been buying from e-Trailer. 163526



- F2525

by: Rob B05/06/2013

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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


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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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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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- F2407

by: Wyatt S.09/26/2015

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Product arrived quickly. These air helper springs look very well made. They were relatively easy to install. The difficulties I had were related to the equipment and tools I had (or didn't). I only had hand tools. So the install took a lot longer than suggested. All the parts fit and matched up without interfering with any parts on the vehicle. We'll see how they stand up to use over time. 227862


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No problems. Springs still working great.

Wyatt S - 09/25/2016

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- F2582

by: Bob08/06/2015

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This is not my first purchase with etrailer. Prices and quality are always the best. Customer service is top notch. Very helpful and polite. Firestone Air bags are No.1! Great company! 217154


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Bad pa winters. Salt. Bad roads. Towing 18k pounds plus. Flawless performance. These air bags also with just a few pounds in them when not towing make a world of difference in handling. Great product! Bought them for my 36 class A motorhome too!

Bob - 08/05/2016

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- F2430

by: Bill B.04/03/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


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Great tip. Im getting ready to install mine and would have had to figure this out. Thanks.

comment by: Jeremy B - 12/03/2014


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- F2250

by: cdave08/25/2015

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Pretty easy to install. Instructions could be better. As usual, the next time would take half the time. 2009 3500 single axle Silverado duramax now seems to ride better without load. Will check it out under load soon. Would recommend 221562


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Easy install. Cant believe I pulled my 5th wheel for years without these. Ride saver. No more broken dinner ware etc. great.

cdave - 08/24/2016

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- F2430

by: Peter R08/10/2015

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Is air bangs seem to be of good quality. They were easy to install. I was happy to see that there was a bracket included for the air fill valves. I did not want to drill holes in my new bumper! 218305


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The airbags work so good I do not have to use sway bars when I pulled my 35 foot camper.

Peter R - 08/10/2016

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- F2560

by: Roger M07/07/2015

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


received in 3 days from order and on time. Now installed. Only thing I needed was a T fitting so I could use only one filler line. Understand its available but I didn't see it when ordering, installer had one in stock however 209894


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good, good addition , works as advertized

Roger M - 07/06/2016

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- F2445

by: Brianm10/02/2016

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I have ordered two other times from etrailer and including this time all have exceeded expectation. I love the quick and frequent communication on the status of the order. Very clear and concise updates let you know where things are every step of the way. The site also has great reviews that helped me decide what part met my needs and then when I went to install the part the step by step video made it a breeze. The air bags themselves work well and were very easy to install. Took about 3 hours total with setup and cleanup included. After the initial ride I am happy with the results. I have not yet had my travel trailer hooked up, but I will by the end of the month and I expect big improvements in ride. Thanks again for a great customer experience. 302518



- F2528

by: Shawn P.08/22/2012

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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

by: Eucario Ruiz04/16/2014

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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

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  • Recommended Underbed Gooseneck Hitch and Air Bags for a 2001 F-350 Dually Crew Cab Diesel 4x4
  • I recommend the Curt gooseneck hitch # C60720 for your 2001 F350 Crew Cab. This underbed gooseneck hitch has a 30,000 pound GTW and 7,500 pound tongue weight. I recommend Firestone rear air helper springs # F2550 as they will increase safety and reduce the strain on your Ford F-350 Crew Cab when you are hauling heavy loads or towing a heavy trailer. Furthermore, the gooseneck hitch # C60720 and air helper springs # F2550 will co-exist fine together. I included a couple FAQ's and...
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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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  • 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 Firestone Air Bag Suspension Kit F2550 Fit 2013 Ford F-250 with B and W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
  • The B and W Turnover gooseneck hitch for the 2013 Ford F-250, # BWGNRK1111, has brackets that mount to the outsides of the frame rails on the truck. Firestone air bags # F2550 uses brackets that mount on the insides of the frame rails and require a bolt that goes through the frame to the outside. The B and W brackets also use this same hole and it is permissible to install the air bag using this same mounting hole and one bolt to secure the center part of the hitch bracket and the air...
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