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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.



2550 Firestone Ride Rite Air Bags - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle






Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.3 out of 5 stars   (4 Customer Reviews)




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Daryl A.03/14/2014

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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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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John D07/05/2013

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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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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Les B12/06/2012

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Great turn around time from order placement In fact so fast I havent had time to install60794



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve03/18/2013

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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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  • 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. I have in
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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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  • 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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  • 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 Under-
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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 kit
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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 of t
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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 lbs whic
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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 provide m
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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 in
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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 on you
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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 motorcycl
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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 bag br
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Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Accessories


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Test Fit:
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