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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.
Firestone Ride-Rite springs are designed to increase safety and reduce the strain on your vehicle when you are hauling heavy loads or towing a heavy trailer. The springs partner with your existing rear suspension system to help keep your vehicle level, maintain even load distribution and increase stability. Hauling heavy loads or towing a heavy trailer can make the rear of your vehicle 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 vehicle and improve braking and handling. The air springs also help to level your headlight beams and reduce wear on your tires.
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 vehicle 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 vehicle's bumper to provide easy access to the manual inflation valves.
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 vehicle. 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.
Video of Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle
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installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Today on our 2005 Chevy Silverado we'll be installing the Firestone Ride Right Air Helper Springs, part number F2250. To begin our install, we'll first need to remove the manufacturers joust bumper. Then we'll need to remove the joust bumper bracket. To remove the joust bumper we'll remove the nut that secures it to the bracket. With the joust bumper removed we'll go ahead and remove the bracket, which is secured with two additional nuts. Note some applications, you'll be able to remove the bracket without having to remove the joust bumper.
Now with the joust bumper and bracket removed we'll go ahead and start pre-assembling part of our air bag. starting on the driver's side we'll go ahead and pre-assemble the airbag. For the upper bracket on the driver's side, we'll install the three-eighths by inch and a half bolt into the shorter side of the bracket into the bracket hole marked L. We'll then attach the upper bracket to the top of the airbag. To attach it to the airbag we'll remove the thread covers and then install the bracket over the post of the airbag, securing it with the three-eighths lock nuts.
Now with the upper bracket secured to the airbag we'll need to install the airbag inlet fitting. To do this, we'll remove the rubber plug and then thread the airbag fitting into position. Then we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Note, when completing tightening it down the airbag inlet will face the inside of the vehicle. Next, we'll need to secure the lower bracket to the airbag.
For our application, we'll be using the three-eighths by three-quarter flange bolt. This will secure the lower bracket to the bottom of the airbag. As we install this bolt we'll do it finger-tight at this time. Now we're ready to go ahead and put the airbag assembly into position on the vehicle. We'll squeeze the airbag together slightly and then put the lower bracket and upper bracket into position.
The upper bracket will line up with the joust bumper bracket holes in the frame. We'll bring the forward fastener, put it through the upper bracket, and then through the pre-drilled hole in the frame. To secure these two fasteners, we'll use the three-eighths large flat washers and three-eighths lock nuts. Once we have them installed finger-tight we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Next, we'll install the bale clamp. It'll go around the lead spring pack and into the lower bracket attachment points. Again, secure with the three-eighths lock nuts. Now that we have those tightened down, we'll take the three-eighths carriage bolts and feed them through the lower bracket past the airbag. With our carriage bolts in place, we'll go ahead and install the bracket clamp. We will go underneath the axle, through the carriage bolt, and secure it with three-eighths nuts. Once installed we can go ahead and tighten it down. Now that we have the airbag secured in position, at both upper and lower brackets, we'll need to make sure the airbag is straight up and down. Once we have it straight we can go ahead and tighten down the flange bolt that we installed going through the lower bracket into the airbag. Next, we'll go ahead and check the clearance of the airbag. We'll need a minimum of a half inch clearance all the way around for proper usage of the airbag. On this application, the parking brake cable is within our minimum clearance so we'll use a zip tie to secure it to the upper bracket. We're going to go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side with one exception. As we assemble the upper bracket, we'll install the heat shield to protect the airbag from the vehicle's exhaust. Now with both airbags installed we'll need to run the lines and inflation valves. To start we'll go ahead and select a suitable location for our inflation valves. On this application, we're going to go to the right and left of the rear license plate. Once we measure it out so that we're even on both sides we'll go ahead and drill out the hole. Make sure it's just large enough to fit the inflation valve through. Then, to install the inflation valve we'll install five-sixtenths flat washer onto the inflation valve and feed it from the back of the bumper out. We'll install another five-sixteenths flat washer and the five-sixteenths nut. Once installed we can go ahead and tighten it down. With both the air inflation valves installed we're ready to begin running the line. Keep in mind, when running your line you want to stay away from moving components - such as steering or suspension - or excessive heat, such as exhaust. We'll also make sure that we don't kink or crimp the line, especially when cutting. Then, we'll install the thermal sleeve onto the air tubing and the air tubing into the valve of the airbag. Now we'll go ahead and continue running the line. In this application, we're going to run it inside the frame channel following the manufacturer's wiring here on the driver's side. As we route the line, we'll go ahead and secure it with the zip ties provided. Once we've reached the inflation valve at the back of the bumper, we'll go ahead and mark it and cut off the excess tubing. It's best to use a tubing cutter like the Firestone Tubing Cutter, part number F9009. This will assist in creating a clean, square cut and not crimp the line. Then we can go ahead and install the line into the back of the inflation valve. Now with the driver side complete we'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. With both sides installed we're now ready to go ahead and test our new airbag system. To do this we'll go ahead and install approximately 50 psi of air into the system at each inflation valve. Then, using some soapy water solution we'll go ahead and spray each one of our connection points - one at the airbag and one at the back of the inflation valve at the bumper - to make sure we've got a good, tight seal. With the soapy solution we should not see any bubbles other than what's created with the spray. Now that we're checked we're ready to go. That does if for the install of the Firestone Ride Right Air Helper Springs - part number F2250 - and our Firestone Tubing cutter - part number F9009 - on our 2005 Chevy Silverado.
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (14 Customer Reviews)
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
by: Daryl M07/18/2013
Easy install. Took about two hours. Was impressed with the fast shipping. I live within 100 miles of warehouse and ordered at 3 pm one afternoon and it was delivered to my door at 9:30 the next morning. Seems to be a great product90315
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
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
by: Marvin J02/16/2011
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. thanks7291
Seems like a quality product. Took about 6 hours to install. 86531
by: Ryan S.05/10/2013
easy install 79762
by: christopher j11/23/2012
work well on truck very friendlyand helpfull service also from etrailer. fast shipping to thanks59946
by: Brian H.10/16/2012
Great service, quick delivery, great product, I had it installed in 4 hours by myself, the installation info and videos really helped out, I will use etrailer.com for future purchases......Thanks.57407
by: Dink B.08/31/2012
Excellant product. No mods needed on my 05 Silverado 2500HD. Took about 2 1/2 hours total in my driveway. Springs are very strong. They will pick the truck up while hooked to a camper. I am more than satisfied!!53646
by: Randy H.08/20/2012
Thank you, my product was shipped and received on time and exactly as stated. Installation was a snap. Service was excellent52379
by: R Cole08/04/2012
Product works just as advertised, great customer service...50506
by: Kurt W.05/14/2012
great fit like it should ,one hour and done in the driveway .40429
by: James B05/08/2012
Great website, easy to order, prompt delivery. They also offer assistance on installation with video or diagram and instructions. Product took about 2 hrs to install. Works great with no problems and very easy to install. Thank you. 39732
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