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Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2012 Ford F-250

Today, on our 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty, we're going to take a look at, and also show you how to install, the Firestone Ride-Rite Double Convoluted Airbags for the rear axle. Part number is F2550. Before we make any modifications to the truck, we're going to record our factory ride height. We're going to measure right into the inside top edge of both the rear fender and the front fender. We're going to write those down. Looks like here at the rear of the truck, we're going to have about 41-1/4 inches.


Air Lift WirelessAIR Compressor System Installation - 2013 Ford F-250

Today on our 2013 Ford F-250 we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Air Lift Wireless Air Compressor System for Air Helper Springs which features a wireless remote control, part number AL72000. Now I'm going to show you this wireless remote in action. We hit a button to wake it up. We've got these arrows indicating that it functions both rear tires, or both rear air bags, I'm sorry. If we hit this up button it'll bump it up, up to 15 PSI. Now you can see it, it's raising it.


Firestone Air Command II Compressor & Air Tank Installation - 2008 GMC Sierra

Today on our 2008 GMC Sierra 2500 were going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Firestone Air Command II. This is a heavy duty compressor and air tank offering dual function and a maximum psi rating of 150 lbs. The part number is F2168. Our gauge is going to allow us to keep monitor and check our pressures. As you can see we can bring these right down to our minimum operating range or then also because we have that tank you can see we can fill individually and you can really see how quickly it really engages. Most of the time wed be sitting here for quite a while trying to get up to what were at now about 40 psi but with that 120 psi in that tank it really helps to take care of that. A great thing is for off center load were going to have full adjustability of that.


Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2015 Ford F-150

Today we'll be having a look at the Firestone Ride Right Air Helper Springs. Part number F2582 on our 2015 Ford F-150. All right, to start let's go ahead and get some ride measurements here under the right height with the truck in the stock configuration with no actual weight in the bed. On the front in the center line of the wheel going straight up to top of the wheel arch here we're looking at about 37 1/2 inches. On the back, once again following the center line of the wheel up to the top of the wheel arch we're looking about 39 1/2 inches. Now with those measurements let's go ahead and get some weight in the back of the truck bed. Let's go ahead and get some measurements here to show the difference between the stock suspension with nothing in it and the stock suspension with a heavy load.


Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs Installation - 2015 Ram 2500

Today on this 2015 Ram 2500, we're going to be installing the Firestone ride right air helper springs, part number F2580. These air helper springs will help with taming the load in the rear of your truck by keeping it more level and reducing the strain caused by heavy loads such as campers, construction equipment, or heavy tools. The simple instructions help make them easier to install. The bags themselves have adjustable air pressure settings from 5 to 100 PSI. These will not increase your weight carrying capacity so you want to be sure to double check your manufacturer's weight limit. Before we start our installation, let's get a measurement to see how high the rear of our truck sits unloaded. It's about 43 and a quarter inches. Let's also get a measurement to see where the front sits.


Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2008 GMC Sierra

Today on our 2008 GMC Sierra 2500, we're going to be showing you how to install the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs using the double convoluted design for the rear axle. Part number is F-2-2-5-5-0. All right. Now, we'll head out to the test course. As you can see, before our suspension enhancement, we've got a lot of side to side or what they call body roll. This is causing the weight transfer to the outside of our corner, pulling up the inside of our vehicle.


Roadmaster Active Suspension Kit Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Roadmaster Active Suspension Kit. This is part number RAS4611. Now, before we begin our installation, let's get a few measurements for reference. We're going to go the wheel well, right here on the front and the back, just so we can get our ride height established. It looks like here in the rear we've got about 39 1/4. The front is about 35 1/2.


Firestone Coil Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

Today, on our 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Firestone Coil-Rite Air Helper Springs for the rear axle, part number F4170. Here's what they look like once they're installed. As you can see, they're going to fit inside your coil spring. These are going to help support your loads up to 500 pounds, but it's not going to increase the load capacity of your vehicle so you want to make sure you want to still stay within your manufacture's specifications for what your vehicle's able to haul. Going to have one hole to drill. It's going to be through where jounce bumper originally mounted to allow our air line to come out. The bag is going to squeeze in between your springs, and you'll just run your lines to the back of your vehicle. You'll have separate airing ports so if you have a vehicle sling to one side with your load on it, you can have it up on that one side and level your vehicle out, therefore improving your handling and your ride. Now, we've went ahead and loaded up our vehicle on our cargo carrier about 300 pounds.


Air Lift LoadLifter Air Helper Springs Installation - 2015 Ford F-350

Today on our 2105 Ford F-350, we're going to show you how to install the air lift LoadLifter 5,000 ultimate air helper springs with internal jounce bumpers. These are going to be for the rear axle. Part number is AL888396. The first thing we're going to do is get a couple measurements for comparison. We're going to get the inside top edge of both the front and the rear fender, here. Looks like in the rear, going to have about 35 3/4. On the front we're about 39 3/4.


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Vehicle Suspension Questions and Answers

  • Recommended Air Pressure of Firestone Ride Rite Air Springs # F2071 on Dodge Ram 3500 Dually
  • Other than saying that the air bags need to be kept between 5 and 100 psi, Firestone does not offer much in the way of specifics. The instructions mention that as a general rule of thumb, 1 psi will support approximately 40 lbs of load. Your best bet is to use enough pressure to level the vehicle, and then adjust plus or minus according to your personal preference. You can do this with the 5th wheel in place, and for the unloaded scenario. Keep in mind that using an air bag suspension...
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  • Firestone Air Bag Suspension Enhancement for a 2014 Chevy Silverado LTZ Z71
  • The axle your version of the 2014 Chevy Silverado would be the Z71 rear axle and that should also be a 4 wheel drive model. The proper kit for a 1500 would be # F2430 that you have referenced. But if it happens to be a 2500 or 3500 then you would need to use # F2528. I have linked videos to the right showing typical installations for you. Also, if you do not want to manually fill the air bags every time you can install a Level Command II kit, # F2219, which will allow you to fill/remove...
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  • How To Tell What Size Firestone Lift Spacers Are Needed On A Truck With A 6 Inch Lift Kit
  • To determine what size lift spacer to use on your vehicle with Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs, measure the distance between the upper and lower brackets of your air helper spring kit, and whether the kit mounts on the leaf spring or the axle. The spacer needs to be the same length as the amount of lift applied to the axle on which the air helper spring is installed. The axle mount kit would have the lower bracket mounted to the axle. The leaf mount kit would have the lower bracket mounted...
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  • Can Firestone Air Helper Springs be Used with Existing Reese Fifth Wheel Hitch Kit on a 2013 F-250
  • The Timbren Rear Suspension Kit # TFR250SDG is recommended for use with your 2013 Ford F-250, due to the the fact that the Timbren Springs mount in the exact same location as the factory installed jounce springs and would not interfere with the Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rail and Installation Fifth Wheel kit # RP50073-58. The Firestone Ride Rite Air Helper Springs # F2535 that you mentioned, are possible to use in conjunction with the Reese 5th Wheel Custom Install Bracket # RP50073-58....
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  • Helper Springs for a 2014 Ram 2500 Diesel with 5th Wheel Prep Package
  • For a 2014 Ram 2500 the only Timbren system that is listed is # TDR2500D. The other one you mentioned, # TDRTT3500D, is designed for 3500 models and is rated much higher that you would need at 12,000 pounds. System # TDR2500D is rated for 8,600 pounds but considering that the pin weight of the trailer will be much lower than this that 8,600 pounds is more than enough. The springs install on the bottoms of the truck frame rails so they will not interfere with the 5th wheel prep package...
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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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  • Towing Capacity of a 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0 Double Cab 4x4 with Factory Tow Package
  • I can help you out, no problem. What you are going to want to look at is the towing capacities of the truck. You need to know the gross combined weight rating. This is the most the vehicle, including cargo and occupants, plus the trailer can weigh. This information is usually in the owners manual or on a sticker in the door jamb. Looking at an online copy of the owners manual the 4 liter V6 model of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma with 4-wheel drive could have one of several capacities depending...
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  • How to Remove the Air Hose for the Firestone Sport-Rite Air Helper Springs
  • I made a short video for you showing you how to remove the air hose from the air line fittings on your Sport-Rite air helper springs. The main thing to remember is to have the collar on the fitting pushed down when removing the air hose. It may take a little elbow grease to remove, but it should release if the collar is held down.
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  • Air Lift or Helper Spring Recommendation for a 2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Towing a Camper Trailer
  • The product that will work best for you will depend on how you will be using your truck and why you are looking for a suspension enhancement system. If you are looking to level your truck because you do a lot of hauling with varying load weights and tow the trailer occasionally then the air bags would work well. I would recommend using the Air Lift LoadLifter air springs, # AL57298, for 2 wheel drive or, # AL57390 for 4 wheel drive models of the 2000 F250. I recommend these air bags...
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  • Suspension Enhancement, 5th Wheel and Gooseneck Hitches for a 2011 Ford F-250 Diesel Long Bed 2WD
  • Yes, your 2011 Ford F-250 does certainly have the prep package installed. If the gooseneck ball was not included then you will need ball kit # RP30137 or # C60601. For a 5th wheel hitch you can use any of the following hitches that fit directly into the 4 pucks: Reese Elite Series hitch # RP30142 (18K), # RP30143 (25K) B&W Companion hitch # BWRVK3300 Or any of these Curt hitches: # C16530-16017, # C16520-16017, # C16515-16017, or # C16545-16017 For suspension enhancement I actually...
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  • Location to Install Air Lift # AL25870 Wireless ONE Compressor System on 2009 Chevy Silverado
  • According to my Air Lift representative, you CAN install the compressor on that battery tray in the engine compartment if you wish, but please know that if you do so the high-heat environment of the engine compartment will significantly shorten the life of the compressor. Installing the compressor in that location will also negate the warranty coverage. My Air Lift rep has the same exact compressor kit on his truck, and he installed his compressor on the inboard side of the truck frame...
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  • Air Bag Helper Springs and Compressor Kit for a 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 with 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • You can use AirLift helper springs # AL88338 on your 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 with the Reese 5th wheel installation kit # RP56001-53 installed. But you will need to follow the alternate instructions on the bottom of page 7 in the linked instructions. The air bags will work well when towing the 5th wheel trailer or carrying heavy loads in the bed and if you add a remote compressor system it will be easy to dial in the ride quality and support that best fits your needs. The Wireless air...
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  • How to Smooth Out the Ride Quality of a 2008 Allegro Motorhome Built on a Ford F-53 Chassis
  • I spoke with my contacts at the suspension enhancement manufacturers we carry and they recommend you upgrade the front and rear sway bars, go with a steering stabilizer, and use a rear axle track bar for your 2008 Allegro motorhome that is build on a F-53 chassis to improve the ride quality. For a rear sway bar you would want the part # RM-1139-143, front sway bar part # RM-1139-140, steering stabilizer part # RM-RBK9-RSSA and then for a rear track bar part # TT2400. After you install...
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  • Timbren or SumoSprings Recommendation for a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • Because the Timbrens like part # TGMRCK25D that you referenced have a reputation as having kind of a harsh unloaded ride quality I would recommend the SumoSprings part # SSR-207-47 since you will get the same support without as harsh of a ride when the vehicle is unloaded. I attached an FAQ on Timbrens for you to check out as well.
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  • Recommended Air Bags and Compressor Kit for 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty 6.7 Diesel Towing 5th Wheel
  • Adding a set of rear axle air bags and an in-cab compressor/controller to your F-250 diesel will give you the convenience of easy adjustment to your rear suspension when towing your 5th wheel. For your 2011 F-250 diesel I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit # F2535 which is intended for both 2WD and 4WD diesels. I linked an installation video for this kit showing it in a 2012 F-250. Since your application is towing (not cargo) you can use a less-costly single-path...
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  • Best Way to Prevent Sagging Suspension When Towing a Trailer
  • For sag from towing a trailer the best recommendation I can make is actually a weight distribution system. Suspension enhancement will help level your truck while towing. But the advantage to a weight distribution system is that it levels the vehicle by distributing the tongue weight of the trailer up to the front axle of the vehicle as well. This will help greatly with handling and braking, especially in an emergency situation. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is...
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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. 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 Air Springs, # F2550. The Timbren springs and the Ride-Rite kit that I mentioned...
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  • Which Timbren Rear Axle Suspension Kit Fits 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie With HD Rear Coil Springs
  • The Timbren Rear Axle Suspension Kit you referenced, part # TDR2500CA, does not come up in our fit guide for your 2014 Ram 2500 Laramie. This kit is specified for Ram 2500s up through the 2013 model year. According to my contact at Timbren the correct kit for your 2500 Laramie is their new kit # TDR2500D. If your application is for a constant load (a camper or welder in the truck at all times) then you could use the # TDRTT3500D.
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  • Rear Axle Suspension Kit Recommendation for 2013 Ram 1500 Quad Cab with Coil Springs
  • The Timbren rear axle jounce spring kit you referenced, part # TDR1500DQ, is a fit for your 2013 Ram 1500 Quad Cab. This rear axle kit fits both 2WD and 4WD models. There are several types of rear axle kits available for your Ram 1500. These include rubber jounce springs like the Timbrens, air bag kits from AirLift and Firestone, and coil springs such as the SuperSprings Sumo urethane coil helper springs. The link provided will take you to our page showing all of these products. The...
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  • Front and Rear Sway Bar Recommendation for a 2015 GeorgetownXL 377 on a 2014 Ford F53
  • We get similar questions pretty frequently and we have found that first going with a rear sway bar upgrade will give you the best improvement and then next you would want to upgrade the front sway bar for further improvement. So for a rear sway bar you would want the part # 1139-144 since your coach is 37 feet long. If you still need more then you would want the front part # RM-1139-140 as well.
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