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We offer a complete selection of both rubber spring and air ride suspension enhancement systems from Firestone, Air Lift, Super Springs, and Timbren. These kits are custom fit to your vehicle for an easy installation. They can offer either a progressive suspension enhancement or an adjustable level of suspension depending on your system and the types of loads you carry.

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Air Lift LoadLifter Air Helper Springs Installation - 2012 Ford F-250

Today on this 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty we're going to review and install the Air Lift Loadlifter 5000, part number AL88396. A few things to know about our Loadlifter system is that it does have a capacity rated for 5,000 pounds. This does not increase your weight carrying capacity, so double check your suspension rating on your vehicle to make sure you can handle that kind of load. Now on the inside of each spring, has jounce springs built into it. This engages a lower air pressure to better absorb your road shock and minimize bottoming out. Before we get started with our install, we'll go ahead and put some weight in the back of our truck and see how much it sags the truck down. We'll go ahead and take a look at the suspension as it works with the load without the air bags in place.


SuperSprings Vehicle Suspension SSR-312-54 Review

Today we're going to take a look at the SumoSprings Solo Custom Helper Springs for the rear axle. This is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 2015 and newer Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks and the 2015 and newer Ram 3500 cabin chassis vehicles. On a custom fit part, I always like to recommend for you to go our website, use our fit guide, put in your year and model vehicle and it will show you if this will work for your application. These helper springs will upgrade your vehicle's rear suspension for improved driver control and comfort, they'll help keep your vehicle level when you're towing or hauling a heavy load. They'll also help to absorb any bumps and shocks and help minimize sway. They are a progressive load control, basically means the springs will compress according to the weight of the cargo on them. If it's a lighter load on the spring, it will compress easily at first for nice soft engagement and a less bumpy ride. If there's a heavier load on them, it will compress by as much as 80% to give you that extra support.


Timbren Vehicle Suspension TABSTRFK Review

Today we're going to take a look at the Timbren Active Off-Road Bump Stops for rear suspension with a 3,600 pound weight capacity. This is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 2005 and newer Toyota Tacoma vehicles and on a custom fit part I always like to recommend for you to go to our website, use our fit guide, put in your year and model vehicle and it'll show you if this will work for your application. These bump stops will provide you with greater control of your vehicle's suspension travel. They are designed to maximize the axle travel and they do enhance your rear suspension performance. They do use these progressive rate springs, which means that instead of a nice hard stop at the end of your axle travel, the axle energy will be absorbed when it's bottoming out, which will produce a nice smooth predictable and quiet axle engagement and disengagement. The progressive rubber springs absorb the harsh jolt at the end of the axle travel, giving you a nice gentle ride the whole time and they do absorb energy and cushion any road shocks.


Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs Installation - 2016 Ram 2500

Today on our 2016 Ram 2500, we're going to show you how to install the Firestone Ride Rite Double Convoluted Air Helper Springs for the rear axle. The part number is F2580. Now before we begin our installation, we're going to get a couple of measurements here inside the rear wheel well and the front wheel wells, so we have them for reference. It looks like we're right at about 43 1/2 here on the back and about 40 1/4 here in the front. Now we've loaded about 175 gallons of water in the back here, just to simulate either 5th wheel or gooseneck weight here, or a trailer load on the back and let's see what we've got now as far as measurements. It's like we're down here about 2 inches to 41 1/2 and we've come up about 1/4 inch here in the front to 40 1/2. All right, we got the same load in the back of the truck now, just a bit more wet out here this afternoon, so we're going to use our inflater here.


Air Lift Ride Rear Helper Springs Installation - 2016 Ford F-150

Today on our 2016 Ford F-150, we'll be taking a look at and installing the air lift control air helper springs for the rear axle, part number AL59570. Now's here what our air bag kit looks like installed. This air bag kit will offer us a low leveling capacity up to 2,000 pounds. Now, these air bags are adjustable anywhere from 5 to 100 PSI depending on what you need. If you have a little bit of weight in the bed, you'll need less air. If you have a lot of weight in the bed, you'll need more air. These will help maintain all your handling characteristics as far as your steering, your braking, and will also help keep your headlight level close to stock.


Best 2007 Toyota Tacoma Suspension Options

Today on our 2007 Toyota Tacoma, we'll be looking at our best suspension enhancement options. We have four suspension enhancement options here today. These are all for the rear on our Toyota Tacoma. Now, our Firestone air bag kit is part number F2407, and these will support up to 3,200 pounds of weight. This set of springs right here is the Timbren Suspension Enhancement System Springs, part number TTORTUN4L. Now, these will support up to 3,000 pounds of additional weight. They are designed for vehicles that have three leaf springs on each side in the rear suspension.



Firestone Vehicle Suspension F8616 Review

Today we're going to take a look at the Firestone Work-Rite Front Axle Custom Helper Springs Kits. This is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 2005 and newer Ford F250 and F350 trucks. On a custom fit part I always like to recommend go to our website, use our fit guide. Put in your year model vehicle and it will show you if this will work for your application. This kit will help improve suspension, handling, and loaded ride comfort for trucks that carry snowplow attachments, winches, or other heavy front mounted equipment. It does increase the stability and minimizes the sway from any wind gusts or rough roads.


Air Lift Load Controller Compressor System Installation - 2014 Ford F-150

Today in our 2014 Ford F-150, we'll be installing the Air Lift Load Controller Compressor System for Air Helper Springs, part number AL25854. Having a compressor like this is a lot faster and more convenient way to monitor and maintain the pressures in your airbags. You don't have to get out of your vehicle and use a air chuck and air-up the bags manually using the Schrader valves that we have in the back of the truck, although we do have one mounted on the back of our vehicle in case we have a problem with our system. We can actually check the air pressure there or add more or take it out if we need to. That's a nice feature about it. You can do it both ways. You may notice that our gauge has a nice, white backlit display, so it'll be easy to see in all lighting conditions.


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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rear Suspension Enhancement System for a 2000 Ford F-250 4x4 Towing Gooseneck Trailer
  • The best rear suspension enhancement product for your 2000 Ford F-250 is going to depend on a couple things. First, how your gooseneck hitch is attached to the frame of your truck and second, whether you prefer adjustable air springs or fixed rubber springs. For an air spring system, I recommend installing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2550, that you referenced. This system is compatible with most gooseneck and fifth wheel hitches and have been tested for up to 5,000...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Diameter, Maximum and Minimum Height for Air Bags in Firestone Ride-Rite System # F2071
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Firestone Ride-Rite system # F2071. When fully collapsed and no air in the system it measures 2-3/4 inches not counting the valves on the top. Please note that you should always have at least 5 psi in the springs up to 100 psi. When in its regular state the bags will not expand much beyond how they come in the box. They are 6 inches tall again not counting the valves. And finally, the diameter is 5-3/4 inches. Use these measurements as guides...
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  • Compatibility of Timbren Jounce Spring Kit TGMRG25C with Lift Kit in 2009 Chevy Express 1500
  • The Traxda lift kit 404045 is specified as providing a 3-inch lift in front and a 1-inch lift in the rear. In this case you will need to add a 1-inch spacer # A25723-90AH00 to each jounce spring in the Timbren kit # TGMRG25C. You may need to locally source a longer bolt to accommodate the spacer.
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  • Best Suspension Helper Springs for a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4 with 2 Inch Block Lift
  • If the blocks on your 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 lift just the body and not the suspension then you can still use Firestone air bags # F2430. If it is a suspension lift then they would not fit properly. The suspension can still travel but depending on how much air pressure is in the bags it will not travel as much. The more air the less travel. What I recommend if the truck has a suspension lift is to use SuperSprings # SSA8MTKT or # SSA5MTKT (for stock leaf spring stacks above the...
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  • Reducing Rear End Squat when Towing Trailer with 2014 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 2x4
  • Normally weight distribution is the best option when squat is caused by a coupled trailer. But since the manufacturer of the trailer specifically said not to use it the next best option would be suspension enhancement for your 2014 Ram 1500. I do recommend the Timbren springs # TDR1500DQ because they do work well. They may allow the suspension to travel some before they engage but the squat should be reduced if not eliminated. I have included a link to a video showing installation of...
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  • Replacement Upper and Lower Mounting Brackets for Firestone # F2299 Ride-Rite Air Spring Kit
  • It sounds like what you're needing is the Firestone Replacement Bracket Kit for the # F2299 Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs. The part number for the bracket kit is part # F2479. This will provide 2 upper brackets, two lower brackets, two upper braces and the necessary hardware. Firestone offers the brackets individually, upper bracket # F5757 and braces # F5758, but hardware isn't something they sell separately. Your best bet would be to get the entire kit. Keep in mind that this bracket...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Air Bag Kit Recommendation for 2016 Ford F-350 with Hitch Prep
  • For your 2016 Ford F-350 with the hitch prep package the B and W Companion part # BWRVK3300 would be a great option. It has been confirmed as a fit and is one of the nicest hitches around. The Firestone Kit part # F2535 is designed to fit your truck and has tech notes that say it is compatible with trucks that have fifth wheel hitch rails or gooseneck rails so it would be a great option that would have no interference. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the Air Lift Compressor Kit # AL25592 Work with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs # F2245
  • You can certainly use the Air Lift Compressor Kit, # AL25592, with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs, # F2245. I spoke with my contacts at Air Lift and Firestone to confirm that it would work. The Air Lift compressor kit and the Ride-Rite both use 1/4 inch air lines and fittings so they are compatible with each other. I have attached the installation instructions for the Air Lift compressor kit for you to check out. I would also recommend picking up the Air Lift Air Hose Cutter, #...
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  • What is the Maximum Air Pressure for Air Lift 1,000 Pound Capacity Air Helper Springs
  • According to the instructions which I have linked for you for Air Lift suspension enhancement # AL60769, the maximum air pressure is 35 psi and the minimum is 5 psi. Over-inflation and under-inflation can damage the air bags so you will always want to stay within the 5 to 35 psi range.
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Towing a Gooseneck Trailer
  • For occasional towing with your 2011 Dodge Ram 1500, I would go with the Timbren suspension enhancement system. If you do not have a Quad Cab, use # TDR1500DS. If you do have a Quad Cab, use # TDR1500DQ (instructions linked for reference). The Firestone systems are good when you carrying varying sized loads and have to adjust the ride accordingly. But for occasional towing of the same trailer, the Timbren system would be the way to go.
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  • Rear Suspension Enhancement Options for a 2004 Cadillac Escalade EXT
  • I may have a solution that will work for you, however, we do not offer replacement air shocks for your 2004 Cadillac Escalade EXT at this time. We do offer coil spring air bag inserts like the AirLift 1000 Air Helper Springs, # AL60769. These air bags fit in the rear coil springs and can be manually inflated for additional support. Another option would be a bump stop replacement like the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, # TGMRG25C, that you referenced. These are rubber springs...
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  • Can Firestone Air Bags be Used with Weight Distribution Hitch when Towing a Trailer
  • I do not recommend using air bags and weight distribution at the same time. If you are experiencing rear end sag on the tow vehicle caused by towing a trailer then the best solution is weight distribution. But not just any weight distribution system. It has to be the proper capacity. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding...
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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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