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Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System Installation - 2009 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2009 Chevrolet Silverado we are going to show you how to install the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, part number is TGMRCK35S. Here you can see our Timbren installed. It is going to give us a nice fuller stop here, our actual jounce stop, or jounce bumper was only about this long. This is going to allow us, with no contact here, to have no real change in the unloading handling of our vehicle. As we apply our load it is going to bring this down and it is going to rest on those jounce stops. That's going to give us improved suspension.



Firestone Level Command II Installation - 2010 Chevrolet Silverado

On this 2010 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 3500, we're going to show you Firestone Air Command 1, part number F2158. This is what it looks like when it's installed in a truck. This makes inflating air bags very convenient at the push of a button. We have our control located in typical situation, you can mount this anywhere you like though on this vehicle. Simple operation, push up to increase the air pressure. You can see how the gauge reacts.



Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2010 Chevrolet Silverado

Today, on our 2010 Cheverolet Silverado 3500, we'll be taking a look at and installing the Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs, part number F2250. These air springs are capable of up to 5000 pounds. They could be aired up from 5 Psi all the way up to 100 Psi. Overall, they provide more stability while driving and reduce the strain on your vehicle's rear suspension. Now we'll go ahead and get a measurement before we get started with our stock ride height in the back. This is going to be without weight and it's going to be about 39 inches. Now, let's go ahead and put in some weight.



Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2009 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on this 2009 Chevrolet Silverado, we're going to show you the Firestone Ride-Right air helper springs, part number F2250. Here's what our Firestone air springs will look like once they're installed. These air springs are capable up to 5,000 pounds, they can be aired up from 5 PSI to 100 PSI. Overall they provide more stability while driving and reduce strain on your rear suspension. Now let's go ahead and give you some measurements. First let's measure our truck without a load in it, from our fender ball to the ground will be about 42 inches. Lets go and put a load in the back and get that measurement, our load brought it down to about 40 inches and we'll go ahead and watch the suspension as we go through our bumps course. You can see how it works on your load without any help. With our load in the back of the truck, we'll put some air back in it, we'll bring it back about an inch, original height was about 42 inches, so we'll go in between and bring our truck back a little past level and that way our truck won't ride too harsh, if we add too much air and bring it back to its original air height. Right let's go and take it for another test ride over our bumps course.



Air Lift LoadLifter Air Helper Springs Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500, we'll be installing the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers, part number Al88338. Now before we install the air bags, we're going to go ahead and take a dry weight measurement with nothing in the pickup from the bottom of the wheel well to the ground. Right at 41-3/4". Now we're going to go ahead and add 2750 pounds to the bed of our pickup. With our weight added, we'll now take a second measurement from the bottom of the wheel well to the ground. From the ground to the bottom of the wheel well, and it's dropped it 40", losing 1-3/4" with our weight added to the rear of the pickup. Now we're going to go ahead and run it through our test course.



Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2005 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD crew cab we're going to be installing the Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs, part number F2250. Now before we install our air bags we're going to go ahead and take a couple measurements to get a baseline for the vehicle. From the ground to the bottom of the fender well we have 40-1/2". Next we're going to go ahead and install a water tank with a little over 1,500 pounds of weight in it into the bed of the truck. Now we'll go ahead and take another measurement from the ground to the bottom of the wheel well. Now we have a measurement of about 38" from the ground to the bottom of the wheel well.



Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs Installation - 2006 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on this 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, we're going to install part number AL88275. This is a Air Lift LoadLifter 5000. Before we get started, we'll go ahead and get a measurement for our original ride height. From the ground to the wheel well looks about 39-1/4". This measurement will vary from truck to truck, of course. Now with a load in the back of our truck, it looks like our new measurement is 36-1/2. With our truck loaded up, we'll go ahead and take it through our test bump course. You can see how the suspension goes up and down without any help. To get our truck ready to install our air springs, we need to do a couple of things.



Super Springs SumoSprings Custom Helper Kit Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500, we'll be installing the SuperSprings Sumosprings custom bumper kits; part number SSR-209-40. To begin our install, we'll first need to remove the older manufacturer's bumpstops. The bumpstops are bolted into the bumpstop cup up through the center of the bumpstop. We'll need to remove the bolt so we can remove the bumpstop. To give ourselves a little more working room, we're going to go ahead and jack up the body of the vehicle; creating more space between the bumpstop and the axle. Now we can go ahead and get our socket on the head of the bolt and remove it. Now, for this application, we're going to use a ten millimeter socket to get on the head of the bolt. Once we have the bolt out of the well nut, built into the cup seat, we'll go ahead and pull the bumpstop out.



Air Lift Air Helper Springs Installation - 2008 Chevrolet Silverado

Today in our 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500, we'll be installing the Air Lift Load Lifter 5000 Air Helper Springs, part number AL 57275. Now before we begin our install, we're going to go ahead and measure the ride height of our truck. With no additional weight in the pickup bed, from the ground to the bottom of the wheel well we have 41 inches. Next, we're going to go ahead and add approximately 2500 pounds of weight to the truck bed. With the weight added, it brings the ride height down to 37 3/4 of an inch. Now we'll go ahead and run it through our test course to check handling and ride quality with the excess weight. With the excess weight, we lose steering stability and the ride quality is rough and bumpy. Now let's go ahead, install the Air Lift Load Lifter 5000 Air Helper Springs and with air in our Helper Springs, we'll now go ahead and re-install our 2500 pounds. With the weight re-added in the Air Springs as necessary, it brings it back to our normal ride height of approximately 41 inches. Now we'll go ahead and run it through our test course again.



Air Lift Air Helper Springs Installation - 2005 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2005 Chevy Silverado, well be installing the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs, part number AL57275. First, well go ahead and show you the performance of the Air Lift Air Helper Springs. Now to begin our install, well first remove the manufacturers bump stops. The bump stops are secured to the frame with two bolts. Well go and remove the bolts and then the bump stop. Next, well start assembling the air spring.



Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2013 Chevy Silverado we'll be installing the Firestone Ride Rite Air Helper Springs part number F2528. Before we begin our install, we'll go ahead and load two thousand pounds into the vehicle to show you how the truck will carry the weight with the manufacturer's down stops 00:00:17. We'll then run the vehicle through a short test course. First note we've already gone ahead and lowered and removed the spare tire to gain a little easier access up underneath the vehicle. The first step of our install will actually be removing the joust bumper. To remove the manufacturer's joust bumper, we are going to take a flat blade screw driver sliding between the joust bumper and the cup.



Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System Installation - 2005 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2005 Chevy Silverado, we'll be installing the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, part number TGMRCK25S. To begin our install, we'll first need to remove the old or manufactured bump stops. To remove the bump stops, we'll remove the two nuts that secure the studs that go up through the frame. With both nuts removed, we can then pull the bump stop down and out of the frame. Now we'll go ahead and set the hardware and bump stop aside as it will not be reinstalled. Next we'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. Note with this install, each process we do on one side will get repeated identically on the opposite side. Now with both of the old bump stops removed, we're ready to go ahead and begin the assembly of the new Timbren Suspension Enhancement System.



Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2002 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2002 Chevy Silverado well be installing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper springs, part number F2250. To begin our install well first need to remove the old or manufacturers bump studs. To remove them, well remove the two nuts of studs that come up through the frame. To make it easier to remove them were going to spray each one with some spray lubricant to help break up the rust, dust, dirt and debris thats built up over time. Now with the nuts off well go ahead and remove the bump stud and set both the hardware and bump stud aside as they will not be reinstalled. Note, each process we do to one side will get repeated identically on the opposite side.



Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2005 Chevrolet Silverado

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.



Firestone Work-Rite Helper Springs Installation - 2005 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2005 Chevy Silverado well be installing the Firestone Work Right Helper Spring kit, part number F8605. First, before we install our kit well need to remove the old or manufacturers bump stops. To do this well simply go ahead and raise the vehicle, take the weight off the rear axle and then remove the nut, securing the stud that goes up through the bump stop and holds it to the frame. Now with the old bump stop out of the way were ready to go ahead and start installing the new Work Right Helper Springs. The Helper Spring kit can be modified for the vehicle or ride necessary. For a stronger, stiffer ride we can take the helpers spring, along with the long bolt provided in our install kit, add a split-lock washer, flat washer, and go up through the spring.



Timbren Rear Suspension System Installation - 2005 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on our 2005 Chevy Silverado, well be installing the Rear Timbren Suspension Enhancement System, part number TGMRCK15S. Before beginning installing our Timbrens, well first go ahead and raise the vehicle, allowing the rear axle to hang down further, giving us more access for removing the old bump stop and installing the new Timbren ion spring. To remove the manufacturers bump stop, well simply go ahead and remove the nut as it goes through a stud to the frame, securing it in position. Once we remove the nut, we can go ahead and remove the bump stop and were ready to install the new ion spring. To install the new spring, well use a new hardware provided with the install kit. It will be a bolt that will go to the flat washer already installed inside the spring and up to the top collar.



Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2004 Chevrolet Silverado

Alright, today in this 2004 Chevrolet Silverado we're going to install part number F2250 from Firestone. We're going to start off with the passenger's side and complete the installation and then repeat the same steps on the driver's side. We'll take one of the air springs and first install the upper bracket. Since we're doing the passenger's side we'll install the heat shield for the exhaust. That will get sandwiched between the spring and hot plate. This is not required for the driver's side.



Timbren Rear Suspension System Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Silverado

Today we are working on 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. We are going to install the Timbren suspension system, part number TGMRCK15S. Our first step is to raise the suspension above the vehicle. Now that we have already done that, we are ready to go ahead and remove the manufacturer's bump stop. To do this, you'll need to remove the fastener that's located at the center of the bump stop. With the fastener removed, we can go ahead pop the bump stop out of the cup holder.



Firestone Sport-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2005 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on this 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, well be installing part number F2320, the Firestone Fort Ride Air Helper Springs. We have all the parts in our car here. First well take our air fitting and screw it into place. Run it down until it stops and then will have to turn more. Now take the bracket and set it on top, and then install our two 3/8 bolts. Well go ahead and tighten those down.



Timbren Rear Suspension System Installation - 2010 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on this 2010 Chevy Silverado well be installing a Timbren Suspension Enhancement System, part number tgmrck15s. First thing we need to do is remove the factory bump stop. We will be using a 10 mm socket and socket wrench to remove the bolt inside. With the factory mount stop removed we are ready to install the Timbren spring. Inside of the spring you will find a flat washer, and you will need to make sure that your bolt threads through that flat washer. Since the spring is larger in diameter it wont fit in the factory cup, so we need to add our plate to the top.





Chevrolet Silverado Vehicle Suspension Questions and Answers


  • 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 Air Suspension Recommendation for a 2013 Chevy Silverado 3500 With Custom 5th Wheel Brackets
  • As long as there is a 1 inch gap between the bottom of your custom fifth wheel brackets and the bottom of your trucks frame at the jounce bumper (see photo) you can use the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2528. I have attached an installation video for you to check out. The upper brackets for this kit mount to the underside of the frame rail, but they will extend up the frame rail 1 inch. Fifth wheel and air spring manufacturers do not recommend trimming or stacking their...
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  • Timbren Suspension Enhancement for 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • Timbren offers a few different Suspension Enhancement options that would be compatible with your Silverado 1500 series. Part # TGMRCK15S has a 6,000 lb capacity, and is compatible with 2 or 4WD Silverado models, but not XFE models. For 2WD XFE models, use the 3,000 lb capacity # TGMRCK15E. Keep in mind, adding a suspension enhancement system will not increase the capacity of your suspension. The # TGMRCK25D springs you mentioned are compatible with 2500 series trucks only, and would...
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  • Dimensions for the Springs in the Timbren Suspension Enhancement Kits for a 2013 Chevy 3500HD Diesel
  • Once installed, the double convoluted springs from the Timbren SES Kit, # TGMRCK25D, will sit 5-3/16 inches below the jounce bumper holder on the frame. The outer diameter of these springs is 4-5/16 inches. The single convoluted springs from the Timbren SES Kit, # TGMRTT35D, are only 3-9/16 inches tall, but this kit also includes a 1 inch spacer, so it will sit 4-9/16 inches below the jounce bumper holder on the frame (see photos). The outer diameter of these springs is 4-1/4 inches.
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  • Are Spacers Needed on Rear Suspension Enhancement for 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD w/Front Lift
  • You will most likely not need spacers on your 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD since the rear suspension is stock and the front lift may actually compress the rear suspension a little. I have included a link to a video showing installation of Firestone kit # F2528 on a 2013 Silverado for you. If the trailer you are towing is a 5th wheel or gooseneck trailer and you are using a custom fit installation kit, then it will not be compatible with this suspension enhancement system. The brackets...
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  • Timbren Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2013 Silverado XFE
  • The XFE model Silverados have lower suspension than the non-XFE models so they require a different Timbren system. Since you have an XFE model you would want the part # TGMRCK15E for your 2013 Silverado.
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  • Air Bag and Compressor Recommendation for 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD Short Bed with 3000-lb Camper
  • For your application with a 3000-lb camper in your 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD Short Bed the air spring kit I suggest is the Air Lift # AL88338. This kit fits both 2WD and 4WD versions of the truck. What makes this kit ideal for your application is that these air bags are actually hybrids - they are a combination of an air spring and a rubber jounce-style bumper in one product. What makes these great for your situation is that when you're on the highway you'll have the adjustment capability...
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  • Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags for a 3 Inch Lifted 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • We haven't install Firestone spacers # F2366 so we do not have a video available. But they just attach to the air bags and then you would install the rest of the kit like normal like in the video I have linked for Ride-Rite kit # F2528 for your 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500.
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  • Can Timbren Front Axle Helper Springs be Used with Torsion Keys on a 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • The Timbren springs # TGMFK25D for your 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD fit in place of the factory bump stops at the front of the truck. Provided the torsion keys you are using are not in this same area then the 2 products can be used together. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video review to the right that should clarify the installation location.
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  • Compatibility of Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Spring kit # AL57204 with 5th Wheel Hitch
  • Thank you for your purchase last year of Reese 5th wheel installation kit # RP50064-58 for your 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with 5-1/2-foot bed. To check the compatibility of this 5th wheel install kit with the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Spring kit # AL57204 I compared the installation instructions for both kits. Since the Reese kit's frame brackets attach from the outside of the frame rails, and the installation brackets for the LoadLifter 5000 kit attach to the bottoms of...
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  • Fifth Wheel Installation Kit and Firestone Air Spring Recommendation for a 2013 Silverado 2500HD
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2528 will be compatible with the Reese Outboard Fifth Wheel rail kit part # RP56001-53 that you referenced. The brackets will install on the outside of the frame rails and the brackets of the Ride-Rite attach to the bump stop mounting location and don't have any portion of the bracket on the outside of the frame rail. I attached install videos for both products for you to check out as well.
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  • Can I Use The Firestone Ride-Rite Airbags From My Tundra On My 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
  • We have a Ride-Rite system for you, but based on my research, the Firestone Ride-Rite for the 2006 Toyota Tundra 4WD is # F2245 while the Ride-Rite system for your 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD is # F2528. These two system use different air bags, so I do not recommend installing the existing airbags on your Silverado. The best solution is to install an entire new kit # F2528 on your 2013 Silverado 2500. This will ensure you have all the necessary parts for installation and that the...
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • Take a look at the video I have linked showing a typical installation of Firestone kit # F2528. You will see that the brackets have parts that fit on the inside, outside, and bottom of the frame rails. If you are using custom fit 5th wheel brackets on the frame, they would block at least part of where the Firestone bracket needs to install. If you are using universal 5th wheel brackets, it is possible that the Firestone kit will fit. A better solution would be to go with a Timbren system,...
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  • What Holds the Rubber Springs in Place on the Timbren Kit # TGMRCK25D on a 2012 Chevy Duramax
  • The Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement system that you referenced # TGMRCK25D, is intended to replace the factory installed bump stops on your truck. These Timbrens are confirmed as a fit for a 2012 Chevy Silverado Pickup 2500 or 3500 and fit both the 2 wheel drive and the 4 wheel drive versions of this truck. This style of Timbrens will install directly in the current bump stop cup and is held in by compression. There is no hardware that is needed to install these Timbrens on...
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  • Timbren System Recommendation for a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Cab and Chassis 4x4 Stake Body
  • The Timbren system that will fit your 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 cab and chassis 4x4 with a stake body is part # TGMRTT35D. I spoke with my contact at Timbren to confirm that these springs will work with your truck. These springs were designed for severe duty trucks such as yours and have been tested for up to 8,000 lbs, but keep in mind, these will not increase the weight-carrying capacity of your truck. You should not load your truck over Chevrolets recommended weight limits. I...
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Recommendation for a 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • The thing about supplemental suspension products is that they will not increase your vehicles weight-carrying capacity. Basically, they let you carry the same amount of weight you could before, but in a much safer way. It is safer in that your ride will be more level and stable. The reason your capacity is not increased is because suspension is only one component in what determines capacity. You also have to consider the weight capacity of everything from the tires that are on the vehicle...
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  • Firestone Ride Rite Air Bags Bumpt Overload Springs on 2012 Chevy Silverado 3500 Cab and Chassis
  • You must be using Firestone kit # F2176 because the part you came from is for a Toyota Tundra. Kit # F2176 is designed to fit a 2012 Chevy Silverado 3500 cab and chassis 4x4 with or without the overload springs. The overload springs stay in place, do not remove them to install this kit. Getting the brackets lined up just right for this kit can be tricky. Make sure that the bracket on top of the overload spring is level. If not lined up properly one end of the Firestone spring will be...
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  • Compatibility of Air Lift Rear Axle Suspension Kit # AL57338 with 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Hitches
  • The Air Lift Rear Axle Suspension Kit # AL57338 that you referenced will fit both 2WD and 4WD versions of the 2012 Silverado 2500 HD. However, it is not unusual to find fit complications when multiple aftermarket items are installed on a vehicle. All manufacturers design their products with the assumption that they will be installed on a stock vehicle, and they do not test their products with those from other aftermarket manufacturers. I have linked the installation instructions for...
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  • Can Spacers be Added to Timbren Helper Springs for a Lifted 2012 Chevy Silverado
  • Timbren does have spacers, # A25723-90AH00, that you could use. You would need a total of 4 of them since each is 1 inch tall and because you have a 2 inch lift. I have included a couple of video links for you. One is an installation of kit # TGMRCK25D. The other is an installation that uses the spacers.
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  • Power for the Illumination Feature on a Firestone Level Command II on 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • You would not use the brake input or out put wires (red and blue respectively) to power a light in a gauge. The wire going to the brake controller from the brake switch only has power when you step on the brakes and the output is the same way except it will also show power with the manual override. You want the illumination circuit. If you look under the dash with the other tow package wires. There should be an orange wire. You can test this wire with a circuit tester # 3808 if needed...
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  • Is Drilling Required To Install Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 - Rear Axle # AL57338 in a 2012 Silverado
  • This is a two-fold answer. If you have a 5th wheel installed in your truck, then to add the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 # AL57338 then you are required to drill two 5/16 inch holes for your air lines because the U-bolts will not work. If you do not have a 5th wheel installed, then there is no drilling involved in the installation of this unit. I have attached the installation instructions for you to review and how they apply to your truck.
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  • Will Timbren Front Suspension System Fit 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • The Timbren Vehicle Suspension, part # TGMFK15CA is designed to fit the front of your 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. This system does not affect the ride when your Silverado is not carrying a load. This replaces the bump stops on your truck and there is no drilling required for installation. The rubber springs work independently side-to-side and help compensate for off-center loads. They also help take away a lot of the bumps on rough roads and extend the life of your vehicle suspension....
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  • Firestone F2176 Air Spring Touches Tire on 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Cab and Chassis
  • The illustrations in the Firestone Ride-Rite kit # F2176 are generalized since this product can be used with both Chevrolet and Ford trucks. These images will not necessarily match your specific vehicle in all characteristics, including the holes in the frame members. However, I spoke to a technical contact at Firestone about the fit issue between the air bag and your rear tires. Although it is not noted in their instructions they advise that it is necessary that there be at least 7-1/2...
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  • Is Firestone Ride Rite part # F2158 Compatible with Daystar Air Bag Cradle on 2012 1500 Silverado
  • I spoke to my contact at Daystar and he informed me that you can install your 5 inch lift on your 2012 Chevy 1500 Silverado and the air bag cradle would work just fine with your Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2430 without needing any type of spacer.
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  • Alignment of Lower Bracket on Firestone Ride-Rite Air Spring # F2430 on Lifted 2012 Silverado
  • Thank you for providing the photo of your 5-inch-lifted Silverado's air bag spacer. I checked with my technical contact at Firestone about your alignment concern. He advised that as long as at least 75% of the spacer's bottom makes contact with the top of the bottom bracket you should have no reason for concern. Based on your photo it appears that this is the case.
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  • Removing Factory Suspension Bump Stops on 2011 Chevy Silverado to Install Timbren Rubber Springs
  • The bump stops are compression fit into the cups on the truck frame, therefore they aren't designed to come out easily. I have spoken with one of my contacts at Timbren, who tells me that the bump stop can be removed with a pair of channel lock-type pliers. Grasp the bump stop with the pliers and pull down on it while twisting back and forth. In case you do not have them handy, I have provided a link to the install instructions.
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  • Handling Characteristics of 2011 Chevy Silverado Equipped with Firestone Air Springs, Part # F2250
  • Adjustable air springs like the Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs, part # F2250, can be tuned to match the load on the tow vehicle at any given time, but they cannot be operated when completely deflated. The air bags can be damaged if used without at least 5 psi pressure. Please note that no product of this type can increase the weight carrying capacity of your vehicle. This particular kit is not suitable for the Silverado 1500, only for 2500 and 3500 series trucks. The correct...
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  • Mounting Location Recommendation for Air Lift Compressor and Air Tank on a 2011 Silverado 2500 HD
  • For mounting the Air Lift Quick Shot compressor System on your 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD that has a Short Bed my recommendations would be to mount it directly to the vehicle frame. While keeping in mind that you will want to make sure that both the compressor, air tank, and lines are kept away from any hot elements (like the exhaust) and away from any moving parts. The instructions for this kit do indicate some specifics in regards to mounting the compressor, and that is should...
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  • Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System # TGMRCK25D Recommendation for a 2011 Chevy 2500 HD 4WD
  • While this Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, part # TGMRCK25D, is not an air lift system it is comparable to one. This system uses rubber springs instead of air bags that will sit above the axle, helping to stabilize and level the vehicle when towing your Companion 5th wheel trailer. The functions and benefits of this product are similar to an air bag/lift system but also has many advantages over one. This system is much easier to install than air springs - there are no...
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  • Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2011 Chevy 2500 HD Silverado
  • This Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, part # TGMRCK25D would be a good choice for your 2011 Chevy 2500 HD. This system uses rubber springs instead of air bags that will sit above the axle, helping to stabilize and level the vehicle when towing your 10,000 lb fifth wheel trailer with 1,600 lbs of tongue weight. The front suspension Timbren System # TGMFK25D is usually intended for vehicles that have heavy snow plows and would not be necessary for you.
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  • Install Instructions for the Timbren Front Suspension Enhancement System # TGMFK15CA
  • Yes we do, I attached a picture that shows the installation instructions for the Timbren Front Suspension Enhancement System # TGMFK15CA that you referenced.
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  • Tips for Reducing Sway When Towing Ice Castle Fish House RV Trailer
  • I looked up pictures of the coupler setup of your trailer and it would not be compatible with a weight distribution system since it basically uses a pole tongue and has a pipe that runs on top of the pole tongue as well. What you can do to fight sway is make sure that you have the trailer setting as level as possible when you are towing. (See help article on how to pick out the correct ball mount to allow this). Most sway is due to not having enough tongue weight relative to the...
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  • What is the Warranty on the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System
  • The warranty of this Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System # TGMRTT15S is for the lifetime of your vehicle as long as your vehicle is under normal use. It is hard to say exactly how long it would take for you to install the # TGMRTT15S on your 2011 CHevy Silverado, but after looking at the instructions I would imagine it would not take you more than an hour as long as you have basic mechanical skills and access to tools. I attached installation instructions for this product for...
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  • What Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement Kit Will Fit 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4
  • The correct Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System for your 2011 Chevy Silverado is Timbren # TGMRCK15S. This will fit as long as you have not altered the height of your vehicles factory suspension and your truck is not the XFE model. Timbren offers the # TGMRCK15S-M2 for the owners who have lowered their truck. M2 is the factory designation for minus 2. I have attached a FAQ article covering Timbren suspension enhancement systems. I have also attached a brief installation video...
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  • Troubleshooting Firestone Air Bags that Aren't Sitting Straight on Mounting Brackets
  • It sounds like your bags aren't installed properly if one of them is angled. There are two alignment holes that the bag can install into on the top mounting bracket. It is possible that the wrong one was used for your bags and that is why the bag is at an odd angle. In the attached video we used the rear hole to get it to line up the best. You shouldn't have to use drastically different pressures in your bags for your truck to sit level either.
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  • How to Install the Air Lift Kit part # AL57338 in a Vehicle with Gooseneck/Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • Sounds like you have the Air Lift Kit part # AL57338 installed in your 2011 Chevy Silverado. If you check out the picture I attached you will see that when using this kit on a vehicle with fifth wheel/gooseneck rails you would not use the included U-bolts. Instead you would need to use the included 3/8 inch self tapping screws to secure the upper bracket of the air bag kit. Once you install the kit like this you would no longer have any interference with the gooseneck install hardware...
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  • What Firestone Airbag and Spacers Work Together For a 2011 Chevy Silverado With 4 Inch LIft
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Helper Spring # F2430 attaches with brackets but also comes with J-bolts (hooks) that attach the lower bracket to the axle jounce pad. When you install the air lines it is necessary to drill a 5/16 inch hole. This step is documented in figure -D- of the installation instructions which are attached. When installing the air tubes, even though it seems really easy to cut them squarely, the Firestone Tubing Cutter # F9009 may interest you. Perfectly square cuts will...
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  • Recommended Air Suspension for 2011 Chevy Silverado With One Inch Lift
  • The air bag system you need will depend on if your truck is a 1500 or a 2500/3500 model. For a 1500 model, you'd need the Firestone # F2430 or part # F2528 for 2500/3500. The type of lift used on your truck will determine if a spacer is needed. If you have a body lift, you won't need a spacer. However, if a suspension lift was used, you'll need the # F2536 spacer kit. I have confirmed this with my Firestone rep. I've linked you to a video showing the # F2528 kit being installed on a...
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  • Air Bag Kit Recommendation for a 2011 Chevy Silverado with Reese Custom Fifth Wheel Rails
  • For your 2011 Chevy Silverado the Firestone Ride Rite part # F2528 has been confirmed as a fit and has been confirmed to also fit with fifth wheel rail kits like the Reese # RP50066-58 that you have installed in your truck. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendations for 2010 Chevy Silverado Towing 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Both the air springs and the Timbren systems would be compatible with an installed fifth wheel hitch, I've confirmed this for you with Timbren and Firestone. The Timbren system will not have any effect at all on your ride until there's a load placed on your rear suspension. As more weight is added, the springs will get progressively more stiff. This is a passive, non adjustable system. The Firestone Ride Rite # F2250 system would allow you to fine tune your suspension as you wish....
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  • Front Axle Suspension Kit for 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for Use with Meyer Lot Pro Snowplow
  • For the front axle on your 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 we offer both a Timbren jounce spring kit # TGMFK15CA and a SumoSprings Coil Helper Spring kit # CSS-1168F that can help support your front end when you're using your Meyer Lot Pro snowplow. Both kits will work on 2WD and 4WD trucks. There are quite a few models of the Lot Pro plows. Since I do not know which particular one you have I suggest you compare the installation points for your plow mounting kit to those for the Timbren...
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  • Recommended Firestone Air Suspension And Spacers For 2010 Chevrolet Silverado With 6 Inch Lift Kit
  • The Firestone Vehicle Suspension System, part # F2430 is designed to work well with your 2010 Chevrolet Silverado. We also have a lift kit that will work with this system. The Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part # F2375 will work with a system that is installed on the axle, like the # F2430. This is designed to fit vehicles with a 6 inch lift and from 11.5 to 12.5 inches between the upper and lower brackets. I have attached a link to an installation video...
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  • Measuring for Air Bag Spacers on 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with 3-Inch Suspension Lift
  • We offer Firestone Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs in various sizes to accommodate different suspension lifts. The part you referenced, # F2366, is a 2-inch spacer kit, but we also offer a 3-inch kit, part # F2368, for vehicles with a 3-inch suspension lift and axle-mounted air springs. You can measure to confirm their fit on your truck. Measure the distance between the upper and lower brackets; this must be between 8-1/2 and 9-1/2 inches.
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  • Firestone Air Suspension Recommendation for a 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500 with 6 inch Lift
  • For your 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500 you would want the Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2430 and then the 6 inch spacer kit part # F2375. Spacers attach between the bottom of the lower bracket and the bottom of the air spring. We don't have an install video but basically the spacer just bolts between the lower bracket and the spring.
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  • Firestone Ride Rite Kit Recommendation for a 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • The Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2430 has been confirmed as a fit for your 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500 2 wheel drive. You might be able to install the air valve in the wheel well somewhere or on the outsides of the rear bumper so that it would be easily accessible. However, your best solution would be a compressor kit like the part # F2158. This will allow you to control the pressure in the bags from the interior of your truck and wouldn't require you to get creative with the location...
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  • Timbren Rear Suspension System Used in Place of an Anti-Sway Bar on a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 5.3L
  • The Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, # TGMRCK15S, will help stabilize the vehicle, absorb shock and help keep the vehicle level when pulling your 25 ft toy hauler, but should not be used to replace an anti-sway bar on your 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 5.3L. The Timbren suspension enhancement system is designed to work with your vehicles current suspension system and should not be used to replace any component of your suspension system other than bump stops.
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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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  • Recommended Suspension Enhancement for 2009 Chevy Silverado 3500 with Slide-In Truck Bed Camper
  • I spoke with my contact at Firestone regarding the capacity of the F8610 Work-Rite springs. The capacity of the springs is 1750 lbs, which would be nowhere near sufficient to handle the weight of your slide in camper. I would suggest going with an air spring set-up like the Firestone # F2250 or the Air Lift # AL57275. Air springs would provide the capacity and flexibility to handle your slide in camper. When the camper is in place, you can increase the air pressure in the bags to eliminate...
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  • Lift Spacers for Firestone Suspension Enhancement on a 2009 Chevy Silverado 2500HD w/4 Inch Lift
  • I would go down to 3 inches and use spacer # F2368. The measurement should be with the bags deflated or at the minimum psi. When modifying the axle spacers on the lift kit, be sure to contact the lift kit manufacturer and/or the installer to determine if this is acceptable and if so, what would be the best way to do so. I have included a link to the instructions for the lift spacers for you.
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  • Does the Capacity of Suspension Air Springs Exceed the Payload of a 2009 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • I do not want to question the owners manual of your 2009 Chevy Silverado, but 2,500 pounds payload capacity sounds awful low. Especially for a 2500HD Duramax diesel. I did some research and found that it should have a payload ranging from 3,481 pounds up to as much as 3,924 pounds. I would call a dealership and have them run the VIN to determine what the payload is. If it ends up being closer to what I found, then the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2250, would be beneficial....
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