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

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

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4,800-lb Capacity. Ride-Rite air springs enhance your factory suspension for safety and stability when you are hauling heavy loads. They reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your vehicle level, and adjust to load size for a consistently smooth ride. Lowest Prices for the best vehicle suspension from Firestone. Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle part number F2071 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Firestone Vehicle Suspension - F2071

  • Firestone
  • Air Springs
  • Extra Heavy Duty
  • Rear Axle Suspension Enhancement

4,800-lb Capacity. Ride-Rite air springs enhance your factory suspension for safety and stability when you are hauling heavy loads. They reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your vehicle level, and adjust to load size for a consistently smooth ride.


Features:

  • Maximize safe load-carrying capacity, increase stability and improve ride quality
    • Install between your vehicle's frame and its rear suspension
  • Keep your vehicle level when you are hauling a heavy load
    • Improve steering control and braking when you are hauling or towing
    • Level your headlight beams
    • Reduce tire wear
  • Maintain even load distribution with air pressure, leveling off-center loads
    • Air bags adjust manually, side to side, with individual inflation valves
  • Reduce strain on rear suspension
    • Prevent permanent sagging and excessive friction in leaf springs
  • Increase stability
    • Absorb road shock for a smooth ride
    • Soften contact between axle and frame to prevent bottoming out
  • Provide maximum load support and durability with rubber construction and double-convoluted design
  • Include all materials necessary for installation
    • Brackets, air springs, hardware, air line and separate valves for manual inflation
    • Switches and gauges, compressors, and air tanks (sold separately) are available for quick and easy air spring inflation/deflation from inside your vehicle
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Load-leveling capacity: 4,800 lbs
    • Ride-Rite springs will not increase your vehicle's weight-carrying capacity. Do not exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight limit.
  • Adjustable air pressure: 5 psi to 100 psi
  • Limited lifetime warranty on air springs
  • 2-Year limited warranty on hardware


Firestone Ride-Rite Air Spring Basics

Firestone Ride-Rite springs are designed to increase safety and reduce the strain on your 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.


Firestone Ride-Rite air spring airline installation

Adjustable Air Pressure

The air pressure in your Ride-Rite springs can be adjusted manually, side to side, to compensate for off-center loads. A centered load improves the stability of your 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.


Firestone Ride-Ride air spring components

Air Spring Construction

Firestone's double-convoluted Ride-Rite air springs are designed to give you maximum load support and enhance the performance and ride comfort of your 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.


Firestone Ride-Rite air spring installation

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.



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This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1990 - 1996 Ford Bronco

1992 - 1996 Ford F-150

1994 - 1998 Oshkosh M-Line

1994 - 1998 Oshkosh X-Line

1973 - 1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup 10

1973 - 1987 GMC C/K Series Pickup 1500

1994 - 2001 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

1973 - 1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup 20

1973 - 1987 GMC C/K Series Pickup 2500

1994 - 2002 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500

1967 - 1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup 30 - Pickup

1967 - 1987 GMC C/K Series Pickup 3500 - Pickup

1994 - 2002 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 - Pickup

1994 - 1998 Freightliner XC-Series below 22,000 GVWR - excluding XC21

1969 - 1980 Dodge Full Size Pickup D100

1981 - 1993 Dodge Ram Pickup D100

1969 - 1980 Dodge Full Size Pickup D150

1981 - 1993 Dodge Ram Pickup D150

1969 - 1980 Dodge Full Size Pickup D200

1981 - 1993 Dodge Ram Pickup D200

1969 - 1980 Dodge Full Size Pickup D250

1981 - 1993 Dodge Ram Pickup D250

1981 - 1993 Dodge Ram Pickup D300

1969 - 1980 Dodge Full Size Pickup D300 - Pickup

1969 - 1980 Dodge Full Size Pickup D350 - Pickup

1981 - 1993 Dodge Ram Pickup D350 - Pickup

1968 - 1974 Ford F-100, F-150, F-250, F-350 F-100

1975 - 1983 Ford F-100, F-150, F-250, F-350 F-100 and F-150

1984 - 1991 Ford F-150, F-250, F-350 F-150

1968 - 1983 Ford F-100, F-150, F-250, F-350 F-250

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Video of Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 1998 Dodge Ram 2500

Today on this 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 2WD we are going to install part number F2071 from Firestone, the Ride-Rite Suspension System. Before we start our install on the truck we need to do some pre-assembly on our table of some components. To begin our assembly we are going to use these main components. This bracket is going to get bolted to the frame itself, obviously the air bag itself. Take our little covers off. What is going to happen is the bracket is going to sit on top of the air bag just like that. Then we will take two flange lock nuts and run them down tight right now. :40

We will run them until they stop, about a quarter turn is all you will need. At this point you want to double check your torque ratings and check your bolts too. Next we are going to install our angle brass part here, it is like an angle pipe. We are going to run it down to where the sealant goes into the threads of the airbag itself. Then we are going to use a 1/2 inch wrench just to tighten it up. Looks like we are good to go there, lets flip this assembly over and tighten this bolt finger tight until it stops. We are going to have to adjust this on our spring. Certain vehicles may need it to move it one way or another, and even flip it around to get the alignment you need. 1:18

Lets go over to the truck, we have already removed the tires so we can see whats going on. We want to take the center of the air bag and center it up with the center tie bolt of the spring stack itself. Just eyeball it, it does not have to be perfect. You can see how everything relates to the frame and the springs themselves. You will notice that the springs are at an odd angle, plus we are not reaching the frame with our bracket either, that could be fixed. The kit comes with spacers to help level out the spring assembly as needed. In this situation we are going to use the one inch step right here, it looks pretty close to level here, however it droops down in the back a bit, but that is fine because once the weight in the truck is on the springs it will actually come up a little bit. We are okay with the set up on the bottom of our air bag. The next thing we are going to do is get our frame bracket marked so we can attach it to the frame. We are going to drill four holes out, then add some air to the bag to stretch it out a little bit, just enough to get the job done and then we will have to do work for so it will be easier to mark and drill our holes. To inflate the bag, we are going to have to run a small piece of air line and use our valve to hold everything together and keep the air inside. This is a good spot to show you how the air and line hooks up into the valves. You want to make sure here that the cut is as square as possible, sharp and clean. All you do really is push it into place until it stops, then pull back on it a little bit and it locks into place. That is it. To take it apart, push down on this collar right here and push back a little bit, and you can work it back out that way. Lets put that back together. Then take that end and apply it to the elbow on top, and we will put some air through it. Again, you do not want to put too much in here, just enough for it to expand. 3:04

That pushed it up pretty good, what we are going to do is hold this up a little bit more and make sure we stay from the curve of the steel right here so we have plenty of room for a washer. This washer here will actually go in the inside where our flange nut goes. It will be a good idea to take this washer and put it behind the bracket for right now, use it as a gauge to tell how far up you need to go. So, the washer will sit flat against the steel and not hit against the curve of the steel. Get a marker and mark it. Through our top hole too. Make sure to keep everything level and do the other side too. We have our holes marked, so lets take our assembly out of the way and drill some pilot holes out. We need to drill those out 3/8ths of an inch for our hardware. We will start our first bolt here, it will go directly through the frame and again, our 3/8th washer will go behind it and a locking flange nut behind that. On our top bolt here, you will notice our frame has a dent into it, we will use this washer to go behind that part of the bracket and then we will use another washer on the other side. Lets go do the other side now. We will hand tighten the bolts, then torque them down as specified in the instructions. Lets work on our bottom bracket going to the springs, the clamp on the bottom side will sit just like this, then we will our bolts through. We can clamp to this top overload spring here, you can go to the bottom, however over time I think these springs will compress them down enough where it could shift around and possibly damage something. The air bag itself may come out of alignment, so we are going to clamp it to this part right here on the helper spring itself. It is okay to do that as the instructions state, however the pole is really long if we are going to do it that way, so we are going to make a mark on the bolt and cut it short. We are going to do that to every bolt all the way around. The ones going towards the front of the vehicle are going to be longer than the ones in the back. Shortening our bolts is going to be pretty simple. We are going to get to put it in our bench vice and clamp it down. Here are our marks right here, take a drimmel or any type of reciprocating saw and just stay in between the threads. One down, three to go. These are lock nuts, they will only go in a couple threads. Now lets tighten these down, you want to get them snug first, make sure you get everything centered the way you want it on the spring assembly itself. 5:58

We will fasten to the spring assembly now, now remember we have our bolt loose right here, make sure we have it as straight as possible, then we will tighten the bolt underneath. Here is the little valve we put it, we can remove it now, push in the little ring right here on our angle piece, or elbow, just push that in and the rest of it will come out. Now we are going to mark out the holes for our air valves for our air bags. We are going to put a hole here on the corner of the license plate for the valve to get installed. We will use one of the washers that come with it as a guide, and mark our holes. Of course, we will look on the back side of it and make sure nothing is in the way back there. Put it through the other side, and we will put our nut into place. Alright, we have those installed, the body themselves work as a nut, so we can go ahead and tighten those down from the other side and they will be snug. Right now we can go ahead and run our lines. Then we will take our line and connect it to the elbow right here, again we are going to make sure this is an even cut, push it in and give it a tug back, and we are good to go. Now we will take the other end of our line a route it from here to the bumper. You can do this a variety of different ways, it is up to your own choosing, as long as you stay away from anything hot or moving. That is the main thing you want to look out for. We ran the line between the bed supports and the bed itself, and came out the frame. We are going to cut our line about right here and install it to the air line fitting. There are simple little cutters designed for rubber tubing. The driver side is done, now lets do the passenger side. Lets apply some air to our suspension here. Now that there is air in our suspension, everything looks good, it raises the back end of the truck a little bit and it is ready for a load now. There you have it for part number F2071 from Firestone, the Ride-Rite Suspension System Kit.


Customer Reviews

Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - F2071

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (641 Customer Reviews)

4,800-lb Capacity. Ride-Rite air springs enhance your factory suspension for safety and stability when you are hauling heavy loads. They reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your vehicle level, and adjust to load size for a consistently smooth ride.

- F2071
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Dodge Ram Pickup

Running a 1300 pound truck camper in a Ram 1500, with 30 psi, the truck handles like nothing is there. Had it semi off road with no issues. The only pain was the install due to having to drill the frame, but other than that I have no complaints. 617058



- F2071
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My Firestone air bags were delivered across the nation as promised in 5 business days. This company obviously cares about Customer service...Oh and no shipping charges and the least expensive price I could find on the internet. My only issue is my wife...asking if I really need all these things for my new truck!! Thanks for the great service - I will definitley buy at etrailer first! 7070



- F2071
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HAY TO YOU ALL MY AIR SPRING CAME ON THE TENTH YOU GUYS ARE GRATE ON SHIPPING PARTS OUT. I PULL A 2019 1/2 ,33FOOT SILVER BACK 5TH WHEEL AND MY TRUCK IS OLD IT RUN AND LOOKS LIKE NEW WHEN THE WEATHER HERE IS NOT SO COLD I WILL DO THE INSTALL AND DO A REVIEW AND PHOTO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR HELP HARLEY 596626



- F2071
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It arrived on time and in good shape so not much more you can ask for. Great service. 453425



- F2071
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1993 Dodge Ram Pickup

As expected good quality, installation not too bad. Only complaint is I was short one bolt 3/8 x 16 x 1.5", so a trip to the hardware was needed. 414602



- F2071
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2004 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

My camper weighs 11000 pounds and this helps get my truck level. This is a great product and the service was exceptional thanks. 368448



- F2071
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1996 Dodge Ram Pickup

I like it just fine some told me they didn't like theirs but I think they just didn't keep it inflated. mine works great 267647



- F2071
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EASY INSTALL WORKS WELL 240164



- F2071
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Easy to install, Truck rides better. Took about 4 hours in the driveway 225567



- F2071
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2001 Dodge Ram Pickup

Great web site. the products were shipped the same day that I had order them. Pricing was also very good. 170351



- F2071
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1999 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Fit my 1999 Dodge 2500 perfectly, lifted my camper 3 inches with nice soft, stable ride, solved overloaded spring problem. Be careful inserting air lines into fittings...they don't easily release and we messed one up. 155156



- F2071
by:

Everything I ordered was shipped very quickly, arriving at my house in 3 days from when they were ordered. All parts were there, everthing installed and worked as advertised. I am very satified with the ordering, delivery and the products I purchased. 99442



- F2071
by:
1996 Dodge Ram Pickup

Purchased Firestone Ride Rite air spring helper kit and I am very pleased with the product price and shipment. Thank you. 60394



- F2597
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


This system I installed on my 2012 Ford F-450 dually pickup. I love it!! I replaced a air bag system that I had put on by so called professionals. It was terrible. It mounted under the spring shackles. It helped when puling a heavy loaded trailer but rode terrible otherwise. The system I bought from e-trailer uses air bags under the rear axles. It handles heavy loads when air up to 90 psi and rides smooth when empty at 25 psi. I recommend it highly. 595195


Comments
Great. Love it more.
Robert - 01/06/2020

64070

- F2550
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Product was an excellent addition to my 2009 F250. Install was straight forward and arrived at my house quick. Instructions were clear and is easy for anyone with basic mechanical skills. End use is for extra support with my travel trailer and levels my truck when hitched up. Airbags are easy to adjust with a hand pump you would use to air up basketballs, footballs, etc. I will continue to purchase from etrailer in the future. Great company. 707360



- F2598
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Item arrived quickly. Now that I have installed them I don't know why I waited so long to get air bags. I run a welding skid in the back (1500-2000lbs) and occasionally tow. Even though the truck only sagged 1½ inches, the sway at highway speeds was my real issue to correct. At only 20psi the truck sits and rides proper again. 711712



- F2430
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Very good fitment, so you do get what you pay the premium for. My only concern is some sort of regulator would go a long way to getting the pressure equalized between the bags. This is not something I expected, but will probably add later to enhance the ease of use and warranted that fifth star. Highly recommend as advertised regardless! 635267



- F2176
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


fit perfect works great 503642



- F2430
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Easy install and now the weight of my cap and trailer don’t sag my truck and it’s a big plus for the price and long haul. Would buy it over and over again. 567358


Comments
Awesome product will install on New trucks every time .
Louis M - 09/21/2019

61381

- F2430
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Eliminated the sag after I added a 6” FabTech lift on my 2015 Silverado LT. Great product have not had any issues at all. 546592



- F2598
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Paint was poor and chipped up. Brackets did not fit my 2018 Ram 2500. You may be able to bend the bracket to fit around the frame so the holes line up. If you do that and they don't fit you just ate 300.00. These are not just a simple install on my truck. I see where guys drill, bend, cut to get these to fit. Not sure I want to do any of that. My truck is brand new! 703183


Comments
I have spoken with my contact at Firestone about this suspension enhancement kit and they confirmed that the brackets in this kit are designed to fit very tightly on the Ram trucks frame.
-- Victoria B - 09/23/2019

61446

- F2550
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Put on 2008 f250. With a B&W turnover ball. Had to remove one bolt on both side of B &W to mount top bracket then replace with new bolts in kit No big deal. Put both sides on and ran the air lines in less than 2 hours. Had a leak on driver side. It was where I didn't cut the air line straight. Recut air line and that fixed the problem. I would recommend this to anyone. 181344



- F2445
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Installed by professional mechanic. instal went well. Totally changes the dynamic of towing. We have a 34 ft travel trailer. Control is excellent. Far better feel with heavy loads in the bed as well. Over all excellent product, very satisfied. 601774



- F2597
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Great product. But they should have an option if there is a lift in the truck to make the bottom bracket longer if needed. 555352



- F2286
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


One of the products I ordered was missing a piece and I called it in and Dianna was very helpful. I will see if the part comes in, It was a manufacture oversite and nothing to do with ETrailer. You guys have been fantastic! 539161


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  • Replacement Upper Bracket for Firestone Ride Rite Suspension Kit for 2001 Ford F-250
    I checked and the Firestone Ride Rite kit your 2001 Ford F-250 would have is the part # F2550 and the correct upper bracket is part # F5572.
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  • Replacement Bracket Kit Recommendation for Firestone Air Bag Kit F2071
    The replacement brackets you'd need for the # F2071 are the part # F5376 (quantity 2) for the upper brackets, part # F5092 (quantity 2) for the lower brackets, # F5086 (quantity 4) for the bracket straps, and part # F5093 (quantity 4) for the other bracket straps.
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  • Dimensions on Firestone Replacement Upper Bracket # F5376
    I went out to our warehouse to take a look at the Replacement Upper Bracket for Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Helper Springs # F5376 referenced in your question. The mounting holes on the side brackets are spaced apart 1-1/2 inches, center to center. The bracket itself has an overall length, with the side brackets included, of 13-1/2 inches and a width of 5-1/4 inches. Inside the mounting brackets the length is 10-3/4 inches. I have attached an image with these dimensions labeled that you...
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  • Will Installed Air Bags Interfere With Installation Of Fifth Wheel On 2001 Ford F-250 Or F-350
    I spoke with my contact at Firestone about your 2001 Ford F-250 or F-350. Since we have a couple of air bag systems manufactured by Firestone I asked if there would be any interference when installing a fifth-wheel hitch and using the custom brackets like part # RP50082-58. My contact at Firestone said that if you have an air bag system like the # F2550 installed on your truck, they would not interfere with a fifth wheel installation because the brackets for the air bag system are installed...
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  • Can B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch and Air Bags be Installed at the Same Time on a 1999 Dodge Ram
    As long as the air bag mounting brackets do not mount in the same place on the truck frame as the B&W gooseneck brackets then you can install air bags on a 1999 Dodge Ram. Firestone kit # F2071 would not work because it mounts on the outsides of the truck frame rails the same as the gooseneck brackets. Looking through the other air bag options for the truck all of them have upper brackets that would interfere. Another option is a Timbren set up # TDR1525H2. It can be used on a 1500...
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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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  • Air Helper Springs for a 2001 Dodge Ram 4x4 Extended Cab with B&W Gooseneck Hitch
    The B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck trailer hitch you have on your 2001 Dodge Ram pickup has mounting brackets installed on the outsides of the frame rails. So the Firestone Ride-Helper springs # F2071 won't fit because it mounts on the side of the frame rails too. For a standard height 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500 series, I recommend the Timbren suspension # TDR1525H4 as it will mount underneath the bed frame rail and won't interfere with your B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck...
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  • Are Spacers Needed to Install Firestone Air Bags on a Lifted Truck
    If your lift is on the front of the truck but not the rear then you would not need to use any spacers to install Firestone air bags # F2071. On the rear, you would need spacers if the distance between the truck frame and the axle has increased. The size of the spacer is going to depend on the amount of lift. Firestone has the following: For vehicles with 1-1/4 inch lift use # F2536 For 2 inches use # F2366 For 3 inches use # F2368 For 4 inches use # F2371 For 6 inches use # F2375
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  • How to Determine Correct Inflation Pressure for Firestone Ride Rite Helper Springs
    Air Helper springs for a tow vehicle or RV's suspension always have a fairly wide range of operating pressure. For instance the Firestone kit you mentioned # F2071 requires nothing less than the minimum 5-psi pressure at all times but can be inflated to as much as 100-psi when the vehicle requires this much stiffening of its suspension. There are also kits such as Firestone # F2700 that are for extra-heavy-duty applications and these use air springs that can handle as much as 150-psi pressure. There...
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  • What Size Air Bag Will Fit Replacement Firestone Bracket # F5376
    Replacement bracket # F5376 is designed for Firestone kit # F2071. The air bag associated with this kit is # F6781 which has a maximum diameter of 6.6 inches. The studs on it are 3/8 inch diameter and are spaced 1-3/4 inches apart on center. If the air bag you has matches the mounting hole requirements it could technically fit though the bracket is only tested with Firestone air bags.
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  • Gooseneck Hitch Compatible with Firestone Ride Rite Suspension for 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 4X4 Dually
    According to Firestone, the Ride Rite Air Spring Kits compatible with your truck would indeed prevent you from installing a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch. The air spring assemblies install on the outboard side of the side of the truck frame, as would the frame mounting brackets for a gooseneck or fifth wheel hitch. Your best bet would be to replace your existing air bags with a solution that mounts to the bottom of the frame members, replacing the factory bump stop like the Timbren...
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  • How Much Air Pressure Should be Run in Firestone Ride Rite Kits
    With Firestone Ride Rite kits like the part # F2071 the absolute minimum psi you will need to run is 5 psi. This prevents the bags from getting damaged. Typically people run the amount of pressure that allows the vehicle to sit as level as possible when loaded. Going with more pressure will cause the ride quality to be harsh and bouncy. Too little and the suspension may still sag. Trial and error is the best way to find the perfect amount. I attached a help article on Firestone air...
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  • Available Suspension Kits for 1997 Ford 2WD F-350 Dually Diesel Pickup
    We do not offer a steering damper for your 2WD 1997 Ford F-350 dually diesel pickup but we do offer suspension enhancement kits for both front and rear axles that can be seen on the linked page. These kits include air bags like Firestone rear axle kit # F2071, jounce springs such as Timbren kit # TFRTT350E and helper leaf spring kits like SuperSprings # SSA22. The steering dampers we offer, such as Roadmaster # RM-RSSCP30, are for motorhome applications.
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  • What is the Difference Between a Rear Air Bag System and a Weight Distribution System
    Basically, a weight distribution system moves some of the load up the vehicle frame so that the front suspensions bears some of the weight. Weight distribution spreads some of the weight from the rear axle to the front. An air bag system spreads the weight across the rear axle. Instead of having 2 springs bearing the load, you now have 4. When towing large trailers, air bags should not be used instead of a weight distribution system. A hitch and vehicle will have a Weight Carrying...
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  • Difference Between the Firestone Air Spring Kit F2550 and F2071 for a 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty
    Both the Firestone Air Spring Kits part # F2071 and # F2550 have been confirmed to fit your 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty 4x4. The main reason we recommend the # F2550 over the # F2071 is because Firestone says this kit is compatible with gooseneck and fifth wheel hitches whereas the frame brackets of the # F2071 would interfere with them. If you don't have a gooseneck or fifth wheel hitch installed in the bed of your truck the # F2071 would work just as well as the # F2550.
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  • Should Air Bag Helper Springs Be Inflated Before Applying Trailer Tongue Load
    You'd be better off hitching the trailer or loading the truck bed or the vehicle's cargo area before adding or removing air from the system. The trailer tongue weight or cargo loaded in/on the vehicle will cause the rear end of the vehicle to squat. You can then add air as needed to even out the ride height between the front and rear vehicle axles. If you run a consistent trailer load, I guess you could use a tire gauge to determine the proper air pressure, then pressurize the system to...
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    The Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose # 9460-48 will fit your 2001 Ford F-250 with the Firestone Ride-Rite Springs # F2550. However, if you have the # F2071 Firestone springs they will not be able to work together because they install on the outside of the frame rail and will interfere with the gooseneck hitch.
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