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

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

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  • 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. 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

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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F2071 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details F2071 Installation instructions

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



- 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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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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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



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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
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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
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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



- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Third Firestone air bags. 3 trucks. I won’t use anything else 519628


Comments

Great

Donald - 06/09/2019

56369

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


Quickly arrived and pretty easy to install. I filled to approx 20psi just as a daily driver but already can tell a big difference in the overall handling of the truck. The rear end feels stabilizes quickly when hitting bumps and the body rill is greatly reduced.I have yet to try them with a heavy load but I have no doubt they will perform great. 2008 GMC Sierra 1500. 517454


Comments

Still a great product a year later. I have pulled heavier trailers across the country,used it for my 30ft travel trailer. Alls i need to do is adjust the pressure to my desired settings and the truck rides smoothly down the highway nice and level. Highly recommended product. Product is holding up well.

Ben - 06/04/2019

56153

- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


So far so good. Install went ok. Have not towed my fifth wheel with them yet. Hopefully that goes great . Brandon at customer service was wonderful to work with thank you Brandon! 641664



- F2582
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I have used the Firestone suspension air bags to adjust my 2017 F150 when carrying large cargo box loads. It worked very well for the loads I was carrying, which were between 800 lbs to as much as 1100 lbs on other occasions. My only objection is a slow leak in my left side, which may be in the left air bag itself or tubing fittings. After I installed the system, I used a soap solution to check for leaks. At the time I could not find any. Because it is a slow leak, I simply have had to top off either the left or right side air bags and I am fine to go for the day. 636096


Comments

Dont forget to check at the Schrader valve, as well. Those have been known to leak. The soap solution test works great, unless its a very slow leak.

-- Mike L - 05/01/2019

54746

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


Delivery was very quick. Everything I ordered came in great shape and complete. I installed these air bags on a 2015 F250 for hauling our 5th wheel. It took me around 5hrs more or less to install by myself. I have never done this before and kept checking everything twice. That and I used all hand operated tools. The instructions were good. But watching the installation video 1st was helpful. 638601



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


So far, I would give this product a 5 star rating. I must say, the installation directions from Firestone are a bit lacking. However, the installation video from etrailer made the installation a snap. I completed the installation in about 3 hours. I'm confident these Ride Rite bags will improve my hauling and towing performance when I go on long fishing trips fully loaded with gear and pulling my 19 foot boat. Also, etrailer was as good as their word when I asked them to honor their price pledge. 505966


Comments

Still very satisfied.

Ken - 05/09/2019

55081

- F2400
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Just installed this kit on my 06 F250. Quality is excellent, Installation is a breeze. Wish I would have done this sooner, Its definitely worth the money! 55146



- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


everything arrived fast and in good shape. nice job e-trailer 227552



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


easy install bags work great, almost 70K with zero malfunctions 380629



- F2407
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


The Firestone Ride-Rite vehicle suspension system is excellent. It allows me to easily increase the air pressure to compensate for camper tongue weight and lower pressure for a soft ride when no tongue weight exists. The installation at etrailer was superior as always. Outstanding company to do business with. 432066



- 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



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Works well like it should . I pull a heavy fith wheel toy hauler 251420



- F2407
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


etrailer was out of stock when I ordered the first time. I asked and was notified when the new shipment arrived. Five days later my dad had his present. Excellent customer service!!! An example for others to follow. Thanks for everything!!! 446203


Comments

My dad says it’s a must have for any truck owner. Solved the problem with his camper with no fuss. Went on easy with clear instructions. Others have expressed interest in the air bags.

Andrea - 10/26/2018

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- F2560
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Product was a perfect fit and easy install. Thanks for awesome service again trailer and crew! 483523



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Great company, service and products! I will buy from them again!!!!!! 359124



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


This kit was pretty easy to install, and performs well for the use I purchased it for. Though it took 3 days longer to arrive than the initial notification stated. 408275



- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


etrailer people were very helpfull to pick the right product for my 2016 truck and it arrived when they said it would. Thank you again for your help 429967



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


Just received parts good quality, looking to install over the weekend Very fast service and reliability for all the trailer and truck parts I have ordered, dont see this to be any different. Very pleased with the service Darryl Ziemba 230534



- 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



- F2407
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Kit cam quickly and the instructions were clear enough if you are mechanically inclined. If your not then don't try this because you need to have a good safe way to raise you vehicle pull the wheels off the back and work under for a couple hours. That being said once installed on my 2016 Tacoma the performance was excellent. I am currently running about 12 psi. And the hitch is about 1 1/2" higher with no load. Hooked onto my mower trailer with mower and it handled it as easily as my 2500HD. Mower is a JD 27hp 60" zero turn commercial. Haven't hooked the camper up to it but this definitely made the towing on my Taco much better. Great addition to any smaller or 1/2 ton truck that needs some beef in the back. Truck will be safer to handle loads if you do your air to match the load. I just use a bicycle pump to adjust. Easy to be accurate with each side. 405062



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I purchased a Ride Rite kit for my 06 Ram. This is my third kit for my trucks. I haul scrap and routinely gross 30K. I need quality running gear. etrailer provided what I needed at a great price and fast. I also needed a replacement air bag for my 2012 Ram. I found it cheaper from a competitor. Rather than order it from that vendor I gave etrailer the info and they matched the price plus a little extra. This is where I shop, and so should you. 551930



- F2407
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Took a few hours to get it completed, and went in as described. Have not had opportunity to test them out under load, but figure they would perform as expected. Instructions were not totally accurate, 4 bolts had changed size (to a smaller bolt than listed), but anyone with common sense could figure it out. (I did. LOL!) Wish "they" had included a "T" to inflate them equally, but purchased one at Lowes for about $6. I also "beefed up" the hose around sharp corners to protect them from getting damaged. 131693


Comments

Working great! Added an on-board compressor to the unit and use it to tow Travel Trailer. Does not get a LOT of use, but when it does, its great!

Terry B - 05/23/2015

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- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Last year I bought a f2299 air bag kit. With no mechanical skill and some common sense I had these installed (3hrs max.) into a Dodge 3500 to pull our 41ft 5th wheel camper. Took it to Fl. from Ks and forgot I had it along. Just bought my second pair, f2071 for my old '98. AWESOME product! holds air indefinitely. 241426


Comments

great product!! no leaks, holds air perfect

Matthew - 03/23/2017

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- F2025
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


etrailer is my "go to" site for anything to do with my rv. I like the tech help videos, and your selection of products and prices are very good. 472265



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


Kit was delivered in good shape, installed as advertised! Very happy with the product! 616144



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


Opened the box and in awe, I called my service guy, but he couldn't get to it for a week, so I started in. Rolled my truck up on some blocks. Removing the stock rubber bumper was easy. Then the installation. Bolting the upper housing onto the frame was the first job and was easy, except I forgot to include the spacer. So two steps later I had to unbolt it , insert the spacer and re tighten it. The rest of it went well and is now ready for the air line. Quit for the day and this morning will install the other side, which should go much easier now that I have learned from the first side. So it looks hopeful that even I can accomplish this. As a 75 year old retired surgeon that is saying a lot! Stay tuned for next installment which should review performance. 483120


Comments

Worked great. But sold vehicle 6 months later

Steve - 03/10/2019

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- F2250
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Was concerned if thls kit would fit a 2010 Silverado 2500 HD Quad cab with 6.5 ft. bed with a B&W fifth wheel turn over ball hitch. It took me 2.5 hours and every thing fit perfect. No problem with the instructions dead on, and the only holes I had to drill was in the rear bumper for the air fittings. Have had them on since November no air leaks or problems. This make my truck ride excellent with my toy hauler and other gooseneck trailer I have. Alot cheeper than a air pin box and does the same thing,no more chucking and bouncing. thanks 7291



- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Was very easy to install. My 11 yr old boy and i did it in less than 3 hrs. They are great and make the ride so much better. Pulling a 35 ft toy hauler on a 3/4 ton diesel. I have recommended etrailer and these air bags to friends. 265873



- F2525
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Very fast delivery. 139629



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


The airbags installed very easy. It took us about two and half hours to get the job done, and that’s after getting ahead of ourselves a couple times and having to redo some steps. It makes the vehicle ride great and I can’t wait Took my trailer up to it and see how it tows. 544910



- F2582
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Ordered the firestone air bags. Received them a few days later and installed them in about 2 hours. Took longer than maybe the norm because I’m recovering from rotator surgery. I’m pulling a 8,100 ice castle rv Behind my Ford 150 xlt LB. they work great and feel safer going down the road. Thanks etrailer 614960



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


If you don't have a lift, getting the upper locating pin aligned isn't easy. 413748



- F2430
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I don't typically do reviews but I was so excited about these I just had to share. installation was fine, it took me about 2 hours. Watch the installation videos, it helps. I thought I needed a 3/4 ton truck just to put some heavy loads in my bed a few times a year, but not anymore! See the picture I loaded. that is my Silverado 1500 with approximately 1,500lbs in the back (there are a bunch of concrete curbs in the back). Can you tell, I can't. That's with only 30lbs of air in the springs. I have used air shocks in the past but forget that, no comparison. I will say I did not get the series to fill itself which I will probably upgrade to soon, but for now, these are exceeding my expectations. 603952



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I installed the air bags and changed both shocks in less then 2 hours!! They went in perfect and the instructions were great. I do think the best part was the online video of the install!! Thanks Great product 120095


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Well its been -40C up here in Ontario and these air bags are holding up just great!! Ive loaded my truck with would and put the bags to 50psi and the truck was level and the ride was just like there was nothing in the box. Ive also been able to add electric brake and tow and large trailer with a small pickup on it!!! Great product!!

Shaun L - 03/11/2015

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I installed this on my 93 Chevy Z71 shortbed about one year ago and it is working great. The short wheelbase allows for more strength but the hwy springs are too soft for heavy loads. This airbag system allows me to haul a full load of wood on my 10k trailer and the pickup bed loaded as well. I carry a hand air pump in the toolbox to adjust the air bags whenever needed. This suspension mod allows me to haul maximum loads out of the woods and makes for a smooth and safe ride on the Hwy. 316278



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This is my 2nd purchase of this system . 1st time for my 2013 Ford F-150 Limited , easy to install ,instructions were great and they worked awesome for pulling my car trailers and my travel trailer with the bed loaded with firewood and camping equipment. This time I purchased it for my 2019 Ford F-150 Limited. The kit was complete and as before easy to install. I took my time to route the air lines in the frame to hide them and used provided protectors so no chafing . I purchased the tee fitting to conect 2 lines into 1 and used the mounting bracket . I would highly recommend this product to enhance your trucks rear suspension . 615241



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Great! My package arrived on time and the order was correct. I have ordered from eTrailer several time and I always get fast complet service. Never a problem and most of the time better prices than local companies give. THANK YOU! 346401


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 1-1/2 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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  • 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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  • Replacement Brackets for Firestone Air Spring Kit in 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT
  • The various Firestone air bag kits that fit your 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT are shown on the linked page. These include both front and rear axle kits that fit the 1500 with various amounts of lift. You can select your truck's configuration using the drop-down menu tool at the top of the page. The click on the filters to then select either 2WD or 4WD and whether you have a front- or rear-axe kit. Once you find the kit for your truck you can see the replacement brackets. For instance, if...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bag Suspension Enhancement for a 1997 Ford F-250
  • Firestone kit # F2071 will fit different trucks including your 1997 Ford F-250. I have confirmed this with Firestone. We tailor the answers based on what truck the customer is asking about so you will see answers for the same kit and different trucks and year ranges because it fits those as well. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. If you want to be able to add/remove air from the air bags from the comfort of your truck cab I recommend the Level Command II...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How Much Air Pressure Should Firestone Air Helper Springs Have On A Motorhome
  • When using an air suspension system like part # F2071, the amount of air you keep in the air bags will vary. It is recommended to keep at least 5 psi in the system but you want to inflate the system so that the motorhome will be level front to rear when looking from the side. The amount of pressure depends on the load it is carrying. As a general rule, the air helper springs will support approximately 40 lbs of load for each psi of inflation pressure (per pair). An example is that a...
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  • Air Suspension System Recommendation for a 1979 Ford Truck
  • It sounds like you have a fullsize 1979 Ford truck and are looking for an air suspension enhancement system for it. The Firestone Ride Rite Kit part # F2071 has been confirmed to fit the 1979 Ford F-100, F-150, F-250, and F-350 whether it's a 4 wheel drive or a 2 wheel drive so it would work great for you. I attached an install video for you to check out. For a compressor kit to make maintaining air pressure in the bags easy I would recommend the # F2158.
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch And Custom Rails Using Puck System On 2001 Ford F-250 w/ Firestone Bags
  • For your underbed puck system on a 2001 Ford F-250, I recommend the Under-Bed Rail and Installation Kit for Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP30073. This system is a custom fit for your vehicle and will give you the 4-puck system similar to those you see in the factory rail kits in current vehicle models. For the hitch that is compatible with these pucks, I recommend the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Wiring Harness - Single Jaw - 18,000...
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  • What Air Pressure to Use in Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2071
  • Rear axle air springs like the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2071 can be operated with pressures that range from the minimum 5-psi (which is necessary at all times) up to 100-psi depending on the vehicle and load requirements. Firestone does not give specific pressure recommendations for any particular vehicles or applications because there are so many variables as well as driver preferences to consider. The general rule is to first inflate just enough to level the vehicle,...
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  • Recommended Gooseneck Hitch Compatible Firestone Ride Rite Air Bag Kit for 2002 Ford F250 4x4
  • I'd recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite # F2550 Kit. The kit will bolt to the frame using existing holes, and will not interfere with a gooseneck or fifth wheel hitch installation. The kit is typically installed so that the Schrader valves terminate at the rear bumper, but a compressor kit like part # F2158 would allow you to add or remove air from the system using a switch installed in the truck cab. I'll link you to install videos for both the air bag and the compressor kits, as well...
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  • How to Add or Remove Air from Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs
  • If the Firestone system in your truck has the gauge in the cab that has a button or lever then it is that button or lever that will allow you to add or remove air from the air bags. That type of gauge indicates there should be an on-board compressor that adds or removes air from the bags. But it could also mean that the previous owner just wanted a gauge and the add/fill feature is not active and there is no compressor. The easiest way to determine if there is a compressor is to look...
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  • Suspension Enhancement for B&W Gooseneck Hitch 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 DRW, RWD
  • I have a solution for you, but the top bracket of the Firestone kit part # F2071 will interfere with gooseneck hitch rails. Instead you would want a Timbren kit part # TDR3500 which will give you the support you need and not interfere with a hitch.
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  • Does Air Bag from kit part # F2220 Match the Bag from Kit # F2071
  • The air bag from the # F2220 is the part # F6781. The correct Firestone kit for a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 is the part # F2071 which also uses the # F6781 as a replacement bag.
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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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  • Minimum Air Pressure Requirement for Firestone Air Bags in Truck
  • When not needed the minimum air pressure you need to keep in Ride Rite air bags is 5 psi to prevent them from damaging themselves. When you are towing you basically want to inflate the bags till the suspension on your vehicle sits level again. Whatever psi accomplishes that would be the correct amount.
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  • Which Suspension Enhancement Fits 1998 Dodge Ram with Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose Trailer Hitch Installed
  • If your 1998 Dodge Ram is a 2500, or 3500 (cab and chassis models only for the 3500), you can use Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2220, because this kit installs on the inside of the frame rail and will not interfere with the Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose, # 9460-39, which installs on the outside of the frame rails. For a 1500, you can use SuperSprings Vehicle Suspension, # SSA5MTKT. I have included a link to the installation details for reference. For a 3500, you can use Timbren...
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  • Air Pressure Range for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags
  • I spoke with my contact at Firestone and the air pressure range for the vast majority of all their Ride-Rite air bags is 5 psi to 100 psi. The 21-9015 number that you mention is actually the order number for the "equipped with Ride Rite Helper Springs" sticker and is not the part number for the air bags. If you would like to send me an email with the year, make, and model of your vehicle, I would be happy to help locate an instruction manual for you. I have attached an article that...
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  • Air Bag Air Pressure to Capacity Rating and Helper Springs for Trailer Suspension.
  • That might be accurate if it is just a measure of air pressure but you also have to consider the spring material and construction. The Firestone air bags, # F2071, are actually rated for 3,200 to 5,000 pounds load-leveling capacity. Please note that air bags are meant to supplement suspension but not replace it. Depending on the pressure in the air bags when used with leaf spring suspension you could experience a stiff ride. Also there are products specifically designed for use on...
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  • Ease of Installation on Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit F2071 on a 2001 Dodge Ram
  • The # F2071 Firestone Ride-Rite air spring kit you referenced would be a good choice for your 2001 Dodge Ram, as long as you have a 4WD model 2500 at the standard height. The installation is fairly simple if you are used to working on vehicles. Many of our customers do the air spring installations themselves. I am including links to the installation instructions and a video of this kit being installed on a 1998 model Ram for you to go over. To inflate or deflate the springs from...
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