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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 F2255 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Firestone Vehicle Suspension - F2255

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

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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Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - F2255

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1106 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.

- F2255
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Very simple and well engineered. Easy to install and good quality hardware. My 02 excursion pulls much safer now and these firestone airbags were the missing link for a safe ride.



- F2255
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Ford Excursion

These fit my Excursion and worked great on our first trip with them. I need to adjust my weight distribution just a little bit to make it perfect.



- F2255
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2001 Ford Excursion



- F2255
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2002 Ford Excursion



- F88ZR
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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Not very happy with the purchase. Packaging was sub par, 28 lbs of steel and airbags dumped into a 12x12x12 box, no packaging material. Airbags had caps over the air inlet, but both caps came off in shipping. Aluminum inserts were MISSING the threaded holes for the alignment studs. Had to drill and tap the 4 inserts (see pictures), thankfully I had a 10-24 tap on hand. Instructions are not clear in terms of 3/8” washer usage, the list of parts at the top of each page shows the incorrect amount of washers vs what is shown in the instructions, as a result not enough washers for the install, one again I had some at home thankfully, finally, the 3/8” bolts are not long enough to go through the lower brackets and provide enough thread engagement for the nylock nuts. There is no bolt stick out after assembly. The air line is very flimsy and is easy to link. Overall the only thing I liked about the kit was the air fill line bracket and the lower clamps that wrap the axle. I would likely go with the airlift product if I could do it again. Hopefully it functions well. Will find out when I put 4000 lbs over the axle.


Comments
Thank you for your review. The instructions say the frame nuts may not have the second hole. You can tape them in place while you secure the upper bracket. The all thread is a temporary use during the installation of the upper bracket and is then removed.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 07/21/2021


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


Installed easily, and used them to pull a heavy 24’ trailer across the country with a half ton pickup. The only thing I’d like to see is a manual leveling system with gauges and a compressor on board. I use a hand pump specifically for motorcycle air suspension to make the fine adjustments required to set the pressure. Works well. They did their job perfectly.


Comments
After a year, they are a great aid in hauling a d towing with my half ton. No more sagging rear suspension when loaded. Yes, the rear ride firmed up a little even with only five pounds pressure. That’s a small trade-off.
Lloyd K - 08/05/2021


- F2613
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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Just got done installing the Firestone airbag kit for my 2020 Chevy 2500 LTZ Z71 crewcab Duramax truck. Install went smooth, with no issues at all. I had the Firestone airbags on a previous truck and really liked them. I got the kit for a 5th wheel trailer.


Comments
Excellent
Robert J - 04/04/2021


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


The ride improvement is great and the additional bracket PN F5722 was not needed for my 2016 F 250 CCSB diesel because the module in question is behind where the airbag mounts on the frame, see attached pics. I did exhaustive research on whether or not the bracket was needed and could not find a definitive answer. When the box arrived one of the saddle brackets was protruding through the side of the box and the box looked like it had been opened and re-taped. I opened the box and found that the hardware bag was opened so I took inventory of everything and it all appeared to be there going by the list in the installation manual. I have the factory puck system so I did have to notch a small section of the hitch frame to allow for the passenger side upper mount bolt to pass through. When it came time to secure the bags to the upper mounts, the supplied nuts were the wrong thread pitch, I ended up having to source two nuts locally to continue with the installation. Overall the installation was not bad, I removed the spare tire and backed up on a pair of ramps. I have not pulled my 5th wheel since I installed the airbags, I will update the review once I do.



- F2558
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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Prompt delivery with good communication as regards order. Installation was straightforward as per instructions although I didn't use the included 3/8" x 5 1/2" carriage bolts for the lower bracket. Purchased 3/8 " x 3" Grade 8 bolts which did not require shortening and were easier to work with for clearance of brake line &etc. Air lines and connections worked great and No Leaks! Currently running 10# pressure but have not tested with a heavy load as of yet. Thanks


Comments
Air bags have performed as designed with no issues for a year. Additional weight handled well and general ride and handling improved. Upgraded to E Series tires and Bilstein shocks and truck works well on and offroad.
STEVE L - 02/13/2021


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


Installed as described in the Video on a f-150 2019 Lariat, max tow package 4x4. I have not loaded up the bed and towed yet so they are set to 5 psi and are riding fine. I have used the ride rites on other trucks and very happy with them. Now note you need to monitor them when not loaded as the should be kept at 5 psi unloaded. I also bought the wheel liners and mud flaps. Wheel liners needed to be cut so they would not run on the air bags.


Comments
Great, I did tow with my TT, truck was almost at max GVWR. Airbags were set to about 50psi to return factory rate. The ride was very good and controlled
Glen - 01/09/2021


- F2613
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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Installed on a 2016 2500 GMC. First and foremost etrailer customer service has been great. Called and asked a few questions and they were able to answer them. Tow a 35ft bumper pull rv quite a bit. Have always had a light front end, primarily due to loading of the trailer and truck bed. Rv stores set you up level, but your empty on both. Loaded it rides different. I adjusted my Husky center line hitch but that didn't help. Tourqed the trailer too much. Install was easy. Have a helper. Watch the video etrailer has provided, they explain the process very well. Bolt everything together, test fit, make your alignment marks then tourqe all the necessary bolts. Pull the spare off and the heat shield. Gives you ample room. All in all easy to install and definatly gets rid of body roll. Will post a follow up after I pull my trailer. Good Luck and enjoy!! Thanks again etrailer



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


Outstanding product!!! Well made and easy to install on my 2010 Tundra TRD. Just basic tools needed so anyone can do it!! Take your time and it is a fun 2 hour project. Made towing my trailer so much nicer. Level ride with comfort and good maneuverability. Think I am going to add these to my other GMC work truck as well.


Comments
Outstanding! Towing for a year now and all is fantastic. Level ride makes towing more safe and pleasant!
John T - 06/26/2021


- F89ZR
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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Installation went well only having to cut one u-bolt a bit short to clear a OEM sway bar on my 2018 F250 FX4. I worked on my garage floor with the frame jacked up a few inches to create clearace. No leaks & no effect on empty truck ride At 5 psi. I havent put my 3 K pounds of truck camper and gear on the truck yet so my 5 eval is based on ease of install and quality. Remember to chock those front tires if working on the floor. Also i put electric split coming over my air line because the squirrels at my house like to chew!



- F2478
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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I have used these air bags on other trucks and they make a big difference when towing. No more bottoming out the suspension and the trailer doesn’t even feel like it is back there. I put these on a 2019 ram 3500 single rear wheel cab and chassis. You do have to drill 4 holes in the frame for each side and there are brake and fuel lines on the drivers side. It took me a half a day to install and I have a decent shop with a lift. There was nothing hard, it just took time to get things out of the way and drill the holes. I did cut 2x4s and jig up the brackets to help install.



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


After a year of use I am still very impressed with the reliability and functionality of these bags. The Bluetooth compatibility of the compressor unit which allows the user to increase or decrease pressure via the phone app is great, no wiring to run into the cab, or mounting a control head under the dashboard is fantastic. Run these at 10psi for everyday driving with no noticeable change in the ride of the truck. I only have to air them up to 40psi to stiffen the suspension perfectly when towing my 34’ travel trailer. Would recommend this product within it hesitation!


Comments
This is the second set of these I have had. I purchased a new truck and I am not disappointed. Installed the first set my self in an afternoon, also installed the compressor as well and was impressed with the quality of the materials and the fitment. Had this installed by the hot rod shop up the street, who recommended the product when we talked previously. He loves the Bluetooth phone app for the compressor and has started to recommend it to his other customers. Would highly recommend this product and your company to anyone considering the purchase of a like product.
Bill H - 05/27/2021


- F2613
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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Installation of the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs was pretty straight forward. I recommend watching one of the numerous installation video's provided by etrailer, they help make the written directions provided by the manufacturer easier to follow. One recommendation I have would be to write the torque values provided in the back of the instructions up by the installation diagrams in the front of the instructions because the picture say tighten, not torque and a note would jog you memory to torque the fasteners. The entire install took about 5 hours with prep and breaks. The 5000 lb bags are significant and seem like they will level my truck when towing my 15K fifth wheel.


Comments
The helper springs coupled with the Trail Air pin box has really improved the ride. The only thing I changed was to add a T- fitting so I would only have one air charging valve versus two. It was hard to get a consistent pressure wirh two valves.
Joel - 07/04/2021


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


Installation was not hard at all, I definitely recommend having an impact wrench handy though. The airbags definitely improved how my toy hauler towed!! They took out all sag and reduced the roughness on torn up highways. The pic shows my truck back to factory ride height with the bags.


Comments
I have traded this truck since then, however they improved my ride and stance every time I pulled my trailer.
Jason C - 07/02/2020


- F2071
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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Great experience received my air helper springs only 2 days after ordering which is unheard of these days then installed them the next day and did exactly what they are supposed to do I’m pulling a 31 foot enclosed trailer and truck was on the overload springs which made for a horrible ride but not anymore would recommend this product and etrailer



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


Installation was easy. I use the Firestone suspension when I tow my fifth wheel. I can raise the truck back up to level with a load on the hitch, and ride is much improved.


Comments
Still working great. I run with about 45 to 50 psi pulling Grand Design with 2019 Tundra, 6 psi unloaded.
Larry R - 08/09/2021


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


This is an excellent system for this vehicle. It has firmed up the ride a bit but it is very pleasing at about 7.5 pounds. I can not wait to hook up to the fifth wheel. It was very straight forward in the work to be performed and for me it is quite rewarding.


Comments
No problem with these units. Very easy to maintain and they keep the load well ballanced.
Richard - 05/17/2021


- F2597
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Review from a similar 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.


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



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


Works with lift kits, i have 6inch block under spring and was Easy to install and no air leaks so far. I used basic hand tools..14 & 15 mm box wench and 3/8 drive with 14mm & 15 mm deepwell sockets. Took 3 hours, biggest chore was the spring shackle bolts took forever with hand ratchet. Most frustrating part was frame bolt brackets...actually lost one inside frame...i recommend making them with longer handles also marking the upper frame mounts left or right. Would give a 5 but havent had a chance to test under load yet.



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


These worked great on my 2016 Tundra. They did firm up the ride even with 5lbs in them. It also raised the rear of my truck about an inch. I only needed about 7 lbs in them when pulling my TT. Just a side note, once the bags were installed I felt like I could never get my weight distribution hitch correct, the sag I had helped with stability of the camper. I adjusted the hitch height and angle of the ball.



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


Very good product. Was delivered in a heavy duty box thank you! Instructions are well thought out, easy to follow. Installation was a breeze. Good quality hardware. Love how they work. Already have hauled some heavy loads with the truck. Stayed nice and level. No people flashing their high beams at me. Will make a valuable addition for any truck that hauls a heavy load now and then, especially fifth wheels.



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


I have owned these for about a year now and they have performed great. I installed them to accommodate the weight of some storage and gear I added in the truck bed. They have performed great and have fixed the issue I had with my headlights aiming to the sky with a load in the back. Adjusting the pressure is not difficult, but I would strongly recommend getting the t-fitting for the air lines to make it a little less tedious. Installation was pretty easy as long as you pay close attention to the orientation of the brackets. Overall, I am very satisfied with these and wish I had gotten them sooner.


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    If you are installing just the Firestone Ride-Rite airbags # F2255 without an on-board air compressor like the # F2158, then I would estimate that it should take about 2 hours to install the kit. This estimate is for someone with some mechanical ability, all of the proper tools and automotive experience working at home in the driveway or garage, plus having someone around to help. A professional may take less time depending on how many similar installations they have done. Individual...
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  • Does Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs F2255 Fit A 2000 Ford Excursion Diesel 2WD?
    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2255 is confirmed to fit your 2000 Ford Excursion Diesel 2WD. The # F2255 gives you up to 4800lbs of load leveling capacity to support your rear suspension when towing a trailer, but keep in mind this will not increase the towing capacity of your vehicle. To keep from needing to manually inflate the air helper springs each time you are ready to tow I recommend adding an on-board air compressor like the Air...
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