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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 F2430 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Firestone Vehicle Suspension - F2430

  • Firestone
  • Air Springs
  • Extra Heavy Duty
  • Rear Axle Suspension Enhancement
  • Occasional Towing and Hauling

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.


Adjustable Air Pressure

Firestone Ride-Rite air spring airline installation

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.



Air Spring Construction

Firestone Ride-Ride air spring components

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.


Air Spring Installation

F2430 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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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 - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're gonna take a look at, and also show you how to install, the Firestone Ride-Rite Double Convoluted Air Helper Springs for the Rear Axle, part number is: F2430.Here's a look at the air bag from underneath the vehicle. As you can see, as we talked about, we have our frame connection point here, and our axle connection point here. A few other features that are nice is that with the double convoluted-design: we don't need a great deal of space for our airbags to work, and not have to worry about them getting damaged by rubbing up against something. We only really need about a half inch of space all the way around our bag. Another interesting feature of the air bag is gonna be the way they designed their roll crimp here at the top. With this kind of spirals around the rubber, and this will actually allow you to temporarily hang your axle for general maintenance, oil changes, fluid flushes, things like that.

Now, with that roll crimp design, that allows us to let the axle hang on the back of the vehicle. Your oil changes, tire rotations, things like that, we can allow that axle to hang, and that's gonna be unlike a lot of other air bags out there on the market. Typically, with their crimp design, if you let the axle hang you're gonna damage that air bag.Now, to attach the air bag to the vehicle, we're gonna have a custom set of brackets, so there's no modifications or fabrication required. We've got our upper bracket here, and you can see our lower bracket here. Designed to work with what's on the truck already, it just fits around everything.

And this is a heavy-duty steel. You can see, it's a nice thick steel, has the black powder-coat finish so it should stand up for a long time to come, to any of the road elements that we might encounter. The dual inflation valves are gonna allow us to air each bag up independently from one another. So, what that means is that if you have an off-center load like maybe an in-bed camper, some kind of a storage tank or something if, let's say, the left side of the truck hangs down more than the right side, you can just add a little bit more air on that left side to get it back level. Now, they're not designed to aid a poor working suspension system.

If you've overloaded your truck, and one side or the other is weaker, this isn't really the way you want to go. You want to fix that suspension and just use this for the off-center in-bed truck loads.Now, if this is what your Silverado looks like from time to time, air bags are probably gonna be a pretty good option for you. Basically, what we have here is what they call "vehicle sag". The rear suspension is being pushed down, whether it's from maybe an in-bed camper, maybe you've got a 5th wheel or gooseneck, or even a bumper-tow style trailer. Any time we're putting a load in the back or on that trailer, the rear of the truck comes down.

That puts a lot of unnecessary stress on this rear suspension system. It can cause premature wear and fatigue, and basically shorten the life of that suspension. Now, when we have sag like this, we're putting unnecessary wear and tear on the suspension itself. The leaf springs are gonna build up friction, and eventually they're gonna fail sooner than they should.Just for reference, the rear of the truck is sitting at about 36-1/2". Before we loaded our tank it was at 39-1/4", so we've had a pretty significant drop here in the back of the vehicle. If we look at the front of the truck, we've also had a change here. It started off at about 36-1/4, and it's now up to about 36-3/4. So we've removed some of the weight off of the front end. That gives us some less than desirable side effects in our handling, our braking, and just the overall driving characteristics of our truck. Also, when we take the weight off the front end it does a couple things. It's gonna take the weight off of these tires, so it changes the suspension geometry, so you'll typically get uneven tire wear on the outer edge, and your headlight angle, instead of being nice and flat, and pointed where we're going, it also tilts up a little bit. That makes it harder to see where we're heading.With the Firestone air bags installed, you can see what a difference it's gonna make. Same load in the back of the truck, but we have absolutely zero squat on the rear end. Now, with that being the case, that's gonna alleviate all of those symptoms we talked about before: our rear suspension is now not gonna be taking too much work, not gonna wear out too soon, our headlights are gonna be pointing the right way, our suspension is gonna be back where it was, and we're gonna return our handling and our braking characteristics.Now, this load is being supported with just 50 psi in each air bag. These offer a range anywhere from 5 that's the minimum you always want to keep in your air bag up to 100. You do want to keep in mind, these aren't designed to increase the load handling capability of your truck. They're simply there to take a lot of the work and the stress off of that rear suspension. And make sure that when we do haul what our truck is capable of, we do it safely.Another thing I like about Firestone air bags are, the customer reviews that we get are all very positive; everybody enjoys them. They don't think it makes their ride rougher, like you get out of some other suspension enhancement products. And also, the ride quality improves in your truck even when it's unloaded, and you've got the minimum amount of air in your bags. You're gonna feel a softer, smoother ride. And that it also gonna transfer into whatever you're hauling. There's several reviews mentioning that the items inside of their 5th wheel camper maybe their dishes, and the stuff that they have stored are always in really good shape when they get where they're going because those air bags are softening up the ride.Now let's take a look at some before and after footage from underneath the truck, with our load in the bed. You'll see, before we installed the air bags, as we do the side to side, there's a lot of body roll in the truck. You can see how much our jounce bumper is moving up and down there. Now we'll go into the wider sweeping turns. You can see our truck rolls over again quite a bit each way. Now, as we go through the bumps course, you'll see how much movement that we have, again, between the axle and the frame. And from inside of the cab you can definitely feel, it's a very rough ride. Now, after we have our air bags installed, we'll do the same kind of motions. You'll see as we do the slalom side to side, we're not gonna have near as much body roll. The same can be said when we enter our larger sweeping corners. As we go through the bumps course, it's much smoother. We don't have quite the jarring that we had before installing our air bags. From the driver's seat, you can definitely tell there's been a vast improvement to the suspension on our truck. It feels much smoother, and it definitely feels like you have more control.To begin our installation, we're gonna be removing the jounce stop on both sides of the vehicle. You can see here, I've removed the tire. We usually come in from this direction to do it, but this is something you can very easily do on the ground just by reaching in over your tire. You'll want a 10mm socket. We're gonna have a nut right up in here that goes into the frame. We'll get that removed. Once you've got that out, just kind of pull on that jounce bumper and it'll come out. Now, where that jounce bumper came out of, we're gonna be putting our upper bracket on. It's gonna go right up on the frame, just like that. See the oblong hole in the bottom here Flathead bolt goes up through that. Then on top you're gonna use the little collar spacer that goes right over that bolt. Now we'll bring our bracket up to the frame. We want to make sure it goes squarely up against the frame rail. Then we'll thread our flathead bolt right up into the hole that the jounce bumper bolt came out of. Then we can use our 6mm hex bit, and we'll get that snugged down. Now we'll torque our bolt down. You want to do this according to the instructions.Now we're gonna pre-assemble our lower bracket and our air spring. You can see the elongated hole in the upper bracket. We want that to match up with the hole in the bottom of the air bag. Then we can take our hex bolt, you can see it's got locktite on there, and get that threaded right in. We need to be able to move this, so we still need this adjustment, so tighten it down just enough so you still have that. Then we'll place our spring up in position. This is our combo stud, that's gonna go through this larger hole. Then our alignment tab is here, that'll be positioned either in that hole, or that hole, just depending on how it fits in here. And our lower bracket is gonna fit right on top of the axle.You see, the U-bolts that hold the spring to the axle are gonna come right down through that little notch on the back and in the front there. Now we'll take one of our large U-bolts. We want to go around the back side of the spring pack, towards the tire, and then come forward. And both sides of that are gonna go through our lower bracket there. We can take one of our locking flange nuts, thread that on. We're gonna do that on the front and on the back. And then, I like to snug these up, leaving space before they make contact with my bracket. Now, to snug these up you'll want to use a 9/16". Now we can take our carriage bolts, those are gonna go down through the square holes. These are also gonna be in the front and the back so they hang down below our axle. Then we take our axle bracket, place that up on the carriage bolts, and then add locking flange nuts to both sides of that, as well. Now I'm gonna take the slack out of these, again, not letting my bracket make contact with the axle yet.Now we'll snug down our U-bolt here first. Now we can torque these down again. You'll find your specifications in the instructions. Now we can snug down the nuts on our axle brackets and torque those down appropriately. You can see our parking brake cable, it's gonna kind of interfere with the top of the air bag. So they've created a hole right here in the bracket, that's gonna allow us to lift that up, and zip tie it up and out of the way. Now we're gonna raise the rear axle. You won't have to do that if your truck is still sitting on the ground, but if you've lifted it, you want to raise that axle. We want to have the combo stud go right up through the hole we talked about, the larger one. And then we want to rotate it so our alignment tab goes up in one of those two holes.Now we'll take our 3/4" nylon lock nut, and that's gonna thread onto our combo stud. Then we're gonna use a 15/16" socket, and start to tighten that nut down. Then, once we have that snugged down, you want to make sure you get it torqued properly. Now we can place our push-to-connect fitting on top of our air bag. We're gonna us a 1/2" wrench to do that. You see, that thread sealant that's on there, we want to make sure we get that all the way down in the combo stud. Now you want to just make sure your air bag is positioned straight up and down, and we'll use a 9/16" socket to tighten up the bolt on the bottom of the bag. Now, as you tighten, it does want to move around a little bit, so be sure you hold it in position. All right. Now we're ready to head over to the passenger side. We're gonna repeat all of these steps there.You'll notice, here on the passenger side we have used a heat shield. This is gonna be provided with your kit. You just want to position it so it's between the bag and the closest point of the exhaust, which is here. It's gonna offer us some protection. We won't have to worry about any heat getting to it. The next thing we're gonna do is mount our inflation valve. Now, Firestone's provided us a really nice bracket. This is designed to work with just about any type of hitch, whether it's round or square. We're gonna bring it up into position. I'm putting mine on this outside edge because the spare tire kind of goes around in here, and I don't want any interference with my air lines. But once you pick your spot, wherever you want it, you want to bring the two heavy-duty zip ties around the object you're gonna mount it to. Get them started here. Then of course, we want to take out the slack in them. Once you have those nice and tight, you want to trim off the excess.Now, to mount our valves we need to take the nut off. You're gonna place on one of the small provided flat washers, bring that through our bracket, add on another small flat washer, and a nut. And we'll do the same thing for the other one here. Now you'll use a 1/2" socket and a wrench. You want to tighten these down. You don't have to over tighten them, but you do want them to be nice and secure. Now we're gonna start running our air line up towards our air bags. As you do this, be careful not to drag the air line over any kind of sharp edges or anything that causes any gouges in the line. It makes it really tough to seal. We're gonna do our passenger side air bag first. Now, in the kit, there are little sleeves to go around the air line. We'll use those right here around our exhaust just to keep the heat off the line. And those will just slide right up on the airline tubing. Then you want to make sure you have a nice flush cut here on the end of the tube.Now we can put our air line right down into our fitting. You see, it's gonna go until it gets to a stopping point, and then from there we need to push it in just a little bit further, and then we should be able to pull back on it without it moving anywhere. Then we can use some of the provided zip ties to secure our air line. We want to keep this up and out of the way, so it doesn't get hung up on anything. I typically run out of zip ties, so it's a good idea to have some extras on hand. Now we'll make a nice flush cut on this end. We're gonna slide it into our inflation fitting. And then, again, you'll have that little additional portion you'll push down. Now we'll do the same thing on the driver's side, although we're not gonna need those protective sleeves. Make sure we get it zip tied off anywhere we might need to. And at that point, we're ready to fill up the bags with a little bit of air, and test for leaks.Then we'll add some air to each side. We'll give each of our fittings a good spray down. Let them rest here for a few minutes. We just want to make sure we don't have any bubbles forming.now, with no leaks detected, that's gonna complete our look a the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part number: F2430, on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.


Customer Reviews

Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - F2430

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (651 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.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado

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



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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



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2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2008 Chevy 1500. Using to assist with hauling travel trailer. Product shipped quickly and arrived on time. Poorly written instructions but easily installed once I was able to sort out the installation process. Very heavy duty material. Vehicle drove great after installation. Cant wait to put it to the test with a load. Note that the reference pictures on the website are of an older design. The mounting brackets have been redesigned and probably easier installation now. 141466



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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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

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2013 GMC Sierra

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



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We purchased the airbag kit for my husbands truck. The shipping of the product was quick and now it is a matter of doing the install. I will definitely do business with etrailer.com again and recommend them to my friends and family. 540654



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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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



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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Is air bangs seem to be of good quality. They were easy to install. I was happy to see that there was a bracket included for the air fill valves. I did not want to drill holes in my new bumper! 218305


Comments
The airbags work so good I do not have to use sway bars when I pulled my 35 foot camper.
Peter R - 08/10/2016

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Really great product and does exactly what it is supposed to do! I really dread doing projects like this sometimes because of the so-so directions, but the directions for this kit were the best I have seen. You can tell somebody actually took the time to do it right! My 740 lb cruiser in the back of my truck used to push the bed down a couple of inches. Not anymore! 399032



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2016 GMC Sierra 1500

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


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Still very satisfied.
Ken - 05/09/2019

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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. 665369



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2008 GMC Sierra

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


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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

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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


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Worked great. But sold vehicle 6 months later
Steve - 03/10/2019

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Thanks for the information. I received the airsprings in good condition and have installed them on my truck. Attached is the photos of my installation. Everything installed great with no problems. 144702



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Chevrolet Silverado

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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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

This is my first set of Firestone air shocks - my last set were made by Air Lift, which I used for about 10 years and really liked. It took me about 2 hours to install these air shocks on my 2014 Chevy 1500 4x4 but I could see it taking less time for someone with more mechanical experience. I haven't tried towing with these shocks yet but I like the quality and fit. I may add an update once I tow something heavy with them inflated. 112435



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This is a simple product that performs as it states. Simple installation although any time you climb under a vehicle it's not fun. My order shipped the same night it was ordered and arrived exactly on time. Great service 285586



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2011 Chevrolet Silverado

We ended up with a 32 foot Flagstaff 5th wheel camper. I'm pulling the camper with a 2011 Silverado (1500). Though the weight of the camper is well within the published weight limits for towing, the trailer compressed the rear suspension. The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs solved the problem completely! The truck rides level and seems more stable with the trailer on. I would not hesitate to recommend this product to anyone! Thanks for reading......... 489208



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Very good product. Was installed in less than 2 hours. Only thing I'd change, is add a push-lock Tee. To run both lines into it and only have to fill 1 valve and they would self equalize. But they do work very well with no leaks. I'm 100% sold on E-Trailer and everything they sell. The best information and customer service I've ever received, anywhere. Thank you and keep up the great work!! 349614



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2009 Chevrolet Silverado

Only problem I have had is when bags are aired up and towing trailer, throws off traction control / stabilizer and ABS light. other than that bags have held up. 381105



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2013 Chevrolet Silverado

Installed this kit on a 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD extended cab. Was planning to do one spring at a time by removing the wheels and jacking, then use jack stands to crib, etc., but it wasn't necessary. After removing the spare (highly recommended) I used a floor jack positioned under the receiver hitch to get adequate clearance to get under the vehicle. I did use jack stands for safety reinforcement; positioned under the frame. Worked the drivers side and then went immediately to the passengers side to perform steps 1-3. Make sure you have decent sockets and a torque wrench. The top "nylon jam nut" is tough to get to. The jounce bumper bolts were accessed by using a hack saw to cut the bumpers, which allowed me to see exactly how they were mounted to the frame. Make sure to watch the instructional video posted on the etrailer web page for this specific item. It was invaluable. All in all, it took me about 3 hours to install because I didn't get the best possible alignment on the first try, so I had to redo the mounting again. In other words, make sure you get the spring perpendicular to the rear axle as best you can. In step 3 of the instructions it says, "Insert the alignment pin into one of the small holes in the upper bracket that provides the best alignment". This is where I had to redo the process. The springs have provided a smooth ride so far and I'm pleased with them. Good luck with your install. 418859



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2011 Chevrolet Silverado

Finally got a break in the rain yesterday so I installed the Firestone Ride-Rite air bags on my 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD. Took about 4.5 hrs to install. My only problem was finding the correct way to remove the jounce bumpers from my truck. Directions state to simply unbolt them, but it took me awhile to figure out that the correct socket was a 10mm since you can't see or feel the bolt. The perfect setup to remove them is a deep well 10mm socket with a universal joint to get the right depth. After that the directions were right on and everthing went together nicely. I used a tubing cutter for the air lines and had no leaks. This is my second truck with air bags and I find them very useful in keeping the truck level and reducing sway while towing a 5th wheel trailer. 36071


Comments
Great tip. Im getting ready to install mine and would have had to figure this out. Thanks.
-- comment by: Jeremy B - 12/03/2014

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Audi TT

Easy to install. It took longer to run the air lines than it did to install the bags. The way Firestone packages this kit needs some help as I had to paint the brackets as they were chipped and didn't want to worry about rust. Some of this is due to my OCD. I can see where they are going to work well as just a few LBS of pressure changes the ride height on my truck with no load. I have not towed with them yet but am sure they are going to be perfect for the application of towing my TT and a better ride. Not only that, but taking some of the strain off the stock springs. 81999



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Still working great after a year. I have not had to run more than 28 PSI to level out my load. 745772



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I got these for my 2014 Silverado LTZ crew cab. I pull a 30ft Flagstaff trailer that weighs about 6,500 lbs using an Equalizer wd hitch that does a great job. It just seemed to sit slightly tail low. After installing the Ride-Rites I was able to adjust it to sit level or slightly above with only 20 psi. It also helped dampen bouncing on rough roads. It may make the ride without the trailer a little stiffer, but not much. I have had no issues with air leaks and leave it set to 20 psi all the time. I wish I would have installed these a couple of years earlier. 725654


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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for 2017 GMC 1500 Denali with MagneRide
    We have just what you need for suspension enhancement that fits your 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 with the MagneRide suspension. You'd want the part # TGMRCK15MR which is specifically designed for the MagneRide trucks. There isn't an air bag kit that fits with the MagneRide suspension.
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  • Lift Spacer Options for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs On Lifted Truck
    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2430 are a confirmed fit for your 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500. Since you have a lift, we have a couple of spacer kits designed for that depending on your lifted height. We have the following options for Lift Spacers for Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs that are not specific to truck model: 1-1/4" Spacers # F2536 2" Spacers # F2366 3" Spacers # F2368 4" Spacers # F2370 5" Spacers # F2373 6" Spacers # F2375
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs for 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD
    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2430 unfortunately do not have any use on a 2018 GMC Sierra 2500; they only fit the 1500. For a Firestone Ride-Rite kit that does fit your '18 Sierra 2500 you will want to use Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2596.
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 with 5th Wheel Hitch
    An "in-bed" hitch refers to a gooseneck or fifth wheel trailer hitch setup like you have in your 2018 GMC Sierra 1500. Since none of the air bag kits we offer for your truck are compatible with in-bed hitches your best option is going to be a jounce spring style of suspension kit like the # TGMRCK15S which fits if you do NOT have the Magneride suspension or the part # TGMRCK15MR for if you DO have the Magneride suspension. Some people will attempt to modify the brackets of air bag kits...
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  • Recommended Air Bags for a 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Denali
    I do have an option for you but The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2430 will not fit your 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Denali. The only set of airbags we have that are confirmed to fit the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited as of September 2018 is the Air Lift Ride Control Air Helper Springs part # AL59565 which have a 2,000 lb capacity. The above airbags are not as heavy duty as the Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs but will still offer support and won't sacrifice as much ride quality....
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  • Can I Use a Firestone Ride-Rite Kit with a Leveling Kit Installed on My Truck
    You will be able to use the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on your 2008 GMC Sierra with a body leveling kit that adds 1" from stock, but you may need to add some spacers to make up for any difference that this has created from the factory ride height. These blocks won't interfere with the air bags at all though. You'll want to measure when the truck is on the ground without any added weight in the bed of the truck. You will measure from the bottom of the top bracket to the top...
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs and Compressor for Lifted 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500
    Firestone does offer spacers to allow installation of air bags in lifted trucks. The spacers are not needed if the vehicle has a body lift, but if it has a suspension lift the spacers will be needed for the air springs to be in the correct positions. The Firestone rear axle air spring kit # F2430 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Silverado 1500 (both the 2WD and the 4WD versions) and you will want to use Spacer kit # F2375. To get the most out of your air spring setup I suggest adding...
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  • Recommended Airbag Kit for a 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Denali
    I do have an option for you but The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2430 will not fit your 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Denali. The only set of airbags we have that are confirmed to fit the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited as of September 2018 is the Air Lift Ride Control Air Helper Springs part # AL59565 which have a 2,000 lb capacity. The above airbags are not as heavy duty as the Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs but will still offer support and won't sacrifice as much ride quality....
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  • Choosing Jounce Springs or Air Bags for 2017 Silverado 1500 LTZ Crew Cab Towing 9K Trailer
    If your weight distribution system is rated appropriately for your actual loaded tongue weight and installed correctly it should not make your ride particularly harsh, but you can soften some of the effect of that extra weight on your truck's suspension with a rear axle helper spring kit. Suspension enhancement kits are not a substitute for a properly rated weight distribution setup but they can help restore more of the usual ride quality you're accustomed to when not towing nearly 9K in...
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  • Recommended Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs For 2015 Ram 2500
    To give you ride comfort and reduce sag in your 2015 Ram 2500, I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs - Rear Axle, # F2706, which is a confirmed fit for your vehicle. The Ride-Rite system is extremely adjustable, so your ride won't be impacted when unloaded and the support will be available when loaded. These air springs will adjust for up to 150 psi operating pressure. This will help support up to 7500 lbs. If you want to make the adjustment as...
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  • Fit & Compatibility of Firestone Air Bag # F2430 from 2008 Chevy Silverado to 2014 Chevy Silverado
    I spoke to my contact at Firestone and it appears that the lower brackets have under gone a design change for the # F2430 kit. Which is a confirmed kit for both your 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 and 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Max Tow. What you will need to update the old style to the new is: qty 2 of the lower bracket # F5781 qty 2 bail clamps # F3373 qty 2 bracket straps # F5360 and qty 1 hardware kit # FA21-760-2430 I have linked the above mentioned products to this...
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  • How to Determine the Correct Lift Spacer Needed for Installing Ride-Rite Airbags on a Lifted Truck
    Since you have a 6" lift on your 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 you will need a lift spacer in order for the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2430 to work. The correct way to measure for a lift spacer is when the truck is on the ground without any added weight in the bed. You will want to measure from the bottom of the top bracket to the top of the bottom bracket where the airbags attach. You can choose the right spacer using the measurements attached below. Space From Top To...
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  • Suspension Enhancement or Weight Distribution Recommendation for a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500
    The correct air suspension system you would want for your 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 would be the part # F2430 that you referenced. This system is rated for 5,000 lbs of support which would be more than enough. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. To make maintaining pressure in the bags easier you would also want a compressor kit like part # F2158. I have a better solution for you though. Suspension enhancement will give you more support at the rear of your vehicle,...
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  • Suspension Enhancement To Reduce Porpoising When Towing 30 Ft Travel Trailer w/ 2015 GMC 1500
    Of the various suspension enhancement products we offer, the TorkLift StableLoad Rear Suspension Upgrade Kit # TLA7310 is designed to preload the factory overload springs in order to combat porpoising and reduce side to side sway and body roll. The wedge pack is hinged, which allows you to swing the wedges out of the way when you're not towing or hauling. No drilling is required for installation. I believe this option would be more effective than an air helper spring system.
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  • What is Benefit to Running Compressor Kit with Air Tank for Vehicle Air Bag Suspension Enhancement
    For the Firestone Kit part # F2430 the compressor kit Air Command I part # F2158 would fit it and work well. You would not need an air tank unless you wanted the bags to fill very quickly. That's the benefit to the tanks. They allow the bags to inflate very quickly. A similar setup that included the tank is part # F2543. This also comes with a hose so you could refill tires if needed.
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  • Where Is Firestone Ride Rite Air Suspension Kits Made
    The Firestone air bag kit part # F2430 which is a confirmed fit for your 2009 Chevy Silverado 1500 is made right here in the USA and is a very high quality setup. We tend to recommend the Firestone kits over the other brands we carry because of how well they are made/perform. I attached an install video for this product for you to check out as well.
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  • Does Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bag Kit # 2430 Use J-Hooks or U-Bolts to Install
    The 360 photo of Firestone kit # F2430 is the correct photo. This kit recently went through a design change and no longer uses the j-bolts or lower brackets with the holes on the flanges. Instead it uses different brackets and u-bolts.
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
    I have a solution for you but the Firestone suspension enhancement kit part # F2430 is not a confirmed fit for your 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali as it does not fit the Denali models. Instead you would the Firestone Work Rite system part # TGMRCK15S as this is a jounce style kit that will fit the Denalis.
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  • Replacement Mounting Brackets for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Spring Kit F2430 for 2013 Silverado 1500
    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Spring product that fits your 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is their kit # F2430. For this kit we offer the passenger side upper bracket # F5528, driver side upper bracket # F2135825487, the lower bracket # F5781 and the axle strap bracket # F5360.
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  • Helper Springs for a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 LT
    For the type of loads that you are carrying in your 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 I recommend Timbren helper springs # TGMRCK15S. There is no maintenance required with these springs and they will prevent that rear end sag you are experiencing. And they have a limited lifetime warranty. Several of the guys here use these springs and they love them because they are so easy to use. Just install them and you are done. No need to worry about adding or removing air or possible leaks in air...
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  • Removing Bump Stop on 2014 GMC Sierra z71 to Install Firestone Air Bags
    The jounce bumper cup where the OEM bumper sits stays on the frame of the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 when installing Firestone air bags # F2430. Just the rubber bumper gets removed. Many times, if these bumpers are not held just by compression, there is a bolt that goes through the middle of it and is accessible through a hole at the bottom of the bumper. There may also be a nut on top of the frame. Take a look at the video I have linked that might also help.
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  • Firestone Air Bag Suspension Enhancement for a 2014 Chevy Silverado LTZ Z71
    The axle your version of the 2014 Chevy Silverado would be the Z71 rear axle and that should also be a 4 wheel drive model. The proper kit for a 1500 would be # F2430 that you have referenced. But if it happens to be a 2500 or 3500 then you would need to use # F2596. Also, if you do not want to manually fill the air bags every time you can install a Level Command II kit, # F2219, which will allow you to fill/remove air from the bags from the cab of the truck. I have also linked some...
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  • How to Determine Air Bag Spacer Needed to Install Firestone Ride-RiteAIr Bags for 3 Lift
    Air bag installation in a lifted truck can require lift spacers to bring the air bag's upper and lower brackets to the appropriate spacing for proper operation. Sometimes this means that a "3-inch lift" will need a spacer kit but this may not actually be a 3-inch spacer; the key is to measure the placement of the brackets in your application. For the Firestone rear-axle air bag kit # F2430 (that fits your 1500, both 2WD and 4WD) you'll want to check the installed locations of the upper...
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Help Suppress Rear End Bounce From Trailer
    For your 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 the Firestone kit part # F2430 which is a confirmed fit and would work well for additional suspension support with the trailer. You may also be interested in the compressor kit part # F2158 that will make maintaining and inflating the bags easy. The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2430 will allow you to customize the amount of help provided to the vehicle's suspension as needed for the load. I recommend the Firestone system because it will...
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  • Firestone Air Suspension Kit Recommendation for 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
    Yes, for your 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD the correct Firestone air bag kit is the part # F2596 which we have confirmed as a fit with Firestone.
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  • Which Air Bag Kit is Recommended for 2010 GMC Sierra 1500
    Firestone air bag kits are the best in my opinion as they have a sturdier design for the bags and how they mount to the metal plate where the inflation plate is. For your 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 you would want the part # F2430 which is a confirmed fit.
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  • Replacement Brackets for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit F2430
    For the Firestone # F2430 Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit we do offer replacement upper and lower brackets. For the upper bracket use part # F5528. For the lower bracket use part # F5781. For a hardware kit use part # FA21-760-2430.
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  • Will Firestone Air Suspension Work With Fifth Wheel Hitch On 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Short Bed
    To find out if there will be an issue installing your gooseneck hitch with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part # F2430 you can take a look at the attached installation instructions. I have also attached a drawing that shows where the F2430 is installed on your truck. As the drawing shows the F2430 is installed on the axle and replaces the jounce bumper on your truck. You will want to make sure the installation of the gooseneck or fifth wheel does not interfere with the...
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  • Does the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Use the J-Hooks
    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part # F2430, which fit on a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 uses a U-bolt instead of the J-hook for installation. The brackets that come with the kit # F2430 are:; Upper Bracket - # F5528 Lower Bracket - # F5781 Axle Strap Bracket - # F5360 You can see all of the equipment that this kit comes with in the attached picture which can be found on the product page.
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