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

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  • 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. 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

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.



2430 Firestone Ride Rite Air Bags - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle



F2430 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details F2430 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2018 GMC Sierra 1500

2019 - 2019 GMC Sierra Limited

2014 - 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2019 - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Legacy

2008 - 2013 GMC Sierra 1500

2007 - 2007 GMC Sierra New Body 1500

2008 - 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2007 - 2007 Chevrolet Silverado New Body 1500



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 Vehicle Suspension F2430 Review

Today we are going to be reviewing part Number F2430. These are the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs. They are double convoluted and they are going to be for the rear axle. To see if this is going to fit your particular year, make and model you can refer to the vehicle list at the bottom of the product page. This system is designed to maximize safe load carrying capacity. It's going to also increase stability and improve the ride quality. They simply install between your vehicle's frame and its rear suspension.

These are designed to keep your vehicle level when you are hauling a heavier load. It's also going improve steering control and braking when you're hauling or towing. It's going to level out your headlight beams and it's going to reduce tire wear. It's also going to help maintain even load distribution with air pressure, leveling off center loads so the air bags can adjust manually, side to side with individual inflation valves. Those are going to be included right here in the hardware bag.

It's also going to reduce the strain on the rear suspension, which is going to prevent permanent sagging and excessive friction in the leaf springs. The Ride-Rite Helper Springs are designed to increase stability. So, they are going to absorb the road shock for a smooth ride and it's also going to soften the contact between the axle and the frame to prevent bottoming out. They're going to provide maximum load support and durability with rubber construction and double convoluted design. It's going to include all the materials necessary for your installation. You're going to get the brackets, the air springs, all the hardware needed.

You're going to get the air line, you're going to get separate valves for manual inflation. Now, if you need switches, gauges, compressors and air tanks. Those are going to be sold separately, but they are available for quick and easy air spring inflation or deflation from inside your vehicle. So, you're going to get everything. You will have to assemble some of it.

It does come with detailed instructions. It's going to walk you through the installation and how to assemble the actual units to be put onto your vehicle. The load level and capacity it's going to be at least 3200 pounds, at most 5,000 pounds. The Ride-Rite springs will not increase your vehicle's weight carrying capacity. So, keep that in mind and be sure not to exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight limit. It does feature adjustable air pressure. You need at least 5 PSI for these to operate and that's at the lowest. But you can go up to 100 PSI with this system. Again, these are vehicle-specific so check out that vehicle list at the bottom of the product page to see if this is going to fit your particular year, make and model. And for the passenger side of the vehicle, it is going to come with a heat shield that goes up against the exhaust just to protect the construction of the spring and to keep it intact. So, that's just what this portion is here. It's also going to come with the heat shield that is going to go around the air line at the point where it comes up to close to the exhaust and thats, again, just designed to protect the hosing or the air line from excessive heat. So, that's all included. Again, everything that you need for a complete installation is going to be included with this kit. That's going to do it for our review of part Number F2430. This is the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs. .


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (404 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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So far, so good. These things will hold some serious weight! I haven't had to exceed 6 lbs. yet, even towing cars on a flatbed trailer. The weight distribution setup I have has alot to do with that though. One gripe I have is that is should have came with a T joining both sides, going into a single Schrader valve. I don't like having to try and balance 2 separate sides. Just checking the pressure at lower pressures will release quite a bit of air - not alot of volume in there. If you load your vehicle correctly there should never be a need to have differing pressures on each side. At the very least, the option to choose should be included. Other than that, and a nagging slow leak I have on one side (at one of the quick-connect fittings), they've been great. 172906


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I still havent fixed the slow leak yet. Ive developed a rattle from the top half of the bag mount against the frame. Need to take that down and see what the issue is - nut might have loosened up. Weve got some pretty bad roads up here in the Northeast, so its no surprise. Other than that, theyre still working great. My idea on the T is a bad one, because that will introduce some severe body roll, as air pressure is forced from one side to the other depending on which way you turn. Will definitely decrease stability, so I wont be making that modification. Wish there was a way to hook this up to my existing Viair compressor. Suppose theres a way, just not an easy one.

Smithsonite - 02/08/2016

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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 Chevy Silverado 1500


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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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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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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Installation was pretty easy, instructions were basic. It would have helped to had an example picture of the installed product on the vehicle as part of the instruction booklet. For my truck, the bumpers were bolted to a part of the frame that didn't match the illustrations in the guide. After some looking around (a video on etrailer.com) I found that it was expected. Also, it would have been nice to know how to remove the stock bumpers. I spent a good 30 minutes trying to figure out that it was a 10mm socket up the middle of the bumper (I'm not a vehicle guy). Overall, the product was simple enough to install and I suspect it will be fine, as I'm testing it out tomorrow. 51312



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This is the second set of airbags I have purchased from etrailer and my third truck using them, I have yet to utilize this new set as for I just installed them on this past Thursday and will get to evaluate them tomorrow pulling my camper. The last set on my last two trucks, I was extremely happy with their performance. as well as extremely happy with the service I get anytime I deal with etrailer. Cathy T is always very helpful. 395612



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Installed on a 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE. Issue was excessive "loping" as when transitioning onto or off of a paved surface onto a concrete surface like bridges, overpasses, which tends to create a bump or dip. My first pressure setting was 20 lbs, not quite enough; I changed to 50 lbs which caused the impact to be a bit severe; back down to 30 lbs.....bingo. Great product, made a huge difference pulling our 27ft travel trailer. Worst part of the installation was the wheels on my creeper getting stuck in the cracks of the concrete driveway. Otherwise not a big deal at all. Thanks gang!! 361852


Comments

Still goin. Pickup rides great even if I forget to lower the pressure after parking the trailer between trips.

Larry N - 04/05/2018

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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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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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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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2010 GMC Sierra


My 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 4X4 has a leveling kit on it. It looks great until I hook up to a trailer and the rear end lowers making it look like I'm driving uphill all the time. Because of this I ordered Firestones RideRite air bags. So far I really like them. They keep the truck nice and level even under a load. Time will tell if the air is gonna bleed off over time. I wish etrailer sold this kit with a compressor as well so you could adjust the bags at the push of a button. I may have to buy one and try it! 106863



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2008 Chevy 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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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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2014 Chevy 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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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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Received order promptly. Just put kit on a 2017 GMC Sierra 1500. Install is pretty straightforward. Took about an hour and a half by myself with hand tools. Watch the video and climb under the truck. The kit was delivered in perfect shape and looks to be a solid design. Time will tell but I'm sure it will do exactly what I needed. Thanks etrailer!! 376053



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We bought a new camper and experienced a lot of bounce on the rear of the truck while pulling the camper. I installed these air bags and after a few tries at different air pressures, was able to eliminate the bounce. The air bags were easy to install and I am very satisfied with this product. 289783



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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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2012 GMC Sierra


Received and installed. Even a cave man can do it.I used these on my 2008 Silverado and they worked great so I just put them on my 2012 Sierra.I like these because they mount on the inside of the leaf springs in the bump mount area. 38556



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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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Instalation was easy and equipment worked as discribed. The item shipped the same day it was ordered and arrived faster than any other item I have ever ordered online. More than pleased with etrailer. 132727



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The air lift kit fits and works great! I installed it in less then an hour. It took longer for me to gather up my tools then it did to do the work! Just a great fitting kit! 62036



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Great product to bring a 1500 Silverado suspension up to speed to handle our new trailer. Thanks for prompt action on my order, I would definitely use etrailer.com again. 107677



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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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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


Fast shipping, easy installation, I have ordered from etrailer several times and they never fail to deliver ......a great product at a great price. 491969



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This looks like a well built product. I just got them today, with really fast shipping. I can't wait for a little warmer weather and put them on. 171432



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Shipment arrived today in good order. Everything seems to be there so as soon as possible it'll be on my pickup. 323416



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Received product sooner than expected! Arrived in original box. Everything was there. Great service. 52354



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Product was as advertised. Took about an hour to install the complete kit. Very satisfied. 162463



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Was so happy it arrived early! The air bags installed easily and worked perfectly! 265206


Comments

Wonderful , its everything that I hoped it would be.

Marty C - 06/27/2017

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Great products, fast and free shipping, great price. Couldn't ask for more. 176757



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Worked like a champ. Video was spot on and made install easy. 343654



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Easy to install. Works as better than expected 117676



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Perfect fit. Very easy to install. Thank you 359756



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Simple install very heavy duty work per fect 9666



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Good clear instructions- kit fits perfe ct 453054



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Install was very easy,maybe hour an half 205932



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Easy to install. Met all expectations. 477667



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Great seller and speedy delivery 242139



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Great ítem, thx 249482



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Happy 192364



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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I bought the Firestone F2535 for a 2015 Ford F-250. My need of the kit is twofold, 1, correct the slight sag which takes weight off my front wheels when I hitch up my race car trailer, 2, even up the side to side ride heights with the aftermarket 51 gal duel tank installed. I verified fitment on the Firestone Riderite website before purchasing from e-trailer. Shipment was prompt and the kit arrived in the manufacturers box. All of the parts were in the box and nothing was damaged. Installation was relatively straightforward and the written instructions combined with the video posted on e-trailer left nothing to the imagination. On my truck the brake lines and hoses needed to be tied back to create more clearance around the drivers side air bag. I don't remember this being mentioned in the video, it certainly isn't noted in the instructions. Removing the DEF tank captive nut was difficulties as the clip on the nut broke and resisted efforts to get it out from behind the DEF tank bracket. I pre-assembled each air bag on its upper bracket and made my alignment marks to ease aligning things up once under the truck. Then I installed the upper bracket(s) and loosely installed each airbag. Then I installed the lower (axle) mount parts. The drivers side was definitely more difficult because of more limited clearances to work in. Overall installation took approx 6 hrs in my driveway with no lift. I installed, removed and reinstalled the drivers side lower assembly 2x to verify I had the height set correctly over the factory jounce stop. In the end the highest setting is the only one that would work with my 4WD truck. Air leaks occurred at the threaded air line fittings on the airbag - but I expected this as I purposely lightly torqued the air line fittings on with the intention of re-torquing them during the leak testing process. There weren't enough tie wraps included with the kit (easy enough to solve) to properly secure the air lines to the chassis rails. This is especially important on the passenger side of the truck where the exhaust runs. I used both heat shield tubes (provided with the kit) on the passenger side airbag from the air bag back. The two lengths provided were sufficient to cover the tubing until it clears the last resonator box aft of the axle. I covered all of the rest of my tubing with split loom to help prevent chafing of the air lines. Overall, great product. Well made and was straightforward to install. 252460



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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


There are two parts to this review - one, on the product itself, and two, on the customer service from eTrailer. The product itself is one I have been installing on my trucks for years. However, this most recent purchase was missing a few bolts and the heat shields to protect the air bags from the exhaust pipe. I don't know if this was an anomaly, but I was a bit disappointed to find parts missing from a sealed box. Once I received the parts, and installed them, they performed as they always had - very well. I don't use them to add extra load, just to stiffen the ride a bit, making trailer towing a bit more stable in windy conditions. The second part of the review deals with customer service from eTrailer. I called to report the missing parts, and was told by the representative that there was nothing he could do, and that I would have to call Firestone direct to obtain replacement parts that were not included. He was rather curt, and not helpful at all. I told him that I wanted to return the product then, as I was not satisfied with his response. He said that it was not an acceptable reason to return the product. At that point, I asked to speak with a supervisor. Twice. Once on the line with the supervisor, she was very helpful and seemed unhappy to hear I had told her regarding the representative's attitude. She told me she would get the parts out of another kit, and send them out directly. I received them the next day, and was able to have them installed before my extended trip. She even checked to ensure I had receive the parts the following day. It was unfortunate that one individual could possibly scar a company's reputation, but I must say that the supervisor went the extra distance to ensure I was taken care of. For that, she gets 6 stars! And a continued returning customer. The only reason I gave 4 stars is due to Firestone's mis-packaging of the item. 266395



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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I have purchased several items from etrailer and always impressed with their accuracy and speed of delivery. They have high shipping costs to Alaska so have not been able to use them except when in the lower 48. Installed on a 1-ton Dodge dually used to either carry a 4600 lb truck camper, pull a 11000 pound fifth wheel or tow a 10000 trailer. The truck camper really sat the truck on the axle and the recently installed Timbrens made matters even worse. When I hit a dip or bump it sounded like there were no springs what so ever. Installed the air springs and now I get a much improved ride and have not bottomed out to date. I installed the air springs in Oregon and drove to Homer Alaska over some pretty rough roads. Great ride!!! 88865


Comments

I still have the highest opinion of the air shocks! Been many miles and always loaded. Not one time have I had to add air and perform the same as they did when I first put them on. These shocks really tamed the load. Would not own a large truck camper without them.

James E - 01/09/2015

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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


It was an easy install and everything fit OK. I removed the spare tire to make it easy. I had to slightly bend the brake hose bracket on both sides and another bracket just slightly to clear the rear spring clamp at the bottom of the spring. I carry my 1,400 pound Honda Pioneer 700 and pull my travel trailer with a 400 pound hitch weight. I have your weight distribution hitch for some of the hitch weight. 270021


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Still working great. I have them on my 1999 Ford too and those still work great.

Robert N - 01/06/2018

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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


The product is high quality. The components are heavy duty, well made and fit together properly. Just beware, this is a time consuming installation that requires lying on your back on a creeper for several hours and doing work requiring some arm strength over your head. If I were doing it again, the kit would go to my mechanic and the young guys would do it with the truck on a lift. Also, removing the jounce bumper on the four wheel drive truck was very difficult. The nut was well corroded on the bolt and it is in a nearly inaccessible position. I ended up using a sawzall with a metal cutting blade to remove them and that wasn't easy. After about seven hours of hard labor flat on my back, the job is done and I am satisfied with the results. 221540


Comments

A year later and all is well. I load the bed of my truck and tow a 7,000 lb trailer. The air lifts keep the truck level. That is the objective.

Jim F - 08/26/2016

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Fast delivery. I suggest a "do it yourselfer" watch a couple of the You Tube videos before starting up on this, also have a helper which makes things easier while you're under the vehicle. I have a 2016 F250 with an underbed 5th wheel rail system from Reese. The driver's side rail was not a problem as it had an access hole for the DEF tank bracket bolt. The passenger side rail presented a complication in that the 3/4 inch bolt would strike the rail when installed to secure the top bracket. This was solved by my neighbor/helper who donated several 3/4 inch washers which when installed on the bolt before installation took up the needed distance on the bolt to keep it from contacting the trailer hitch side rail. (see photo) The bags are inflated in the photo to about 10-15 lbs. I took a ride on a local country road with plenty of curves. Normally the truck would tend to roll to the outside in the curves. The bags did a great job of minimizing any roll even when inflated with minimal pressure. I am anxious to see how the bags affect my towing experience when I'm loaded to almost max weight with 5th wheel tongue weight and an auxiliary fuel tank. 280563



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I recieved my air bags a couple of days ago. They were super fast with delivery and everything was accounted for. Installed it myself on my 2005 ram 1500 4x4. Took around four hours. Simple instructions to understand. As soon as I completed the installation I hooked up a heavy gooseneck trailer and with jus ten lbs. of air it leveled the trailer and never dropped and inch more. Even when loading a horse into the front of it. I I havent pulled the gooseneck yet put pulled a bumper trailer and it handled well... even with out a load I can tell the difference with them on... very well made product and would recommend to anyone. Very satisfied customer right here. 122885


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I really like the product. I have hauled a gooseneck several times in the past year with five horses in it and it performed well beyond my expectations. Very pleased.

William S - 04/06/2015

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I recently installed the Firestone Ride Rite air helper springs model # 2582 on my 2016 F150 Supercrew 4x4. The install was straight forward. I watched a couple of the etrailer installation videos before I installed the Ride Rites. I found the videos very helpful. I installed the Ride Rites on my truck in my driveway on jack stands. I think it took me about 2 to 3 hours. The driver side took longer to install because the hard brake lines block access to the hole in the frame. It also took me a little while to choose the best route for the air lines. I am going to be installing the Air Lift WirelessOne system very soon to use with the Ride Rites. I am very happy with how the Ride Rite system turned out. 479226


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  • 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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