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 F2445 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Firestone Vehicle Suspension - F2445

  • 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.


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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F2445 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details F2445 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2007 - 2020 Toyota Tundra




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


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




Video Transcript for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2017 Toyota Tundra

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Toyota Tundra, we're going to be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part number F2445.This is what our air bags look like when they're installed. These are going to be custom fit for your vehicle. There's not going to be any drilling required. It's going to fit directly into existing holes in your frame. What's going to set these bags apart from others is they're going to have four layers of reinforced rubber for strength. It's also going to have a braided wire girdle, runs around the center.

It's going to make it double convoluted, which is going to increase durability. It's going to allow you to add more air pressure.Another thing that's going to set these bags apart is the design on your end caps, the rubber actually rolls inside of your cap, which is going to allow you to let your axle hang when getting serviced, as opposed to some of the other ones where the axle has to be supported.These Firestone Air Helper Springs are going to offer you a 4,800 pound load leveling capacity. You just want to make sure you're not exceeding the vehicle's load capacity. Another nice thing about these air bags is if you have an uneven load in the back of your vehicle, you can increase or decrease the amount of air pressure to level that load out. Now we have the ability to adjust our air springs from 5 psi up to 100 psi.

With the load we had today, we only had to have it at about 50 psi to bring our vehicle back to normal ride height.To begin our installation, we're going to need to get a measurement for a normal ride heighth. What we're going to do is we're going to measure from the ground in the center of our wheel up to the bottom of our fender. Now our normal ride height in the rear is going to be about 39-1/4". Now let's do the same with the front. Right about 36-3/4".

Now that we've added some weight, let's take another measurement. Again, we're going to go from the ground to the top side of our fender here, the top inside of our fender. It looks like we've dropped our rear end about 3". Let's go ahead and look at the front. It looks like we've raised our front end about 1/2".

What this is going to do, this is going to put unnecessary strain on your suspension, both front and back. Unnecessary wear and tear on your tires. It's going to affect your steering, overall handling and your braking of your vehicle.Now that we have our air bags installed, with our weight on the back of our truck, let's go ahead and take another measurement. Again from the ground to the top side of our fender, as you can see we're back to our normal ride heighth. Now let's check out the front. We've brought our front back down that 1/2", back to normal ride heighth. Now that we've brought our vehicle back to normal ride heighth, what that's going to do, it's going to take the unnecessary stress off of our suspension. It's going to increase our steering. It's also going to decrease the amount of wear and tear on our tires, thus keeping money in our pockets because we're not going to have to replace them as often.Before we start our installation on our driver's side air bag, what we want to do is we want to give us some space between our frame and our leaf spring. Now we have it up on stands on a lift for better viewing purposes. If you're going to do this in your garage, what you want to do is take a jack, and if you put it right on the bottom of your hitch and just slightly raise the vehicle up, that will let your axle hang just a little. We've got jack stands holding our back up, giving us that separation.Now I've gone ahead and removed the spare tire to make it a little bit easier to see. First thing we need to do is we need to cut off our jounce stop. We're going to try to cut it as level to the top of our U-bolts on our leaf springs as possible. Whatever means you can or whatever means you have, you want to take that off. Next thing we're going to do is we need to remove the nut that's holding on our fuel pump control. We'll use a 12 mm socket, and you'll have a nut right here on the outside of your frame. Then we'll have one more towards the front of the vehicle.Now to hold our two brackets onto our frame, we're going to have a 1/4" hex bolt, followed by a lock washer, you're going to follow that by a flat washer. We're going to go from the inside of the frame through the bracket through the frame to the outside, then you're going to put on a flat washer. You're going to follow with a lock washer, and then the nut. Next we'll install one of the brackets on the front bolts, then we're going to install the nut. We'll do that same thing with our second bracket.Now we're just going to line up our brackets with our holes before we tighten them down completely. This is what it looks like. You can see how our brackets are facing toward the front of the vehicle. I'll go ahead and tighten them down there. We'll give it one more look to make sure our brackets haven't moved and it looks like we're still lined up.Now we want to assemble our air bag to our brackets. You're going to have two brackets in your kit that look like this. This is going to face down towards the ground. We're going to install the air bag with that single hole right on top like this. We're going to have our 3/8 hex bolt, that's going to come in your kit. It's already going to have thread locker installed on the threads. We're just going to loosely install it or thread it into the hole in the air bag for right now. We'll just hand tighten it. What we want is we want that to be able to move in that bracket so we can line it up.Next we'll pull off this cap. This larger hole is going to go over this threaded bolt here and this smaller hole is going to go on this tab that's coming out of the top of the air bag. That's going to help keep this plate from spinning. Now we'll set it up on our frame. Now we'll take our bracket and this part here is going to go over top of our U-bolts. Pull down. You can see the threaded part's going to go right up through that hole that's in the frame.What you want is you want to line it up so that these two little knots that are in the frame line up with the two holes in your top bracket, so it's going to sit just like that. You want to make sure that that little tab that's on top of the air bag is also seated inside the hole in that top bracket.In the process of lining this up, this is going to be the same on both sides. You see this bracket right here, it's holding your brake line in place What we need to do is if you notice the hole right here, it's not giving us enough room to get a bolt in, so what we need to do, just kind of bend it out of the way just a little bit, just enough to get our bracket to slide in.Once we have our four holes lined up on both sides of our leaf springs, we're going to take a paint marker, then we're going to mark . what I like to do is just mark like this on the bracket and on the bag. Now you can just do it on the bottom if you want. I actually like doing it on the top one also. Now we'll pull it back down and we're going to tighten our 3/8 bolt on the bottom of the bag.Now we'll line up our two marks and tighten it into place. Next we'll take a 14 mm socket, torque it down to the specifications in the instructions. Once you get it tight, put it back into place. We're going to take four large carriage bolts that come in our kit and we're going to drop them through the holes. You have two here and you're going to have two on the other side. You're going to have two brackets like this that are going to be for each side of the vehicle. You'll see one side has a longer hole in it. That's going to face toward the inside of the vehicle.We'll slide our bracket over our carriage bolts like this and you're going to have some flange nuts. Put those on, then we'll put on our other bracket. Now we'll take our 14 mm socket and we're going to tighten our nuts down that are holding our brackets on the bottom of our leaf springs. You notice the wire that are running across here, you want to make sure that your bracket's going above them so you don't pinch them.What we want to do is we just want to tighten these enough to where that bracket is up against our leaf springs and not moving. We don't want to torque it down real hard or tighten it down real hard just yet. We'll do the same thing to our front bracket here. Next we're going to torque our bolts to the specifications in the instructions. Next we're going to have a large flat washer, put it on our top bolt from our bag, and then we're going to have a large nut that has thread locker inside the threads, and we're going to thread that into place, then tighten it down. Use a 24 mm socket or wrench. Once you have that tightened, you can torque it down to the specifications in the instructions.Now we're going to take our air fitting, and we're going to thread it into the top center of our large bolt that's coming out from the top of our bag. One thing to keep in mind is you don't want to over tighten this, so we're going to tighten it to where it's snug and then we're going to do one more quarter turn. Take a 12 mm wrench, snug, then I'll give it a quarter turn.Next we're going to install our air line. It's a good idea if you take your air line, put your two ends together, find the center and then cut it in half. That way you have plenty for both sides. Now if you don't have an air line cutter, you can find one on our website using part number F9009. You just want to make sure you're not cutting this with side cutters, because you don't want to pinch this because it could cause a leak.Now I'll route my air line tube. I'm going to go above this brace. You've got to remember we're going to have our spare tire here. We don't want our line to get smashed. We'll go above like this, and in your bed frame cross beams you're going to have holes. We're going to go through one of them, again above the bracket that holds your spare tire in place. Then what you want to do is we're going to cut off that end just to make sure we have a nice clean even connection, just like that. Then what we're going to do is we're going to push it into place until it won't move and then you're going to kind of tug on it a little bit and make sure you've got a good lock on it.Next you're going to have a bracket, it comes in your kit, and this gets mounted on your hitch and you have another option. You can also drill a hole into your bumper itself. The customer chose to use this bracket. You're going to have two large zip ties to hold it in place. We'll feed it through our bracket like this. We're going to loop it up and over our hitch. We'll have our two air line fittings that are going to go onto our bracket. We're going to remove the white cap, make sure you hold onto that, and we're going to remove the nut.We're going to have four flat washers. You're going to have two for each one. Put on the flat washer. We're going to put it in the bracket. Put on another flat washer, and then we're going to replace the nut. We're going to do the same thing to the other side. Then we'll take a couple wrenches and we'll tighten those up just enough to where they're snug. We'll use a 13 mm socket and wrench. Again, you don't want these real, real tight. You just want them snug so they don't move.Once you have your driver's side air bag installed, you'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger's side, with the exception of your fuel pump control. We're going to wait to reinstall this until after we have got air in the bags and we've tested all of our fittings to make sure we don't have any leaks.Now our driver's line air line tube, again you can route it however you want. I'm routing it right here to this existing wiring. This is going to help keep it out of the way of our spare tire, and will keep it up against the back of the vehicle. I just took some zip ties that come in your kit and zip tie it on there, just like that. Then we can cut our hose to the length that we need. Insert it into our fitting, push it until it stops. Give it a little tug, make sure you've got a good hold on it. Then we'll do the same thing with our passenger side air line.Now one difference on the passenger's side is you're going to have some sleeves that come in your kit, and what those are for is you slide them over top of your air line tube, and it's going to help protect that tubing from your exhaust heat. Once you have both bags installed, we're going to add some air to them. We're going to add about 70 pounds. Then we're going to check all of our fittings for any air leaks.Now we're going to take some soapy water, a water/soap solution, and we're going to spray down our fittings. What we're looking for is we're looking for large bubbles. We're going to do that same thing with the remaining air fittings. Once you've determined you don't have any leaks, you can reinstall your fuel pump control. Next we'll take an 11 mm socket and an 11 mm wrench and we can tighten down our hardware that's holding on our fuel pump control. Once you have your fuel pump control back in place, you can reinstall your spare tire, lower your vehicle back down to the ground, and you're ready to go.That will do it for the look at and installation on the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part number F2445 on our 2017 Toyota Tundra.


Customer Reviews

Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - F2445

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (631 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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Installed by professional mechanic. instal went well. Totally changes the dynamic of towing. We have a 34 ft travel trailer. Control is excellent. Far better feel with heavy loads in the bed as well. Over all excellent product, very satisfied. 601774



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Excellent product and follow-up service from etrailer. 671578



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2007 Toyota Tundra

The product works great. 417766



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2014 Toyota Tundra

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



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2015 Toyota Tundra

The air bags are the second purchase for this product for two different Toyota trucks in three years. I chose etrailer because they are thorough, always right and provide excellent customer service. The bags worked well with my bumper pull last year at around 20 psig and now with our new fifth wheel at 55 psig. Both sets of Firestone bags have been excellent. The Toyota Tundra pulls our Grand Design very well. We drove from South Carolina to New Mexico with no problems and a smooth ride thanks to etrailer and Firestone! 409027



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2014 Toyota Tundra

Perfect fittment on a 2014 Toyota Tundra. Very easy install and very easy to use daily. I have a small 12V compressor I keep in the truck to adjust pressure. I normally run about 12psi in the bags. 319941



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2015 Toyota Tundra

They work great and easy to install. 2015 Toyota Tundra 5.7 pulling an 8600 lb travel trailer. 299350



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Toyota

Installation was pretty straight forward. Completed in about 2.5 hours taking my time, in my drive with basic tools. Havent had a chance to test them out. 2008 Toyota Tundra 29' Heartland Sundace travel trailer Measurements from wheel well to floor. Pre bags Unloaded front : 39 - 1/2 Unloaded back : 39 - 3/4 Loaded front : 39 - 3/4 Loaded back : 37 - 3/4 --------------------------------------------- After bag install 5psi Unloaded front : 39 - 1/2 Unloaded back : 40 - 1/2 Takes 50psi to bring back to level when loaded. 635937



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Toyota Tundra

This product showed up and packaged as described. Installation was fairly simple and completely explained in the instructions. It took about two hours. The filler valves are a little fragile. Definitely makes pulling my 27' RV a lot less stressfull. 49787



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2012 Toyota Tundra

When i got the package i immediately inventoried it and found i was missing an upper bracket. A short call to etrailer and they ordered another one free of charge. The estimated time of delivery given by the website was beat by several days. Install instructions weren't bad but the video posted on the website attached to the product page was much more helpful. A friend and i got the job done in about 3 hours but honestly could have done it in half the time. A torque wrench and a very low profile set of sockets and an automotive creeper is a must for the job. Overall, etrailer did a very good job handleing the parts situation and will recieve my business in the future. 225314



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2016 Toyota Tundra

2016 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 4x4 - Installation was easy. Took about 1.5 hours. I pull a 27ft. travel trailer and these springs greatly improve the towing experience. Firestone Ride Rite air springs are a must have! 398929


Comments

These springs improved my towing experience. I would not pull a trailer using a half ton truck without using these springs.

Mitch S - 06/25/2018

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2014 Toyota Tundra

First time takes the longest to figure out and install. This kit included all the parts needed. It included brackets and hardware needed to move brake line away from air bag. Air hose is quality product as are the air fittings which did came with a sealer on the threads. Air line fittings allow the hose to be removed. Everything lined up as designed....almost. I had to enlarge a slot on the bottom bracket so that the air bag sat plumb on the bottom bracket. I had to drill the enlarged hole about 1/2" additional; this did not weaken the bracket. This is a great product. Firestone though of everything you might need including elbow fittings, brackets and zip ties. 209886



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2015 Toyota Tundra

Great product. Easy install. Run 26lbs. to level truck when towing 32' 5th wheel. Truck still rides great, but corners better and feels more stable all around. 313173



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Volvo Cross Country

This kit was super easy to install. Matter of fact I did the install in the driveway of my in-laws with a basic tool kit as I found I needed these to provide a more pleasant towing experience when I was moving cross country. The hardware was very nice and the tubing and fittings were very easy push connect type. Instructions are well laid out and straight forward. These also are very beneficial for flexible needs. When I don't have any large load in the bed or when not towing, I keep them at about 7lbs and you basically have factory ride but with less roll in turns. When you are loaded up, just add air to level out and ride comfortably (any truck loaded to full capacity will squat and the steering and driveability is fairly compromised at that stance.) 443350


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I like them more the longer I have them. I do my own projects around the house and these are handy for the heavier stuff that you are gonna haul from the point of purchase to the house. Keeps the truck level and helps utilize all of the capability of the truck drivetrain and frame.

Jim - 10/18/2018

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2016 Toyota Tundra

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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2012 Toyota Tundra

After making sure I had the right package with all the correct pieces, I followed the step by step instructions and installed the Airbags and they fit perfectly on my 2012 Toyota Tundra. I did remove the spare tire which added 10 minutes to the install, but 1 hour and 45 minutes is nothing compared to the results I got. The next day I hauled a 4,800 pound loaded trailer with a 3,500pound car with 1,250 pound trailer with no problem. I added 50lbs of air pressure and it raised my truck back to its factory height to eliminate the sag from the tongue weight. Money worth spending. Thanks Etrailer!!! 328348



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2017 Toyota Tundra

2017 Toyota Tundra I purchase the Firestone F2445 air springs and they are amazing. They made towing my 8,000lbs camper we more enjoyable. There are only two small critics that I have. One : Orient the top plate before putting it on the bag otherwise it's tuff to tell which way all three holes line up. Two : If it were me I would run only one line back as you will seldom adjust the sides independently. Other than that they are awesome!!!! Ryan 550524



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2011 Toyota Tundra

I purchased the helper springs for my 2011 Toyota Tundra for leveling the truck while towing. It took me about 3 hours to install the helper springs and they work great. I attached a photo of my truck with my VW on a U-Haul to show how the helper springs kept the load level with about 50 psi in each helper spring. I pulled the VW a little over 2000 miles, from WI to WA, and never needed to add air (the photo was half-way through the trip). Unloaded, I keep about 5 to 10 psi in the helper springs and the ride is still very smooth. 50874



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It was very fast shipping product is excellent it is what is advertised 724445



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Guys just use these guys. They are the best service in the world. Double those stars. fixed me up in no time when others sent the wrong thing. That may have been my fault. and that is ok. These guys know the right questions to ask the 1 st time. 721760



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2016 Toyota Tundra

The product is great. It came on the the day it was promised with the correct parts. Although I consider myself mechanically inclined, it took me about 4.5 hours to install it on my 2016 Tundra. I do check and recheck a lot and I’m 72 years old. I put the truck up on jack stands, removed the tires and left the spare tire in place. That really restricted my movement under the vehicle and I found I had to contort myself a number of times in order to install and visually check the installation. I did remove the spare tire during the air line installation and that made a huge difference. It took me about 3 hours just to do the drivers side alone. The passengers side went pretty quick. Also, getting out from under the truck on numerous occasions to get the right tools took a lot of time. Putting it on a lift and removing the spare tire certainly would’ve made it a lot faster. 720074



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2016 Toyota Tundra

I put these on my 2016 Tundra so I can comfortably haul a pickup camper. The hardest part about the installation was gathering all my tools. It is a very simple 1 person project. Surprisingly easy. The second side took about a half hour, the first side was much longer because of the inevitable search for tools. I thought the usual nice Tundra ride would be stiffer. I was surprised that it was a much smoother ride. Plus, the cornering has noticeably improved. I haven't put the camper on yet, but I have no doubt this will be a nice ride for it. 718341



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work awesome and easy to install 694772



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Product fit well but installation instructions were not clear. It was difficult to decipher the proper settings for the applicable parts per the torque settings chart. Some of the parts provided did not match those listed on the materials chart. When applying the specified torque to carriage bolts the top plate bent downward and bent the bolts. I attribute these problems to the design of the product and Firestone's failure to provide clear instructions and parts that matched the instructions. 681369



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Good, you still have to check the air pressure at least once a month. Overall I’m satisfied with the product and would recommend it. 678151



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Great product for my 2011 Tundra. 670513



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This product fit my 2017 perfectly. Good instructions but I watch the e trailer video on the website. Very helpful. I’d highly recommend this product. 667440



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2017 Toyota Tundra

Good instructions. Only had one issue, kit provided two lock washers for fuel pump controller brackets and you need 4 since this application required twin brackets. No leaks, work great. 666392



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2016 Toyota Tundra

I have used this same product on 2 other trucks i've had and they worked great, easy to install, truley no drilling required, plug and play install, i'm using them on a 2016 tundra just to help level off the rear of the truck when towing a small trailer and possibly an occasional load of material. 665501



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2019 Toyota Tundra

These fit my 2019 Tundra as if it came from the factory with them installed. They are great quality and fit perfect. The instructional videos on etrailer helped make the install even easier. 664611



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2012 Toyota Tundra

I am very pleased with Firestone air bags. I put them on a 2012 Toyota Tundra for the express purpose of leveling the rear end sag when I hooked up my toy hauler with two machines inside. I already had an equalizer hitch, but there was still some sag until I put on the air bags. Problem solved. Since installing I have pulled the trailer about 1500 miles without any problems. The trailer with machines and water weighs around 7500 lbs. 643555



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Etrailer's shipping was fast. After watching their installation video, installed Firestone rear differential airbags during the afternoon. Tested towing 4900 pound travel trailer with 480 pound tongue weight. Airbags got rid of Tundra's rear sag with travel trailer connected and ride is comfortable while towing over rough roads. 635126



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It’s amazing how this works. But when I put them on my truck. It even rode better. It worth buying g if you pull trailers or campers. 621715



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Was an easy and straight forward install. Looking forward to seeing how well they work when we pick up our trailer this spring. Thanks for your help 619552



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Second set, they work great 615527



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2008 Toyota Tundra

Firestone Ride Rite arrived very quickly by UPS. I waited a couple of days to give myself more time to install. I took everything out of box day I installed airbags to make sure everything was in the box. Directions are easy to follow. Once installed, I check for air leaks and was good to go. Currently running just 5#. Firms ride up but feels much smoother going down the road. I have not had a chance to see how it helps towing Travel Trailer. Will finally get to find out in a couple of weeks. 601557



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2016 Toyota Tundra

etrailer made it easy to find just what we needed to install airbags and a 5th wheel receiver in our truck. They were available by phone to answer questions to make sure we ordered all the items needed. They were received in a timely manner, of good value and we'll definitely use etrailer again when the need arises. 597717



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well built all parts like factory fit 597121



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I went with this product after the reviews I had read. The service and knowledge from e-trailer was great! The installation crew did a fantastic job. 1 year later it is all good, the product works like it sez it would. Towing is much safer and smoother. And e-trailer is the best!!! 591345



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2016 Toyota Tundra

Product was a good fit and etrailer did everything as advertised (shipping/delivery/etc.) 517449



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2014 Toyota Tundra

Simply put... They work very well my Tundra rides level now... 378358



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2011 Toyota Tundra

easy install. Looks to be made good time will tell 363412



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Installed the air bags along with a gooseneck hitch in a long day. The people at Etrailer let me know that the products I was ordering would not work with each other. This was very helpful as I did not see the interference with the parts when I was looking at them. I was able to plan for this and successfully installed both. The air bags work great. Was able to carry a 10k load with a gooseneck trailer. The ride and handling was very smooth. 359016



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2016 Toyota Tundra

Great product and excellent customer service. You can't do better than etrailer. Thank you for your help and prompt service. This is the way a business should work. Thanks again 337162



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2015 Toyota Tundra

Product arrived as expected. I've read some review concerned about packaging and the poor quality regarding that, I didn't think it was poor and nothing was damaged. Instructions are clear and easy to understand. The most difficult part of installation was cutting the bumpers off the leaf springs. I was using a weight distribution hitch and would recommend these before using a hitch. The ride is more firm and feels much more secure. I pull a 28' toy hauler with a 2015 Tundra Crewmax 4X4. 307947



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2012 Toyota Tundra

I have ordered two other times from etrailer and including this time all have exceeded expectation. I love the quick and frequent communication on the status of the order. Very clear and concise updates let you know where things are every step of the way. The site also has great reviews that helped me decide what part met my needs and then when I went to install the part the step by step video made it a breeze. The air bags themselves work well and were very easy to install. Took about 3 hours total with setup and cleanup included. After the initial ride I am happy with the results. I have not yet had my travel trailer hooked up, but I will by the end of the month and I expect big improvements in ride. Thanks again for a great customer experience. 302518



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2016 Toyota Tundra

2 people makes this install easy. I drove rear tires up on two inch block off wood. Drop the spare and you can literally sit under the truck and makes install easy. 235146



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2010 Toyota Tundra

Had installed on 15' Tundra to carry a 5th wheel camper pushing 10,000. With 10psi in bags they kept the truck level and was very happy with the way they aided in control and gave a great ride with both the load on the truck or just going to work, 226504



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2011 Toyota Tundra

Can't rate the product as it will probably be Spring before I get it installed. etrailer did a great job of getting it delivered quickly ! 162260


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Used them this fall. Worked great!

Ralph A - 11/23/2015

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2014 Toyota Tundra

Product was in good shape when it arrived. Instructions were easy to follow. Put 2014 Toyota Tundra on a 2 post lift. Cut off my bumper pads on springs with a sawzall and mounted lower bracket. Tightened it with 3/8 dewalt impact. Next we set the bags in place and started the lower bolt. We then drilled the 2 holes in rear bumper and mounted air chucks. Then we lowered truck and started top of bag thru hole and the lowered to top bracket. Tightened bolts and nuts. Installed sit hoses. Inflated to 5psi. Very easy. 1.5 hours total. Easy to install. Ride stayed the same. 155412


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  • Replacement Parts Available for the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Part # F2445
  • The correct replacement lower bracket for the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2445 is the Replacement Lower Bracket part # F2135825543. You will need two lower brackets, one for each side. If all you have is the upper brackets and airbags, then you will also need the following items which I have listed for you below that will complete the kit you need for your 2010 Toyota Tundra. Extension Bracket: part # F2135825584 (1) 1/2" Bracket Strap: part # F5086 (4) 18' Air...
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  • Differences Between the Firestone Ride-Rite Springs Part # F2245 and Part # F2445 Toyota Tundra
  • I do have the mounting brackets you are asking for but unfortunately, the airbags on the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2245 for your 2006 Toyota Tundra are not the same as the ones designed for the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2445 for the 2017 Toyota Tundra. Since the airbags are different, the old airbags will not line up with the predrilled mounting holes on the new brackets. Therefore, the only thing you would be able to reuse on the new vehicle is...
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  • Best Airbag and Compressor Kit for a 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD
  • The best airbag kit we have for your 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD is the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2445. These airbags are going to do an excellent job of helping support the vehicle's rear suspension while loaded or towing. The best part of all is that you can adjust them to the pressure you like to receive the best tow/haul possible. If you feel you need more support then simply add more air into the bags but if you feel the suspension is too stiff and creating a bumpy...
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  • Recommended Airbag and Compressor Setup for a 2014 Toyota Tundra Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • It sounds like you are looking for a set of airbags to use on your 2014 Toyota Tundra for pulling a 5th wheel trailer. If that is the case then I recommend using the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2445 because they install under the frame which means you won't run into any issues with side mount 5th wheel hitch brackets. These airbags have a 5,000 lb weight capacity which will be plenty because they only really need to be rated for your payload capacity which will be well...
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  • Air Bag Helper Springs for a 2017 Toyota Tundra
  • So the first thing to look at is the capacity of your weight distribution system. When you calculate tongue weight for weight distribution you have to add in the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Since the truck is sagging when there are things in the bed it could mean that the weight distribution system you have is not rated high enough or needs to be adjusted. With that said you can certainly still add suspension enhancement if a weight distribution...
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  • Does 2009 Toyota Tundra Need a Spacer to Install Firestone Air Bag Kit with 1 inch Leveling Block
  • If the leveling block you have installed on your 2009 Toyota Tundra is a body lift only (your suspension travel did not increase), then you definitely would not need a spacer when installing the Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2445 that you referenced. If the suspension of your truck increased by 1 inch you still most likely wouldn't need a spacer since that shouldn't add enough distance to cause an issue.
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  • Are Spacers Needed for the Firestone Air Bags F2445 on a 2015 Toyota Tundra with 1 Inch Lift Block
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2445 for your 2015 Toyota Tundra will not require the use of spacers if the lift blocks are installed under the leaf springs because the distance between the top and bottom airbag brackets will not change because of this. In the past, Firestone has called for an Axle Bracket Extension like part # F2506 to be used to help support the weight with lifted applications but they have since done further testing and determine this was not needed....
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  • Spacers Needed for Firestone Air Bags on a 2007 Toyota Tundra with 1-1/2 Inch Lift
  • The lift kit may be 1-1/2 inches but more often than not the actual lift provided is less. If the distance between the axle and the frame has increase by 1-1/2 inches then you would need to look at spacers totaling 1-1/2 inches to close that gap. Bracket extension kit # F2506 would be too much at 2 inches. We have spacer kit # F2536 for 1-1/4 inches of lift (Vehicles with 1-1/2" lift and from 6-1/2" to 7-1/2" between upper and lower brackets) for your lifted 2007 Toyota Tundra and Firestone...
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  • Part # F2445 Installed on 2004 Tundra 4x4 with TRD Package
  • My Firestone representative tells me that the # F2245 is the correct Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit for the 2004 Tundra 4x4 with the TRD package, not to be confused with the F2445 which is compatible with the 2007-2013 Tundra (please note the difference and do not be confused by the similarities in the part number!)
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags Fit a 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
  • Firestone Ride-Rite air bags # F2445 are not a fit for your 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali but there are other options. If you have a short bed Sierra then you could use # AL57204. For a long bed use # AL57211. These show no exclusions for Denali models.
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Compatible With 2016 Toyota Tundra 4x4
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2445 is a fit for non TRD package. We give that note to show that it will work even on the TRD package vehicles. We have installed it on non TRD vehicles as seen the the attached video. This kit comes with the manual inflation valves and is compatible from 5 psi to 100 psi. If you are interested in having a compressor and gauge to adjust your springs, I recommend the Firestone Air Command I - Analog Gauge...
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs Fit on 2017 Toyota Tundra with 1 Inch Lift
  • I reached out to my contact at Firestone and you won't need anything additional to install the Ride-Rite Air Springs # F2445 on your 2017 Toyota Tundra because the 1 inch lift generally isn't enough to warrant spacers. They don't even make a 1 inch spacer kit. If you find there is too much space on your truck there is a 1-1/4 inch spacer kit available, # F2536.
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  • Do Firestone Air Bags Cause a Stiff Ride with No Load in a 2010 Toyota Tundra
  • Unlike other helper springs using air bags such as # F2445 on your 2010 Toyota Tundra will not have much impact on the unloaded ride quality. This is because you have the ability to make the ride stiffer by adding more air or softer by removing air (down to 5psi minimum as you said). Some people will say that air bags won't allow the full travel of the stock suspension. True or not I haven't had customers complain to me about that so it must not be much of an issue.
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Helper Springs for 2015 Toyota Tundra with 6" Lift Kit
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs you selected, # F2445 are a fit for your 2015 Toyota Tundra. In order to accommodate your 6" lift, you will need the 6" Lift Spacers, # F2375. These spacers are installed between the top of the spring and the top bracket. To verify that this kit will work, the distance between upper and lower brackets must be between 11.5" and 12.5". I've attached a photo of Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs installed on a 2013 Tundra that does not have a lift kit....
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  • Are Spacers Needed For the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs On A Lifted 2013 Toyota Tundra
  • The Firestone Axle Bracket Extension Kits like part # F2506 are no longer required for a lifted 2013 Toyota Tundra when using the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2445. I spoke with Firestone and they said that additional testing has since been done on the lower bracket and a connection between this and the axle tube is no longer needed for additional support. That said, if you like you can use the above Axle Bracket Extension Kit but it would need to be modified to work with...
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  • Will Air Springs Work With Fifth Wheel Installation On 2012 Toyota Tundra
  • I have attached a photo that shows how the brackets for the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part # F2445, are installed. Your 2012 Toyota Tundra would be similar to the 2013 Tundra in the photo, so you can get an idea of how the brackets look when installed. I spoke with my contact at Firestone and they told me that you can install the # F2445, while a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch is installed. The installation instructions are attached and you can take a look at them to see...
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  • Does Firestone Ride Rite Kit F2445 Include L-Bracket with Inflation Valves
  • The bracket with inflation valves that you referenced does come with the Firestone Ride Rite Kit part # F2445. You can see it in the review video I attached on the table just to the right of the air bags.
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  • Comparing Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 and Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on 2018 Toyota Tundra
  • There are a number of differences between the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2445 and Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs # AL88299, starting with fit. While the Air Lift will fit all models of the 2018 Toyota Tundra, the Firestone is only a fit for Tundra's with the TRD package (Toyota Racing Development). The biggest difference, and why I recommend the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 # AL88299, are that these springs come with internal jounce springs while the...
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  • Are Floor Jacks Required to Install Firestone Suspension Enhancement on a 2010 Toyota Tundra
  • According to the installation instructions which I have linked for you, raising the vehicle is not one of the installation steps. In addition to the installation instructions I have also included links to some FAQ articles on Firestone suspension and upgrades.
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  • Suspension Enhancement System Needed for a 2012 Toyota Tundra
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs are a favorite around here when it comes to suspension enhancement. They have received great customer reviews and they allow you to adjust the amount of support according to your load. For your 2012 Toyota Tundra you would want to go with part # F2445. I also recommend using a compressor kit as well because it will keep you from having to locate an air compressor when you need to have more air in the springs. The Firestone Air Command I # F2158...
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  • T Fitting Recommendations for Use with Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs
  • Just answered your previous question and yes, you would want the Firestone Union Tee # F3025-1. Using a union T like this to equalize the pressure between the two bags is a great way to make sure that both bags have equal amounts of pressure in them. You would not have to worry about the air pressure shifting from one bag to other and having the air bags not be effective. The bags do not stretch enough for that to be a problem.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution Hitch & Suspension for 2015 Toyota CrewMax Tundra & 27 Foot Trailer
  • Don't worry I can help. The anti-sway unit that the dealer put on your trailer will not allow you to backup like you want to. This is because it is constantly putting force onto the trailer and when backing up it will be easier to jack-knife. This anti sway bar is an effective sway when used in the towing position because it makes the trailer want to track the vehicle. I would recommend the Equal-i-zer system # EQ37100ET you were previously looking at over the Curt TruTrack based...
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs # F2445 Fit a 2012 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
  • Your 2012 Toyota Tundra with Double Cab is fully compatible with this Firestone Air-Ride Rear Axle Helper Spring Kit, part # F2445. The kit includes all parts required for installation and manual pressure adjustment. Air bags provide a convenient way to level your truck when carrying an uneven load, support your existing leaf springs to prevent sagging, and improve ride quality. However, they do not increase your Tundra weight-bearing capability. It is important that the air bags have...
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  • Rear Axle Suspension Kits Compatible with B&W Gooseneck Hitch in 2010 Toyota Tundra
  • The Firestone Ride Rite air bag kit that fits your 2010 Toyota Tundra Limited, part # F2445, is not compatible with 5th wheel or gooseneck hitch installations. The same is true for the Air Lift kit that fits your Tundra, part # AL88299. Since these air bag kits cannot work in your truck you might want to consider a set of jounce helper springs like Timbren # TTORTUN4 or a Custom Suspension Stabilizer and Sway Control Kit like # SSA4 from Super Springs. Both of these work with your gooseneck...
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  • Is it Necessary to Remove Rear Jounce Bumpers to Install Firestone RideRite Helper Springs # F2445
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs you referenced, part # F2445, fit both 2WD and 4WD versions of the 2012 Toyota Tundra and do require removal of the stock jounce bumpers. These need to be cut off as close as possible to the brackets (on top of the leaf springs). You will also need to temporarily unbolt the fuel relay box (which is shown in your photo) and move this aside during installation of the Firestone springs. The emergency brake line bracket may also need to be bent...
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2445 Fit 2014 Toyota Tundra with Leveling Spacer
  • I spoke with my contact at Firestone and depending on how the leveling was done on your 2014 Toyota Tundra you may need an additional part or two in order for the Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2445, to work for you. If the distance from the leaf spring to the frame of your truck was increased, you will need Lift Spacers, # F2536. If the distance from the leaf spring to the axle was increased, you will need Axle Bracket Extension Kit, # F2506. This is a 2 inch extension, which is...
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  • Will the Strait-Line Weight Distribution RP66073 Work on an Interstate 20 Super Coach Trailer
  • I did some research on your Interstate 20 Super Coach trailer, and found that the trailer has an 8 inch I-Beam frame and most likely an adjustable channel tongue. This is the reason that you are having difficulty with the weight distribution system. It seems to me that if the sway control ball mount is hitting on the left, driver side when turning that the right, passenger side sway control ball mount extension would also be making contact when turning. If this is the case, we do not...
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  • Should Weight Distribution System or Air Helper Springs Be Set Up First on 2017 Toyota Tundra
  • If you decide to add an air spring system like the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2445 that is confirmed to fit your vehicle, you will want to first inflate the air bags to the desired air pressure and then set up the weight distribution system. However, if the weight distribution system you are using with your 2017 Toyota Tundra to tow your 30 foot travel trailer is properly rated and installed, an air bag system is not typically needed. A good weight distribution system...
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  • Does Truck with 1 inch Lift Need Spacers When Installing Firestone Air Bag Kit
  • For a 1 inch lift we have found that in most cases there is no need for any spacer adapters for the Firestone Ride Rite kits like part # F2445. If a spacer was needed for such a small lift Firestone would have one available.
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  • Recommendation for Fighting Sag When Towing with a 2010 Toyota Tundra and Weight Distribution
  • Weight distribution (WD) systems actually take on the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle (your 2010 Toyota Tundra) as well as the tongue weight (TW) of the loaded trailer. This is why you are finding that your WD system isn't performing as well when you load down the bed of your pickup. For example, the Equal-i-zer # EQ37100ET has a TW range of 600 lbs - 1,000 lbs. If you were using this system and the 709 lb TW of your trailer plus the cargo behind the rear...
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