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

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

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  • Firestone
  • Air Springs
  • Extra Heavy Duty
  • Rear Axle Suspension Enhancement
4,800-lb Capacity. Ride-Rite air springs enhance your factory suspension for safety and stability when you are hauling heavy loads. They reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your vehicle level, and adjust to load size for a consistently smooth ride. Lowest Prices for the best vehicle suspension from Firestone. Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle part number F2542 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Firestone Vehicle Suspension - F2542

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.


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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F2542 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details F2542 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2009 - 2014 Ford F-150




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 - 2011 Ford F-150

Speaker 1: Today on our 2011 Ford F150, we're going to be installing Firestone's Ride Rite air helper springs, part number F2542. This is what our springs are going to look like when they're installed. There's currently a moderate inflation on it to allow it to carry a decent load. Each spring can be adjusted individually. This way you can maintain a steady stable load from side to side no matter what you're hauling.It'll also help increase stability while under a heavy load. You can adjust it as necessary per your load, so you can help maintain that factory ride height and make it even on both sides.

This is important when it comes with stopping and turning because the weight will be more evenly distributed, allowing it to stop closer to its factory specifications.They feature a maximum carrying weight of 4800 pounds and operate between five and 100 psi. To give you a comparison on how this is going to affect the ride of your vehicle. Currently we're unloaded without the springs installed. Our ride height is measuring about 39 inches. And in the front our ride height is measuring about 37 and a half inches.

We've now loaded up our truck with several hundred pounds. Let's take a look at how that affects our suspension. Our rear is dropped down to 36 inches. That's a three inch drop in the rear. And our front suspension has increased to 37 and 3/4 inches.And now with our air springs installed and the truck loaded back up, let's see where we're at.

And we're right back to our factory ride height with about 45 psi in our air springs. And when we check here in the front, we once again returned back to our factory ride height. So now all that steering and suspension loss that we we're getting from that load in the back should be mostly restored.So as you can see here on our test course with this heavy load in the back. It's tipping the back side down and dragging the front up. So we're looking up towards the sky and if it was night time, this would really affect our headlights making it hard to see what's in front of us.

It's also really rough ride throwing us up and down, back and forth. So a bit of air springs will help even out that suspension. Now we're going to take it in to our test course. So as you can see here, our vehicles going to maintain it's level, which will help bring those headlights back down, so they're not pointing up at the sky from a heavy load in the back. It's also going to help increase that braking performance because it's going to be leveled out, so the weights going to transfer properly as most of your braking done by about 75% in the front. It's going to increase comfort of the ride, we're not going to feel those bumps as much and sway around as that load throws the cab up and down. And overall, it's just going to feel safer.We'll begin our installation off the vehicle, by pre-assembling our airbags. You'll begin by taking your top mount bracket with the flange facing up away from the airbag, slide it over the two studs. You can then install two of the small flange nuts to secure it in place. Then snug those down. You can snug them down using a 15 millimeter socket or a 9/16 socket. Now remove the plastic cap from the top of the airbag and thread on your air hose fitting. You'll then need to tighten it down using a half inch wrench until it contacts the sealant located on the threads. You'll want to orient this so it faces towards where your airlines are going to run.When it's installed on the vehicle, the flange will be facing outwards towards the tire and away from the inside of the vehicle. So we're going to be positioning it in this position. So it'll go towards the rear of the vehicle. We'll now install the lower bracket. This is going to be oriented with the L brackets facing away from this flange. This goes on the bottom, so we'll flip it over and we'll flip our bracket over. And we'll install it using the small copper colored bolt.Now if you had a two wheel drive vehicle, you would be using a spacer with the longer bolts. However, since our vehicle's four wheel drive we'll be using this one. You just want to snug it down. We'll torque it in a later step.Now we'll remove our bump stop on our vehicle over here on the passenger side and we're using a 13 millimeter socket. We'll set this aside but keep the bolt because we'll be using it in a later step.We'll now install our frame bracket onto the vehicle. There is a difference between the left and the right. So you do want to make sure that this L portion faces towards the front of the vehicle. So it'll be like this with this portion towards the front. Before we install our bracket, we'll need to remove the rubber seal from this hole here as we're going to need the access.We can now set our bracket up into place. And using the same bolt that we took out of the jounce bumper, thread it right back into that same hole and go ahead and snug that back down using a 13 millimeter socket.We'll now need to take the plated handle nuts and prepare them to install them into the frame. We'll slide in the frame such as this, but we'll need to angle this arm outward so we can still maneuver it around. So we're going to bend it in this direction. Almost to a 90 degree angle, but not quite. Do that with both of your brackets.Now take your bracket, slide it up into the frame. We're going to angle it towards our front hole first. Then take one of the one inch long 3/8 bolts, thread it through the bracket in the frame and tighten it into the handled plate nut. Kind of got to move it around til you find the hole and get it started.We'll then repeat that same process but this time for the rear hole by sliding that handled nut into the frame. Then using the same sized bolt again you're going to slide it through the back hole this time and line it up with that handled nut.Now torque your frame brackets to the torque spec per your instructions. We're going to be using a 9/16 socket to tighten them down. We can now take our spring assembly and set it into place. It is a tight fit. You can get it inside the bracket. So you may need to use a hammer, pry bar, or whatever means to get it in there.And once you've hammered it up into place, you'll need to align the holes to get your hardware through. Now they do go from the inside out, however, I liked to just get one started on each side to help line these holes up. Because it can be a bit tedious because the bracket sits very tight.Once you've got all your holes lined up, you'll then insert your bolt from the inside going outward and thread a flange nut on the other side. Do this for the remaining three holes. If you did a bolt in from the outside to help you align it, you'll just need to pop that bolt out, flip it around and put the nut on the outside.And now tighten down your hardware using a 9/16 socket and wrench. We can now install our U bolts. Line them up underneath your leaf spring going through the two holes in your lower bracket. Then thread on a flange nut onto each side of the U bolt. Do this same process on the other side of the rear bracket.Now tighten down your bracket, making sure that it's as close as possible to being centered on each side of your factory U bolts. You'll tighten these down with a 9/16 socket.Now go back and torque all of your hardware to the specifications in your instructions. Making sure not to forget the bolt located on the bottom side of your lower bracket. You'll repeat the same process on the other side.Now when installing these on the driver's side you may have to position your brake lines slightly higher and lower. You can just bend those ever so slightly just so you can get your handled nuts in place.We're now ready to install our air hose. I'm going to go ahead and route mine then I'll show you how I routed it. We're here on our driver's side airbag, we went ahead and pressed the airline hose into the fitting. It just presses right in and that locks it into place. It is a good ideal to wiggle it back and forth to make sure that it is secure.We then took the line down over the frame, following any factory wiring that we could securing it to that wiring. Up over our spare tire coming down to our hitch in the rear. This where we'll be mounting our airline fittings. You'll just need to zip tie it to any factory wiring whenever possible to make sure that this air hose stays secure and doesn't rattle around potentially causing an air leak.Now that we've run one side, it is a good idea to give yourself a little bit of excess just in case you need it for any future repairs that you may need to make. And then we'll cut our airline using the airline cutter tool part number F9009. Line the air hose up in the center and just bring it together. This will make a nice clean cut to ensure that it seals properly inside of our quick connect fittings. We'll now route our passenger side airline.We can now install the bracket that's going to mount our air inlet fittings. So we can air up our airbags. Position the bracket where you'd like it. We're going to put it on the hitch here. We're going to use a zip tie to secure it. These large zip ties do come provided in the kit. And we'll use two zip ties to make sure it's not going to go anywhere.Now take your fitting slide a flat washer on it. Push it through the bracket again put another flat washer on it and tighten down the brass nut. Repeat this for your other air hose. And snug them up using a half inch wrench.Now take your airline and simply push it in the back of your fittings. Make sure to give them a good tug in and out to make sure it's fully seated and secure. Do the same with your other airline. You can now air up your airbags per your instructions and check for any leaks.Now using some soapy water go ahead and spray down all your fittings and where your airlines connect to make sure that there's no leaks. The presence of bubbles would indicate a leak. Now that we've verified there's no leaks, we're ready to set to the appropriate pressure for whatever load we're hauling and hit the road. And that completes our installation of Firestone's Ride Rite air helper springs, on our 2011 Ford F150.


Customer Reviews

Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - F2542

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (582 Customer Reviews)

4,800-lb Capacity. Ride-Rite air springs enhance your factory suspension for safety and stability when you are hauling heavy loads. They reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your vehicle level, and adjust to load size for a consistently smooth ride.

- F2542
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2014 Ford F-150

Installed it with no power tools in about 3 hours. Everything went together well. I just wish the valve bracket was longer so it would fit a little better on the receiver and clear the bumper 571446



- F2542
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2013 Ford F-150

These have been great. We love how they have leveled out our trailer, and made it tow better. 495660



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


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


Comments

Great

Donald - 06/09/2019

56369

- F2430
by:

Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


Comments

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

Ben - 06/04/2019

56153

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


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



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


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


Comments

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

-- Mike L - 05/01/2019

54746

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


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



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


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


Comments

Still very satisfied.

Ken - 05/09/2019

55081

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


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



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


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



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


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



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


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



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


Great product. But they should have an option if there is a lift in the truck to make the bottom bracket longer if needed. 555352



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


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



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


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



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


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


Comments

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

Andrea - 10/26/2018

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


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



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


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



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


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



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


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



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


This system I installed on my 2012 Ford F-450 dually pickup. I love it!! I replaced a air bag system that I had put on by so called professionals. It was terrible. It mounted under the spring shackles. It helped when puling a heavy loaded trailer but rode terrible otherwise. The system I bought from e-trailer uses air bags under the rear axles. It handles heavy loads when air up to 90 psi and rides smooth when empty at 25 psi. I recommend it highly. 595195



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


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



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


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



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


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


Comments

great product!! no leaks, holds air perfect

Matthew - 03/23/2017

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


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


Comments

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

Terry B - 05/23/2015

11991

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


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



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


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



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


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


Comments

Worked great. But sold vehicle 6 months later

Steve - 03/10/2019

50363

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


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



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


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



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


Very fast delivery. 139629



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


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



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


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



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


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



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


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



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


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



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


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


Comments

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

Shaun L - 03/11/2015

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


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



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


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



- F2596
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Simple to install, took my time, the brackets of my 5th wheel did not prevent me from installing it, there was room between the custom bracket and my frame, so if you have a Silverado 2012 with custom brackets check to see if you have nearly 1/2 an inch clearance, than you can use this item. Suggestion to etrailer, re-box the item, reinforce the box to ensure that the box and items are not mangled in shipment. the box was a mess, had been re-taped some time along the shipment line, freaked me out where I had to inventory everything and really check for damage, especially the hose, part of it was not serviceable and I had to ensure that I did not use that section which was right in the middle of the hose. Other than that, I am happy with it. 52628



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The product engineering is great, everything fit perfectly! It was easy to install especially after watching the video on etrailer.com, I hardly had to look at the printed instructions. So far the noise level when unloaded has decreased significantly, and when loaded with a 10k fifth wheel, it has smoothed out the constant push/pull bounce I usually got from the stiff springs. I should note that I have a 2004 Dodge 3500 and I took my factory overload springs off and used this kit to replace it. The factory overload springs would "slap" on the upper supports at times and that is the noise that was eliminated. Now the extra load is on the air bags and that has smoothed out the loaded ride. I only have to run 10 lbs. of air level the truck with the 1300 lb. pin weight. etrailer.com is a good company to purchase this product from, while I didn't need to call customer support, the shipping was super quick even when I ordered on the holiday weekend! Thanks! 150626



- F2299
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Good product. Well made. 459781



- F2597
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Worked as it should, still performing as it should 588705



- F2582
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Great product if you are thinking of loading the rear end with a lot of weight. I had to load my truck with tile and it sagged so I did my research and etrailer has been my go to place when it comes to vehicle acceries for anything . Installations was easy 504777



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Great install video. Thank you especially for calling out the tools and socket sizes as you went. That made everything so much easier. Great tip on getting the line cutting tool. I installed in 2 hours as you suggested. Worked great, no leaks first try. Great customer service at eTrailer each and every time. 343275



- F2596
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Have not attempted installation yet, but package appeared to have arrived in good condition. Person I spoke with on phone did check to see when this item would be in stock and let me know he would follow up on getter it shipped as soon as they arrived from manufacturer. Arrived real quickly. Thanks! 396976



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I just received and installed my Air Springs. I AM IMPRESSED!!! Obviously, by the product as my 3/4 ton now rides like a 1/2 ton, but also by the service I received from Michelle at Etrailer.com. I phoned in my order and she was able to answer my installation questions and pointed out the videos on the product installation which were very detailed and made the actual install painless. I found the product at a slightly smaller price at another site and Etrailer honored their lowest price pledge. I would recommend Etrailer.com for your suspension needs! 190281



- F2596
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Product is well engineered but difficult to install doing to the limited room. The disc that goes into the joust bumper holder needs to be looked at. the joust holder has a radiused upper edge while the disc has a square corner. a radius had to be ground on the upper edge of the disc to get it to fit. Other than this all parts fit well, brackets lined up. Kit was put on a 2015 silverado 2500hd 6.6 liter duramax. definitely a 2 man job due to the limited access. overall a good product 224103


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after using for a year my only comment would be the slow air leaks I have. Have been unable to find them to date but not a deal breaker

Craig - 09/12/2016

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I am always worried when I try someone new online, but they were wonderful!!! They even upgraded my deliver time for no extra charge and keep me posted on the delivery times. I will definitely continue to be their Customer..............Great Service Guys!!!1 116440


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Will these Springs fit my 1994 GMC 3500 Dually 2-wheel drive.

-- comment by: jim w - 03/30/2014

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Yes, as long as the truck was not originally built as a Cab and Chassis model, the part # F2025 air sping kit will fit.

-- Patrick B - 4/1/2014


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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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  • We do have Firestone Ride-Rite kits that will fit your 2013 Ford F-150 4x4 but the Kit # F2582 that you referenced is only compatible with 2015 - 2018 Ford F-150 models. For your 2013 we have the Ride-Rite # F2525 (will not fit with in-bed hitches, the FX2, or Raptor models) or the Ride-Rite # F2542 if you have a B&W 5th wheel hitch installed with the universal brackets. Both of these options have the same 4,800 lb weight capacity that the kit you mentioned has. Please note that these...
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  • The note about the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2542 only being compatible with a B&W hitch has to do with the in-bed gooseneck or 5th wheel hitch brackets. If you are talking about a trailer hitch then the Kit # F2542 will fit perfectly and have no issues. I recommend also installing a compressor kit like part # F2158 to keep from having to track down a compressor when you need to fill up the air bags. If you are eventually wanting to install a gooseneck or 5th wheel...
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  • Is it Possible to install Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags on a 2014 Ford F-150 with 5th Wheel Hitch
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2542 will fit your 2014 Ford F-150. These air springs will work with both 2 and 4 wheel drive 2014 stock height models with 5th wheel hitch brackets (Excludes SVT Raptor, FX2 and F-15 models after 2014). However, I would suggest a different and more cost effective approach. I would go with a Timbren Suspension System, which is highly rated among my coworkers. You will also have no worries about compatibility issues when you install them...
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  • Fit of Firestone Ride Rite # F2542 Air Helper Springs and 5th Wheel Hitch on 2014 Ford F150
  • According to Firestone, the only fifth wheel set up they've tested on the 2014 Ford F150 for fit with the # F2542 is the B&W Companion, which consists of the # BWGNRK1104 install kit and the # BWRVK3400 sliding hitch. My Firestone rep tells me that there's a good chance that a Universal Install Kit like the Husky # HT31564-686 would fit, but since they haven't tested it, we can't guarantee fit.
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  • Differences Between Firestone Ride Rite Air Helper Spring Kits # F2542 and # F2525
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  • Airbag Kit Compatible with 5th Wheel Hitch on a 2012 Ford F-150
  • As long as you are using either universal or semi custom frame brackets on your 2012 Ford F-150 such as the B&W Semi-Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit part # BWRVR3201-00 or the Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit part # RP30035-426 then yes, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2542 will work well for you. However, if you are using a set of custom 5th wheel frame brackets such as the Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit part # RP50081-58...
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  • Replacement Right and Left Frame Mount Brackets for Firestone # F2542 Ride Rite Air Helper Springs
  • We do indeed offer the frame brackets for the Firestone # F2542 Ride Rite air spring kit. The left frame bracket is # F5739 and the right bracket is # F5738.
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  • For an air bag kit confirmed as a fit for your 2014 Ford F-150 the Firestone kit part # F2542 would be your best option as it has the highest quality air bags around. Then for a compressor kit we have the Air Command I part # F2158 which would work well. It comes with a gauge and all parts needed to install and maintain air pressure in the bags from inside your truck.
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  • Can Airbags be Used with a Weight Distribution System on a 2014 Ford F-150
  • Adding a set of airbags like the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2542 which is what I recommend for your 2014 Ford F-150 can be used with a weight distribution system and will be an excellent one-two combo for you. The airbags will improve ride quality dramatically taking a lot of the bumps out of the system which will also help prolong the life of your existing suspension components. When using a weight distribution system on a vehicle that has airbags, you will want...
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  • What is the Warranty on the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring # F2542
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit # F2542 is covered by a two-tier warranty; the hardware is backed by a 2-Year limited warranty; the air springs themselves are covered by a lifetime limited warranty. This kit fits the 2WD and 4WD versions of the 2011 Ford F-150 but not the SVT Raptor.
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  • Air Bag and Compressor Kit Recommendation for 2010 Ford F-150 4x4 Towing Travel Trailer
  • For your 2010 Ford F-150 the Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2542 would be the best kit to use. We have found these kits are the easiest to install and have the highest quality air bags. Then for a compressor kit we have the part # F2158 which comes with an analog gauge which allows you to monitor the pressure from inside the cab and inflate/deflate as needed to eliminate the suspension squat.
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  • 5th Wheel Rail kit Recommendation for 2010 Ford F150 with 5.5 ft box and Firestone Air Bags
  • As long as the Firestone System you have on your 2010 Ford F150 with a short bed is the part # F2542 then I have a solution for installing a fifth wheel hitch. You will want to use a universal fifth wheel installation kit like part # RP30035-426 as these kits are the only ones that are compatible with a # F2542 being installed as well. So the Reese Fifth Wheel Installation kit part # RP50081-58 that you referenced would not work. Since you have a 5-1/2 foot bed you would need a stationary...
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  • Mounting Bracket Concerns For Ride-Rite System On 2012 Ford F-150 With B And W Fifth Wheel
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  • Suspension Enhancement for a 2013 Ford F-150 with Draw-Tite Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installed
  • Firestone Ride-Rite kit # F2542 is designed to work ONLY on trucks that have a B and W hitch installed. Since you have a Draw-Tite hitch we can scratch this one off and look at kit # F2525. Kit # F2525 has brackets that mount to the outsides, bottoms, and a little on the insides of the truck frame rails on your 2013 Ford F-150. The Draw-Tite gooseneck hitch for your truck also has brackets that mount to the outsides of the frame so kit F2525 will not work with the hitch installed. A...
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  • Your best option would be to get a SuperSprings Custom Suspension Stabilizer part # SSA5MTKT honestly. Those PullRite brackets you have on your trailer frame are pretty huge and would prevent a Firestone Ride-Rite Helper Spring # F2542 from being installed because they both attach to the frame at the same point and would interfere with each other. A guy at my work has a set of the SuperSprings on his vehicle and really likes them. He says they help with sag and greatly reduce body roll...
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  • Availability of Firestone Vehicle Suspension for 2012 Ford F-150 Compatible with 5th Wheel Hitch
  • According to Firestone, the # F2525 is not compatible with a fifth wheel hitch. Their # F2542 had been tested with the B&W hitches, but not with anything from Reese. Because the F2542 mounts to the outside of the frame rail, I believe the install brackets for the Elite Series would interfere with the install of the airbag kit. Going with a Timbren system like # TFR1502D for 2WD or # TFR1504D for 4WD would be compatible, as they replace the factory jounce stop on the bottom of the...
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  • Suspension Enhancement and Gooseneck Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Ford F150 Black Ops
  • The Black Ops 2014 Ford F-150 has a 6 inch suspension lift on it . So the setup I can recommend is the part # F2542 for a air bag kit. This kit can only be used with the B and W hitch part # BWGNRK1104 so that would be the hitch I would recommend. Since you have a 6 inch lift you would then need the 6 inch lift spacers # F2375.
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2011 Ford F-150 6-1/2 Foot Bed with Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags
  • If you are using Firestone Ride-Rite system # F2542 on your 2011 Ford F-150 short bed then you can install a B&W 5th wheel trailer hitch, # BWRVK3400-5W, using installation kit # BWGNRK1104-5W. This is because this particular air bag system is designed to fit the B&W install brackets. If you are using Firestone kit # F2525 then you will not be able to install the B&W hitch. But you should be able to install custom installation kit # RP50081-58 since it uses 4 smaller brackets as opposed...
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  • Will the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Part # F2542 Work on a 2014 Ford F-150 with 4" Lift
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2542 will fit your 2014 Ford F-150 but will require a spacer to be used to compensate for the 4" suspension lift you have installed. The Firestone Lift Spacers part # F2370 will be the spacers you need so long as the distance between the upper and lower airbag brackets is between 9.5" and 10.5".
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