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

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

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4,800-lb Capacity. Ride-Rite air springs enhance your factory suspension for safety and stability when you are hauling heavy loads. They reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your vehicle level, and adjust to load size for a consistently smooth ride. Lowest Prices for the best vehicle suspension from Firestone. Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle part number F2542 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Firestone Vehicle Suspension - F2542

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

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


Features:

  • Maximize safe load-carrying capacity, increase stability and improve ride quality
    • Install between your vehicle's frame and its rear suspension
  • Keep your vehicle level when you are hauling a heavy load
    • Improve steering control and braking when you are hauling or towing
    • Level your headlight beams
    • Reduce tire wear
  • Maintain even load distribution with air pressure, leveling off-center loads
    • Air bags adjust manually, side to side, with individual inflation valves
  • Reduce strain on rear suspension
    • Prevent permanent sagging and excessive friction in leaf springs
  • Increase stability
    • Absorb road shock for a smooth ride
    • Soften contact between axle and frame to prevent bottoming out
  • Provide maximum load support and durability with rubber construction and double-convoluted design
  • Include all materials necessary for installation
    • Brackets, air springs, hardware, air line and separate valves for manual inflation
    • Switches and gauges, compressors, and air tanks (sold separately) are available for quick and easy air spring inflation/deflation from inside your vehicle
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Load-leveling capacity: 4,800 lbs
    • Ride-Rite springs will not increase your vehicle's weight-carrying capacity. Do not exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight limit.
  • Adjustable air pressure: 5 psi to 100 psi
  • Limited lifetime warranty on air springs
  • 2-Year limited warranty on hardware


Firestone Ride-Rite Air Spring Basics

Firestone Ride-Rite springs are designed to increase safety and reduce the strain on your vehicle when you are hauling heavy loads or towing a heavy trailer. The springs partner with your existing rear suspension system to help keep your vehicle level, maintain even load distribution and increase stability. Hauling heavy loads or towing a heavy trailer can make the rear of your vehicle sag and the front end rise. This puts more strain on your rear axle and reduces contact between your front tires and the road, causing problems with braking, steering control and traction. By adding air springs to your rear suspension, you can help to level your vehicle and improve braking and handling. The air springs also help to level your headlight beams and reduce wear on your tires.


Firestone Ride-Rite air spring airline installation

Adjustable Air Pressure

The air pressure in your Ride-Rite springs can be adjusted manually, side to side, to compensate for off-center loads. A centered load improves the stability of your vehicle by reducing body roll. The air springs will also help to absorb road shock and to soften contact between your axle and frame. This prevents bottoming out, thus improving ride comfort. Route the air line tubing for the springs to your vehicle's bumper to provide easy access to the manual inflation valves.


Firestone Ride-Ride air spring components

Air Spring Construction

Firestone's double-convoluted Ride-Rite air springs are designed to give you maximum load support and enhance the performance and ride comfort of your vehicle. The rubber springs provide cushioning between your suspension components and operate at up to 100 psi. The springs have four layers of reinforced rubber to ensure durability and enhance load support. A braided wire girdle creates the double-convoluted shape of each air spring, increasing the burst pressure of the spring. The rubber springs are attached to corrosion-resistant metal end plates with a time-proven, rolled crimp seal that keeps the bags securely anchored.


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.



W217602542 Firestone Ride Rite Air Bags - Suspension Kit - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle

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Installation Details F2542 Installation instructions

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1369 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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2009 Ford F-150

outstanding service from salesperson Vicky I purchased The Firestone rear air bag system for my 09 F150 4x4 and that installation was super easy also works great.



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2012 Ford F-150

Package shipped next day, everything was in the box. Be careful of [on-line] installation video. Some of the parts are outdated in the video. Installation went fairly smooth cant wait try them out. Should lessen some tension on the easy lift.



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The Ride-Rite kit was shipped and delivered promptly. The online installation videos that etrailer provided online for the product help make the install a breeze. The ride height is completely where it should be now, even though it is close to the maximum weight capacity for the truck. Good quality product, fit perfectly and installed easily.


Comments
After roughly 12,000 thousand miles with minimum-to-maximum weight loads, I am completely satisfied with the product performance.
David - 04/03/2021

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2014 Ford F-150

Fast processing and shipping as always!



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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.



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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



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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Great setup! Bought the helper springs to help truck sag when towing and having camping gear in the bed of the truck. The before and after shows the trailer connected with 600 pounds of tongue and 300 pound tent in the bed of the truck



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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


2015 Ram 3500 CCLB, Kit was received in a timely manner. Good packaging, no damaged components. I read the directions several times so I had a clear path to install. Directions are very specific without confusion.

Install: Took me about 3hrs. Could have been quicker, but I wasn't racing anybody. Very methodical about how everything was installed. Everything went just as the directions detailed. 1 missing note: no comment about the E Brake cable interfering with the L upper bracket. Cable settled into a reasonable position to prevent damage to the cable housing. Air fittings on top of bags: can be difficult to tighten due to the limited space. Use caution to prevent damage to the fittings.

I did use a compression "T" to combine both lines to 1 fill fitting. No really good place to put the fittings at the back of the truck. The supplied mount doesn't work with the round hitch on my Ram. I routed the air line up to the fuel door. Clean install and less chance of damage.

A suggestion for the manufacturer: Don't apply thread lock to the fasteners or air fittings. The thread lock on the upper bracket bolts created such an interference that I couldn't secure the bolt without breaking 1 of my 6mm Hex bit sockets. Also, thread sealant on the air fittings makes it extremely difficult to turn the fittings in the tight space. It would be better to supply a small tube of liquid thread lock and a small tube of liquid thread sealant in the kit.



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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


The Ride-Rite Air bags were easy to install. I installed them to level out my truck when towing my 5th wheel. These were installed on a 2022 GMC Sierra 2500HD short bed 4x4.



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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


How many stars (1-5, 5 being Excellent) would you give the product: 4 ½ on both items



Product Review: Installed the Firestone Air Command Compressor system and Firestone Ride-Rite helper rear Air Bags on my 2020 F-250 Super Duty (Lariat Sport Edition).

The install was pretty straight forward and took 5 hours for all components.

Put my truck up on the rack and removed factory jounce bumper and installed the upper bracket of the air spring with no issues.
Installed bottom bracket and bag again with no issues (Pic drivers side bag).
Had to make a slight cut out to the bottom axle strap bracket on the passenger side to account for brake line (Pic passenger side axle bracket).
Ran all airlines (had to remove spare tire for easy access) to the passengers side frame. Mounted the compressor and control unit to the passenger side frame (Pic Compressor mount)
Covered all airlines with 1/2" wire loom to protect the lines. Checked all connections and no leaks.
Downloaded Air Command App and tested the system.
I have not had any issues pulling my 16,000 lb 5th wheel over the past year.(Pic Truck camper)


Overall I am very impressed with the system I installed and the great customer service I received when ordering the product!



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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


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

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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


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

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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Product appears to be of very high quality and 1 week after installing, it appears to be working as expected. I was able to install the product myself, but only with the help of a neighbor. The ordering process was great, and thank goodness for the video that was linked to the etrailer site. I wish a few things were better: 1. The optional T connector that combines the two air valves should have been more prominently advertised, because I certainly would have gotten it. As is, it's a bit of a pain to try and inflate both sides separately. 2. Firestone should have labeled ALL the parts that were specific to right or left side of the vehicle. Even with the video, it was frustrating to try and decifer which parts went on which side, and the picture orientation in the installation manual was zero help. 3. There HAS to be a better way to attach the frame bolts. Those bendable tabs and long handles and trying to line them up with the upper bracket were ridiculously tedious and time-consuming, and very nearly resulted in me returning the product. Other than that, I am very happy with the product and the competitive price.


Comments
Continues to perform as expected. Took me several trips with the trailer to arrive at an optimal inflation for highway speeds, so the manufacturer might be advised to provide some guidance.
Jeff - 03/24/2022

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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Installed these in the driveway today! Installation went flawless can't wait to put some weight on them try em out gonna come up with a gauge and single fill set up soon.....* THE ENTIRE TEAM AT ETRAILER WAS GREAT WITH MT QUESTION AND LINING UP EVERYTHING I NEEDED I LOVED THE TRACKING AND ALL THE FOLLOW UP STUFF



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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I mounted the Firestone airbag system on my 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup. It was not as easy as the video makes it look (especially on the drivers side) but, it it turned out great. I mounted the compressor in the compartment behind the passenger seat behind the driver (see pic). I mounted the gauge and switch in the compartment between the driver and passenger (see pic). The airbag pictures are when they were holding 70 lbs pressure checking for air leaks. The first picture of the pickup is with 5 lbs air pressure in the bags and the second is with 50 lbs air pressure in the bags. When driving with 5 lbs in the bags it has the normal smooth ride and does a good job at 30 lbs of keeping the back end from sagging when I pull my boat.



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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


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

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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


Comments
Excellent
Robert J - 04/04/2021

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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Package came In a timely manner and was packaged very nicely. Just installed tonight on my 2002GMC 2500 HD 8.1L. install took about two hours. Hardest part was getting the old bump stops off the truck. Instructions were easy to follow and understand also included torque specs for each nut. After install was done I aired to 15psi and drove the truck and was not disappointed. Came back to the house and hooked my 8000lb rated trailer up with 7000lb skid loader on it and 30psi in bags the truck was level. Pulled it around town and on highway and drove a pulled great. This is a great product and glad I purchased. I will do a follow up after the winter and let everyone know how they Do in winter w 2500lbs of salt in the bed all winter.



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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I would have given this 5 stars for the product itself but unfortunately there was a part damaged and I’m still awaiting a replacement. Inflator valve was missing collar. Had to send picture and copy of packaging. Still awaiting delivery of part



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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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

Thanks


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

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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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



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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Before I received the kit, I contacted Firestone to make sure I understood any issues with installing this on a Transit. I was told to follow the instructions and if needed to drill any holes.
The kit arrived. Many metal parts are thrown loosely without protection into a box. Instructions have errors. Kit says no drill but instructions say some vehicles have to be drilled. If you need to drill prepare for a nightmare. It took me 2 hours to drill the proper holes. The holes should be located lower to prevent damage to vehicle from drill chuck and to allow you to drill a straight hole. Then the washers need to be modified as the hole is too close to a perpendicular surface that prevents the washer from going over the bolt. Bolt that attaches middle bracket rubs on leaf spring. It is quite obvious that no one from Firestone ever used these directions to install this kit on a Transit. There are special tools that are required that are not provided and not identified. For example a drill extension that allows 1/2” bits would prevent damage to the vehicle when drilling. Also a 5/8” bit is required to drill a hole that the instructions state should be 1/2”. The problem is the bolt diameter is 5/8”. It has 1/2” threads but it is a shoulder bolt and the shoulder is larger than the threaded area.


Comments
I contacted the manufacturer about this and they are interested to speak to you. I will email you their information.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 12/23/2021

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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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

I also bought the wheel liners and mud flaps. Wheel liners needed to be cut so they would not run on the air bags.


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

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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


See Last Review. Both are related.

This
unit is a good option but I’ve never been able to track down a troublesome air leak that slowly releases the compressed air over fifteen minutes. It’s a very annoying problem. Beyond that the unit was relatively easy to install although I made some specific upgrades to mount the compressor in a manner that leaves the fuel and brake lines in there original position so they didn’t need to be twisted up and out of the way. I used a 4” c-channel to firmly attach and mount the compressor over the undisturbed lines. Works great with less risk. I wish I could find the micro air leak and fix it but am at a loss as to how I might do that. I’d gladly try to spray some kind of stop leak into the air lines if I didn’t think it might screw the whole system up. In the end I’m not sure I would install this system if I had to do it all over again. I may ultimately remove it and reinstall the original rubber stops on the fra I’m since I no longer have my RV trailer anyway.


Comments
You mentioned that you wanted to find the micro leak and I wanted to ask if you had tried the soapy water technique? Where you would spray soapy water onto the lines -being careful of course- and see where bubbles form.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/12/2022

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Review from a similar Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Would have given 5 stars BUT, the carriage bolts are way too long on the bottom brackets. I had to cut them way down, if you don’t they would put a lot of pressure on the brake lines if you can even get the nut past the brake lines. Other than that, great product!


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    The only Firestone air bags we carry for your 2012 Ford F-150 FX2 is the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted # F2542. If this is what you have, then the correct replacement air spring is the Replacement Air Spring for Firestone Ride-Rite Kit # F6781. This air spring will also fit: F2025, F2071, F2100, F2101, F2109, F2115, F2116, F2147, F2153, F2170, F2176, F2190, F2220, F2245, F2249, F2250, F2251, F2253, F2255, F2264, F2284, F2286, F2304, F2355, F2362, F2382, F2425,...
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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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