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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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Is this right for you? Product Expert Alex H says:

Yes, if you:

  • Have rear sag from towing a 5th wheel or gooseneck trailer
  • Tow different trailers or switch loads often and want to be able to adjust your suspension to match

No, if you:

  • Are trying to fix rear sag caused by your travel trailer - a weight distribution system is more effective
  • Don't want to deal with maintaining air pressure - you need to use an air compressor regularly or install an on-board air compressor
  • Aren't comfortable with complicated installs and don't want to pay someone else to do it for you
5,000-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 F2550 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Firestone Vehicle Suspension - F2550

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

5,000-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:

  • Maximizes safe load-carrying capacity, increases stability and improves ride quality
    • Installs between your vehicle's frame and its rear suspension
  • Keeps your vehicle level when you are hauling a heavy load
    • Improves steering control and braking when you are hauling or towing
    • Levels your headlight beams
    • Reduces tire wear
  • Maintains even load distribution with air pressure, leveling off-center loads
    • Air bags adjust manually, side to side, with individual inflation valves
  • Reduces strain on rear suspension
    • Prevents permanent sagging and excessive friction in leaf springs
  • Increases stability
    • Absorbs road shock for a smooth ride
    • Softens contact between axle and frame to prevent bottoming out
  • Provides maximum load support and durability with rubber construction and double-convoluted design
  • Includes 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: 5,000 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.



W217602550 Firestone Ride Rite Air Bags - Suspension Kit - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle

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Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - F2550

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (998 Customer Reviews)

5,000-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.

- F2550
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2003 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Great product! Detailed instructions and step by step install video that makes the install smooth. Customer service was amazing! From the beginning of the order, to when it arrived. Great company! Definitely a repeat customer.



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i put the new air bags on and now i won't even drive the truck. that's because i sold it to an employee and he loves the truck - he often pulls gooseneck and other trailers for me and has no issues with it. install was easy, especially since i had the truck bed off and could do most things topside.



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2004 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

This was a great kit. I installed on a 2004 F350 SRW. I didn't have alot of sag with our fifth wheel toy hauler, but it levels out nice. The installation was straight forward. I will say I had a fifth wheel kit, 50082-58 and there was a Q&A on here that said these air bags would work with the 50082-58 rail kit. It does, but you have to remove the rail kit install the bags and then re-install the rail kit. There is a large 3/4 bolt that has to fit through the frame for the air bags and the bolt will not go through the square hole in the rail kit. On my truck, the frame has a slight offset at this point, the head of the bolt is set back from the edge of the frame and rail kit will set flush. I did pair this kit with an on board compressor, makes things a lot easier. We hit a really bad dip one night, couldn't see it until we were on it. The bounce was so bad it knocked my golfcart batteries loose in the rear of the toy hauler. The truck and camper handled great and I really think things might not have gone well without the air bags.



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2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Put on 2008 f250. With a B&W turnover ball. Had to remove one bolt on both side of B &W to mount top bracket then replace with new bolts in kit No big deal. Put both sides on and ran the air lines in less than 2 hours. Had a leak on driver side. It was where I didn't cut the air line straight. Recut air line and that fixed the problem. I would recommend this to anyone.



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Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Great product. On truck a year now with no leaks or other problems. I put a tee in the air line with a ball valve on one side so I could air them up evenly every time. My fifth wheels tongue weight is 1500 lbs and truck rides level with 20 lbs air.



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I appreciate you reaching out. The air bags worked great. I sold the truck a month later but now I have another truck I may be looking to do the same to



- F2550
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Customer service was great. In the kit it was supposed to have 4 nuts that are 3/4-16. My kit came with 1 nut 3/4-16 and the other 3 were 3/4-10. Had to run to the store and get the correct nuts to complete the job. This is Firestone's concern not etrailer.



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Product was an excellent addition to my 2009 F250. Install was straight forward and arrived at my house quick. Instructions were clear and is easy for anyone with basic mechanical skills. End use is for extra support with my travel trailer and levels my truck when hitched up. Airbags are easy to adjust with a hand pump you would use to air up basketballs, footballs, etc. I will continue to purchase from etrailer in the future. Great company.



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2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty

I have this product on a Ford F-250. Have towed a 34 ft Fifth wheel Trailer more than 10,000 miles this past year and the air bags have worked great. I keep 50lb when towing and 15lb when my Fifth Wheel is parked. Have been very happy with all product and service from etrailer


Comments
Ive been very happy with the product. We have put 30,000 miles on the truck since purchasing the air bags and it has improved the drive tremendously with hauling a trailer. Thanks for following up.
Larry P - 10/24/2018



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Easy to install, fit perfect with my 5th wheel hitch. My camper weighs 14000 lbs, hitch weight is 3000 lbs. It takes 85 lbs of air to raise my truck to standard driving height. Definitely a better ride. Thanks E trailer, Melinda, you were very helpful in helping me making the right decision for lifting air springs.


Comments
I had to replace a couple of support brackets due to an auto accident. Etrailer was very helpful in contacting the manufacture for the parts. Thank you for you help. Now for the lifting bags themselves. All work great, very easy to make adjustments with load. I will have them on any truck I own from now on.
Terry S - 06/18/2016



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Ford F-250 Super Duty

My airbags showed up quickly and I installed them as soon as I got home. I spent about 3 hrs to install them, the instructions are alright, could be a little better. I have a gas F-250 and installed the air valves in behind the fuel door which makes them very easy to fill of deflate. I put 20lbs of air in them and they lifted the back end 1 3/4" with the truck empty. Going to be pulling the fver this weekend, looking forward to see how much air I need to put in them with a load and see how they perform.


Comments
They are still performing great, only issue I had with them was I had to replace the valve stem cores right away as they started leaking.
Gordon M - 05/26/2016



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2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty

I bought these for my 2002 Ford F-350 Crewcab DRW. I pull a 40' fifth wheel with 2200 lb toungue weight. Previously it was slightly below level and touching the overloads which was not a show stopper. Now pulling same trailer, this truck sits level with only 38 lbs of air. With the truck level, headlights are striking where they should at night and I can seriously tell the difference in the smooth ride, especially when entering and exiting concrete overpasses. I am totally impressed with these air springs and would recommend them to anyone that is interested in pulling loads and keeping your tow vehicle level which means safer for a better control.



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2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty

I put the load levelers on a 2008 F250 SuperDuty (diesel). It took me about 4 hours per side, on the grass with no lift or power tools. I could probably do it in two hours per side the next time. The instructions are terse, but correct - the 2011 Ford F250 video was very helpful and resolve all my questions except for one. The bladder(s) have an forward/rearward bracket positioning option constituted by two positioning nubs on the bladder top, and 2 mounting bolt holes on the bladder bottom. I was confused by the positioning option until I actually tested bladder positioning on the installed brackets - the brackets don't line up exactly, so the positioning option was actually a good thing. You have to choose forward or readward depending on how your brackets line up. If your brackets line up perfectly then you still have to choose. I used the levelers on a couple of heavy trailers on fairly long hauls and they work as I expect them to - they: are easy to inflate/deflate, keep my bed level and support a heavy load, and keep my headlights out of everyones eyes.



- F2550
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The product is high quality. The components are heavy duty, well made and fit together properly. Just beware, this is a time consuming installation that requires lying on your back on a creeper for several hours and doing work requiring some arm strength over your head. If I were doing it again, the kit would go to my mechanic and the young guys would do it with the truck on a lift. Also, removing the jounce bumper on the four wheel drive truck was very difficult. The nut was well corroded on the bolt and it is in a nearly inaccessible position. I ended up using a sawzall with a metal cutting blade to remove them and that wasn't easy. After about seven hours of hard labor flat on my back, the job is done and I am satisfied with the results.


Comments
A year later and all is well. I load the bed of my truck and tow a 7,000 lb trailer. The air lifts keep the truck level. That is the objective.
Jim F - 08/26/2016



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I recieved the package which looked a little beaten up to be honest . The box had been resealed. When checking off the parts list I found a spacer missing . I immediately called and explained, a new spacer is being sent out. Although the service is good I still really needed it now as it was being installed straight away. Oh well, cant be helped I guess. Product does the job so I'm happy



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2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Installation was straightforward, I highly recommend watching the install video several times before you start. If you can put it on a lift or jack stands would be recommended as it's pretty tight getting under there to work. I didn't realize this until I started to run the air lines but take the spare tire out before you start! it gives you more room to move around and work. It probably took me about 6 hours total over 2 days but some of that was redoing a few things (don't forget the washers!), dealing with a stubborn bolt and double checking everything. Only got to take it on a brief drive with 70psi unloaded, it drove much better and wasn't too rough until I hit a couple dips, was a bit bouncy but expected. Can't wait to get the trailer hooked up and take it out!



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2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Super fast shipping to Amarillo TX. I'm 53 yr old fairly mechanically abled person... Installed on a 2001 F250 4x4 diesel with Fifth wheel hitch and goose neck ball plate. Did it in my home shop with a floor jack and jack stands. Took me about 4 hours and 4 beers and I installed new shocks on all 4 corners. Excellent product and fairly easy installation. Had to ream out the 3/4 inch hole in frame rail since I had a goose neck plate. Really impressed with how it went together. Can't wait to hook on to my 14000 # fifth wheel and give it a yank... I watched the video first and that helped a lot. Good luck! Cheers,



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These bags are great and fit perfectly with my BW hitch using the large bolt through the frame, hitch and bag bracket. I was concerned the the resonator on the tailpipe on my v10 would be too close to the bags, but with the provided heat shield I have no worries. I'm using these with a regular airlift load controller, nothing fancy and makes for a good simple solid system.



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Pretty easy install but the bumper plate above the axle on one side was turned slightly so I had to loosen the U bolts on the springs to get it turned and lined up so the lower bracket could slide over the bumper stop. We will see how it works overtime.



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2009 Volkswagen Golf

Installed on a 2009 F-250 SD. Installation was difficult. Only because I didn't have access to a lift. Product is well built. It provides the rear suspension support I was looking for. Added bonus is my 3/4 ton rides smoother now. I pull a 35 foot travel trailer and a golf cart in the bed of my truck. I noticed the added weight of the cart was lowering the back end of my truck and affecting the steering. Not much, but enough where I needed to do something. There was one problem with the instructions/diagram. When assembling the bottom bracket pieces, the diagram showed the bolt heads on the outside. I had to reverse them in order to clear the jounce stop to get proper alignment with the top bracket. See photos. I also found a leak on one of the connections on top of the drivers side air spring. I pressured both springs to 40 pounds and let sit over night. There was a 20 pound drop on drivers side the next morning. I applied a kids bubble solution with a syringe ( works great) to find the leak. since there is sealer on the threads, I just gave it about 3/4 turn. Problem solved. Overall, I think this is a great product which I would recommend.



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Wasn’t hard to install. Easy to adjust air pressure but I will definitely install an automatic adjuster in the near future. Levels out my truck with less than thirty pounds of pressure hauling a 40 foot fifth wheel.


Comments
Still working great. Easy install. Would definitely buy again and refer to a friend.
Jeffrey D - 03/09/2019



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Had to get these as they're the only ones that work with my B&W gooseneck hitch. The brackets that mount onto the axle seem to be on the weaker side. I have hauled m trailer once with these and so far so good. Time will tell.



- F2550
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The Firestone F2550 Air Helper springs were received just in time for weekend installation. The kit was fairly easy to install. The installation instructions were well written and easy to follow. Along with videos on the website the installation went well. The air helper springs perform as advertised. I am very satisfied with the product.



- F2550
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After carefully reading the instructions and watching the video, I was able to put the air bags on the truck with little or no problems, I would recommend this system to anyone hauling a trailer with some weight . It helped out tremendously.



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2001 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

The product was easy to install and works perfectly. Etrailers customer service was excellent also, a part was missing from the initial package and etrailer shipped the missing piece right way. I will definitely do business with etrailer again Jimmy C


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    Sometimes choosing a spacer can be a little confusing (since some lift kits aren't "true" lift kits) but I'm here to help you out. To determine the correct lift kit for the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 you just need to use the formula Firestone put together. Simply measure the distance between where the brackets would be on your 2002 Ford F-250 and choose from the following: 6-1/2" - 7-1/2" - Lift Spacer # F2536 7-1/2" - 8-1/2" - Lift Spacer # F2366 8-1/2" - 9-1/2"...
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  • Replacement Upper Bracket for Firestone Ride Rite Suspension Kit for 2001 Ford F-250
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  • Recommended Air Bags and Air Compressor for a 2008 Ford F-350 Dually
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    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 will fit your 2004 Ford F-250, but in order to determine the correct spacers you need to take a quick measurement. Use the supplied diagram and measure the distance in between the upper and lower brackets where the air bags mount to know for certain: 6-1/2" - 7-1/2" - Lift Spacer # F2536 7-1/2" - 8-1/2" - Lift Spacer # F2366 8-1/2" - 9-1/2" - Lift Spacer # F2367 9-1/2" - 10-1/2" - Lift Spacer # F2370 11-1/2" - 12-1/2" - Lift Spacer...
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  • Replacement Hardware and Parts for Firestone Ride Rite Helper Springs 2550 on 2000 Ford F-250
    We do carry the replacement parts you need for the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 on your 2000 Ford F-250. - Replacement Bail Clamp for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F3077 - Replacement Heat Shield for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2135821004 - Replacement Hardware Kit for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs F2550 # FA21-760-2550 The hardware kit does include the air fittings you need as well.
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  • Will Firestone Air Bags Fit a 2008 Ford F-350 4x4 with B&W Gooseneck Hitch Installed
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  • Can Firestone Air Bags be Installed on a 1999 Ford F-350 with B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
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  • Recommended Hardware Kit for Firestone Ride-Rite 2550 Air Springs
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  • Will a B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Fit a 2001 Ford F-250 4x4 with Air Bags
    The B&W Turnover ball hitch for your 2001 Ford F-250 is # BWGNRK1108. The brackets for it install on the outsides of the frame rails on the truck (part fits underneath but would not interfere with the airbags). However, there is that center bolt that holds the air bag top bracket on. The hole for that bolt is also used for the B&W bracket. So the two parts will share that same hole and it will work out fine. I have linked instructions for the B&W hitch and a video showing installation.
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  • Comparing Firestone and Air Lift Air Bags for a 2001 Ford F-250 4x4 with 5th Wheel Hitch
    Firestone Ride-Rite kit # F2550 is going to be a higher quality than Air Lift # AL88390 but both are going to get the job done well. Both kits would work for 5th wheel hitches because they mount on the inboard sides of the frame rails. I have included a link to a video showing installation of the Firestone kit for you. To be able to add or remove air from the bags from the comfort of the truck cab I recommend Level Command kit # F2158.
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  • Difference Between the Firestone Air Spring Kit F2550 and F2071 for a 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty
    Both the Firestone Air Spring Kits part # F2071 and # F2550 have been confirmed to fit your 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty 4x4. The main reason we recommend the # F2550 over the # F2071 is because Firestone says this kit is compatible with gooseneck and fifth wheel hitches whereas the frame brackets of the # F2071 would interfere with them. If you don't have a gooseneck or fifth wheel hitch installed in the bed of your truck the # F2071 would work just as well as the # F2550.
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  • Compatibility of Firestone Air Helper Spring Kit # F2550 on 2004 Ford F250 with 5th Wheel Hitch
    According to our friends at Firestone, the Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs you mentioned, part # F2550 are indeed compatible with a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch installed on a 2004 F250. The Reese fifth wheel install brackets you mentioned part # RP50082-58 would not interfere with the installation or operation of the helper spring kit.
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  • Recommended Air Bags for 2010 Ford F-250 with Gooseneck Hitch and 4 Inch Lift
    We do have air bags for a 2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty with the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch # BWGNRK1108 and a 4 inch lift. I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 which fit your truck with your gooseneck hitch and the air bags can be adjusted individually from 5 psi to 100 psi so you can set them differently when you are towing or not towing; they also have a 5,000 lb load-leveling capacity. The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550...
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  • Replacement Parts for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bag Kit F2550
    We do not have a complete kit of all installation parts for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550, minus just the springs. We recommend using an entire new air bag kit since the combined cost of all the individual parts you'd need will be so close to your cost for a complete new kit. For individual parts for this kit we do offer the following items. Keep in mind you will need two of many of these. # FA21-760-2550 Replacement Hardware Kit # F3077 Replacement Bail Clamp #...
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  • Firestone Suspension Enhancement Recommend for 1999 Ford F-250 Service Body
    Measure the outside to outside dimension on the frame rails of your truck. If that distance is 34 inches you have a cab and chassis truck and would need the part # F2176 as that is what most service body trucks are built on. If you have 37 inch instead you would want the part # F2550 you referenced.
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  • Recommended Air Spring Suspension Kit for 2008 Ford F350 Diesel Dually
    As long as your truck isn't a V10 SuperCab model, the Firestone # F2550 would be my recommendation. Using an air bag system will allow you to adjust the stiffness of the suspension according to the weight of the load being carried. The kit is compatible with gooseneck/fifth wheel hitch brackets and would be compatible with your truck regardless of whether it's equipped with the factory top overload springs. There's also a compressor system available, part # F2097 that would allow you...
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  • Available Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bag Kit F2550
    If you do not know the height added by your truck's lift kit you can measure the distance between the upper and lower brackets (without the air bag) to determine which spacer you need to fill the gap. For a 2-inch spacer use # F2366; for a 3-inch use # F2368; for a 4-inch spacer use # F2370; for a 5-inch spacer use # F2373; for a 6-inch use # F2374. If your current lift block is tapered (from 3-1/2 to 4-inches tall) you'll probably be best off using the 4-inch spacer block # F2370.
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