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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 800-298-8924 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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Installation Details F2550 Installation instructions

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (780 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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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! 644275



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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. 707360



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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. 181344



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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 445579


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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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- F2550
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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 820857



- F2550
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Works very well. Great quality. I'll add an air compressor next. 811279



- F2550
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Product was great, pulled a 28,000 lbs trailer from Anchorage Alaska to San Antonio Texas, no problems. 814491



- F2550
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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. 786718



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Once I figured out that the parts actually did fit my truck, everything went well. Have had no problems so far. 713666



- F2550
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Read instructions do not look at pictures and assume,other than that simple and easy with the correct tools 682655



- F2550
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Took some time to install but directions and parts fit as they were suppose to. Install was very clean end product. I’m very happy with my purchase. 620337



- F2550
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2001 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

This is the second set of air bags I have ordered and put on. Out anything on or in the truck with no worries now. This time I added the air lift load control compressor seems like it will be a perfect match. Winter is here and sleds go on the deck. Will be nice to add air and empty from the cab with a switch! 590695



- F2550
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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. 483017


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

50324

- F2550
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Easy to install. Works perfectly. I have always had a good experience from etrailer. 481589



- F2550
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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. 472171



- F2550
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This is a well thought out kit, complete and easy to install. etrailer was prompt and helpful thanks for all your products. etrailer videos are very helpful with good install tips. 470490



- 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. 425596



- F2550
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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. 411174



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Ford F-350 Super Duty

Put these on my F350 4WD Diesel SRW to smooth the ride and balance the load when Alpenlite Cheyenne 900 '04 camper is loaded. Pretty easy install. Hardest part was getting the OEM jousts off the frame (required a 15mm metric wrench). Happy with these and have used before on an '04 F350 with Northstar Camper with good results. 410602



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2009 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Very fast shipping 342377



- F2550
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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. 331815



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2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty

These air springs are terrific. Have had some 2500# loads in the back and i can still level it out. 331724



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2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty

After one year - Great product. Keeps my Superduty level when hauling my Lance Camper. Had my local mechanic install, and had a slow leak within days. Mechanic ended up putting thread goop on a couple of the fitting - no problem since. 330103



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2003 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Everything is great. I appreciate you reaching out. 315921



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1999 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

This business is great to deal with fast shipping good pricing and great customer service and follow up I have used them several times over the years and have never had a privlem 272009


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Leland H - 07/14/2017

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Ask the Experts about this Firestone Vehicle Suspension

  • Air Bag and Gooseneck Hitch Fit for a 2004 Ford Super Duty
    I have a solution but since the Air Lift air bag kits for your 2004 Ford Super Duty all state they can't be used with a gooseneck hitch you'll have to swap out your current kit for a Firestone part # F2550 which installs in a location that allows a gooseneck hitch to fit without interference. Then you can install a gooseneck hitch like the very easy to use and high quality B and W part # BWGNRK1108 which I attached an install video for as well. B and W towing products are widely considered...
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  • Correct Lift Kit Spacer Needed for Firestone Ride-Rite on a 2003 Ford F-250 with 6" Lift
    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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  • Brackets Needed To Move 6401 Firestone Ride Rite Bags To 2012 Ram 3500
    Yes, the Ride-Rite air bags for the 2000 Ford F-250 are 6401 air bags and can be reused on the 2012 Ram 3500. I do recommend to check your air bags to make sure the side of them says 6401 just to be sure. The number is stamped on the side of the air bags like in the photo shown. I have listed the parts needed to install the 6401 bags on the 2012 Ram. Brace Bracket- # F5758 Replacement Bracket- # F5757 Replacement Lower Bracket - # F5370 Replacement axle clamp- # F5181 Replacement...
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  • Best Suspension Help for Lifted 2004 Ford Super Duty Truck
    For your 4 inch lift on your 2004 Ford Super Duty truck, I recommend the Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Vehicles w/ 4" Lift # F2371 along with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 if you have a suspension lift. If you have a body lift, then you can simply use the helper springs without the spacers. If you have a combination, let me know how much of each for a more customized fit. The air springs will allow you to adjust the psi in the springs...
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  • Replacement Upper Bracket for Firestone Ride Rite Suspension Kit for 2001 Ford F-250
    I checked and the Firestone Ride Rite kit your 2001 Ford F-250 would have is the part # F2550 and the correct upper bracket is part # F5572.
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  • Firestone 2550 Air Spring Kit on a 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty with Small Lift
    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2550 can use the Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - 2" Spacers - Qty 2 # F2366 will work for you.
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  • How to Determine Correct Spacers for Ride Rite Air Bags for 4 Inch Lift on 2004 Ford F-250
    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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  • Using Weight Distribution With Air Suspension on 2000 Ford F350
    Air suspension systems like the Firstone # F2550 Ride Rite and weight distribution systems like the Curt # C17500 TruTrack really preform two different yet related functions. Air bags work best when used to suspend the weight of cargo carried in the truck bed. Weight distribution on the other hand works best counteract the tongue weight of the trailer compressing the rear suspension by leveling out the ride height at the front and rear truck axles. Since air bags don't do a whole...
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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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  • Recommended Hardware Kit for Firestone Ride-Rite 2550 Air Springs
    The bolt kit you are seeking for your Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs # F2550 is the Replacement Hardware Kit for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs F2550 # FA21-760-2550. If you look at the instructions attached to the # F2550 you can see specifically where each bolt, washer, and nut goes.
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  • Air Suspension Kit Recommendation for a 1999 Ford F-250 with B and W Fifth Wheel Rails Installed
    For your 1999 Ford F-250 the Firestone Ride Rite Kit part # F2550 is a confirmed fit and is listed to be compatible with fifth wheel/gooseneck install kits like your B and W part # BWGNRK1108. I attached an install video for Firestone Ride Rite kit on a similar Ford truck as your as well.
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  • Will Firestone Air Helper Springs, # F2550, Fit A 2002 Ford F350 With Under The Bed Gooseneck Hitch
    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Rear Kit, # F2550, are designed to be installed on the inside of the frame rails on your 2002 Ford F350. This part number is listed for trucks with In Bed Hitch. If the Hide-A-Way gooseneck hitch on your truck is installed on the outside of the frame rails, and there are no brackets on the inside of the frame rails to interfere with the air springs, then this part number will work on your truck. The air helper springs are a bolt on application,...
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  • Should psi Rating be Checked When Loaded or Unloaded for Firestone Air Bag Kit on 2004 F-250 4x4
    Great question! The 100 max psi rating for the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 is when you have a load on your 2004 Ford F-250 4x4. I have attached a link of the installation instructions as well as a cutout showing that Firestone states the max psi is with a load. If you don't already have a compressor kit then you might consider adding one like the Air Lift # AL25804 or # AL25980 because it allows you to monitor and adjust the psi in your air bags from the comfort...
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  • Differences Between Air Springs and Jounce Style Springs
    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 for your 2011 Ford F-350 maintain an even load distribution using air pressure. The Firestone air bags' air pressure is adjusted for the weight of each individual load. This system includes air lines that run from the air bag to an easily accessible point on your vehicle's bumper. These air bags can be adjusted independently of each other for off-center loads. This system is dependent on an air tank of some kind, such as those found at...
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  • Recommended Rear Air Springs for 2003 Ford F-350 4x4 with B&W Gooseneck Hitch
    For your 2003 Ford F-350 4x4 with B&W gooseneck hitch # BWGNRK1108 I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2550. This air spring kit has custom fit brackets designed for use with a hitch like yours installed. This kit will come with the manual inflation valves for you to adjust the springs. You may want to consider upgrading to the Air Lift WirelessONE Compressor System for Air Helper Springs - Hand-Held Remote - Single Path # AL25980...
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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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  • Will Air Bags from 2017 Ford F-250 Fit 2008 Ford F-350 Dually
    Air bags from a 2017 Ford F-250 will not fit a 2008 Ford F-350 dually so you will need new air bags for the truck. For the best combination of value and quality I recommend going with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550. If you want something that is more cost-effective and less work than air bags, I recommend going with a simple bump stop replacement with the SumoSprings Solo Custom Helper Springs # SSR-114-47. I have added links below to some video reviews for...
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on 2003 Ford F-250 4x4 with 4 Inch Lift with Blocks
    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2550, will fit on your 2003 Ford F-250 4x4 with 4 inch lift. You can use Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite # F2371 for 4 inch lift. I contacted the Manufacturer's Tech Support, and they said the blocks may or may not be an issue based on their location. They said that on the blocks there is a metal tongue stop that needs to be in a factory location for these Ride-Rite Springs to fit. If they are not, the blocks would have to be removed...
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  • How Do Firestone Lift Spacers Install With Air bags
    When installing the Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Vehicles w/ 4" Lift part # F2371 with the Firestone kit Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted part # F2550 you will install the spacer to the bottom of the air bag and then to the top of the bottom bracket that came with the Firestone kit. I have attached a diagram for your reference.
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  • Recommended Air Suspension Kit To Enhance Stability On 2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty
    For your 2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty, the rail kit and the shorter bed will not effect the ability to install air suspension. I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle, # F2550. This kit will increase the stability and improve the ride quality of your vehicle as well as keeping it level when you are hauling a heavy load. It has a load-leveling capacity of 5,000 lbs and is adjustable from 5 to 100 psi. If you are interested in having the...
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