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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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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
  • Extra Heavy Duty
  • Rear Axle Suspension Enhancement

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:

  • 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: 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.



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F2550 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details F2550 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1999 - 2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty F-250

1999 - 2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty F-350




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 - 2008 Ford F-250

Today on our 2008 Ford F250, we're going to be installing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring. These are double convoluted and for the rear axle, part number is F2550. Before we install our helper springs from Firestone, we're going to get a measurement and see how this truck sits normally and unloaded. As you can see, we've got about 41 1/4" to the bottom edge of our wheel well. We'll put some weight in the back, that's going to draw that down some and we'll get another measurement. Now that we've added just a little bit of weight to the back of the truck, we're now going to see that the suspension's taken some of the load that we're now down to about 39 3/4". So, we lost about 1 1/2" of our level here in the rear. Here on our driver's side, just above our jounce, we do have the fuel lines that are going to run right through there.

They're held on just with a retainer clip. We want to get these removed to give our upper bracket room to be positioned in there. Right above our jounce, you'll see the black bracket here. We're going to want to get our tool in and just pry that out from the frame. There we go. See how that's loose We're now going to rotate that 90 degrees, just like that.

We'll now bring in our L-bracket and our small 5/16ths bolt and flange nut. We'll position our bolt through our bracket, lift up on those lines, position our bracket through, our bolt through the hole the retainer clip was in and we'll just use their bolt to hold it in place there. We can now position that retainer clip back through that, just as you see there. Now let's tighten our bolt down. It's now time to remove our jounce located just below those fuel lines that we just worked on.

These will go better if you loosen them rather than tighten them. Now, we've come over here to the passenger side and it's just going to be a matter of doing the same thing. You've got a little more room over here, so we're going to use a ratchet rather than the ratcheting box wrench. We'll now take our upper bracket. We're going to put the U shape towards our frame rail and we're just going to slide it up into position. We'll now take the spacer block, position that on top, take our flat bolt and place it through both the lower plate and our spacer block and then that goes right up through the hole that we just opened up by taking our jounce out.

Then take our small 3/8ths washer. It's actually a large flat washer, put that on there and then our flange nut right on top of that. We just want to make sure that we haven't pinched any wires or anything back there. Now, we'll just tighten up our hardware. I'll just use our wrenches and we'll tighten our nut down onto our bolt. Now let's get a little bit bigger wrench or socket and torque it down to spec. We'll now come over to our passenger side and we're going to repeat that same process. There's a little more room to work with on this side. You kind of put it up there just to inaudible 00:04:13. Now it's time to install our air bag onto our upper bracket. We want our threaded hollow portion to go through the hole that's right in the middle of the top of the bracket and you can see this small tab that sticks up. This is going to go through the forward hole. It just kind of sits in there to get our air bag right in the right position where we're going to want it. We'll bring this in. It's going to compress very easily. We'll let it go right up in, now let's keep tabs on that tab. Make sure we get that lined up. We'll now take the 3/4" serrated internal style lock washer, place that on and our 3/4" nut. With that in place, let's tighten it down. All right, nice a secure. We'll just repeat that same process on the passenger side, now. Here on the passenger side, we'll repeat the same process that we used for the driver's side with one small exception. That's going to be the installation of our heat shield. Let me get it up here and show you how this is going to work. Again, that larger threaded portion's going to go through the larger hole. Our tab fits right into its hole up there. Then our heat shield, we're just going to spin that around and position it closest to the exhaust that we can there for our air bag. Put that on there just to hold it in place, I dropped little serrated washer, so I had to pick that up. That goes in place between the airbag bracket and our 3/4" nut that goes on. Put it down until it stops. So we'll make sure my . OK, I went into the right spot there. There it is. OK. Get that adjusted so it's closest to our exhaust, tighten it on down. We can now take our 3/4" x 3" bolt, put on a 3/4" flat washer and we'll slide through the frame, through our upper bracket, then we're going to place on another flat washer here on the inside. We'll now place our locking washer on there and thread our 3/4" nut. Now we can get that tightened down. All right, now we'll just repeat that on the passenger side. We've assembled our lower brackets according to the manufacturer's specifications. You'll see there are several holes here on the side to choose from, just depending on what your application's going to be. We hold with four 3/8ths bolts and the flange nuts there. To know that you're at the right setting, this is going to slide . You see our jounce stop here. This is going to slide, resting on top of the axle, all the way in and that jounce stop is going to slide inside of our bracket here. If it makes contact, we don't have the right settings in there. If it slid in effectively, you'll notice that the bracket's going in here behind the large U-bolt, that it's resting on top of our axle, and we're not making any contact with our jounce stop itself. Before we get this fully installed we do want to install or attach the air bag to our lower clamp. We're just going to line up the hole in the bottom, bring in our bolt that has the locktite on it, and we'll thread it on there. I've thread it in there now it's just tighten it on down. All right, fit nice and tight. We'll slide our bracket back into position there and then back on this side, we'll bring our bale clamp around the back side there. We want to fit it into the holes on our lower bracket. We'll then take our flange nuts and just thread those on. Now we'll start to tighten these down like we have the others. We'll tighten down a little bit from side to side. We just want to make sure that we tighten it down evenly. Now it's time to set up our axle straps. We'll bring our carriage bolts down through, one in the front, one in the rear, put our inaudible 00:10:40 axle clamp up. Let's get that started there so it'll hold it, bring it up and do that same thing on the back side. Now we'll start tightening it down evenly. Here on the passenger side, we'll do the same thing we did on the driver's side. Place bracket in there, line up the bolt on the bottom of the bag here. We're going to do that one first. All right, now let's tighten that one down. With that nice and secure, we'll repeat the same the same process that we used there on the driver's side. Our U-bolt round the back side. Sometimes you've got to squeeze it together a little bit to get it to go through, sometimes you don't. It's just going to kind of depend, but we'll bring that through and kind of square it up. Then we'll thread on two of our flange nuts, now let's get those secured. Now we'll bring our carriage bolts in and then bring our bracket from around the other side. As you see here, we've got a brake line that runs over. Of course, we don't want to do any kind of damage to that, so we're going to go right underneath it. You see there It's going to be completely out of the way of it. We're not going to worry about any issues with pinching it or squeezing it or doing any kind of damage. Once we get that lower part of our bracket up there, we just put the couple flange nuts on it, just like on the driver's side. Then start tightening down. Now we've got our air bags secured under the vehicle, let's get our air lines taken care of. We'll now take our fitting and we're going to thread it right up into the top of the larger threaded hold that comes out of the top of the air bag. Of course, we want to tighten this on down. We're going to put one of these in the top of each air bag. Now, with our fittings in place, we're just going to take our air line tube, we've trimmed it off real even there on the end. We're going to stick it all the way down in there, as far as we can get it to go, and then we'll pull out. Yeah. Make sure we got a nice sturdy fit and we'll just work that and kind of feed it back towards the rear here, where we'll put in our air fittings. We're just going to work our air tubing up through there. We want to be careful we don't kink it over or bend it too bad. We want to keep it up and away from any kind of a moving item, anything that might give us a headache down the road. Also any sharp metal objects, we'll avoid those. If we get into a spot that we're going to have some rubbing, we do have some nice protective sleeves that'll go right over the air line there. Again, just keep everything safe. Keep it up out of the way. I'd use that protective cover any time I get into a sharp area, any time I think there might be any kind of my air line actually rubbing up against something sharp and wearing it down. As you can see, we've run this one out here at the rear of the vehicle. We're going to be putting our air ports in right here on either side of the license plate, so with that one ran let's go over here and get the other one taken care of. We'll follow that same process. We're just going to bring it up, push it down squarely into the top of our tube. We do want to use a nice flat side. That other end I tried to use there still had the factory cut on it, so you're definitely going to want to change that. We've marked our two holes out here. This is where our air fillers are going to come out. We're going to drill a 5/16ths hole in each of those locations. With those drill out nice and clean, we'll bring our two filler nozzles in, either remove our white cap and also the brass nut that's on them. Set that aside. We'll bring on a flat washer. Slide that right in through the hole. Place on a second flat washer and then we'll put our nut back on there. We'll repeat that same process on our passenger side. Just a little bit of excess plastic there on the back from when we drilled it out the first time, so if you need to just knock that off so it'll come through cleanly for us. Washer on, brass nut on, then we're just going to tighten it down. Now we've got our access here. We need to trim off a portion of that and fit it right into the back of our air fitting. We've measured out a length of air tubing here. We want to leave a little bit extra, just in case we run into a problem that we have to fix down the road or something like that. So, we've got a little bit extra. We're just going to bring that up and slide it right into the rear of our air fitting, pushing in all the way and then pulling back out on it just to double check and make sure that we've got a good, solid seal. Same thing's going to go for the driver's side. We'll cut off the excess as straight as possible on this cut is going to help you out down the road. Then, we're going to bring it back up and in. We talked about having that little bit of excess, I like to kind of just put a loop in there. Kind of help manage that. Push it in firmly and pull out. Perfect, we're in good shape there. All right, now let's get them aired up. With our load back in our truck and our loud squatting let's put some air in our air bags and see how that's going to help. As you can see, we've only added about 65# of air and we're right back to our factory ride height. I'll take you back out through our test course, so you can see how this suspension enhancement has improved our ride. That will complete today's installation of the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring, part number is F2550 on our 2008 Ford F250. .


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (632 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.

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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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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. 221059



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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. 152985



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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 239397



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2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

I've installed several of these now. No problems and a must have for heavy towing. Not only can you prevent rear end sag, but the ride is much better. 260170



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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, 239632



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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. 249678



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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. 194451


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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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



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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



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



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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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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



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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



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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

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



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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



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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


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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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



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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



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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


Comments

Great

Leland H - 07/14/2017

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2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

installed and works real will , works great with the fifth wheel 248365



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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. 221540


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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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. 201678


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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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. 179274



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2012 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

I have not yet installed these, but I can say the staff at ETrailer was extremely helpful and the product arrived sooner than I expected. A great company to deal with, so far. Doug P 177743



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2014 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Fit great! Delivery was very prompt, Th anks 172203



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2003 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Great product. Easy installation 167886



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Very good overall rating. The instructions a pretty lengthy considering the little amount of info they contained. Would have been much simpler if the three categories of installation instructions weren't mixed together. 120745



- F2550
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I am happy with product and performance, but the instructions we vague with confusing drawings and lack of dimensions when needed. If the instructions were well written, then install would have been half as long. 87821



- F2550
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2010 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Installation was pretty easy. About 2 1/2 hours to install when reading instructions. Installed on F250 for towing 10,000 max load car hauler. We'll see how it goes. 71331



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2003 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

Great turn around time from order placement In fact so fast I havent had time to install 60794



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I ordered the wrong parts. I needed a replacement bellow. I blew a tire and the interior tire destroyed the bellow for my Firestone Ride-Rite air helper spring. I am not sure if Firestone don't provide enough information or if etrailer.com failed to provide enough information for replacement bellows. I had to re-order from a different supplier. The other supplier had the exact information to get the correct replacement bellows. This research was expensive and time consuming, but I finally got the correct part. 162040



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Easy install and now the weight of my cap and trailer don’t sag my truck and it’s a big plus for the price and long haul. Would buy it over and over again. 567358


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Awesome product will install on New trucks every time .

Louis M - 09/21/2019

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- F2176
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fit perfect works great 503642



- F2286
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One of the products I ordered was missing a piece and I called it in and Dianna was very helpful. I will see if the part comes in, It was a manufacture oversite and nothing to do with ETrailer. You guys have been fantastic! 539161



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Paint was poor and chipped up. Brackets did not fit my 2018 Ram 2500. You may be able to bend the bracket to fit around the frame so the holes line up. If you do that and they don't fit you just ate 300.00. These are not just a simple install on my truck. I see where guys drill, bend, cut to get these to fit. Not sure I want to do any of that. My truck is brand new! 703183


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I have spoken with my contact at Firestone about this suspension enhancement kit and they confirmed that the brackets in this kit are designed to fit very tightly on the Ram trucks frame.

-- Victoria B - 09/23/2019

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- F2445
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Installed by professional mechanic. instal went well. Totally changes the dynamic of towing. We have a 34 ft travel trailer. Control is excellent. Far better feel with heavy loads in the bed as well. Over all excellent product, very satisfied. 601774



- F2445
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Great product for my 2011 Tundra. 670513



- F2596
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They work perfect. Due to my truck coming with the factory installed Puck System, it was the only to go for installation. Other systems required a bracket to go up and over the frame which in not possible with factory installed hitch system.They perform perfectly as I like to have a little more support when hauling my fifth wheel camper and gooseneck trailers. 609449



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Product arrived quickly. These air helper springs look very well made. They were relatively easy to install. The difficulties I had were related to the equipment and tools I had (or didn't). I only had hand tools. So the install took a lot longer than suggested. All the parts fit and matched up without interfering with any parts on the vehicle. We'll see how they stand up to use over time. 227862


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No problems. Springs still working great.

Wyatt S - 09/25/2016

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Easy to install. The bags were easy to install, Ride is nice, If I had to pick on the install I wood say cutting the bump stops makes removing them shod you wish to cost you new bump stops. 2991



- F2445
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The product works great. 417766


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  • 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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  • Compatibility of Roadmaster # RAS3611 On 1999 Ford F-350 Dually
  • On your 1999 Ford F-350 dually it sounds like you are looking for the best option for a smoother ride and that you already have the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550. If so, do you have the Firestone Ride-Rite LS Rear Shock Absorbers # F4354 designed to work with those air bags on your vehicle? If not, I recommend adding them. You also already have the SuperSprings Custom Suspension Stabilizer and Sway Control Kit # SSA13 which I can see in the photo you attached. Based...
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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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  • 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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  • Dimensions on Firestone Replacement Upper Bracket # F5376
  • I went out to our warehouse to take a look at the Replacement Upper Bracket for Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Helper Springs # F5376 referenced in your question. The mounting holes on the side brackets are spaced apart 1-1/2 inches, center to center. The bracket itself has an overall length, with the side brackets included, of 13-1/2 inches and a width of 5-1/4 inches. Inside the mounting brackets the length is 10-3/4 inches. I have attached an image with these dimensions labeled that you...
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  • Recommended Air Springs for 2004 Ford F-350 with Future Gooseneck Hitch and 1-1/2 Inch Block Lift
  • The best option for your 2004 Ford F-350 with lift and desired gooseneck hitch if you don't want the specific B&W Turnoverball option is the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2550. You will then use the Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - 1-1/2" Spacers - Qty 2 # F2536. I spoke to my tech contact at Firestone and this will only work if the tab for the Jounce Stop is in the factory original position, so if your block lift changed...
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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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  • Suspension Enhancement Options For 2001 Ford F-250 4x4 With 4 Inch Lift Kit
  • You have many options for a 4 inch lift on your 2001 Ford F-250 4x4 regarding suspension enhancement to reduce sag. For an air spring option, I recommend the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs - Rear Axle # AL57390 along with the Air Lift Lock-N-Lift Spacers for Lifted Vehicles - 4" Lift # AL52440. Another great option is the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2550 along with the Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs...
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  • Could Air Bags of Firestone Kit F2550 Install on 2015 Ford F-250 by Swapping Brackets
  • Since the # F2550 and the kit that fits the 2015 Ford F-250 # F2597 use the same air bag you can convert what you have to fit the newer truck by going with new brackets. But I would still recommend the new kit as by the time you piece all the brackets together the price difference isn't that significant and it would be easier to sell the old kit as a complete kit instead of missing the bags. For brackets you'd then need the # F2135825846, # F2135825844, # F2135825842, and # F2135825840.
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  • Installation of B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck on 2001 Ford F-350
  • The Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # BWGNRK1108-5W is a great gooseneck system and is also a really nice combination with the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # BWRVK3500-5W on your 2001 Ford F-350. For this installation, you will need to slightly lower the exhaust and remove the heat shield as you mentioned. You will reinstall the heat shield so there won't be any issues with heat transfer. I double checked this with the manufacturer. Because...
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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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  • Compairng Lower Overload Spring Pads to Airbags for Suspension Enhancement on 2004 Ford F-350
  • Both the StableLoad pads for the lower overload springs, part # TLA7311, or an air bag kit, like part # F2550 that fits your 2004 Ford F-350 dually, are compatible with the StableLoad bump stops, part # TLA7200. Which I recommend depends on how often your truck has the camper and is towing the boat. Or at least how frequently you switch between having the truck loaded to not loaded. The airbags are the easiest and most adjustable option for suspension enhancement available. They're...
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  • Firestone Air Bag Kit Recommendation for 2008 Ford F-250 with B and W Turnoverball Gooseneck
  • Since the Firestone Air Bag Kit part # F2550 is a confirmed fit for your 2008 Ford F-250, is compatible with in-bed hitches like the B and W # BWGNRK1108 you have installed, and offers the highest quality air bags it's the kit I recommend. For a compressor kit then the heavy duty part # F2097 will work great to make inflating the bags and maintaining them easier. The compressor will inflate faster than standard compressors and the gauge inside the vehicle will allow you to monitor and...
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  • Can Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs be Used With Reese Custom Install 5th Wheel Bracket
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 in conjunction with the Reese Quick-Install Custom Brackets # RP50082 should be able to be installed without interference. The mounting brackets for the Firestone Ride-Rite # F2550 attach to inboard side of your 2003 Ford truck frame. The Reese Custom Brackets # RP50082 mount to the outboard of your 2003 Ford truck frame. The Reese Custom Bracket has a square hole in the center of the bracket and this should line up on to the hole...
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  • Will Installed Air Bags Interfere With Installation Of Fifth Wheel On 2001 Ford F-250 Or F-350
  • I spoke with my contact at Firestone about your 2001 Ford F-250 or F-350. Since we have a couple of air bag systems manufactured by Firestone I asked if there would be any interference when installing a fifth-wheel hitch and using the custom brackets like part # RP50082-58. My contact at Firestone said that if you have an air bag system like the # F2550 installed on your truck, they would not interfere with a fifth wheel installation because the brackets for the air bag system are installed...
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  • Operation and Compatibility of Demco Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch with Air Lift Rear Air Bag Kit
  • The rack-and-pinion slider mechanism in the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550022 does work in both forward and reverse directions. Once the pin box causes the hitch head to turn past about 15-degrees the autoslide mechanism engages and slides the head unit rearward for better turning clearance. In your 2016 Ford F-250 short bed without factory rail kit you can use Demco installation kit # DM8551000 and for a wiring harness part # DM8555002 which plugs right in...
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  • What Is Difference Between Firestone Ride-Rite F2535 And F2550 For 2015 Ford F-250 Diesel
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite suspension systems are designed for your truck based on the engine. For your 2015 F-250 with a diesel engine the Ride-Rite system designed to fit your truck is part # F2597. Part # F2550 is designed for gasoline engines. The difference is the brackets used to install the Ride-Rite system on the frame of the truck. Both of these system will work with a gooseneck hitch system installed on the truck. You can also control the amount of air pressure...
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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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  • Fit of Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs with B&W Turnover Ball Hitch on 2008 Ford F250
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite # F2550 is compatible with fifth wheel or gooseneck hitches, including your B & W Turnover Ball. I've confirmed this with Firestone for you. You might also be interested in an on-board compressor system like part # F2158. A compressor system would allow you to add or remove air pressure from the air bag helper springs from your truck cab with the touch of a button. I've linked you to some install videos and FAQ articles that you might find helpful.
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  • Will Timbren or Firestone Ride Rites Work Better on a 2013 Ford F-250 Carrying Camper and Trailer
  • When choosing between the Timbren # TFR250SDG and Ride-Rite # F2550 rear suspension system for your 2013 Ford F-250, I recommend using the Timbren for a couple of reasons. The main reason that I would choose the Timbrens over the Ride-Rite is because you have a camper that weighs approximately 2200 lbs and the Ride-Rites handle between 3200 and 5000 lbs. The Timbrens activate whenever a load is encountered and stabilize that load accordingly. The Timbrens have a 6,000 lb weight...
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2000 Ford F350 with Air Bags
  • You have a couple options, but I cannot recommend you modify the mounting bracket of your air spring kit that you have installed. Instead the easiest thing to do would be to use a universal rail kit like part # RP30035. Universal kits typically fit with air bag kits better than custom install kits. The other option you have would be to use the # RP56005-53 that you referenced and then go with a different air bag kit that is confirmed to work with fifth wheel rails like the part # F2550. Either...
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Axle Air Helper Springs # F2176 Fit 1999 Ford F-350 Diesel Dually
  • The particular Firestone air spring kit you referenced, Ride-Rite Rear Axle Air Helper Spring kit # F2176, is a fit for the cab-and-chassis version but not for the pickup. The rear axle kit that fits your F-350 diesel dually 8-foot pickup is # F2550. This fits both 2WD and 4WD versions. I have linked an installation video and the written instructions. If you want to control the air bags from the comfort of the cab you can add a compressor kit like # F2097 which controls both bags with...
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  • 5th Wheel Mounting Brackets That Work with Airbags on a 2009 Ford F-250
  • I do have a way that may allow you to mount a set of 5th wheel base rails on your 2009 Ford F-350 while using your current airbag setup, however the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford part # C16448-204 will not work as the custom brackets included in this kit attach in the same location as your airbags. In order to mount a set of base rails on your vehicle while using your current airbags, you will want to use a universal installation kit like the Reese Universal Base...
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  • Can Firestone Air Bags be Installed on a 1999 Ford F-350 with B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
  • Yes, you can use Firestone air bag helper springs # F2550 on your 1999 Ford F-350 diesel with the B&W gooseneck hitch installed. The upper brackets for the air bags mount on the inboard side of the frame rails opposite the brackets for the gooseneck hitch so they will not interfere with each other. The gooseneck brackets also have a hole in them that will allow the mounting bolt for the spring upper brackets to fit through. I have linked a video showing an example installation of F2550...
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  • Will the Curt EZr Double Lock # C60685 and the Firestone # F2550 Fit a 1999 Ford F-250
  • Yes, the Curt EZr Double Lock Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch # C60685 and the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 are compatible with each other. Since they mount on opposite sides of the frame they will both fit on your 1999 Ford F-250. You may also want to consider installing a standard duty compressor like the Firestone Air Command I # F2158 if you will be towing a few times a week. If you are towing more frequently than that I recommend going with a Heavy Duty option...
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  • Recommended Firestone Rear Axle Air Bag Kit for 2001 Ford F-350 7.3L Dually Super Cab 4x4
  • We do offer many rear-axle air bag kits for your 2001 F-350 7.3L dually Super Cab 4x4 pickup. All are shown on the linked page and these include Firestone and AirLift products. You will note some of these are hitch-specific kits, but the Firestone option # F2550 will work with any brand of in-bed hitch, it requires no drilling and it works with or without factory top overload springs. This kit is intended for vehicles with a stock suspension and it provides 5000-lbs of load support. 5th...
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