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Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle
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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 F2596 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Firestone Vehicle Suspension - F2596

  • Firestone
  • Air Springs
  • Extra Heavy Duty
  • Rear Axle Suspension Enhancement
  • Occasional Towing and Hauling

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
  • Simple, no-drill installation
    • Brackets, air springs, hardware, air line, and separate valves for manual inflation are included
    • 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.


Adjustable Air Pressure

Firestone Ride-Rite air spring airline installation

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.


Air Spring Construction

Firestone Ride-Ride air spring components

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 4 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. No drilling required.



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F2596 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details F2596 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 2 Wheel Drive

2014 - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 2 Wheel Drive

2011 - 2013 GMC Sierra 2500

2011 - 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

2011 - 2013 GMC Sierra 3500 - Pickup

2011 - 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 - Pickup

2014 - 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 4 Wheel Drive

2014 - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4 Wheel Drive

2014 - 2019 GMC Sierra 3500 Pickup - 2 Wheel Drive

2014 - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Pickup - 2 Wheel Drive

2014 - 2019 GMC Sierra 3500 Pickup - 4 Wheel Drive

2014 - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Pickup - 4 Wheel Drive




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 - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, we're going to be taking a look at, I'm going to show you how to install the Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs, part number F2596. This is what our firestone air helper springs look like when they're installed. These are going to add support to your existing suspension when carrying a heavy load. Now you're going to have a 5,000 pound max load limit, and that's for the pair of bags. These air helper springs are going to be in double convoluted. They're going to have a steel band that runs right along the center for added support.They're going to have a top cap, and a lower cap.

Rubber's going to roll up inside of that cap to give it a much better seal. Each bag's going to be able to hold five psi up to 100 psi. We have about 50 psi in each bag, and we're back to our normal ride height. Our suspension's not being overloaded, and our axle is not having to make up for what our suspension can't handle. Another great thing about these bags is they can be inflated, or deflated independently to help level out an offset load.These bags are also going to help with sway and body roll when the vehicle's under load given you a much more comfortable ride.

Now let's take our vehicle out on our test course, and see how it handles with our new air bags installed.Now before we get started, it's a good idea to go ahead and take down your spare tire to give you a little extra room to work. Now what we need to do, we didn't take out our existing jounce stop. We're going to take a pry bar, we're going to stick it right up inside the cup here, in between them. Then we're just going to pry out like this. Just work your way around it, until you get it to come loose.

Just like that. And you're going to do the same thing on the passenger side.The next thing we need to do is we're going to install this. What I want to do is, you're going to have U-bolt like this. Take it and see, to make sure that it's going to fit through there. You can see I can't get it to push through, so what happened is when they've bent this part of this bracket, you can see how the inside kind of pinches closed.

It's not letting this U-bolt go through. We're going to need this to go through there. So what am I have to do is you can take a small file, something like that, and just kind of flatten that out enough so that both sides of this will go through there.So it really didn't take much, just a little bit with a file. And you can see now we sit through pretty easily. So what I want to do is take some black paint, clear coat, anything, and just cover up that bare metal. That'll kind of help keep any corroding or anything like that, or resist any corrosion and rust from later on. Here on the driver side, you'll see our cable runs right through this bracket. We're going to go ahead and pull that out, or off to the side like that.Next you're going to need your bracket, your large U-bolt, your little plate, looks like this, and then two flange nuts. What we're going to do is we're going to take this bracket, we're going to go right up over our cup, like this. And you may have to take that out. Right up over our existing cup, like that. This is going to go through and it's going to sit on top of our cup and you can see the lip there. When I go through the other side of our bracket that we just seeing it down or cleaned out. You're going to repeat that on the other side.Next I'm going to take a 14 millimeter socket, I'm going to tighten my two flange nuts, and then I'm going to torque them to the specifications in the instructions. Next we're going to take one of our bags. We're going to take our plate in our kit, looks like this. It doesn't matter, they're not side specific, so either one. We're going to set it on the hole on the bottom side. This oblong hole here, we're going to line it up. Want to make sure that the plates, or the flanges here are facing down away from the bag. You're going to have a flathead bolt in your kit like this. We're just going to hand thread that in for now, into that hole.Then we're going to take this side of our plate and it's going to sit right on top of this cup, and then our factory U-bolts that are going over our leaf springs are going to fit right in the slot. So right now we're just going to test fit. So we're going to take it like this, make sure you don't have any wires or anything like that pinched in there. You'll see there's two holes in this bracket, there's actually a tab on top of our bag, so we have an option to put it in either one of those holes to adjust our bag to be straight up and down with our axle.So this is in the front hole, which you can see the bags looks kind of odd in this bracket down here on the bottom, it's kind of pulling to the front. We'll put it in the back one, it looks like it's pretty lined up. Our brackets are in line with each other, so now we want to do take a paint marker. Want to make a mark between the bottom bracket and the bottom of your bag, so that when we take it off, we can line those two marks back up again. I'll pull it back off and we'll tighten and torque the flathead, or they flat hex bolt we have on the bottom, our Allen Bolt.Now we'll align our two marks. Take a 7/32 hex bit, and we'll tighten our flat screw going into the bottom. Once you get it tight, go ahead and torque it to the specifications in the instructions. We'll go ahead and get our bag back in place. Want to make sure that the pin goes up inside, like that, because we want this to sit flat against this, this top plate on our bags sit flat against our bracket. Next we'll take the star washer, it's going to go on top of the stud that's coming off the top of your bag, and the large nut.We're going to take an inch and an eighth socket. We'll tighten that into place and then torque it to the specifications in the instructions. Put that into place, and then we're going to tighten and torque it with an in and an eight socket. On our passenger side, this is where you're going to want to install your heat shield. And the heat shield is just going to sit right on top. All you want to do is slide it in. You just want to make sure you don't cover up that alignment pin, and you're just going to turn it so that your exhaust, or this, is covering the bag, protecting it from the exhaust.Next we're going to take our large U-bolts that looks like this, and I have one for each side, we're going to go like this on the outside of our springs in, and it's going to go right through the holes in our bracket, our lower bracket on our bag. We're going to take a flange nut, we'll install a flange nut on each side. Then we'll take a 14 millimeter wrench, we're going to tighten them down. You want to make sure that you tighten these evenly, so we'll do a couple of turns on this side. Once you have your U-bolt tightened and torqued, you're going to take your long carriage bolt like this, you're going to have one that's going to drop down through this hole in the lower plate, and you're going to have one that's going to drop down on the other side.So we'll go down through here, like this. Same thing on the other side of our plate here, the other side of our bag. We're going to have a bracket like this, you're going to make sure that this rounded edge is going to the bottom of our axle. Put it on like this. And you're going to take each one of those bolts, bring them through the holes. Then again, flange nut, each of them here. Then we'll take our 14 millimeter wrench or socket, get these tighten up.Again, we want to do same, similar thing here, tighten up both sides, because we want this bracket here to stay as level as these two as we can get. SO we'll tighten these down evenly. We'll go ahead and torque them to the specifications on the instructions. Then you're going to repeat this same process on the other side. We're going to have an air fitting like this. This is going to be installed right up in the very center of the large bolt, it's coming out on top of our bag.What we want is that red thread lock, we want it to go, we want the thread down to where that is seated, as far in there as possible. But you want to be careful because you don't want to bend or break that fitting. We'll take a 9/16 socket or wrench, go ahead and tighten our fitting in place. And repeat that same thing on the other side. You're going to get a role of air line tube like this. What you want to do, is we want to unroll it. Put them together like this. Find the center, and then cut it in half. This is going to give you a line for each side of the vehicle.Now if you don't have an air line tube cutter, you can find one on our website. I suggest getting one. Don't cut the line with pliers or anything like that because what it does, is it will pinch the end. Then it won't seal very well. You can find the air line tube cutter on our website using part number F9009. So next I'm going to go ahead and hook my air line up to my fitting. Again, make sure it's flat, not pinched. Going to push it in until it stops, and then pull on it. Make sure it's in there good.We're just going to route our other end to the back. We're going to have to put our spare tire back up so we want to make sure we go over the top or that support branch there. Just like that. We'll come back through and just zip tie my line to this existing line on the vehicle. Then on her passenger side, the line's going to go in the same way, but we have the issue of the exhaust. So our kit comes with two little slip on shields that we can put on there. But if you look at this frame, it has a bunch of holes in it. There's a hole right up here that I think I can get my line inside the frame and come back this way to this large hole.Next you're going to get a little bracket like this. This is going to hold your two valves. What we're going to do is this is made to mount to existing hitch. It's going to come with two large zip ties. So all's we're going to do, we're going to go over top our hitch and then just tighten it in place. Then what I'll do, these are pretty big zip ties, I'll take a pair of channel locks or vice grips, pair of pliers, and I'll grab each one of these, try and get them as tight as I can. Next we're going to add the valves for the back. We're going to remove the white cap. Make sure you hold onto this white cap and remove this nut.You're going to have a couple of washers. We're going to put one washer on. Then from the back, put another washer on, then going to replace the nut. Then you can go ahead and tighten it into place. Make sure that you don't tighten this real tight because this is plastic. You just want it to be held on there. Then you do the same thing with the other valve. So you can see what I do with my tubing coming from my driver side, I just looped it up. Instead of cutting it short, looped it up, zip tied here to this existing wiring in case I have an issue.I always had plenty of extra that I can fix my line. Same thing here on the passenger side. Instead of cutting it off, I just looped it. Zip tied right to my existing factory wiring on the vehicle. Next, we're going to add 70 psi to each bag. Once we've added the proper amount of air, we're going to take some soapy water and you want to spray anywhere that your hose is going in, any of the fittings, make sure we don't have any leaks. Looking for a lot of bubbles.We don't see any bubbles coming out where our air lines going in, so we're good there. And that'll do it for our look at and installation on the Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs, part number F2596 on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500.


Customer Reviews

Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - F2596

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (634 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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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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Was very easy to install. My 11 yr old boy and i did it in less than 3 hrs. They are great and make the ride so much better. Pulling a 35 ft toy hauler on a 3/4 ton diesel. I have recommended etrailer and these air bags to friends. 265873



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We’ve had the airbags on for several trips now and love them. Our cousin was impressed so they had a set installed with the onboard compressor. I have always carried an air compressor with me so I didn’t install one. Our 5th Wheel has a much gentler bounce over rough terrane, and unhitching and hitching up is a little nicer now. Great product. 672981



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



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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Great product. Fit just like directions said. This is the second truck I have put this product on. First truck was a 2003 GMC 2500 duramax second is a 2015 GMC duramax. Very pleased with this product 463867



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



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2015 Chevrolet Silverado

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


Comments

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

Craig - 09/12/2016

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2012 Chevrolet Silverado

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



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A absolute must for anyone that tows a fifthwheel , install took about 1.5 hours and made a huge difference Im towing ! 669476



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2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Just Installed the new Ride Rite Airbags on my new 2019 Silverado High Country 3500 SRW. This is my 3rd set of Ride Rite Bags. I've had these air Bags on a previous 2008 GMC HD 2500 and a 2013 GMC Denali 3500 Dually. I have a heavy Toy Hauler Fifth Wheel and these Airbags are a must have. I have about 3500 LBS on the Pin and with about 60 PSI in the bags it brings me back close to factory ride height and gives a much nicer ride than without. The bags bring you back up off of the overload springs so it rides much smoother and the other added benefit is that your headlights are pointed correctly so you are not blinding the oncoming vehicles and constantly getting flashed. As to the installation I had my 2 previous sets installed at a shop. This set I decided to do myself after watching the install video and reading the supplied instructions. It was pretty simple I took my time to make sure I had each step correct and It took about 3 hours to complete. I think now that I have done it I could cut that time in half. Best choice for handling a heavy load I highly recommend them! 638023



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


Comments

Great

Donald - 06/09/2019

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



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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Order came in fast . Installation wasn't hard at all. The instructions were easy to follow took my first trip with the Firestone air springs handled better than I expected thanks etrailer your the best . 418563



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



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



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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

The Firestone air bag suspension kit was Great ! Very easy to install and does exactly what I wanted it to do. I pull a 20,000# trailer and have no issues with this product. I would definitely recommend it. 589334



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2018 GMC Sierra 2500

Installed on a 2018 GMC Serra 2500HD Easy to install, watch the online videos. Instructions seem 180 off for the top bracket. We bought this to stabilize our 3400 lb. camper, and hauling loads. excellent. 694031



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2018 GMC Sierra

This product was purchased to go on my 2018 GMC SIERRA 2500.Firestone assured me this would fit the 2018 truck as well as the 2017s.I ordered from etrailer and received it in 3 days.It was an easy process.The installation went along fairly easy.I had one small leak on the fitting on the driver side air bag.It just needed to be screwed in more.I installed the bags for the purpose of towing my 36ft 5th wheel.These bags do a good job leveling out the truck.The bags do sit at a slight angle which Firestone says is normal.I had a set on my 2013 truck and they worked well. 443148



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2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

The air bags installed easily after reviewing the installation video, just so everyone knows these were installed on a 2013 2500 HD with a B&W Gooseneck hitch already installed. They went on with no issues, there is room between the brackets for the Gooseneck hitch and the frame for the air bag brackets. 211910



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Ordered for a great price and had delivery as advertised. The package arrived in great shape and I had them installed at a local mechanic. It took them about an hour so the installation was around $100.00. We tow an 11000 pound fifth wheel with our 2500 HD from Canada down into Mexico so we see a lot of different quality roads. We like the ride and control we get with the Firestone air suspension. I keep about 8lbs in them when not towing and 30 when loaded. They are very easy to use and we would do it again if we had too. 726665



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Excellent product...worked great. The system was easy to install using the instructions provided. 726580



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2015 GMC Sierra 2500

The bags and mounting brackets are well designed and very sturdy. They are also very compact and well concealed, so they don't look like an aftermarket hobnob you may see from the competitors. It will take you longer to install perhaps, but worth it. Looks clean and very slick. I am very mechanically inclined and can build almost anything, but installation took me closer to four hours. The realities of the typical garage mechanic having some time drawbacks in accessibility. One thing I notice is there is very limited clearance near the fuel tank. With the other brands this may result in even tighter clearances, and vulnerability to damage to the tank in the event of a collision (remember the Ford Pinto....). I recommend tightening everything only snug at first, inflating and checking for leaks, bouncing on the bumper and then tightening the rest of the way while under pressure to ensure everything is seated for a solid fit. The main issues I had were the air fittings, which took a lot of time to track down and correct. As others mentioned, they leak where they push into the fittings at both the Schrader valve and the top of the bags. These push fitting are totally crap, and I had them fail on me on the bag installation on my RAM. Do yourself a favor and just buy the proper compression fittings using the proper nylon Wedge ferrule, and toss the press-in turds away. The ones at HD and Lowes are not sized appropriately for the hose supplied and will likely be a battle to insert and will fail. Check out ACE for everything you will need. Love the service from etrailer. Much quicker than I expected. This has been true from earlier products I have received from them. Packaging arrived in tact, however, I can agree with others reviews and can consider the heavy components are pushing the limits of the boxing. I'd recommend an outer box to double-up the protection. I am and will again be a repeat customer. 716385



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The box was damaged during shipping and the items were not wrapped to prevent damage. Metal plates were scratched and appeared to be previously returned or used. Still need to install. Hopefully all the parts are there. 716369



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Quick delivery. Correct product. Excellent packaging 708039



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The weight distribution hitch I bought from Etrailer.com is exactly what I thought I was buying and has been just fine. Far and away more important is how refreshing it is to buy from a company that goes to significant efforts to make sure their customers are happy with their purchase. Thank you etrailer.com. I would be happy to do business with you in the future. I am a frequent online buyer and I almost never do the requested reveiws. But this is one case where I will go on the record in support of this company. I have had a few transactions with them and the one time I had an issue it was quickly corrected. Handling, shipping and my receiving what I ordered was very quick and afterwards they reach out to make sure I got what I wanted. Sad to say, this kind of customer service is shocking! 711482



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Excellent product and was easy to install. Order arrived quicky and included everything for installation. 682658



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I liked the product and it has done everything I expected. I did make an installation mistake and needed an extra part. The CSR was very nice but said you don't have any extra parts, that's understandable. He gave me the phone number to the manufacturer but that did nothing to solve my problem. I was able to go to my local auto parts store to get the "U" bolt I needed but it is quite large and took 3 parts stores before I located one. I'm happy with etrailer and would recommend you 682056



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Received my complete order. Everything arrived without damage. The only concern I had is the bottom of the box was completely insecure. 678409



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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

I watched the install video first - everything went smoothly no leaks. I thought the plastic valve mounting bracket could have been designed better for my application 669735



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2018 GMC Sierra 2500

Came boxed great. All parts and instructions inside as expected. Have not installed it as of yet. Just delivered today. 667760



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Easy install. Works great 662744



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Easy installation, works as described! 662078



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The air bags installed on my truck have drastically improved the safety and comfort of the ride when pulling our fifth-wheel camper!!! E-trailer had a quick turn around time with the vehicle while the work was being completed. We also appreciated the discount offered on the installation of the air bags due to the company using the installation process for their own video purposes. We have continued to shop e-trailer for other products as well. 661985



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Great product ! Added compressor with wireless controller, works great with 5th wheel ! 660336



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Great place to order from. Came in two days. 642513



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2015 Toyota Highlander

Well made kit. The instructions could be better however; the install videos on the website are great; watch them. The install takes 3-4 hours. The bracket for supporting the schrader valves should be metal, not plastic and the upper bracket interferes with the ebrake cable on the driver's side, so a little direction would be helpful. Customer service is great at Etrailer. I tow a 10,000 lb fifth wheel with a 2018 GMC Denali and this setup smoothes out the ride. I'm already considering installing an on board wireless compressor. I would recommend this to anyone who carries a load. 595734



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Easy to install and work Awesome!!!! 560913



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2012 GMC Sierra

Very easy to install and operate. We purchased a 35 ft fifth wheel last year and the 2012 Gmc sierra 2500 this year. The truck sagged a little bit when hooked up and this really helps that and smooths out the ride. 521521



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2017 GMC Sierra 2500

Just received the Air Springs today. Everything seems to be in order and packaged properly in the Firestone box. Easy transaction all the way around. 479789



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Everything works great. Really helped to alleviate the bounce when towing. Instructions should include notes to remove the emergency brake bracket on the drivers side instead of having to search u tube for 30 minutes. Good quality product 449635



- F2596
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The ease of installation and detailed instructions make it easy for most DYI'ers to install. 274022



- F2596
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Works very well. Easy to install. Exactly as advertised. 137444


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All I expected it would be. Will surely install on my next truck.

Dana H - 06/24/2015

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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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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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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fit perfect works great 503642



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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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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Great product for my 2011 Tundra. 670513



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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


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  • Rear Suspension Helper Springs for a 2018 GMC Sierra 2500 Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Hello, I will be happy to help you select some helper springs to improve the ride and level out the truck when you are towing. Timbren springs are an easy install but they will make the ride stiffer when you are not towing. The similar SumoSprings Solo # SSR-207-47 will also level out the truck but will not be as stiff when not towing compared to the Timbren springs. Another option to consider is Roadmaster Active Suspension # RAS3611-HD. Installation is easy with this kit as...
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  • Will Airbags Fit on a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with 5th Wheel Hitch Installed
  • Yes, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2596 will fit your 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit part # C16411-204 installed. These airbags do use a u-bolt but they don't go around the frame like some others will. They actually just wrap around the jounce spring cup which the fifth wheel install kit does not affect. I have attached a photo of these airbags installed with a similar set of fifth wheel brackets so you can see how...
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  • Comparing Air Lift and Firestone Air Bag Kits for a 2015 GMC Sierra 3500
  • The biggest difference between Firestone Ride-Rite and Air Lift LoadLifter air bag kits is that Firestone uses double convoluted bags that have 4 layers of reinforced rubber and are installed on the plates using a rolled crimp seal that keeps them from getting pinched. The LoadLifter kits are good as well but they don't have as heavy-duty rubber as the Ride-Rite option which is why I recommend going with Ride-Rite (Firestone) over LoadLifter (Air Lift). For your 2015 GMC Sierra 3500...
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  • Rear Helper Springs for a 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 Towing 5th Wheel and Gooseneck Trailers
  • Timbren springs # TGMRCK25D have a Limited lifetime warranty and satisfaction is guaranteed. Take a look at the very last line on page 2 of the instructions I have linked for you. Considering your application I would not recommend Timbren springs as the best option. Times when you are not towing will not compress the springs and you will have a stiffer ride. Air bags such as # F2596 are a better option for towing 5th wheel and gooseneck trailers since you can adjust them by adding or...
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs for 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2430 unfortunately do not have any use on a 2018 GMC Sierra 2500; they only fit the 1500. For a Firestone Ride-Rite kit that does fit your '18 Sierra 2500 you will want to use Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2596.
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  • Do Firestone Air Bag Suspension Kits for 2017 Chevy Silverado 3500 Have Inner Rubber Spring
  • Firestone air bags like what come with the part # F2596 that you referenced do not have the jounce style of rubber springs mounted in them like the Air Lift kits do. This kit is a fit for your 2017 Chevy Silverado 3500 and would work well. For a similar Air Lift kit that fits your truck and has the inner jounce springs you'd want the part # AL89338 instead.
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  • What is the Proper Pin Weight Percentage of the Total Weight for a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Definitely false. You want to shoot for the pin weight of a 5th wheel trailer to be about 20% of the loaded weight of the trailer. If the hitch weight of your trailer is 2,000 lbs though that entire pin weight is transferred, not just a portion of the pin weight. This is actually reflected in the weight ratings for 5th wheel trailer hitches (and can usually be found in the owner's manual for your trailer). If you check out the popular B&W Companion # BWRVK3500 you can see that the...
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  • Towing Capacities for 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500HD for Fifth Wheel
  • I found Chevy's online trailering guide for your 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with the Duramax diesel and the fifth wheel towing capacit is 18,100 lbs. The payload capacity (truck bed capacity) looks to be 3,204 lbs. The pin weight capacity is different since the payload is the weight capacity of the truck bed and the fifth wheel trailer pin weight is capacity of trailer weight that essentially bolts to the frame of the truck. The pin weight capacity would be right at 3,620 lbs. If...
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  • Replacement Jounce Bumper Cup Insert for Firestone Ride-Rite Airbags on a 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • Yes, the Replacement Jounce Bumper Cup Insert part # F5721 is a fit for your 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD so long as you are using the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2596. If you need any other replacement parts for this kit such as the Upper Bracket part # F2135825848, Spreader Bar part # F2135825850, or Air Spring part # F6401 just let me know what that is and I will see if we have it for you.
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  • Air Bags For 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500 With Gooseneck Hitch That Does Not Require Drilling
  • The Air Lift LoadLifter part # AL57338 for the 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500 will require drilling if you have the B&W Gooseneck hitch but it will be compatible. The self tapping screws will allow you to attach the Air Lift springs to the bottom of the frame rail and not use the U-bolts which would interfere with the Gooseneck brackets. If you do not want to drill, I recommend Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2596 which is still a great quality brand and does not have any interference...
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  • Can I Transfer Firestone Air Bags and Compressor from 2004 GMC 3500 HD to 2015 Silverado 3500 HD
  • There is a Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Helper Spring kit available for your 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD, part # F2702 with a 7,500 lb capacity. However, this kit uses different air bags, brackets and hardware than your # F2700 Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs with the same capacity on your 2004 GMC Sierra 3500 HD. The same hardware and brackets were only used up to 2011. Since your goal here is to save money, it would not be in your best interest to try...
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  • Will Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Work on 2014 GMC Sierra 2500 With 1 Spacer Block
  • Yes, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2596 will work on your 2014 GMC Sierra 2500 that has a 1" spacer block. A lift spacer is likely not going to be needed for a 1" lift; however, if you do the install and find there is a bit too much space you can then order the 1-1/4" Lift Spacers # F2536 so long as the distance between the upper and lower brackets is between 6-1/2" and 7-1/2".
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  • Suspension Support Recommendation for 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 Towing 5th Wheel
  • I prefer the Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2596 for your 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 that will have a fifth wheel trailer towed. Reason is you'll be able to tailor how much air pressure/support you need based on the amount of sag you experience. The Timbren kits are great and work well but they tend to give a harsher ride quality when unloaded that most don't care for. I attached an install video for this kit as well for you to check out. For a compressor kit then I'd recommend the...
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  • Will Air Bags Work With Front Leveling Kit On 2019 GMC Sierra 2500
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2596 will work well in your 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 with factory puck system. As long as the leveling kit does not affect the height of the back of the truck, then it won't affect the air suspension. I do recommend an air compressor kit as well with the air bags so you don't have to carry around a bulky air compressor in your truck when you want to inflate the bags. I recommend Firestone Air Command I - Analog Gauge w/ Heavy-Duty Compressor...
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  • Best Air Spring Suspension Enhancement to Fit with B&W Turnoverball in 2016 GMC Sierra 2500
  • Firestone is the best brand to use for air springs. They use 4-ply rubber springs and the rubber springs are attached to the end plates with a rolled crimp seal. For your 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 the highest rated system is the Ride-Rite Red Label # F2702. This system will support up to 7,500 pounds at 150 psi. The 5,000 pound Firestone that also fits your truck is # F2596. The air pressure can be adjusted up to 100 psi with this kit. Both systems are compatible with your B&W Turnoverball...
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  • Rear Suspension Enhancement Helper Springs for a 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 Towing 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System # TGMRCK25D will prevent bottoming out but it stiffens up the suspension so some of those bumps may be more jarring than before. And the unloaded/not towing ride will feel stiffer as well. Ideally to soften things up a little you would go with air springs such as # F2596. This will allow you to adjust how stiff or soft the ride is. This model air spring is compatible with 5th wheel hitch frame brackets as well. I have linked a video showing...
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  • Firestone Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • The Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2596 is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500 with the factory rail kit. We checked with Firestone to confirm that this is the correct fit for your vehicle. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Best Suspension Enhancement for 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 Towing Trailer
  • If you want the absolute best support and ride quality from your 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 when you are towing and when you are not the best solution is an air bag kit as it gives you the ability to fine tune the amount of support you get. The best option for that is the Firestone kit part # F2596 which is a confirmed fit and will work well. Firestone bags are the best built and will last the longest. For a compressor kit to allow the ability to easily adjust and monitor the pressure in the...
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  • Recommended Rear Axle Air Bags & Wireless Compressor Kit for 2015 Chevrolet Silverado-3500
  • All rear-axle air spring kits for your 2015 Chevrolet Silverado-3500 are shown on the linked page. The part number W217602806 you provided refers to a Firestone kit for the GMC 2500 series. For a Firestone kit for your Silverado 3500 you can use part # F2596 which provides 5000-lbs of load support and which is intended for HD models with or without factory top overload springs.
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  • Best Air Springs for 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 4x4
  • The best air ride helper springs for your 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 4x4 are the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2596. These springs are adjustable from 5 psi to 100 psi for your desired ride and load leveling needs. They are rated for up to 5,000 lbs load leveling and the kit comes with the manual inflation valves that you can mount in a convenient location for adjustment. If you want to add a compressor system, then you will be able to monitor...
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  • Recommended Air Bags for 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 with Factory Gooseneck
  • For your 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 with the factory gooseneck rail kit I highly recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2596. These are fantastic air springs with a double-convoluted construction that will provide up to 5,000 pounds of load-leveling support. The strength and durability of these springs is unmatched by other similar brand systems. The mounting brackets are fully compatible with those from the factory gooseneck hitch on your Sierra and it will be a simple, no-drill...
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  • Rear Air Bag Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • For air bag style of suspension enhancement that fits your 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser the Firestone Coil Rite kit part # F4164 is a confirmed fit and will work well. This fits into the coils on the rear suspension which will then give you the additional support you need.
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  • Best Airbag Kit for a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
  • I have attached a list of all the airbag kits that will fit a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. However, not all of them will work with 5th wheel brackets. The best set we have that will are the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2596. This kit will provide you with the extra support you need to keep your truck from sagging. They will also help to improve steering, reduce suspension wear, and improve stability. As you can see in the attached install video, the process is...
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  • Firestone Air Bag Kit for a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
  • We have had customers want to change out there air bag systems for their new pickup before and when you lay out the pieces individually it is actually much more cost-effective to purchase a whole new kit instead of getting the new brackets and hardware. For your 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 I recommend going with the Extra Heavy Duty Ride-Rite Helper Springs # F2596 from Firestone. These have a 5,000 lb weight capacity and are compatible with an in-bed hitch. Please note that this will...
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  • Air Bag Helper Springs for a 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 4x4
  • For your 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 4x4 I do recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite helper springs # F2596. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation of this kit for you. Adding an on-board compressor system is an excellent idea any time air bags are used on a vehicle. It will allow you to add or remove air from the comfort of the truck cab so you will not have to have a separate compressor. There are different compressor systems you can use. If you are looking...
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  • Will The Firestone Airbags Work with the Curt Gooseneck Hitch on a 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • Yes, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2596 will work with the Curt Gooseneck Hitch part # C61301-52 for overbed and part # C607-604 for under bed and are a confirmed fit for your 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500. The gooseneck hitch mounts on the outside frame rails and the Firestone airbag kits mount underneath the frame rail hence the compatibility. In order to operate the airbags from inside the vehicle, I recommend using the Firestone Air Command I part # F2158. The Air...
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  • How to Level Fifth Wheel Trailer Using B&W Companion Flatbed Gooseneck to Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • You are correct that the B&W Companion Flatbed Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter # BWRVK3050 does not have a height adjustment. The head is approximately 10-1/2 inches off the deck of the flatbed. The amount of weight that's being put onto the truck isn't really the issue you need to watch out for but rather how level your trailer and your 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 are. If they're not sitting level, then you may be able to adjust your pin box to a lower set of bolt holes...
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  • Airlift vs Firestone Ride Rite Comparison for a 2015 GMC Sierra 2500
  • When it comes to quality, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2596, has a slight edge over the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs, # AL88338. Both systems will get the job done, but I would go with the Firestone kit if it were my truck. Firestone has been an industry leader for a long time. The way Firestone secures the rubber to the metal base of the bag assembly is more secure as well. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Rear Axle Air Bag Kit for 2016 Silverado 2500HD Duramax with B&W Turnover Ball Hitch
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite rear air bag kit # F2596 is a correct fit for your 2016 Silverado 2500HD Duramax (both 2WD and 4WD) and it provides no-drill installation along with compatibility with your existing B&W turnover ball in-bed gooseneck hitch. The linked video illustrates the kit components. Air tubing cutter tool # F9009 makes it easier to get clean cuts in your air lines which helps avoid leaks. If you care to add a compressor kit for automated pressure adjustment from the driver's...
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  • Does Firestone Air Bag Kit for 2018/2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 Mount Inside or Outside Trailer Frame
  • I attached a picture that shows where the Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2596 installs relative to the frame and axle of a truck. I'd say it's directly between frame and the axle slightly more to the inside of the frame.
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