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

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

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  • 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. Lowest Prices for the best vehicle suspension from Firestone. Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle part number F2597 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Firestone Vehicle Suspension - F2597

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.



W217602597 Firestone Ride Rite Air Bags - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle

Replaces W218602535 and 2535



F2597 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details F2597 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2015 - 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty

2015 - 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty

2011 - 2013 Ford F-450 Super Duty

2011 - 2014 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty F-250

2011 - 2014 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 Vehicle Suspension - Rear Axle Suspension Enhancement - F2597 Review

Today we're gonna take a look at the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs for the rear axle. Now, this is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 2011 and newer Ford F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty trucks. And on a custom fit part, I always like to recommend for you to go to our website and use our fit guide. Put in your year and model vehicle and it'll show you if this part will work for your application. Now this will help maximize safe load carrying capacity, increases stability, improves the ride quality. These basically install between your vehicle's frame and the rear suspension.

The will help keep your vehicle level when you're hauling a heavy load. It gives you improved steering control and braking when you're hauling or towing. It'll also help level your headlight beams and even reduce tire wear. This will maintain even, low distribution with air pressure, leveling any off-center loads. And these air bags adjust manually, side to side with individual inflation valves.

Helps reduce the strain on your rear suspension, and it'll help prevent permanent sagging and excessive friction in your leaf springs. They do increase stability. It absorbs any road shock for a nice smooth ride. And it'll soften the contact between the axle and the frame to prevent any bottoming out. They do provide maximum load support and durability with a nice rubber construction. You can see it's a double convoluted design spring.

It does include everything shown here on the table that's necessary for installation. The air springs themselves, all the mounting brackets and the hardware, air line, and they even have the separate valves for manual inflation. Now, you can get switches, gauges, compressors and air tanks. They are available. We sell them separately on our website.

And that's even for a quick and easy air spring inflation and deflation from inside your vehicle if you prefer. These parts are all made in the USA. A few specs on it. The load leveling capacity is 5,000. And the thing you need to remember is that these Ride-Rite Springs will not increase your vehicle's weight carrying capacity. So, you do want to make sure not to exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight limit. And the air pressure in these springs is adjustable from 5 psi to 100 psi. But that should do it for the review on the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs for the rear axle.


Customer Reviews

Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - F2597

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (581 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.

- F2597
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2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Delivery was very quick. Everything I ordered came in great shape and complete. I installed these air bags on a 2015 F250 for hauling our 5th wheel. It took me around 5hrs more or less to install by myself. I have never done this before and kept checking everything twice. That and I used all hand operated tools. The instructions were good. But watching the installation video 1st was helpful. 638601



- F2597
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Great product. But they should have an option if there is a lift in the truck to make the bottom bracket longer if needed. 555352



- F2597
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2012 Ford F-450 Super Duty

This system I installed on my 2012 Ford F-450 dually pickup. I love it!! I replaced a air bag system that I had put on by so called professionals. It was terrible. It mounted under the spring shackles. It helped when puling a heavy loaded trailer but rode terrible otherwise. The system I bought from e-trailer uses air bags under the rear axles. It handles heavy loads when air up to 90 psi and rides smooth when empty at 25 psi. I recommend it highly. 595195



- F2597
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Worked as it should, still performing as it should 588705



- F2597
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The one to two hour installation time is laughable if you have a B&W turnover hitch. I had to take the driver's side B&W plate off to mount the driver's side air bag. To get the the driver's side B&W plate, I had to drop the DEF tank. None of this was mentioned in the instructions. Passenger side was much easier. It took a total of 8 hours to install in my driveway on a creeper with my wife's help. Our marriage survived. This was was very difficult, and I would recommend doing it on a lift. Also, there is a slow leak that I can't find. 581547



- F2597
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2014 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Installed on 2014 F-250 Diesel with short bed. I have the B&W Turnover Ball and these products work well together. Installation required removing the B&W frame plate on the drivers side to access the DEF screw and I had to remove the large bolt on the passenger side frame plate to use the existing hole for the airbag mount, but not too big of a deal to retrofit. PS. My truck did not have the exhaust sensor on the passenger side that some people have mentioned. 372401



- F2597
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Ford F-350 Super Duty

Just installed the Ride Rite Helper Springs so I don't have any hauling use yet, just wanted new installers to know if you have a B& W companion 5th wheel hitch you will have to remove bolts from the driver side plate to pivot it up to remove the Def tank mount, other than that it was a fairly easy install taking about 3 hours with the Ford F350 up on jack stands with the rear tires off. I will try to update my review after towing our 42 foot 5th wheel RV to the west coast and back in June and July 513192



- F2597
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2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Thanks to the excellent installation video provided by etrailer, along with the reviews provided by other, the installation on my 2016 F-350 SRW went well. I have a B&W turnover ball hitch, and had to temporarily remove the driver side plate (thanks to a review from another installer, I knew to expect that) before I could proceed with the installation. One suggestion on the video installation I would recommend: they removed (cut off) the hard wire parking brake holder on the driver side and relied solely on zip ties to relocate the parking brake cable. I shortened that bracket by removing the bracket from the truck with pliers and a large screw driver, by sawing off a portion, placing it in a vice, and making a new opening by bending it around a 3/8” bolt. Much better solution. 564119



- F2597
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Only real issue was fitment...had to modify one of the lower brackets on the driver side cuz it didn't fit right.... But it worked fine after that and guessing it still does .. sold the truck. 659992



- F2597
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2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty

Air springs were easy to install. Provide excellent lift and since I haven't been able to take my camper out yet I am anxious to see how much they help ride and handling. 635587



- F2597
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2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty

The only reason 4 stars is the package include 4 attachment bolts that were too small, I had to run to the store to pick them up. So for, I have been happy. 580191



- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


Comments

Great

Donald - 06/09/2019

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- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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



- F2430
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Quickly arrived and pretty easy to install. I filled to approx 20psi just as a daily driver but already can tell a big difference in the overall handling of the truck. The rear end feels stabilizes quickly when hitting bumps and the body rill is greatly reduced.I have yet to try them with a heavy load but I have no doubt they will perform great. 2008 GMC Sierra 1500. 517454


Comments

Still a great product a year later. I have pulled heavier trailers across the country,used it for my 30ft travel trailer. Alls i need to do is adjust the pressure to my desired settings and the truck rides smoothly down the highway nice and level. Highly recommended product. Product is holding up well.

Ben - 06/04/2019

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- F2582
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I have used the Firestone suspension air bags to adjust my 2017 F150 when carrying large cargo box loads. It worked very well for the loads I was carrying, which were between 800 lbs to as much as 1100 lbs on other occasions. My only objection is a slow leak in my left side, which may be in the left air bag itself or tubing fittings. After I installed the system, I used a soap solution to check for leaks. At the time I could not find any. Because it is a slow leak, I simply have had to top off either the left or right side air bags and I am fine to go for the day. 636096


Comments

Dont forget to check at the Schrader valve, as well. Those have been known to leak. The soap solution test works great, unless its a very slow leak.

-- Mike L - 05/01/2019

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- F2430
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


So far, I would give this product a 5 star rating. I must say, the installation directions from Firestone are a bit lacking. However, the installation video from etrailer made the installation a snap. I completed the installation in about 3 hours. I'm confident these Ride Rite bags will improve my hauling and towing performance when I go on long fishing trips fully loaded with gear and pulling my 19 foot boat. Also, etrailer was as good as their word when I asked them to honor their price pledge. 505966


Comments

Still very satisfied.

Ken - 05/09/2019

55081

- F2400
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Just installed this kit on my 06 F250. Quality is excellent, Installation is a breeze. Wish I would have done this sooner, Its definitely worth the money! 55146



- F2407
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


The Firestone Ride-Rite vehicle suspension system is excellent. It allows me to easily increase the air pressure to compensate for camper tongue weight and lower pressure for a soft ride when no tongue weight exists. The installation at etrailer was superior as always. Outstanding company to do business with. 432066



- F2598
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


easy install bags work great, almost 70K with zero malfunctions 380629



- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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



- F2407
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


etrailer was out of stock when I ordered the first time. I asked and was notified when the new shipment arrived. Five days later my dad had his present. Excellent customer service!!! An example for others to follow. Thanks for everything!!! 446203


Comments

My dad says it’s a must have for any truck owner. Solved the problem with his camper with no fuss. Went on easy with clear instructions. Others have expressed interest in the air bags.

Andrea - 10/26/2018

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- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Works well like it should . I pull a heavy fith wheel toy hauler 251420



- F2560
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Product was a perfect fit and easy install. Thanks for awesome service again trailer and crew! 483523



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Great company, service and products! I will buy from them again!!!!!! 359124



- F2430
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


The airbags installed very easy. It took us about two and half hours to get the job done, and that’s after getting ahead of ourselves a couple times and having to redo some steps. It makes the vehicle ride great and I can’t wait Took my trailer up to it and see how it tows. 544910



- F2407
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Kit cam quickly and the instructions were clear enough if you are mechanically inclined. If your not then don't try this because you need to have a good safe way to raise you vehicle pull the wheels off the back and work under for a couple hours. That being said once installed on my 2016 Tacoma the performance was excellent. I am currently running about 12 psi. And the hitch is about 1 1/2" higher with no load. Hooked onto my mower trailer with mower and it handled it as easily as my 2500HD. Mower is a JD 27hp 60" zero turn commercial. Haven't hooked the camper up to it but this definitely made the towing on my Taco much better. Great addition to any smaller or 1/2 ton truck that needs some beef in the back. Truck will be safer to handle loads if you do your air to match the load. I just use a bicycle pump to adjust. Easy to be accurate with each side. 405062



- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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



- F2430
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Just received parts good quality, looking to install over the weekend Very fast service and reliability for all the trailer and truck parts I have ordered, dont see this to be any different. Very pleased with the service Darryl Ziemba 230534



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


This kit was pretty easy to install, and performs well for the use I purchased it for. Though it took 3 days longer to arrive than the initial notification stated. 408275



- F2445
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Kit was delivered in good shape, installed as advertised! Very happy with the product! 616144



- F2407
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Took a few hours to get it completed, and went in as described. Have not had opportunity to test them out under load, but figure they would perform as expected. Instructions were not totally accurate, 4 bolts had changed size (to a smaller bolt than listed), but anyone with common sense could figure it out. (I did. LOL!) Wish "they" had included a "T" to inflate them equally, but purchased one at Lowes for about $6. I also "beefed up" the hose around sharp corners to protect them from getting damaged. 131693


Comments

Working great! Added an on-board compressor to the unit and use it to tow Travel Trailer. Does not get a LOT of use, but when it does, its great!

Terry B - 05/23/2015

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- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I purchased a Ride Rite kit for my 06 Ram. This is my third kit for my trucks. I haul scrap and routinely gross 30K. I need quality running gear. etrailer provided what I needed at a great price and fast. I also needed a replacement air bag for my 2012 Ram. I found it cheaper from a competitor. Rather than order it from that vendor I gave etrailer the info and they matched the price plus a little extra. This is where I shop, and so should you. 551930



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Last year I bought a f2299 air bag kit. With no mechanical skill and some common sense I had these installed (3hrs max.) into a Dodge 3500 to pull our 41ft 5th wheel camper. Took it to Fl. from Ks and forgot I had it along. Just bought my second pair, f2071 for my old '98. AWESOME product! holds air indefinitely. 241426


Comments

great product!! no leaks, holds air perfect

Matthew - 03/23/2017

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- F2025
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


etrailer is my "go to" site for anything to do with my rv. I like the tech help videos, and your selection of products and prices are very good. 472265



- F2430
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Opened the box and in awe, I called my service guy, but he couldn't get to it for a week, so I started in. Rolled my truck up on some blocks. Removing the stock rubber bumper was easy. Then the installation. Bolting the upper housing onto the frame was the first job and was easy, except I forgot to include the spacer. So two steps later I had to unbolt it , insert the spacer and re tighten it. The rest of it went well and is now ready for the air line. Quit for the day and this morning will install the other side, which should go much easier now that I have learned from the first side. So it looks hopeful that even I can accomplish this. As a 75 year old retired surgeon that is saying a lot! Stay tuned for next installment which should review performance. 483120


Comments

Worked great. But sold vehicle 6 months later

Steve - 03/10/2019

50363

- F2250
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Was concerned if thls kit would fit a 2010 Silverado 2500 HD Quad cab with 6.5 ft. bed with a B&W fifth wheel turn over ball hitch. It took me 2.5 hours and every thing fit perfect. No problem with the instructions dead on, and the only holes I had to drill was in the rear bumper for the air fittings. Have had them on since November no air leaks or problems. This make my truck ride excellent with my toy hauler and other gooseneck trailer I have. Alot cheeper than a air pin box and does the same thing,no more chucking and bouncing. thanks 7291



- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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



- F2582
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Ordered the firestone air bags. Received them a few days later and installed them in about 2 hours. Took longer than maybe the norm because I’m recovering from rotator surgery. I’m pulling a 8,100 ice castle rv Behind my Ford 150 xlt LB. they work great and feel safer going down the road. Thanks etrailer 614960



- F2525
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Very fast delivery. 139629



- F2582
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Great product if you are thinking of loading the rear end with a lot of weight. I had to load my truck with tile and it sagged so I did my research and etrailer has been my go to place when it comes to vehicle acceries for anything . Installations was easy 504777



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


If you don't have a lift, getting the upper locating pin aligned isn't easy. 413748



- F2430
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I don't typically do reviews but I was so excited about these I just had to share. installation was fine, it took me about 2 hours. Watch the installation videos, it helps. I thought I needed a 3/4 ton truck just to put some heavy loads in my bed a few times a year, but not anymore! See the picture I loaded. that is my Silverado 1500 with approximately 1,500lbs in the back (there are a bunch of concrete curbs in the back). Can you tell, I can't. That's with only 30lbs of air in the springs. I have used air shocks in the past but forget that, no comparison. I will say I did not get the series to fill itself which I will probably upgrade to soon, but for now, these are exceeding my expectations. 603952



- F2407
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I installed the air bags and changed both shocks in less then 2 hours!! They went in perfect and the instructions were great. I do think the best part was the online video of the install!! Thanks Great product 120095


Comments

Well its been -40C up here in Ontario and these air bags are holding up just great!! Ive loaded my truck with would and put the bags to 50psi and the truck was level and the ride was just like there was nothing in the box. Ive also been able to add electric brake and tow and large trailer with a small pickup on it!!! Great product!!

Shaun L - 03/11/2015

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- F2025
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


I installed this on my 93 Chevy Z71 shortbed about one year ago and it is working great. The short wheelbase allows for more strength but the hwy springs are too soft for heavy loads. This airbag system allows me to haul a full load of wood on my 10k trailer and the pickup bed loaded as well. I carry a hand air pump in the toolbox to adjust the air bags whenever needed. This suspension mod allows me to haul maximum loads out of the woods and makes for a smooth and safe ride on the Hwy. 316278



- F2582
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


This is my 2nd purchase of this system . 1st time for my 2013 Ford F-150 Limited , easy to install ,instructions were great and they worked awesome for pulling my car trailers and my travel trailer with the bed loaded with firewood and camping equipment. This time I purchased it for my 2019 Ford F-150 Limited. The kit was complete and as before easy to install. I took my time to route the air lines in the frame to hide them and used provided protectors so no chafing . I purchased the tee fitting to conect 2 lines into 1 and used the mounting bracket . I would highly recommend this product to enhance your trucks rear suspension . 615241



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Great! My package arrived on time and the order was correct. I have ordered from eTrailer several time and I always get fast complet service. Never a problem and most of the time better prices than local companies give. THANK YOU! 346401



- F2596
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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



- F2430
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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



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


The product engineering is great, everything fit perfectly! It was easy to install especially after watching the video on etrailer.com, I hardly had to look at the printed instructions. So far the noise level when unloaded has decreased significantly, and when loaded with a 10k fifth wheel, it has smoothed out the constant push/pull bounce I usually got from the stiff springs. I should note that I have a 2004 Dodge 3500 and I took my factory overload springs off and used this kit to replace it. The factory overload springs would "slap" on the upper supports at times and that is the noise that was eliminated. Now the extra load is on the air bags and that has smoothed out the loaded ride. I only have to run 10 lbs. of air level the truck with the 1300 lb. pin weight. etrailer.com is a good company to purchase this product from, while I didn't need to call customer support, the shipping was super quick even when I ordered on the holiday weekend! Thanks! 150626



- F2299
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Good product. Well made. 459781


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  • Replacing Firestone Ride-Rite Brackets or Upgrading to New Kit
  • I spoke with Firestone about this and the brackets of the # F2597 are a little different design but their capacity is still the same. Their recommendation was to go with the new kit because of the better design. If you decide to replace the brackets the upper is # F5717, lower # F5726, and the clamp is # F3077.
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  • Installing Relocation Bracket for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on 2016 Ford F-250 Diesel
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Rear Axle # F2597 is confirmed to fit your 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel with a short bed. As you mentioned, for your particular model truck, the relocation bracket # F5722 is required for installation. The exhaust sensor located on the passenger side of your F-250 is where the upper bracket for the Air Helper Springs Kit mounts. The relocation bracket allows you to still install the passenger side spring without interfering with the exhaust...
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  • Comparison of Jounce-Style or Air Bag Suspension Enhancement
  • Jounce-style helper springs are easier to install than air bags since they're less parts involved. Also, once they are installed you basically leave them alone. Air bags need to have the air pressure monitored and changed according to the load that's being carrier. The jounce-style will not impact the ride quality unless there is load present. The benefit of the air bags is that you can adjust them to your liking when you need to. If the weight in your truck varies on a regular basis...
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  • Rear Axle Air Bag & Compressor Kit for 2016 Ford F-350 4x4
  • On the linked page you can view all rear-axle air bag kits for your 2016 Ford F-350 4x4. These include kits from both Firestone and AirLift, such as Firestone Ride-Rite # F2597 and Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 # AL57396. Both of these kits offer a 5000-lb load support rating and both install without drilling. A wireless compressor kit is available as a separate item. Firestone offers their Wireless Air Command F3 Compressor System # F2581 which allows for independent pressure control of...
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  • Hitch Extension, TorkLift SuperHitch Magnum, Camper Tie Downs, and Air Bags for a 2015 Ford F-250
  • Since the bed on your 2015 Ford F-250 is 6-3/4 feet and the camper is 8 feet, 7 inches you are correct about needing an extension. Otherwise it is possible for the truck to make contact with the trailer when turning. There are several extensions that will word with the TorkLift SuperHitch Magnum Trailer Hitch # TLF1002-30 which does use a specific extension. I recommend the 21 inch long SuperTruss # TLE1521 because it combined with a ball mount will give you enough extension. You also...
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  • Air Bag Suspension Needed for 5th Wheel Towing with a 2016 Ford F-250 Platinum 4x4
  • If you have 5th wheel base rails, like the Reese Custom Quick-Install # RP50026-58, installed on your 2016 Ford F-250 Platinum 4x4 then you will want to use the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2597. These have a 5,000 lb weight capacity and have been confirmed to fit with 5th wheel base rails and can be used to level out your 5th wheel towing setup. If you have a short bed diesel then you will need the Relocation Bracket # F5722 for the install. Please note that these air springs...
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  • Does Curt 5th Wheel Bracket Hardware have to be Replaced to Install Air Bags on a 2014 Ford F-250
  • Personally I would have gone with the longest breaker bar I could get in there. You wouldn't have needed strength so much as leverage. But that is a moot point since the bolts have been removed. Now we have to get you the right hardware! But, the Ride-Rite kit # F2597 for your 2014 Ford F-250, does come with bolts, nuts, and washers that go through that center hole in the frame and 5th wheel brackets. So the center bolts from the 5th wheel install kit are the only ones that needed to...
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  • Will Firestone Ride Rite Kit F2597 Fit 2016 Ford F-250 with Factory Rail Kit
  • Yes, the Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2597 is a fit for your 2016 Ford F-250 with the factory rail kit. If you have a short bed truck though you will need the sensor relocation kit part # F5722 to allow the brackets to fit properly.
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  • Firestone Air Bag Spacers Needed for 2014 Ford F-350 with a 4" Lift
  • You actually may not even need that much of a spacer. Since the air bags themselves take up some space Firestone has put together a formula that you can use to help you determine what kind of spacer you need. To figure out the needed spacer simply measure the distance between where the brackets would be and choose from the following: 6-1/2" - 7-1/2" - Lift Spacer # F2536 7-1/2" - 8-1/2" - Lift Spacer # F2366 8-1/2" - 9-1/2" - Lift Spacer # F2367 9-1/2" - 10-1/2" - Lift Spacer # F2370 11-1/2"...
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  • Air Bag Kit Recommendation for 2011 Ford F-250 Towing Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • Sounds like you need suspension enhancement to give the rear end of your truck a bit more support when you are towing the fifth wheel trailer. For that you'd want the Firestone air bag kit # F2597 which is a confirmed fit. Then since you have the diesel engine you'll also need the relocation bracket part # F5722 for the upper bracket of the air bag kit.
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  • Recommended Air Bags for a 2015 Ford F-250 4x4 with B&W Gooseneck Hitch
  • For a set of airbags that will work on your 2015 Ford F-250 with the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch part # BWGNRK1111, I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2597 but you will also need the Relocation Bracket for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F5722 if you have a diesel engine. In order to use these with the gooseneck hitch you will need to remove the center bolt for the side bracket, place the upper airbag bracket though this bolt,...
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  • Firestone Riderite Air Spring Replacement Parts For 2014 Ford F250
  • To replace your lower bracket, I recommend the Replacement Lower Bracket for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Kit F2535 # F5726. The bail clamp is Replacement Bail Clamp for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs F2550 and F2535 # F3077. The saddle bracket is Replacement Saddle Bracket for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F5379. The bracket strap is # F2135821163. The parts may have bent because the correct kit for your vehicle is the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs...
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  • How to Use Airbags on a 2018 Ford F-250 with 5th Wheel or Gooseneck Hitch
  • The correct airbag kit you need for your 2018 Ford F-250 in order to use a 5th wheel or gooseneck hitch is the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs part # AL57391 for 2WD models or part # AL57399 for 4WD models. This will be the only option we have for you to install airbags on your truck with a 5th wheel or gooseneck hitch installed. The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2597 that you referenced will not fit as they are designed for a 2011 - 2016 Ford F-250. If you...
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  • Medium Duty Air Spring Kit for 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD with In-Bed Hitch
  • We do have two Firestone air bag kits that will fit your 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD that has an in-bed hitch. Kit # F2703 is the heavy-duty Red Label kit that supports up to 7500-lbs but we also have the medium-duty 5000-lb kit # F2597 that also fits your truck. This kit will be fine for all typical towing applications. Please note these air springs have a maximum psi pressure capacity of 100-psi. Since this kit includes dual manual inflation valves your specific compressor will...
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  • Will Factory Installed Wheel Well Liners Need Altering for Firestone Air Springs on 2016 Ford F-350
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2597 are a great option for your 2016 Ford F-350. The factory installed wheel well liners will need to be either worked around or removed for installation but will not need any altering of any kind. It is easier to install if you remove them but you can work around them it is just more difficult according to my contact at Firestone. On one side you will remove a bolt already present and replace it. The...
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  • Air Springs to Fit with B&W Turnoverball in 2016 Ford F-250 Short Bed Diesel
  • I recommend the Firestone, part # F2597, air bag kit for your 2016 Ford F-250. It installs on the inside of the frame where your B&W Turnoverball, part # BWGNRK1111, installs on the outside. They do share a bolt hole, and coincidently a bolt, so you may need to source a longer one to fit through both products. I've linked the install details, as well as videos, for both products so you can see how they each install ahead of time. In your short bed diesel there is an exhaust sensor...
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  • Can Air Bag Helper Springs be Installed on a 2016 Ford F-350 with B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
  • Actually, you can install air bags on your 2016 Ford F-350 with the B&W Turnover ball hitch brackets on the frame. The brackets have a hole in them right in the middle that is needed by the upper brackets of Firestone Ride-Rite air springs # F2597. The hitch brackets and air spring brackets can use the same bolt through the hitch brackets and truck frame to secure to the truck. (Please note the F2597 kit is Not a fit for V10 Gas Engine with Extended Cab and 8 ft Bed, 2-wheel drive models.) I...
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  • Recommended Firestone Air Springs For 2016 Ford F-250 Diesel 4x4 6-3/4 Foot Bed
  • For your 2016 Ford F-250 4x4 short bed with 6.7L diesel, I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs - Rear Axle # F2703 over the # F2597 option because of the capacity difference in adjustment. These bags allow up to 150 psi. If you are interested in having air accessible at all times, you can use the Firestone Air Command I Compressor System with Analog Gauge and Heavy Duty Compressor - Single Path # F2097 or the Firestone Air Command II - Analog...
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  • Recommended Best/Better Air Spring Suspension Enhancement for 2012 Ford F-350 Dually 4x4
  • With your 2012 Ford F-350 Dually 4x4 you are most likely towing some big loads. My recommendation is to use the Air Lift LoadLifter 7500 XL Air Helper Springs - Rear Axle # AL57596 for the greatest load leveling support or the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Plus Air Springs w/ Internal Bumpers # AL89396 which have the extra security of the jounce spring inside. Either of these options are custom fit for your vehicle and are compatible with in-bed hitches in case you will be using them...
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  • Best Rear Suspension Upgrade Recommendations for a 2015 Ford F-350
  • The biggest difference between the TorkLift StableLoad Suspension, part # TLA7200, and the SuperSprings SuperSway-Stops, part # SSS-2, is the warranty. Torklift provides a lifetime warranty versus a 2-year warranty on the SuperSprings. Based on that I would recommend the Torklift because it will offer future peace of mind. For an air bag kit I would recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2597 because they are the most popular option we offer for your vehicle because...
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  • Firestone Air Bag Kit Recommendation for 2015 Ford F-250 Short Bed with Curt Fifth Wheel Rails
  • The Firestone air bag kit part # F2597 is a fit for your 2015 Ford F-250 short bed and is compatible with fifth wheel rail kits like what you have so it would be a perfect option.
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  • 2011 F-350 Firestone Ride Rite System Recommendation for a Diesel 4 Wheel Drive Model
  • The Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2597 has been confirmed as a fit for your 4 wheel drive, diesel 2011 Ford F-350 and Firestone also lists this kit as being compatible with fifth wheel rail/gooseneck hitches so it SHOULD work for you. What you can do is check out the install video and instructions that I attached to compare to your truck to see if the two would interfere.
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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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  • Will Curt Gooseneck Hitch Fit 2016 Ford F-250 with Firestone Air Bag Kit
  • The Firestone Air Bag Kit part # F2597 that you referenced was designed specifically to fit with fifth wheel and gooseneck rail kits. That means the Curt gooseneck hitch kit part # C61332-52 that you referenced would fit and work well.
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  • Rear Axle Air Bag Suspension Kit and Compressor for 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • Some heavy-duty pickups with extra-sturdy suspensions can have a pretty stiff ride when they have no trailer tongue weight or cargo weight on the rear suspension. Timbren kits like # TFR250SDG are designed specifically for well-loaded conditions, meaning when you have substantial trailer tongue weight or heavy cargo in the bed. These rubber jounce springs only engage the axle when the truck is under a load, which pushes down on the suspension so that the spring and axle make contact....
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  • Rear Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F-250 6.7L Diesel
  • We have many rear suspension enhancement options for your 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty, but to determine which kit will work best, we will want to take a look at the frame brackets for your fifth wheel hitch. On Ford Super Duty trucks, there is a hole in the frame rail just above the rear axle (see photo). If that hole is exposed, then I recommend installing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2597. Firestone is an industry leader in the air bag market and this kit was designed...
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  • Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs for a 2012 Ford F-350 With B&W Gooseneck Hitch Installed
  • The # F2535 kit is not an active product anymore and it is not a fit for your 2012 Ford F-350, but the # F2597 kit is. The Firestone # F2597 kit is compatible with your B&W Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1111; my contact at Firestone confirmed this. The Firestone Air Command I # F2266 is a great accessory to use along with any of the Firestone Air Bags. It enables you to control and level your air bags from the comfort of your cab. If you will be towing fairly frequently then this will save...
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  • Will Firestone Air Bag Kit # F2597 Fit 2016 Ford F-250 Diesel 4X4 with Factory 5th Wheel Prep
  • Firestone rear axle Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit # F2597 is a confirmed fit on your 2016 Ford F-250 4X4 diesel that has a 5th wheel hitch installed. I confirmed compatibility with Firestone. This is a no-drill installation; instructions are linked for your reference along with a video showing installation in a 2013 F-250. This kit provides load-leveling capacity of 3200- to 5000-lbs, plenty for most 5th wheel applications. This kit includes all parts needed for installation and manual...
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  • Are Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2597 Compatible with Gooseneck on 2011 Ford F-350
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2597 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2011 Ford F-350 Diesel and designed specifically to work with existing fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitches. This system will be compatible with the B&W gooseneck you already have installed. I have attached the complete written instructions for this kit that you can also check out. It will tell you exactly where on your truck's frame the springs will install so you can confirm that the...
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  • What is Included with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Part # F2597
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2597 comes with everything you will need to add airbags on your 2014 Ford F-250/F-350 including bags, brackets, hardware, etc. I have attached a photo of everything that is included in the kit as well as a parts list. The kit comes with two manual inflation valves that will require access to an external compressor to inflate. If you would like to eliminate the need for an external compressor and add the ability to inflate the bags from...
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