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

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

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5,000-lb Capacity. Ride-Rite air springs enhance your factory suspension for safety and stability when you are hauling heavy loads. They reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your vehicle level, and adjust to load size for a consistently smooth ride. Lowest Prices for the best vehicle suspension from Firestone. Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle part number F2609 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Firestone Vehicle Suspension - F2609

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

5,000-lb Capacity. Ride-Rite air springs enhance your factory suspension for safety and stability when you are hauling heavy loads. They reduce strain on your rear axle, keep your vehicle level, and adjust to load size for a consistently smooth ride.


Features:

  • Maximize safe load-carrying capacity, increase stability, and improve ride quality
    • Install between your vehicle's frame and its rear suspension
  • Keep your vehicle level when you are hauling a heavy load
    • Improve steering control and braking when you are hauling or towing
    • Level your headlight beams
    • Reduce tire wear
  • Maintain even load distribution with air pressure, leveling off-center loads
    • Air bags adjust manually, side to side, with individual inflation valves
  • Reduce strain on rear suspension
    • Prevent permanent sagging and excessive friction in leaf springs
  • Increase stability
    • Absorb road shock for a smooth ride
    • Soften contact between axle and frame to prevent bottoming out
  • Provide maximum load support and durability with rubber construction and double-convoluted design
  • 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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F2609 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details F2609 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2019 - 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 2 Wheel Drive

2019 - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2 Wheel Drive

2019 - 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 4 Wheel Drive

2019 - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4 Wheel Drive




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

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Video Transcript for Review of Firestone Vehicle Suspension - Rear Axle Suspension Enhancement - F2609

Today we're taking a look at the Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs for the rear axle. Now, this is a custom fit part, so to ensure or double check that it's a fit for your vehicle, you can use the vehicle fit guide that's located at etrailer.com. Now, this kit is designed to maximize safe load carrying capacity, it's designed to increase stability, and it's designed to improve ride quality. It simply installs between your vehicle's frame and the rear suspension, and it keeps your vehicle level when you're hauling the heavier loads. It's really gonna help improve steering control, it's gonna help improve breaking when you're hauling or towing, it's gonna help level your headlight beams, and it's gonna reduce tire wear. It also maintains even low distribution with air pressure.

That's gonna really help level those off-center loads.These airbags can adjust manually side to side for those off-center loads, and that's with individual inflation valves. It's also designed to reduce strain placed on your rear suspension. That's gonna prevent permanent sagging as well as excessive friction in the leaf springs. It also increase stability, so these are actually designed to absorb road shock, which really results in a smoother ride. It softens the contact between the axle and the frame, so it's gonna help bottoming out situations, and they provide maximum load support and durability.

We're looking at a nice rubber construction. These are a double convoluted design, and when it comes to the installation, it's a simple no-drill install. The brackets, air springs, all the necessary hardware, airline, and separate valves for manual inflation, all of that's included.Now, switches and gauges, as well as compressors and air tanks, those are sold separately and available for quick and easy air spring inflation or deflation from inside your vehicle. I wanna point out that the brackets with this kit, are made from a durable steel, and they all feature a really nice powder coated finish to resist rust and corrosion. Now, if you're installing this on a Z-71 or a high country model, that'd be GM vehicles, it does require the Ride-Rite lift spacer kit.

That's part number F2366 sold separately and available at etrailer.com. It's a really nice design.Now, these feature a load leveling capacity of 5,000 pounds. Just keep in mind that these do not increase your vehicles weight carrying capacity, so you always wanna be careful not to exceed the manufacturers recommended weight limit. It comes with detailed installation instructions, so it'll walk you through that whole process step-by-step. The adjustable air pressure is five PSI, so 100 PSI.

You need to be sure to keep some air pressure in these springs at all times. They give you a lot of control, you can really adjust as needed based on your particular load, and your particular application.Again, it comes with your hardware, springs, brackets. This is a heat shield, comes with some cable ties so you can secure as needed. You know, mostly this bracket here, that's what it's included for. This is the bracket that you would use to mount the air valves. Typically located at the rear of the vehicle those are your manual inflation valves, typically located at the rear of the vehicle for easy access. Now, this product is covered with a limited lifetime warranty on the springs, and the product's made in the USA. That's gonna do it for today's look at the Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs for the rear axle.


Customer Reviews

Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle - F2609

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (641 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.

- F2609
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Package arrived in good shape and when promised. Installation was very straight forward as per the instructions. The only difficulty I had was threading the large nylocnut on to the airbag. Because of the limited access and view it was very difficult especially with the brass fitting already screwed into the airbag stem. I removed the airbag, removed the brass fitting then screwed the large nut over the stem several times. This made it easier to install the nut once everything was put back together as per the instruction and complete my installation. 638817



- F2597
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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


Comments
Great. Love it more.
Robert - 01/06/2020

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- F2550
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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



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


Item arrived quickly. Now that I have installed them I don't know why I waited so long to get air bags. I run a welding skid in the back (1500-2000lbs) and occasionally tow. Even though the truck only sagged 1½ inches, the sway at highway speeds was my real issue to correct. At only 20psi the truck sits and rides proper again. 711712



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


Very good fitment, so you do get what you pay the premium for. My only concern is some sort of regulator would go a long way to getting the pressure equalized between the bags. This is not something I expected, but will probably add later to enhance the ease of use and warranted that fifth star. Highly recommend as advertised regardless! 635267



- F2176
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


fit perfect works great 503642



- 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


Comments
Awesome product will install on New trucks every time .
Louis M - 09/21/2019

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


Eliminated the sag after I added a 6” FabTech lift on my 2015 Silverado LT. Great product have not had any issues at all. 546592



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


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


Comments
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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- F2550
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


Put on 2008 f250. With a B&W turnover ball. Had to remove one bolt on both side of B &W to mount top bracket then replace with new bolts in kit No big deal. Put both sides on and ran the air lines in less than 2 hours. Had a leak on driver side. It was where I didn't cut the air line straight. Recut air line and that fixed the problem. I would recommend this to anyone. 181344



- F2445
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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



- F2597
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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



- F2286
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Review from a similar Firestone Ride-Rite in Vehicle Suspension


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



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


Installation was not hard at all, I definitely recommend having an impact wrench handy though. The airbags definitely improved how my toy hauler towed!! They took out all sag and reduced the roughness on torn up highways. The pic shows my truck back to factory ride height with the bags. 665369



- 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



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


2008 Chevy 1500. Using to assist with hauling travel trailer. Product shipped quickly and arrived on time. Poorly written instructions but easily installed once I was able to sort out the installation process. Very heavy duty material. Vehicle drove great after installation. Cant wait to put it to the test with a load. Note that the reference pictures on the website are of an older design. The mounting brackets have been redesigned and probably easier installation now. 141466



- 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



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


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



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


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



- 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


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



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


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


Comments
No problems. Springs still working great.
Wyatt S - 09/25/2016

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


The product works great. 417766



- F2176
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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



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


Really great product and does exactly what it is supposed to do! I really dread doing projects like this sometimes because of the so-so directions, but the directions for this kit were the best I have seen. You can tell somebody actually took the time to do it right! My 740 lb cruiser in the back of my truck used to push the bed down a couple of inches. Not anymore! 399032


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    The Firestone Air Helper Springs part # F2609 is the correct fit for your 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4. Since the AT4 has a 2 inch lift you do need the spacers part # F2366 confirmed by Firestone. Otherwise the installation is the same for your AT4.
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    It is a very good idea to use the Air Command F3 Compressor System w/ Wireless Remote and Light Duty Compressor # F2581 with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2609 on your 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and you should mount the compressor with the No-Drill Mount Kit for Firestone Air Command # F2588. The mounting kit should be installed on a frame rail on your '19 Silverado, and Firestone recommends doing it on the right-hand side of a vehicle if possible. There is no specific...
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  • Purpose of Wires on Gauge of Firestone Air Command Compressor for 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500
    Adding a compressor to the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2609 on your 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 was a great idea, and I can help you with what those black wires are for behind the gauge of your compressor, though from the looks of it you have the Firestone Air Command II # F2178. If you take a look at the linked installation video as well as the linked video install, you can see that one of the two wires is for illuminating the gauge and the other is a ground wire. The installation...
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  • Will the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs Fit a 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 With X31 Off-Road Package
    Yes, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2609 will work with the X31 Off-Road Package on your 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. The X31 Off-Road Package does not contain any sort of significant lift that would result in an additional spacer needed to be compatible. The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs will work just fine for you as is without any additional parts. As this is a custom fit kit, no drilling is required for installation. Please note if you find yourself to be frequently...
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    I have listed the correct parts you will need to install a set of airbags and add an air compressor on your 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 below. I recommend going with a Firestone airbag system and an AirLift air compressor system because Firestone has the best airbags due to their crimp rolled design as opposed to a band clamp and AirLift has the best air compressors as they are made by Viair who is an industry leader in this category. Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2609 Lift...
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  • What Is Required To Install the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs on a 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT
    The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2609 which is a fit for your 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes with everything that you need for installation save for tools unless you have a Z71 or High Country package. If you do then you will also need the Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2366. There will be either a Z71 or High Country large badge on the passenger and driver fender if you have either of these packages. The rest of the tools needed...
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  • Does Firestone Ride Rite Kit for 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Affect Unloaded Ride Quality
    When the Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2609 is installed on your 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and there is only the minimum air pressure in the bags of 5 psi the ride quality would not be affected. It's hard to say why your Ram had issues but there are some air bag kits similar to this that have jounce bumpers built into them which will make the ride quality a bit stiffer. But overwhelmingly the response we have had on the Firestone kits is that they do not hurt the unloaded ride quality....
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