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  • Recommended Air Pressure of Firestone Ride Rite Air Springs # F2071 on Dodge Ram 3500 Dually
  • Other than saying that the air bags need to be kept between 5 and 100 psi, Firestone does not offer much in the way of specifics. The instructions mention that as a general rule of thumb, 1 psi will support approximately 40 lbs of load. Your best bet is to use enough pressure to level the vehicle, and then adjust plus or minus according to your personal preference. You can do this with the 5th wheel in place, and for the unloaded scenario. Keep in mind that using an air bag suspension...
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  • How To Tell What Size Firestone Lift Spacers Are Needed On A Truck With A 6 Inch Lift Kit
  • To determine what size lift spacer to use on your vehicle with Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs, measure the distance between the upper and lower brackets of your air helper spring kit, and whether the kit mounts on the leaf spring or the axle. The spacer needs to be the same length as the amount of lift applied to the axle on which the air helper spring is installed. The axle mount kit would have the lower bracket mounted to the axle. The leaf mount kit would have the lower bracket mounted...
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  • How to Remove the Air Hose for the Firestone Sport-Rite Air Helper Springs
  • I made a short video for you showing you how to remove the air hose from the air line fittings on your Sport-Rite air helper springs. The main thing to remember is to have the collar on the fitting pushed down when removing the air hose. It may take a little elbow grease to remove, but it should release if the collar is held down.
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  • Diameter, Maximum and Minimum Height for Air Bags in Firestone Ride-Rite System # F2071
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Firestone Ride-Rite system # F2071. When fully collapsed and no air in the system it measures 2-3/4 inches not counting the valves on the top. Please note that you should always have at least 5 psi in the springs up to 100 psi. When in its regular state the bags will not expand much beyond how they come in the box. They are 6 inches tall again not counting the valves. And finally, the diameter is 5-3/4 inches. Use these measurements as guides...
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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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  • How to Reduce Sag on a 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty with Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The best way to reduce the sag on your 2012 Ford F-250 when towing your fifth wheel trailer is to add a rear suspension enhancement system. The two most common types of rear suspension enhancement systems are air bag systems and rubber spring systems. The rubber spring systems like the SumoSprings and the Timbren Springs, # TFR250SDG, are typically more economical than an air bag kit like the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs, # F2550. The Timbren springs and the Ride-Rite kit that I mentioned...
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  • Firestone Air Bag Suspension Enhancement for a 2014 Chevy Silverado LTZ Z71
  • The axle your version of the 2014 Chevy Silverado would be the Z71 rear axle and that should also be a 4 wheel drive model. The proper kit for a 1500 would be # F2430 that you have referenced. But if it happens to be a 2500 or 3500 then you would need to use # F2596. Also, if you do not want to manually fill the air bags every time you can install a Level Command II kit, # F2219, which will allow you to fill/remove air from the bags from the cab of the truck. I have also linked some...
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  • Can Firestone Air Bags be Used with Weight Distribution Hitch when Towing a Trailer
  • You could use air bags and weight distribution at the same time. But if you are experiencing rear end sag on the tow vehicle caused by towing a trailer then the best solution is weight distribution. But not just any weight distribution system. It has to be the proper capacity. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that...
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  • Fit of Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs with B&W Turnover Ball Hitch on 2008 Ford F250
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite # F2550 is compatible with fifth wheel or gooseneck hitches, including your B & W Turnover Ball. I've confirmed this with Firestone for you. You might also be interested in an on-board compressor system like part # F2158. A compressor system would allow you to add or remove air pressure from the air bag helper springs from your truck cab with the touch of a button. I've linked you to some install videos and FAQ articles that you might find helpful.
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  • Replacement Upper and Lower Mounting Brackets for Firestone # F2299 Ride-Rite Air Spring Kit
  • It sounds like what you're needing is the Firestone Replacement Bracket Kit for the # F2299 Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs. The part number for the bracket kit is part # F2479. This will provide 2 upper brackets, two lower brackets, two upper braces and the necessary hardware. Firestone offers the brackets individually, upper bracket # F5757 and braces # F5758, but hardware isn't something they sell separately. Your best bet would be to get the entire kit. Keep in mind that this bracket...
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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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  • 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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  • Improving Ride Quality On a 2012 Chevy Express Van 3500
  • Full size vans, especially heavy duty models like your 3500, are going to ride a little rough when not loaded because of the size of the vehicle and the travel of the suspension (not being compressed by weight means a lot of possible movement). Think of it like riding at the back of a school bus. The good news is there are some things you can do to get a better ride. Suspension enhancement will help. Air bags will help but # F2173 that you referenced is intended for vehicles with dual...
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  • Using Air Bags on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 When Towing 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Air bag kits like the Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Axle Air Helper Spring Kit # F2596 are intended to provide load support with a truck bed cargo load or to reduce sag when hitched to a trailer. Air springs do not so much directly lift the rear end as they simply reduce some of the compression of the rear suspension when under load. This of course depends on the exact load and inflation level. If your concern is keeping your 5th wheel trailer level when hitched you might check to see whether...
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  • Air Lift or Helper Spring Recommendation for a 2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Towing a Camper Trailer
  • The product that will work best for you will depend on how you will be using your truck and why you are looking for a suspension enhancement system. If you are looking to level your truck because you do a lot of hauling with varying load weights and tow the trailer occasionally then the air bags would work well. I would recommend using the Air Lift LoadLifter air springs, # AL57298, for 2 wheel drive or, # AL57390 for 4 wheel drive models of the 2000 F250. I recommend these air bags...
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  • Troubleshooting Leakages On Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Shocks on Ford F-150
  • For your Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, you can check the fittings for air leaks with an applied solution of soap and water. If a leak is detected, deflate the air spring by depressing the valve core. The tubing can easily be removed from the fittings by pushing the collar on the fitting towards the body of the fitting while pulling out the tube. Next, check the tubing connection to ensure that the air tubing is cut as square as possible and that it is pushed completely into...
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  • Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs for 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 4-Wheel Drive
  • There are two Firestone air spring kits that will fit your 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. Ride-Rite Helper Springs # F2299 have a 5,000 pound capacity. They can be inflated between 5 to 100 psi to help keep your truck level and take strain off the rear suspension. If you need more support than that the Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Helper Springs # F2158 have a max capacity of 7,500 pounds at up to 150 psi. These are the heavy-duty springs if your truck needs it. Both kits will fit...
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  • Towing Capacity of 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe and Recommended Suspension Enhancement
  • I checked the owner's manual for your 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe and there are a few towing capacities listed, depending on your vehicle's engine size and whether or not it has a factory trailer package. If your Santa Fe does not have the trailer package, the listed maximum towable weight is 2,000 pounds. If you have the trailer package, the maximum trailer weight for a 2.7L engine is 2,800 pounds and for a 3.3L engine it is 3,500 pounds. I recommend checking with your owner's manual to confirm...
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  • Firestone 2250 Airbag Fit for 2006 Chevy Silverado 3500 With B&W Flipover Gooseneck Hitch
  • I spoke with my contact at Firestone, who tells me that the frame bracket for your B and W Gooseneck hitch will not interfere with the installation or use of the Ride Rite # 2250 Air Helper Spring. The air bag will locate between the underside of the frame member and the top of the axle, just in board of the leaf springs as shown in the diagram posted for you.
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  • Helper Springs for a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 LT
  • For the type of loads that you are carrying in your 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 I recommend Timbren helper springs # TGMRCK15S. There is no maintenance required with these springs and they will prevent that rear end sag you are experiencing. And they have a limited lifetime warranty. Several of the guys here use these springs and they love them because they are so easy to use. Just install them and you are done. No need to worry about adding or removing air or possible leaks in air...
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  • Rear Air Bags Recommendation for a 2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty 2WD
  • For your 2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty 2WD, I recommend installing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2550. The # F2550 springs are compatible with fifth wheel and gooseneck trailer hitches. It may not seem that important now if you do not have a gooseneck or fifth wheel hitch, but the # F2550 air springs will at least give you an option if you would ever want to install one in the future. Both Ride-Rite kits have a 5,000 lb weight capacity, but keep in mind, they will not increase...
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  • How to Access 3rd Brake Light Signal for Truck Cap on 2017 Ford F-350
  • To wire in a truck cap's third brake light to your 2017 Ford F-350 you can access that brake light signal either by splicing into the truck's own 3rd brake light wiring or install a fuse tap # F2526 into the fuse position for the brake light circuit and access the signal that way. Some trucks will actually have a wire for this purpose already run under the frame but its position varies. A local Ford dealer may be able to confirm where the wire is on a 2017 F-350. We have seen some Ford...
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  • Gooseneck Hitch Compatible with Firestone Ride Rite Suspension for 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 4X4 Dually
  • According to Firestone, the Ride Rite Air Spring Kits compatible with your truck would indeed prevent you from installing a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch. The air spring assemblies install on the outboard side of the side of the truck frame, as would the frame mounting brackets for a gooseneck or fifth wheel hitch. Your best bet would be to replace your existing air bags with a solution that mounts to the bottom of the frame members, replacing the factory bump stop like the Timbren...
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  • Replacement Firestone Compressor for a Model 21-3582-9014
  • The model of Firestone compressor is an older model that has been discontinued. Due to it's age it isn't serviceable. According to the techs at Firestone the most similar compressor available is the Firestone Heavy Duty Air Compressor # F9285. This would be the best possible solution I could recommend for you for a replacement.
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  • Estimated Installation Time for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit F2550
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit # F2550 is a confirmed fit for the 2002 Ford F-250, both 2WD and 4WD versions. I linked an installation video showing this kit in a 2002 F-250 like yours. This kit works on trucks that have the stock jounce bumpers but not on SuperCab V10 models with the 8-foot bed. For a first-time installer I would plan on 2 to 4 hours total time. Naturally a second set of hands will go a long way to reducing this. If you're also planning to install the...
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  • What are the Measurements of the Air Bag in Firestone Ride-Rite Kit # F2445
  • If your 1974 Toyota Class C RV is built on the 1974 Toyota pickup chassis then we do have options for it, see link. I went out to the warehouse and pulled Firestone kit # F2445 to measure the air bag. When compressed the height to the top of the spring is 2-5/8 inches and to the top of the valve it is 4-3/4 inches. When not compressed it is 6-1/8 inches tall to the top of the spring and 7-5/8 inches tall to the top of the valve. The overall diameter is 6 inches whether compressed or not.
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  • Wiring For 3rd Brake Light On Camper Shell On 2016 Ford F-150
  • To wire in a truck camper shell's third brake light to your 2016 Ford F-150 you can access that brake light signal either by splicing into the truck's own 3rd brake light wiring or install a fuse tap # F2526 into the fuse position for the brake light circuit and access the signal that way. The dash fuse box, called the BCM or body control module is located under the passenger side of the dash behind the kick panel below the glove box. The brake light (CHMSL) wire you need is located in...
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  • Availability of 6 Inch Spacers for Firestone Airbags on a Truck with 6 Inch Lift
  • You would just need the 6 inch spacers, # F2374. Using 2 sets of the 3 inch spacers is not a good idea because the more components you add to the system the more points of weakness there are. Not that the spacers or system are weak but if you can avoid a potential issue it would be a good idea. Spacer # F2374 is for use on air bag systems that mount on leaf springs and # F2375 is for air bag systems that mount on axles.
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  • Fit of Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2245 for 2004 Toyota Tundra TRD 4x4
  • I have just completed a call to my Firestone Ride-Rite representative. He tells me that the # F2245 Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit is indeed compatible with 4x4 TRD equipped models of the 2004 Tundra. If the truck is lifted, you will need additional spacers that are sold separately. For a 2 inch lift, use # F2366, for a 3 inch lift, use # F2368, # F2370 for a 4 inch lift, # F2373 for a 5 inch lift or # F2374 for a 6 inch lift.
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  • Load Leveling Capacity of the Firestone Standard Air Spring # F6401
  • The Firestone Standard Air Spring, # F6401, has a maximum load leveling capacity of 2,500 lbs each. When using 4 of these springs on your tandem axle trailer, they will provide you with a maximum load leveling capacity of 10,000 lbs and would not be effective if the trailer is loaded over 10,000 lbs. This spring is designed to be used with Firestone Ride-Rite kits on vehicles and were not designed to be used on large trailers. If you are looking for suspension enhancement that matches...
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