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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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  • 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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  • Firestone Air Bags for a 2017 Ram 3500 4x4 Dually
  • Yes. Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs - Rear Axle Item # F2705 will fit your 2017 Ram 3500 4x4 dually. I also recommend adding an on board compressor kit such as Firestone Air Command II - Analog - Heavy Duty Compressor & Air Tank - Dual Function - 150 psi Item # F2168 so you can adjust the air pressure from the comfort of the truck cab. I have linked a video showing an example installation on a different truck.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mounting Location for Air Tank and Compressor for Air Bag Suspension on 2012 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • When the # F2239 is installed, the air tank is typically installed under the vehicle, along one of the frame members. The compressor is best located under the hood, although you can mount it along the frame members if necessary. If you want the compressor tied into the air bag system, along with having in-cab control, I would recommend using the Air Lift Air Helper Springs, part # AL57338 along with the Air Lift Quick Shot Compressor System, part # AL25690. The Air Lift springs are...
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  • Recommended Airbag Kit for a 2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Edition
  • I spoke to my contact at Firestone and they were able to confirm that the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2580 will fit the Power Wagon edition of your 2015 Ram 2500. Unfortunately, Firestone does not test their airbag kits with Daystar products therefore, I cannot confirm fitment or if additional components are needed. In order to operate the airbags from inside the vehicle, I recommend using the Firestone Air Command I part # F2538. I have attached a review and installation...
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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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  • 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 Bag Kit for 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Dual Rear Wheel 4x4 with B&W Gooseneck Hitch
  • For your 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Dual Rear Wheel 4x4 with B&W Gooseneck hitch installed I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Kit # F2299 that you referenced. This rear-axle air bag kit fits your 4WD Ram 3500 with it's B&W gooseneck hitch. This kit offers 5000-lbs of load-leveling capacity and installs without drilling. An install video is linked for you. The kit comes complete with all parts required for installation and manual inflation. If you'd like to automate that for easy adjustment...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Where is the Fuse for Trailer Running Lights on a 2014 Ram 1500?
  • According to the owner's manual for your 2014 Ram 1500 the trailer running light fuse is in location F29 under the hood. It takes a 20 amp yellow cartridge fuse. There is also a fuse for the Trailer Tow Receptacle in location F30. It takes a 30 amp pink cartridge fuse. This will be the same location for a boat trailer or any other trailer.
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  • Can F3 Air Command Firestone Kit be Upgraded to Heavy Duty Compressor
  • Yes, if you wanted to upgrade your F3 Air Command to the heavy duty compressor all you need is the compressor part # F2590 as the rest of the kit is the same.
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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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  • Recommended Firestone Airbag Kit for a 2017 Toyota Tacoma
  • In order to use a set of Firestone Ride-Rite airbags from another vehicle on your 2017 Toyota Tacoma you would need several vehicle specific brackets. Once you price all of these components, it will be more cost effective to purchase a new kit like Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2407 for 4x4 and part # F2410 for 2x4. In order to operate the airbags from inside the vehicle I recommend using the Firestone Air Command I part # F2158. I have also attached a review and installation...
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  • Factory Air Ride Suspension or Aftermarket Air Springs for 2017 Ram 3500
  • Based on my research, the factory air ride suspension for the 2017 Ram 3500 will essentially replace the coil spring suspension on the vehicle. This will provide some nice features and the decision is ultimately up to you, but I do recommend going with an aftermarket system instead, such as the Firestone Ride Rite Air Helper Springs # F2560, as long as the truck has 4 wheel drive. The main reason I recommend an aftermarket suspension enhancement over the factory air ride system is the...
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  • How Much Air Pressure Should be Run in Firestone Ride Rite Kits
  • With Firestone Ride Rite kits like the part # F2071 the absolute minimum psi you will need to run is 5 psi. This prevents the bags from getting damaged. Typically people run the amount of pressure that allows the vehicle to sit as level as possible when loaded. Going with more pressure will cause the ride quality to be harsh and bouncy. Too little and the suspension may still sag. Trial and error is the best way to find the perfect amount. I attached a help article on Firestone air...
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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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  • Portable Compressor That Can Inflate 80 PSI Trailer Tires
  • We have the portable air compressor by Bulldog part # BDW41000 that is rated for up to 150 psi which would work well for your 80 psi requirement. I attached a review video for this compressor for you to check out as well.
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  • Would Firestone Air Bag Suspension Prevent Trailer Sway
  • I doubt the air bags would do what you're wanting them to do. Their primary purpose is to suspend the weight of anything carried in the bed of the truck. It sounds as if you would be the perfect candidate for an anti-sway bar like part # RM-1139-177. A sway bar would do a much better job of accomplishing what you're looking for. If you can tell me which type of anti-sway system you're using, I might be able to make further recommendations.
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  • Replacement Brackets for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit F2430
  • For the Firestone # F2430 Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit we do offer replacement upper and lower brackets. For the upper bracket use part # F5528. For the lower bracket use part # F5781. For a hardware kit use part # FA21-760-2430.
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  • Minimum Air Pressure Requirement for Firestone Air Bags in Truck
  • When not needed the minimum air pressure you need to keep in Ride Rite air bags is 5 psi to prevent them from damaging themselves. When you are towing you basically want to inflate the bags till the suspension on your vehicle sits level again. Whatever psi accomplishes that would be the correct amount.
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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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