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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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  • 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 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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  • 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 # F2528. I have linked videos to the right showing typical installations for you. 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...
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  • Suspension Enhancement, 5th Wheel and Gooseneck Hitches for a 2011 Ford F-250 Diesel Long Bed 2WD
  • Yes, your 2011 Ford F-250 does certainly have the prep package installed. If the gooseneck ball was not included then you will need ball kit # RP30137 or # C60601. For a 5th wheel hitch you can use any of the following hitches that fit directly into the 4 pucks: Reese Elite Series hitch # RP30142 (18K), # RP30143 (25K) B&W Companion hitch # BWRVK3300 Or any of these Curt hitches: # C16530-16017, # C16520-16017, # C16515-16017, or # C16545-16017 For suspension enhancement I actually...
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  • Can Firestone Air Bags be Used with Weight Distribution Hitch when Towing a Trailer
  • I do not recommend using air bags and weight distribution at the same time. 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...
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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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  • Are Spacers Needed to Install Firestone Air Bags on a Lifted Truck
  • If your lift is on the front of the truck but not the rear then you would not need to use any spacers to install Firestone air bags # F2071. On the rear, you would need spacers if the distance between the truck frame and the axle has increased. The size of the spacer is going to depend on the amount of lift. Firestone has the following: For vehicles with 1-1/2 inch lift use # F2536 For 2 inches use # F2366 For 3 inches use # F2368 For 4 inches use # F2371 For 6 inches use # F2375
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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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  • Rear Helper Springs for a 2016 Ram 2500HD 4x4 Towing a Travel Trailer
  • We do have some rear helper springs for your 2016 Ram 2500HD 4x4 that do not require adding air. The most popular option for your truck are the Timbren springs # TDR2500D. These springs have an 8,600 pound capacity (but do not increase the capacity of the truck bed) so they will work well to keep the truck level and provide a better ride. I have included a link to our informational article on Timbren springs 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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  • Gooseneck Hitch Compatible with Firestone Ride Rite Suspension for 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 4X4 Dually
  • According to Firestone, both the Ride Rite Air Spring Kits compatible with your truck, part # F2264 and # F2071 would indeed prevent you from installing a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch. Both 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...
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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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  • What Air Bag Kit is Compatible with 2013 Ford F350 Dually 4x4 with B&W Hidden Gooseneck hitch
  • Since your 2013 F-350 4 x 4 is a dually, I take it that it has an 8-foot bed. The B and W Gooseneck we offer for the F-350 with 8-foot bed is part # BWGNRK1111. The Firestone rear suspension kit you referenced, part # F8615, is a rubber jounce spring kit, not an air bag kit. The suspension products compatible with your vehicle will depend on its specific equipment and indeed some of these rear suspension kits will be compatible with a B and W goose neck hitch. This jounce spring kit...
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  • Is it Necessary to Remove Rear Jounce Bumpers to Install Firestone RideRite Helper Springs # F2445
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs you referenced, part # F2445, fit both 2WD and 4WD versions of the 2012 Toyota Tundra and do require removal of the stock jounce bumpers. These need to be cut off as close as possible to the brackets (on top of the leaf springs). You will also need to temporarily unbolt the fuel relay box (which is shown in your photo) and move this aside during installation of the Firestone springs. The emergency brake line bracket may also need to be bent...
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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 Air Suspension System For 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 With Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • The air suspension I recommend for your 2015 GMC 2500 is the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part # F2596. These air springs help keep your truck more stabile and level when you are carrying heavy loads. The air pressure in the springs can be adjusted from 5 to 100 psi. To be able to adjust the air pressure in the springs from the comfort of your truck cab I recommend an air compressor system like part # F2219. This system will let you adjust the springs separately.
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  • Recommended Air Springs For 2013 Silverado 3500HD With 6.5 Lift
  • For your 2013 Chevy Silverado 3500 with 6-1/2 Inch lift, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2596 are a confirmed fit. You will need to use a lift spacer with this application based on the amount of axle lift only. If you have 6-1/2 inches of axle lift, you will use the Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Vehicles w/ 6" Lift # F2375. You will want to measure from the upper and lower brackets on the truck, as it should measure...
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  • Availability of Firestone Ride Rite Air Springs to Fit 2014 and 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
  • Firestone has available a Ride Rite Air Spring set, # F2565, that is a confirmed fit for the 2014 Ford F-150 Raptor 4X4. The Ride Rite air springs will help increase the handling stability and ride quality of your F-150. The 2014 model was the last year that Firestone made a air spring that fit the F- 150 Raptor. They do not have a set that will fit the 2017 model Raptor.
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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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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Air Bag Kit Recommendation for 2016 Ford F-350 with Hitch Prep
  • For your 2016 Ford F-350 with the hitch prep package the B and W Companion part # BWRVK3300 would be a great option. It has been confirmed as a fit and is one of the nicest hitches around. The Firestone Kit part # F2535 is designed to fit your truck and has tech notes that say it is compatible with trucks that have fifth wheel hitch rails or gooseneck rails so it would be a great option that would have no interference. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Comparing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs to the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 on 2014 Toyota Tundra
  • When it comes to quality, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2445, has a slight edge over the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs, # AL88299. Both systems will get the job done, but I would go with the Firestone kit if it were my truck. Firestone has been an industry leader for a long time. I have attached an installation video of the Firestone kit on a 2013 Toyota Tundra that you will find helpful. The installation will be the same on your 2014 model. A...
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  • Will the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags # F2525 Fit on a 2013 Ford F-150 With Reese 5th Wheel Hitch
  • I do have a rear suspension enhancement option for your 2013 Ford F-150, however, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2525, are not compatible with most fifth wheel frame brackets that mount to the outboard side of the vehicles frame rail. Most fifth wheel brackets block the frame and it is not recommended to install the Ride-Rite kits on top of fifth wheel brackets. If you have a fifth wheel kit that uses the 4 individual universal L-brackets, then the Ride-Rite kit may...
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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 would recommend installing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2550. There is not much of a difference between the Ride-Rite Kits, # F2550, that I recommended and # F2484 that you referenced, but the brackets that are included with 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...
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  • Recommended Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs For 2015 Ram 2500
  • To give you ride comfort and reduce sag in your 2015 Ram 2500, I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs - Rear Axle, # F2706, which is a confirmed fit for your vehicle. The Ride-Rite system is extremely adjustable, so your ride won't be impacted when unloaded and the support will be available when loaded. These air springs will adjust for up to 150 psi operating pressure. This will help support up to 7500 lbs. If you want to make the adjustment as...
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  • Can Firestone Ride Rite Air Helper Springs # F2299 be Used with a 5th Wheel Kit on a 2005 Dodge 2500
  • The rear Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2299, are the kit for your 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup with 4x4, long bed and diesel engine. The brackets for the air springs in this kit will bolt directly over the axle and inside of the truck frame, see photo link, so they will not interfere with 5th wheel installation. You can use the Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit, # RP5140-58, for your truck. This kit will install with the brackets forward and rearward...
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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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  • Removing Bump Stop on 2014 GMC Sierra z71 to Install Firestone Air Bags
  • The jounce bumper cup where the OEM bumper sits stays on the frame of the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 when installing Firestone air bags # F2430. Just the rubber bumper gets removed. Many times, if these bumpers are not held just by compression, there is a bolt that goes through the middle of it and is accessible through a hole at the bottom of the bumper. There may also be a nut on top of the frame. Take a look at the video I have linked that might also help.
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  • Air Pressure Range for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bags
  • I spoke with my contact at Firestone and the air pressure range for the vast majority of all their Ride-Rite air bags is 5 psi to 100 psi. The 21-9015 number that you mention is actually the order number for the "equipped with Ride Rite Helper Springs" sticker and is not the part number for the air bags. If you would like to send me an email with the year, make, and model of your vehicle, I would be happy to help locate an instruction manual for you. I have attached an article that...
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