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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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  • 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 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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  • Best Air Helper Springs and Compressor System for a 2018 Ram 2500
  • For your 2018 Ram 2500, I highly recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs part # F2706. The Red Label Airbags are Firestone's heavy duty version. The airbags are rated with a support capacity up to 7,500 lbs which will be perfect for trailers up to 25,000 lbs. The airbags will only be responsible for the tongue weight (TW) of the trailer and not the entire gross trailer weight (GTW). You will have no problems installing the airbags as they will not...
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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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  • 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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  • Best Airbags for a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD with 6 Inch Lift
  • For your 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2250. These airbags will do an excellent job of helping to distribute the weight of the trailer across the vehicle in addition to helping with stability and off center loads. Now in order to compensate for the 6" lift on your vehicle, you will need to add a spacer. The correct spacer for you will depend on the distance you have between the upper and lower brackets once installed....
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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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  • 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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  • Rear Axle Air Bag Kit for 2016 Silverado 2500HD Duramax with B&W Turnover Ball Hitch
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite rear air bag kit # F2596 is a correct fit for your 2016 Silverado 2500HD Duramax (both 2WD and 4WD) and it provides no-drill installation along with compatibility with your existing B&W turnover ball in-bed gooseneck hitch. The linked video illustrates the kit components. Air tubing cutter tool # F9009 makes it easier to get clean cuts in your air lines which helps avoid leaks. If you care to add a compressor kit for automated pressure adjustment from the driver's...
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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. 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 kit is intended to be used with the # F6401 springs.
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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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  • On-Board Compressor Recommendation for use with Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs
  • There are several options for an on-board compressor for your Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2299. Since you tow your gooseneck every day, I suggest using a heavy-duty compressor. If you would like to be able to level the air springs individually, I recommend the Firestone Dual Air Command II # F2168. This kit comes with a pneumatic control that mounts in the cab, a super-heavy-duty compressor, and a 1/2 gallon air tank. The air tank helps to inflate the air springs faster....
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  • Maximum Trailer Weight for 2014 Chevrolet Silverado with 5.3L Engine
  • I looked at the owner's manual for your 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and for the 4WD Crew Cab, Standard Box with a 5.3L Engine and a 3.42 axle ratio, the maximum trailer weight for the vehicle to tow is 9,500 pounds. The GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating), which is the maximum allowable combined mass of the vehicle, passengers, cargo and the trailer is 15,000 pounds. The GVW of 7,500 you see on the sticker inside the door refers to the Gross Vehicle Weight, which is the maximum weight...
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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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  • Should Air Bags Be Used With a Weight Distribution Hitch While Towing
  • For towing purposes you only want to use a weight distribution system. Using air bags as well can cause handling problems as the two systems will be working against each other. Air bags should only be used to supplement the vehicle suspension when there is a heavy load in the bed of your 2006 Ford F-150. Using air bags with a trailer isn't recommended because the air bags act as a fulcrum and unweight the front axle of the tow vehicle. Your best option would be to deflate the air...
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  • Rear Air Suspension Recommendation for a 2013 Chevy Silverado 3500 With Custom 5th Wheel Brackets
  • As long as there is a 1 inch gap between the bottom of your custom fifth wheel brackets and the bottom of your trucks frame at the jounce bumper (see photo) you can use the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2596. I have attached an installation video for you to check out. The upper brackets for this kit mount to the underside of the frame rail, but they will extend up the frame rail 1 inch. Fifth wheel and air spring manufacturers do not recommend trimming or stacking their...
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  • Available Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Bag Kit F2550
  • If you do not know the height added by your truck's lift kit you can measure the distance between the upper and lower brackets (without the air bag) to determine which spacer you need to fill the gap. For a 2-inch spacer use # F2366; for a 3-inch use # F2368; for a 4-inch spacer use # F2370; for a 5-inch spacer use # F2373; for a 6-inch use # F2374. If your current lift block is tapered (from 3-1/2 to 4-inches tall) you'll probably be best off using the 4-inch spacer block # F2370.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Firestone Air Bag Kit Recommendation for 2015 GMC Sierra 3500
  • For your 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 the Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2596 is a confirmed fit and will work well. We really like the Firestone air bag kits so this would be the best option we offer.
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  • Do You Hook Up Weight Distribution First or Inflate Air Bags First on a Toyota Tundra
  • What you will need to do is couple the trailer to your Tundra and then use the air bags to level the vehicle as needed. Then you would engage the spring bars on the weight distribution system. You then may or may not have to adjust the air pressure in the air bags.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Differences Between Firestone Ride Rite Air Helper Spring Kits # F2542 and # F2525
  • According to my Firestone representative, the only difference between the # F2542 and the # F2525 is that the mounting brackets on the F2542 are a bit different to allow a B and W fifth wheel hitch or a fifth wheel hitch with the # RP30035 universal brackets to be installed. The Firestone # F2525 would not be compatible with frame brackets for a fifth wheel hitch.
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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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  • Best Air Suspension System for Level Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer with a 2016 Ram 2500 4X4
  • We do have a selection of rear air bag suspension enhancement for your 2016 Ram 2500 4X4. I recommend going with a Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring system. For your 4WD Ram you will to go with the part # F2598, unless you have the RED label. If that is the case you will want to go with the part # F2706 instead. Both are confirmed to fit with an in-bed hitch installed on your truck. The part # F2580 has a 5,000 lb capacity while the part # F2706 has a 7,500 lbs capacity. Neither...
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