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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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  • 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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  • 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 # 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recommended Airbag Kit and 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2017 Ford F-350
  • For an airbag kit that will work with an in-bed hitch on your 2017 Ford F-350, I recommend the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2600 as this kit is specifically designed to be used with trucks that have an in-bed hitch. The airbags have a 4,800 lb max load leveling capacity. In order to operate the airbags from inside the truck, I recommend using the Firestone Air Command I part # F2097. For a 5th wheel hitch that will fit the factory rail system on your truck, I recommend...
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  • Will the Remote from the Air Command II Compressor System # F2592 Show up to 3 Digits
  • The F3 wireless controller that comes with the Air Command II Compressor System # F2592 does have room for 3 digits as you can see from the linked photo. It will display up to the 150 psi so that you can use the Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs # F2703 to their full potential. We do have a note stating that because the air compressor in this system has a 100-percent duty cycle, if it is run for an extended period of time, the maximum air pressure rating will...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Standard Duty Versus Heavy Duty Compressor in a Firestone Level Command II Kit for a 2007 Ford F-250
  • All of the Ride-Rite springs for a 2007 Ford F-150 have a 5,000 pound capacity and for this I would go heavy duty. The Level Command II kit, # F2219, comes with a heavy-duty compressor that is rated for 145 max psi. The difference between the heavy-duty compressor and the standard duty is the amount of time it will take to inflate the springs. The heavy-duty compressor will take less time. The kit with the heavy-duty compressor is recommended for you truck. I have included a link to...
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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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  • 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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  • Will The Firestone Airbags Work with the Curt Gooseneck Hitch on a 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • Yes, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2596 will work with the Curt Gooseneck Hitch part # C61301-52 for overbed and part # C607-604 for under bed and are a confirmed fit for your 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500. The gooseneck hitch mounts on the outside frame rails and the Firestone airbag kits mount underneath the frame rail hence the compatibility. In order to operate the airbags from inside the vehicle, I recommend using the Firestone Air Command I part # F2158. The Air...
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