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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 Suspension Kit Recommendation for 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • For your 2019 Ford F-250 the Firestone Ride Rite air bag kit part # F2600 is the best kit available. We've found that the Firestone air bags are higher quality than the competition so we recommend them the highest. Then for a compressor kit that will make inflating and monitoring the air pressure easy we have the Firestone kit part # F2097. This kit has a heavier duty compressor too so it will inflate quicker.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rear Helper Springs for a 2015 Ford F-150 with B&W Gooseneck Hitch Installed
  • I do have a couple of solutions for you but the Firestone kit # F2582 will not fit because its mounting brackets will interfere with the B&W brackets on your 2015 Ford F-150. What will work for air bag kits will be # AL88284 for a 4x4 or # AL57268 for a 2-wheel drive model. I have included links to the instructions so you can see that the brackets will not interfere. You can also use a Timbren kit, # TFR1504D for a 4x4 or # TFR1502D for a 2x4. The benefit of these systems is that there...
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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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  • 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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  • Airbags for a 2019 Ram 3500 with the Factory Prep Package
  • Yes, you can install a set of airbags on your 2019 Ram 3500 with the factory prep package. The system that I recommend is the Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs part # F2705 because they have a 7,500 lb capacity which will be about 1,500 lbs higher than most other systems that are offered for your Ram. This system also mounts in the same location as the factory jounce springs so there will not be an interference with the factory prep package which cannot be said...
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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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  • Wireless Control for Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on 2018 Ram 2500
  • There is a way for you to control the outstanding Firestone Ride-Rite Red Label Extreme Duty Air Helper Springs # F2706 by using the Air Command F3 Compressor System w/ Wireless Remote # F2590. This system has a maximum pressure of 150 psi, which is the same as the max psi of the Extreme Duty helper springs you referenced. I also recommend the No-Drill Mount Kit for Firestone Air Command Digital and Wireless Compressor Systems # F2588 to mount the compressor system on your '18 Ram 2500.
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  • Recommended Wireless Air command System For Firestone Air Suspension On 2014 Ford F-150
  • We have a few wireless compressor systems that will work with the # F2525 Air Ride system you have on your 2014 F-150. You can choose a system that will best suit your needs. Since Firestone does not make a single path wireless system you will want to go with a dual path system like part # F2589. This features a remote that has 3 preset settings and you can adjust the air bags separately or at the same time. For a bigger system I recommend part # F2543. This has a larger compressor....
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  • Best Air Springs for 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 4x4
  • The best air ride helper springs for your 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 4x4 are the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2596. These springs are adjustable from 5 psi to 100 psi for your desired ride and load leveling needs. They are rated for up to 5,000 lbs load leveling and the kit comes with the manual inflation valves that you can mount in a convenient location for adjustment. If you want to add a compressor system, then you will be able to monitor...
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  • Rear Suspension Enhancement Recommendations For A 2016 Ford F-150 XLT
  • You have several options to choose from in order to enhance the rear suspension of your 2016 Ford F-150 XLT while towing. Each of which has their own individual pro's and con's The best way to combat vehicle sag when towing a trailer is a weight distribution system because it will distribute the weight on the rear axle across the entire vehicle and trailer. Choosing the right system is very important. You will first start off by measuring the total tongue weight of your ready to tow...
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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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  • Benefits Of Adding A Compressor And Air Tank To Air Bags
  • I have the perfect solution that will allow you to control and adjust the air pressure of your airbags from inside the vehicle. To do this, I recommend using the Air Command I Xtreme part # F2543 as this has everything you will need to control the air bags from inside the vehicle and more. The main components of the Air Command I Xtreme are a 2 gallon air tank, heavy duty compressor capable of 150 psi, and a single psi gauge with manual valve. The kit will also includes everything else...
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  • Replacement Remote Control for Firestone Air Command F3 Compressor Systems
  • The replacement remote control for the Air Command F3 Compressor System part # F2581 is the Replacement Remote Control for Firestone Air Command F3 Compressor Systems part # F9490.
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  • Will Airbags Make a Smooth Ride in a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country 6.2L 4X4
  • All of the suspension enhancement solutions are going to stiffen up the ride. Using airbags will allow you some degree of customization, less air would be a softer ride, more air would be a stiffer ride. But no matter how much air is in the bags they would engage first, before the stock suspension could fully compress. Since you have added softer shocks in the rear I do not think that airbags would create the ride quality you are looking for. Interestingly you might notice a better ride...
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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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  • Suspension Enhancement To Reduce Porpoising When Towing 30 Ft Travel Trailer w/ 2015 GMC 1500
  • Of the various suspension enhancement products we offer, the TorkLift StableLoad Rear Suspension Upgrade Kit # TLA7310 is designed to preload the factory overload springs in order to combat porpoising and reduce side to side sway and body roll. The wedge pack is hinged, which allows you to swing the wedges out of the way when you're not towing or hauling. No drilling is required for installation. I believe this option would be more effective than an air helper spring system.
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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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