Firestone Ride Rite Air Bags Installation With Single or Dual Path Compressor

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I like the idea of the check valves that are available in the Firestone Air Command I..... Not that I am tremendously concerned about cross flow of air between the two bags.... but am just a control freak and like the idea of managing the air in each bag so that they remain equal. I grew up on a ranch and have had wheels punch through a mud hole when hauling stock.... and, now that I am older, cringe at the weight load that must have occurred at that moment. I could envision similar instances that would cause air pressure to shift out of one bag to another, even temporarily. Of course, the air lines are not that huge but would appreciate your view on the topic. 1 . Can I obtain the check valvesinch from Firestone to install with the Union T? 2 . If the check valves are installed in the lines, how does one let air pressure escape from the system to reduce pressure when not needed? I am scratching my head at that one.

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The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs - Double Convoluted - Rear Axle # F2410 is designed to flex from side to side when you use a single path compressor and T-valve. In talking with Firestone they have only every confirmed using the dual path compressor to eliminate this issue and do not have a specific check valve for that application. The reason is that you need to be able to release the air pressure as well so the check valve is only in the compressor like # F9399-1.

For your compressor system, I recommend AirLift over Firestone based on functionality and price. If you determine you want to use a single path system, I recommend the Air Lift WirelessONE Compressor System for Air Helper Springs - Hand-Held Remote - Single Path # AL25870. If you want the ability to monitor each bag air pressure independently, then I recommend the Air Lift WirelessAIR Compressor System for Air Helper Springs - Wireless Remote Control # AL72000. These systems are both wireless and don't exhaust the air into your cab. If you want an analog gauge in your cab, then I've linked the page to your options to assist.

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