Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Spings Installation - 2012 Ram 2500

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How to Install the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Spings on a 2012 Ram 2500

Today on our 2012 RAM 2500, we'll be installing the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 air helper springs, part number AL57295. Our vehicle with the manufacture set-up and no weight measuring from the driver's side rear wheel well to the ground is 43 inches. With approximately 2,000 pounds added to the bed, changes it to approximately 4 1/4 inches. Now we'll take the vehicle and run it through our test course. We'll go through our slalom course and the body role will be excessive with the weight. Now as we go over the bumps course, you'll notice the large suspension travel with the weight in the bed of the vehicle. Now, with our new Air Lift helper springs installed and approximately 70 PSI in our airbag system, it will hold the 2,000 pounds to 41 3/4 inches for only 1 1/4 inch drop from our factory ride heighth with no weight. Now with our air helper springs installed and the same weight in the back, we'll repeat the same process going through our slalom course.

In this case, you'll notice much more responsive steering and less body role and more control when you go over the bump course. Now, let's go ahead and start the installation of our Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 air helper springs. Starting on the driver's side, we'll need to remove the manufactures bump stop. To remove it, we'll go ahead and remove the two fasteners. We'll sit them aside, as it will not be reinstalled. Next, we'll go ahead and start assembling the new air spring. We'll take a roll plate and put it on both the top and bottom of the air spring. Then, we'll install the 90 degree air fitting into to top of the air spring.

Quick tech tip: you'll note that it has pre installed sealant on the threads and will not need any additional sealant. To install the air fitting, well first install it finger tight and then turn it one and a half additional turns with our wrench, being careful not to over tighten the air fitting. Then, we'll install the 3/8 button head screw. Next, we'll install the lower bracket onto the airbag. Before we put the lower bracket into position, we'll drop the carriage bolts in place. Then, we'll secure the lower bracket to the airbag using the hex headed bolt, flat washer, and split lock washer. Note we'll make sure we keep the carriage bolts into position as we will not be able to re-install them once the lower bracket is tightened down. Now once we have the lower bracket installed and tightened down, next we'll install the upper bracket onto our air spring. If we set the two upper brackets side by side, we'll note that the upper bracket that bolts to the upper that bolts to the manufacturers bump stop on the frame of the vehicle are very similar.

The difference being the pre drilled holes for attachment point for each. As you can see side by side, there is a difference. We're ready to install the upper bracket to the jounce or frame. Securing the upper bracket to the frame, we'll use the 10 millimeter button headed screw that's provided with our install kit. Now we're ready to install the airbag onto the vehicle. We'll install the airbag onto the vehicle with our air valve facing the inside of the vehicle and the off set of the lower bracket facing towards the wheel or leaf spring. As we install the airbag and line up the upper brackets, we'll drop the carriage bolt into the slotted attachment point and secure it with a flat washer and nylon lock nut.

As we tighten down the carriage bolt, we'll make sure that the two upper brackets are parallel. Now with the top tightened down, we'll move to the bottom where we'll install the lower bracket securing with a 3/8 flat washer and 3/8 nylon lock nut. As we tighten down the carriage bolts, we'll make sure we do it evenly from both front to back. Now with the driver's side installed, we'll move over to the passenger's side and repeat the same process. We'll make sure that we have clearance between the carriage bolt and the rear break lines making sure we don't pinch the rear break lines or wiring. If necessary, adjust the break line away from the carriage bolt so that it will not be pinched or rubbed together. Next, we'll go ahead and install our heat shield. The heat shield will get secured directly to the tail pipe with the two worm gear clamps provided. First, We'll go ahead and prepare the heat shield by bending the attachment tabs. To bend the attachment tabs, we'll first pull it down and then flatten it out to create a air space between the heat shield and the tail pipe. Now we're ready to install it. To begin our install, we'll put the worm gear clamps onto the tail pipe first. We'll take up some of the excess slack of the clamp and then we're ready to put our heat shield in place. We'll put the heat shield in position to protect our air spring from any direct heat from the tail pipe. We'll secure it with our clamps. Now with the heat shield in place, we're ready to route our airlines. With both airbags assemblies installed, we're now ready to start installing and routing the air line. Starting at the rear bumper, we'll go ahead and mark and draw our holes here in the rear bumper, where we'll be mounting the inflation valve. Now with our holes drilled out, we'll go ahead and start routing the passenger side air line. We'll take the inflation valve, feed it into the manufacturers cut out hole in the frame near the air bag and run it to the rear of the vehicle. We'll go out the end of the frame and route it over to our pre drilled hole. To install the inflation into the bumper, we'll use a nut and serrated washer. Feed the inflation valve through the hole where we'll secure it with the rubber washer, flat washer, and a second nut. Now we'll move back to where we routed the line into the frame and run our line back tot he air bag at our 90 degree fitting that goes into the top of our air spring. We'll mark the line and use our tubing cutter to cut it, making sure we get a clean square cut and don't crimp the line. Now with our line cut, we'll need to install the line protector that'll go on the passenger side to help protect it from the exhaust and any excessive heat. The protective line will go over the air line. We'll slide it over the end and pull it into position. Now with the cover in place, we'll go ahead and install the air line into the air spring. To install it, we'll firmly press it into place and then pull back on the air line to seat it into position. Now with our air line locked in place, we'll move over to the driver's side repeating the same process. With both air lines run, we'll go ahead and use some zip ties to secure the line as necessary. Then, e'll cut off the acess in the zip ties to clean up our install look. Now we'll go ahead and put some air in the system. Then we'll take some and soap solution and spray each of our connection points to check for leaks. Now with a sealed system, we're ready to hit the road. That does it for the install, the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 air helper springs, part number AL57295 on our 2012 RAM 2500. .

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