Air Lift Ride Control Air Helper Springs Installation - 2005 Ford Ranger

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How to Install the Air Lift Ride Control Air Helper Springs on a 2005 Ford Ranger

Today in this 2005 Ford Ranger Super Cab, were going to install part number AL25592. This is the Air Lift Load Controller II Compressor System for Air Helper Springs. Our truck has already had the airbags installed and it was part number AL59516, the Air Lift Air Ride Control Air Helper Springs. With everything fully installed, lets go ahead and try it out. First, were going to turn the key on and then the compressor will kick up the airbag pressure up to 10 pounds. Thatll keep the airbags in the normal shape when youre driving down the road with no load.

It didnt take too long. When we want to add a load to the truck, lets go ahead and push the button here and the dial will go up as the compressor kicks on. Once the airbags are inflated to where we want them, were good to go.If we went too far, we can go ahead and push this button here and let some of the air out. When were completely empty, we can go ahead and let all the air out. If it goes on far enough, the compressor will kick on again to maintain 10 pounds of pressure.

The vast majority of our install is going to be inside the cabin of the truck and also, part of it is going to be run underneath the floor covering here. What were going to do, first of is take off the seat. Lets get that out of our way and then well go ahead and take the console here in the middle, were going to remove it out of our way as well. This will just give us working room so we can pull up our liner.Well use a trim panel tool to loosen up the rivet here, slide it out of our way. Do that on both sides.

All right, this is loose. Theres an electrical underneath the seat that we have to remove right here, down this tab right here and you can release it. Well go ahead and take the brake controller out of our way as well. Well use a small Philips screwdriver. Lets go ahead and get the screws out of here.

Its located straight at the bottom. Well break the other side loose, two more screws. As you can see, we got plenty of room to run our air lines now. The air compressor is going to be on the inside right here and about in this location.Now, were not going to attach these permanently just yet, but we have our locations for them so we can go ahead and start adding our components to connect everything together. First, well go ahead and add our air line and some electrical to our gauges right here. Were going to use the air line and wire harness combo with the pressure switch. This air line will go on to this end of the right here. You can go ahead to either heat this up or use a lubricant such as soapy water to slide this on to the barb. Now, lets use a yellow terminal connector and well go ahead and push that on to the center pin here and our blue terminal will go to the remaining pin.All right, lets go ahead and leave this side alone for now and were going to need to route this wire with the fuse holder over to our fuse panel here. What I think I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and take the tape off this one and then I'm going to hide my wire up across behind the liner and enter our fuse panel. Lets go ahead and route our wire with the fuse holder here. I'm going to peel back the electrical tape and select a router underneath the floor liner here and into our fuse panel. Lets go ahead and take the door off our panel here. Bring back our floor covering.Our fuse is going to lay just right behind the edge of the floor liner here and make sure we get enough room with our wire here. Eventually, well go ahead and make electrical connection to one of the fuses here. The kit comes with these two lengths of wire, black and red. Were going to use these two wires to illuminate our gauge. Well then put two terminals on the end of our wires and this will plug in to the back of a light. To help us control our wires, were going to add some loom material to these two wires. Well be using part number 7509-10. Go ahead and attach our two wires to the back side of the light. It doesnt matter which tab you use.Ill take this. I think I'm going to end up routing this over to the driver's side to get access to our illumination circuit eventually. One wire is going straight to ground and one wire will go off or basically our running light circuit. Now, all of our connection made behind the gauge and will leave this alone for now and attaching it will be one of the last things we do. Well go ahead and test everything before we attach this to the bottom of our pocket. Next, well go ahead and work for a second wire harness and air line combination. Theres a T on this end. This is actually going to go to the compressor side and this side with a single terminal will go to a pressure switch. Well go ahead and push these two together and then our air line tube.Now, I could put a fresh cut on here to make sure its even before we put it into our T. The tubing cutter were going to use is part number AL10530. Well push until it stops one time then well push it in again until it sits. You can generally pull it back and make sure its engaged. Our other end, were going to route from underneath the carpet back to the slot where this preexisting wire is. We can pull up our liner and just reach underneath. Well go ahead and make our connections to our compressor here. Well take our air line tubing and itll go directly onto this fitting right here and these two red wires will plug together. Ill make a cut on the floor liner to add our ground to the sheet metal directly below.Now, Ill attach my ground. I'm going to attach this using a self-tapping screw. It does not come with the kit. Its a number 8 size and use the 1/4 nut driver. Just go around right through the slot we made and then to the sheet metal below. Were going to take our air line tubing that comes with the kit. Connect to this T here and route it underneath the grommet. Its going to be located about right here. Once again, Ill go ahead and put a new fresh end on here. Well push this into our T. Ill just go ahead and pull it out for now. Lets go ahead and pull our grommet out. Well put a slice in it to run our air line through. Lets go ahead and run our air line through the grommet and then through the hole, then reinstall our grommet.All right, heres our air line tubing underneath the truck. Well go ahead and route this back to the airbag line on the passenger's side. Well go ahead and route it through the body mount here. Well run it through our corrugation between the hatch channel and route it on over the top of the air spring, behind this fitting. What I'm going to do is I'm going to add a T fitting about right here so that our air compressor will air up this airbag here. Then Ill add a second T which will air up the other airbag on the other side. Lets go and take our tubing cutter, cut it in half. At this point, you want to make sure you dont have any air in the airbags.Lets go ahead and take our T and well push it together. Shorten this up a little bit, cut off our excess. Push this into our T. Okay. Now, we got our connection from our compressor to this air line here where it has our second T right here. Of course, this is all the air line we had left when were done, so we need to use some more. Since we have ran out of air line tubing, we actually use a chunk of air line from part number AL22029. This is the Replacement Air Line Kit for Air Lift, SlamAir and Load Lifter Air Helper Springs. Basically what we did, we just cut off the valves on the line and just use the bulk air line itself. Were going to take the rest of our air line tubing.Were going to run it to the hatch channel here and just go to the other side and add another T. Cut off our excess that we dont need. Now that we have all our air lines connected and hooked up, well go ahead and finish up with the last of our electrical. Were going to look for a fuse that only is active when you have the key in the on position. With the key on, that activates our test here. Turn it off and turn it off and on with the key. We know that this 30 amp fuse, we can use to power our compressor. Well go ahead and pull a fuse and look for what side is hot and well go ahead and mark that side. Now, lets test our socket again and find out which side is hot. It looks like the slot going towards the bottom is hot.Lets go ahead and add our fuse tap to the fuse here. The kit comes with three different sizes depending on the type of fuse you have. We have one of the smaller ones and just one of the legs goes through a loop at the end and I guess this goes up and snaps over the top. You may have to work it with some needle-nose pliers to help get it in position. Ill just kind of rock it back and forth and got it to go back up. Well take a fuse tap and put it into the terminal in the end of our wire here. Make sure that sits all on top. Make sure the fuse tap goes into the slot that has power, now its the one on the bottom. Tuck the wire in and we can go ahead and put in our panel and were done with that wire.With this one wire hooked up, we can go ahead and turn on the ignition and make sure it kicks on. This will only kick on and run just a little bit until it inflates that bag to the minimum of 10 pounds. Now the compressor works, lets go ahead and hook up our last two wires for illumination for the gauge. Were going to use our wires that come to our light control right. Were going to open up this panel, get it out of our way. This is the wire harness that goes directly to the controls here. Well take our tester and ground it to this bolt right here and well go ahead and test our blue wire with the red stripe and we also found out, this is also a dimmer switch. This will also work with the rest of the lights on the dash.Were going to take a moment to run our up underneath the dash and route it up here and well use a quick splice connector that comes with the kit to make our attachment. Lets go ahead and add our wire. Well use our wire tap. Just snap it on to the original wire, slide it on. Then well take our wire were going to tap into. Slide it right next to next to it. Push it in all the way. Now, theres a stop on one side so make sure you have it all the way engaged. Sometimes, it catches the metal clip and kind of fools you. Well go ahead and take some pliers. Squeeze down the metal clip and thatll connect between the two wires and were done.Now, our black wire, well go ahead and strip it back and add a ring terminal to it. Were going to attach the sheet metal right here. Weve provided self-tapping screws. Now that it verified our light is working, well go ahead and take a few moments and well go ahead and mark our locations for holes were going to drill for our gauge. I'm going to line it up about right here. Put our 00:19:33 hole to the bottom edge right here. Mark it. Now this side hangs out so what I'm going to do is I'm just going to simply bend it up. It will go ahead, go through the angle right here. Go ahead and drill our holes out. It definitely helps to have a right angle drill for this. Were going to do a quick test with the bolts to make sure everything is okay then well put the console back into place.Now, the hardware were using doesnt come with the kit. Use self-tapping screws, but it wouldnt work because we had the threads pointing one way or the other and so we couldnt use them so well just use some decorative screws, 3/16 the most is all we need. Now, we worked our loop with the air line tubing underneath the carpet in the corner here and around, back up on here as far as we could. Just feel for our carpeting back. Well lift this up out of the way and put our console in. Next, well go ahead and hide some of our wires. Well be using loom material for that. This should be part number 459075-1.At this point, we can go ahead and put our seat back into place. Well find our final resting spot for our compressor. Okay. Now, this is the hardware that comes with the kit. Now, we actually use self-tapping screws. Theyre about an inch longer. Now, its just enough where it goes to the metal and at the bottom. Well go ahead and take a moment and tuck our floor covering back underneath the trim here. Thats what it takes to install the Air Lift Load Controller II Compressor System for Air Helper Springs, part number AL25592 on our 2005 Ford Ranger Super Cab. .

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