Air Lift LoadLifter Air Helper Springs Installation - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup

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How to Install the Air Lift LoadLifter Air Helper Springs on a 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup


Today on this 2009 Dodge Ram pickup, we're going to show you the Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 air helper springs. Part number AL57365. We'll also get a measurement of our original ride height which is about just under 38 inches. We'll go ahead and put our weight in. We're actually at 34 and a half inches. All right, let's go ahead and take our test drive and watch the suspension in action. All right we've got our load back in our truck.

Let's go ahead and air it up and bring it back-as close as we can-to its original ride height. We got to air it up. We'll go back to our original ride height. Which is around 38 inches. Now you can see that same load we put in there before pushed our truck down at least a few inches.

And with only 40 PSI in the airbags, brought it back up to original ride height. And it actually rides and drives a lot better now. All right this is what the Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 air help with springs look like when it's installed in our truck. You can see all of our components. We have a bracket, that gets installed to the top of frame right here, lower bracket that gets installed on top of the axle, and our air spring, of course, that goes in-between. We also have our air line fitting which is actually inside of here.

You can see it comes with a supplied air line that goes all the way out back to your bumper or wherever you want to add your air lines on the truck. Now this air bag is designed for a PSI rating from 5 to 100 PSI. It's always a good idea to run about 5 to 10 PSI in the bags at all times to help keep its shape and reduce wear and tear on it. Everything you see here on our driver's side is duplicated over on the passenger side as well. Now these air springs do have a load capacity of 5000 pounds or whatever your truck is rated for as well. If you take a close look at the top and bottom of the air spring, you see some metal plates on the bottom. That's the roll plates.

What this does is it helps increase the load capacity of the air springs and also protects the springs from damage, extending the life of the air springs. And, of course, this will take a lot of the strain off of your OEM suspension when you put a heavy load in the back of your truck or haul a heavy trailer. Typical installation has two air valves so you can inflate each spring independently for side-to-side leveling of all center loads. All right, next we'll go ahead and show you how we installed the air springs. So, we have our truck already lifted up. We'll go ahead and put a support underneath the axle. We'll undo shocks and then slowly lower the axle down and remove the springs. Now we'll need to do this on both sides of the truck. All right we've got our support on our axle. We'll go ahead and raise it up just a little bit. And remove the bolts from the shocks at the bottom by the axle. All right, we're going to need a 21 millimeter socket and wrench. We have these broke loose already but these are really stiff to take apart. Okay, that was our passenger side, one more time on driver's side. Before we remove our springs, we'll go ahead and make a mark so when we put them back together we know exactly how they sit originally. I'm going to go ahead and slowly lower the axle. Just until we have enough room to remove the spring. Next we need to remove the jounce stop. So we we'll work it back and forth. You may have to pry it out, but a lot of times it comes out pretty easy. Okay, next up, this entire cup right here has to be removed. So we have to take a cutting wheel and break these welds to pop it loose. Certain angles, a Sawzall will work too. Okay, now I have the cup removed we'll go ahead and grind this down flat so it's nice and smooth for our bracket to fit up against. Now it will be a good idea to go ahead and use something to protect the surface after we're done. Now we're going to start working with our bracket. Just an allen head bolt will go through the slot, we'll flip it over, put the matching lock nut in place, and we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Now we're just going to snug this down so it holds its shape but it still moves back and forth. Okay, now we're going to place this up against the frame. There is a pre-existing hole that this bolt will go into. We'll push up against it and then make sure this bracket fits against the side of the frame. Okay, this is our pre-existing hole right here. So we'll put our bolt into place. That will help guide it initially. Then we'll push this bracket with this flange against he body of the frame. I'm just going to just tap it back. So, put it back into place, and we'll use a paint marker to find the center and make a mark. Take the bracket back down. We're going to drill out a quarter inch hole. Okay, next we're going to install this thread-forming bolt. Just going to use a half inch diameter socket. We're going to just run it until it makes threads. Put our bracket back into place and install the bolt for good. Then we'll torque the bolt down as described in the instructions. Okay, now, in our bracket-here and here-we'll drill 2 more quarter inch holes and install the same thread-forming bolts. Now we have our upper bracket assembly fully installed on our frame. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Now next we'll go ahead and put our springs back in place, make sure we line up our yellow marks as well. We'll raise the axle back up and re-connect our shocks. Okay, now we'll move on to some pre-assembly onto our air springs. This is one of our air springs right here. We'll be doing this for the passenger side. Take a roll pan, put it into place, we'll line up the three holes, and we'll loosely install the air line fitting. That plate goes on next and also we'll install 4 3-inch carriage bolts in the corners. The roll plan kind of helps hold it in plate. Here and here we'll add 2 3-inch bolts that are fine thread with a lock washer and a flat washer as well. All right now we'll tighten our air line fitting, about 1 and a half turns and that'll seal it up. These two bolts will tighten down with a 9/16 socket. Now we'll torque these bolts down as specified in the instructions. All right, let's go ahead and flip this over. Now with this going on the passenger side we'll make sure the air fitting is fitting in that direction towards the tire. Put another roll pan on top. For this side we'll go ahead and put our bracket in place. We're looking at these two hooks. The air line fitting will be on the right-hand side. These two flat-head screws will go into place. We'll loose-install these temporarily putting it in place to double-check ourselves. Now, eventually we'll use a 7/32 allen head to tighten these guys down. Do a quick test of it. These little hooks will fit underneath this edge right here and make sure your air line fitting is going towards the tire. All right, at this point we'll go ahead and tighten down our hardware for good. Okay, next up, two 3/8 carriage bolts we'll run them through the inside here. We'll run them through these slots. All right, let's go ahead and set this back into place. These two bolts will line up with two existing holes on the bracket on top of the axle. All right, here is the existing holes right here and this mount for linkage right here. There's a hole right here that it mounts up to. Just go ahead and put it into place. Two locking flange nuts go ahead and spin on. One here. This one, of course, is hidden so I'm going to use a small socket and an extension to help get it in place. Going to use a 9/16 short socket, put the flange nut in there and kind of steer the bolt and then we'll go ahead and thread on the nut. Now this isn't exactly a straight on shot so you'll need some patience. Okay, now we'll switch over to a deep well socket and tighten it down for good. And then we'll tighten down the other bolt as well. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process over for our driver's side. However, the bracket that goes on top of the axle does have an offset to it. You can see how this one goes into the left hand side because the carriage bolts we installed. This one's clearly visible and is kind of offset from the air spring on the driver's side. Look at the passenger side. This bolt's tucked in more along underneath the spring. You can see our carriage bolt here is a lot farther underneath the spring on the passenger side. Okay, now at this point we can go ahead and raise the axle up and put everything together. I'm using a jack to slowly lift the axle back up or you could put the truck-with the tires back on-on the ground and accomplish the same thing. But you want to make sure you guide these bolts in first. Once we have our bolts ran through, we'll go ahead and install 4 more of the flange nuts. We have the hardware loosely installed on the passenger's side, we'll do it one more time over on the driver's side. Okay, once we have all our hardware started, we'll go ahead and use a 9/16 ratchet wrench and one that flexes works out really great in this application here. Now, on this side, we'll just have to use a regular wrench on it. All right, passenger side done, one more time on driver's side. Next up, we need to install a head shield. This will go over on the passenger side. We need to bend these tabs up where this will get clamped on to the exhaust tube and the rest of this will protect the airbag from the exhaust. So let's take a tab and bend it up, just like that. With one quick turn to make an angle like that. Clamps will go around the exhaust just like that and hold it in place. Now we'll loosen and tighten our clamps using a 9/16 nut driver. We'll draw them up most of the way but still leave us room to work with it. All right we'll go ahead and hold it in place, maybe make a few adjustments. We'll go ahead and clamp it down. Just make sure nothing's touching. Now we can go ahead and work for our air line. We'll go ahead and un-bundle it, find a halfway mark, using a tubing cutter we'll cut it in half. Now we'll take our cut halves and we'll install these ends into our air line fittings on top of the air springs. Now to install it we'll put it into our fitting, we'll push it in until it stops, and then one more time again. And then we'll go ahead and rout this towards our bumper. And we'll use some openings in suspension hangers and rout it out towards the back. From here on out I'm going to run it inside the frame towards the bumper. We're going to use the pre-existing holes in the hitch to mount our air lines so what we do first is take the supplied nut, thread it on. Just stretch it into the threads. And then a star washer will go on next. Run it through the hole. This side will get a rubber washer, a flat washer, and a nut. Now to tighten down the hardware we use a half-inch deep well socket. Go ahead and roll up our excess and zip tie it in place. Cut off our excess. All right, one more time over on the driver's side. All right at this point we have everything installed on our truck. Now, a couple things to know. When you pick up the vehicle by the frame, you want to make sure you have all of the air out of the airbags. As you lift it up and down it's okay for the axle to hang from the air bags. But when you work on it for a long period of time, you definitely want to support the axle-like we have here-just to take the pressure off the airbags so they're not doing all the work holding up the axle. So let's go ahead and put our tires and wheels back on and air it up and see how it works. After everything is installed it's also a good idea to go ahead and go on our knees, spray all the connection points with some soapy water, and look for bubbles. If you got any bubbles you may have to take apart the fitting and re-do it. Which is very simple. And with that, that will finish it for our install of a Air Lift Load Lifter 5000 air helper springs. Part number AL57365 on this 2009 Dodge Ram.


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