Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs Installation - 2013 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs on a 2013 Ford F-150


All right today on this 2013 Ford F150 super crew cab we're going to show you part number AL57200, the Air Lift Load Lifter 5000 air helper springs. Now this has a load baring capacity up to 5000 pounds. Whatever you put in your truck that makes it squat, the Load Lifter 5000 will go ahead and bring your truck back up to level. This is what the Air Lift 5000 looks like once installed on the truck. With this part number you get two air bags, one for each side of the axle. It mounts to the axle, basically using large clamps. This does replace the factory jounce stop.

Big difference. Now this kit does come with all the air lines that need to go run towards the back. It also comes with air line fittings built into the air lines. We have one mounted right here on our driver side.Now before we begin our install we'll go ahead and get a couple measurements. With no weight in the truck, we'll measure from the ground to the bottom edge of the wheel well.

It will be about 40 inches. Next we'll go ahead and put a load in the truck, then we'll go ahead and check out the suspension without the air helper springs installed. All right let's go ahead and take our second measurement. Looks like at top of the wheel well down to the ground will be about 37 inches. So it went down a few inches and the truck is sagging in the back a little bit.

So we'll go ahead and take it for a test drive, and watch how the suspension reacts.We'll do our install of the air springs and come back and see if the air takes the truck back up to level. All right let's go ahead and apply the air to it and bring our truck back up to level. Actually our measurement comes out to about 39 and a half inches. We can still add pressure to bring it up but we don't want to add too much because it will make the ride too stiff. All right now let's go ahead and take another trip through our slalom course and our bumps to see how our suspension works this time around.

All right now let's go ahead and show you how the Air Lift 5000 is installed. Now on our install we're going to work with our passenger side first. To give us some extra working room, we'll remove the spare tire. Now one other thing you'll want to do to help you out is go ahead and place a jack or something to raise up the body off the suspension and that will give you additional clearance to install the parts as well. We'll go ahead and also remove the heat shield. Both of these items will be put back into place once we're done. To remove the heat shield, we're going to use a 13 millimeter socket. There's one easy to see, and there's one that's horizontal on the back side of the shield to remove. Next we need to remove the jounce stop. This will be permanently removed. To do that we will use an extension and a 13 millimeter socket to get to the bolt on the inside. To make room for our bolts and the clamps to go on the axle, we need to go ahead and remove this section of the threads, we just need to cut it flush. You use a Sawzall with a metal cutting blade or a grinder with a cutting wheel. Now this plate right here gets installed onto the bottom side of the frame. Basically this plate replaces where our jounce stop was. These two tabs will sit on the outside of the frame and our new bolt will go through this hole here, and as we tighten it down we'll go ahead and make sure we have pressure against these tabs going towards the inside of the truck. We're going to use the button head bolt and a 3/8 flat washer, and into our truck. All right now we'll go ahead and tighten down our button head bolt and a 6 millimeter socket seems to work the best on this fastener. Let's go ahead and do a little assembly work on our air spring. First we need to install an air line fitting that goes right here, got the white Teflon tape on it. Just get it started finger tight until it stops, and probably one and a half turns with a wrench. We'll go ahead and take this plate here and it sits over top. Then this plate will eventually bolt to our upper bracket. Take two bolts that match the bracket here, the fit side, we'll go ahead and install those and tighten them down and then torque them down as suggested by the instructions. We'll tighten these down with seven thirty second Allen tool or bit. Now attach this bracket to the one that's been previously installed into the frame. We'll use a 3 inch short carriage bolt with a flat washer and lock nut. You'll use the same on both sides. Okay let's go ahead and put this into place. Okay we have our harbor loosely installed, we'll go ahead and tighten down the bolts, and then torque them down as best by the instructions. Now I'll go ahead and do some assembly on our bracket that sits on top of the axle. Now there's no left or right side to this bracket so we don't have to worry about that. This little bracket here will fit over these studs and we'll fasten them down with a flat washer and a lock nut. This will use nine sixteenths socket as well. Now we'll go ahead and set this bracket on top of our axle. This curved surface will fit on top of the axle going towards the inside. Okay now we'll go ahead and take our lower bracket will set on top of our axle. We'll make sure that this part will fit in between the u bolts on the springs. I'll just take it and push it into place.Need to go ahead and installs some long bolts that go in all four corners. Now three of them are going to be the same. And now there's going to be one screw shorter than the other, that's going to go on this hole here. There's two of them but you'll use the one closest to the springs. Drop that into place and normal long bolt will go in the same hole but on the backside. Now we'll go ahead and do our easy clamp first. We'll do this side and the outside, this is a clamp, go ahead and put into place, we'll install a flat washer and a lock nut. Your three eighths hardware for this. Now for these two bolts you have a smaller clamp okay and the hardware will vary just a little bit. First off we'll go ahead and put this clamp on the inside here, we'll work it into place, that is a really tight fit. Might have to pull it over a little bit make sure the bolt goes into place. Now a little bit different here is this spacer will go onto our bolt, make sure our bolt goes onto our clamp here. Again this is a rather tight fit. And then we'll install the flat washer, and nut. We'll tighten these down evenly and then torque them down evenly on both sets of bolts. Now we've got to install our second plate. That's just going to slip underneath here, and what's going to happen next is we're going to lower the weight of the truck back onto the suspension to where it just makes contact but we can still move it around as needed. So we'll run two bolts from the bottom up. All right now we'll go ahead and line up our plate on the bottom with the thread of the holes. When put into position we'll install metric bolt with lock washer and flat washer. All right now to make things easier to get this bolt into place, it might be good to take this bracket loose for just a moment. Just use a 10 millimeter socket, let get it out of our way. Then we can reach in a little easier to get access to our bolt. And to tighten down this hardware we're using a nine sixteenths socket. And a swivel ratchet actually comes in handy in this install. Let's go ahead and put this little bracket back into place. Okay now we'll go ahead and put our heat shield into place that will protect our air spring from the exhaust. We'll take a pair of pliers pull it down like that, and then make another bend like this, and do the same thing on the other side. Now we want to put this up on our exhaust we want to find a location where the exhaust is closest to the air spring, we'll go ahead and put this in between it too. We'll go ahead and take the hose clamps, spread them apart, and put them around the exhaust and tighten them back down. This will slide around, loosely put it back together, we'll put one up there and we'll do our other ones the same way. Then we'll go ahead and tighten down the clamp. Five sixties nut driver works best on this. Okay once we have it into place, we'll go ahead and bend it as needed so that it doesn't rattle against anything. Now for passenger side install we'll do the same thing as over on the driver side. By in large the same install, except for a couple little differences. First off the clamps on the bottom are going to be the same on each side and uses all four of the same size bolts. We also used some zip ties on this side to help keep them from rubbing against the air spring. Now we have them both installed we can go ahead work the air lines. Okay let's go ahead and take our air lines coiled up we'll find a halfway point and we'll cut it in half. All right our tube cutter we're using is part number AL10530. Then we'll go ahead and take our cut ends and install it into our air springs. We'll go ahead and start over on the driver side first. We'll take our air line, we'll push it into the air fitting until it stops and it will push past it so it will stop again. Get one first stop and then a second stop. We'll then route this towards the bumper. Then we'll take our extra and just coil it up, it's always good to leave a loop in there in case you have to make some changes to the air line tubing, you'll have some excess to work with. That's our driver side, let's do the same thing on our passenger side.All right now we're going to mount our air line, make it easy accessible into the bumper right here. We're going to draw a five sixteenths hole. Then we'll take our first air line, we'll go ahead and thread on the provided nut. We'll run that basically down towards the back. And then we'll slide on a star washer, run that through our hole. On the outside, a rubber washer, and then a flat washer and nut. We can tighten this down with a deep well half inch socket. Now we're not going to drill a second hole for our air line, for the other side because we're actually going to use a t to help connect two together. So one air valve will control both air bags. And a t does not come with the kit, we're using part number AL21838. And we'll plug them together. Really that's it. Now take a few moments to go ahead and zip tie our air line to make sure they're safe and secure and out of the way. Okay we'll go ahead and put some air in our airbags, and maybe about 50 pounds or so. We'll go ahead and spray it down with some soapy water and look for air leaks by the bubbles. No air bubbles, no leaks, that's what we want. Lastly we'll go ahead and put our heat shield back into place and also our spare tire. Now the air pressure that operates that will be at five to one hundred psi and when it's installed it's always a good idea to keep it a minimum of five or six psi, in the air springs. That will finish it for the air lift Load Lifter 5000 air helper springs part number AL57200 on our 2013 Ford F150 super crew cab. .


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