Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs Installation - 2014 Ford F-150

content loading



Customers compare AL57228 to these similar products




Products Featured in this Video



How to Install the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs on a 2014 Ford F-150


Today on our 2014 Ford F-150 two-wheel drive, were going to be installing the Air Lifter LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs for the rear axle, part number AL57228. Were going to go ahead and show a comparison of the vehicle with factory suspension versus with the airbags installed. Now, were going to give you some measurements with no load in the bed of the vehicle and with the factory suspension. From the ground to the bottom of the wheel well, were just under 39 inches. Now, well go ahead and put our load into the bed of the vehicle. Were going to put about 1,500 pounds into it, and then well take it out on our test course to show you how it reacts.Now with our weight back in the bed of the vehicle and our airbags installed with 60 PSI, now were at about 38-1/2 inches.

Were pretty close to what the factory ride height was with no weight in it and factory suspension. Now, well go ahead and take it out on our test course again, and youll be able to see how much better the vehicle drives through our test course. Well have less body roll as well as handling the alternating bumps and solid bumps much, much better, giving you more stability as well as a safer and more comfortable ride.Now, were going to begin our installation here underneath the vehicle on the driver side. Now, weve gone ahead and removed the spare tire down out of the way in order for you to see things a little bit better. Now, were going to need to remove the factory bump stop, thats this right here, from both sides.

Well take our 13-milimeter socket. Slide it up underneath. Well then remove the bolt. Go ahead and repeat the same process over on the passenger side. This right here is the emergency brake cable bracket over here on the passenger side.

Now where the bolt goes through and secures it, were going to need to cut that even. Were just going to use a reciprocating saw with a metal blade on it to trim that even. You could use a rotary tool or even just a hacksaw, and cut it off.Next, were going to need to start prepping up our airbags themselves. Were going to need to begin by installing the straight air fitting. It goes into the top of the bag.

Go ahead and thread that in hand-tight. Then, you want to turn it one-and-a-half more turns. Go ahead and repeat that process here on the other bag. Next, were going to need to assemble the roll pan. It goes on the top of the bag like this, and the next piece here youll notice has a beveled edge and then this cutout. It goes around the air fitting and lines up with the two holes in the top of the bag. Then, use the flathead screw like this for this whole here and here.When tightening these down, you dont want to go any more than 20-foot pounds. Well then go ahead and repeat the same process for the other airbag. Now that we have this part complete, we can go ahead and set these aside for now. Next, were going to need to attach the upper bracket. Were going to start over here on the driver side. Again, these are marked with either an L or an R depending the sides. This one will go up in here like this, and this hole here will line up with the hole that we removed the screw holding the bump stop in place.Now to secure it in place, well be using the butt and head bolt, and a flat washer. With the hardware hand-tight, we can go ahead and tighten it down, and then torque it to the manufacturers specification. Well then go ahead and repeat the same process over on the passenger side, making sure that we used the bracket with an R on it. Now that we have our upper bracket secured to the frame, next, were ready to attach the airbag assemblies that we set aside a little bit ago. Go ahead and slide this up here into place, again, making sure we put the right, the left on the proper side.Now, you notice how theres a hole here. It will line up with this bracket. As well as up here on the front, theres a hole that lines up with the front bracket up here. Now, to secure the bag to the upper bracket, we will be using a carriage bolt, a flat washer, and a nylon locknut. Well go ahead and repeat that for the forward mounting location. Now that we have the hardware installed, well go ahead and tighten it down, and then torque it to the manufacturers specification. One, were going to need to remove this little ABS line from the bracket. Just simply pulls up. Set it aside for now.Next, were going to need to install this bracket here, and its going to go around the left side brake line and the left ABS line. Go ahead and open up the bracket. Close it back down. Now that we have our clamp around the left-hand side, were going to need to line it back up with the slot that we removed it from. Next, were going to use a flat washer and this hex bolt to attach the clamp here. We can then go ahead and tighten it down. With that tightened down, using a zip tie, well then need to connect the right side ABS line to the other two lines. Were going to be using a pull-jack to help raise the rear of the vehicle up to give us more working room between the axle and the bottom of the airbag.Next, were ready to attach the lower bracket to the rear axle. Heres what the lower bracket looks like. It can go on either the right or the left-hand side. Well go ahead and push our bag up. Drop the bracket down into position, so that this half is locked between U-bolts on the axle. This piece here is catching the edge of this bracket. I want to make sure that no lines are touching. Next, well be installing four of these long carriage bolts. On the driver side, well be using this hole here as well as the inner hole here. Youll notice how theres two holes. Were using the one closest to the center. Go ahead and drop the carriage bolts down into position.Now that we our four U-bolts emplaced, were going to need to install our clamp bars here. Once you have them emplaced over two of the carriage bolts, youll be installing a flat washer and a nylon hex nut. This will the same hardware you used on each of the four carriage bolts. Now that we have all the hardware loosely installed, well need to tighten down all four nuts evenly. Next, were going to go ahead and install the lower bracket over here on the passenger side.Now that we have our bracket emplaced, on this side, youll notice that theres three longer carriage bolts and one shorter one. Weve got two of the long ones installed on both the inner holes. Now here at this back hole on the outer half, well be putting the shorter carriage bolt in here. On the forward one right here, well be installing the last longer carriage bolt. Next, well go ahead. Here on the two inner carriage bolts, well install the clamp bar. Well be using the flat washer and the nylon lock washers again like we did on the other side. Now, for the outer two carriage bolts, well be using this clamp here for the lower clamp.Now, to get this clamp in here, we found it easiest if you remove the two carriage bolts. Well need to turn the clamp sideways and work it in there like that, and then reinstall your carriage bolt. Well then slide the spacer in place, followed by installing a flat washer and a nylon hex nut on each side. Now that we have all the hardware installed, we can go ahead and tighten it down, and then torque it to the manufacturers specification. Now that we have our lower brackets installed, next were going to move back over here to the driver side. Were going to need to install a roll plate here. It sits up in here like this.Were going to lower down the pull-jack a little bit, so that we have less gap between the bottom of the bag in here to make it a little easier to thread the bolts in the bottom of the bag. Well then be installing the hex bolts. Notice how it has a tapered head here, so you want to make sure you have the right bolt. Put a lock washer on, flat washer, and this will be the same hardware you use at all four mounting locations, two on each side, to secure the lower portion of the bag to the lower bracket. As per the instructions, just tighten down the hardware securely.Now, were ready to go ahead and choose our location to mount our air line fittings as well as route our air lines. Were going to need to find the center of our air hose somewhere right in here. We then go ahead and take a tubing cutter or a razor knife, just something thats not going to squeeze the line and damage it. You want to also make sure that you get a good clean straight cut. Go ahead and drill two five-sixteenths holes to allow our fittings to go through. Now that we have our holes drilled, next, were going to need to install some hardware on to the valve.Go ahead and thread our jam nut on first. Well then add a star washer, then reach in behind. Push the fitting out. Well install a rubber washer, another flat washer. Finally, the second jam nut. Once you have that done, and there is a plastic cap that goes over the top of the fitting. Go ahead and repeat the same process for the other line. Then, go ahead and take our wrench, and tighten down the nuts, securing the valve in place. Next, well need to take our air lines. Well need to route them up to each of the airbags.Now when routing the air line, make sure you stay away from any areas that have moving parts, can become hot, or have sharp edges as all of these could easily damage the air line tubing. Well also be using a few zip ties along the way to help secure the air line tubing. Now that we have our air line tubing routed, go ahead and get the correct length and holding it up. Well need to trim it to length using our tubing cutter. With our tubing cut, we can go ahead and put it in the fitting here, the top side of the airbag. You line it up. Push straight down in, so that it goes into place, and you gently pull back out. You want to make sure it doesnt come back out. Go ahead and repeat the same process for the other line.Now over here on the passenger side, there is a heat sleeve thats designed to go over the air line tubing and help protect it from the heat from the exhaust. Now, were going to go ahead and remove this spare tire heat-shield, so that you can see things a little bit easier. Now, were going to need to install this heat-shield here that comes with the kit. You want to put it in the closest point between the bag and the exhaust. Now, you can bend this to help form to the exhaust. To attach it, well be using a couple hose clamps. Next, were ready to go ahead and put 30 PSI in each of the airbags, and then well spray down our connections and check for any leaks using a soapy water solution.Were going to need to install spare tire heat-shield. Once you have your PSI set in the airbags, you once again want to check the air pressure after 24-hour period. A 2 to 4 PSI loss after the initial installation is normal. If you lose more than 5 PSI, you will want to recheck for leaks. You also want to make sure that you dont go any lower than 5 PSI in the airbags nor higher than 100 PSI in the airbags as these are designed to have a working range of 5 to 100 PSI. That will do it for the installation of the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Spring for the rear axle, part number AL57228 on our 2014 F-150 two-wheel drive. .


Questions and Comments about this Video

add comment

Info for this part was:

Installed by:
Jeff D
Video Edited:
Andrew L
Test Fit:
Shane T
Video by:
Alan C

At etrailer.com we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time. Let us know if anything is missing or if you have any questions.