Air Lift WirelessONE Compressor System Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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How to Install the Air Lift WirelessONE Compressor System on a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500


Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Air Lift WirelessONE Compressor Kit. So one of the big reasons I really like this one is the fact that it's so easy to use and that it's wireless. It's going to allow you to inflate or deflate your air bags from right inside of the truck here, and the wireless remote is nice and small. It's not going to take up a lot of space. And that's a huge bonus, especially with more late model trucks because the older style analog type gauges and compressor kits that require an actual gauge and a couple of switches are really big and bulky and it can be really challenging to find a good spot that looks nice to mount up inside of your truck.And this is what the actual compressor is going to look like.

It's going to be really compact. And that's always nice because those space restrictions that we find inside also apply to the underside of the truck. So since because it's all just one unit and relatively small, it's going to be easy to find a spot to mount everything up.So one of the big questions that we often get asked is if the compressor will work with other types of airbags and the answer is yes. Perfect example, today on our truck, we have the Firestone airbags paired up with our air lift compressor. The compressor isn't going to care what type or brand your bag is.

All its job is to do is fill them up full air.Our remote can actually communicate with the compressor from a pretty good distance too. So this is really going to come in handy. Say if you have your trailer or your load in the bed of your truck and you see it squatting, you're not going to have to go inside and mess around or manually fill it up. You can simply just increase the air pressure right here from the remote. Compressor will kick on and you can really find that sweet spot that you like with not a whole lot of effort.So the way the remote works is really simple.

We're only going to have four buttons. You're just going to push any button to wake it up and it'll kind of think for a second. And then that's the amount of pressure that's currently in the bags. If you push down, it's going to let air out of the bags. System's really responsive too.

It don't take long at all to make those adjustments. If you push up, it's going to increase the air pressure inside of the bags. And I'll show you too. It can give you a little arrow up or down, kind of letting you know what's going on. These other two buttons here, these are going to be presets. So the first button is preset at five PSI and the other button we have preset at 20. Now you can change the presets simply by going up or down to the pressure that you want and holding the button down and it'll save that preset. So that's really cool, especially if you tow a trailer consistently and you kind of know what pressure works the best. Hop in, push a button and your set up.And what's pretty cool is that this is not the only way to actually control your compressor and what it does. There's actually a free app available that you can download on your phone or device and control your compressor via Bluetooth. With how easy this is to fine tune the amount of pressure in the airbags, you're going to be able to get that ultimate comfortable ride that you're looking for as opposed to having air bags without a compressor. It's a little more time consuming to actually stop somewhere, fill up your bags manually. Most of the time you'd say, "I get it close enough," and kind of just live with it. But this one you can dial it in exactly how you want it with just the push of a button. So over all this is really going to eliminate the maintenance side of your airbags and it's just going to give you that much more confidence whenever you're towing a heavy load down the road.Now as far as the installation goes, I will say this is probably the easiest kit that I've done. Everything's housed together with one bracket, one single wiring harness. Everything is really straightforward and shouldn't take you a whole lot of time to do. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and put it on together now. To begin our install, we're first going to need to find a good spot to mount up our compressor. And so the area that we're going to be working with on our truck today is on the passenger side just below the rear door. The spot that we chose here is right along the frame rail and it's really convenient. The bracket that they give you, you can attach it to the frame rail just using a U-bolt so we don't have to worry about drilling or anything like that. Now you can position this any way you want with two exceptions. You cannot have the electrical connector here at the top pointing down towards the ground and you can't have the logo here, the air lift logo, you cannot have that facing down towards the ground either.Now what we can do is secure our air filter. So you want to mount this up where it's out of the way and going to stay dry. And you want it to face up, so exactly how we have it here. So what you can do, there's kind of a quick connect fitting that's built onto it. You can just drill a small hole and that'll simply just snap in and hold it in place. So once you have it up there, what you can do is connect the small piece of airline tubing that comes with the filter. It's simply just pushes onto this barbed fitting. You bring it down to our compressor. And this is the same exact type of barb fitting that's up there on our filter. So to get it on, so giving you an example. That hose will just work right over it and that'll keep it nice and secure.And now we can grab our large bundle of airline, get it plugged in to our compressor and bring it back to our airbags. So whenever you plug this in, you want to make sure that the end of the line is nice and straight and a really clean cut. So you want to use a tool like this, an airline tubing cutter, or a utility knife to do the trick as well. You just don't want to use a regular pair of snips because you can pinch the line and chances that you'll have a leak will definitely be increase. So we'll go ahead and make a clean cut. A really good example of how it should look. Then it simply just pushes in to the push fitting in the side of the compressor. We'll line it up, push it all the way down. You'll kind of feel it seat and you can lightly pull back to make sure it is fully seated. So here's how out of the airline. We just came up and on top of our frame rail. You want to do your best to avoid any hot or moving parts when you're running these lines. Let's secure it with some zip ties.Just tap running it on top of the frame rail, open over this brace, and it comes down to a fitting where it plugs into our airbag. So this is the part of the line right here that comes from our compressor. And what you're going to do is you're going to take your T-fittings. You're going to plug the line from the compressor into one end of the T-fitting. When you plug these in, it works the same as the actual compressor itself. They're just those quick connect fittings. Again, make sure your lines are cut nice and clean.So you have your compressor line and the T-fitting out right into the airbag. This line is going to get ran over to the other side of the truck to the airbag over there. And the way I did that is I just ran it back and up along the side of our frame. And on top of this cross bar here, there is some factory wiring. It's a little tricky to see, but you can just reach your hand up there and feel it inside. Just follow that factory wiring over to the other side of the truck. Up into the airbag. So this is very similar to the other side. We'll tap in our T-fitting. One side of the T-fitting will go right to the bag. This side here is the line that we ran from the other side of the truck and then this line actually runs to the back of the truck to a manual inflation valve that came included with our airbag kit.So now bag at the compressor, we can focus on doing some wiring. We're going to have two wires that actually come off of the compressor itself, a red one which will get connected to power here in a moment and a black one which is ground. So what I'm going to do is secure the ground to our chassis and what I've done is just drill the small pilot hole and got some sand paper to clean it up to bare metal. That way we have a proper connection. So what I'm going to do is take the included self tapping screw, run it through the ring terminal and secure it to our frame. Now we can grab our main wiring harness and this end is going to get plugged in to the compressor. Whenever we plug this in, it'll seat all the way down. There will be a red tab here. You're going to push that tab over to completely lock it in, more or less.The red power wire that comes right off of our compressor and this short bare wire that comes off of our main harness, these two are going to get connected together. So what I'm going to do is kind of eyeball the length to shorten them up a little bit. I'll trim this wire and strip back that installation. This side, we're actually going to cut this spade terminal off. I'll trim that back. Strip back the insulation on it as well. We're going to take the included heat shrink butt connector, we'll crimp that down to give us a good connection. So after we seal up our heat shrink butt connector, this is what it's going to look like.So at this point we can run the other three wires from our main harness up into the engine compartment. So the path that I take to get there is this more or less right on top of the frame rail. It's a little tricky to see, but you can get your hands up there and get it ran. So it just keeps following the top of our frame rail, right up in here. Then once we get to about this point, what you would do is take a fish wire from the top of the truck and drop it down and tape our wiring to it. So you could use like a coat hanger or an extra piece of that nylon air tubing, if you had any leftover. Drop it down. It'll hang here. You can tape your wiring to it. Go back up and pull it up into the engine compartment.So right here in the engine compartment is where our wiring came up and then I secured it to this brace using a zip tie. We're going to run this over to the driver's side of the truck. So what I did was just follow this brace, kind of push the line through this little sheath here. Along here, it cuts cross following this brace and then up underneath this radiator cover. This radiator cover, you can kind of just lift it up a little bit with your hands and just kind of feed that wiring all the way along that edge, and that'll keep it out of sight and cover it up.So over here on the driver's side is where all of our wiring comes out. We're going to first start by hooking up the red wire. That's going to go to the positive battery terminal. So underneath this cover, just pop that off. That'll expose the terminal. We're going to be working with this one, but that being said, we need to first connect a fuse holder to our red wire. So you'll strip back the ends, of not only the fuse holder but the red wire. One side will get a butt connector. Crimp that on. Then I'll go into the red wire from our harness. The other side of our fuse holders got to get a ring terminal. Get that crimped on.Now before we hook this up to our battery, you want to make sure to open up the fuse holder cap and make sure the fuse is not installed. That's going to be the very last thing we'll do. So if we move down into our terminal, we'll remove it with a 10 millimeter. Now sometimes these aren't designed to come all the way off easily and you'll know. So ours is not. It kind of locks up on you, so you don't want to force it off. What we're going to do, is take our ring terminal and you just cut a small opening in it. That way we can just work it underneath the head of that nut and then we can tighten it back down. And that'll provide us with the proper battery power that we need.Our black wire, that's going to get connected to the negative post on our battery. So I've done the same thing. Attached a ring terminal and cut a small opening in it because this'll work the same way as the positive side. Now as far as this pink wire goes, that comes from our harness, this is an optional wire to hook up. We are opting to hook it up today and what this does is goes to an ignition source. That way every time you key your truck on, it's going to more or less automatically inflate your airbags to the pressure that you set it for. We're going to take the end of the pink wire and we're going to take a fuse tap. A fuse tap is not included, but if you need one, you can find it here at etrailer. It's going to have a pre-attached butt connector on it just like all the other ones.We'll pair those two together and now we need to find an ignition source here in our fuse block. So I went ahead and tested and found which one's going to work. Since we're trying to use a mini fuse, we're only going to have four options, which are these four. And the only 20 amp one is the one that we're going to use. So whenever we turn the key in the off position this has power. When we turn it off, it does not have power. So pull that fuse out, place it in the bottom portion of our fuse tap. Then we'll grab a 10 amp fuse, which does not come included. Put that in the top portion. And then we're going to take our fuse holder and plug it in this way. You want the wire to face towards the back of the truck because this side of our fuse tap has power. So with that being said, the power will run up through our fuses and be fuse protected. If you put it this way, it can potentially bypass the fuses and kind of defeat the purpose. So make sure you have it like this. You can just push it down into place.With everything hooked up now we can take our included fuse, pop it into the holder. Now we can test everything and make sure it works properly. Wake the remote up, you simply just push a button. Now right off the bat you are going to have to pair it. A screen will come up, just say pairing and you click any button and it'll automatically pair as long as it's within three minutes of installing the fuse. So after you install the fuse, you want to grab your remote and get it paired. And if it's longer than three minutes, you're going to have to pull that fuse out, wait a couple minutes, put it back in and pair it. With that being said, we'll turn our pressure up. Let's go to about 25 and then we can go underneath the truck and check for any potential air leaks.So now that we have our system full of air, what we're going to do is spray down all of our fittings that we tapped into with some soapy water to check for leaks. If we do have a leak, bubbles will be rapidly and consistently forming at the fitting ends. So you wait a minute, make sure that is not happening and move on to the next fitting. If you do have a leak, what you're going to do is remove the airline by pushing down on it and pulling it out. You'll cut it again to ensure a nice clean cut, plug it back in, fill it up full of air, and check it again until everything is sealed up.And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Air Lift WirelessONE Compressor Kit on our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500.


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