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Air Lift WirelessONE Compressor System Installation - 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty

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How to Install the Air Lift WirelessONE Compressor System on a 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty

Hello everybody. Clayton here, at Here at etrailer, we install, test, and review a lot of different products to help you, as a customer, make a more educated decision before your purchase. Today, we're gonna be working on a 2021 Ford F-450. We're gonna be taking a look at, and I'll be walking you through how to install, the Air Lift WirelessONE onboard air compressor system. Adding a compressor, especially a wireless one, is gonna be a great upgrade for your airbag system.

Basically, we're gonna be able to air that up from inside of our vehicle, with our remote or the app on our phone. We need to hook up to our trailer. We can air our bags up to the preset from the inside. Let's say it's raining, we don't have to get out and get all wet pushing our air line onto our air fittings. So, it's gonna make life a lot easier.

We can simply air up with the push of a button. Our wireless remote is pretty cool. It has this nice clip on here, so that you can clip it onto your visor, or anything like that. Just like a garage door opener. So whenever you're ready, you can grab it and air it out from inside or outside.

Now, if you do wanna change your settings. So right now, we're at our minimum, when you can see that light up, has a nice backlit setting. So, it's at five PSI. Let's say we wanna bump that up to nine. You'll hear that compressor kick on.

Then, we can just set our lowest preset setting to nine. You'll see preset one saved. And now it's gonna air up to nine PSI. And, if you did wanna download the app, the interface of it looks just like the remote. It's gonna be super easy to use, and you just pair that to your module, whenever you pull the fuse or reconnect the fuse. And, this is what our system is gonna look like installed. We're gonna have our manifold mounted here on the outside of our body. This isn't gonna vibrate and making any noise. So, this is a good spot to put it. Then, our compressor is actually gonna be mounted to our bed right up here. Now, this does vibrate and create a little noise. So typically I don't like to mount it to the cab. Now, this can be mounted in any orientation, whereas our manifold can not be mounted upside down. So, that would be our airlift logo facing the ground. And we do have our single output here for our air. This is gonna come in handy, if, let's say your remote dies, or your phone battery is dead, and there's no way to air everything up. Somebody just put some air in there just like you would without the compressor, and you'll be ready to roll. All in all, this kit is pretty cool. Everything's gonna be included to get it installed. So, you're not gonna have to hunt down any extra parts. I highly recommend installing this when you do your bags, because more than likely, you're gonna want this in a year or two anyways. So, when you're already under there, it's gonna make it a whole lot easier. Now, if you did wanna come back and install it later, just make sure when you do your bags, you just leave some extra air line tubing, just so you have some extra to work with. Now, all in all, you just have to drill into your frame. There's no welding or anything like that. The hardest part is gonna be running our wiring. With that being said, let's get it installed together now. To start our installation, we need to find a good spot to mount our manifold and our compressor. This is gonna be the best spot to mount our manifold. It's gonna be right by our cab mount here on our side. We just wanna find a spot we're none of our holes are interfering with our factory holes. We can grab our longer self-tapping screws, and you can get that started. You got two on the bottom and one on the top, as you can see, it's not going anywhere. Now before we mount up our compressor it needs to be at least six inches from our exhaust. In this case it is, so we have perfect clearance for everything. We now need to ground our black wire. Typically we could connect that under our self-tappers for our compressor, but since this is an aluminum bed, we're gonna need to go to the steel right here. So, you will need to pick up another self-tapper. We'll just grab that, and self tap that to the metal cross brace. We're now gonna grab our wiring harness. We're gonna take this and plug it into our manifold. Once that's plugged in, we're gonna push down on this red tab to lock it into position. Push that tab down to lock it, and it's nice and secure. Now we wanna take our red wire with the white stripe and we route that up and over our frame rail. With that ran over, we can come back and zip-tie that to our factory wiring. Then, we'll snip off the spade connector from our compressor. We can grab our wire strippers, we'll strip back this wire, and the red wire that we ran over. Then we can grab one of our yellow heat shrink butt connectors provided, and our other end is gonna go to that wire that we ran from our manifold. We can then come back and we'll shrink this down. I added some electrical tape to our butt connector to help ensure a good connection. Then we're just gonna add some wire loom. Our kit didn't come with any wire loom, but you can find some here etrailer, if you desire to keep that wire protected We're gonna run our three wires, being our pink, and our black, and our red, up to our engine compartment, to make our connection to our battery. We're just gonna follow our frame rail and zip-tie it to our factory wiring along the way. You wanna make sure to stay out of the way of anything hot or moving. We now wanna pop our hood. With our wires ran along our frame rail, we're ready to pull them up to our battery, which is located right here. We're gonna grab ourselves, an air line tube. I suggest not using the one that comes in your kit. Maybe you could use a coat hanger, or a string, or anything like that, that you have laying around at home. That's gonna help you pull those wires up to your battery. Now, it is pretty tight right here, so, we're gonna go down that into the firewall, right back here, we'll grab our air line tube at the bottom, tape our wires to it, and pull it up. When our air line tube comes out right here in our wheel well, we pull that up over our strut tower, just inside of our wheel aligner, and we'll get it pulled up there. We have our wires pulled up. They come out right beside our battery here. So, it's gonna be nice and tight. We're not gonna have to worry about these jumping around, and possibly getting on our exhaust. We wanna cut back all of our electrical tape holding our wires together. Our red wire is gonna go right to the positive terminal on our battery. Our black wire is gonna go to the negative. And if you choose to use an ignition source, you'd be using your pink wire. Now in our case, our customer isn't using it, so I'm just gonna loop it up and zip-tie it back here. That way we can install it later, if he so desires. We wanna measure out our black wire. We're just gonna cut that right here, and toss our excess to the side. We'll strip back the end. I'm gonna strip it back a little bit more, and just double it over to ensure a good connection. Then we can grab one of our ring terminals provided, and we're just gonna crimp that on. We'll just set this off to the side for now. Now we're ready to get our red wire. We are gonna be adding a fuse holder to this, so we're just gonna cut it off here. Strip that back. We'll add one of our provided heat shrink butt connectors. We can now grab our fuse holder. Our fuse holder is gonna look like this. We just wanna cut it near the middle. We'll strip back both ends. One end is gonna go into that butt connector, and the other end is gonna get a ring terminal. We'll get our ten millimeter socket, remove these nuts, we'll add our ring terminals. We're gonna wait to add our fuse, because we still have to take care of all of our air lines. We'll reinstall our cover. We'll repeat that same process for our negative terminal. We now wanna grab our supplied air line tubing. We're gonna take our air line cutters. You can find some here at If you don't have any, we highly recommend these over a pocket knife, that way you get a really clean edge. We just wanna snip off that end. Then, we're gonna rub off the burse. Now, coming up to our manifold, we're gonna have two air fittings. We're gonna have one here on the bottom, and one on the side. We wanna take this line, push it into the side with our wiring. You'll just push that in until you feel it click. I always like to give it a little tug, and make sure it's nice and secure. Now, we're actually gonna run this up and over our frame rail, over to our compressor. Now we don't wanna make this loop too tight. We wanna make sure that that air flows nicely. So, we'll cut it right about here using our air line cutters. Again, you just wanna rub off the burse, reach up and over and just push that onto that fitting. It is gonna be kind of hard to push this onto that fitting. In our case, we already have our airbags installed. This was a dual path set up, so we have our two lines running to the back. We're just gonna come right up to this line here, with our air line cutters. We'll just snip that. We wanna deburr both of those sides. Then we can grab our provided tee fitting, push that on, right there, push that on, right there. Now, we can grab our new air line and run it up this way. This is gonna give us a really good spot to hide that air line tube, to keep it out of the way of anything hot or moving. We now wanna take our new air line. We'll push that into that tee fitting. That black air line's gonna come out of our tee fitting, run through our gooseneck adapter, then through this hole in our hitch, I added some protective coating to it, runs out this way on the outside of our frame rail, tucked it into our wheel well liner, and then back through the frame rail, and up over our strut mount. And I took our airbag air line, ran it through that strut mount, making sure to keep it out of the way, and up there to the frame rail, where we can make our tee connection. This is gonna be a good spot to zip-tie our tee fitting down, right here. We just wanna take our red air line, we'll clip that, we'll clip our black air line about the same length, We'll deburr that one, we can grab our tee fitting, push that onto our red air line, and push it onto our black air line, like so. We can run that other air line up to our manifold, push that into our tee fitting, ensure it's not going anywhere. We're just gonna run this along our frame rail, zip-tying it to our factory wiring, and we can take this and push it through our frame rail, have it come out on the other side. Then we can meet our manifold. We'll snip off a little bit of our excess. We can deburr that, and push that into the bottom fitting, just like so. Now you can zip-tie this line up into our other lines. You can now go ahead, and clean up your excess air line to your liking, then we can lower it down, and put our fuse in. Push than in. Now we can grab our remote, and we're gonna pull out our paper. We're gonna press one of our buttons to wake it up. And it should go into a pairing mode. We will pair it to that first one that popped up. Our pairing is successful, and we can hear that pump kicked on. It's gonna go to that preset 15 pounds. I'm actually gonna bump that up to 20, maybe even 25, that way we can go back underneath and test all of our lines. We're now gonna grab some soapy water, just spray down all of our fittings. We're gonna look for fast forming bubbles, slow forming bubbles are okay, but we're looking for those really fast growing ones. So, we're gonna move up and spray down the rest of our fittings. With there being no leaks in our system, we're good to go. And that's gonna do it for our look at, and our installation of, Air Lift's WirelessONE Onboard Air Compressor system for our 2021 Ford F-450..

Questions and Comments about this Video

Clayton, Well Done! Great precise video, thank you. I do have a couple of questions. I am also wanting to have a tank onboard in addition to my bags and Wireless 1 system. Do I need an additional compressor or will the wireless one compressor integrate with a small tank? Also, I noted you didn't use the upfitter switches, in my install, I would like to use those so does this installation support using the upfitter vs direct to the battery?
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Reply from Jon G.

According to Air Lift their Wireless Air systems are not compatible with an air tank. Are you talking about using an up fitter switch to add and remove air? I'm not sure how that would work with the Wireless system since there isn't a hardwired option for this compressor system. You're supposed to use either the wireless remote or your phone.

Reply from Andrew C.

@JonG, my question was really, can the Wireless one compressor work with a tank. I want to be able to lift the truck with the wireless one but also, have onboard air (in a tank) with a line out to the back bumper so I can hook up an air hose. IF I had a flat on the camper or needed air, I could easily plug in the hose and fill it up. I suspect I need a tank and a second compressor? Also, I hooked the wireless one direct and not through my upfitters.

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Reply from Jon G.

@AndrewC I reached out to Air Lift again and this is the reply that I received "Our wireless kits are not set up to function with a tank at this time. There have been examples of people modifying the system but the manifolds are designed for slow air and not filling a tank as they stand.". So it looks like you will need a whole different compressor system so have that line at the back of your pickup. For your application you might be interested in the Firestone Kit # F2239 .

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