Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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How to Install the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500


Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, we're going to be taking a look at, I'm going to show you how to install the Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs, part number F2596. This is what our firestone air helper springs look like when they're installed. These are going to add support to your existing suspension when carrying a heavy load. Now you're going to have a 5,000 pound max load limit, and that's for the pair of bags. These air helper springs are going to be in double convoluted. They're going to have a steel band that runs right along the center for added support.They're going to have a top cap, and a lower cap.

Rubber's going to roll up inside of that cap to give it a much better seal. Each bag's going to be able to hold five psi up to 100 psi. We have about 50 psi in each bag, and we're back to our normal ride height. Our suspension's not being overloaded, and our axle is not having to make up for what our suspension can't handle. Another great thing about these bags is they can be inflated, or deflated independently to help level out an offset load.These bags are also going to help with sway and body roll when the vehicle's under load given you a much more comfortable ride.

Now let's take our vehicle out on our test course, and see how it handles with our new air bags installed.Now before we get started, it's a good idea to go ahead and take down your spare tire to give you a little extra room to work. Now what we need to do, we didn't take out our existing jounce stop. We're going to take a pry bar, we're going to stick it right up inside the cup here, in between them. Then we're just going to pry out like this. Just work your way around it, until you get it to come loose.

Just like that. And you're going to do the same thing on the passenger side.The next thing we need to do is we're going to install this. What I want to do is, you're going to have U-bolt like this. Take it and see, to make sure that it's going to fit through there. You can see I can't get it to push through, so what happened is when they've bent this part of this bracket, you can see how the inside kind of pinches closed.

It's not letting this U-bolt go through. We're going to need this to go through there. So what am I have to do is you can take a small file, something like that, and just kind of flatten that out enough so that both sides of this will go through there.So it really didn't take much, just a little bit with a file. And you can see now we sit through pretty easily. So what I want to do is take some black paint, clear coat, anything, and just cover up that bare metal. That'll kind of help keep any corroding or anything like that, or resist any corrosion and rust from later on. Here on the driver side, you'll see our cable runs right through this bracket. We're going to go ahead and pull that out, or off to the side like that.Next you're going to need your bracket, your large U-bolt, your little plate, looks like this, and then two flange nuts. What we're going to do is we're going to take this bracket, we're going to go right up over our cup, like this. And you may have to take that out. Right up over our existing cup, like that. This is going to go through and it's going to sit on top of our cup and you can see the lip there. When I go through the other side of our bracket that we just seeing it down or cleaned out. You're going to repeat that on the other side.Next I'm going to take a 14 millimeter socket, I'm going to tighten my two flange nuts, and then I'm going to torque them to the specifications in the instructions. Next we're going to take one of our bags. We're going to take our plate in our kit, looks like this. It doesn't matter, they're not side specific, so either one. We're going to set it on the hole on the bottom side. This oblong hole here, we're going to line it up. Want to make sure that the plates, or the flanges here are facing down away from the bag. You're going to have a flathead bolt in your kit like this. We're just going to hand thread that in for now, into that hole.Then we're going to take this side of our plate and it's going to sit right on top of this cup, and then our factory U-bolts that are going over our leaf springs are going to fit right in the slot. So right now we're just going to test fit. So we're going to take it like this, make sure you don't have any wires or anything like that pinched in there. You'll see there's two holes in this bracket, there's actually a tab on top of our bag, so we have an option to put it in either one of those holes to adjust our bag to be straight up and down with our axle.So this is in the front hole, which you can see the bags looks kind of odd in this bracket down here on the bottom, it's kind of pulling to the front. We'll put it in the back one, it looks like it's pretty lined up. Our brackets are in line with each other, so now we want to do take a paint marker. Want to make a mark between the bottom bracket and the bottom of your bag, so that when we take it off, we can line those two marks back up again. I'll pull it back off and we'll tighten and torque the flathead, or they flat hex bolt we have on the bottom, our Allen Bolt.Now we'll align our two marks. Take a 7/32 hex bit, and we'll tighten our flat screw going into the bottom. Once you get it tight, go ahead and torque it to the specifications in the instructions. We'll go ahead and get our bag back in place. Want to make sure that the pin goes up inside, like that, because we want this to sit flat against this, this top plate on our bags sit flat against our bracket. Next we'll take the star washer, it's going to go on top of the stud that's coming off the top of your bag, and the large nut.We're going to take an inch and an eighth socket. We'll tighten that into place and then torque it to the specifications in the instructions. Put that into place, and then we're going to tighten and torque it with an in and an eight socket. On our passenger side, this is where you're going to want to install your heat shield. And the heat shield is just going to sit right on top. All you want to do is slide it in. You just want to make sure you don't cover up that alignment pin, and you're just going to turn it so that your exhaust, or this, is covering the bag, protecting it from the exhaust.Next we're going to take our large U-bolts that looks like this, and I have one for each side, we're going to go like this on the outside of our springs in, and it's going to go right through the holes in our bracket, our lower bracket on our bag. We're going to take a flange nut, we'll install a flange nut on each side. Then we'll take a 14 millimeter wrench, we're going to tighten them down. You want to make sure that you tighten these evenly, so we'll do a couple of turns on this side. Once you have your U-bolt tightened and torqued, you're going to take your long carriage bolt like this, you're going to have one that's going to drop down through this hole in the lower plate, and you're going to have one that's going to drop down on the other side.So we'll go down through here, like this. Same thing on the other side of our plate here, the other side of our bag. We're going to have a bracket like this, you're going to make sure that this rounded edge is going to the bottom of our axle. Put it on like this. And you're going to take each one of those bolts, bring them through the holes. Then again, flange nut, each of them here. Then we'll take our 14 millimeter wrench or socket, get these tighten up.Again, we want to do same, similar thing here, tighten up both sides, because we want this bracket here to stay as level as these two as we can get. SO we'll tighten these down evenly. We'll go ahead and torque them to the specifications on the instructions. Then you're going to repeat this same process on the other side. We're going to have an air fitting like this. This is going to be installed right up in the very center of the large bolt, it's coming out on top of our bag.What we want is that red thread lock, we want it to go, we want the thread down to where that is seated, as far in there as possible. But you want to be careful because you don't want to bend or break that fitting. We'll take a 9/16 socket or wrench, go ahead and tighten our fitting in place. And repeat that same thing on the other side. You're going to get a role of air line tube like this. What you want to do, is we want to unroll it. Put them together like this. Find the center, and then cut it in half. This is going to give you a line for each side of the vehicle.Now if you don't have an air line tube cutter, you can find one on our website. I suggest getting one. Don't cut the line with pliers or anything like that because what it does, is it will pinch the end. Then it won't seal very well. You can find the air line tube cutter on our website using part number F9009. So next I'm going to go ahead and hook my air line up to my fitting. Again, make sure it's flat, not pinched. Going to push it in until it stops, and then pull on it. Make sure it's in there good.We're just going to route our other end to the back. We're going to have to put our spare tire back up so we want to make sure we go over the top or that support branch there. Just like that. We'll come back through and just zip tie my line to this existing line on the vehicle. Then on her passenger side, the line's going to go in the same way, but we have the issue of the exhaust. So our kit comes with two little slip on shields that we can put on there. But if you look at this frame, it has a bunch of holes in it. There's a hole right up here that I think I can get my line inside the frame and come back this way to this large hole.Next you're going to get a little bracket like this. This is going to hold your two valves. What we're going to do is this is made to mount to existing hitch. It's going to come with two large zip ties. So all's we're going to do, we're going to go over top our hitch and then just tighten it in place. Then what I'll do, these are pretty big zip ties, I'll take a pair of channel locks or vice grips, pair of pliers, and I'll grab each one of these, try and get them as tight as I can. Next we're going to add the valves for the back. We're going to remove the white cap. Make sure you hold onto this white cap and remove this nut.You're going to have a couple of washers. We're going to put one washer on. Then from the back, put another washer on, then going to replace the nut. Then you can go ahead and tighten it into place. Make sure that you don't tighten this real tight because this is plastic. You just want it to be held on there. Then you do the same thing with the other valve. So you can see what I do with my tubing coming from my driver side, I just looped it up. Instead of cutting it short, looped it up, zip tied here to this existing wiring in case I have an issue.I always had plenty of extra that I can fix my line. Same thing here on the passenger side. Instead of cutting it off, I just looped it. Zip tied right to my existing factory wiring on the vehicle. Next, we're going to add 70 psi to each bag. Once we've added the proper amount of air, we're going to take some soapy water and you want to spray anywhere that your hose is going in, any of the fittings, make sure we don't have any leaks. Looking for a lot of bubbles.We don't see any bubbles coming out where our air lines going in, so we're good there. And that'll do it for our look at and installation on the Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs, part number F2596 on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500.


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