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Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup

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How to Install the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on a 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup


All right today on this 2011 Dodge Ram pickup 2500 series crew cab. We're going to install part number F2299. This is a Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs. First thing to get started is we need to go ahead and remove the jounce bumper that are bolted to the bottom of the frame. There are two bolts we have to remove and these parts will not be reinstalled . Next we do some preassembly of the kit.

We'll take a bottom bracket and bolt it to our air spring. We'll use the 3/8 flange bolt for this. We'll go ahead and run it to the air spring and make it finger tight. We'll also take the U-bolt that goes over the lower bracket and put in place as well. Then we'll go ahead and install the air fitting into the air inlet on top of the spring. We'll go ahead and tight it down to make that the orange thread sealing is ran into the threads.

We'll take an upper bracket and the upper frame brace and put the two together. Now our truck is a two-wheel drive, so we'll go ahead and install it into the place where it's designed for two-wheel drive vehicles. And then we'll install our 3/8's by 1 inch long Hex Bolts and lock nuts. We'll go ahead and secure the two together. We'll go ahead and install it on the frame using a two 10 millimeter by 30 millimeter long flat head bolts. Okay, once we have it in place, well go ahead and take the air spring assembly and put it on the top of the axle, work around the wires and then put it into place.

And we could squeeze the spring for hands to give us some room to work with. Now it might be easier to take the U-bolt off to put into place. And once we find the right position you want to make sure that the tab fits into the hole is in the upper bracket. This will keep the air spring from spinning. Okay once we have the alignment we want, we'll go ahead and install the clamp on the bottom of the U-bolt and install the flange nuts. Then back to the top of the air spring we'll install a star washer and then a nut to hold the air spring to the top brace.

If all the hardware are loosen and installed we can go ahead and start tightening it down. First, we'll go ahead and work for clamp for the U-bolt. We'll tighten it down evenly on both sides. Next, we'll go ahead and tighten it down the flange bolt that runs a bottom bracket into the spring. Now you can do this with a regular wrench, but a ratchet wrench will work pretty good in this situation and it's a tight fit, so it's a good idea to use a screwdriver to help pull the wrench up against the bolt to give it some friction while you tighten it down. All right, and then we'll go ahead and tighten down our nut on top for the air spring. Now we can go ahead and install the air lines. We'll go ahead and take our air line and using a tuning cutter, we'll go ahead and make sure the cut is square. And then we'll push it into the air fitting on top of the spring, make sure it has a good grip, and then we'll route our air line along side of the frame and out to our bumper. In this case we're going to route it out beside the license plate on the passenger side. From there we'll go ahead and drill a 5/16 hole for a air line fitting. Then we'll go ahead and cut our tubing to length and then install air line fitting on the air line, just like we did with the other half. And then on the air line fitting, we'll go ahead and install flat washer, run to the hole we drilled and then another flat washer and a nut. For driver side installed, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process over in our passenger side for a couple of differences. First off on our passenger side, we'll go ahead and take the spare tire down and the heat shield to give us some more working room. Once we have our heat shield out of the way, we can go ahead and basically repeat the same process. The only difference is we need to put a heat shield, make it sandwich between the air spring and the upper bracket. We'll move it around and make sure that the air spring fits into the tab into the upper bracket and then we'll move our heat shield around towards closest to the exhaust. Once all our hardware is in place, we'll go ahead and tighten it down. And then we can go ahead and install our air line like we did once before. However, on this side there's some heat shielding that goes in the air line. We'll go ahead and put that on first and then into the top of the air spring. We'll go ahead and route out towards the back and then drill a second hole for our air line in our air fitting at the bumper and then we'll go ahead and install air line fitting and then we'll go ahead and zip tie over the lines to make sure we're secure and don't bounce around anymore that it have too. If all our hardware installed, we can go ahead and reinstall the heat shield for a spare tire and reinstall a spare tire. At this point, we'll go ahead and put some air into the air springs see how they work and then take it for a test drive, and with that, that will finish it for our install part number F2299 from Firestone on our 2011 Dodge Ram pickup. .


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