Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2011 Toyota Tacoma

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How to Install Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on a 2011 Toyota Tacoma

Today on this 2011 Toyota Tacoma we're going to install part number F2407 from Firestone. This is our Ride Rite Air helper spring. To start off our install we're going to go ahead and lower our spare tire to get that out of our way. We're also going to raise the truck up by the axle and remove the two rear wheels. Now our next step is to go ahead and remove the joust that's above the spring. Now it doesn't pop up so we have to cut it.

You can use a hacksaw or we're going to use a saw saw in this case. Basically you would cut them the same height as the U bolts are for the spring. Then we can go ahead and start the assembly of the kit on the bench. First off we'll go ahead and take the bottom plate and with a 3/8 by 3/4 inch long hex bolt we'll go ahead and attach it to the bottom of this spring. On top of the spring we'll go ahead and lay our heat shield in place and then we'll install our top bracket.

Now the top bracket has a pin that fits around and also the threaded stop as well. Then we'll go ahead and loosely install the lock nut. Now we'll do a quick test fit we'll put it into place between the axle and the frame. Then we'll position our heat shield and make a mark on it. We'll also do the same thing for our bracket at the bottom.

We'll go ahead and remove it and then we'll go ahead and take it back to the bench and tighten down the hardware. Next we'll go ahead and install the right angle fitting into the air spring. At this point we can go ahead and start installing the air spring for good. We'll sit it into place and then we'll install one of two clamps. Next we'll install the clamp that goes onto the joust bumper bracket,.

We'll use two 5/16ths bolts and flange nuts. Next we'll go ahead and move on to the upper bracket that will fit on the inside of the frame. It has a square hole and it'll meet with the hole in the frame. Then we'll install the 3/4 inch bolt, the flat washer. We'll run it through and on the inside we'll install another flat washer, a lock washer, and then the nut. At the bottom we'll install four 3/8ths nuts and bolts. Next we'll go ahead and install the hardware that'll attach the bottom bracket to the springs. It'll be longer carriage bolts with the braces that go underneath and block and flange nuts. Now with all our hardware loosely installed we'll go ahead and tighten down all the hardware. We'll start with the outside bracket first. We'll tighten down a clamp and then we'll do the upper clamp and 3/4 inch bolt and it's hardware. Then we'll go ahead and tighten down the bolt at the bottom. With all our hardware tightened down we can go ahead and start running our air line. Before we install our air line we're going to also install a couple of black sleeves to help protect the air line from the exhaust. We'll make sure that the air line is cut square using a tubing cutter. Then we simply just push the air lines into the fitting. Give it a tug back to make sure it's secure. Then we'll go ahead and run our air line towards the back of the vehicle. We'll go ahead and use some zip ties to help secure to help secure the line out of the way to make sure it stays away from the exhaust. Then we find the location to install our air valves. This vehicle has a hitch with an electrical bracket built in. we're actually going to drill into the bracket and install our air valves. Now when we drill our hole on the bracket we'll need the 5/16ths drill bit. Do one on each side of the bracket and then we'll go ahead and install our air valve. Add one flat washer, out it through on the threads and then install it. For the other side we'll get another flat washer and then the nut. We'll go ahead and tighten it down then install our air line into the back of the fitting. Just like the first one we've just got to push it into place. We're done with our passenger side now we'll go ahead and do the same process over on the drivers side. We'll go ahead and add air to pour springs and see how ti works. Now a couple of things to know about these springs is that you only have a minimum of five pounds of air pressure inside your springs at all times and with a limit of 100 pounds. That'll finish it for our install of part number F2407, from Firestone, on our 2011 Toyota Tacoma.

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