Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2011 Ford F-450

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How to Install the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on a 2011 Ford F-450

Today in our 2011 Ford F450 Super Duty we'll be installing the Firestone Ride Right Air Helper Springs. Part number F2535. Here's what our vehicle will look like in a manufacturers or stock set up. Next we'll go ahead and add approximately 2,300 pounds to the bed of the pick-up and watch how the extra weight will squat the bed of the pick-up forcing the front end of the truck up. At this angle this can cause excessive wear to your front tires. To compensate for the extra payload I'm going to go ahead and install the Firestone Ride Right Air Helper Springs. Now let's go ahead and check the truck after the Firestone Ride Right Air Helper Springs have been installed and inflated.As you can see, there's minimal movement once we add the extra weight with our Firestone Ride Right Air Helper Springs in place.

To begin our install we'll first need to remove the manufacturer's jounce bumper, they'll be one jounce bumper on each side. To remove them, we'll remove the nut that secures the stud that goes up through the jounce bumper. Once we remove the nut we can go ahead and remove the jounce bumper and set them aside as they will not be reinstalled. Next, here on the driver's side we'll need to remove the bolt and nut clip that secures the gas tank bracket to the frame. Now with the nut clip out of the way we'll go ahead and start installing driver's side upper mounting bracket. The upper mounting bracket will get secure with the three eighths by one and a half inch bolt that will go through the upper mounting bracket through the gas tank bracket then through the frame and get secured with a washer and nut.

We'll go ahead and install thehardware finger tight at this time. Next, we'll install the half inch spacer block that will get sandwiched between the upper mounting bracket and the lower portion of the frame. Securing it in place, our flat-headed bolt will go through the upper mounting bracket, through the half inch spacer then through the frame which is the same hole that we removed the jounce bumper from and get secure with a large three eighth's flat washer and three eighths flange nut. Now we can go ahead and run it down to secure the bracket in place starting with the flat-headed bolt and then the three eighths bolt going through the upper portion of the mounting bracket. Now with the driver's side mounting bracket secured we'll move over to the passenger's side. Here we'll need to install the three quarter inch bolt that will go through a lock washer, flat washer then through the upper mounting bracket through the oval hole in the frame and get secured with a frame nut. We'll install this finger tight this time. Next, we'll repeat the same process as on the driver's side inserting the half inch spacer and securing with the flat-headed bolt flat washer and flange nut.

Now we'll go ahead and tighten down the flat-head bolt, then our three quarter inch bolt. Now with both upper mounting brackets in place we'll start assembling the airbag; note the installed airbag and lower mounting bracket will be the same on both sides with the exception of the heat shield on the passenger side. As we put the airbag in place in the passenger side we'll sandwich the heat shield betweenthe airbag and the upper mounting bracket, securing it with the cerated washer and three quarter inch nut. Then we'll go ahead and install the airbag air line fitting. You'll notice that the sealer is already been placed in the threads of the fitting so we can thread it directly into the nipple of the airbag. Once we have it installed we'llgo ahead and tighten it down. Next, we'll start installing the lower mounting bracket.

The lower mounting bracket is a two piece bracket, we'll start installing the hardware to secure the two lower bracket pieces together noting that we want to take up as much space between the upper half of the lower bracket and the manufacturer's jounce stop without making contact with the lower mounting bolt for the airbag. As you can see for this application, the middle mounting point on the adjustable bracket is close to the jounce stop but doesn't make contact with the lower fastener for the airbag. We'll go ahead and install the four fasteners, two on each side to secure the two piece lower mounting plate together. We'll use the three ace bolt and three ace flange nut. We'll put the bolts in place and then we'll install the flange nuts finger tight. Note, it may make it easier to use a boxed in wrench with your three ace flange nut for the two fasteners closest to the wheel. Now with all the nuts in place we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Next, we'll secure the lower bracket to the leaf spring pack using the U bolt provided. We'll take the U bolt, surround the leaf pack and go into the lower bracket. We'll secure the U bolt with the three ace nuts. As we tighten them down we'll tighten down both sides equally. Next we'll install the lower axle strap. The lower axle strap will go around the bottom of the axle and get secured with the two three ace carriage bolts that will come down through the lower bracket. Once in place we'llinstall the three ace flange nuts and again tighten these down evenly. Now, with all the fasteners tightened down our airbag is secured into place. Next we'll go and repeat the same process with the exception of the heat shield on the opposite side. Now with both airbag assemblies installed and secured we're ready to start running our airline. Starting at the rear of the vehicle take the airline and feed it inside the frame channel up to the airbag. Once we get to the airbag we'll then install a protective cover that goes over the outside of theline. Next, we'll take our line and feed it into the air fitting mount at the top of the airbag. As we feed in firmly it will bottom out and then we'll pull back to seat it in position. Now with our airline in the airbag we'llgo back and repeat the same process for the other side. Note, this kit provides dual inlets which will supply one inlet per side so that they can be aired up independently. However, for this application we'llbe using a T and installing only one air fitting. The dual fittings would install the same way as a one fitting only with two holes; you can find this T in theFirestone airline service kit part number F2012. Now to install our inflation valve we'll go ahead and drill a hole here in the center of the bumper. Following instructions we'll drill out a hole large enough to fit the inflation valve into place. Oncewe've drilled out the hole we'll go ahead and install the inflation valve from inside out by first putting on a flat washer, putting it through the pre-drilled hole then a second flat washer and the hex nut to secure it. Once we have it tightened down we'llgo ahead and complete running our lines. Next, we'll take the T and put it in its approximatelocation, then we'll cut the airlines to fit and install them into the T just as we did into the fitting at the airbag. Pushing in firmly and then locking into place. Now the two airlines run into the T will come out of the third port of the T and go into the inflation valve. We'll go ahead and cut a piece of airline to fit the length from the T to the inflation valve. We'll install it in a T and in theback of the inflation valve. Now to secure our airline we'll use a zip tie provided with our install kit as needed. Now with our airline secured we'll go ahead and cut off the excess from the zip ties to clean up our install look and we're ready to test our new airbags. We'll go ahead and supply some air to the airbags, this will inflate the airbags and create pressure inside the system. Next, to check for leaks we'll use some soapy spray water and spray each one of the airline fittings, once we've checked our fittings and we don't have any leaks we're ready to hit the road. That does it for the install of the Firestone Ride Right Air Helper Springs part number F2535 for our 2011 Ford F450 Super Duty. .

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