Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2013 Ford F-250

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How to Install Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on a 2013 Ford F-250


Today, on our 2013 Ford Super Duty, we'll be installing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part number F2535. Here's our truck with no weight in the bed. With our manufacture suspension, our ride height is 41-3/4 inches. We're going to add approximately 2,000 pounds of weight to the pickup bed of our vehicle. You can see, it lowers the ride height to 39 inches. Now once we have our new airbags installed and aired up, we're going to add approximately 2,000 pounds of weight to the pickup bed of our vehicle.

It will bring our ride height back up to 41-3/4 inches to better assist in carrying the weight in the pickup bed. Now, let's go ahead and show you how to install the new Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring System. Now, to begin our install, we've already gone ahead and inaudible 0:00:56 remove the spare tire just to make some more work room underneath and easier to install. Starting on the driver's side, we're removing the older manufacturer's jounce bumper. To remove them, we'll take the nut off the top of the jounce bumper and then completely remove it. Our next step will be removing the urea tank bracket, bolt, and clip that bolts to the side of the frame.

First, we'll remove the bolt which is on the outside of the frame. Now, we'll go inside and remove the clip. Once we had the clip out of the way and completely removed. We're now ready to install the upper bracket. The upper bracket will secure in two places.

One at the bottom of the frame at the old jounce bumper attachment point. Put the back up into position, install the spacer block and then push the bolt through the bracket through the spacer block through the frame where we can secure it with the large washer and 3/8 flange nut. Now with our fastener installed finger tight, the upper 3/8 by 1/2-inch bolt going through the urea tank bracket then to the frame where we'll secure it with a flat washer and flange nut. Now with both fasteners installed, we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Next, we'll install the air spring. The air spring will line up with the upper bracket and the pre-drilled holes.

You also need to make sure you line up the dimple in the top of the air spring with the pre-drilled holes near the frame. Once we have it lined up, we'll go ahead and put the threaded stud up through the upper bracket and secure it with a star washer nut. Once we have the air spring secured, we can install the air fitting into the top of the air bag. We'll make sure we tighten it down enough that the thread sealer gets into the threads to seal up and prevent any air leaks. Next, we'll need to install the lower bracket. Our lower bracket is a two-piece bracket that will go around the leaf spring pack saddle. First, we'll go ahead and set the lower underneath the saddle and then work the upper bracket into place. Once in position, we can then go ahead and install the bolt 0:04:05 secures the lower portion of the air bag to the lower bracket. Next, we'll need to set the height of our lower bracket. We'll adjust the lower bracket as necessary and install the 3/8 bolts to hold it in place. Once we have it held in place, we can install the flange nuts and tighten it down. Then we can go ahead and secure the lower bracket to the vehicle. We'll use the U bolt to go around the spring pack and secure it with a flange nuts. We'll take the carriage bolt, go down to the lower bracket, use the lower axle bracket. They'll secure to the carriage bolts with the flange nuts. Once we have our hardware in place, we can go ahead and tighten it down. Now, we'll repeat the same process of installing the air bag near the passenger side. We'll go ahead and remove the jounce bumper. Then we can remove it completely. Now we're ready to start installing the new air bag hardware. Starting with the upper bracket, we'll go ahead and take it, put it up towards the frame, then install the spacer block and use the flat-headed bolt that will go up through the bracket through the spacer block into the frame to the jounce bumper attachment hole. Large 3/8 flat washer and 3/8 flange nut. We'll install our fasteners finger tight until we have them all in place for the upper bracket. The top attachment point, we'll get a 3/4 inch bolt. It will be a bolt split lock washer then a large thick flat washer. Go through the upper bracket then to the manufacturer's cutout 0:06:11 hole in the frame, we'll install the flat nut on the outside of the frame. You notice there's a nipple on the flat nut that will lock in to the oval hole of the frame. We'll go ahead and tighten them down. With our upper bracket secured, we're now ready to install the air bag. On the passenger side, we'll also be installing the heat shield. The heat shield will be sandwiched between the air bag and the upper bracket. To secure the air bag to the upper bracket, we'll use a serrated washer and 3/4 inch nut. We'll go ahead and tighten it down. Next, we'll need to install the lower bracket. Then, we'll go ahead and take the bolt that will thread through the lower bracket into the air bag. We'll go ahead and install it finger tight this time. Now we can set the height of our bracket. You'll need to install the 3/8 bolts in the bottom set of holes because the top set will run into the saddle. Once we have the bolts in place, we can install the flange nuts to secure them. We'll go ahead and run them down. Now, with the lower bracket set and secured, we'll need to install the lower bracket fasteners to secure it to the axle. Then we'll install two carriage bolts through the lower bracket and use the axle strap to go underneath the axle and into the carriage bolts and again, install the flange nut. Now, our hardware in place, we'll go ahead and tighten it down. As you tighten down each set of fasteners, we'll do it evenly from side to side, front to back. Once we had the air spring secured, we can install the air fitting into the top of the airbag. Now, with both airbags installed and secured, we're ready to start running our air lines. For this application, we're going to use the TrailerMate Bracket, part number TM75475. This bracket comes with a inaudible 0:08:45 clamp so we can secure it directly to the hitch. Now with our bracket secured to the hitch, we're going to go ahead and pre-drill two holes for our air valve. Then open it up with 5/16. Now with the holes drilled out, we'll then go ahead and put our air valves in place. We'll take the air valve and install a washer, put it through the bracket. Install a second washer and then secure it with a nut. We'll go ahead and tighten it down and then repeat the same process for the second air valve. Now, we're ready to start running the air line. We'll take the air line, feed it over the hitch and follow the manufacturer's wiring down the frame rail on the driver's side. Then once we get to the airbag, we can go ahead and install the line protector supplied with our install kit and then, feed the line into the top of the airbag. We'll take the air line, firmly pressing it at the top of the air fitting and then pulling back to lock it in place. We'll adjust our line protector as necessary, then we'll go back to the hitch. For this application, we're going to put a small loop in the line for extra line in case you we're ever to add an air command system and need the extra line. We'll go ahead and mark the line for cutting. We can use our Firestone Tubing Cutter, part number F9009 to make a clean, square cut on the line being careful not to crimp the line. Then we'll go ahead and take the line, firmly press it into the air valve and then pull it back to lock it in place. Now with the driver's side done, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process in the passenger side or routing our air hose to the air bag. Installing the line protector and then installing the line into the air bag valve. We'll secure the line as necessary with zip ties. Now, our air line is installed and secured, we'll cut up the excess in the zip ties to clean up our install look. Now with the air line installed, we're ready to go ahead and supply air to the air valve and check for leaks. We're going to air up our system . Then use a spray bottle with a 50/50 water-soap mixture and spray each one of the connection points to check for leaks. Now we've checked everything for leaks, we're ready to hit the road. That is for the install of the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part number F2535 for our 2013 Ford Super Duty. .


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Eddie K. 09/01/2014

Hi, when I tried to install the bottom half of the bracket on the saddle I had a very hard time getting the two pieces between the air bag and the existing block and when I did get them in the bolts wouldnt line up. The space was to tight. The video looked like it was no problem. The only thing I can come up with is to jack up the truck a little by the frame to unload the suspension and create a wider working space. I would appreciate any help. Thanks in advance for your time! 6611

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Rachael H 09/03/2014

Yes, it is perfectly appropriate to use a secondary jack to lift by either the frame or a rear mounted hitch to help unload some of the compression on the suspension. That is exactly what our installers do, we just do not show this part of the process. 5486