Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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How to Install the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Today on this 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Crew Cab, we're going to install part number F2528. This is a Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs. We're going to begin by showing you how the air springs perform on our truck. We'll get a measurement from the ground to the top of the fender well. The ride height is going to be stock at 42 3/4 inches. Now we'll put our test weight into the truck of about 1500 pounds.

With our load in place, we're about 40 1/2 inches. To demonstrate how the truck handles on our bump and slalom course, notice how the factory suspension of the truck handles the weight riding over the alternating and straight bumps. With just ten pounds of pressure in our air springs, we'll measure it out. With our same load as before, we're about 41 3/4 inches. Now we're going to add pressure to the air springs to match original truck height of 42 3/4 inches. We'll take an air pressure reading, looks like about at 50 pounds.

That's what brought our truck up to original height. Let's take it for another test ride and see how it handles. With the air springs installed, notice how much better our truck handles the turns and bumps of our course. The first step in our install is to get the truck ready. To do that, we're going to get the spare tire out of our way, as well as this cable. Then we're going to remove the heat shield for the tire as well.

This will go back up when we're done, and so will the spare tire. To take off the spare tire shield, we'll use a 13 mm socket and extension. Our next step is to remove the stops here. We'll take a screw driver and just kind of run it up along the edge and help pry it out. Using the same tools, we'll remove our hanger for our parking brake cable.

We'll remove the hanger for good, and we'll use zip ties after we're done to support our cable after our air bags are installed. The next thing we'll do is do a test fit of our rubber bracket. The reason why is that our vehicle has a goose-neck hitch already installed and sometimes the side plates can interfere with this. We need to check that first. We want to take a look and make sure you have the right bracket, there's an L for left side and R for right side. Go ahead and put it into place and try to hug the side of the frame. In this case, our bracket will fit up right behind the hitch, so we're good to go. Let's take this bracket back down and out of our way. One last thing to get started is to take the parking brake cable and zip tie it to the wire harness. Now we can install our first piece, which will be this insert right here. This will fit inside of here and then we'll take this whole insert and rotate it, so that these parts will fit inside these detents. We can get it started first with our fingers, then we'll use a screwdriver to pry it around. Had to persuade it a little to get inside there, but once you have it in the right spot, it will actually move around just a little bit. Let's do some pre-assembly on our air springs now. We'll take two long carriage bolts and we'll put them into our lower bracket and drop them into place. We'll leave that alone for now. Now we'll take this small bolt here and we'll run it through this oval slot and we'll loosely thread it onto the bottom of our air spring. When we tighten down the screw, we want to take out the slack, but just enough where we can still move it around as needed. Let's put our air fitting inside the tube right here. This is where eventually our air line will go in to. We'll use 9/16th wrench to tighten it down. Basically, you want to meet the sealant on the threads, see the threads on the spring our air bag and maybe give that another turn or so. You don't have to crush these, but get them good and snug. Let's leave this alone for now and we'll install our upper bracket. To install this bracket, we'll use this bolt, we'll run it through that slot, add it into the insert that we installed earlier. At this point, we can start to install our air spring. We'll work it into place and make sure we've got the bolt fit to the inside of the brake line. We'll rotate the spring if necessary to get the air fitting through the upper bracket. Now our bracket will sit up against the spring pack and around the U bolts as well. You can see how it fits right here against the spring and around our U bolt. Next we'll line our air spring to where we want it. One thing to note is that there's a little tab on top of the air spring. This will fit in one of two holes in the upper bracket. Let's rotate it into place, which ever one works best, we'll use. Basically we want to look for a straight line. We'll use a paint marker to line up our upper bracket with our air spring, top and bottom. We'll take the air spring back out and tighten up our bolt on the bottom. Then we'll re-install into place. Now we can permanently attach our air spring to our upper bracket. We'll put a star washer and then the nut. Let's install our bail clamp, this will go on the outside U bolt on the springs of our truck and go back through the bracket. Then we'll install the locking flange nut. Now we'll install our clamp for our two carriage bolts. This will fit underneath the axle, we'll just thread it through,install two more flange nuts. With the hardware installed for these bolts, we'll tighten them down. We'll do the bail clamp first, and then the bottom one. A 9/16ths ratchet wrench works really good in this application. You want to try to tighten down these clamps as even as possible on both sides. I'm going to use a 9/16th steep well socket on these guys here. We're done with our air spring for now, let's work with our air line fitting that will inflate it. This is our fitting right here. We're going to install it through the plastic in this location right here through the bumper. To do that, we need to drill out a 5/16th hole. Do a little dis-assembly, get the cap off, then we'll add a stainless steel washer that comes with the kit, and install the assembly from the back side. Get another stainless washer and the original nut, and then a half inch socket to tighten it down. Let's put our cap on for now, and let's connect up some air lines. Now we'll take a length of air line. We always want to start off with a fresh end. We'll use a chipping cutter to make a fresh cut. We'll be using part number F9009. We'll start off by taking our air line tubing and pushing it into our air fitting. We'll push in a little bit and it will stop, I'll get some resistance, then we'll push it in further until it bottoms out. We'll run it out out to our air line fitting right here. It's always a good idea to leave an extra loop of air line fitting there in case you have to cut and start over and redo it, so you have a little bit extra. Now we'll route our air line tubing where we want to. In this case, I think we'll run through an existing hole in the frame and we'll run it out through the frame as far as we can. We'll going to take our air line and push it into the other air line fitting. We'll use a zip tie to secure our air line to our wiring about right here, everything else is pretty much okay. Then we'll do one behind the bumper as well. We're pretty much finished with our driver's side. Basically, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on our passenger side, however there'll be an additional component installed. This is our heat shield component right here and it simply just sits on top of the air spring and our upper bracket sits on top, just like so. Also while we're at it, you can see how this tab that's built into the air spring lines up with one of these two holes. Use whatever hole that makes the air spring go in as straight a line as possible. Okay, with our passenger side loosely installed, we'll take our heat shield, and you can see how we can move it around, put it between the exhaust and the air spring. Make sure the air spring is still engaged into the tab up on top, then we can tighten it down. Working with our air line on the passenger side, it will also get some heat shielding as well, these little black tubes to protect our air line tubing. This then just like before will go into our air line fitting. We'll run it back to our bumper, just like we did before. We've got both sides completely installed, let's go apply air and see how we work. We'll spray some soapy water on our air line fittings to check for leaks. At this point, we can re-install our heat shield and our spare tire. That will finish it for part number F2528, the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs on our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Crew Cab. .

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