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We offer a complete selection of both rubber spring and air ride suspension enhancement systems from Firestone, Air Lift, Super Springs, and Timbren. These kits are custom fit to your vehicle for an easy installation. They can offer either a progressive suspension enhancement or an adjustable level of suspension depending on your system and the types of loads you carry.

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Timbren Vehicle Suspension TFRMT45 Review

Speaker 1: Today, we're taking a look at the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System. Now, this product fits the 2012 to 2015 Freightliner MT series. So, it'll fit the MT 45 and 55 models. It is designed to improve suspension, handling and safety and it'll provide additional support as needed. So, that way you have a smooth comfortable ride. When these are installed they still allow the leaf springs plenty of movement, while cushioning light loads so it won't affect the empty ride of the vehicle and these springs are designed to become more rigid as more weight is added.


Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to be taking a look at and also showing you how to install the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 for the rear axle. Part number is AL57204. Now here you can get a good look at what the airbag looks like installed. You can see we've got our frame connection point here and our axle connection point here. That's what gives us that buffer, it's what's going to smooth everything out, help prevent the body roll and also allow us to level our suspension once we get a load on it.Now it's a double convoluted style airbag. So it doesn't take up a lot of space.


Air Lift AirLift 1000 Air Helper Springs Installation - 2010 Honda Odyssey

Speaker 1: Today on our 2010 Honda Odyssey, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Air Lift 1000 air helper springs, part number AL60815. Here's what our air bags look like installed. Now, what's great about these air bags compared to other solutions on the market is these will give us a load leveling capacity of up to 1,000 pounds and they have the adjustability that we're looking for. So, if we only have a little bit of weight, we can add just a little bit of air to maintain our factory ride height, or if we have a lot of weight, we can jack up the air pressure a little bit to also maintain the factory ride height.These bags support air pressure between five and 35 PSI giving us the adjustment range that we're looking for to maintain the ride height, give us the comfort and the stability that we're looking for. Now, these air bags aren't going to give us an additional 1,000 pounds of load capacity. They are going to work in conjunction with our vehicle's factory suspension where we have up to 1,000 pounds of weight in the vehicle or a heavy trailer with a high tongue weight.Now, we can easily adjust the air pressure just by opening up our gas door here, removing the cap over our shrader valve and we can adjust it just like we can our tire air pressure, uses the same style fitting.


SumoSprings Maxim Rear Axle Helper Springs Installation - 2016 Ford F-53

Speaker 1: Today on our 2016 Ford F53 Chassis motor home, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the SumoSprings Maxim custom helper springs, part number SSR-187-54-1. So here's what our SumoSprings look like when they're fully installed. Now, these are going to upgrade our vehicle's factory suspension to level the vehicle, improve driving performance, and keep the ride comfortable. It's going to even out the weight, which levels the vehicle and ensures that the front tires are making better contact with the road. And a level ride means that you have improved driving control, ensures safe headlight aim, and helps minimize sway.The springs also support the factory suspension, which is going to help with any sagging and reduce bottoming out. Now, each one of these is going to work independently from each other.


Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, we're going to be taking a look at and also showing you how to install the Firestone Ride Right Double Convoluted Air Helper Springs for the rear axle, part number is F2596.Now if you're in the market for a set of airbags for your truck, it's probably because you've got a situation and something like this. Either you're carrying a utility trailer that's often loaded and it's causing vehicle sag, maybe you've got a gooseneck, a fifth wheel, in bed camper, any number of things. Just anytime we're loading down our truck, essentially what you're going to have is vehicle sag.The more of a load that we put on our truck, the more the rear ends sag. And when that happens we're taking the truck out of its normal operating range, we're putting excess weight on the back, that's going to make this rear suspension work a lot harder. When your lead springs have extra work to do, they're going to build up heat, friction, and eventually it's just going to fatigue quicker than what it normally would.Now we know the rear end sags, but we really don't tend to think about the front end very much. And there's a lot of things that happen that can be very detrimental to the ride quality of your truck when that rear end sags.


Air Lift Vehicle Suspension AL88255 Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs for the rear axle. Now, this product fits certain years of the Dodge Ram and Ram 4500. To ensure that it is a fit for your vehicle, you can always use the vehicle fit guide located at etrailer.com. Now, this is a hybrid springs system that combines the adjustability of air springs with the reliability of jounce style springs. So, the air bags are designed to reduce the amount of strain on your rear suspension. And what that does is it really helps increase overall safety and it compensates for uneven loads.


Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs Installation - 2002 Ford Excursion

Speaker 1: Today on our 2002 Ford Excursion, we're gonna be taking a look at and installing the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part number: F2255. As we take our vehicle on our test course, you can see that it's going over our speed bumps here; it's a much rougher ride. Now, if we go down farther we get to our slalom course. As I'm making the turns it really doesn't feel as stable as I would like it to, and it just generally feels like I am hauling something extremely heavy in the back.We're gonna take our vehicle back through our test course over the bumps, and I can immediately tell you it's a much softer ride, and it just feels like I have a lot more control. Now, if I go down to the slalom part of the course, I can tell you immediately, the truck just feels like it wants to go faster and I have much more control, and I feel the steering much more responsive. As you can see here if look at both of them, the factory settings, you can see much more travel on the axle, whereas one with the air bags, it's gonna cushion that a little bit and give us a little bit more of a smoother ride.


SuperSprings Vehicle Suspension SSR-129-47-2 Review

Speaker 1: Today I'm going to take a look at the Sumo Springs Rubble Custom Helper Springs for the rear axle. Now, this is a custom fit part, it is designed to fit the 2017 and newer Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks and on a custom fit part I always like to recommend for you to go to our website, use our fit guide, put in your year and model vehicle and it'll show you if this'll work for your application.Now, these are helper springs that'll upgrade your vehicle's rear suspension for improved driver control and comfort. It helps keep your vehicle level when you're towing or hauling a heavy load, and they help to absorb any bumps and shocks and helps minimize sway. If you notice, they are a two piece design here, so they provide unlimited suspension travel and movement for a nice smoother ride when unloaded or on a rough terrain.It does give you progressive load control, meaning the springs will compress according to the weight of your cargo, so lighter loads with springs can press easily at first for a nice soft engagement and a less bumpy ride. Then the heavier loads the springs will compress by as much as 80% for support. It will work independently from each other, to compensate for any off center loads, and they'll reduce body roll during any sharp turns.The springs themself are made of a micro-cellular urethane.


SuperSprings Vehicle Suspension SSR-128-47-2 Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the SumoSprings Rebel Custom Helper Springs for the rear axle. This product fits certain years of the Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks. To ensure that this is a fit for your particular year, make and model, you can always use the vehicle fit guide located at etrailer.com. Now, these helper springs are designed to upgrade your vehicle's rear suspension for improved driver control and comfort. They keep your vehicle level when you're hauling or towing a heavier load, so it's going to really help eliminate the rear sag. It also helps to adsorb bumps and road shocks and it drastically minimizes sway.Now, this is a two piece design, so this provides unlimited suspension travel and movement for a smoother ride when unloaded or even on the rough terrain.


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Vehicle Suspension Questions and Answers

  • Recommended Air Pressure of Firestone Ride Rite Air Springs # F2071 on Dodge Ram 3500 Dually
  • Other than saying that the air bags need to be kept between 5 and 100 psi, Firestone does not offer much in the way of specifics. The instructions mention that as a general rule of thumb, 1 psi will support approximately 40 lbs of load. Your best bet is to use enough pressure to level the vehicle, and then adjust plus or minus according to your personal preference. You can do this with the 5th wheel in place, and for the unloaded scenario. Keep in mind that using an air bag suspension...
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  • Best Way to Prevent Sagging Suspension When Towing a Trailer
  • For sag from towing a trailer the best recommendation I can make is actually a weight distribution system. Suspension enhancement will help level your truck while towing. But the advantage to a weight distribution system is that it levels the vehicle by distributing the tongue weight of the trailer up to the front axle of the vehicle as well. This will help greatly with handling and braking, especially in an emergency situation. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is...
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  • How to Remove the Air Hose for the Firestone Sport-Rite Air Helper Springs
  • I made a short video for you showing you how to remove the air hose from the air line fittings on your Sport-Rite air helper springs. The main thing to remember is to have the collar on the fitting pushed down when removing the air hose. It may take a little elbow grease to remove, but it should release if the collar is held down.
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  • Towing Capacity of a 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4.0 Double Cab 4x4 with Factory Tow Package
  • I can help you out, no problem. What you are going to want to look at is the towing capacities of the truck. You need to know the gross combined weight rating. This is the most the vehicle, including cargo and occupants, plus the trailer can weigh. This information is usually in the owners manual or on a sticker in the door jamb. Looking at an online copy of the owners manual the 4 liter V6 model of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma with 4-wheel drive could have one of several capacities depending...
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  • Rear Axle Air Bag Kit for 2017 Ford F-250 Diesel 4X4 with Factory 5th Wheel Prep
  • According to my contact at Firestone, their rear axle air bag kit F2535 is not a fit for your 2017 Ford F-250 diesel 4X4 but we do have options. Air Lift offers a confirmed fit in a 5th-wheel-compatible rear air bag kit, part # AL57399, which provides 5000-lbs of load support capacity. They also offer a version with internal jounce bumpers, which help support your suspension in the unlikely event of an air leak, part # AL88399.
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  • Diameter, Maximum and Minimum Height for Air Bags in Firestone Ride-Rite System # F2071
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Firestone Ride-Rite system # F2071. When fully collapsed and no air in the system it measures 2-3/4 inches not counting the valves on the top. Please note that you should always have at least 5 psi in the springs up to 100 psi. When in its regular state the bags will not expand much beyond how they come in the box. They are 6 inches tall again not counting the valves. And finally, the diameter is 5-3/4 inches. Use these measurements as guides...
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  • Recommended SumoSprings Suspension Enhancement for Thor Miramar on a 2016 F53 Chassis & 22K GVWR
  • The best and correct SumoSprings for your new Thor Miramar 34.3 on a 2016 Ford F-53 Chassis weighing in at 22K GVWR are the # SSR-187-54-1 for the rear axle and # SSF-170-40-2 for the front axle. I have linked them both to this page for your convenience.
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  • Recommended SumoSprings for a 2016 Thor A.C.E 29.3 RV
  • Since your 2016 Thor A.C.E 29.3 RV utilizes a Ford F-53 chassis, you can use suspension enhancements designed for this chassis. I recommend using the following products depending on the weight of your RV. Front: SumoSprings Rebel Custom Helper Springs part # SSF-170-40-2 (16,000 and 22,000 lbs) SumoSprings Rebel Custom Helper Springs part # SSF-173-40-2 (24,000 and 26,000 lbs) Rear: SumoSprings Maxim Custom Helper Springs part # SSR-184-40-1 (16,000 and 18,000 lbs) SumoSprings...
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  • Firestone Air Bag Suspension Enhancement for a 2014 Chevy Silverado LTZ Z71
  • The axle your version of the 2014 Chevy Silverado would be the Z71 rear axle and that should also be a 4 wheel drive model. The proper kit for a 1500 would be # F2430 that you have referenced. But if it happens to be a 2500 or 3500 then you would need to use # F2596. Also, if you do not want to manually fill the air bags every time you can install a Level Command II kit, # F2219, which will allow you to fill/remove air from the bags from the cab of the truck. I have also linked some...
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  • How to Reduce Sag on a 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty with Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The best way to reduce the sag on your 2012 Ford F-250 when towing your fifth wheel trailer is to add a rear suspension enhancement system. The two most common types of rear suspension enhancement systems are air bag systems and rubber spring systems. The rubber spring systems like the SumoSprings and the Timbren Springs, # TFR250SDG, are typically more economical than an air bag kit like the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs, # F2550. The Timbren springs and the Ride-Rite kit that I mentioned...
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  • Rear Air Bag Helper Springs for a 2017 Ram 1500 4x4
  • Yes, the Air Lift air springs # AL60818 will fit your 2017 Ram 1500 4x4. A lot of people have complained about the use of coil springs on the newer Rams but adding some additional support like these springs will help with the ride quality for sure. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you.
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  • Rear Suspension Enhancement Options for a 2004 Cadillac Escalade EXT
  • I may have a solution that will work for you, however, we do not offer replacement air shocks for your 2004 Cadillac Escalade EXT at this time. We do offer coil spring air bag inserts like the AirLift 1000 Air Helper Springs, # AL60769. These air bags fit in the rear coil springs and can be manually inflated for additional support. Another option would be a bump stop replacement like the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, # TGMRG25C, that you referenced. These are rubber springs...
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  • Rear Sumo Spring Recommendation for 2016 Thor ACE 29.3 Motorhome
  • Since your 2016 Thor ACE 29.3 loaded weighs 24,000 lbs the part # SSR-187-54-1 is the best choice. It's for vehicles with a GVWR between 20,000 and 26,000 lbs so your weight would be perfect. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Experiencing Bounce When Towing 24 FT Pull Behind Trailer w/ 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • There are a couple things that come to mind that may help with the bounce that you are experiencing when towing the 24 ft pull behind trailer with your 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. I would start by checking to make sure that your trailer isn't overloaded. Next, make sure that the tongue weight is between 10 and 15 percent of the overall trailer weight. Not enough weight in the tongue can cause bounce in the truck/trailer connection and too much weight could cause bounce at the back of...
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  • Are Air Springs or Helper Springs Better For Sag When Towing a 5th Wheel With a 2008 Ford F-250
  • The decision between an air ride system or helper springs should be made based on how you will be using your 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty. Air bags are a good option if you tow your fifth wheel trailer occasionally and do a lot of hauling with varying load weights. I would recommend using the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, # F2550, as these air bags will work with a fifth hitch installed in your truck bed. Air springs should be manually adjusted for each load using an air compressor....
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  • Replacement Upper and Lower Mounting Brackets for Firestone # F2299 Ride-Rite Air Spring Kit
  • It sounds like what you're needing is the Firestone Replacement Bracket Kit for the # F2299 Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs. The part number for the bracket kit is part # F2479. This will provide 2 upper brackets, two lower brackets, two upper braces and the necessary hardware. Firestone offers the brackets individually, upper bracket # F5757 and braces # F5758, but hardware isn't something they sell separately. Your best bet would be to get the entire kit. Keep in mind that this bracket...
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  • Fit of Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs with B&W Turnover Ball Hitch on 2008 Ford F250
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite # F2550 is compatible with fifth wheel or gooseneck hitches, including your B & W Turnover Ball. I've confirmed this with Firestone for you. You might also be interested in an on-board compressor system like part # F2158. A compressor system would allow you to add or remove air pressure from the air bag helper springs from your truck cab with the touch of a button. I've linked you to some install videos and FAQ articles that you might find helpful.
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  • Can Firestone Air Bags be Used with Weight Distribution Hitch when Towing a Trailer
  • You could use air bags and weight distribution at the same time. But if you are experiencing rear end sag on the tow vehicle caused by towing a trailer then the best solution is weight distribution. But not just any weight distribution system. It has to be the proper capacity. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that...
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Towing a Gooseneck Trailer
  • For occasional towing with your 2011 Dodge Ram 1500, I would go with the Timbren suspension enhancement system. If you do not have a Quad Cab, use # TDR1500DS. If you do have a Quad Cab, use # TDR1500DQ (instructions linked for reference). The Firestone systems are good when you carrying varying sized loads and have to adjust the ride accordingly. But for occasional towing of the same trailer, the Timbren system would be the way to go.
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  • Availability of 6 Inch Spacers for Firestone Airbags on a Truck with 6 Inch Lift
  • You would just need the 6 inch spacers, # F2374. Using 2 sets of the 3 inch spacers is not a good idea because the more components you add to the system the more points of weakness there are. Not that the spacers or system are weak but if you can avoid a potential issue it would be a good idea. Spacer # F2374 is for use on air bag systems that mount on leaf springs and # F2375 is for air bag systems that mount on axles.
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