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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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SumoSprings Maxim Front Axle Helper Springs Installation - 2002 Ford F-53

Today, in our 2002 Ford F-53 chassis motor home, we'll be having a look at and installing the SumoSprings Maxim Custom Helper Springs for the front axle, part number SSF-180-40-1. Here's what our SumoSprings look like installed. These SumoSprings will do multiple things for us. Not only will they help reduce body roll when we're going around corners or when a semi truck or other large vehicle passes us on the highway, we will also have more stability when going over bumps. Additionally, these will also help us when we have our RV loaded down with camping equipment, gear, or other accessories inside of it. When more weight is added to the RV, the SumoSprings are a progressive setup. They will actually get stiffer so your vehicle shock absorbers can do their job more efficiently.


SumoSprings Maxim Front Axle Helper Springs Review

Today we'll be having a look at the SumoSprings max and custom helper springs for the front axle. Part number SSF-180-40-1. Now here's what our SumoSprings look like installed. These SumoSprings will do multiple things for us. Not only will they help reduce body roll when we're going around corners, or when a semi truck or other large vehicles passes us on the highway. We will also have more stability when going over bumps. Additionally these will also help us when we have our RV loaded down with camping equipment, gear, or other accessories inside of it. When more weight is added to the RV the SumoSprings are a progressive setup.


SuperSprings Vehicle Suspension SSR-130-54 Review

Today we're going to look at these Sumo Spring Solo Custom Helper Springs for the rear axle. Now this is a custom fit part, it is designed to fit 2001 and newer Ford E350 and E450 vans and cut-away vans. Now 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 part will work for your application. Now these are helper springs, that'll upgrade your vehicles rear suspension, to improve driver controlling, comfort and it'll help keep your vehicle level when you're towing or hauling a heavy load, it'll help to absorb any bump shocks and help minimize sway. They are progressive low control springs, which are compressed according to the weight of your cargo, lighter load on it, the springs will compress easily at first for a nice soft, engagement, less bumpy ride. A heavier load on it, the springs can satisfy as much as 80% for support. Now these springs will work independently from each other, to compensate for an off center loads to reduce body roll during sharp turns.


SuperSprings Vehicle Suspension SSR-118-54 Review

Today we're going to take a look at the SumoSprings Solo Custom Helper Springs for the rear axle. Now, this is a customer fit part. It is designed to fit the 2005 and newer Ford F-450 and F-550 pickup and cab and chassis models. Because it fits such a wide range of vehicles, I would recommend you go to our website and use our fit guide. Put in your year and model vehicle and it will show you if this will work for your application. Now, these helper springs will upgrade your vehicle's rear suspension for improved driver control and comfort.


Timbren Vehicle Suspension TWRW22 Review

Today we're going to take a look at the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System. Now this is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 2000 to 2011 Work Horse P Series and W series chassis models. Now in any 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 part will work for your application. Now this will improve the suspension, handling and safety of your vehicle. Provides additional support as needed so you always have a nice, smooth comfortable ride. It will allow the least spring ample movement, while cushioning light loads, so it does not affect the empty ride of your vehicle. Now these do become more rigid as more weight is added, helps increase stability, providing great performance while hauling heavy loads.


Timbren Vehicle Suspension TWFRW22 Review

Today we're going to take a look at the Timbren front suspension enhancement system. Now this is a custom fit part. It is designed to fit the 2011 to 2015 Ford F59 chassis. It fits the 1975 to 1997 Chevrolet and GMC P42 chassis, also fits the 1998 to 2010 Work Horse P42 chassis, and the 2000 to 2012 Work Horse W series chassis, 1W20, W22, W24, W42 and W62, but it does fit many vehicles so what I do like to recommend is for you to go to our website, use our fit guide, put in your year and model vehicle and it will show you if this part will work for your application. Now this will improve the suspension handling and safety on your vehicle. Does provide additional support as needed, so you always have a nice, smooth, comfortable ride. Basically it will allow the leaf spring ample movement while cushioning any light loads, so it does not affect the empty ride of your vehicle.


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Vehicle Suspension Questions and Answers

  • How To Tell What Size Firestone Lift Spacers Are Needed On A Truck With A 6 Inch Lift Kit
  • To determine what size lift spacer to use on your vehicle with Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs, measure the distance between the upper and lower brackets of your air helper spring kit, and whether the kit mounts on the leaf spring or the axle. The spacer needs to be the same length as the amount of lift applied to the axle on which the air helper spring is installed. The axle mount kit would have the lower bracket mounted to the axle. The leaf mount kit would have the lower bracket mounted...
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  • 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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  • 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 # F2528. I have linked videos to the right showing typical installations for you. 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...
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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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  • Can Firestone Air Bags be Used with Weight Distribution Hitch when Towing a Trailer
  • I do not recommend using air bags and weight distribution at the same time. 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...
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  • Suspension Enhancement, 5th Wheel and Gooseneck Hitches for a 2011 Ford F-250 Diesel Long Bed 2WD
  • Yes, your 2011 Ford F-250 does certainly have the prep package installed. If the gooseneck ball was not included then you will need ball kit # RP30137 or # C60601. For a 5th wheel hitch you can use any of the following hitches that fit directly into the 4 pucks: Reese Elite Series hitch # RP30142 (18K), # RP30143 (25K) B&W Companion hitch # BWRVK3300 Or any of these Curt hitches: # C16530-16017, # C16520-16017, # C16515-16017, or # C16545-16017 For suspension enhancement I actually...
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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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  • How To Pair an Air Lift WirelessAIR Remote to Compressor
  • In the settings mode of the controller you can join the manifolds with the controller. To set the manifold into join mode locate the yellow join wire. It is the yellow wire with heat shrink on the end of it. Remove the cap leaving it attached to the harness. Attach the exposed terminal to a good frame ground. Now the manifold will boot into join mode and will click the exhaust solenoid 5 times fast then one per second. The manifold will stay in join mode for 30 seconds. On the controller...
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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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  • Location to Install Air Lift # AL25870 Wireless ONE Compressor System on 2009 Chevy Silverado
  • According to my Air Lift representative, you CAN install the compressor on that battery tray in the engine compartment if you wish, but please know that if you do so the high-heat environment of the engine compartment will significantly shorten the life of the compressor. Installing the compressor in that location will also negate the warranty coverage. My Air Lift rep has the same exact compressor kit on his truck, and he installed his compressor on the inboard side of the truck frame...
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  • What is the Maximum Air Pressure for Air Lift 1,000 Pound Capacity Air Helper Springs
  • According to the instructions which I have linked for you for Air Lift suspension enhancement # AL60769, the maximum air pressure is 35 psi and the minimum is 5 psi. Over-inflation and under-inflation can damage the air bags so you will always want to stay within the 5 to 35 psi range.
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  • Rear Axle Suspension Kit Recommendation for 2013 Ram 1500 Quad Cab with Coil Springs
  • The Timbren rear axle jounce spring kit you referenced, part # TDR1500DQ, is a fit for your 2013 Ram 1500 Quad Cab. This rear axle kit fits both 2WD and 4WD models. There are several types of rear axle kits available for your Ram 1500. These include rubber jounce springs like the Timbrens, air bag kits from AirLift and Firestone, and coil springs such as the SuperSprings Sumo urethane coil helper springs. The link provided will take you to our page showing all of these products. The...
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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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  • Are Spacers Needed to Install Firestone Air Bags on a Lifted Truck
  • If your lift is on the front of the truck but not the rear then you would not need to use any spacers to install Firestone air bags # F2071. On the rear, you would need spacers if the distance between the truck frame and the axle has increased. The size of the spacer is going to depend on the amount of lift. Firestone has the following: For vehicles with 1-1/2 inch lift use # F2536 For 2 inches use # F2366 For 3 inches use # F2368 For 4 inches use # F2371 For 6 inches use # F2375
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  • Will the Air Lift Compressor Kit # AL25592 Work with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs # F2245
  • You can certainly use the Air Lift Compressor Kit, # AL25592, with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs, # F2245. I spoke with my contacts at Air Lift and Firestone to confirm that it would work. The Air Lift compressor kit and the Ride-Rite both use 1/4 inch air lines and fittings so they are compatible with each other. I have attached the installation instructions for the Air Lift compressor kit for you to check out. I would also recommend picking up the Air Lift Air Hose Cutter, #...
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  • Timbren Suspension System Recommendation for a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500
  • The difference between the two Timbren systems you referenced is the application for each. The Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System - Severe Duty # TGMRTT15S is designed for service vehicles only so it would not work for you. The # TGMRCK15S would make an excellent choice for a suspension enhancement system for your vehicle. This system has plenty of capacity for the ton of pellets you carried, and is great because when your vehicle is unloaded your ride quality will be exactly...
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  • Is it Necessary to Remove Rear Jounce Bumpers to Install Firestone RideRite Helper Springs # F2445
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs you referenced, part # F2445, fit both 2WD and 4WD versions of the 2012 Toyota Tundra and do require removal of the stock jounce bumpers. These need to be cut off as close as possible to the brackets (on top of the leaf springs). You will also need to temporarily unbolt the fuel relay box (which is shown in your photo) and move this aside during installation of the Firestone springs. The emergency brake line bracket may also need to be bent...
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