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WARNING:
Do not inflate this assembly when it is unrestricted. The assembly must be restricted by the
suspension or other adequate structure. Once
installed, do not inflate beyond 100 psi. Improper
use or over inflation may cause property damage
or severe personal injury.
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
Congratulations - your new Air Helper Springs are quality
products capable of improving the handling and comfort of
your vehicle. As with all products, proper installation is the
key to obtaining all of the benefits your kit is capable of
delivering. Please take a few minutes to read through the
instructions to identify the components and learn where and
how they are used. It is a good idea to start by comparing the
parts in your kit with the parts list below.
The heart of the air spring kit is, of course, the air helper
springs. Remember that the air helper springs must flex and
expand during operation, so be sure that there is enough
clearance to do so without rubbing against any other part of the
vehicle.
Be sure to take all applicable safety precautions during the
installation of the kit. The instructions listed in this brochure
and the illustrations all show the left, or driver’s side of the
vehicle. To install the right side assembly simply follow the
same procedures.
Your kit includes separate inflation valves and air lines for
each air helper spring. This will allow you to level your vehicle
from side to side as well as from front to back. If you would
rather have a single valve inflation system, your dealer can
supply the required "T" fitting.
IMPORTANT!
For your safety and to prevent possible damage to your
vehicle, do not exceed the maximum load recommended by
the vehicle manufacturer (GVWR). Although your Air Helper
Springs are rated at a maximum inflation pressure of 100
psi, this pressure may allow you to carry too great a load on
some vehicles. It is best to have your vehicle weighed once
it is completely loaded and compare that weight to the
maximum allowed. Check your vehicle owner’s manual or
data plate on driver's side door for maximum loads listed
for your vehicle.
When inflating your Air Helper Springs, add air pressure in small quantities, checking pressure frequently during inflation. The air spring requires much less air volume
than a tire and, therefore, inflates much quicker.
TOOLS REQUIRED
• (2) 9/16" END WRENCHES • ELECTRIC DRILL
• (2) 1/2" END WRENCHES
• 5/16" DRILL BIT
• UTILITY KNIFE
PARTS
LIST
AIR SPRING
UPPER BRACKET
LOWER BRACKET
18 ft. TUBING
PUSH-TO-CONNECT
INFLATION VALVE
PUSH-TO-CONNECT ELBOW
THERMAL SLEEVE
3/8"-16 X 1-1/2" HEX BOLT
21-8226
6781
5306
5305
0938
2
2
2
1
3032
3031
0899
2
2
2
2
3/8"-16 FLANGED LOCK NUT
3/8"-16 X 3/4" FLANGED HEX BOLT
5/16"-18 FLANGED LOCK NUT
3/8"-16 X 1-1/2" CARRIAGE BOLT
5/16" FLAT WASHER
"J" HOOKS
NYLON TIES
CAUTION TAGS
10-07
8
2
8
2
4
8
8
2
NAD-31156-2
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KIT TO FRAME ASSEMBLY
NOTE: Both illustrations are of the left,
or drivers side, of the truck. Refer to
step 3 for the proper lower bracket
alignment.
3/8”-16 X 4
HEX BOLT
KIT ASSEMBLY
7/16”
DRILLED
HOLE
3/8” -16
FLANGED
LOCK NUT
3/8”-16
FLANGED
HEX NUT
UPPER
BRACKET
AIR
LINE
3/8"-16 x 1-1/2"
CARRIAGE
BOLT
5/16” -18
FLANGED
HEX NUT
AIR
FITTING
LEAF STACK
J-BOLT
INSTALLATION
LOCATION
5/16” -18
FLANGED
HEX NUT
JOUNCE
PAD
J-BOLT
AIR
SPRING
3/8” -16 x 3/4”
FLANGED HEX BOLT
R
O
AXLE
F
L
E
E
H
N
W
T
LOWER
BRACKET
FIGURE "A"
STEP 1 - PREPARE THE VEHICLE
FRAME RAIL
UPPER
BRACKET
AIR SPRING
LOWER
BRACKET
J-BOLT
With the vehicle on a solid, level surface chock the front wheels. Remove the
negative battery cable. Raise the vehicle by the axle and remove the rear wheels.
After the removal of the wheels lower the vehicle so the axle rests on jack stands
rated to support your vehicles weight. Remove the jounce bumpers as shown in
Figure “C”. The jounce bumper bracket is held to the frame by a single small
tack weld on the outside of the frame. This weld can be broken and the bracket
removed by gripping with pliers and twisting off.
STEP 2 - PRE-ASSEMBLE THE KIT
DRIVER'S SIDE
JOUNCE PAD
FRONT
FIGURE "B"
Select one air spring and one upper bracket from your kit. Insert the 1-1/2"
carriage bolt upward into square space in upper bracket. Attach the upper bracket
to the air spring using the 3/8”-16 flange lock nuts. Tighten the air fitting securely
to engage the orange thread sealant. Position the fitting to point to the anticipated
location of the air inflation valves, see Figures "A" & "E". Select one lower bracket
from your kit. Assemble the lower bracket assembly to the air helper spring using
the 3/8”-16 x 3/4" flanged hex bolt as shown in Figure "A".
STEP 3 - INSTALL THE ASSEMBLY TO THE VEHICLE
FIGURE "C"
TIE RIGHT PARKING BRAKE-LINE
TO BRAKE-LINE BRACKET ON AXLE
FIGURE "D"
Place the assembly on the vehicle by installing the upper bracket so that it lays
against the outside of the frame rail. Insert the carriage bolt in the upper bracket
in the existing hole in the frame rail from the jounce bumper removal. Attach
with a 3/8”-16 flange lock nut. The lower bracket will rest on the axle. Push the
lower bracket toward the leaf spring stack until it rests next to the leaf spring “U”
bolts.
Using the upper bracket as a template, drill a 7/16" hole in the side of the
frame rail. Before drilling, ensure that there are no electrical, fuel, or brake
lines on the opposite side of the mounting surface that can be damaged by the
drill. Inserting a piece of wood between the frame rail and any lines in the path
of the drill can help avoid damage to these lines. Using the previously drilled
hole, attach the upper bracket to the frame rail using a 3/8"-16 X 1-1/2" hex bolt
and 3/8"-16 flange lock nut.
Center the lower bracket on the jounce pad. Use the "J" bolts and 5/16"
flanged lock nuts to secure the lower bracket to the jounce pad as shown in
Figures "A" and "B". Using your fingers, tighten the flanged lock nuts on as far as
possible. While making sure that the lower bracket stays centered on the jounce
pad, tighten each nut two turns at a time with a wrench, switching to opposite nuts
to ensure that the bracket is mounted evenly on the jounce pad. After the
installation of the driver's side assembly is complete, secure the brake line to the
corner of the lower bracket, using a nylon tie, to avoid interference with the air
spring, refer to Figure "D".
STEP 4 - INSTALL THE PASSENGER'S SIDE ASSEMBLY
Follow steps 2 - 5 for assembly and installation of the passenger's side
assembly.
AIR
SPRINGS
AIR HOSE
STEP 5 - INSTALL THE AIR LINE AND INFLATION VALVE
Uncoil the air tubing and cut it in two equal lengths. DO NOT FOLD OR KINK
THE TUBING. Make the cut as square as possible. Insert one end of the tubing
into the push-to-connect elbow fitting installed in the top of the air helper spring
as far as possible.
INFLATION
VALVES
Select a location on the vehicle for the air inflation valves. The location can
be
on
the bumper or the body of the vehicle, as long as it is in a protected location
BUMPER
so the valve will not be damaged, but still maintain accessibility for the air chuck
see Figure "E". Drill a 5/16" hole and install the air inflation valve using two
FIGURE "E"
5/16" flat washers per valve as supports see Figure "F". Run the tubing from the
air helper spring to the valve, routing it to avoid direct heat from the engine, exhaust
pipe, and away from sharp edges. Thermal sleeves have been provided for these conditions. The air line tubing should not be bent
or curved sharply as it may buckle. Secure the tubing in place with the nylon ties provided. Push theend of the air line tubing into
the inflation valve see Figure "F".
AIR LINE
STEP 6 - CHECK THE AIR SYSTEM
FLAT WASHER
Once the inflation valves are installed, inflate the air helper springs to 70 psi
and check the fittings for air leaks. Using a spray bottle, apply a solution of soap
PUSH-TO-CONNECT
and water to the fittings. If a leak is detected at an airline tubing connection then
INFLATION VALVE
check to make sure that the airline tube is cut as square as possible and that it is
BODY OF
VEHICLE
pushed completely into the fitting. The airline tubing can easily be removed
from the fittings by exhausting all the pressure in the air springs and then pushing
HEX NUT
the collar towards the body of the fitting and then, while still holding the collar
VALVE CAP
against the body, gently pull on the airline tubing to remove. If a leak is detected
FIGURE "F"
where the air fitting screws into the air spring, screw the air fitting into the air spring
until the leak stops. Reinstall the tubing and reinflate the air springs and check for
leaks as noted above.
This now completes the installation. Install the wheels and torque the lug nuts to the manufacturers specifications. Raise the
vehicle by the rear axle and remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle onto the ground. Re-attach the negative battery cable
and remove the wheel chocks from the wheels. Check one again to be sure you have proper clearance around the air springs.
With a load on your vehicle and the air springs inflated, you must have at least ½” clearance around the air springs. As a general
rule, the air helper springs will support approximately 50 lbs. of load for each psi of inflation pressure (per pair). For example,
50 psi of inflation pressure will support a load of 2500 lbs. per pair of helper springs.
NOTE:
Too much air pressure in the air helper springs will result in a firmer ride, while too little air pressure will allow the air helper
spring to bottom out over rough conditions. Too little air pressure will not provide the improvement in handling that is possible.
TO PREVENT POSSIBLE DAMAGE MAINTAIN A MINIMUM OF 5 psi IN THE AIR HELPER SPRINGS AT ALL TIMES.
NOTE:
Once the air helper springs are installed, it is recommended that the vehicle not be lifted by the frame, as overextension may occur, resulting in damage to the air helper springs. However, should it become necessary to raise the vehicle
by the frame, deflate both air helper springs completely.
NOTE:
MIN PRESSURE
5 PSI
MAX PRESSURE (LOADED)
100 PSI
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Operating Instructions and
Trouble Shooting Guide
Thank you for purchasing Firestone air helper springs. You have purchased a quality product from the world’s number
one air spring manufacturer.
This guide will provide answers to some of your questions regarding the use and operation of your new air helper
springs. Following the guidelines in this manual will help provide you with many years of trouble-free service from
your Firestone air helper springs.
For vehicle applications, air pressure requirements, air compressor CFM, maintainance, or air spring technical data,
contact us at:
www.ride-rite.com
1-800-888-0650
INSTALLER: Please leave this manual with the vehicle’s owner.
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SAFETY TIPS
Never exceed the manufacturer’s recommended Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
As with your vehicle’s tires, an air helper spring is a pneumatic device that supports a portion of the vehicle’s weight.
The air helper spring may fail as a result of punctures, impact damage, improper inflation, improper installation, or
improper usage. To reduce the risk of failure, we strongly recommend the following:
Never overload your vehicle. The manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is stated on the specification plate on the chassis. You should weigh your vehicle on a truck scale when it is fully loaded and in a level
condition to determine if your are exceeding the manufacturer’s recommended GVWR.
Inspect the inflated air springs to verify that they do not contact any component of the vehicle under normal
suspension operation. The air helper spring must flex and expand during normal operation. There must be at
least 1/2” of clearance between the inflated air spring and any other component of the vehicle under normal
suspension operation.
The kit is designed to clear all chassis components. If there is any interference, please call Firestone at 1 (800)
888-0650.
Inspect the air line tubing and the air spring to verify that they have not been too close to the exhaust system.
If the distance between any portion of the air spring or air line tubing and the exhaust system is less than 6”, a
heat shield should be used.
Never inflate the air helper springs beyond the maximum pressure indicated in the installation manual.
Never attempt to remove any component of the air spring assembly when the air springs are inflated.
If an air helper spring has failed while you are on the road, operate your vehicle at reduced speeds. High speed
over rough roads will result in severe bottoming of the air spring and may damage other vehicle components.
Never attempt to drive the vehicle in an unleveled condition. Failure to level a heavily loaded vehicle may result
in excessive body roll and possible damage or injury.
If unidentifiable problems exist with your air helper spring kit, visit Firestone on the web at www.riderite.com or
call 1 (800) 888-0650 for technical assistance.
Never cut, weld, or modify the air helper springs or brackets.
Do not use aerosol tire repair products in the air helper springs or a tire patch of any kind on the air helper spring.
If there is a hole in the air spring it must be replaced.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Firestone air helper springs are heavy duty, quality air springs designed to supplement your vehicle's existing suspension system. These durable air springs allow you to maximize your vehicle's load carrying capacity through the
use of air pressure. Proper installation, use, and operation will provide the maximum service life and performance
your air spring kit is capable of delivering. These instructions will help you obtain the maximum benefits available
from your air spring kit.
RIDE-RITE™ AIR HELPER SPRINGS
™
Ride-Rite air helper springs are installed between the frame and the suspension of trucks, vans, and motorhomes.
Ride-Rite™ air helper springs are capable of supporting loads up to 5000 lbs per pair.*
SPORT-RITE™ AIR HELPER SPRINGS
Sport-Rite™ air helper springs are installed between the frame and suspension of light trucks, and utilize a sleevestyle air spring to enhance the ride when the vehicle is loaded or unloaded. Sport-Rite™ air helper springs are
capable of supporting loads up to 3000 lbs per pair.*
LEVEL-RITE™ AIR HELPER SPRINGS
Level-Rite™ air helper springs replace the existing shock absorber with a fully-protected, reversible sleeve air
spring paired it with a high-performance Bilstein monotube shock absorber for perfectly matched performance
characteristics over the entire operation spectrum. Level-Rite™ air helper springs are capable of supporting loads
up to 1000 lbs per pair.*
BASIC OPERATION
As your vehicle is loaded, the stock suspension is compressed under the weight of the load. Your vehicle's stock
suspension system has been designed so that it will provide optimum performance and handling with a specific
load on the vehicle. When your vehicle is loaded, its performance, handling characteristics, and ride quality may
be compromised. As the stock suspension is compressed, the ride may become "mushy", and you may encounter
sway and handling problems. As weight is added to the vehicle, the air helper springs become an active part of
*Do not exceed the vehicle’s recommended gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
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the suspension system. As more air pressure is added to the air springs, they will support more weight. You will be
able to compensate for a heavy load by adding air pressure to the air springs, thereby reducing sway and handling
problems associated with a heavily loaded vehicle.
TABLE “A”
ALL TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS
Using a torque wrench, torque the threaded fasteners to the following specifications:
Fasteners used on studs and blind holes in air springs
Hex nuts installed on axle straps
Hex nuts installed on 3/8" hex bolts Hex nuts and bolts used to secure brackets to frame
Hex nuts installed on U-bolts
Hex bolts securing tapered sleeve style air spring to lower bracket
15 – 20 ft lbs
10 – 15 ft lbs
28 – 32 ft lbs
28 – 32 ft lbs
15 – 20 ft lbs
10 – 12 ft lbs
PREVAILING-TORQUE LOCK NUTS
In order to assure trouble-free operation, your air spring kit includes a variety of self-locking threaded fasteners.
Your kit may include prevailing-torque lock nuts. Prevailing-torque lock nuts may be more difficult to install, but will
not come loose under normal suspension operation.
THREAD LOCKING COMPOUND
The hex bolts used to secure the air spring to the brackets may have a locking compound applied to the threads.
Lock washers are not required when using a fastener with pre-applied thread locking compound. When installing
fasteners with thread locking compound, follow the torque recommendations listed in table.
HELICAL LOCK WASHERS
Your air helper spring kit may include helical lock washers. In order to properly use the lock washer, tighten the
nut/bolt fastener just enough to flatten the lock washer. Overtightening the fastener may damage the nut or bolt.
When using helical lock washers, follow the torque recommendations listed in Table “A”.
AIR FITTINGS
Your kit will include one of two types of push-to-connect air fittings: fittings with a thread locking compound preapplied to the threads or fittings with a Nylon collar in place of the thread locking compound.
The pre-applied thread sealant, thread the air fitting into the air spring and tighten the fitting securely to engage
the pre-applied thread sealant.
The Nylon collar, thread the air fitting into the threaded hole on the air spring so that the Nylon collar makes contact
with the top of the air spring and then tighten 1/2 turn. No thread sealant is required.
Both types of air fittings allow easy connection between the air fitting and the air line tubing. To install the air line
in the fittings, cut the tubing as square as possible using a sharp utility knife or razor blade. Push the air line into
the fitting as far as possible. If the tubing must be removed from the fitting, first release the air pressure from the
air spring. Push the collar towards the body of the fitting and then pull the tubing out.
PRESSURE DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN AIR SPRINGS
It is not uncommon to have different pressures between the air springs after the vehicle has been brought to a level
condition. If the vehicle is within the manufacturer's recommended gross vehicle weight and you have not achieved
a level condition after inflating the air springs to 100 psi, there may be a problem with your stock suspension. The
leaf springs may have become fatigued over time or a leaf spring may be fractured. There may be an obstruction
in the air system, not allowing the air pressure to reach the air helper springs.
AIR SPRING ALIGNMENT AND HEIGHT
Upon completion of the installation, the air springs should be inspected for proper alignment. Although the air
helper springs can function with some misalignment, it is preferred that the air springs be mounted so that they
are aligned with as little top to bottom offset as possible.
Check the distance between the upper bracket and lower bracket (design height). The dimensions shown on Page
5 are a guide to assist in determining the ideal operating height for your air helper springs.
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INFLATING THE AIR SPRINGS
With the air helper springs installed on your vehicle and the vehicle sitting on a level surface, visually verify that
the vehicle is in a level state. If the vehicle is not level (front-to-back or from side-to-side) it can be brought to a
level position by inflating the air springs. Each air spring has a separate inflation valve. To level the vehicle from
front-to-back, add air pressure to both air springs in equal amounts. To level the vehicle from side-to-side, add
more air pressure to the air spring on the lower side of the vehicle. When inflating the air springs, add air pressure
in small quantities, checking the pressure frequently. The air spring requires much less air volume than a tire, and
therefore, will inflate and deflate quickly.
WARNING: DO NOT EXCEED THE MAXIMUM PRESSURE AS INDICATED IN THE INSTALLATION MANUAL
.
LEVELING THE VEHICLE
Check the level of your vehicle visually. If it is not level, either from front to back or from side to side, level it by
inflating your air springs. (If your vehicle is equipped with a cab control unit or automatic control system refer to
the directions for that device.) There is one inflation valve for each air spring. To level from front to back, add air
pressure to both air springs equally. For side to side, add air pressure to the air springs on the side of the vehicle
that is low. When adding air pressure to the air springs, remember that they have a much smaller volume of air that
a tire so they will inflate much quicker. Add air pressure in short bursts until the vehicle is level. (NEVER EXCEED
100psi IN EACH AIR SPRING.)
MAINTENANCE
It is considered normal for air helper springs to lose some air pressure over time. Normal pressure loss should not
exceed 3 – 4 psi per week when the air springs are inflated to 50 psi. If the pressure loss is greater than 3 – 4 psi
per week, there may be a leak in the system. Each time you check the pressure in the air springs, you will lose 1 – 3
psi. The air pressure should be checked at regular intervals.
It is recommended that the air pressure be checked according to the following guidelines:
At least monthly intervals during the continuous operation of the vehicle (see above)
When the vehicle is removed from long-term storage
If the air springs are used to assist in leveling an RV or camper on uneven ground, ensure that the vehicle is
returned to a level ride height before departing.
The brackets used to secure the air helper spring to the vehicle should be inspected periodically for damage and
for loose fasteners. Ensure that the air line tubing is clear of any sharp edges and routed away from the exhaust
system. The brackets and air line tubing should be inspected every 6 months. Ensure that the threaded fasteners
are torqued to the specifications listed on Page 3.
Accumulated sand, gravel, or other road debris on the air springs or brackets should be rinsed away with a garden
hose each time the vehicle is washed.
If it is necessary to lift the vehicle by the frame, first release the air pressure from the air springs. This will allow the air
springs to extend to their maximum length without being damaged. The uninflated air springs are capable of supporting
the weight of the axle when the vehicle is lifted by the frame. After servicing of the vehicle is complete, lower the vehicle
to the ground and reinflate the air helper springs to the desired pressure. NOTE: On Sport-Rite kits the air helper springs
must be aired up to 50 psi and then release the air until the air helper springs are to the desired pressure.
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Firestone will not replace missing components from any kit purchased through an online auction.
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AIR SPRING TECHNICAL DATA
“X”
“X”
“X”
Reversible
Sleeve
Part
Number
6868
6762
6764
6766
6397
6410
6781
6401
6873
6859
7689
7701
7076
9000
9001
9002
5405
Tapered Sleeve
“X”
“X”
Single
Convoluted
Double
Convoluted
1T Reversible
Sleeve
Min/Max Air
Pressure
Max Load @100 psi
(per pair)
Description
Style
“X”
Ride Height
Single Convoluted
160BY
5.0" - 6.0"
5 / 100 psi
3600 lbs
Double Convoluted
268C
4.5" - 5.5"
5 / 100 psi
3200 lbs
Double Convoluted
267C1.5
5.5" - 6.5"
5 / 100 psi
4800 lbs
Double Convoluted
224C
5.5" - 7.0"
5 / 100 psi
5000 lbs
Double Convoluted
26C
7.0" - 8.0"
5 / 100 psi
5640 lbs
Reversible Sleeve
Tapered Sleeve
Tapered Sleeve
Tapered Sleeve
1T Reversible Sleeve
70mm
110/70 mm
110/70 mm
110/70 mm
1T14C-3
6.0" x 8.0"
7.75" - 8.75"
5.88" - 6.88"
6.75" - 7.75"
8.0" - 12.0"
10 / 100 psi
10 / 100 psi
10 / 100 psi
10 / 100 psi
5 / 100 psi
2000 lbs
3000 lbs
3000 lbs
3000 lbs
6400 lbs
This information is provided for reference purposes only. The bracketry and air springs in the Ride-Rite™ and Sport-Rite™ kits
are designed to work with the original suspension and within the manufacture’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) for the
intended vehicle. Brackets and air springs should not be interchanged or modified.
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TROUBLE
SHOOTING GUIDE
Air spring will not inflate
Ensure that the air line tubing is inserted into the air fittings as far as possible. The tubing should go in the fitting 3/4 of
an inch. You will feel some resistance when the tubing goes past the o-ring.
Clear any dirt of debris from inside the inflation valves.
Inspect the entire length of air line tubing to ensure that it is not kinked, damaged from exhaust heat, or cut due to contact
with sharp edges
Air spring will not hold air
Normal pressure loss is no more than 3 - 4 psi per week when the air spring is inflated to 50 psi.
Using the inflation valve cap as a core tool, ensure that the valve stem core is installed securely.
Apply a solution of soap and water to the air fittings, air line, and air springs to check for leaks. Tighten the air fitting or
re-install the tubing in the air fitting to stop the leak. Rinse the soap and water solution from the system when complete.
If a leak can not be detected with the soap and water solution, deflate the air springs and remove them from the vehicle.
Re-install the tubing and inflation valve on the air spring and inflate the air spring to a maximum of 20 psi. Submerge the
air spring in a bucket of water to check for leaks.
Locations of air leaks
Leaks occur most often at the threaded connection between the air fittings and the air springs. Tighten the fitting to
engage the pre-applied orange thread sealant or until the nylon collar makes contact with the air spring, plus 1/2 turn,
depending on which type of fitting is included in your kit. (See air fittings on page 3)
The end of the air line tubing must be cut square and clean to avoid burrs in the connection to the air fittings. The
push-to-connect fittings require a square cut to properly seal. The tubing can be removed from the fitting by first
releasing the air pressure from the air spring. Push the collar on the fitting toward the body of the fitting. While holding
the collar in, pull out the tubing. Cut the tubing squarely and push the
tubing into the fitting as far as possible.
IMPORTANT
The vehicle is not level
Check for proper inflation of the air springs on each side of the vehicle.
Check for obstructions in the air system or vehicle components that
may be restricting suspension travel.
NYLON TUBE CUTTING:
FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS
TO AVOID LEAKS
SHARP
BLADE
CUT OFF
SQUARE
NYLON TUBE
SIDE
UTILITY
KNIFE
OR TUBE
CUTTER
RIGHT
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WRONG
WARRANTY QUESTIONS
FIRESTONE LIMITED LIFETIME AIR SPRING WARRANTY
Firestone Industrial Products Company LLC (“Firestone”) warrants that its Ride Rite Air Spring Assembly will perform
according to the manufacturer’s specifications for as long as the vehicle on which the system was originally installed
is owned by the original retail purchaser. This limited warranty does not include installation or other service charges
for replacement.
Warranty Period
The Air Spring is warranted for as long as the original purchaser owns the vehicle on which it was originally
installed. The fasteners and upper and lower brackets which accompany the air spring are warranted for a period
of twenty-four (24) months or 24,000 miles whichever occurs first. This warranty begins on the original retail
delivery date.
What is Covered
Any implied warranties are limited in duration to the coverage period of this warranty (some states do not allow
limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts so the above limitation may not apply to you). This Warranty runs
in favor of the original retail purchaser when the Ride Rite Air Spring Assembly is used under normal operating
conditions according to Firestone’s specifications and installed on the appropriate application. This warranty does not
apply to Ride Rite Air Spring Assemblies that have been improperly applied, improperly installed, used in racing or off
road applications or used for commercial purposes. In addition, the warranty will not apply to products which have
not been maintained and serviced according to the instructions that accompany the air spring assembly. The
consumer will be responsible for any costs incurred in removing the product from the vehicle and the cost to return
the air spring assembly to the dealer or installer from which it was purchased. If it is determined that the Ride Rite
Air Spring Assembly failed as a result of a manufacturing defect, Firestone will repair or replace, at its option, any
product or components subject to this warranty. You should retain a copy of your contract with your installer and
your receipt as proof of the date of installation. This warranty is non-transferable and is not assignable in any way.
Firestone specifically excludes any obligation for consequential damages or incidental expenses including claims for loss of use of
the product, loss of time, inconvenience, or commercial loss. This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other
rights that may vary from state-to-state. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages. The above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. There are
no warranties, express or implied, including implied warranty of merchantability and fitness which extend beyond this warranty.
IS A LEAKING AIR SPRING COVERED UNDER WARRANTY?
An air helper spring with a leak does not necessarily indicate that the air spring is defective. Inspect the air spring
for obvious punctures or abrasions. A failure caused by a puncture or abrasion to the air spring would not be covered by the material and workmanship warranty. An air helper spring kit that has not been installed according to
the published installation manual will not be covered by the warranty. Warranty consideration will only be given if
the kit listed in our published application guide is installed on the proper vehicle.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A DEFECTIVE PART THAT IS COVERED UNDER WARRANTY?
If you live in the U.S.or Canada, contact Firestone directly at 1-800-888-0650 for warranty assistance. All other
customers should contact their purchasing dealer. If the warranty claim is questionable, you may need to purchase
a replacement part until the warranty claim can be submitted and reviewed by Firestone. If the warranty claim is
determined to be a valid warranty claim, a credit for the purchased part will be issued.
Firestone has made every attempt to assure that your air helper spring kit will properly fit your vehicle. Revised
vehicle designs, new model year vehicles, and changes made to the vehicle by the manufacturer can affect proper
fit. Any aftermarket chassis or suspension modification made to the vehicle may affect suspension dimensions and
may not allow the air helper spring kit to fit the vehicle as intended.
7
AIR-RITE™ AIR CONTROL SYSTEMS
Firestone has expanded the offering of Air-Rite Air Control Systems, which provides an instant air source for air
suspension products. Adjust the ride for various load and road conditions with a flip of a switch or even a click on
a remote. Individual air accessory components are also available, including compressors, air tanks, and mounting
solutions, providing a wide variety of air control assist solutions.
Choosing among the Air Command products has now become easier. To select an Air Command Kit from the
table below, consider the level of air source and the style of gauge that best fits the application.
STEP: #1: Based upon
usage, consider
the level of air
source.
Usage
Examples
STEP #2:
STANDARD
DUTY
LIGHT
DUTY
Ideal for
Coil-Rite, LevelRite, or consistent
loads
Moderate use
Most 1/2 tons
HEAVY DUTY
XTRA
XTREME
Regular use
8-lug or RVs
Wide load ranges
Heavy Use
Small Fills
(Motorcycle Tires)
Heavy Use
Large Fills
(RV/Truck Tires)
Compressor
Included
Select from the
assortment of
gauge styles.
Air Tank
Included
PRESSURE
MONITOR
ONLY
No
Compressor
No Tank
N/A
Compressor
No.9377
Compressor
No.9284
Compressor
No.9285
N/A
N/A
N/A
Compressor
No.9285
Compressor
No.9287
N/A
9124 1/2 gal.
9420 2 gal.
STEP #3:
Use the table to choose
the Air Command Kit
that matches your air
source and gauge
selection.
Air Command™
CLASSIC
Single
Dual
ELECTRONIC
REMOTE
Telephone: 317-818-8600
2158
2097
2266
2543
2178
2219
2168
2549
Single
2490
2544
Dual
2491
2545
Dual
2489
2540
2541
2546
2547
1 yr.
1 yr.
2 yr.
2 yr.
2 yr.
Warranty Period
8
2538
1-800-888-0650
© 2011 Firestone Industrial Products Company
2196
2 yr.
www.ride-rite.com
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