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Firestone Dual Electric Air Command Compressor Installation - 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install the Firestone Dual Electric Air Command Compressor on a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 150


Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Firestone Air Command 2 Standard Duty Compressor, part number F2178. We're gonna be installing that in conjunction with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part number F2430. This is what our control box looks like when it's installed. As you can see, it's gonna have two knobs. This is gonna be your driver's side. This is gonna be your passenger's side.

This is gonna allow you to adjust side to side or both at the same time.As you can see, you're gonna have two different needles. One for your driver's side, and one for your passenger's side. As you can see, this goes up to 150 PSI; however, you don't want to exceed the max PSI on your bags.This is what our compressor looks like when it's installed. This is going to allow you to air up your bags without having to get out of your vehicle, and it simple runs directly off your 12 volt battery.What this system's going to allow you to do, it's going to allow you to level your truck if you have an off-centered load. As you can see, it's got a nice flat finish, so it's gonna fit with the inside of the vehicle.

You can see it's gonna have a white face. Sort of adds a nice touch to the vehicle. It's gonna have a silver colored ring. It's also gonna come with an inside light. If you're loading or unloading at night time, it'll allow you to see your gauge to adjust your pressure.This kit's gonna come with all the necessary hardware.

Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.First thing we need to do is find a place to mount our compressor. Now, you want to make sure that it's gonna stay out of the way of getting hit with debris or getting a lot of dirt, or mud, or anything like that on it. It can be mounted underneath the vehicle on the frame. On this vehicle, there's not a whole lot of space. So I came underneath the hood here and there's an extra battery pan, which is gonna be a great place to put it.Now, your kit's gonna come with some nuts and bolts for these.

What I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna use self-tapping screws to go into that, the plate there. Once you get one in, you're gonna do the same thing with the remaining three holes.Now, in your kit you're gonna have a wiring harness like that. You're gonna have a red wire, an orange wire, and a white wire. The red wire is gonna run over to our fuse, which is gonna go to your battery. So you want to try and mount this as close to the battery as possible. Your orange wire is gonna route to your compressor, and then your white wire is gonna route inside the vehicle to the gauge.I'm gonna take a self-tapping screw. I'm gonna mount this right here. Gives me plenty of length for my red wire for my battery. Then I'm gonna route my other end along the back here over to my compressor side, and I'll just zip-tie it along this existing wiring.Now we need to find a mounting location for the other end of our wiring harness, and we'll put it right about there. You want to make sure that the plug, you don't mount it upside down. Make sure you mount it like this so that any water or moisture that potentially gets on here will run off of it and not run down into the plug.I'm just gonna take my extra red wire here and bundle it up. I'm gonna zip-tie it to this existing wiring, just to kind of clean it up a little bit.Orange wire connected to our red wire, just like that, and then our black wire is gonna be a ground. If you can't ground it to the battery, you want to make sure you ground it to any metal on the vehicle, metal framing, metal body parts. I'm gonna mount my ground wire right here.So now we need to figure out how we're gonna run our white wire, and then our airline tubes from our bags inside to our switch. So there's a large ground right here on our firewall. You need to make sure, before you poke any holes in it, that you go inside the vehicle and make sure there's not anything on the other side that you're gonna push into.I'm just gonna cut a little slit in it right now, just like this. I'm gonna take some airline tub that I have laying around, and what I did is I cut it into a point like that. Push it in. See if you can't push it through to the other side.I'm gonna take my white wire, gonna take some electrical tape, tape it onto my airline tubing here. It's just gonna make it easier to pull it through. Now I'll come inside and pull, just like that.Next thing we need to do is we need to run our airlines from our bags up to the front of the vehicle and inside to our switch. Now, our customer, even though he has the compressor, he chose to have two valves put in the back, so we added a T-connector, ran a line back to the back to the E-valve. Now we're gonna run our line up to the front. One thing I suggest is marking your lines with two different colors so you know, when you get your line inside, which one's your passenger and which one's your driver's side. When you hook it up to your switch, you gotta hook it up right. I'm gonna mark my driver's side with black, and I'm gonna do it, actually, at both ends. Let me route this driver's side line real quick, and I'll show you how I did it.For my passenger's side, I ran right up here. We're gonna cross this brace. I did zip-tie it here to make sure it stays away from my shock, and I zip-tied it here to make sure I don't have any movement in the line. Ran it right over top of my gas tank and met it with my driver's side line. What I did is I found some existing wiring here on the driver's side, ran it behind both of these brackets, ran it up along, zip-tied it along the existing wiring, all the way up to the front, right inside the front wheel. From here we're gonna follow the same factory wiring up to our engine compartment. Then I'll run my airlines through my grommet to the inside of the vehicle.Now, from our gauge we're gonna have one line that we need to run outside to the compressor, and you can see I did the same thing, only this one I did white. So I'm gonna tape it to my airline tube, my black one that I had run in earlier. We left it in place.We're gonna have another fitting. It's gonna go in our compressor. Again, we'll tighten it down. We want that shorting on the threads to see inside, make sure we don't have any leaks.Go ahead and connect this to the compressor, and it's gonna go in this valve right here. Push it in. Now we're gonna install our air filter. We're gonna use a small piece of hose. It might be a good idea if you soak this in some hot water first, just to soften it up so it'll slide over the ends.So next we need to mount our gauge, and our customer wanted it mounted right here in the center next to his brake control. Now, we're gonna have two black wires coming off our switch. One's gonna be a ground, and one's gonna go to a light source. Go ahead and strip a little bit more off of each of those. Because they're so thin, I'm gonna double them over. I'm gonna put a butt connector on each one, because where we are mounting it, I'm gonna have to extend the wire to get to a good ground. Butt connector on the other one. Then we'll just connect our extension on the other side.Now I'm gonna take one of my wires, strip back the other end, then I'm gonna add a ring terminal for my ground wire.So I'm gonna route my hoses over where I'm gonna be mounting my control. Now that I have my tubes run over, I'm gonna cut them down to size, but before doing that, I want to make sure I mark them again up here so I know what goes where.Next I'm gonna run my white wire around. Now, our white wire's pretty long, so I'm gonna cut it down about the same size as my hoses. About there. Leaves me a little bit of extra, and I'm gonna take this extra white wire and I'm actually gonna have another ground that's coming off of my control unit. So I'm gonna use that to run my other ground wire.So we're gonna have two white wires coming off the back of our control switch. Per our instructions, this bottom one is gonna be our ground. So we'll go ahead and connect our butt connector to it, and we're gonna connect it to the other butt connector on the other side of our white wires.So now our white hose that's going out to our compressor, it's gonna go right in the center, and then my black to my driver's side. Now I'm just gonna use some self-tapping screws to put this in place.What I did is I routed my wires across underneath the dash, and I'm gonna ground . put my two grounds in here, but in order to do that, I have to go through this side, which there's a panel over here in this side. Pop off. There's a hole, and it'll run down right behind this panel here, and our wires will stay hidden and it won't be in the way of my emergency brake pedal.Pop this off like that. So from here, now I have my ground wire, and then my white wire, which is my other ground. There's not an existing bolt here, so I'm gonna cut these right here. I'm actually gonna tie these together and put one ring terminal on for my ground. Then I can ground it right there, like that.Now, our other black wire needs to go to a light source. Now, because our switches in our dash are very low voltage, I'm gonna make it easy. Right underneath the floor there's a grommet. Can you see that grommet there I'm gonna run this outside and run it to the back to my license plate light. So I'm gonna have to extend it. Strip the end and add a butt connector. Same thing with my extra wire. I'm gonna go ahead and run some electrical tape around that. Now we can route our wire back to the back. I'm just gonna follow my airlines here.So our green wire with our yellow strip, that's gonna be for our license plate light. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna split it. We're gonna strip both ends. Put in our butt connector. Gonna strip back our other side, here.So here you can see our lights are working. Now, let's test out our compressor and our bags. And then I'll do it for a look at and installation on the Firestone Air Command 2 Standard Duty Compressor, part number F2178 on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.


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