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Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs Installation - 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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How to Install the Firestone Ride-Rite Rear Air Helper Springs on a 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Speaker 1: Today on our 2016 Ford F250 Super Duty, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Firestone Ride Rite red label extreme duty air helper springs for the rear axle. Part number F2703.This is what our air helper springs look like when they're installed. What these are going to do for you is these are going to bring your vehicle back to normal ride height when you're lowered down with weight. These are going to attach between your frame and your rear axle with high alloy steel brackets that are coated to resist any corrosion. Another great thing about these bags is if you have an uneven load, you can air one bag up more than the other to level that load out to get you going down the highway straight. As far as the installation goes, it is a fairly simple straightforward installation.

It's going to come with all the necessary hardware. There's not going to be any drilling or cutting required.First thing we need to do before we start our installation, you need to get a normal ride height. So what we're going to do is we're going to measure from the ground through the center of the wheel to the bottom of the inside of the fender. Now that we've added some weight to our truck, let's go ahead and take another measurement. Start at the back, again we're going to do it the same way, ground center of the wheel to the fender.

It looks like we've dropped our rear end about three and a half inches.We raised our front end about a quarter of an inch to a half inch. Now with the back end of our truck dropped about three and a half inches, this is going to put unnecessary wear and tear on our rear axle. With the front end coming up about a quarter of an inch to a half inch, what this is going to do it's going to make the steering a lot lighter. It's going to affect the braking, and it put unnecessary wear and tear on the tires.Now that we have our bags installed, we've added our weight back to the truck, let's get another measurement. Looks like we're back at normal ride height in the rear and it looks like our front is back to normal ride height.

This is going to greatly reduce unnecessary wear and tear on our tires, brakes. It's going to bring our headlights back down to normal. It's going to be much safer driving down the highway when we're traveling.To start our installation, we're going to start on our driver's side. We're going to have to remove our jounce stop and we're going to have to remove this bolt that's coming through this clip right here. What I'm going to do is I'm going to take some penetrating oil.

I'm going to spray that down. It's a little bit rusty and let that sit while I'm taking that top bolt out.Next we'll take our half inch socket right here on the outside, we'll remove the bolt. Next we need to remove this clip. We'll take some needle nose. Next we'll use a 15 millimeter socket, we're going to remove our jounce stop. Next we're going to put on our driver's side frame bracket. We're going to be using a 3/8 inch hex bolt, a flat washer and a lock nut. Going to feed our bolt through the hole and the bolt that we took out. Then on the outside of the frame we'll put on our flat washer and lock nut.Next we'll take two 14 millimeter sockets or 14 millimeter socket and wrench, whatever your combination that you want to use and we'll tighten that down. Next we're going to have two spacers. You're going to have a half inch spacer and a quarter inch spacer. Now you're going to have several of these in your kit, so you can use whatever combination you need to, to fit in between this bracket and the frame. You just want to make sure that the smallest one is on the bottom. So slide that in like that, we're going to line it up with this center hole in the bottom of this bracket here. Then we'll take our long flathead Allen bolt and we're going to feed it up through the holes that are in the two brackets. Then on the top of that, we're going to put a flat washer and a lock nut. We'll use a 7/32 Torx bit and a 14 millimeter socket, we'll go ahead and snug that into place.Next we're going to take our bag. You'll notice there's a little knob at the top. Right here, there's two holes. We want this not to go in this front hole, which is toward the front of the vehicle. This is going to go in this second hole or hole toward the center outside of the vehicle. Then we'll take our star lock washer, put it over the large stud on the bag. Then we'll take our large nut and get our bag secured to our upper bracket.Next thing we need to do is you see this line. What we're going to do is we're going to take a flathead screwdriver, going to pop that clip open and this one. We're going to zip tie it up high like this. Cut off our excess. Now we're going to have our lower bag bracket. It's going to be held or secured to the bottom of the bag through this hole with a short flat hex bolt. We'll take our 7/32 Allen wrench and secure our bag.Now you can see all of these wires and cables are interfering with us getting our lower bracket in. So what we're going to do is we're going to loosen the top, going to take our nut off. What we're going to do is we're going to get our lower bracket. We'll reinstall our washer and our large nut. Next we're going to install our 3/8 hex bolt to attach our two brackets together and we'll put on a flat washer and a lock nut.Next I'm going to put one here. Now our large U bolt, we're going to make sure we go on the outside of our leaf spring stack and we're going to go into the bottom hole of our airbag bracket here. We're going to put on a flat washer and a lock nut. We'll do that on both sides. Next we'll take two carriage bolts. You're going to have one on each side. We'll drop those down into place. Then we're going to have this bracket that's going to go underneath our axle. We're going to put on a flat washer and a lock nut. We're going to do the same thing on the other side.Next we'll take a 14 millimeter socket and wrench and we're going to tighten down the bolts and nuts that are holding our bag bracket or our lower bag bracket through our frame bracket. What we want is we want this bracket to be as far down as possible. Next we'll tighten our U bolts. We're going to do this evenly on both sides. Next we're going to tighten down our carriage bolts. You just want to make sure you tighten them down evenly.Next we're going to torque all of our 3/8 hardware to the specifications in the instructions. We're going to repeat that for all remaining 3/8 hardware that we installed. Next we're going to install our air valve right on the center or inside of this stud. You can see the red Loctite on there, we just want to make sure that that is seated down inside. You don't want to over tighten this seal. So we'll hand thread it in. You just want to make sure that the Loctite is sealed down inside, so you don't have any leaks.Now you're going to get a bundle of airline tube. What you want to do is take the two ends, put them together. String it out until you find your center, cut it in half, so you have equal parts on both sides. Before putting your airline tube inside of your air fitting, you want to make sure that the end is flat. It's not pinched or kinked. So what you want to do if it is, take an airline tube cutter. If you don't have one, part number F9009. Feed it in like that, gives you a good clean end. Route this up and you'll push down til you can't push it anymore. Then slightly pull up to make sure it's locked into place.So what I did is I routed my hose right through up against my frame, this will help keep protected, following all this existing wiring. Ran it across, across the back. I left a little bit hanging here. This is where I'm going to mount my two air nozzles. Once you're done with the driver's side, you're going to repeat the same process on the passenger's side with the exception of the heat shield. You're going to have two heat sleeves that go on your airline tube.In your kit, you're going to get a bracket. It's going to fit right on the edge of your hitch and it's going to hold your two air fittings in place. Before we install this, we're going to install our air fittings onto our bracket. We're going to remove the white caps, remove the nut. Put a flat washer on the bottom air nozzle, put a flat washer on the top, then replace the nut. Along with your bracket, you're going to get two large zip ties, feed them through over top of our hitch like this. Then we'll tighten them into place. Now we're secure, cut off our excess. Then we'll take a half inch socket and half inch wrench or two half inch wrenches, whatever you choose. We're going to tighten this down, you want to make sure you don't over tighten this because you don't want to crack that. Then we'll take our tube cutter, cut our tubes to length.Again you don't want to come too short because you don't want to kink them. We can always cut extra off if we need to. Push it into place, make sure it's secured. Next we're going to add about 70 pounds or 70 psi per bag. Once you've added your 70 psi, we're going to take some soapy water and we're going to spray all the ends of our fittings to make sure we don't have any leaks. What we're looking for is we're looking for large bubbles. That one looks good. They look good there. I'm not seeing any large bubbles, I think we're good. That'll do it for a look at and installation on the Firestone Ride Rite red label extreme duty air helper springs for the rear axle, part number F2703 on our 2016 Ford F250 Super Duty.

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