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Old 09-09-2014, 06:21 PM   #15
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Thank you both IC2 & Thunderfoot for the great info . I've always had good luck with FTE and IRV2 in obtaining knowledge and info. I assume Firestone is very user friendly as far as install . My 5er weighs around 12,500 and though it would improve the ride. Does anyone have a better deal on their bags ? Once again thanks for your input gentlemen .
Common SAE hand tools are all you need - along with at least 3-4 uninterrupted hours(regardless of what anyone else says). Probably the hardest part is to remove a DEF tank bracket captured nut and replace with one of their assemblies. Cut the plastic air fill tubing straight, make sure the fittings are snug(I used some Teflon sealant) and you will be set. My Schrader fill valves are bolted to a simple bracket I made up from some aluminum stock and bolted next to the Ford trailer hitch. You will have to experiment with the correct air pressure - I started at 40 psig with the old 5er with 2300# pin weight but the new one, though quite a bit bigger/heavier only seems to need 30 psig for the same ride and 'lift' as it has only about 1800# of pin weight.
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I just recently changed my valve set up. It use to be two different valves one for each side. I thought that was a good set up until a buddy of mine had a line get a hole rubbed in it and he almost lost control. So I bought a splitter and now have one valve fills both airbags that way if one looses pressure both sides drop equally
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:58 AM   #17
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I just recently changed my valve set up. It use to be two different valves one for each side. I thought that was a good set up until a buddy of mine had a line get a hole rubbed in it and he almost lost control. So I bought a splitter and now have one valve fills both airbags that way if one looses pressure both sides drop equally
I considered that for mine, but couldn't find a correct tee fitting with a Schrader valve. I didn't want any more potential leak points with a standard tee and another short length of hose to a valve so just tied the lines well to eliminate chafe spots.
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Can you get the tee fitting from Firestone air rite also ? I do like the idea of the one fill in case of a failure with one of the lines .
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I went with the airlift bags and their wirelessONE remote compressor...
BEST money I have spent for my rv vacationing

being able to push the button to change the pressure while in the air conditioned cab AND going down the road is priceless...

and a no brainer to let camping world install it for $39 (think they went up to $69) but STILL not worth me crawling under there doing something I don't want to do or will ever do again
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I added the Firestone bags to my Sierra 2500 HD. Installation was a snap, maybe 11/2 hours total. I connected both bags, and have had no handling issues what so ever. I ran the fill valve out the back, and installed a neat little 12 volt air pump in the front compartment of our 5er. The pump has a gauge so I can always know what pressures I'm at. I simply open the side door, extend the air hose, and fill the bags.
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I bought some gas line just slightly larger than the tubing that came with the Firestone Ride Rite. Ran it full length from the air bag to the schrader valve. Have never had a problem with rubbing a hole in the tubing and it not very expensive. Gives me peace of mind and really protects the tubing.
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Great idea . Will do the same . Bags are due in Friday .
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I have a 2013 F-350 and put the Firestone on mine as well with no problems. I did use a tee and put the schrader valve next to the fuel filler, that way it's out of sight and protected.
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I bought some gas line just slightly larger than the tubing that came with the Firestone Ride Rite. Ran it full length from the air bag to the schrader valve. Have never had a problem with rubbing a hole in the tubing and it not very expensive. Gives me peace of mind and really protects the tubing.
Good idea but what gas line and what fittings did you use? If it's the usual neoprene gasoline line, I'll keep what was supplied
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Good idea but what gas line and what fittings did you use? If it's the usual neoprene gasoline line, I'll keep what was supplied
Sorry, I wasn't real clear on that. After routing the gas line, I pushed the tubing that came with the kit through through the gas line for protection of the tubing and used all the fittings and tubing that came with the air bags.
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Firestone a bags are installed , took longer than expected or I was taking extra precautions . Total time around 6 hrs. Used vacuum hose to wrap the lines . Installed tee fitting and ran the schrader valve down to the trailer plug hook up. All is well . Hooking up in 2 weeks for a week long vacation , will report back later . Thanks to all on the info and suggestions .
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I used these as I could not put airbags on my truck because one hitch bracket was in the way.. It did the job for half the cost and installed in 45 min.

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Old 09-28-2014, 03:26 PM   #28
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Has anyone installed air bags on their tow vehicle? Does it help ease the road conditions we encounter? I'm not likely to do the installation on this myself so if you've added them to your vehicle, what did you buy and did you have a nationally-recognized company install them? Thanks!
Yes and yes. I have a 2008 F-250 PSD SRW. I have Air-Lift airbags and Ranch Hand installed them for me. I honestly think they would have been easy enough for me to install myself, but at the time my arthritis was giving me fits.

I did not get the onboard air to compliment them, and now I wish I had.
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