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Old 05-15-2010, 08:22 PM   #1
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Installed Air Lifts, Compressor & Gauge controller

I just completed my install for Firestone Ride Rite Air Lifts rears first I had to find a place to mount the compressor a spot on the frame just below the passenger seat I bolted the compressor to a plate and sandwich it to the frame. Then came up with a protected housing for the compressor did not want water, mud or dirt on the compressor. I went down to the plumbing shop and picked up a floor vent register that would fit over the compressor did some cutting and split a piece of 1/4" rubber hose to fit over the cut. Next routed the lines from the rear lifts, also a relay comes with the kit mounted it on the plate next to the compressor a wire also routes with the air lines. Then I located a nice spot to drill a 1 inch a hole in the firewall dash found a perfect place used a smog valve rubber seal that was 1" OD went down to Kragens found plastic split wire housing that perfect in the hole of the smog seal. Ran the three lines with the relay wire through the dash made all the necessary connections to the rear of the gauge. It was tough to find a location to mount the gauge came up with a plate mounted the plate to a brace that supports the bottom of the dash on the drivers side. I posted some pictures to help anyone that may take a challenge on installing the Air Lifts all said and done I took my time tow days one 4 hours and one day 6 hours saved about $200-$300.00 on labor. This install is on a 2010, 2500HD, Diesel. I also put on Steps, Titan 48 gallon tank & Bed linner upgraded to 265x16 E rated. Ready to tow 28 ft. TT.
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:10 PM   #2
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Thank you for providing your installation with us. The pictures are also appreciated and it looks like you have achieved your objective by protecting the compressor and related equipment.
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Yes, that is a very nice installation. Only worry I would have is the opening on the compressor housing--I believe road dirt and water will get in there eventually. Some kind of cover?
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Yes, that is a very nice installation. Only worry I would have is the opening on the compressor housing--I believe road dirt and water will get in there eventually. Some kind of cover?
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Joe, I will see this winter I duck hunt on some pretty nasty dirt and muddy roads. When I first wanted to install the compressor I checked on YouTube and the Firestone Co. has a video you can see how they installed their compressor on a vehicle. They just mounted it on the frame just about where I located mine bare with no protection from mud, snow dust, etc. Might be a good ideal for me to head down to the sheet metal fab shop and see what they can come up with an slip in insert cover. Thanks for the input. Albert
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I have been wanting to do something like this with a ViAir compressor--your pics are a big help in my thinking about how to do it.
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Ingenuity at it's best. You might want to consider that a total enclosure might contribute to the compressor over-heating in summer.
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Nice job but I would have went withthe wireless setup so you would not have had to do all that hole cutting.
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