Get answers to all your questions about Ride-Rite Air Spring products.
A: Most good truck and RV accessory shops carry our product. You can also find local retailers in Where to Buy.
A: Push the air line toward the body of the fitting. This will also force the collett, or collar, of the air fitting toward the fitting body. Hold the collett against the fitting, using a 5/16" open end wrench, and then pull the air line out after the collett releases the air line.
A: No, the Ride-Rite™ kits are designed to work in the original suspension height and configuration. Changes to height can hurt performance or allow the parts to be stretched or compressed beyond their capability, resulting in a premature failure.
A: Absolutely not. Only the vehicle manufacturer can set the GVWR. Even with the air springs, you have the same brakes, axles, bearings, and frame stiffness, which in part determines the vehicle’s load capability. The Ride-Rite™ air springs simply allow you to carry the maximum capacity of your truck more comfortably and without suspension sag and the poor handling that comes with it.
A: The life expectancy depends on a variety of factors, including heat, environmental conditions, and how hard you are using your vehicle. Due to our superior construction and rubber compounds, which are the same as we use on our Airide™ commercial vehicle air springs, it is not unusual to see the Firestone air springs last for 4 or 5 years. When they weather-check (or dry-rot), like a tire, they need replaced.
A: The Ride-Rite™ kits help the loaded ride mainly. If your vehicle rides like a log-wagon empty, it will still be fairly rough with the Ride-Rite™ air springs.
A: We have lifted kits available for some applications. Please see page 26 for our lifted applications.
A: Mix a solution of soap and water (about 1/5 liquid soap to 4/5 water) and spray it on the air line fittings, air spring, and compressor body and head (if you have an air compressor). If the fittings are leaking at the threads, tighten them or apply thread sealant. If the fitting is leaking at the air line, remove the air line, re-cut it squarely, and re-insert. If the air spring is leaking, send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if it is covered under warranty.
A: Commercial vehicle shops carry DOT rated tubing or you can order them from your local retailer. Part numbers are on pages 39-41.
A: Yes, but adding a “T” fitting will not allow you to level side-to-side and will allow air to go from one side to the other, which sacrifices some of the stability that the Ride-Rite™ kit adds. Firestone does not include "T" fittings in most kits for this reason.
A: No, the kit comes with 2 inflation valves, one for each side of the vehicle. The inflation valves are the same as are used on a tire. When you check your tires monthly, check your air spring pressure as well. You can add air using any means you would use to inflate your tires. Your local Firestone Tire and Service center provides free compressed air to their customers.
A: No, Firestone compressors are oil-less and can be mounted in any direction.
A: No. Firestone air springs use technology from our heavy truck Airide™ springs and can withstand thousands of pounds of pulling force without damage.
A: It depends on the failure mode. If it’s a manufacturing defect, we’ll stand behind our product. If it’s due to mis-use or application, such as over-extended, rubbing other parts, too much pressure, or other suspension design or fabrication issues, then we can’t cover the air spring.
A: In our experience, intermittent use of our systems and how they’re operated do not necessitate an air dryer. We recommend building loops into the air lines to act as traps for moisture so water does not flow back into the compressor head. See the installation guide for examples.
A: No, we do not sell direct. For retail locations near you, please visit Where to Buy.
A: Generally, over-inflating by one PSI will not damage your air springs.
A: Yes, our air springs are designed and tested to withstand the roughest conditions. They will withstand pressure spikes they will see from driving over large bumps and uneven terrain. These are the most frequently asked questions. For additional information, please consult the installation instructions on the web site, operator’s guide, or contact Firestone directly at 1-800-888-0650