|Item Weight||8.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.5 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches|
|Item model number||W217602407|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||Yes|
|Manufacturer Part Number||W217602407|
|OEM Part Number||BBQZ2407|
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Firestone W217602407 Ride-Rite Kit for Toyota Tacoma 4WD
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- Levels vehicle front-to-rear and side-to-side
- Stabilizes vehicle while loaded and maximizes vehicles load carrying capacity
- Adjustability is between 5-100 Pascal per square inch
- Used on pick-ups, class A,B,C motorhomes, vans, commercial vehicles and SUV's
- Kit includes air springs, air line, fasteners, upper and lower brackets, inflation valves, push-to-connect air fittings and detailed instructions
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Ride-Rite air helper springs mount between the frame and the suspension of light-trucks, vans, and motorhomes. The heavy-duty convoluted air springs will handle all leveling needs with load carrying capacities between 3,200-5,000 pounds per set. Ride-Rite air helper springs will level the vehicle front-to-rear and side-to-side, stabilize the vehicle while loaded, maximize vehicles load carrying capacity and features adjustability 5-100 Pascal per square inch. Each kit is weighed to ensure component count and each air spring is pressure tested before leaving the factory. Over 1 million cycle life test. It is ISO certified. Can be used on pick-Ups, class A,B,C motorhomes, vans, commercial vehicles and SUV's. The Kit includes air springs, air line, fasteners, upper and lower brackets, inflation valves, push-to-connect air fittings and detailed instructions.
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Time will tell how these air bags hold up, but for now I am very happy to be able to carry loads that previously had this truck sitting on it's bump stops. Just 20 psi makes a huge difference. I will revise this review in the unlikely case that something goes wrong down the road.
As for the actual function of the system, I'll update later after the lines are connected.
The baggs are still working well. I've towed the travel trailer a few times and still really like the air system. I like it much better than the Air Ride system that I had on my previous Jeep. But the install day a few months ago still haunts me in my dreams.
The installation (I did mine) was straightforward but not easy. Plan on spending some time under the truck. I think the instructions are a bit scanty and not well illustrated but you can get through it by a trial assembly prior to starting. Jack up your truck and use strong reliable jack stands then take off the rear wheels and remove the spare. My installation took about three hours (my first time installing a kit like this). I placed the valves low and under the bumper and secured the valve assembly with strong zip ties. I would reccommend this product.
If you are going to use your vehicle off-road, I recommend installing Daystar cradles so that the airbag does not act like a limiter strap, restrict downtravel and get damaged when the suspension droops. Especially if you have a lift, make sure to measure the space between your lower bracket (top of axle) and upper bracket (where the rear bump stop hits) where the airbag will sit to determine if you need airbag spacers. From what I read, it is not recommended to use airbag spacers and Daystar cradles together but confirm this for yourself. Google "Firestone airbag spacers" to determine which (if any) size spacers you need to compensate for this gap distance. Incorrect installation on a lifted vehicle can result in damage to the airbag and/ or truck.
The bottom of the Daystar Cradle is 3/4" thick and does act like a small spacer, adding a little lift even with less than 10 psi in the air springs.
Some folks are claiming they completed the install in 2 hours. Wow! It took me like 5. I spent at least an hour trying to get one of the airlines to stop leaking (see video). I recommend you take your time, follow all the steps (etrailer has a great video for install on Gen 2 Tacoma), make sure nothing is leaking and if you install Daystar cradles, make sure the airbag is in good alignment before tightening everything down.
Impact wrench (or comparable driver) was key! The kit is supplied with prevailing-torque lock nuts, which SUCK to tighten. I used an impact wrench to get close, and then finished them off with a wrench or ratchet. Page 3 of the install instructions includes torque specs but I'm not sure how valid these are with those dang prevailing-torque lock nuts.
A 9/16 (or 14mm in a pinch) deep socket was handy for tightening the 3/8" flanged lock nuts onto the Carriage Bolts.
I used a 1/2" drive 1 1/8" socket with 8" extension to tighten the 3/4" nut. There are a lot of obstructions and it could be hard to turn that bad boy with a wrench.
Be sure to orientate the air valve on top of the airbag so that it is pointing toward the rear (assuming that is where you want the fill valves located) and slightly OUTWARD. The airline will run well along the vehicle's frame. If it is pointed inward on the passenger side it will be too close to the exhaust and not protected by the heat shield. It's a real pain to rotate it after the air spring is installed.
The upper brackets get installed onto the air springs before they are put under the vehicle. On the driver side I was able to install AND TIGHTEN the upper frame bracket (with all four 3/8"-16 X 1" Hex Bolts) before putting the airbag into place. This was clutch. Those four (especially the outside 2) hex bolts are hard to get on once the air spring is under the frame. I wasn't so lucky on the passenger side, but it's worth a shot. Worse case, you might have to loosen the flanged nuts just a little to allow some play in the bracket assembly to wiggle it into place. Getting those four bolts (and the 3/4" X 1 3/4" bolt) tight once the air spring is under the frame is the crux of the install and a 2 person job.
Getting a perfectly clean and square cut on the air line was key to preventing small leaks. I tried a couple different cutters and in the end found that a sharp razor blade worked the best. If you wind up pressing the airline into the fitting, then removing it (assuming it leaks), there will be an indent from the press fitting. You can use this indentation for getting a perfectly square cut.
If you need to remove an airline from a fitting: 1. press inward on the airline to set the outside collar of the fitting flush against the main body of the fitting. 2. use a 5/16 end wrench pressed flat again the collar (with the airline coming out the opening in the wrench) to hold the collar flat and firm against the fitting. 3. Gently pull outward on the air hose while continuing to press the collar of the fitting against the main body with the wrench. 4. If the air hose doesn't come out, pull harder on the air line while pressing harder with the wrench against the face of the collar and be prepared to hit your head against something when it finally does come loose.
Pressurize the air springs to 40-50 psi. and take the time to check all of the fittings for leaks with soapy water. I was ready to file a warranty claim on one of them before I finally got it cut perfectly.
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I purchased the Daystar airbag cradles this time so I can retain more flex if needed and if I wanted to jack my truck up to work on it I didn’t need to support the rear axle so the airbag doesn’t get stretched and ripped.
So far I haven’t put and pressure in the airbags yet. It will still hold a bit of air even though they are not pumped up. I have a folding hard top tonneau cover on which has a little bit of weight to it. The suspension is noticeably stiffer going over bumps in the rear. I’ve got to really slow down for big bumps. Once there’s more weight in the back I think ride quality will improve. I guess if you really wanted to , you could use some kind of vacuum to suck all the air out of the bags when your not needing the extra support.
You won't regret getting these. Easily adjusted, even with a compact bicycle pump, to accommodate various loads and desired ride heights.