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Installed a Set of FireStone Ride-Rites on the F150

So tonight I got my Firestone Ride-Rite air bag system from Summit Racing.

These are supposed to add an additional 5000lbs of total weight(that is what the bags are rated for)

I wanted them to remove the sag in the truck when my ranger is loaded. My trailer is tongue heavy and this was cheaper than getting a new trailer. LOL

I found another reason why I hate winter too, all the slush snow salt water that comes off the truck when its in a warmer garage. It sucked.

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This is where the shrader valve comes out to fill the bags, any where from 5-100 psi



and the nasty mess I had to work in. The truck is so dirty I didnt take pics of it. LOL




I might install the front leveling kit now, but idk.
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Sweet!!! I bet it'll ride a lot better with the trailer now...
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LEVELING KIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

lol looks good, you had a chance to pull the ranger with it yet?
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thus why you put it in the garage and leave it for like a day lol... got to get everything dry lol... out meet on sat i was constantly wet from snow filled trucks
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Who won the beat. Its been 2 months before the first mod. I lost. LOL!

Looks good. Can't wait to see it with the trailer on!
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Nice man... Im digging those wheels too. Nice work.
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nice like where you put the valves too the ones on my dads silverado are on the inside of the fender lol
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LEVELING KIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

lol looks good, you had a chance to pull the ranger with it yet?
yeah it pulls it good. now it should do even better. it was a bit to 'floaty' for my tastes.

I am going to test load it this weekend I think. I should get my front driveshaft back then too.

I will put the leveling kit on or atleast try it when i try towing like this first.
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Who won the beat. Its been 2 months before the first mod. I lost. LOL!

Looks good. Can't wait to see it with the trailer on!
lol actually i swapped wheels and tires 24 hours after buying it and it has a diamond plate tool box in the bed.
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lol actually i swapped wheels and tires 24 hours after buying it and it has a diamond plate tool box in the bed.
So I was right. YES! I win. LOL
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thus why you put it in the garage and leave it for like a day lol... got to get everything dry lol... out meet on sat i was constantly wet from snow filled trucks
I wish, no time to really do that, need to drive it tomorrow.
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I wish, no time to really do that, need to drive it tomorrow.
you have the blue truck lol
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So I was right. YES! I win. LOL
oh and a brake controller. tint is next.

idk what you won but good luck with it! lol

this is more of a tool than a toy. this thing is meant to haul me and my toys.
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oh and a brake controller. tint is next.

idk what you won but good luck with it! lol

this is more of a tool than a toy. this thing is meant to haul me and my toys.
I won cause I said you would 'mod' it and you said not right away. LOL

Anyway back on topic. Looks real good!
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you have the blue truck lol
yeah, i am not getting salt on the blue truck, plus it has a bed full of Rhino junk. Plus its 2wd.
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Looks good Zach!! But that salt is nasty, glad they dont use much here.

Alls i can say is get those brakes hooked up and make sure you use breakaway kit. It saved my *** the other day. I was pulling the bobcat through town and well my receiver broke off right below the weld, and it snapped both safety chains. Luckily I had the breakaway hooked up and the trailer brakes just locked up and came to a stop.
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indiana salt is insane, over the summer one of the secrataries in the office was from in and got a flat .... the spare was rusted to the ****in van then the damn bolt stripped, i was pissed.
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Nice! Let me know how those work out for you. The trailers I tow are tongue heave too, even with a weight distributing hitch, so I've been looking at those bags too.
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I think my buddy has that setup. He has a controller mounted under his radio it's nice.
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yeah, i am not getting salt on the blue truck, plus it has a bed full of Rhino junk. Plus its 2wd.
sounds like epic fail lol
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Looks good Zach!! But that salt is nasty, glad they dont use much here.

Alls i can say is get those brakes hooked up and make sure you use breakaway kit. It saved my *** the other day. I was pulling the bobcat through town and well my receiver broke off right below the weld, and it snapped both safety chains. Luckily I had the breakaway hooked up and the trailer brakes just locked up and came to a stop.
interesting. lol i bet that was a shock for you.

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indiana salt is insane, over the summer one of the secrataries in the office was from in and got a flat .... the spare was rusted to the ****in van then the damn bolt stripped, i was pissed.
its not too bad if you wash your truck/car every week or so during the winter.

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Nice! Let me know how those work out for you. The trailers I tow are tongue heave too, even with a weight distributing hitch, so I've been looking at those bags too.
Will do! Since you have the leveling kit does it really effect how it tows? get any tire rubbing in the back?

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I think my buddy has that setup. He has a controller mounted under his radio it's nice.
Yeah its an optional thing you can buy, I choose not to because I am cheap. LOL
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Looks good! I almost bought a barely used set of ride-rite F150 bags for 100 but I figured I don't really need them right now, and they looked like they would kill the suspension travel. They should work awsome for towing the blue beast though...

I think you should level it with 285's or 305's.
Hopefully you're getting a prodigy controller too.
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Looks good....your truck is more dirty then mine lol
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Love the color, when you tow do you use a weight distribution hitch and brake controller? I know its a decent size trailer you have but once you get the truck on there that has to be some decent weight your pulling then.
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Definitely need a leveling lit now. It'll look a ton better. Why is the Ranger 2wd right now.
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