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2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Firestone Ride-Rite Leveling Kit Install - On The Level

Haul Heavy Without Giving A Squat

Christian HazelPhotographer, Writer

Have you added a leveling kit to the front of your pickup but now when you tow or haul heavy cargo in your bed the nose of your truck points sky high like a flat-billed teenager’s wannabe prerunner? You could use air helper springs. Or maybe your heavy load needs to be unevenly distributed, causing the rear of your truck to lean to one side? You could use air helper springs. And perhaps your tow rig sways, leans, porpoises, or bottoms out once you load it to the vehicle’s max weight limit, because your factory springs are fatigued? You could use air helper springs.

There are probably many other reasons you could use air helper springs, but if you’ve read this far into the intro, you could use—you guessed it. In our case, we had an ’07 Ram Mega Cab with a 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel. The truck was frequently used to haul heavy trailers holding heavy equipment or heavy off-road vehicles. Did we mention the word “heavy” enough? We got tired of feeling the rear bumpstops bottoming, so we pulled the trigger on a Firestone Ride-Rite rear air helper spring system. Ride-Rite’s PN 2299 fit our chassis and included a pair of high-quality double convoluted air helper springs with a combined capacity of 5,000 pounds, heavy-duty mounting brackets, hardware, and enough air line to plumb the air springs either together or individually. We also ticked the boxes on the company’s website for some optional extras that added on-the-fly adjustability, as well as the utility of onboard air. Ride-Rite offers bolt-on kits for a huge array of vehicles, so chances are better than not that there’s a part number that covers your vehicle as well.