Ultimate Ford F-150 - Safer Towing & Better Handling: Part 1 Photo Gallery
It’s Not Make Believe—It’s Reality with the Right Bolt-On Parts
Dan Ward –
Jan 1, 2013
Photo 1/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Rendering | Ultimate Ford F-150 - Safer Towing & Better Handling: Part 1
Photo 2/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Rendering | Ultimate Ford F-150 - Safer Towing & Better Handling: Part 1
Photo 3/19 | 1301tr 02 Ultimate Ford F 150 Trailer Hitch Before Measurement | 1. We began the install by measuring the factory ride height of the trailer hitch ball. Keep in mind this truck is also equipped with a Ready Lift 1.5-inch rear lift block to achieve a true leveling kit. The before number came in at 20 inches.
Photo 4/19 | 1301tr 03 Ultimate Ford F 150 Rear Bumpstops | 2. Once we jotted down the measurement, we drove the truck onto our shop lift and removed the rear bumpstops.
Photo 5/19 | 1301tr 04 Ultimate Ford F 150 Firestone Ride Rite Kit | 3. Taking a closer look at the Firestone Ride-Rite kit, you can see the Firestone airbags, mounting brackets, spacer, air line, and hardware.
Photo 6/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Retaining Bracket | 4. With the bumpstops out of the way, we could slide the retaining bracket under the framerail and bolt it down using the supplied bolts.
Photo 7/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Airbag Mount Bracket | 5. We then installed the airbag mounting bracket to the retaining bracket using the included four bolts.
Photo 8/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Firestone Airbag | 6. It was now time to bolt on the Firestone airbag to the bracket.
Photo 9/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Lower Airbag Mount | 7. Creating a lower mounting point for the airbag, we slid this bracket over the leaf-spring pack and used the supplied mounting hardware to secure it.
Photo 10/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Firestone Wireless Command Center II System | 8. Here you can see the Firestone Wireless Air Command II system (PN: 2540, $699.99). For our work truck, we wanted something fast and easy. The kit included an awesome wireless digital controller with LCD air pressure readout and it also doubled as a LED flashlight. Pretty trick stuff.
Photo 11/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Air Compressor | 9. The air compressor was mounted inside the bedwall under the truck. We made sure to mount it away from heat and moving parts.
Photo 12/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Air Compressor Power Source | 10. Running from the compressor to the front of the truck where the battery was mounted, the wiring was a breeze with wire connections needed for only 12V power, ground, and ignition source.
Photo 13/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Air Line Connector | 11. Each air line was then connected to the electronic valve.
Photo 14/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Airbag Connection | 12. And then to each airbag.
Photo 15/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Air Filter | 13. This air compressor filter was then run to an elevated mounting position to keep water out of the compressor.
Photo 16/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Mounting Spacer | 14. With everything dialed in, we then slipped this airbag mounting spacer in between the airbag and lower mount. We could then bolt down the airbag to the lower mount.
Photo 17/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Firestone Ride Kit Airbag | 15. Looking factory installed, the Firestone Ride Rite kit was impressive with its fit and finish.
Photo 18/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Wireless Controller | 16. Inside the truck, we could scroll up and down to adjust the rear height based on our towing and hauling weight. The wireless controller also had three memory settings for regularly towed trailers.
Photo 19/19 | 1301tr 01 Ultimate Ford F 150 Trailer Hitch After Measurement | 17. Once the compressor filled the airbags to the max, we measured the top of hitch ball and the final tally was 25 ½ inches, or an increase of 5 ½ inches. This will help provide a huge boost for towing and hauling. Say goodbye to a sagging truck struggling to tow a trailer.