Rite-Ride 2476 User Manual

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the suspension system. As more air pressure is added to the air springs, they will support more weight. You will be

able to compensate for a heavy load by adding air pressure to the air springs, thereby reducing sway and handling

problems associated with a heavily loaded vehicle.



Using a torque wrench, torque the threaded fasteners to the following specifications:
Fasteners used on studs and blind holes in air springs

15 – 20 ft lbs

Hex nuts installed on axle straps

10 – 15 ft lbs

Hex nuts installed on 3/8" hex bolts

28 – 32 ft lbs

Hex nuts and bolts used to secure brackets to frame

28 – 32 ft lbs

Hex nuts installed on U-bolts

15 – 20 ft lbs

Hex bolts securing tapered sleeve style air spring to lower bracket

10 – 12 ft lbs


In order to assure trouble-free operation, your air spring kit includes a variety of self-locking threaded fasteners.

Your kit may include prevailing-torque lock nuts. Prevailing-torque lock nuts may be more difficult to install, but will

not come loose under normal suspension operation.


The hex bolts used to secure the air spring to the brackets may have a locking compound applied to the threads.

Lock washers are not required when using a fastener with pre-applied thread locking compound. When installing

fasteners with thread locking compound, follow the torque recommendations listed in table.


Your air helper spring kit may include helical lock washers. In order to properly use the lock washer, tighten the

nut/bolt fastener just enough to flatten the lock washer. Overtightening the fastener may damage the nut or bolt.

When using helical lock washers, follow the torque recommendations listed in Table “A”.


Your kit will include one of two types of push-to-connect air fittings: fittings with a thread locking compound pre-

applied to the threads or fittings with a Nylon collar in place of the thread locking compound.

The pre-applied thread sealant, thread the air fitting into the air spring and tighten the fitting securely to engage

the pre-applied thread sealant.

The Nylon collar, thread the air fitting into the threaded hole on the air spring so that the Nylon collar makes contact

with the top of the air spring and then tighten 1/2 turn. No thread sealant is required.

Both types of air fittings allow easy connection between the air fitting and the air line tubing. To install the air line

in the fittings, cut the tubing as square as possible using a sharp utility knife or razor blade. Push the air line into

the fitting as far as possible. If the tubing must be removed from the fitting, first release the air pressure from the

air spring. Push the collar towards the body of the fitting and then pull the tubing out.


It is not uncommon to have different pressures between the air springs after the vehicle has been brought to a level

condition. If the vehicle is within the manufacturer's recommended gross vehicle weight and you have not achieved

a level condition after inflating the air springs to 100 psi, there may be a problem with your stock suspension. The

leaf springs may have become fatigued over time or a leaf spring may be fractured. There may be an obstruction

in the air system, not allowing the air pressure to reach the air helper springs.


Upon completion of the installation, the air springs should be inspected for proper alignment. Although the air

helper springs can function with some misalignment, it is preferred that the air springs be mounted so that they

are aligned with as little top to bottom offset as possible.

Check the distance between the upper bracket and lower bracket (design height). The dimensions shown on Page

5 are a guide to assist in determining the ideal operating height for your air helper springs.