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Firestone: new air suspension for Ram 1500

by Bill Cawthon on

Firestone Industrial Products has introduced a new system designed to convert the 2009-2011 Dodge Ram 1500 coil spring suspension into a full air suspension delivering higher leveling capacity and improved ride quality.

The 2009-2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Rear Coil to Air Conversion System, part # W21 760 2518 is a no-drill kit designed to completely replace the factory coil spring with an air spring, converting the rear suspension to an Airide suspension. Firestone’s full-air conversion provides a leveling capacity up to the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle while smoothing the vehicle’s ride, according to the company. The system also allows for easy loading and trailer attachment, via an in-cab switch that kneels the truck by six inches at the hitch by “dumping” air from the springs.

“Our Dodge Ram Coil to Air Conversion System keeps the vehicle level under all load conditions, and the conversion maintains all the factory hardware and suspension geometry to seamlessly integrate the air springs with the factory coil spring retainers,” said Todd Green, regional sales manager, Firestone Industrial Products, Ride-Rite(tm) division.

Listing at $1,599, the kit claims to include all the components for installation.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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