Category: Suspension

Categories: Suspension

Many customers forget the very last step to any air ride installation completion, and that is the final alignment of the wheels. Your pocket book may suffer if this is not completed or completed inaccurately.

To begin your alignment process on your new air ride system equip vehicle you will need to pick a reasonable ride height. This ride height will be where you or the customer has chosen to put the height of the vehicle for the majority of the ride, short or long distance. Once a good height is chosen be sure to measure out each corner of the vehicle using a tape measure to ensure that the front axle sides are the same and the rear axle side are the same (symmetrical heights).

After the heights have been set and you are certain that the vehicle is level or alignment, you will want to mark the pressures at each of the corners to ensure you have the ability to reset that height when needed, and you may even want to go to the point of setting this height with a driver in the car to ensure accuracy. Many vehicles have unbalanced weight so expect the gauge readouts at each corner to be very close but almost always different and then mark them down. (EXAMPLE: FL:44PSI, FR:42PSI, RL:31PSI, RR:33:PSI)

After all is recorded, you may begin the alignment process at that specifically set ride height, and rest assured that you are optimizing your tire tread wear as best you can.

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Categories: Suspension

Tow kits have utilized Air Ride Suspension for some time now, riding our day to day driver of that awful looking level, and stiff ride quality found in static suspension tow kits by offering increased carrying/towing capacity while retaining the comfortable feel you are used to with a factory ride. There are many configurations for towing capacity to choose from, and this greatly depends on your application. No matter what you drive “car or truck” nowadays air ride leveling or towing kits are readily available.

In this reading we will talk about some of the industry standard options you have to choose from when considering your tow kit. Considering a budget some may simply start with a manual air fill style helper kit which is as basic as they come. In the diagram below you will see a basic Schrader valve connected to a tee fitting and two air bags. This will allow the user to bear there load for tow and then level to ride accordingly by filling the plumbed tire inflation valve (Schrader Valve) with a detached air compressor.

Tow, Kit Installation, Plumbing, Rear Air Kit , Air Towing Kit
This diagram displayed a typical schematic of a tow kit with plumbing that uses a tee fitting for the fill operation. Very Basic single fill design.

Though this is a very cost effective way to increase your are capacity and allow for a level ride, there are a few down falls. Considering you now do not have an on board air management system, the convenience factor is slim to none. You may also need to consider the ride quality and specific height at the time of the fill, or be stuck pulling over and either inflating the bags again or defining the bags depending on the situation. On top of this your simple inflation plumbing is connected by a tee fitting which ties both air bags together so the roll that you may experience during cornering due to the air transfer from bag to bag as the weight shifts may be more then you would like.

 

A second option is mechanical push button valves.

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For those looking for assistance and information on there next air ride suspension installation project, then you have come to the right place!
The below generalized documentation will give you a great understanding of the chassis components installation as well as a deeper perspective of the air management hardware, controls and how everything works together.

Each of our air ride systems are a bit different but certainly offer all the hardware required to build a complete on board air system with controls.

To begin we will discuss our standard street style air ride system witch includes a bit smaller hardware without limiting any of the functionality within your system, and is great for the consumer looking to equip there ride on air without the cost, and need to have a great amount of play time.
Illustrated below is the plumbing diagram for said air management system, and as you can see this kit includes 8 independent brass air valves which will section off each corner of the vehicle with a fill and dump valve per wheel.

custom complete air ride systems installation document for plumbing and wiring options.

Need some understanding on the installation process of your air management system? The above and below documentation give you the wiring and plumbing diagrams for both our Plug and Play and Standard custom aftermarket air ride kit.

custom plug and play air ride systems installation document for plumbing and wiring options.
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