Tag: Air Bags

Categories: Suspension

The custom air suspension industry has mad leaps and bound over the last 20 years, and many manufacturers / suppliers are capable of providing suspension for just about every vehicle, no matter what your style.

Prior to now air suspension was built for a limited market, mainly MINI Trucks or lowriders. Unfortunately there were many cusomers moving over to the new suspension which had to make sacrifices to accommodate what was available on the market back then. Today’s custom air suspension market is much larger and can accommodate just about any stance you are looking for.

Not only are the air ride systems becoming available for alternate heights but the shops that install this new air bag suspension have the knowledge and ability to modify parts of the vehicles chassis to change the ride height to exactly what your looking for.

Lifted air bag suspension kits, custom car and truck lift suspension, huge air ride lift

Custom engineered control arms, spindles, 4-links, extended trailing arms, custom track bars, links, custom brackets, and taller air bags all make adding a lifted air ride kit possible. It’s not to say that you or your installer won’t run into complications due to the sheer height of the new chassis, but it is certainly a much easier process than it was before.

If you are looking for an air bag lift kit to clear some large wheels (donk style) or are simply looking to gain some off road clearance then x2 can take care of it.

Lowriders are a much diffrent beast all together. Much of the lowered air ride kit equipment used to only go so far depending on the year, make and model of your vehicle. Leaps and bounds have also been made with these dropped air ride systems as well. With lowered control arms, spindles, frame notches, and custom frame modifications durring the installation almost all vehicles can now lay out completely. A good match in wheel and tire diameter should also be considered when trying to maximize the total drop you are looking for. With very large wheels and certain cars and trucks, a completely new custom crossmember may be required to gain the lowered stance you are looking for.

Slammed air suspension, lowered air bag kits, custom dropped air ride

No matter what the application, or heights you are looking for, rest assured with the right combination of air suspension hardware and a good installer with fabrication experience it is now possible to modify your current suspension to do just about anything you would like.

NOTE: Body drops are also a good option when trying to maximize your dropped air ride stance. Keep in mind, that these types of drops just about always require some major body and frame modifications to allow the body to sit lower on the frame and would require the work of a fabrication shop that is firmiliar with this type of lowering modification.

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Categories: Suspension

We are the internet’s one stop air suspension hot spot! We understand your aftermarket air suspension needs and look forward to a long lasting relationship as your complete air suspension kit supplier!

Our air suspension is designed to last our customers a lifetime, we back this statement by a industry leading warranty. We are sure you will love our great selection of quality air suspension, and parts that will take you to the end of your project smoothly. Quality is number one when it comes to our supply and inventory. We scour the net for the best prices and quality custom Air Suspension you can find, then we add larger hardware and storage to it making the system you buy the BEST!

Air suspension is a setup for suspensions that use compress air instead of traditional coil springs, leaf springs, torsion bars or struts. The setup is made of four dampers full of air in the inflated state, and a compressor for air compression. It uses a series of valves to allow air to fill or dump the air from the dampers (air springs or bags). They are now used on the modified car scene and for commercial buses and heavy load vehicles. This type of air suspension is also known as Pneumatic Suspension or Airbags. Due to its popularity, air suspension is now manufactured complete and easy to fit specific applications.

Price around and you will see X2 Industries holds the largest selection of Air Suspension at the best prices available Guaranteed!

HAVE A PLAN FOR YOURSELF:

Installation of an aftermarket air ride suspension system can be a tedious and time consuming job at times especially if you are attempting the installation yourself. This can lead to putting your vehicle out of commission for some time so a backup plan is always a good idea. Get your backup plan ready for any scenario that may lead to additional vehicle down time, whether its borrowing a car temporarily or a time when you will not need it. This backup plan may not be necessary for projects like hot rods and or classic rebuilds where the vehicle is not currently being used. Everyone has a diff rent scenarios so be sure to prepare yourself the best you can.

Some of our air ride suspension kits require very little if any modification but this is on a case by case, vehicle by vehicle basis. To find out if your application will need more or less modification for fitment, or at least to get a general idea of the installation procedure for your specific vehicle please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-823-0320.

You may also find it helpful to check out our “Customer Rides Section” for installation pictures of other customers rides to help sharpen up or give you additional ideas for your project.

 

DIFFRENT EQUIPMENT OPTIONS AND DETERMINING WHAT YOU NEED (POPULAR SUSPENSION TYPES):

This section will go over the different options a customer may choose to fit their needs. It will explain the importance of the compressor, tank, valves, airline, and the pressure of the system to give an understanding of how all these components work together. In an example we will also discuss the importance of a good compressor and tank combination to ensure that the system is not overworked and the compressor is not running to fill an excessive tank of air. To be proactive it is always a great idea to ensure that you have all the equipment necessary to install a complete system before starting, never start a project like this before inspecting and verifying all parts are ready to go.

A healthy tank and compressor match is not a hard thing to understand. It is important when upgrading or purchasing your equipment to have a good understanding of how the compressor works to keep your system ready to go everyday. Compressors already have a very hard job within this system of events. They generate a lot of heat and can wear out quickly if overworked day in and day out. Some compressors claim to be able to run 100% of the time with not worries (100% duty cycle) but this is not the case. Friction items like compressors can wear out when used while extremely hot, as with anything heat is an enemy and can cause pre-mature failure no matter how good the equipment is. To limit these issues it is imperative to match your compressor with a tank that is not too small that you feel you are not able to get the most out of your system, but also not too big, where your compressor may never shut off trying to keep up with an oversized tank and the use of your system. (Below you will find a quick guide that may help you in matching up a suitable compressor and tank)

Compressor Power Output: (horse power) Tank Size: (gallons)
1/4 HP 1-2 gallon
1/3 HP 2-3 gallon
1/2 HP 3-4 gallon
3/4 HP 4-5 gallon

If using over a 3/4 hp compressor then just double up on tank size, for instance with a 1.5 HP system you may safely use 8-10 gallons worth of storage capacity.

From cars and trucks to SUV’s many vehicles will have different suspension, which means different methods for installation. To understand what type of equipment you will need and be installing, we must take a look at the current suspension on the vehicle. First we will start with the front, many newer compact cars and trucks use all in one struts as there front and rear suspension due to the fact that there is a lot less room to house independent shocks and coil spring. A picture of a strut assembly is shown below: (As you can see the coil spring is wrapped around a shock assembly that has a lower and upper retaining system for the coil.)

The next style of suspension you may encounter was one of the most standard for older vehicles and is still used on many cars, trucks and SUV’s today. Coils springs are very popular for vehicle suspension and can be used in either the front or the rear. A basic coil spring is sown below:

Some of the other popular types of suspension are torsion bars which are seen mainly in SUV’s or trucks and leaf springs. This style of equipment can be seen on many different applications to front and rear of cars or trucks. Though torsion bars are not used very often on cars.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Understand that air ride suspension is not an exact science, therefore sometimes there are unexpected scenarios that may arise with any build. Be patient, and do your research as it is always a very good idea to be pro-active with your efforts meaning verify, measure, then measure again before cutting or changing. Thinking though each scenario will bring you to a completed project quicker and easier.

UNDERSTANDING AIR MANAGEMENT :

Air bag suspension systems are a variety of components working together to build pressure, store pressure and release this air pressure into air springs using pneumatic valves to raise your chassis or dump the air pressure from said air springs to lower your chassis. Other components used in a standard air suspension system would be the air compressor, tanks, airline, fittings for connecting the airline to the components and check valves. It is an elaborate turn of events that will quickly lift and drop or tighten up your suspension while your automobile is at rest or in motion. The valves that allow this air to flow to and from these air bags / air springs are electronically activated by either a switch or a computer control system that monitors the pressure or mechanical height at each air bag. Computer controllers for this type of suspension take the pressure at your tank and the pressure of the four air bag sensors into consideration when making these adjustments. Vehicles outfitted with these controllers give you the ability to automatically move the chassis to a previous preset ride height that had been saved from the factory or one that you have setup to your liking on a previous road trip. Also depending on the controller you may have the option for auto leveling capabilities which will take readings from your sensor system and automatically adjust the pressure at each bag to compensate for the load, this is a very cool and safe way for your vehicle to adjust when towing or carrying an uneven load.

CAR INSTALLATION TECHNIQUES :

Many of our air ride installations will require some sort of fabrication work to get them installed correctly to ensure worry free use for the life of the vehicle. In some cases the installer may be required to trim a coil cup bracket, notch a frame, or even weld portions of your suspension for a solid, sound installation.

Below you will see a basic pre-sized coil spring bracket that is to be mounted inside of the OEM coil spring cup (this is the rear of an early model mid-sized sedan). In this case the bracket clearly will not fit into location because the sleeve (steel tube) is circle and the control arm coil spring retainer cup is oval due to the straight section on the sides. To fix this we would trim a portion of each side of the coil spring cup that was included in the kit, keeping in mind the port location of the air bag and bracket.

In some cases even the frame may interfere with the installation of your air ride so be prepared to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

TRUCK/SUV INSTALLATION TECHNIQUES:

Trucks are a whole other ball park as trucks in many cases may need an abundance of modification to the bed and frame in the rear to get the suspension travel that you may be looking for. This section will provide some additional pictures and details of the modifications that have been done, and give a basic understanding of how to proceed with an installation on your truck or SUV. SUV’s can be very similar to cars with reference to the chassis components; this will also be explained on this page.

And as always, if you have any questions about your specific application installation procedure or need help with an existing system upgrade or replacement please don’t hesitate to give one of our knowledgeable sales representatives a call at 1-800-823-0320.

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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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Categories: Suspension

There are limitations to any and all parts on your vehicle, custom aftermarket and factory. Knowing these limitations can keep your parts and overall custom vehicles health top notch! To get to know how a custom air strut works you need to know how a shock works as a strut is simply a shock with a means to support the vehicle attached (coil spring) making it a complete assembly. Below you will find a picture of said strut assembly to get an idea of how this part works.

Air Struts, Custom Air Struts, Exploded View of Struts
Internal Shocks / Struts Assembly and understanding the internal damage that can occur from over extending and collapsing your air struts.

If you take a look at the illustration above you will see the issue with over inflating/extending and under inflating/collapsing a custom air strut assembly. The main issue lies within the internal structure of the shock portion of the strut assembly. Excessively pushing a strut in either direction while the vehicle is at rest is fine, though while driving this situation can cause serious damage to the internal seals and piston within the assembly that is normally not visible. As you can see from the diagram above, if the strut mounted air bag is extended to the max and then the weight of the vehicle traveling hits inconsistencies on the road a hammering effect in the upper portions of the strut can bee seen. The strut/shock piston will slam against the upper strut body cap and can possibly create metal debris and other damage to occur within this sealed area hindering your inoperable and putting a major amount of excessive wear on internal components. It is essential with air struts to keep them approximately 1-2 inches below max, and 1-2 inches above collapsed while driving to avoid any of this damage from occurring with your new air ride hardware. This situation does not apply to air springs with no shock attached or standalone air bags with separate shocks.

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