Tag: FBSS Air Ride Suspension Controller

Categories: General

Air Suspension systems are an advanced quick, and precision-based technology that offers highly sophisticated pneumatical, mechanical and electronic control systems for enhancing the height and ride quality in just about any passenger or commercial vehicle.

An Air Suspension system consists of several parts that include airbags which replace the factory coil springs in the vehicles original mounting location. Bags utilize inflation to provide lift, drop and maintain certain pressures during or while driving. This pressure comes from a system of compressors and tank which maintain a pre-set pressure in the air tank. The air tank then feeds air to the air manifold or valves. The role of these valves is to direct air in and out of your air springs. 

Airlines are routed between all components usually running along the frame of the vehicle and ultimately ending at the bag. Our premium DOT approved dual walled nylon reinforced lines have a composition of rubber or polyurethane and can be connected directly to the tanks, valves and bags or adapted to custom steel lines that have a cleaner look with the rugged overall construction.

And a remote control or a smartphone app that empowers the user to manage the front and rear ride heights as per their comfort. Traditionally the more air pumped into the air bags the stiffer the ride quality, the less air pressure will offer a smoother ride.

Here are the pros and cons of Aftermarket Air Suspension Systems.

Pros

Comfortable ride and ride height adjustment are two of the essential benefits of using an Air Suspension system. With most vehicle applications you will enjoy a smoother ride and have the ability to adjust this ride quality as needed. You can increase the height to add a firm feel or lower the height and pressure to get a super comfortable and floating like comfort level.

This height adjustability allows you to maneuver steep inclines, speedbumps or any other obstacles you may encounter while on the road.

The other very important aspect of air suspension is it’s load baring capabilities. In almost all vehicles the overall axle capacities are increased by at least 50% and are able to retain the height keeping you level and safe on the road. Some of the larger air systems for the F350 / 450 are capable of 20k lbs of load over the axle.

Cons

In the earlier days, air suspension systems were quite complex and rigid. But with advanced technology and precision-based development has made the whole process optimized to provide more performance with an air suspension system.

Invasive Installation process: Your vehicle may need a more complex installation process. Cutting, drilling and welding can be required to install these systems on some cars, trucks and SUV’s. Many of the later model vehicle air suspension kits are packed with bolt-on hardware to make installation factory fit non-abrasive. 

Cost can also be one of the main disadvantages of custom aftermarket air ride. Depending on the vehicle and the system you are looking for the price tag can range dramatically. We have done our very best to keep costs extremely competitive for the customer that does not mind getting there hands a bit dirty.

Welding up a HD parallel link kit on an F150

 Modern air suspension kits are highly sophisticated and offer impeccable performance to match you with the right comfort and performance level your looking for. At X2 Industries, we are one of the leading organizations for aftermarket Air Suspension products and and complete systems. We have top aftermarket experts happy to help you everyday. Have questions please don’t hesitate to let us know!

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Categories: Suspension

From the age of hydraulics, switch controllers have had a pronounced place on the retail market. Many years have gone by since then and now there are many more options when it comes to the comfort and truly dynamic features of air ride chassis, no matter what the application. Many standard kit on the market include the basics which can be either a single rocker switch to control all air valves “lift and drop” or multiple rocker switches which control each wheel, the right side, the left side, the front, the back or even combinations of all four wheels. Popular basic electronic models include the 4 switch panel, which will allow control of each wheel independently. This setup is on a bezel and can be mounted in a convenient location within reach. You may be the type that would like all the control in your hand, and if that is the case our handheld switch controllers are the way to go. These controllers range in functionality from a simple 3 switch which will allow front, rear and all up, all down activation. Of if you choose more options then a 7 or 9 rocker switch controller may be for you, either way they are convenient and allow you to tweak in your heights with the toggle of a switch. Some of the 7 and 9 rocker controllers also offer additional features like, key-less entry activation which will allow your vehicle to lower once you leave your vehicle and lock your doors. They also include a handy and secure key to disable your system so no one else will be able to activate the controller without turning it on again with a key! Check out the picture of the multiple manual switch control options X2 Industries offers below:

FBSS AIR RIDE Manual Electronic Air Ride Switch Controllers
Many different switch controller styles available for your air ride suspension system.

If your more interested in a wireless way to control your air ride system then we have you covered there too! With the introduction of Bluetooth and smart phones a new control system has been introduced to provide wireless connectivity and ease of use. This Bluetooth module will provide the functionality of our best rocker switch controllers, but in a wireless format on your Bluetooth enabled Apple, Android, or Blackberry device. No wires equals a more exiting way of controlling you air ride suspension system while at shows or simply exiting your vehicle when out on the town. Many of these systems will require a relay control box which is wired between the logical controller module and valves to support the current your valves require to activate. X2 Industries offers an easy to wire relay box witch will support all the functions you need in one solid unit offering inputs and outputs for 8 individual valves or an 8 valve engine. Keep in mind that wireless units do have there downfalls and can become problematic within high traffic RF or Bluetooth areas, which is very seldom due to the use of these controller systems not being as widespread as the direct wired manual electronic controllers. Check out our custom aftermarket air ride controller section for details on all the latest wireless control methods on the market today!

Android, Blackberry, Apple Smartphone Air Ride Controller. Wireless FBSS Air Controller
Wireless, Bluetooth, RF Air Ride Switch Controllers. Handheld Smartphone Controller Kit. Apple, Android, Blackberry.

Computer Controllers are the newest wave in air ride control, and come with an assortment of mind blowing features that will have you the happy bad ass behind the wheel. These programmable control units can come in many shapes and sizes, and offer a broad spectrum of features which can add convenience and style to your custom vehicle as well as the interior. One of the more basic functions of these controllers is auto ride height leveling and adjustment, which will allow a preset ride height to be obtained by the simple press of a button. Some units can come with 2, 3, or 4 presets and others 6, 7, 8 or more. This ultimate upgrade depending on the controller, can also accommodate either pressure sending units (pressure sensors) or mechanical sending units (mechanical sensors) depending on your budget and the amount of accuracy your looking for once your preset height is activated. Going with a pressure sensing system can vary your final height by a 1/4 of an inch and can even be off quite a bit more if your carrying an unbalanced load at the time of setting your preset or activating a preset height where a controller with mechanical or both pressure and mechanical sending units can adjust the height no matter how unbalanced your ride is and can always keep a reasonably exact height when activated.

Digital Air Ride Controllers, Auto Ride Height, Pressure and Mechanical Sensing Control Modules.
Auto leveling ride height controllers are now the thing of the future by offering convenience and state of the art air ride leveling.

If you are looking to add or upgrade your air suspension controller, check out our full line of discounted UPGRADES at the link below:

Air Suspension Kit Upgrades

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