Air Ride Systems or ”Bagged”
We love air ride. If you want the lowest possible stance, air ride is the way to go. You can still get a vehicle to sit aggressively with a static drop but air ride gives it the wow factor. There’s nothing like a bagged truck laying rockers on the ground.
If you already have an air ride system but having problems, we can fix it. Typical issues that pop up occasionally are;
- Valves that are stuck
- Rusty tanks
- Too much water in the system
- Undersized tanks and or compressors
- Bags or lines that are rubbing on something (a real no-no)
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When installed correctly using high quality parts, absolutely. Big trucks and buses have been using air suspension for years. Many new vehicles use air suspension. The key is keeping the system sealed (no leaks), using high quality parts and doing whatever necessary to be sure nothing rubs.
It’s not that difficult but very time consuming. Many times, fabrication is required. Bolting together all the new suspension pieces can take a professional anywhere from 1-4 days depending on the complexity of the system. Running air lines, mounting the tank, valves and compressor takes several more days.
The short answer is no, but it will go very low. The trucks you see laying on the ground have had additional modifications. The front inner fenders must be modified, the bed floor must be raised, etc.
When installed correctly, very little. It’s good to put the vehicle on a lift occasionally and just look it over for any potential running issues. We recommend aluminum tanks. Air compressors create heat and condensation. The moisture ends up in the tank and can rust out the steel tanks. If you have a steel tank or even aluminum for that matter be sure to drain it occasionally.
I can’t stress enough to use high quality parts. The cheaper parts tend to fail and will leave you stranded. Bags such as Firestone and Airlift have been tested for hundreds of thousands of cycles. DOT fitting and lines are worth the extra money.
It’s very good if set up right. Bags come with a recommended ride height range. If you set up the vehicle to ride within that range, the ride quality is great. However, if you try to drive too low allowing the suspension to bottom out, you won’t like it. If you ride with the suspension too high (too much air), it will be stiff and you won’t like that either.
Speed is all about how fast you can get air in the bags. ¼” air line is standard but 3/8” is better. If you want it to be fast, dual tanks, dual compressors, big valves and the bigger line will make the difference.
It can be set up either way. An analog system or manual control is simple and easy. But it is pretty nice to get, push a button on a controller and have the vehicle air up or down on its own. This involves more parts. There will be a height sensor at each wheel, an electronic controller and a touch screen or phone app.
Yes, manufacturers do make air struts.
Two way systems are set up where one switch/valve controls the front and another controls the rear. This works but does have some side effects. When cornering, the air will transfer between bags allowing the vehicle to lean. The two way also cannot compensate for heavier loads on one side such as a full tank of gas. The 4 way systems have a switch/valve for each bag.