What is an airbag or airspring?
A: An airbag and an airspring are
the same thing spelled differently. It is a spring constructed of rubber and
a high strength fabric. Numerous styles, sizes, and capacity ratings are available.
The load capacity and ride height are varied by the air pressure in the airspring.
Are these airsprings durable
A: Our airsprings are made to our
specs by Firestone, the worlds largest airspring manufacturer. They are
used on large semi-trucks, off road equipment, luxury cars, and also in industrial
machinery, conveyer systems, and load stabilizers. We recently sold an airspring
to replace a unit that had been in service for 17 years! [The endplate had rusted
out!] Failure can happen, but it is extremely rare. We require that the vehicle
have at least 2 of ground clearance when the airspring is fully deflated.
This helps prevent a major problem in case of a system failure.
How much ride height adjustment
will I have?
A: Depending on the weight of the
vehicle, suspension type, and airspring selection, usually 3 to 4
in the front and 5 to 6 in the rear. We typically set an airbag
suspension to ride within 2 of the stock ride height.
How long does it take to raise
to ride height?
A: Again, it depends on several
factors, with a RidePro system as quick as 2 sec. from lowest level to highest
What about varying loads such
as people, luggage, trailer, etc.?
A: No problem. Simply increase
the air pressure until the ride height and ride quality are satisfactory. When
the load is removed, release the air pressure to restore your ride height.
How is the ride quality?
A: Wonderful! If you closed your
eyes, you would swear that you were in a new luxury car. The ride quality is
also adjustable to your taste from inside the vehicle. [Try that with a coilover
or leaf spring!]
How difficult is the installation?
A: This varies greatly from vehicle
to vehicle. Most installations can be accomplished with a bare minimum of fabrication.
[Some are even bolt-on.] Two guys with a little equipment should be able to
install the system in a weekend.
Do you make a system for my
A: We are in continual development
of new systems. If we dont make a system for your specific vehicle, we
can probably assist you in adapting one of our present systems. There are very
few vehicles that are not compatible with an air ride suspension.
What happens to the front wheel
A: The vehicle is aligned at ride
height. That is the height that you want the car to go down the highway. Take
note of the air pressure at this point. Whenever the system is returned to this
pressure, your ride height and alignment return also.
Can I drive the car slammed
with no air in the airsprings?
A: Yes, but the ride quality is
zero. Youll probably want to reserve this for parking and fairgrounds
cruising. It wont hurt the airsprings, but it may hurt your back! Caution:
If you are going to drive the car slammed, pay very close attention
to ground clearance and tire clearance. There is a lot of difference between
laying the oil pan on the ground and dragging it on the ground!