Read This Before Buying Air Suspension
Author: Sterling Feathers
November 2, 2020
All right, you're looking at potentially bagging your car. Congratulations! Installing air suspension can be one of the greatest mods you could do to your car. However, there are a few things you should be aware of before you make the jump into the bagged scene.
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1. Air Suspension is Worth the Money
We'll get this one out of the way right off the bat. Yes, air suspension is typically a bit more expensive than a coilover setup and quite a lot more than lowering springs. Don't let that deter you from picking up a kit though. Air suspension gives you functionality and appearance that you can't get with any other suspension system. It allows you to adjust your ride height from the push of a button, gives you the most possible options for wheels, and overall just makes your car look and perform better in every aspect.
The reason that these kits are usually pretty pricey is because they have so much technology packed into them that turns your entire suspension system from just a static one-trick pony to a completely adjustable masterpiece. Most of these kits are able to adjust to the constant changes the road either using a pressure sensor or a height sensor.
Kits that feature height sensors are usually a little more expensive but are definitely worth the extra money since they're able to react to these changes much faster and provide a smoother, more responsive ride.
Are coilovers or bags better? Check out our Coilovers vs Air Suspension blog below!
2. Details Matter
When it comes to the install, don't cut corners. What we mean by this is that when it comes to running the wiring and the air lines, make sure you tuck them away neatly. The last thing you'd want to happen is to put all of this time and money into your air suspension just to have it look like it was slapped together because you have lines and wires all over the place.
Before you start your install, get your car on a lift and look at where you want to run the lines. Make sure they're tucked away somewhere that won't get caught on any that's laying on the road. You're also going to want to make sure there's no chance an air line will get pinched. This will make some of your air struts inflate or deflate slower and just make you have a bad time.
Technical stuff aside, the details matter when it comes to making the car look good too. Make sure you plan out where you want your air tank mounted, what kind of hardware you want to run, and how much detail you want to go into making the air setup look really good. You can definitely tell the difference between the cars that had their suspension quickly installed and those that took their time.
Pros and Cons of Air Suspension:
- Fully Adjustable
- Lowest Ride Height
- Trunk Setups Look Cool
3. Get Bags First
We get asked this a lot. Should you buy air suspension or wheels first? Well in our opinion, a car with stock suspension and aftermarket wheels doesn't look as good as a bagged car that still has stock wheels. In fact, some cars look absolutely bangin' slammed on the ground on their stock wheels. Plus, this would be the perfect time to take measurements so you can dial in your fitment perfectly. There's almost nothing better than a bagged car with perfect fitment.
There you have it. These are just some of the things we suggest you keep in mind when thinking about installing air suspension. This process is a little more expensive than coilovers but we'd bet you'll have way more fun and be a lot more satisfied with your build if you choose to go this route.