WHY SHOULD I BUY BAGS OVER COILOVERS?
When trying to determine if you should buy coilovers or airbags there
are several things to consider. Coilovers are a height adjustable
suspension system that requires the ride height to be adjusted manually
by jacking up the car and threading the springs up or down. Airbag
suspension will allow ride height adjustment just like coilovers but
adjustment can be made at the push of a button inside the car, need to
make it over a speed bump?? just air up the bags and get over
with no worries about scraping! The only benefit to coilovers over
airbags is the simple installation compared to an airbag system. Airbag
suspension offers easy ride height adjustment and the ability to air
out the suspension for the most extreme drop possible when parked. The
ride quality of airbags is also subjectively better than coilovers due
to the larger range of suspension travel with airbags.
IS RUNNING BAGS RELIABLE?
Yes! When properly installed an airbag setup is just as reliable as any
other suspension setup. As with any car modification the quality of the
installation will make a huge difference in the reliability of the
system being installed. Taking time to perform the installation
correctly and not cut any corners will leave you with a reliable airbag
suspension system. If your not comfortable with doing the install
yourself we highly recommend professional installation with someone
that has experience with airbag suspension.
WHICH MANAGEMENT SHOULD I USE?
There are several options to choose from for your airbag management.
The most basic systems are called "Manual" which use manually
controlled valves to control the air coming in and out of the bags.
Stepping up from there is the "Analog" systems which use a controller
that electronically controls valves to air up and down. The top of the
line systems are "Digital" management setups that use an ECU with
advanced features such as height presets, system monitoring, tank
pressure changes and even controls from your phone! The pricing for
these systems are inline with their capabilities with Manual being the
cheapest and Digital the most expensive. The system you choose will be
based on the features you are looking for and the budget you have to
make the purchase. Check out our Management Comparison Guide...
WHAT ARE HEIGHT BASED AND PRESSURE BASED SYSTEMS?
Pressure based systems are the most common and rely on bag pressure to
set height levels such as Manual, Analog and Airlift Auto Pilot V2
management kits. A Height based system would be the Accuair e-Level
which uses position sensors mounted to the suspension that sends the
suspension level to the ECU to maintain a specified ride height. The
benefit to a height based system is that no matter how many passengers
or cargo are inside the car the e-Level system will maintain
the same ride height by adjusting the pressure in the airbags
automatically to sustain the specified ride height. Another advantage
to the height based system is that you no longer have to deal with the hassle of installing pressure gauges.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AIR LINE SIZE?
line size is available in 1/4" and 3/8" for most all automotive airbag
applications. Simply put the larger 3/8" air line will flow better and
airing up and down will be faster compared to smaller 1/4" airline. The
smaller 1/4" airline will be easier to route and bend better due to its
smaller size. If 3/8" line is used it is possible to buy a flow
control valve that will allow you to fine tune the speed that your
system airs up and down.
WHAT IS A POWER KIT AND WHY DO I NEED IT?
power kit comes with wire, fuses and distribution blocks needed to
bring power to your compressor(s). They are similar to power kits used
for car stereo amplifiers. We offer a variety of kits depending on the
number of compressors you are using.
DO I NEED TO INSTALL PRESSURE GAUGES?
any pressure based system we highly recommend pressure gauges to
monitor the relative height of your suspension. Without gauges you will
be in the dark for knowing exactly what height your suspension is
at. For Airlift Auto Pilot V2 and Accuair e-Level kits gauges are not
DO I NEED TO REPLACE MY REAR SHOCKS?
required to install your airbag kit it is highly recommend to do so. A
shorter and stiffer rear shock will give you a much better ride quality
and also ensure you will be able to go as low as possible when airing
out your suspension. We offer Airlift, Koni and Bilstein performance
WHATS THE DEAL WITH WATER TRAPS?
While they are not
required we highly recommend water traps be installed with your airbag
system. Water traps serve as a filter for any moisture or debris in
your airtank setup. Due to the high temperatures compressors make while
compressing air once in your air tanks moisture can accumulate. Water
and debris can lead to a valve failure in your manifold, water traps
will help to save you from having to deal with a failure that could
leave you stranded. We recommend water traps be installed between your
air tank and manifold most importantly, for even more protection
installing water traps between your compressor(s) and air tank(s). Its
recommended to drain your water traps at least once per month.
THERE ARE SO MANY COMPRESSOR OPTIONS.. HOW DO I CHOOSE?
are responsible for the grunt work in any airbag system, they are
responsible for making sure your airtank(s) are full of compressed air
ready to air up your bags when needed. Should you go with 1 or 2+
compressors? You only need 1 compressor for your airbag system to work
but using 2 compressors has its benefits. Using 2 compressors will fill
your airtank(s) faster and limit the time your compressors have to run.
Having 2 compressors will also give you a backup compressor in the very
unlikely event that a compressor fails you will still be able to fill
your tank(s). There are a few things to consider when choosing
which compressor to go with, tank fill times and loudness are the two
things of most concern. Check out this chart we put together comparing
all the possible compressor options to make your decision.
you have any other questions at all do not hesitate to contact us!