When it’s time to take command of your suspension system, whether for cool style or for hauling and towing, nothing gives you control like an air suspension kit. And, if you’re wondering how to install air suspension kits, you’re in the right place.
The Complexity of the Installation
Installing suspension kits, especially an on board air system, is a fairly complex operation. The process varies greatly by the vehicle, suspension type and brand you’re installing. So, any instruction given here is only going to be a quick overview. For detailed instructions, check your kit manufacturer’s instructions. That said, though it can be complex, installing a suspension air bags kit can certainly be done by anyone handy with tools.
First, you need to determine the type of kit you need. Air shocks and suspension are used in lowering kits designed for your sport compact or even family sedan. They’re also used in lift kits for your off-road or show truck. But the most popular use of air springs is for towing and hauling.
About Truck Air Bags
Since towing and hauling is most often done with a truck, truck air bags are the most common kits you’ll see. The great thing about this popularity is that the big-time manufacturers like Air Lift, Firestone and VIAIR craft these kits for your specific truck, which makes installation that much easier. In fact, according to the online Air Lift suspension reviews, installation “was easier than falling in mud.”
The basic installation entails replacing the factory shocks with air shocks. Once these are in place, you need to install an onboard control system, like the Firestone wireless air command, as well as an onboard air tank, like a VIAIR air tank. This gives you the air it takes to add or release air from the suspension for the adjustments.
Find The Right Control System
The control system is really the most complicated part of the air suspension. There are near infinite configurations and control modes, from in-cab digital systems to the old-fashioned way of actually pumping up the shock with an air pump. Once you find the system that fits your needs and your budget, get it, install it and start riding on air!