DIY: How to Install Air Suspensions
Installing a proper air ride suspension system in your vehicle isn’t just going to make your daily commute a lot more comfortable, but it’s also going to help better evenly distribute and balance the weight across your vehicle suspension system – extending the lifetime of your vehicle significantly (when done right).
Traditionally used in trucks, SUVs, and oversized vehicles that are responsible for transporting or towing significant capacities, today you can get your hands on air suspensions designed for pretty much any vehicle on the road today.
If you’re looking to take advantage of all the benefits that a proper air suspension brings to the table, but aren’t quite sure of whether or not you can tackle this DIY project all on your own, hopefully, the inside information below helps out.
Let’s dive right in!
Assemble all of your tools
The first thing you’ll want to do before you even think about jacking your vehicle up or putting it on a lift is to assemble ALL of the tools and parts you’re going to be using.
You’ll want to lay everything out so that it is convenient to get the parts and tools you need when you need them throughout the project. This will speed things up significantly, help you keep track of everything, and guarantee that you always get the right parts for the right part of the project!
Remove your tires and your old suspension system
The first part of the puzzle is (unsurprisingly) removing your wheels and your tires and getting rid of the old suspension system that your new air suspension will be replaced.
If you have the opportunity to work with a vehicle left that’s going to make everything a whole lot easier, but you shouldn’t have much trouble even if you have to individually jack up your vehicle and then secure it with jack stands.
Pull off your coil springs, your struts, and your springs (depending upon whether you’re replacing the front suspension components or the rear suspension components).
Clean everything up nicely (using air tools to blow dirt, dust, debris, gunk, grime, and build up off of the work area on your vehicle) and you’ll be ready to rock and roll!
Fire up your compressor and start installing your air suspension system
The first thing you want to do is make sure that your air compressor is filled up and ready to go. From there, you’ll want to start putting together your air suspension rear spring or rear coil in the back to replace the old traditional suspension system that was in the back of your car.
From there, you want to move up front so that you can replace the traditional struts with the new air struts, without having to worry about filling out your air suspension system just yet.
Make sure everything is secured according to the installation instructions included with all DIY air suspension kits.
Install the compressor in your vehicle
After confirming that your air compressor is good to go, you’ll want to install the compressor into an available space you have in your vehicle. In cars, the air compressor usually gets installed in the empty wheel well for a spare tire (in the trunk of your car), though you might have to find another space for your air compressor depending upon the make and model of your specific vehicle.
Next, you’ll need to wire up the compressor for both air and power. This is usually a pretty simple and straightforward process, with clear instructions and only a handful of parts necessary to connect, and you are good to go.
Conduct a final check and verify everything is working properly
The only thing left to do is fire up the entire system and verify that it is working exactly the way it should be.
Most DIY air suspension systems should be cycled a handful of times to determine that they are working properly, and it’s not a bad idea to go through this process a half a dozen times or so just to make sure that there aren’t any leaks or potentially compromised components.
You’ll inevitably have to tweak different aspects of your suspension to get the kind of ride and performance you’re after, but you should be good to hit the open road now!
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