1996 Chevy S-10 Air Bag Suspension - Systematic Air Suspension

Zero to Hero in One Day!

Mike Finnegan
Apr 1, 2003
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How quick do you think you or your favorite fabrication shop could take a stock second-generation Chevy S-10 and lay it out on 18s and 20s? A week's time is a fair assumption to complete the tasks of fabricating the hardware and bracketry and performing the labor necessary to install an air suspension on an S-Dime. Well, we did it in less than 24 hours. Impossible? Not when Air Lift has your back. Its new air system for the S-10 is nearly a bolt-on affair, and with the right tools and skills, you can be draggin' frame in a tenth of the time it traditionally takes to perform this mod.
We took its new kit and a bone-stock '96 Chevy S-10 down to Traders 2K in Norwalk, California, and less than 24 hours elapsed before our truck was tuckin' a set of killer Rozzi Chamber wheels and Toyo tires. The wheels measure in at 18x8 inches for the front and 20x8 inches for the rear. The tires measure 215/35R18 and 255/35R20, respectively. The kit itself is remarkable in its inclusiveness because it provides every last nut, bolt, electrical connector, wire, and hose clamp needed to finish the install. We didn't have to run to the local hardware or auto parts store once, which kept costs down to a minimum and sped up the install time. A real bonus, though, was the thorough set of instructions that covered every last detail, right down to setting the pinion angle of the driveline and properly cutting out the hole in the bed for the step notch. To find out how you can get laid out in just a day, contact the companies listed in the source box at the end of this story.

Sources

Rozzi Wheels Inc.
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Traders 2000
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
W.E.C. Air Systems
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

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