Buyer's Guide To Air Ride - Shop 'Til You're Dropped

A Buyer’s Guide to Air Ride

MT Staff
Dec 1, 2011
We know you need air-ride parts. We also know that the market for these parts is pretty big when you really get down to searching for the perfect ’bag, compressor, and air accessories for your application/wallet. We’ve gone ahead and taken the liberty of rounding up some of our favorite components on the market today and prepared a shopping list for you. No need to thank us, it’s our pleasure. Now bust out that credit card already!
In the 'Bag

The SS Series incorporates billet-aluminum inserts, ½-inch ports, composite end plates, and updated rubber profiles to increase stroke and improve pressure ratings, all while reducing weight up to 40 percent over the RE Series. Get them in 5- to 8-inch sizes.
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Straight Face

Available in black or white, the 220-psi digital pressure gauge comes with one high-accuracy pressure sending unit, and with an additional SPDT (single-pole, double-throw) switch in between two sending units, the gauge can read from two air sources. This gauge will also check and display system voltage for the first 30 seconds.
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Follow the Leader

Aside from selling some of the industry’s most popular air compressors, Viair also offers stainless-steel braided leader hoses that provide exceptional abrasion and temperature resistance as well as a rock-solid means to extend air lines in tough-to-plumb areas.
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Every fitting necessary for your air setup is available at The Gauge Store. Don’t get stranded on the side of the road because of junk fittings, do yourself a big favor and spend the extra dough on quality hardware.
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Like a Pro

Air-Zenith’s Dual-OB2 Pro Kit comes with the highest-quality components for performance air suspensions. This kit boasts the fastest air recovery time in the world—a 5-gallon air tank from 165 psi to 200 psi in just 40 seconds!
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Speed Control

AccuAir’s SwitchSpeed controller works like a regular switchbox but offers much more. The company’s Advanced Burst-Control Technology allows the user to change between three different levels of adjustment: Precise, Moderate, and Full Speed. Available in black-anodized or nickel-plated aluminum, the SwitchSpeed controller gives full manual control of each ’bag as well as front and rear control in pairs.
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Tank You

Everyone can use an air tank for their air ride system, and Chassis Tech claims its are the best money can buy—1,000 psi burst-tested and rust-proof. They come ported for a drain valve, pressure switch, tank gauge, and air in/out ports.
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Hot Links

AVS has been a leader in air suspension for years, and its triangulated four-link kit proves why. It comes with 32-inch bars that can be custom-cut and welded into the machined, threaded inserts for a perfect fit every time. Available in either 1-1/4- or 1-1/2-inch-diameter bars, the kit comes complete with urethane bushings, grease zerk fittings, and grade-8 hardware.
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Air Ware

Chassis Tech’s Air Engines require no assembly as they are shipped pre-wired. Choose either 1/2- or 3/8-inch valves—guaranteed against leaks or defects for life. Fittings and harness and up/down speed controllers included.
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Cup Size

The Gauge Store has cups and brackets for nearly any specific model and universal kits that will help you if you’re ’bagging an odd ball. Gauge offers both single- and dual-port options.
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