Installing an Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate System on a Ford Transit Van Photo Gallery
Maintaining an Even Ride on Your Work Truck With an Air Lift System
Steve Temple –
May 18, 2017
Photo 1/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 002
Photo 2/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000
Photo 3/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 Components | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000
Photo 4/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 003 | Here are the components of Air Lift’s LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate. Ordering the “Ultimate” version of any LoadLifter kit nets airbags that include an internal jounce bumper to provide three-stage shock absorption and eliminate harsh jarring.
Photo 5/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 004 | This Ford Transit 250 van used by a pest control company carries fairly heavy loads of liquid chemicals, indicated by the amount of rear squat. Ride control is an important factor in handling stability and safety on the road. It may be necessary to maintain different pressures on each side of the vehicle. Loads such as water, fuel, and appliances may cause the vehicle to be heavier on one side. As much as a 50-psi difference is not uncommon.
Photo 6/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 Hose Fittings Attachment | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000
Photo 7/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 Hose Fittings | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000
Photo 8/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 008 | Attach the hose fittings and upper mounting plates to the airbags.
Photo 9/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 009 | Bolt the axle clamp bars to the bottom of the airbags.
Photo 10/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 Bumpstop | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000
Photo 11/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 011 | Locate and remove the bumpstops above the rear axle. These can be discarded, since there’s an internal bumpstop in the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate.
Photo 12/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 012 | Loosely install the upper mounting bracket for the airbag. Once everything is fitted in place, don’t forget to go back and tighten the mounting bolts.
Photo 13/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 013 | Attach the airbag to the mounting brackets, both top and bottom, taking note of clearance for routing the air hoses so they don’t get pinched or chafed. Also, keep them away from heat sources such as exhaust pipes.
Photo 14/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 014 | Bolt the 100-psi, heavy-duty air compressor (silver item at right) into a protected area, like on the inner side of the framerail, checking for clearances for both wiring and hoses. The black, rectangular manifold with two hoses (center) contains the electronics that link to the WirelessAir remote control unit. The black cylinder (left) is an inline air/water separator that drains off any condensation.
Photo 15/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 015 | Follow the wiring diagram for tapping into the vehicle’s electrical panel. Use an ignition source in the panel so the compressor doesn’t turn on and run down the battery when the vehicle is off.
Photo 16/16 | Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 016 | Once everything is hooked up, use the WirelessAir remote control unit to add 50 to 70 psi of air pressure to the airbags. Then check for leaks by applying soapy water and looking for any air bubbles. Note that the minimum air pressure should be maintained at all times to keep the air spring in shape, ensuring it will move throughout its travel without rubbing or wearing on itself. If the vehicle’s headlights are shining too high or the vehicle is leaning to one side, then it is not level. Raise the air pressure to correct either of these problems and level the vehicle.