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Air Ride Suspension: Do's and Don'ts

Posted by Switch Suspension on 28th Jan 2022

Air Ride Suspension

If you're new to the world of air ride suspensions, or even if you're an OG who wants a refresher, it's nice to know what you should and shouldn't do with your setup. After all, there are some mistakes that are easy to make, and if there's a way to stop them from happening, why not, right?

So let's take a moment to go over the do's and don'ts of air ride suspension.

Do

  • Maintain your setup. Check regularly to make sure you're not dragging any lines or rubbing through anything.
  • Check your bags regularly. This falls into the first rule, but take a look at your bags. Make sure they haven't shifted or twisted around, leaving them vulnerable to rubbing.
  • Drain your tank(s). Having a water trap on your setup is a good way to maintain your tank year round. But no matter what you should get that water out of your system. Drain the tank(s) every few months or so.

Don't

  • Adjust your setup excessively while driving. Look, distracted driving is a problem even in a stock ride, but it can be worse with air suspension. If you have manually-adjusted valves, lift it up to go — then leave it. Don't spend a bunch of time messing around with things because you could get into a wreck.
  • Forget to fix that line. Ever grab a cheap zip tie to fix a hanging line then forget to fix it? Yeah, go back and fix it the right way.
  • Put too much pressure into your system. Your bags have a maximum PSI rating, as does your tank and valves. Don't goose the system with more pressure because something will break.
  • Overload your bags. Towing and airbags is fine, but make sure your bags are rated for the appropriate load. This is particularly important if you have a cantilever setup of some kind, as you won't have the same weight ratings.
  • Take apart your setup when there's pressure in the system. Well, not unless you want to send that fitting into the wall like a bullet, anyway. Seriously, working on your system while it's under pressure is a bad idea.

Now get out there!

Airbags have their pros and cons, but ultimately it's pretty easy to keep them well maintained and functioning well. You just need to follow a few simple tips and you'll be good to go. Enjoy!

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