In this day and age modified cars are getting absolutely nuts. From ludicrous camber and wide wheels to super low, scrape your sump, aired out rides. But what is air suspension? And what makes it so popular?
Air suspensions’ popularity has really boomed over the last few years along with other modifications like vehicle wrapping and wide arch. You might be thinking about getting your car on bags, but is it really worth it?
In this post, we will go over:
- The Basics
- The benefits
- Is air suspension worth it
- How much it costs
- Who can fit air suspension
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Air suspension has evolved over the years and is now becoming the latest trend when it comes to modifying a car, turning some of the most bland of cars into an absolute show stopper.
Modern uses of air suspension have now turned to electronically controlled compressors, which can be set with the press of a button, they even have an app for that!
But the basics of air suspension are (to simply put them), you replace your springs with big rubber bellows, which are attached to sensors. The sensors pick up how much pressure the air bags (bellows) have inside them. The less pressure the lower the car.
To heighten the car, you add more pressure through an app or controller, which sends a signal to an air pump and compressor which send the correct amount or air pressure to the bellows, raising the car.
Even more simply, air goes in, car goes up. Air comes out, car goes down.
To understand it further check out this video
What Are The Benefits Of Air Suspension?
Besides it looking cool and makes any car look like royalty, air suspension can add a lot of other benefits. One of the main benefits of air suspension is the aesthetic side of it. Nothing beats an aired out car.
It can also improve your ride quality. That’s right, something that can drop your car to its knees can also make your ride more comfortable, especially on those long journeys to the next car show. As you are riding on a bag of wind, they absorb the bumps a lot better than springs, so long as you remember to lift it before you set off.
Another great benefit of air suspension, is it is adjustable at the touch of a button. Have you ever got to a speed bump in a slammed out car on coilovers? It’s not fun, especially with a queue of traffic behind you. So the added benefit of being able to lift on demand is bliss.
Is Air Suspension Worth It?
Well, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, some people like gin. Weirdos. So to some people they may see it as the holy grail and to others they may see it as just a bag of wind.
As air suspension isn’t a cheap option when lowering your car (and we will get onto price on the next section) it isn’t for the ones who just want to play around. It’s for the dedicated and for the cars you want to keep awhile.
Personally, for the benefits in the chapter above, you’re paying for a higher quality of ride, for the adjustability, the pure low lifestyle. It’s only worth it if you want all those factors, because if your not too bothered about airing out in tescos car parks, it isn’t for you.
How Much Is Air Suspension?
Saying all this about is air suspension worth it, without mentioning a price is just rude. You now know the basics of how it works and why you might want to bag your car after going over the benefits. But how much is it going to set you back?
Sure OK, honestly, it isn’t cheap. Depending on your setup, you could be looking at between £2k and over £5k. It all depends on whether you’re paying for fitting, what level of control you want, self leveling or even how you want the compressor to fit in your boot.
If you want the basics, it might not be the best it can be and it might just be a bit disappointing but if you spend somewhere in the £3.5k mark and get a good setup with the right fitter, you’ll be onto a winner. The more you spend the better quality you will get.
Either way, air ride is an improvement, it’s just how much better you want it to be?
Who Can Fit Air Suspension?
There are plenty of places popping up over the UK now for air suspension fitting. You could even do it on your drive with a bit of knowledge, a couple of mates and a few beers.
A quick google search for the ‘near me’ and you might be pretty lucky to find one in your area. I did this and came across a company called “only charged dubs”. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s not just all dubs. They have a great following and have done some excellent work.
This is just one company of a few up and down the UK. There is also Air Technik in Sheffield. Both great companies with great staff to help you get what you want out of your car.
If you need help get in touch with either companies on their websites in the links below.
Air Technik – https://airtechnik.shop/
Only Charged Dubs – http://www.onlychargeddubs.co.uk/
Personally, air suspension is mint. It’s a great way to make a huge statement with your car and stand out from the crowd. It improves your cars ride, performance and economy, as well as making it look like a million bucks.
Although it really is down to yourself whether you want improve your car or not. If it is just all down to the cost aspect, most companies like these mentioned, may have a finance option to spread the cost, failing that, there’s always moneysupermarket to compare low interest loans.
So would you do it? Or have you already done it? Drop us a comment below and let us know.
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