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Air Suspension in winter

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As the evening draw in we often get asked whether air suspension works in winter, so we thought we might look at this question for you.

Air suspension is popular in the Baltic States and in Russia, where winters can be brutal, and the temperature can be anywhere between -10° C and -30° C. Some of the Motorhomes and 4x4's we supply air suspension for are used to get to ski resorts - so how do they do it? People imagine that the rubber will get too solid to work and the air will freeze? Surely this must cause serious problems with air suspension? It should be remembered that Range Rovers and Bentleys often come with air suspension from the factory as do most buses and lorries - do they have some sort of special parts?

Most of the common branded bags on the market are rated for use in temperatures between -30° C and around 70° C.  Bags do behave noticeably differently as the temperatures increase or decrease and life expectancy might well be reduced (we simply don't have enough data to determine). Any problems are likely to come from water in the system which is a natural by product of compressing and pressurising air.

Therefore looking after your air suspension in winter is very straightforward: simply drain your air tank once a month to reduce the amount of water in the system. You might want to consider adding an extra water trap to further reduce the chances of problems or a cooling coil or dryer. Air contains a lot of evaporated water which condenses out of the air when it is compressed. It is this moisture that freezes. Additionally, you can run airbrake anti-freeze through the air pipes to further winter-proof your air suspension.

So in short, yes, air suspension can be used all year round subject to installing a good system using quality branded parts.

Posted by Kristine Ceirane

Classic Mini kit v3

Its now over 18 months since we sketched out the new Classic Mini v3 kit. The old kit has been very popular but it needed some cutting of the car and tank to fit properly. With the price of Mini's going higher and higher people are less willing to cut their cars and we created some new parts for a film which we figures would make the Mini conversion simpler to fit. We didn't realise it would take so much work but we are just finishing the final development and will launch the kit shortly. There is already a waiting list for the new kits so the first batch is likely already sold. More details will be added soon, and if you want to be added to a list to be contacted when its launched please email, or keep an eye out on the site.

The new kit is entirely bolt on. There are a couple of extra holes to drill but it is fully reversible. Various management options as usual. More information when we have it.

 

Classic Mini at AirRide
Posted by Phil

NEW Uprated Kits for AL-KO Chassis

AL-KO Suspension kit

We have worked hard over the winter to launch a new range of super heavy duty load support kits for AL-KO chassis based vans and motorhomes. These kits are the heaviest on the market and considerably beyond anything currently available in terms of ease of fit and strength. Because we manufacture these kits ourselves we have also managed to restructure the pricing so they are also cheaper! More information will be on the site soon.

AirRide has managed to create kits which are stronger, easier to fit and higher spec. All our new AL-KO kits use 100% duty cycle solid durable suspension compressors, not light duty or emergency tyre compressors like some suppliers use. Controllers are more durable and tanks much higher capacity and higher specification. Motorhomes and box vans are heavily laden and for that you need the toughest kit on the market - you need the new AirRide load support kit for the AL-KO chassis. Motorhomes in particular are almost at the weight limit for their entire lives and therefore the support offered by these kits are welcome.

We have been supplying kits for AL-KO based motorhomes for around ten years. During that time the main concerns expressed by customers are damage to the rear of the vehicle due to grounding when going on and off ferries, and an uncomfortable ride. Our kit is designed to overcome both. For more information please do call or email.

Posted by Phil in Kits, Motor Homes, Motorhome, Van, Vans

We are Still open for Mail Order

Although stocks of some products is running low we are still open, able to take orders and able to ship items. We are also manufacturing. Some telephone work is done off site so please allow longer for call responses and ideally send an email. Customers may notice that deliveries are a little slower than usual but all our couriers are still collecting and delivering.

Current Government advice is that we are permitted (and encouraged) to work although it looks likely that this will change in the very near future. We are taking all necessary steps to protect our staff and members of the public. Therefore Installations are currently suspended, and all our premises are closed to customers visiting. We will advise when this changes.

Three lowered cars
Posted by Phil

Free Fitting February

Over the past few months we have been working very hard here at AirRide to get our new Norwich workshop ready. Located in the city centre for the first time we have our sales office, development workshop, manufacturing and customer installation centre in the same place. This should enable us to offer a more efficient service, install more kits, and develop more kits.

So we thought how could we share our achievement with customers and we thought - free fitting. Air Suspension is not generally difficult to install but it is something that worries some customers. The offer is limited to bolt on car kits mostly. We will still be offering our usual bespoke service - it just wont be free.

There are some minor terms so please check out the dedicated page at:- FFF

Posted by Phil

Happy New Year

With warmest appreciation, from everyone at Airride we extend our best wishes for a prosperous New Year.

We look forward to re-opening on Tuesday 7th January 2020!

Happy New Year from Airride
Posted by Phil

Festive Period Opening Hours

Red Title saying Happy Holidays from Airride

May this holiday season bring all the jingly, jolly joy to your family and friends!

We are now closed for the festive period and will re-open on Monday 6th January 9am.

All automated in stock orders placed via our website during this time will be dispatched over the festive period. All made to order kits will be dispatched once manufactured when we re-open in the New Year.

We know that many customers install products over the festive period so if you require technical assistance then please email us at enquiries@airride.uk using the subject ‘Technical’ and we will endeavour to reply to your query within 24 hours.

From all of us at AirRide, Happy Holidays!

Posted by Phil

£50 off Economy Duty on-board air kits

We're always saying it here at AirRide - air suspension is always better with on-board air!

We wouldn't say it if it wasn't true - on-board air allows you to control your air suspension from the driving seat, meaning you can adjust your ride height on the go. It also means you don't need to be on the lookout for a petrol station to inflate your air bags.

Now we're making it even easier for you to get on-board air - our Economy Duty OBA is £50 off with any purchase of a Dunlop kit.

The Economy Duty OBA kit includes a Dunlop compressor that can work at pressures of up to 130 PSI, a twin gauge to show the pressure in both air bags - featuring a single button to raise the pressure in both bags simultaneously - and Schrader valves to let the air out again. It is ideal if you intend to change the pressure in your air bags occasionally, but not frequently enough for a higher-spec kit.

This is only while stocks last so hurry up if you want to make use of this great deal!

Posted by Aimi

Six reasons you should get the Air Lift 3P computer

At AirRide, we believe that no full air set-up is complete without some form of air management.

That's why we've got heaps of air management options for you to choose from, including manual paddle controls and digital solenoid controls.

By far our most popular management option, however, is the Air Lift 3P computer kit, which is why we've made a video all about it - check it out to the right.

All our management kits come with the VIAIR 444C compressor, a premium 100% duty cycle compressor, and an air tank.

You can find out more about all our management options by clicking here.

Posted by Aimi

Get your air fitted at AirRide too

AirRide do installations too

The question we get asked more than any other at AirRide is, 'Do you do installation too'? And the answer is a resounding yes!

We'll shortly be opening up a new workshop with enough space for cars, motorhomes and vans so, no matter what vehicle you have, we can supply and fit your air suspension for you.

Of course, most of our kits are bolt-on, which means any local garage should be able to fit them relatively easily - or you might even be able to fit the kit yourself - but there are a few reasons why you should consider fitting your kit with us:

  1. Peace of mind - be assured your kit is being installed absolutely correctly by our knowledgeable, experienced technicians
  2. Save money - we've already fitted hundreds of air suspension kits over two decades - this means we'll fit your kit as quickly as possible, potentially saving you money on garage fees
  3. Plug and play or hidden installs - we can either fit your compressor and tank into the boot for you to zoom off as quickly as possible, or we can hide them under panels or under your car for a cleaner look
  4. We fit kits that no-one else fits! If there isn't yet a kit for your vehicle or if the installation is complicated, we're still happy to make the kit and fit it.  We can even build a new kit around your vehicle, if you're happy to leave it with us.
  5. Expert technical advice. Our technicians are happy to talk you through the install and answer any questions about air suspension you might have.

To enquire about installations or to book yourself into the workshop, call us on 0800 7720315 or email us at enquiries@airride.uk.

If you'd rather fit your kit locally then don't fret - as we said most local garages will be able to fit your kit, and we'll be on hand for fitting advice.

 

Posted by Aimi

New FAQ pages for motorhome and car owners

When manning the phones here at AirRide HQ, we get lots of questions from car and motorhome enthusiasts wanting to find out more about air suspension.

There are a few questions we get more than once though, which is why we've made not one, but two FAQs pages - one for car owners and one for motorhome and van owners.

It's definitely worth giving them a look if you have a query or two but of course we can't answer every question so do give us a call or e-mail if your question isn't answered, or if you want to us to explain one of the answers further.

We've also answered several enquiries we regularly get in more detail in our blog posts, so have a scroll down for more information on management, our car and motorhome kits and re-rating of motorhomes.

The FAQ page for cars can be found here.

The FAQ page for motorhomes and vans can be found here.

But before you check out our FAQs, here's a taster for you...

Q: Should you follow us on Instagram?

A: Absolutely yes - you can do so here.

 

Posted by Aimi

Why you should choose Standard OBA with your Dunlop kit

Standard OBA

If you buy a Dunlop kit for your motorhome, you’ll have loads of management options to choose from to help you get the most from your air.

We have three different types of OBA (on-board air) on offer – Budget, Economy, Standard, Premium and Ultimate.

Which is a lot of options, we’re sure you’ll agree. But there is such a thing as too much choice! (Although we do recommend reading up on all the options just to be sure – click the ‘Options’ tab on any motorhome product page for info and videos on all our OBA choices.)

That’s why we always recommend Standard OBA if you’re not sure which to get. It’s the option that offers best value for money, and should be affordable for most customers who can already afford the standard kit.

Standard OBA is a great choice for a few reasons:

  • It includes a good compressor, much better than the Budget and Economy OBA compressors, with a maximum PSI of 130 (most air bags only hold 100 PSI).
  • It also includes a small air tank, unlike the two cheaper options.
  • The controller features twin buttons and a gauge, and is really easy to use.
  • It is the cheapest management option that allows you to adjust the pressure in your left and right air bags independently.
  • It is ideal for irregular or regular adjustment.

If you want to further discuss your management options with a member of the AirRide tean, call us or e-mail us.

Posted by Aimi

Six reasons you should get the Air Lift 3P computer

The Air Lift 3P computer system is the most high-tech management system we sell for cars (and many motorhomes too). As such, it does set you back a fair bit (£1,495 to be precise) but here are six reasons you shouldn’t be put off by the price…

  1. You can programme up to five pre-set heights – for instance, dropped, ride and high – which means you can change your ride height at the touch of a button.
  2. You can also set your height with the turn of a key – as soon as you start the car it’ll set itself to your programmed ride height.
  3. The computer itself can also automatically adjust your height according to road conditions, meaning you never damage the underside of your vehicle.
  4. Control your air with your phone or tablet too, using the Air Lift Performance app - available on Apple and Android devices. This not only makes running your system much easier, but means you can adjust your ride height inside or outside the vehicle.
  5. Of course, you can be old school and control the computer with a controller if you want to! The controller has four sections, with each controlling a separate air bag. This allows you to level the vehicle, tip it to the side or lower the back with with tons of ease.
  6. And finally, you don’t just get the computer for that price! You also get an aluminium air tank and the VIAIR 444C compressor, which is absolutely top of the range!

Check out the product page for our digital computer kit here, and the page for just the Air Lift 3P computer (without the compressor and tank) here.

And don't forget, we do have plenty of management options for cars and motorhomes if the digital computer kit isn't for you! Give us a call or e-mail for impartial advice on management options.

 

The digital computer controller kit from AirRide
Posted by Aimi

TA Technix, AirRide Gold & Air Lift Performance: Choosing your car kit

We offer three different brands of bolt-on air suspension for cars at AirRide, and each one offers different benefits. Read on to find out which would work best for you and your car.

Remember that all three are bolt-on – and therefore very easy to install – and will offer you plenty of drop for that street-skimming stance!

TA Technix

TA Technix kits are the cheapest kits we offer, with many of them starting at £1,299 for all the bags and brackets.

They are a fantastic entry-level kit, and offer a good amount of drop on the front and back, while still offering a comparable ride quality to any other performance upgrade.

However, they only offer 2-3 inches of lift, meaning they may not offer the adjustability of the Gold and Air Lift Performance kits, but are great if you want a low stance all the time.

AirRide Gold

There are more than 600 AirRide Gold kits listed on our website – to find them, search the manufacturer of your car, then click on the relevant Gold page (e.g. VW – AirRide Gold) and use the dropdown menu to find your model.

Gold kits are the most adjustable kits we offer. The shock absorbers offer 36 levels of adjustment, meaning you can slam your car and raise it just the right amount to clear obstacles and still look stylish.

No bolt-on car kit can drop your car lower than a Gold kit.

Air Lift Performance

These kits are made by Air Lift, the famous Michigan-based company, who first started developing air suspension in 1949.

Most Performance kits offer up to five inches of drop and can lower your car as low as a TA Technix kit.

air lift performance
Posted by Aimi

Introducing AirRide Ultimate Kits

We're sure you're all aware of our Ultimate kit for T5s and T6s by now (and if not, where have you been? Fill your boots here.) But what you won't know, until right now at least, is that we've now got an Ultimate kit for the Mercedes Vito as well!

So what is an Ultimate kit?

Well, at AirRide we don't believe that air suspension should just be used for dropping your ride really low (but don't worry, we have loooooads of kits that do just that). We also believe that air is perfect for providing lots of extra comfort, and can even make your van or motorhome more comfy than it was when it first left the factory.

That's where AirRide Ultimate comes in - a new range of kits designed to give you as much comfort as humanely possible.

We've achieved this by using huge, reversible-sleeve bags to give you a massive 7 - 8 inches of adjustment and loads of cushioning. Ultimate bags have almost twice the volume of any other air bag that AirRide supply - which makes them ideal for heavy-duty motorhomes, campervans and wheelchair access vehicles where that extra comfort is really felt.

Please call us on 0800 7720315 or e-mail us at enquiries@airride.uk to find out more about our Ultimate kits, or to order one for your van or motorhome (in particualr your Transporter or Vito). If we don't yet do an Ultimate kit for your vehicle then please get in touch anyway as one may be in the pipeline!

And don't forget to follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with all things AirRide.

Posted by Phil