Mercedes W116 (1972-1980) | AirRide Custom


This is an AirRide Custom kit for the Mercedes W116 (1972-1980).

AirRide Custom kits are our own range of kits, made in our own workshop in Norwich. They have been honed over several years to make them what they are today; the premium in air suspension for your Merc.

This kit features:

✔️ A full-conversion kit from AirRide. This kit is bolt-on and therefore very easy to install

✔️ Five to six inches of drop

✔️ Top-of-the-range air bags, plates, struts and air hoses

✔️ Optional – an air management system of your choice, allowing you to adjust your ride height at the touch of a button

✔️ A two-year warranty from AirRide

For a full list of everything included in the kit please click the ‘Description’ tab below.

Please note that, once you have placed your order, we may contact you for additional information to ensure we send you the correct kit.

Please check the OPTIONS tab below (when present) for further explanation of Management options

Management (Full 4 Circuit) *

Please note that other specifications are available on request. Please contact us for a personal specific quotation.

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AirRide Custom kits are bolt-on air suspension systems that allow you to control the height and ride quality of your Mercedes.

Custom kits are perfect for dropping your Mercedes right to the ground, but they also provide you with the right amount of lift to ensure your car remains practical and undamaged – it’s the ideal way to make your car both stylish and effective.

This means your Mercedes W116’s handling and ride quality will be good, although it must be appreciated that this kit is very much biased towards performance and rop over ride quality. maintained while you are also able to adjust the ride height at will and while driving, meaning you can avoid any obstacles on the road as they come. Most systems will offer a ride range of around five to six inches but this will vary depending on what Mercedes you have.

The kits are also incredibly simple to fit, so any local garage should be able to install the system for you, or you may even be able to fit it yourself! It is 100% bolt-on, with some assembly required for certain kits.

You can also choose to include an air management system of your choosing. This allows you to get the very best from your air and adjust your ride height while on the move. See the ‘Management Options’ tab for more info.

Last but not least, each Custom kit from AirRide, with air management, also includes a VIAIR 444C compressor or equivalent. The compressor is integral to the smooth running of your air suspension and the 444C allows you to run your system as much as you want at high pressures. It is compact too, so is easily stored on any Mercedes.

Here’s exactly what you get in your kit:

  • Two front bracket sets (left and right)
  • Two rear bracket sets (left and right)
  • Four air bags, one for each corner fitted to vehicle using brackets supplied
  • Necessary brackets, bolts and fittings to install the system

You can also add an air management system if you wish. To get the most from an AirRide Custom kit a control system is recommended. With a management system you also get:

  • An air tank, if needed
  • Viair 444C compressor or equivalent

If your system needs are not met or if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call us on 0800 772 0315.

About AirRide Custom

We’ve been making Mercedes kits at AirRide for more than 15 years. In that time, we’ve honed all our kits to make them the best, most comfortable air suspension kits on the market.

Custom kits are ideal if you want to drop your Merc extra low, as you can fabricate your struts to give the exact ride height you want.


Although some specialists will tell you that the W114/W115/W116/W123/W126 are all the same and therefore the same brackets will fit – this is not the case! Since we have actually fitted kits to ALL these vehicles and have been doing so for a decade and a half we can tell you for sure the same kit does not fit all vehicles. There are a lot of similarities but you are in for a frustrating time and damaged bags if you use a single kit for all these different vehicles. This is a dedicated kit for your W116, and can be used on all models from the smaller 280’s and 350’s to the 450’s and even 6.9’s. It can also be used on hydro-pneumatic hydropneumatic models to replace older suspension although additional fitting work and parts are also required.

Management Options

AirRide Custom kits can be supplied with or without air control (otherwise known as air management or On-Board Air (OBA)).

Air control allows you to get the very best from your kit at all times. It allows the ride height to be adjusted for road, weather and load conditions, and for those who experience grounding issues it allows the absolute maximum lift to be achieved when needed (i.e. for ferries, petrol stations and rough site entrances). If in doubt, please contact us via email or phone.

No compressor, no tank

You can have an AirRide Custom kit with no air control system but this is not recommended. With this option you will receive the air bags, brackets and struts required for a basic air suspension system, but no compressor or tank, as without some form of control system the compressor and tank would not be able to function correctly.

Manual Paddle Control (MPC)

MPC comes with an aluminium, 100% duty cycle compressor with up to 200 PSI and an air tank. It is controlled with four buttons, one for each air bag. The buttons act like electric window switches, meaning you can either raise or lower the amount of pressure in each air bag by pressing up and down on each switch.

Digital computer system

The computer system comes with an aluminium 100% duty cycle compressor with up to 200 PSI and an air tank. It electronically controls the amount of pressure in each air bag. This can be controlled either with a wired controller or a phone app.  With the computer, you can adjust your car to certain pre-set heights and alter the vehicle’s height while on the move. This is also the easiest system to install; it is the most highly-recommended option.

Other options

If you would prefer an air control system other to those listed, please feel free to call or e-mail us. We are happy to discuss your personal requirements and make sure you get the air control system that is right for you.


Although this kit is specifically for the W116, we also offer kits for any Mercedes produced from 1968 onwards. Please feel free to call us on 0800 772 0315 or e-mail us to discuss options for your Mercedes.

One of the main benefits of AirRide Custom kits is that they are easy to fit. This means that your local garage should be able to fit the kit without much difficulty. Alternatively, call or e-mail us and we can install on your behalf. We are also happy to talk you or your garage through the installation process.


AirRide Direct Limited offers a warranty on AirRide Custom products for a period of two years from the time of purchase. This warranty is limited to the original purchaser and subject to registration at the time of fitting. If you fail to register, a one-year warranty is offered.

If the kit does not appear to fit – stop and call us, as a vehicle misidentification may have occurred. Kits will be accepted for return and exchange only if they are undamaged. The buyer must cover the return postage fee.


Delivery for full air suspension kits is £39.95 to mainland UK excluding Highlands. Please get in touch to find out an exact date for dispatch.

We ship worldwide but our website cannot calculate international shipping costs. International customers can email their requirements to and we can raise an invoice including international postage.

Please do call if you need more information, or to check on stock as it can change quickly. Please do not assume that something is still in stock if you last checked on a different day to ordering.