VW Transporter T5 and T6 (2003-) Front Strut Kit | AirRide Ultimate


These are custom-made kits for the VW Transporter T5 and T6 for T26, T28 & T30 and T32.

These front struts are a direct, bolt-on replacement for the original struts. They each have a large air bag and are very simple to install. The strut is available on its own, with an optional armoured air hose. These are available with either an inflation Schrader valve kit or an air management system, meaning you can control your air suspension at the push of a button (see the ‘Options’ tab below).

Ideal replacement for the air struts used on Bluebird Transporter based minibus vehicles, which are also commonly converted into motorhomes and race support vehicles.

This kit can be installed alone but would work best with an AirRide Custom rear-end kit to give your T5 full air suspension. Various managements are available. If you are unsure of the options please let us know and we will be happy to help.
Ideal for heavy motorhomes and WAV’s.

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


Which model is your vehicle? This is often on the vehicle and if not is on the log book. T32 models in particular have different suspension.

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This is the AirRide Ultimate air suspension kit using Dunlop reversible sleeve air springs. This is the best Van strut on the market – no exceptions.

The use of a tapered sleeve bag which has a fixed spring rate means that it has a more consistent ride quality. Additionally the large volume bags means that it rides very well indeed and has both great handling and great ride quality. This kit:

  • Is a practical bolt-on installation which is rated as DIY or local garage fit
  • Improves stability and handling and reduces roll
  • Recovers lost suspension motion to improve ride quality
  • Can help pass an MOT if your vehicle is low (as a lot of motorhomes are)
  • Can help re-rating for heavier capacity on some vehicles
  • Balances front rear loads better

It includes:

  • Large 7 inch convoluted bag and satellite cylinder used for wheelchair access vehicles, meaning a great combo of soft ride and excellent load support
  • Billet aluminium machined upper mounts for the front, which includes the original equipment manufacturer’s thrust bearing
  • Proper automotive grade air springs (air bags). Bags have at least 6 inches of lift potential
  • A two-year warranty (terms apply)

If you are unsure of the correct fitment, please email or call. Price is for a front axle kit – i.e. a pair of front struts.


AirRide 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 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.


AirRide Direct Limited offers a warranty on AirRide products for a period of two years from 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 then 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.