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I-car with airride suspension on TV

The I-Car is the Humberside Fire and Rescue Services project designed to educate drivers as to the horrors of road crashes by giving a small experience of one, is a miniature simulation of a road crash.

The project is the brain child of Steve Harrison of Humberside Fire and Rescue. We have been heavily involved in the air suspension aspect of the project, and have designed and developed many new parts for this extreme conversion, which has been featured on both BBC and ITV news.

I hope to bring pictures shortly but in the meantime the car can be viewed at the following links, although they may expire over time.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/humber/8591581.stm 

http://www.humbersidesafetycameras.com/icar/ 

http://itv.com/yorkshire/

www.icar-experience.com

If you see the video on a computer, it does not look that special, but feel it in the car – the actual car from the video, and it takes on a whole new meaning, and with suspension movements in time with the video, smoke and blue lights, its an emotional experience!

Posted by Importer in Air Bags, European Cars, Latest News

ALKO Chassis now able to have air suspension

We have often been asked about the ALKO Chassis which forms the basis of so many Motor Homes, and is in such desperate need of air assistance from new in most cases. In the past the questions of identification, and the unusual torsion bar set-up have made things difficult, but we have a lot of experience on Citroen, Peugeot and Renault car conversions which also have torsion bars on the rear end.

We are now able to offer conversions for many of the ALKO Chassis, which can be fitted if required. Fitting time is around 3 times that of the conventional kits, but the difference made to the ride, handling, and general comfort on the vehicle makes it all worth while.

If you want to enjoy your Motorhome without worrying about getting on ferries, getting into camp site, or just suffering ona  long run then please call as an air assistance kit could be just what you need.

Posted by Importer in Air Bags, European Cars, Latest News, Minibus, Motor Homes, Motorhome

350Z Air Suspension Kit

Click here to see more info about the airride suspension kit for the 350Z

We are pleased to announce a dedicated fit bolt on air suspension conversion for the Nissan 350z. This superb kit requires 4 holes to be drilled on each side at the rear , and 4 on each side at the front. Other than that all fitting work is with normal spanners, and sockets and no fabrication is required (unlike US import kits).

Using Quality Quantum sport bags the handling remains great, Ride is very good (especially on low profile rims), and the car can be lifted to clear speed ramps or steep drives.

Posted by Importer in 350z, Air Bags, Kits, Latest News, Nissan

Mercedes Sprinter & VW Crafter rear air kit

This superb and easy to fit kit for the Mercedes and VW improves the manners of these vehicles, as well as providing additional support for the load or conversion. With prices from just £595 they are excellent value. They fit both Vans and Minibuses, and improves handling and ride.
We offer many similar air suspension kits, which are simple to fit with standard tools and little knowledge of air suspension. We also offer universal leaf spring kits for applications not covered by the ready made range.

Posted by Importer in Latest News, Mercedes, Minibus, Motor Homes, Motorhome, Van, Vans, VW

Classic Beetle Air

We now have in stock front air suspension units for classic beetles. The core unit can be used with our onboard compressors, or set and left with remote inflation.

There are many alternatives with these parts, and we will have pictures shortly.

Posted by Importer in Air Bags, European Cars, VW

Lower cost Classic Mini air suspension under development.

I am pleased to say that we are in final testing of a new design of higher spec, lower cost, and lower weight air suspension for the Classic Mini.

The Mini is crying out for air – the bouncy ride of the rather crude rubber cones on the original unmodified cars, can be improved by fitting coil spring conversions, but only at the expense of ride quality. Air gives the great handling of the coil spring set-up, a smooth ride that Mini owners have always dreamt of, and oh – it can be adjusted in a  few seconds!

No need to get your hand dirty, under the car adjusting your adjustrides – just press the dash mounted switch and you have any setting you want.

The new design will be pictured on here soon, and features a lighter smaller install with the same great quality of ride that only air can achieve.

Posted by Importer in Air Bags, Classic Mini, European Cars, Latest News, Vans

Dimension chart added

I often get calls asking for bags of varying sizes, and when I am doing an install I have my own reference chart that I use to decide the best bag for the application.

I have added that chart onto the site, so if you are doing a unique install it is easy to see the best bag for your purpose.

Click here for Airbag price list and dimensions.

Posted by Importer in Air Bags, BMW MINI, Classic Mini, European Cars, Golf, Latest News, Motor Homes, US Cars, Vans, VW

Motorhome and Van Air Suspension

We are starting to get a number of enquiries for Motorhome suspension – whilst there really is no reason that we cannot supply, and or fit these kits it is not our core business.

We mainly do air for modified cars, and for a limited range of vans. We can supply air suspension for van derived Motor Homes including Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Hyandai, Iveco, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel Peugeot, Toyota, and Volkwagen.

Van (and van derived Motor Home) air suspension kits tend to vary between £500 and £600 for the basic bag and bracket kit, for the rear. Vans and MotorHomes rarely need the front doing, and don’t always use on-board air supply that most of our other vehicles use, although both are available as extra cost options (from £600). Fitting costs vary depending upon vehicle and spec. required. Please ask for a quote.

We can supply and/or install air suspension for any Car, Van, Motorhome or SUV, and some custom motorcycles.

Posted by Importer in Latest News, Motor Homes, Vans

VW T5 Information Updated

We have now updated the VW T5 Air suspension kit information, with pictures and up to date prices.

Rear of a VW T5 T30 Van - Full Lift and Full Drop

This kit offers superb lift at the rear to cope with any load, and can be dropped for easy loading or really cool looks. The rear of this kit is by far the most effective, and most popular.

Click here for more info.

Posted by Importer in European Cars, Latest News, Vans, VW

Prices Stabilise

Following my post of 1st November regarding the deteriorating price of the Pound against both the Dollar and Euro these have for the moment stabilised, although they show no sign of returning to original levels.

This does mean that its a little easier to deal with, although clearly prices are well up on those charged about 12 months ago despite a slimmer margin.

Prices for all products and installs are still being held for short periods only and subject to change should the exchange rates change rapidly once more.

I suppose that we had become used to the stability in the markets which had seen very little change in many years against either the Euro of US Dollar. Many companies will no longer be able to hold prices for long, and will have to keep a watchful eye on the rates.

Because of this the prices on the site will be very limited. If you have a specific requiremnt then please contact us and we will do our best to give you the very latest prices at the time of your call or email, or for a guide accuarate at start of February 2009 please click here.

Posted by Importer in BMW MINI, Classic Mini, European Cars, Golf, Latest News, US Cars, Vans, VW

Classic Mini Air kit available shortly

After 12 months development, and testing (including lots of road miles) our new Classic Mini air suspension kit is almost ready to be launched.

If you are interested in these kits, or special introductory prices on installs then please email and we will keep you up to date with the latest developments and news.

Kit prices are yet to be finalised, but it is likley that they will be from around £1250 for a standard kit up to £2500 for the top of the league show kits which lurch and drop for the most impressive modification you can make for your Mini. Continue reading →

Posted by Importer in Classic Mini, Latest News

Price Increases

Like most air suspension specialists we import many of the parts we sell. Most of these transactions are conducted in USD, and Euro. The United Stated Dollar was worth over £2 last year. It now only worth less than £1.40.

When you add into the equasion 23% import duty/vat and further tax on the freight charges (even though they are paid in USD to a US company!!!) plus the increases in prices from the suppliers then the net result is that the cost to us of the parts we buy has increased 34.4%!!!

Since that is more than our profit margin it has forced us to increase prices in line with the increased costs.

Please phone for the most up to date prices, which are currently being quoted on an individual customer by customer basis, and held suject to exchange rate fluctuations.

Posted by Importer in BMW MINI, Classic Mini, European Cars, Golf, Latest News, US Cars, Vans, VW

New VW T5 Van Kit

After a considerable amount of development we are ready to launch a VW T5 air suspension kit.

Because this is a van, there is likely to be more call for just the rear suspension, and although we can convert all four wheels, we will be offering modular kits, with various air suplies and controllers so you can have as little or as much as you require.

Posted by Importer in European Cars, Vans, VW

New VW Golf Air Kit

The Golf kit is now available is any spec that you need, from basic lift/drop to fully computer controlled remote.

This kit uses the very best bags on the market in combination with the best fittings and the best control equipment for superb reliability that most suppliers can only dream of.

More pics soon, but please see the video on the Golf page.

Posted by Importer in European Cars, Golf, VW

Chrysler PT Cruiser Kit

We are pleased to anouncce our new PT Cruiser air suspension kit. Using the latest technology in air bags this kit uses Quantum airbags on the front for a superb ride and superb handling.

New Chrysler PT Cruiser airride kit

Our test vehicle drove and handled far better than before the air. These new kits are such a step forward that air now offers suspension with almost as good handling as a “coil spring conversion”, combined with the comfort and ride of the original suspension, and the core ability that first attracts everyone to air, and thats the ability to lift the car at the touch of a button.

It really is the best of all worlds.

Please see the PT Cruiser page for full details.

Posted by Importer in Latest News, US Cars