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I am debating for over a Year now, and a need some personal experienced help.

I am currently running on teins 2" springs and ofcourse like everyone else, I want to go lower. The only thing thats preventing me from jumping head first is the "Eeeerie" stories about them. The hoses might freeze during bad winters, main problem is if bags blow, my car would basically be hugging the floor permanent, and insurance isn't going to cover that haha.

I also live in VA Beach and we do have some fair share of bad roads aswell so thats my benefit im looking out of it.

P.S. this is my Daily driver, is it wise to do so on my daily driver while still paying it off?
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The hoses don't freeze, hat can freeze is your check valves on the compressors or the valves to inflate and deflate your bags. What happens is that when the heated air coming out of the compressor sits in the tank it forms condensation in the tank. In freezing weather this can turn to ice causes the afore mentioned issues. The check valve issue is with Viair compressors. It's an easy fix though, change the check valves before even putting them in. Best way to prevent water freezing in the system is to use water traps, usually after the tank but before your manifold with the valves. Also, drain you tank regularly to get rid of any water build up.

While bags can blow it is usually due to improper installation or lack of maintenance. Yes, Air Lift did have issues with the front bags leaking. They have been redesigned since then so any new kit you get should not have this issue. Even if you do blow one bag the car can still be driven, you just have to re-distribute the load by changing your bag pressures. Had to do this when my ex had a rear bag blow on her. If you have everything put in properly and check it occasionally to make sure everything is alright you will be ok. Also, even fully deflated the car can still be driven, you just be on the bump stops and can't turn very much.

If you want to really read up on this hop over to www.airsociety.com and you can read up on the different systems out there and what needs to be done to maintain them.

Air ride systems can be very simple to very complex.

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Thanks alot! that really was a great help!
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Greg,

Where did you get those tanks? And where did you get your hardlines? I am debating on jumping on the airbag bandwagon, but I have some other ideas for a custom setup, and I researched some similar tanks swapped from a Lexus RX330 factory air system and the tank is similar to yours.
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Greg,

Where did you get those tanks? And where did you get your hardlines? I am debating on jumping on the airbag bandwagon, but I have some other ideas for a custom setup, and I researched some similar tanks swapped from a Lexus RX330 factory air system and the tank is similar to yours.
Got them from AVS | Air Bags | Custom | Truck Lift Kits | Lowering | Air Ride . They're 2-gal tanks with a bunch of bung welded into them so you have connections al over. The hard lines are just copper pipe from Lowes. The fittings I got from Discount Hydraulic Hose

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Greg,

Excuse me for being lazy, I've seen your ride all over the different forums, and I don't wanna search all night. And your air ride is so nice. I'd like to know some of what else you are running again. I tried to email Ranode for some info, but I haven't heard back from him. I'd like to design and build my own kit, cause I'm cheap like that. And I don't want to lose trunk space, and I am trying to figure what are the best struts set up for the front. The rear I know you can basically get bags to replace the coils and then get Sienna shocks that get low enough. I may have a connection to get an axle modified like, I think yours is, to get lower, but I really don't want to be super slammed on air, just tucking more than I tuck now on my coilovers, as well as get the smooth ride of air, with a bit of handling like my coilovers are. Thanks in advance.
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I'm running Air Lift sleeves front and rear. I went with these because with my modified axle and eventually raised front strut towers I want the extra lift that they give to get some good ground clearance when it's needed. For management I've got an Accuair VU-4 manifold, stock GM height sensors, and generic pressure sensors for all four corners and the tank. This will all be controlled by a custom Arduino controller that I'm building. Basically will work like the Accuair e-level but give me tank and corner pressures as well with a bigger touch screen.

Randode's front struts well get you the lowest in the front and if you aren't looking for the extra height that I want then that is probably the way to go. As for getting hold of him don't bother with e-mail. You are better off trying to get hold of him through Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/randodedotcom?fref=ts , or Instagram, dopeofgrinding.

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