Fun bags ? :-) Wellll, air sussy info anyways

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  1. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

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    Thinking of nailing on some air bag suspension helpers to the old girl..
    Airide do a nice kit but at £470.00 a go ( plus £20.00 delivery which is, quite frankly taking the micky ! ) I do not wanna go there..
    Anyone had any experience of any other kits, or have suggestions or ideas ( or even a kit to sell ! ) ??
     
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    Ride Rite also do airbags, tho as they are basically an American company, I really dont know if they'll have kits for Fiat, Alko etc.
    I fitted one of thier kits to my last RV (Chevy P32). Good kit, well made, quite a bit cheaper than the equivalent Air Ride kit.
    Well worth the money in peace of mind alone. Made a HUGE difference to the ride and handling both loaded and unloaded.
    I believe they have an outlet in Northern Ireland.
     
  3. Dawn

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    Hiya JawsMC,

    Have you had alook at Mad Spring Assisters, we've fitted them to our last two vans, makes road handling much better & lifts the back end up :thumb:
    Spring assisters.
     
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    and this was after :thumb::thumb:
     
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    WONDABRA!

    Sorry couldnt resist!:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Should be quite titillating:BigGrin:
     
  7. Jaws

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    had a look but they are for coil springs unfortunately.. but thanks for the suggestion :Smile:
     
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    Jaws Funster Life Member

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    Will have a look at ride rite this evening :BigGrin:

    tried cross your heart, wonderbra and all the usual ones.. even tried a training one.. Used it for ages and the springs are still heading south !
     
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    Hiya,

    Ours are leaf springs, if you click auxiliary springs it takes you to them.
     
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    This is ours :thumb:
     
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    I had mine fitted by AS Air Suspension . Very competitive price and includes an onboard compressor allowing adjustments to be made from the drivers seat.Excellent after sales service from Phil and Cath. Highly recommended.
     
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    air

    Just had air suspension fitted to my Dethleffs A class, with compressor and switches beside driver. Great stuff. Just type in motorhome air suspension into your search engine and you will find several links to follow. Air rides, Dunlop, Firestone etc.
    Regards, weejohn:BigGrin:
     
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    Jim.. looks a goodun.. thanks for the heads up..

    Dawn,, dunno if they are having probs on their web site but not much seems to work mate...
    I shall ring em tomorrow and see what they say
     
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    all you funsters fitting airrides.......do you know you can now get your GVW upgraded....more payload....if you want.:thumb:

    dont know the ins and outs but the fitting airride dealer should know how and im sure others on here have done it.
     
  16. Uncle-Steve

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    You've got a Talbot Express/C25/Ducato Mk 1 chassis with a Mad Springs after market kit. I quite often see then with deformed coil spring from being worked too hard. When fitting a Dunlop kit, the original bump stops (or coil spring kit) is removed, new brackets fitted to the chassis an axle, then a single air spring fitted between them.

    Not sure how the Airide is fitted, but the Firestone/DriveRite kit needs 'nutserts' fitting in to the chassis, which isn't always successful, as I quite often had to supply replacement nutserts.

    Talking generally now....
    You need to ask yourself if you really do need an on board compressor when buying an air assist kit? Yes they make the job very easy an convenient, but when you consider the amount that you will use it and the cost, you need to think twice. Compare spending £100 plus for an on board compressor (£300 - £400 for a decent set-up with panel and compressor) against a Halfords special for £20, I know what most people do!

    HTH
     
  17. Uncle-Steve

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    Its basically an expensive paperwork exercise. 1st stage is a limited weight upgrade, the 2nd stage to give even more 'legal' weight carrying capacity is to fit some sort of air assistance to the rear axle, though metal spring assister's can also be used in some cases, then have the vehicle replated. Unfortunately its not cheap. Its around £300, but it is legal and the correct information is sent to DVLC (or what ever they are called this week). It is possible to buy new vin plates with new figures for about £30, but they're not supported by a proper test company who submit their information to DVLC.

    To start the paperwork exercise, you have to fill in a two page form which asks all sorts of questions about your vehicles chassis, even the info off the tyres is required, as if the tyres are not capable of carrying the new proposed plated weight, you'll also need to change the tyres, so can end up very expensive.

    HTH
     
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