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Username Post: air ride        (Topic#366471)
sanee64 
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Loc: atlanta ga
Reg: 04-05-18
09-21-21 11:39 AM - Post#2827609    

Curious to those that have air bags in their ride and what you think about it. I still have a long way to restoring my 64 but this would give me lots of joy driving it around as the stance to it now kinda sucks. Ive no clue to how much these systems even cost but would come in a good time as i need my suspension updated. I appreciate any recommendation to what brands to use, where to get...etc



 


kingkreeton 
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kingkreeton
Loc: Nashville TN
Reg: 04-15-11
09-21-21 12:54 PM - Post#2827616    
    In response to sanee64

My friend had bags on his 59, he constantly had issues with them.

You can always adjust your stance with different springs.

Shane
64 Impala SS:
Chevy Performance 350HO
4 Speed Muncie


 
sanee64 
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Loc: atlanta ga
Reg: 04-05-18
09-21-21 04:55 PM - Post#2827645    
    In response to kingkreeton

  • kingkreeton Said:
My friend had bags on his 59, he constantly had issues with them.

You can always adjust your stance with different springs.



hey shane
was it a crap brand or are bags usually pesky?



 
ayelander 
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Posts: 138
ayelander
Loc: Oak Island NC
Reg: 12-07-18
09-21-21 05:16 PM - Post#2827647    
    In response to sanee64

I have quality air bags on my 63 SS. Dont like them and will eventually change them out to an adjustable shock.

Ayelander - Oak Island NC
1951 Chevy 3100, 261 cu in, Dual Webers, Fenton Exh
1963 Impala SS, 500 HP, EFI 383 Stroker,Tremec 6 Speed
2013 Camaro 2SS, Convertible
2016 Chevy High Country, Diesel, Dually


 
sanee64 
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Posts: 107

Loc: atlanta ga
Reg: 04-05-18
09-21-21 05:32 PM - Post#2827649    
    In response to ayelander

  • ayelander Said:
I have quality air bags on my 63 SS. Dont like them and will eventually change them out to an adjustable shock.



Can you share your experience of why you dont like them?



 
ayelander 
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ayelander
Loc: Oak Island NC
Reg: 12-07-18
09-22-21 04:23 AM - Post#2827669    
    In response to sanee64

I guess I don't like being a "low rider". I
prefer a certain stance and leave it there. They can develop leaks over time (as mine has) so I have to constantly adjust

Ayelander - Oak Island NC
1951 Chevy 3100, 261 cu in, Dual Webers, Fenton Exh
1963 Impala SS, 500 HP, EFI 383 Stroker,Tremec 6 Speed
2013 Camaro 2SS, Convertible
2016 Chevy High Country, Diesel, Dually


 
USCGMK1 
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Loc: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Reg: 07-24-15
09-22-21 08:34 AM - Post#2827685    
    In response to sanee64

Hopefully get my 64 bagged next spring. I’m parting my set up together and if I have enough money I plan on using hydraulic hose instead of the DOT airline. From what I’ve read and seen pictures of a lot of those expensive name brand company set-ups are junk. But nothing is 100% guaranteed.



 
sanee64 
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Loc: atlanta ga
Reg: 04-05-18
09-23-21 07:15 AM - Post#2827773    
    In response to USCGMK1

thanks for all the replies. Just chatted with a buddy that rides on slam specialties bags, accuair on the controller and etc. No problems for him but it has a lengthy text on what to do and look for. Good to hear that part atleast. Its gonna have to be a well thought out process for me if i still want to go this route



 
japete92 
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japete92
Loc: No. Virginia
Reg: 01-18-13
09-23-21 07:38 AM - Post#2827775    
    In response to sanee64

If one's leg is broken, asking what crutch to use will allow mobility, but doesn't correct the problem.

If you car's 'leg is broken', air bags would be a 'crutch'; not a fix.

Springs, shocks, bushings, suspension parts on your car?

Just info.

Pete







 
61ragtop 
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Age: 45
Loc: Langley B.C. Canada
Reg: 07-30-03
09-24-21 02:03 PM - Post#2827881    
    In response to japete92

I have had bags in my 61 since 2006 and love them. no issues or leaks, drives nice etc.....

I have accuair elevel no issues with it at all. take the time to research and install correctly with good parts... Make sure the bags have clearance in the coil pockets to avoid rubbing which will lead to leaks or a blowout.

I personally have 3/8 stainless lines and my car does not leak what so ever... Crappy push to connect will usually leak



 
56_Kruiser 
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56_Kruiser
Loc: St. Augustine, Fl
Reg: 09-23-05
09-26-21 06:24 PM - Post#2828057    
    In response to 61ragtop

61 Ragtop is providing good advice.

I had airbags on my '56 convertible since '99. I did have to replace 1 air bag last year.

I haven't had any issues with leaks.

I put Ridetech's highest end bags on my '61. I like them. But, I have found the installation of the levelers problematic. You need to locate them for proper travel of the arms for determining the setting. I found that difficult.

Interestingly, while the car was at a shop they let the battery run down (another story). They put a high amp battery charger on it and blew out the computer for the Ridetechs.

The new system can set ride height by air pressure, and I find that quite adequate.

My attempt at building cars is for show qualitiy on body and interior...but plain Por-15 type of frame painting. No show underneath. The air bags makes it harder for the under side to be seen :laugh : Just joking...but I like a low stance at shows, and bring it up for driving.



1956 Chevy
Vid of 61
61 Chevy


 
mean60impalagene 
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Posts: 165

Reg: 01-31-13
09-27-21 01:57 AM - Post#2828078    
    In response to 56_Kruiser

Had my 60 bagged for a few years...great times. Ragtop 61 is on target. Research and then research.



 
Tex63 
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Posts: 8

Reg: 05-09-17
09-27-21 07:58 AM - Post#2828099    
    In response to sanee64

My 63 wagon has ride tech without the level sensors. Chased small leaks until I hard plumbed between the pumps and air tank and no leaks since.

Only regret is the 1/4" lines and valve bodies. Had I known how slow the lift is would have gone bigger for sure.





 
BelAirBub 
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BelAirBub
Reg: 06-18-18
10-05-21 06:48 AM - Post#2828541    
    In response to sanee64

I have bags in my car. I used the least expensive design I could without getting too cheap on components. Manual valves, 3 gal tank, 1 small compressor, 1/4" lines, steel push to connect fittings. I got a bag and bracket kit off ebay and controls from Boris at Street Machinery. If I did it over again I'd just get everything from Boris. The ebay kit front bags wouldn't even lift the car with 100 psi in them so I had to get new bigger bags. I think 2600's. It sits for months and doesn't loose air. My only complaint might be I fiddle with the air pressure alot. I'm happy with the bags, pump, and tank. I'd like to add AccuAir e-level and height sensors.

1961 Bel Air Bubbletop


 


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