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Air Ride Suspension

Hello Folks,

I have a 76 Monte Carlo and in attempt to improve handling, cornering and ride comfort. I am looking into an air ride suspension. If it is to be done right I am looking at about $2100 dollars. Has anyone used air suspensions and are they worth the steep price. Are there other options that will give similar handling and cornering ? As always thanks for the help.


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My understanding of air rides, is that it will do none of the above......(improve handling, cornering and ride comfort)........

Just my opinion, but if it did those things, the racers would be using it. It is used more for lowering your car, as much as possible.
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They will add somewhat of a softer ride, but don't offer the stiffness of leaf springs or coils. So you're actually going to lean more in turns.
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Put on larger swaybars to help control lean..and look at the spring rates you have now..Springs of a controlled rate to replace the ones you have are available from

Most of the air rides I have seen use the Firestone riderite bags..the big expense is the compressor and airtank for those systems..

I have had airbags on my truck for years and they are holding up just fine..all that is really needed is a small compressor to air one up if they get low..

several production cars have used the airbags and have worked out just fine tho they just set the ride height and go from there..Just the lowrider guys use the big compressors..

Up to you what you want to do..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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big joe,
i have air suspension in my 64 fairlane, and the good thing about air suspension is you can have it ride any way you want. when i'm cruising around town i keep the pressure in front at around 60 psi and 40 in back, and it's waayyy smoother than stock, then if you want to corner fast and go crazy you can just bump up the pressure and the ride is very stiff, but you get almost no body roll (and i took out my sway bar too). the trick is having control over each wheel, if you link say the front two bags and link the back two, you'll have air transfer around corners and your car will have some huge body roll. i think 2100 sounds a little steep, i have a little more than that into my air suspension but i also threw out all of the air management stuff i got from air ride tech, and got all new valves and stuff. I'm a lowrider guy onemoretime is talking about so i went for the bigger valves and lines and tanks and compressors and stuff, but if you want just a good ride and good cornering i bet you could get it for around 1500 if not less. good luck! Oh yeah the best part about air ride is that it makes your car nice and low , so if you JUST want cornering and stuff, i'd say skip the air ride.

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