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Old 10-13-2004, 01:55 AM
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Firestone air bags

On the new car I am thinking of air bagging this chassis..I have been looking at the Firestone ride rite package and just using the air bags from this kit to replace the existing coil springs..On the front I will have to relocate the shock but this should not be a problem using the IMCA parts..

Since this will be a lite car I am looking for a decent ride and hoping to not have to fight the battle over what spring rate to use..

I have had good luck with the airbags on my truck which have lasted a long time..

I am not going to put an onboard air compressor in,,just air the bags up and drive it..

Any thoughts guys..this car hopefully will be driven to local shows and rod runs..

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Re: Firestone air bags

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Since this will be a lite car I am looking for a decent ride and hoping to not have to fight the battle over what spring rate to use..
I might be wrong, but aren't you really concerned about ride height? A bag gives you the ability to easily change ride height, but the rate doesn't really change all that much as you make adjustments. Which brings me to another matter: Have you considered adjustable coilovers? These give you the ability to adjust ride height AND retain sufficient spring rate for good handling. Don't know about the price comparison, but I think the coilovers are considerably cheaper. You can even get the adjustable collars for "stock" shocks.
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I might be wrong, but aren't you really concerned about ride height? A bag gives you the ability to easily change ride height, but the rate doesn't really change all that much as you make adjustments. Which brings me to another matter: Have you considered adjustable coilovers? These give you the ability to adjust ride height AND retain sufficient spring rate for good handling. Don't know about the price comparison, but I think the coilovers are considerably cheaper. You can even get the adjustable collars for "stock" shocks.
You are wrong here..I am asking about using the airbags as springs..I have built coil-over cars..spring eliminator cars..leaf spring cars..Now I am looking at an airbag car..

Thanks..anybody running air bags..??
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I've bagged a few cars I never liked the idea of not having a comp and tank onboard. If you are not planning on playing with the bags, you can run a very small pump and tank, and still have the advantages of the adjustable ride height.
You can vary the height in a small range without a real noticable change in spring rate. But as you add more pressure, normally producing more height, the rate will get stiffer.
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Makes sense to me

I am not planing on playing too much once the car is set to my liking..having a small A/C with me shoudl I need to air them up makes some sense..

Major goal is to avoid the box of springs deal one gets into when running coil overs..one can get close on the rate but iit is never just right out of the box..Course I used to run a race car and changing springs to get the car to handle just right was part of tuning..

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