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Old 05-28-2003, 01:59 AM
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Post New to air suspention and need advice

I need some advice and knowlegde regarding air Bag suspention.

Firstly I live in New Zealand, and as far as the Air suspention scene here goes, there pretty much isnt one. Hence why i am after your help with a few matters.

I am planning on fitting air bag suspention to my new project (dont laugh), a Singer Vogue Station wagon. The rear of the car I feel I Have sorted out, by using a bigger diff and a four link setup, which should work well with the air bag setup. The real problems I have are with the front suspention. At themoment it uses a very Britsh style double wishbone setup, and would like to change this in favour for a more well setup front.

The inner guards are going to be cut out of the engin bay, so that the car can go low. I had origanly thought of using Macpherson struts out of a Later Japenesse car, but I have a few thoughts about this. One is that with the air bags, do the move much?? What I mean by this is, if I replace the spring out of the strut with an air bag, will the strut flex forward and back at the air bag? Would you suggest maybe using a front setup out of a toyota hilux? I presume that a wishbone setup would be best, as I there for wouldnt have to make custom mounting point for the Macpherson strut?

Anyway, any help would be great, as I am very newto this, and it is hardto find good advice in this country.


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Old 05-28-2003, 06:39 AM
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The double wishbone is probably one of the best suspension setups. MacPherson struts are used nowadays because they are good enough and cheaper to manufacture and install, definitely not because they are better! Struts limit the amount of adjustments you can make to the front suspension. You can simply replace the existing springs in your car with air bags of the correct height. You can't just replace the springs on a strut, you have to change the entire strut. Search for "air strut" and you should come up with at least a couple different manufacturers with an application that could be adapted to your car. Struts still need a "shock tower" to be mounted in.
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