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Old 08-01-2010, 06:23 PM
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Please help me build an air bag system?

The 57' Caddy I just got was slammed to the ground by a previous owner by cutting the front coils, and lowering blocks in the rear. I'd like to bag at least the front so that I can bring the bumper up off the ground when I need to. I have searched air bag systems in this forum. Can I please get any suggestions for my application? I would need advice on all the systems parts if only for the front end.
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Try looking at www.ridetech.com, they make the ShockWave air spring units. It is a air spring and shock combined into one unit.
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There are many ways to bag the front of that car. 1 way is the expensive way that is the Ridetech Shockwaves. Then there is buying a set of air bag brackets made for that car along with regular bellows bags. The last and least expensive way is to get a DIY kit from somewhere and make your own brackets for the bellows bags.

I have sold plenty of stuff to people who have made their own bag brackets and they all agree it was the best way to go for them. They were able to make the brackets to suit their needs as far as lowest/highest settings and control the ride height that way as well.

You will for sure need atleast a 5 gallon tank, 1 compressor, 4 valves, 2 bags, 30 feet of air line and misc. fittings, some kind of pressure guage for the tank and lastly some switches to control it all.

I am not 100% sure on how the Caddy front suspension coils are installed/attached, but if they are anything like a 55-64 Impala then making your own brackets will be as easy as cutting some 4.5 inch steel tube and welding it to some plates that the bag will attach to. Most of the online suppliers will have the products you will need such as www.kustomairsuspensions.com or www.suicidedoors.com and there are many more, however I suggest you research their customer service more then just the prices and also their location because someone closer to you will be cheaper shipping and that could make a huge difference even if the product pricing is slightly better from farther away.

If you have any major question feel free to PM me and I will help any way I can.
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Thank you very much! Making those brackets is no problem at all and I think I will go that route. I'd like to buy all I need from one place and preferrably with made in USA parts which I saw Slam Specialties said they had. Thank you very much!
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