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Hi
I'm building a 34 Ford Fordor Street Rod, and was looking at air bags front and rear. With mustang II front, 350 chevy and 700r4. I'm looking for a good ride.
what's the word out there pro/con???
thanks tom

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I'm not sure the answer is in on air bags yet. I have them under the rear of a car that is not on the road yet(a Rolls) & I have them for my 31 Ford 4-dr.
All people I have talked to that have them like them but, one friend says he is constantly wondering if they will be as durable as a coil spring.
One thing for sure they are an expensive alternative to a std spring. One Co. has most of the business & because of the little competition the cost is hiigh & hard to justify unless you have a situation where a normal spring will not do the job for you. You also have the maintenance of the support equipment to contend with. Don
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Do it.

New Lincolns have had them since the late 80's. Have you ridden in an air suspended Lincoln? Like floating on a cloud.

Semitrucks have logged MILLIONS of miles with airsprings, with very few failures directly attributed to the airsprings themselves.

They must be installed so NOTHING rubs on the bag material or abrades the airlines. Simple rule, that has been the downfall of quite a few 'installers'.

Last I checked, in my Lowrider mag from last month, there are more than just 'one' supplier. I presume you speak of Air Ride Tech. out of IN. There is also Air Lift who markets their own brand of springs, supplies, and kits altho not as extensive as ART.

There are companies catering to the 'hopping/dancing' crowds, stuff like triple-convolute bags, 3/4" - 1" single and dual air line fittings on bags for the serious hoppers, large CO2 cylinders for instantaneous air supply, etc.

I know of what I speak. I have talked at length with the guys from ART, I am an Air Lift installer at work turning wrenches, and my experience with air suspension comes from working on the Lincoln and GM OEM air suspensions, and from installing air all the way around on my '54 Ford Kustomsledd.

Seriously, what kind of upkeep does a plastic hose, a metal tank, or a small 12 volt electric air compressor really need?

Do it. It's the best ride you'll ever get from your project. Load carrying is easy, just increase your air pressure. Wanna lay rocker at the car show? Let it all out and slam that puppy.

See <a href="http://www.angelfire.com/extreme3/drchop" target="_blank">www.angelfire.com/extreme3/drchop</a> for pics of the Kustomsledd. Future plans are for a York engine-driven compressor for onboard air, just need to adapt the York A/C unit to the Caddy motor with a new bracket...

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