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Old 08-12-2013, 19:47   #1 (permalink)
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Question Pump and lock air ride ?

Pumps noisy , bags are not leaking . Anyone know if I conld install a shrader valve near the air ride pump to fix it at a level ride height . I get an uncomfortable sense of vertigo in a car that stays level up and down hills . I don't think it great for cornering in upper position .......
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:19   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Pump and lock air ride ?

A Schrader valve will not work because valves on the bags "bleed" off and add air to keep the ride height constant. The pumps are noisy, but do not run often enough to be a bother unless there's a leak.
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Re: Pump and lock air ride ?

Any way of plugging the bleed off valves in the bags ? Only get leaks in bags right ? Ever leak around pump ?
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Re: Pump and lock air ride ?

I have owned four air spring equipped Panther cars, one for almost 20 years and 400,000 miles. I have never seen a leak anyplace other than in the air springs (bags), although I'm sure it's possible.

The valve can be removed from the air spring, but it would requires some fabrication to get a Schrader valve to fit. I think that it would be easier to replace the air springs with an Air Ride or Firestone bag, or steel coil springs.

Regardless of which you use, no air springs are air tight, and you would want to install a remote fill valve to avoid crawling under the car to check pressure and to inflate the air springs.
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Re: Pump and lock air ride ?

I don't think it would be worth trying to modify the system. Either add weight to trunk wait for bags to level with the load then shut off system and remove the weight or replace airbags with springs as already mentioned


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Old 08-15-2013, 06:55   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Pump and lock air ride ?

You can accomplish the same thing by adjusting the sensor arm (located above the axle). Just be very careful about working under an air spring car; use jack stands for sure.

Using your idea, the system will sense when you remove the weight and bleed off air, returning back to the same pressure and ride height as before adding the weight. If you shut the system off, the bags will just bleed air and not pump back up.
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