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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 06, 2:17 PM Thread Starter
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Is there an inexpensive way to put air ride on my 67 chevelle wagon?Does anyone know which air bags I need and where I need to make brackets.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 06, 9:50 PM
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Re: air bag suspension

What do you mean by "inexpensive"? What kinda budget do you have?
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old Oct 16th, 06, 12:10 AM
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Re: air bag suspension

if any one can find an inexpensive way to bag a car i would like to know lol....but seriously its going to be a pretty penny to do this....and if im not mistaking in order to mount shocks on the front u have to make brackets on the control arm unless you use shockwaves
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old Oct 16th, 06, 1:06 AM
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Re: air bag suspension

I wouldn't do it on the front use shockwaves.
My son is getting reay to start on mine.
Him and his friends have done all the small trucks around dropping them to the ground. I helped on one thats when I decided to do my 69.
On the back you can do it several ways but you mainly want to cut out a mounting plate from 3/8" stock with holes for the air lines the you need your mounts.
Get a sheet of steel and lay it out.
They use junk yard a/c compressors for instant air pressure.
Get a mini truck mag and check out all the ideas in it.
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Re: air bag suspension

i kno a guy who knows a guy who has a complete kit i am going to try and maybe get off of him when i sell my truck so let me know how this goes for you because i dont want to get in over my head....i have access to a welder and everything and even a machine shop i could maybe work with to make brakets and everything so just let me know how it goes with urs
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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old Oct 16th, 06, 1:22 AM
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Don't buy a complete kit when you can get the bags for $49.00 each.
Get that Mini trucken magazine
It's not that hard Now the front is a different story we had to get new lower control arms made for bags.
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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old Oct 16th, 06, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Re: air bag suspension

well I see the basic kit is 900 bucks but I see the bags for $50 each so I didnt know if I could save some money and do it myself for cheap.I have too many projects to dump a bunch of money in one car but I need new springs andy way and hotchkis springs are 300 bucks so I was hoping to do it for around that or a little more.thanks for all the feedback
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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old Oct 16th, 06, 7:06 PM
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Re: air bag suspension

I know where a complete Air Ride system for an A-body with Shockwaves front & rear,analog ride controller,and Strongarm tubular lower a-arms can be bought for around $1500. Drop me a line if anyone is interested.
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well after looking at my car i have decided not to bag my car....my car sits pretty low as is and as a drivable ride height it couldnt get any lower because of the headers and i dont think its worth it to me to bag a car with out being able to have it slammed
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Re: air bag suspension

We have front and rear CoolRide kits available. This would have the air spring with an external shock. All bolt on except for the upper shock mount up front. $549 front and $399 rear. Or Clint has that used front Shockwave and rear CoolRide kit, that's a really nice setup! Either way I do recommed getting a kit specifically for that vehicle. There is much more to consider that simply slapping a set of bags in place of the coils.
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Re: air bag suspension

Clint check ur PM
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post #12 of 23 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 06, 6:57 PM
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Or Clint has that used front Shockwave and rear CoolRide kit, that's a really nice setup!
My car has the series 9000 Shockwaves on the rear,not bags.
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Re: air bag suspension

I am really sold on the idea of bagging my ride. The only thing holding me back is the question of how does an A-body ride with bags compared to springs? I'ld hate to drop a couple grand on bags and not like the way it handles. Does any one have some input on how these things handle?
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I think it may handle better with say all tubular control arms sway bars front and rear and all that good stuff but im not sure i have never driven and old car with air bags but I am going the opposite route just because IMO if I was going to bag a car I would want it slammed but my headers are just way too close to the ground to do it already
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