Review of Air Lift Vehicle Suspension - Rear Axle Suspension Enhancement - AL59569

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Air Lift Vehicle Suspension - Rear Axle Suspension Enhancement - AL59569 Review

Today we're going to take a look at the Air Lift Ride Control Air Helper Springs for the Rear Axle. Now, our air springs are going to do a great job in eliminating a lot of the typical problems that we'll get whenever we have our vehicle loaded down.These are going to be a custom fit for the 2010 through 2013 Ford Transit Connect cargo van, and the Connect passenger van.A lot of times whenever you have that van loaded down, you'll start to experience body roll, which is where the vehicle starts to feel like it's really swaying, especially as you're going around corners, changing lanes. It feels like that top half of the vehicle just wants to tip over, and it can really feel uncomfortable and unsafe.This is going to create an additional connection point between our frame and our axle, and provide some stiffness to that to make it much more comfortable and more stable. It's also going to help to absorb some of the typical road shock that we experience. When you're going over rough pavement, you can feel that jarring motion going over bumps. These are going to help to cushion that and make our rider overall more enjoyable.The other thing that's great about these is that they're going to help our OEM suspension just last a little bit longer, since now we're spreading out that weight over another component.

So, it helps our vehicle. If we're trying to get the most out of our vehicle, and just get a little bit more life out of it, this can help to extend the life of our OEM component.The thing to keep in mind though is that this isn't going to fix any major issues that you have. If your shocks are going out, if your springs are going out, you need to get those replaced. These aren't going to be a replacement for that issue.But that being said, these do help us lift that back end back up. If you have a lot of weight in the back of the vehicle that makes your headlights point up, and then you can't see as well at night, you're starting to blind other drivers as you're going down the road.

This brings that back end back up, the front end back down, and gets us riding level again.Also, since these are adjustable, side to side independent from each other, if you have an offset load, you can adjust it from one side to the other. It gives you that adjustability to really get your vehicle riding level and smooth again.Our kit's going to come with everything you see laid out here on the table. We'll have our bags, the brackets to go on top, our push-to-connect fittings, the 1/4" air hose with the schrader valves already installed on the ends, and then all the hardware to make that connection for those, as well as our other hardware to get everything installed, and a few zip ties to run our air line.A couple notes. Whenever you're running your air line, you want to stay away from anything that's going to be hot, like your exhaust, anything moving, like your suspension, and you want to stay away from dragging the line across anything sharp. Any sharp edges, like a heat shield, or a sharp angle on your frame.

That can cause little grooves to form in that air line, and it can make it really difficult to get your push-to-connect fitting actually fitting in there without any leaks. Whenever you have your system all installed, you definitely want to check it for leaks. Make sure that you have no issues there and you should be good to go.It does come with complete instructions on how to get everything installed. There's no cutting or drilling required, it just all mounts up pretty easily. One thing that you can get in addition to your air bags to make life a little bit simpler is to get a compressor system.

That's going to save you from having to get out of your cab and adjust the air pressure, then check it every time, find a place to even air it up, and allows you to make those adjustments from inside your vehicle. Those are sold separately and it is going to increase the price that you're putting into your vehicle. But if you're going to be using this a lot, it's going to make life just a lot better to get everything all at once and avoid having to mess with that air pressure every time, and getting out and finding the air gauge, and all that junk.The load-leveling capacity for these bags is going to be up to 2,000 lbs. Now that's not going to increase the overall payload of your vehicle. It's not going to increase your weight carrying capacity, but it's just going to help to support that much weight for your Ford Transit Connect. You never want to exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight limit with that.The adjustable air pressure is going to go from 5 PSI up to 100 PSI, so you want to make sure that there's always 5 PSI in those bags to maintain a good working order. That's another reason why that compressor system makes it really nice to make sure that you have at least that minimum pressure inside the bags at all times.With that being said, if you want to mount those manual valves, there are a lot of places that you can put that. You just want to have it be somewhere handy. You can put it just at the back of the vehicle, or I've seen people put them behind the door for their gas cap, so it's right there next to their gas tank filler nob. I've also seen people hide them with their license plate, replace the hardware that would typically attach your license and then use the schrader valves and included hardware to mount that up. It's kind of a nice, obscure way to get that mounted up. So, that's up to you how you want to do that.This does come with a lifetime warranty from Air Lift and a 60 day satisfaction guarantee, and these bags are made in the USA.I like the air spring bags. I think that they work out really well. They're nice compared to the more passive systems since it does give you that adjustability, not only adjusting front to back to get your ride level again, but also side to side. The advantage with the passive systems is that you don't have to worry about any kind of maintenance. There's no air pressure to monitor, so they're pretty much set them and forget them. Once they're installed they're good to go. But you lose the adjustability that you would typically get with air springs. It depends on what you're looking for there.That's going to do it for our look at the Air Lift Ride Control Air Helper Springs for the Rear Axle.

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