Air Lift Air Helper Springs Installation - 2013 Toyota Sienna

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How to Install the Air Lift Air Helper Springs on a 2013 Toyota Sienna


Today on our 2013 Toyota Sienna, we are going to be installing the AirLift 1000 Air Helper Springs for coil springs on the rear of the vehicle, part number AL60732. While we are going to go ahead and run the vehicle through our test course, I am going to show you a comparison with factory suspension versus with airbags installed. You will notice how much better the vehicle handles and how much less body roll there is with the airbags installed on the vehicle. Before we install our new AirLift Air Helper springs, I'm going to go ahead and take a few measurements. This is the vehicle. This measurement here is no weight in the back of the vehicle, with factory suspension. So we will measure from the ground to the bottom of the wheel well.

We are at about 30 inches. We have gone ahead and added about 550 pounds to the back of the van. Now let's go ahead and take another measurement with the weight in the van and with the stock suspension. Now when we measure from the ground to the bottom of the wheel well, we are just over 28 inches so we have gone down approximately two inches. Now we have gone ahead and installed our airbags. We have approximately 30 psi in each of the air bags and we have put our weight back into the back of the vehicle, about 550 pounds.

We will go ahead and take another measurement. Now from the ground to the bottom of the wheel well, we are right around 29 inches. To begin our installation, we are going to need to go up underneath the vehicle. Now today, we are using a set of lifts to raise the vehicle up and we are going to be using a pole jack to raise the body of the vehicle up to open up our suspension, or to take the weight off each of the coil springs. Now at home, you can simply set your vehicle on a set of jack stands and use an additional floor jack or a jack to raise and lower the suspension as needed. We will go ahead and take our pole jack. We will slide up underneath the vehicle here.

Now as we raise our pole jack and lift the body of the vehicle up, you will notice how the coil springs are opening up. We have got a larger gap now that will allow us to slip the airbags into position. Next we are ready to prepare our airbags to be installed. Next we are going to need to take one of our airbags. Notice that there is a little plastic cap on top of the air fitting.

Go ahead and take that off for now. We are going to need to collapse the bag. Essentially, roll the bag up so that all the air is pushed out of it. Once we have it in position, we will go ahead and put the rubber cap back on it so that the bag is compressed. Now that we have our airbag compressed down, go ahead and slide it up into the spring. With our bag inside the spring, go ahead and pull the cap off so it works down to the bottom here. For now, we're going to go ahead and put our cap back on to keep anything from possibly falling into the bag. Go ahead and repeat the process over on the passenger side. Next, we are going to take our airline hose. We are going to route it up here over the top, come down through the hole, the top here of the coil spring mount. Go ahead and thread it through the protector of this piece of rubber is what it actually is. Go ahead and slide it up into position. Next, we are going to need to install one of the clamps that secures the hose to the barb. Now to install these clamps on the hose, you want to take a pair of pliers and open up the clamp. Then slide it onto the hose about like that. Now to make the hose slide onto the barb on the top of the bag a little easier, if you soak it in some hot water for a couple minutes, it will soften it up and it will slide right on real easy. Next we can go ahead and set our hot water aside. We will pull the protective rubber plug off the top of our airbag. So now that we have our air hose all the way down on the fitting, go ahead and take our pliers. We need to move the clamp down on top of it. Now that we have got our clamp seated, go ahead and pull the extra air hose up and put the protector down over the top of the valve like that. Next, we will go ahead and take our airline. We are going to route it over towards the passenger side, making sure we stay away from any areas that having moving parts, become hot, or have very sharp edges because all of these can easily damage the airline tubing. We are going to go ahead and use a few zip ties to help secure our airline tubing as we route it over to the passenger side. Now, the kit does come with hardware to where you can install two inflation valves where you can independently adjust the pressure in the airbags. Now, for this application we are going to go ahead and use the T fitting that comes with the kit and run both of our airlines together and then out to a single airline fitting to adjust the pressure in the bags. This way, when you put air in or remove air, it will give you equal pressure in both bags. Now we found when routing our airline tubing that there is a couple spots that the airline could be damaged because there is a little bit of a sharp edge. So to help protect it, we are going to use a couple sections of quarter-inch wire loom. This is part number 7509-10. Go ahead and put a couple zip ties on our line to help keep it in place. As we said earlier, we are going to be installing the T fitting into our lines that is supplied with the kit. That way, we just have one valve to inflate or deflate the bags. So we are going to go ahead and cut our airline tubing over on this side, about in this area. We will then go head and repeat the same process for the passenger side airbag for connecting the airline to it. Next, we are going to go ahead and take our airline here. We are going to cut it to length. Now that we have our length cut on both sides of the airline, we are ready to add in our T fitting. Before we do that, we are going to go ahead and take these two little clamps and slide one on each side. Now that we have our clamp installed on each airline, next we are going to need to use the hot water method again to help soften up the airline so that it slides onto the T fitting. Now that we have the one side airline installed, we can go ahead and slide the clamp down into position and then we will go ahead and repeat the process over on the other side. Now that we have each of our airbags in and the airlines routed out of the top of them, we are going to go ahead and remove this pole jack just to get it out of the way. Next, we are going to need to add another clamp to our long section of hose still. We will need to soak this in hot water, as well. This half here will connect with this half right here. Next, we will go ahead and install our airline onto the T fitting. Then we can slide the clamp up into position. Next, we are going to need to route our airline tubing to our chosen location that we will be putting the valve. Now we chose to run along the backside here on the right side of the vehicle and ultimately we are going to go to this grommet right here. Now, where this grommet is is on the bottom of the jack compartment, so we are actually going to run our wire up into where the jack is held here on the righthand side of the interior of the van at the back. There is a place in there where we will be mounting our valve, but in order to get there, we are going to need to route the airline across a couple areas that have some sharp edges. So we are going to go ahead and again slide a piece of quarter-inch wire loom over the top of the airline hose to give it a little more protection. Next we will go ahead and route our airline along the underside of the passenger side. Next we are going to need to use a couple loom clamps to help secure our wire and keep it up out of the way so that it doesn't move around too much. Now the metal loom clamp that we will be using is part number A0500. We will also be using a couple self-tapping screws to attach the clamp to the vehicle. The self-tapping screws that we will be using today are part number 101131802. Go ahead and take our loom clamp. We will put it around our airline tubing. Now we are going to attach it to the vehicle using our self-tapping screw. To make things a little easier, we are going to go ahead and use the self-tapper to get the screw hole pre-drilled so we don't twist the air tubing up at all. We will then go ahead and add our third loom clamp right up in here to help secure the airline tubing. We will figure out where we want to be at first. Now that we have our airline tubing routed to the back corner of the vehicle, while we are underneath the vehicle, we are going to go ahead and finish up the installation of our heat shield. It will go right here on the exhaust pipe, protecting the airbag from the heat from the exhaust. Now, this heat shield is bendable. You will kind of form it a little bit. Now to install these, you bend this middle pad in. Bend it back like that, creating an air space between the heat shield and the exhaust pipe. It will be something like that. Now the heat shield will attach to the exhaust using a hose clamp. Go ahead and get each of the hose clamps started. Go ahead and thread them down some, as well. I have gone ahead and tightened down one hose clamp. Go ahead and repeat the same process for the other one. You will notice we have a lot of excess hose clamp. Now to keep things from making noise and vibrating, we will just take a pair of tin snips and trim it down. Go ahead and do that for the other one, as well. Then back here at this back corner, we have routed the airline tubing through the frame. You can see we got a piece of wire loom over the hose to help protect it. Go ahead and use a zip tie here to help secure it off. We will then go up into the vehicle, and clean out the jack area so that we can gain access to this plug right here. So now we have gone ahead and opened up the rear of the hatch and we have gone ahead and cleaned out the jack from the area here on the passenger side rear. The grommet that we will be using is right here. We are just going to reach in and pull the grommet out. Then I am just going to reach underneath the vehicle, and I am going to push the airline tubing up through the grommet. Next, there is a couple different ways that you can put a hole in this grommet to allow the airline to pass through. You can cut it in half and slip it around the airline tubing, or you can take a razor knife and just cut a small little X in it allowing you to push the airline tubing through it. I think that is what we are going to do. Now we have gone ahead and pulled the airline tubing through the grommet and then slid the grommet back into position. Next we are going to go ahead and route our airline tubing up. We are going to use this hole right here to attach our valve. So we are going to go ahead and leave ourself a little bit of extra airline tubing. Go ahead and take our cutters. Cut the tubing to length. Then we need to take one of the squeeze clamps and we need to add that to the end of our airline. We will then need to soak it in the hot water again. Next we will go ahead and take our valve here, slide the air hose onto it, going to bring the clamp down. Secure that in place as well. Then we are going to take a hex nut. Thread it onto the valve. Put a star washer. We then need to reach in, put it through the fitting like that. Next we will need to add the rubber washer here on the front side. We will then put another flat washer. And finally, a hex nut. And you can put your cover onto the valve. Next we will go ahead and use a couple zip ties to help secure the airline tubing to keep things from moving around and possibly making noise. We will then go ahead and trim off any excess zip tie. Now we have gone ahead and re-installed the jack back into position. You can see right here is our valve. You can then go ahead and put the cover back on. Next we are going to go ahead and we need to fill up our airbags so that we can test for leaks. Now keep in mind that these airbags have a maximum pressure of 35 psi. With our airbags pressured up, we can go ahead and check the pressure using our gauge. Now that we have our desired pressure, next we are going to go ahead and spray down the connection points with a soapy water solution and check for bubbles. And that will do it for the installation of the AirLift 1000 Air Helper springs for coil springs in the rear of the vehicle, part number AL60732 on our 2013 Toyota Sienna. .


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