Air Lift Performance Releases Air Suspension for A1 Chassis Volkswagens

Air Lift Performance has released their Air Ride Suspension kit for the first generation Golf (including Cabrio and Caddy), Jetta and Scirocco models.  As with all Air Lift Performance kits, the package comes with everything you need to install and get your Mk1 sitting on the ground in no time.  More information including price and additional images can be found on the Air Lift Performance website.

Read the full release below.

When Volkswagen needed a successor to the wildly popular Beetle in the 70’s they developed their first water-cooled, front wheel drive chassis deemed the MK1.  This platform was perfect for the gas rationed era and was looked upon as nothing more than cheap daily transportation.

Fast forward 30 years and the MK1 platform has become the “hot rod” of the VW world.  This chassis is highly sought after for everything from restorations, to motor swaps, to all out race car builds.  I am sure VW never dreamed their little economy car would be part of such a customizing movement!

The first thing you may notice when checking out a MK1 is the huge amount of wheel gap, which we find completely unacceptable.  Sure you can help that issue with a set of lowering coils or coil-overs, but do you really want to sacrifice ride quality just to go low?  Air Lift Performance has recognized the desire to slam this car and has the developed the best all-around suspension on the market.  Now you can a have a lowered stance, killer handling and amazing ride quality all in one suspension package.

After all what vehicle doesn’t look better with a 5” drop up front?!  To achieve this much drop in elevation the engineers at Air Lift Performance choose a progressive rate sleeve style air spring mounted atop a black powdercoated threaded body strut that replaces the OEM setup. This combination not only allows you to adjust the height with the air spring, but also allows you to change the length of the strut by adjusting the lower mount position so you can really fine tune the ride height you are looking for.  With adjustable camber plates carved out of T6061 red anodized aluminum and 30 different levels of damping, this is suspension will give enough adjustments to turn your MK1 into a corner carver not just a hard parker.

We used the same style progressive rate spring in the rear to give you that smooth ride for daily use and 30 levels of damping adjustment when it is time to hit the track.  The sexy black chromed steel shock bodies coupled with the bright red anodized end caps and lock rings add some nice flair to the underneath of your MK1.  All of this adds up to 4.9” of drop from stock height.

Detailed instructions will help you to have your VW slammed within a few short hours.  If you have the ability to wire a stereo and swap out suspension parts, you should have no problem installing this air suspension.  If you do happen to run into a snag, the Air Lift Performance techsupport team is top notch and can walk you through any questions you may have.

In order to bring to market the most durable air suspension possible, Air Lift Performance tortured the components of this kit to 1 million cycles (equal to approximately 100K miles) on their hydraulic test rig at temperatures from -30 deg F to 150 deg F. Couple this test lab work with thousands of miles of on-road testing and the 1 year manufacturer’s warranty: this is a kit you can count on to handle whatever the road throws down!

Isn’t it time you had the option of getting a killer lowered look without giving up ride quality and having to worry about scraping your ride?  Ditch the springs and get to an entire new level of low.

Model Fitment:

  • 1980-1984 Volkswagen Cabriolet
  • 1979-1992 Volkswagen Caddy (pickup) FRONT ONLY
  • 1974-1984 Volkswagen Golf
  • 1976-1984 Volkswagen GTI
  • 1979-1984 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 1974-1984 Volkswagen Rabbit
  • 1974-1982 Volkswagen Scirocco