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I have searched to see if there are threads for this, and I have not found any. If there are, I apologize. Also, if this is not where I am supposed to be posting a thread like this, I apologize. I saw other picture threads in here and thought it would be ok.

I'm sure there are pictures of what I am looking for in the huge 100+ page threads, but I really can't go through that many pages in a thread. So here it is, I am looking for the tank and compressor setups of people running air ride specifically in a mk1 rabbit.

I don't care about the bags, I want to see how/where you put the compressor/s and tanks. I'd also like to know what compressor and tank you are using. So, if you do not have pictures of your cars, let me know your setup and let me hear you opinions on it and what you'd change if you could. I am completely undecided on what tank and compressors to get, and whether I should get 1/4 or 3/8's line. I'd like to hear user feedback on whether 3/8 moves a mk1 too quickly, or if it is just right. I'd also like to hear from people who have different size tanks. Is a 3, 4 or 5-gallon tank enough or not enough? How often do your compressors kick on and how long do they usually run for. Are two compressors for a MK1 overkill? I'd like to hear feedback from people who actually have air ride. I am currently in the middle of purchasing Air Lift 3P, but I do not want to waste my entire trunk setting up the tank and compressors.

I was looking to do a hidden setup but as anyone who owns a mk1 rabbit knows, the space is extremely limited. There is no room under the vehicle like a caddy, for obvious reasons (it isn't a caddy:D), and I found the trunk on my Mk1 Jetta to be substantially bigger than in the rabbit, again, for obvious reasons. So, let me see what you have and where you have it, and how ingenious you guys are. Price is not a concern for me at the moment, so even if you have some fancy custom job, I'd really love to hear about it.

No offence to any other generations, but I'm not looking for pics of your setups. They do not help me at all and there are tons of picture threads.

Thanks in advance guys!
 

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I recently purchase the 3H setup for my mk1cabriolet. The kit i bought came with two skinny 2.5g tanks and two compressors. I am going to run 3/8 line so i don't have to buy all new fittings. The kit also came with the smc needle valves so i can adjust the flow rate to get the car to adjust evenly.

I hear 1/4 is probably ideal in the mk1 but inlike the idea of running 3/8 with adjustment valves so i can increase or decrease my drop speed to my liking

the cabriolet has even less room in the trunk.

i havent decided if i want to mount the tanks visible bu butchering my rear deck to expose part of them, or just make a plywood in the trunk to mount it all to.
I also already have a 10” powered rockford 300w sub in there and a small box of spare fluids. Lol. Its going to be tight
 

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Okay started on the trunk setup today. Used some old upholstery fabric i had on hand and bought a piece of 1/2 plywood

traced my trunk carpet for a good starting point
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made some adjustments. Mounted about 12 1/2” thick rubber feet to the underside, wrapped it and mounted the pumps and the manifold.

Decided i am going to mount the tank vertically to save space. I have. A 3gal stubby little keg tank on the way.
I am going to put the feet behind and stand it tall. I will run the pump lines down and under to the two 1/2 ports. Hidden below deck.

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I havent decided how i will run my lines yet but i have ordered aluminum hardline tubing to do everything topside, bulkhead fittings for running below deck. I will have an avs water trap and pressure gauge in the mix too


i put my sub back in and…. I hate how it looks. May need yo figure something else out

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Update


Got most of the plumbing done

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Leak tested and found one leak on the drain valve. Quick tighten and it was good. Set the system to 40psi and will check tomorrow.



I spent hours bending aluminum tubing and then decided i hated it. I like the look of the black DOT tubing better.



I put short run leaders for read bags with caps and really long runs with caps so i could pressure test them
 
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