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Everybody else is doing it, I thought I post some pictures 'n stuff.
I was getting sick of driving daily in my pile and having continuous problems with getting over the various curb cuts at my home and office (I can't even park in my own underground parking lot), amongst other things so I decide to try the air route out. I've managed to keep track of all my expenses thus far, I'm sure it will help out others considering going the air ride route. It ended up being quite more than I originally anticipated.
This is the car I'm working with:


 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... (dymer)

I started off by ordering HPS Premium bags/struts. I've purchased the majority of my stuff from Kevin at ACC. He is local to me and has been extremely helpful http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

5 gallon aluminum tank: $100
SMC water trap: $39
110/145 PSI pressure switch: $19
7 switch rocker box: $90
Viair 400c compressor: $189. After discussion with Kevin, I went with the 400c opposed to the 480c that seem highly popular here. The 400c has faster fill time, 30% cycle (if I remember correctly) vs. 100%. Apparently is known to have less issues and appeared to fit my intended use.
Air line worked out to about $40. I'm running 3/8" to the front bags (even though the HPS bags come prepped with 1/4" NPT to 1/4" PTC fittings) and 1/4" to the rears.
Kevin tossed some leads in for my front bags for free http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

PTC fittings cost about $5-6 a piece. I'm using PTC fitting from the valves to the bags and between the tank and the water trap. All other fittings I managed to find elsewhere, I'll get to that later.
Tire valve: $4. A great back-up in case the compressor fails. It will allow me to fill up the air tank using a conventional air pump at a gas station, etc.
 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... (dymer)

I waited for the HPS stuff to come in before I really did anything.... I panicked when I first saw the rear bags 'cause they looked different compared to picks of other HPS rear I had seen posted online. Looks like I have the Competition rears, they have a bracket that bolts tot he top mount and then to the underside or the rear frame rail. The bottom bolts up exactly like a typical coilover rear perch. Looks like this setup will help avoid some of the issues others are having with bags popping out of position.

 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... (dymer)

Started the trunk enclosure.... Didn't want to make things too complicated so I decided that the majority of the management crap would sit below a false floor with the tank on somewhat of a display above.
Just used 2x3" lumber to make a frame and 1/4" plywood for the floor. I had to cut the floor into two pieces to fit it in the car, so the half that the tank is mounted to will be fastened to the frame, the half will serve as an access door.
The rough pieces about to get wrapped:

The finished product

View with the access piece missing. My battery is already relocated to the trunk. I made a third piece to fit the bottom of the wheel well where the compressor, valves etc. will mount.
 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... (dymer)

For valves, I was torn between using a manifold block like the one made by ASCO, or going with individual valves. In the end I went with the latter. I like the idea of being able to easily swap out a single valve if necessary (the manifold is built in pairs).
I bought 8 ASCO 3/8" brass valves. I forget what the cost was off the top of my head (I'll dig up the receipt later).
For fittings, I actually wandered into an International truck supply place. I figured that if they service 18 wheeler air brakes, it was worth a shot. Ended up picking up the remainder of my brass fittings for about $35. This includes DOT crush fittings of various sizes for the air lines between the tank and the valves, all Ts, adapters and plugs. I didn't bother with PTC fittings between the tank and valves simply because of the added expense and that I figure I won't need to mess with them much after the initial installation.
I drilled and tapped the 3/8" T so that a 1/8 NPT pressure sender can be installed between valve pairs:


 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... (dymer)

Valve assembly:

Leader lines for the fronts:

My original plan was to just mount the water trap directly off the tank, but then I realized that the tank was not tall enough and there would be no room to empty it. My plan is mount it down below. I am going to T off the line after the water trap for the pressure switch and the tank pressure sender. This should keep things a tad cleaner up top and I won't have to bring any wires up above the false floor.
 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... (dymer)

Bumping this thread for updates cause I wanna see a local(ish) install go down!!
Cheers to you buddy, I was gonna buy your edition 1's awhile back.
Car looks ****ing sick man! Im ape for the Tracers http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... (CompressionIgnition)

lots of good info here! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... ([email protected])

Quote, originally posted by wishihada18t »
nice work,
i think a few years back i tried buying your old fk cup kit, i ended up buying a new one and now im looking at going to air!

I remember that.... That was some time ago!

Quote, originally posted by CompressionIgnition »
I was gonna buy your edition 1's awhile back.

I was sad to see them go, but I'm extremely happy with what replaced them.
I think the Tracers better suit the build

I took a bit of a step back yesterday.... Took the car in for an emissions test and the tech managed to snap one of the mechanisms on top of my transmission and the head off one of my shifter cables http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif
Car is sitting outside my apartment idle until I can get replacement parts.


Modified by dymer at 10:41 PM 3-4-2008
 

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Quote, originally posted by wishihada18t »
if you get the air ride you should come down to windsor for border bash, id love to take a good look at the system.

more info on the bash, i go to windsor quite a bit.
 

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Ya, I expected that... Doesn't really bother me, but I do plan to help the situation by swapping the 225/45 fronts to the back and putting a 205 up front. I still haven't even tested if the 9" front wheel will fit up front without interfering with the new strut.
Haven't got anything done in the past week othe than fix the transmission. I need to order gauges this week and hope to have everything but the actual bags installed by the end of the upcoming weekend.
 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... (dymer)

Looking good, are those carlines you are rolling on?
I`m doing the same thing as you with the tapping of the fitting to install the pressure sender.
 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... (Mr Schmidt)

They're Tracers
The brass is softer than I expected, it was pretty easy to tap the T http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: My fear of curb cuts is nearly a thing of the past... (dymer)

Gauges c/w fittings arrived this afternoon... I was originally going to go with a digital monitoring system, but decided to start off with mechanical gauges. I kinda dig the look of them and figured if I use something like the Pressuryte sytem later on, then the digital monitoring has no real advantage over the mechanical as far as fine tuning to say a preferred ride height, etc.
I still need 1/8" air line, hopefully I can locate some tomorrow.
 
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