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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-12-2017, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Airlift bag blown. Replace airbag or go with air shocks?

I trailered a car with my '95 Caprice wagon from Chicago to Memphis for an event. On the way down, the Airlift system won't hold air. I assume blown bag. Nobody seems to have a replacement in Memphis before I make the trip back on Sunday. If anyone has a place I can try, let me know.

I see some companies make air shocks. Any advantage of air shocks vs air bags?

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A new entire set runs ~$100 nowadays, - up from $70 a few years back. You can of course contact Airlift to see if single pieces are available - likely 2/3 the cost of a new set. I had a bag blow after 15 years only AFTER a muff shop replaced an OTA pipe too close. Even after stating they be mindful of.

You refer to "not holding air", and also "blowout". Whether just a leak or the latter, try to locate he failure first. The bag may have failed from closeness to exhaust than anything else. Mandatory to use the supplied heat shields on B/D bodies.

The legitimate dampening performance in any airshock will not come close to that of a quality separate shock. You're getting a low performing shock that is relying on the airbag to provide the majority of dampening - and also double-dutying as a spring. Stick with separates.

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OK. Thanks!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-12-2017, 10:33 AM
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Replaced Airlift bags myself. They were about $60 from Airlift, IIRC


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