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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 01:57 AM
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ok, I want a highway cruiser, that is its primary purpose long distances at a time effortlessly... Air Ride makes sense, also really looks bitchin' when ya park it and dump it! But what else am i gonna need? I don't intend to grind rail or lay frame, but are spindles a good idea? Sway bars? what is the best combination?

BTW, I have a '93 wagon
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 04:57 AM
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Well, If ya bag it and put spindles on, your gunna rail! If you don't want to lay out completely, Id suggest the shockwaves by Air Ride Tech. They have the built in shock through the bag. Otherwise you will have to relocate your shock which hasnt been an easy task for anyone. Threeimpalas is running the shockwaves and if I recall, his wagon dosn't lay but damn close.
post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 11:05 AM
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The 'Waves will put your front as low as possible w/o spindles. It'll be like 1.5" off the pavement depending upon which tires you have. People tend to bitch and moan about how the Shockwaves don't have as much lift as regular bags, but I haven't found that to be a problem. At full lift it'll put you back up to stock height or higher (it's be a looooong time since the wagon was stock). I just put 3k miles on it in a month and a half w/o problem. Have probably 20k miles on it since the install and a been glad a couple of times I couldn't lay frame (problems were due to installer stupidity).

I would definately suggest going with a 4 way system or else the side to side body roll will suck. Your stock swaybars are fine, although you could always step up to the other bars people use. Unfortunately, we wagon guys have less options than the sedans in that department. Beefy swaybars will hinder your side-side dumpage when you're wanting to show off.
 
post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 11:26 AM
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How much did the shockwave system cost you threeimpalas?(parts) And what kind of controls for your air ride system are you running. I red in a trucking mag that they have an auto-leveling system with three height adjustments(highest, lowest , and highway). It also adjust the bag pressure when people are in the car kind of like cadillacs and lincolns. Does this sound like a good option. How much was your installation too?
post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 12:42 PM
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I like this topic. I want to do mine soon too.

threeimpalas: Are you using spindles? It sounds like you are not and your front end is at about 1.5" off the ground. So with the air completely out the car is still somewhat driveable? That's what I want, I don't want to be stranded somewhere with the frame on the ground.
post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 04:14 PM
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My setup was something like $2500, installation was free since I did it myself. You can figure prices via the Air Ride Techonologies website ( www.ridetech.com ). I'm using the "Ride-Pro" 4 way system with a couple of "upgrades". The "Intelliride" system is a neat deal, but it is considerably more expensive. It's easy enough just to tap the switches manually and raise/lower the car for the given conditions. I've only got 1/4" lines, so I have pretty precise control over the pressure adjustments. I don't like going with the 1/2" or bigger lines like some people try to push because you lose that fine control over the pressure. The only reason to have lines that big is if you want to hop (in which case I think you should just do it the real way and go with hydros).

With stock SS rims and tires, the crossmember is 2" off the ground. With my billet wheels it's a little under 1.5" since they've got shorter rubber. When the car is all the way down it's still moveable, but not really driveable. If I got stuck somewhere aired out I wouldn't really want to go over 15-20 mph for very long since you've got absolutely no suspension travel.
post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 06:10 PM
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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-19-2003, 09:02 AM
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threeimpalas: what did you do for your rear setup? did you notch the frame or does the axle just rest on the frame if so how far is the frame from the ground?
post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-19-2003, 11:07 AM
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In the back I'm using Ride Tech's wagon kit. I haven't ever gotten around to removing the bumpstops in back, so it sits on them. Has about a pop can's height worth of space between the frame rail and ground in front of the rear wheel. If you want the back to lay frame it requires a bunch of work. Have the c-notch the frame rail, notch the rear crossmember, and do some floor pan work.
post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-19-2003, 12:49 PM
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Well i have a bagged caprice laying frame and crossmember on 18's and if you want to talk about cutting, let me tell you there was alot of that in this car. Because you know what they say: go big or go home!
but my frame in the rear was on the ground until i put bars for draging


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