The Right Airbag Suspension For My Vehicle

Have you asked yourself this question: “What Is The Right Airbag Suspension For My Vehicle?”… then you’re not alone.

Ever wanted to know what airbag suspension kit is suitable for your offroad vehicle. Then check out this table which lists all the most popular makes and models of four wheel drive (4WD) vehicles suitable for airbag suspension kits.

Take the guess work out of fitting an air spring kit!

This list will link you directly to the correct airbag kit for your vehicle.


Coil Spring Vehicles Table

Firestone Coil-Rite airbags are designed to fit inside existing rear coils springs to provide levelling control (front-to-rear and side-to-side), when a vehicle is under load. These suspension airbags will give you the extra support needed in your suspension. http://www.superiorengineering.com.au/4×4-suspension/air-bags

Coil Spring Airbag Suspension Vehicle List
MakeModelType
HoldenJackarooStandard height Jackaroo 91-05
 
HyundaiSanta-FeStandard height Santa-Fe 00-07
  Standard height Santa-Fe 07-09
 TerracanStandard height Terracan 01-09
 
JeepCherokeeStandard height Cherokee 02-09
  Standard height Cherokee 2009 on
 CommanderAir Bags 2″ inch lift Commander 06-09
  Air Bags 2″ inch lift Heavy Duty Commander 06-09
  Standard height Commander 06-09
  Standard height Heavy Duty Commander 06-09
 Grand CherokeeAir Bags 1″ – 2″ inch lift Grand Cherokee 98-05
  Air Bags 2″ inch lift Grand Cherokee 05-10
  Air Bags 2″ inch lift Heavy Duty Grand Cherokee 05-10
  Standard height Grand Cherokee 05-10
  Standard height Grand Cherokee 2011 on
  Standard height Grand Cherokee 92-98
  Standard height Grand Cherokee 98-05
  Standard height Heavy Duty Grand Cherokee 05-10
 WranglerAir Bags 2″ inch lift Heavy Duty Wrangler Rubicon 2007 on
  Standard height Heavy Duty Wrangler 2007 on
  Standard height Heavy Duty Wrangler 97-07 rear
  Standard height Wrangler 2007 on
  Standard height Wrangler 97-07
  Standard height Wrangler Rubicon 2007 on
 
LandroverDefenderStandard height Defender 110 83-10
  Standard height Defender 130 90-10
  Standard height Defender 90 84-10
  Standard height Heavy Duty Defender 110 83-10
  Standard height Heavy Duty Defender 130 90-10 no lift
 DiscoveryAir Bags 2″ inch lift Discovery Series 1&2 90-04
  Air Bags 2″ inch lift Heavy Duty Discovery Series 1&2 90-04
  Standard height Discovery Series 1&2 90-04
  Standard height Heavy Duty Discovery Series 1&2 90-04
 Range RoverAir Bags 2″ inch lift Range Rover 70-96
  Standard height Range Rover 70-96
 
MazdaTributeStandard height Tribute 01-09
 
MitsubishiChallengerStandard height Challenger 00-07
  Standard height Challenger 2009 on
  Standard height Heavy Duty Challenger 00-07
  Standard height Heavy Duty Challenger 2009
 DelicaAir Bags 1″ – 2″ inch lift Heavy Duty Delica 94-06
  Air Bags 1″ – 2″ inch lift Delica 94-06
  Standard height Delica 94-06
  Standard height Heavy Duty Delica 94-06
 PajeroAir Bags 2″ inch lift Heavy Duty Pajero 2000 on
  Air Bags 2″ inch lift Pajero 2000 on
  Standard height Heavy Duty Pajero 90-99
  Standard height Heavy Duty Pajero 2000 on
  Standard height Pajero 2000 on
  Standard height Pajero 90-99
 
NissanPathfinderAir Bags 2″ inch lift Heavy Duty Pathfinder 2005 on
  Air Bags 2″ nch lift Pathfinder 2005 on
  Standard height Heavy Duty Pathfinder 96-04
  Standard height Heavy Duty Pathfinder 2005 on
  Standard height Pathfinder 2005 on
  Standard height Pathfinder 86-95
  Standard height Pathfinder 96-04
 PatrolAir Bags 2″ inch lift GQ Patrol
  Air Bags 2″ inch lift GU Patrol
  Air Bags 2" inch lift Heavy Duty GQ Patrol
  Air Bags 2" inch lift Heavy Duty GU Patrol
  Standard height GQ Patrol
  Standard height GU Patrol
  Standard height Heavy Duty GQ Patrol
  Standard height Heavy Duty GU Patrol
 TerranoStandard height Terrano II
 X-TrailStandard height X-Trail rear 08-on
 
Toyota4 Runner SurfStandard height 4 Runner surf 2002 on
  Standard height 4 Runner surf 88-97
  Standard height 4 Runner surf 96-02
  Standard height Heavy Duty 4 Runner surf 2002 on
  Standard height Heavy Duty 4 Runner surf 88-97
 LandcruiserAir Bags 1" inch lift Landcruiser 200
  Air Bags 1" inch lift Heavy Duty Landcruiser 200
  Air Bags 2" inch lift Landcruiser 100
  Air Bags 2" inch lift Heavy Duty Landcruiser 100
  Air Bags 2" inch lift Heavy Duty Landcruiser 80
  Air Bags 2" inch lift Landcruiser 80
  Standard height Heavy Duty Landcruiser 80
  Standard height Heavy Duty Landcruiser 100
  Standard height Heavy Duty Landcruiser 200
  Standard height Landcruiser 100
  Standard height Landcruiser 200
  Standard height Landcruiser 80
 PradoAir Bags 2" inch lift Heavy Duty Prado 120
  Air Bags 2" inch lift Heavy Duty Prado 150 (5 Door)
  Air Bags 2" inch lift Prado 120
  Air Bags 2" inch lift Prado 150 5 Door
  Standard height Heavy Duty Prado 150 5 Door
  Standard height Prado 120
  Standard height Prado 120
  Standard height Prado 150 3 Door
  Standard height Prado 150 5 Door
 Rav4Standard height Rav4 2006
  Standard height Rav4 96-05
 
Great Wall Standard height X200 & X240 10-12

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Leaf Spring Vehicles Table

Firestone Ride-Rite airbags are designed to fit between a vehicles chassis and the axle / leaf spring to provide levelling control, front-to-rear and side-to-side, when a vehicle is under load. These suspension airbags will give you the extra support needed in your suspension. http://www.superiorengineering.com.au/4×4-suspension/air-bags

Leaf Spring Airbag Suspension Vehicle List
MakeModelType
FordCourierStandard height Courier PC-PH Diesel & 4 cyl Petrol 85-06
  Standard height Courier PH 6 cyl Petrol 04-06
 F-250Standard height F-250 00-07 4×2
  Standard height F-250 00-07 4×4 outside chassis
  Standard height F-250 00-07 4×4 under chassis
 RangerStandard height Ranger PJ & PK 3lt Diesel only 06-11
  Standard height Ranger PX 2011 on
 
Great Wall Standard height V240 & V200 09-12
 
HoldenColorado & RodeoStandard height Colorado & Rodeo 03-12 4×2 non V6
  Standard height Colorado & Rodeo 03-12 4×2 V6,4×4
 ColoradoStandard height Colorado RG 12-13
 JackarooStandard height Jackaroo 82-91
 RodeoStandard height Rodeo 81-02 4×2, 4×4
 SuburbanStandard height Suburban 98-00
 
Hummer Standard height H3 06-09
 
IsuzuD-MaxStandard height D-Max 4×4 09-12
  Standard height D-Max 4×4 2012
 
MazdaBravoStandard height Bravo 4×2 89-06 excl V6
  Standard height Bravo 4×4 & 4×2 89-06 V6 only
  Standard height Bravo 4×4 89-06 excl V6
 BT-50Standard height BT-50 4×2 & 4×4 3l td
  Standard height BT-50 4×2 2.5l td
 
MitsubishiPajeroStandard height Pajero 83-94
 TritonStandard height Triton 4×2 V6, 4×4 96-07
  Standard height Triton 4×2, 4×4 06-12
  Standard heightTriton 4×2 96-07 non V6
 
NissanNavaraStandard height Navara D21/D22 4×2 86-09
  Standard height Navara D21/D22 4×4 86-09
  Standard height Navara D40 4×4
 PatrolStandard height GQ Patrol 88-97
  Standard height GU Patrol 98-09
  Standard height MQ Patrol 80-87
 
Toyota4 Runner SurfStandard height 4 Runner surf 89
 HiluxStandard height Hilux 4×4 05-09
  Standard height Hilux 4×4 84-04
  Standard height Hilux 4×4 TRD 08-09
 LandcruiserAir Bags 2" inch lift 78,79 series 2012 on GLX 2" Lift
  Air Bags 2" inch lift 78,79 series 99-12
  Air Bags 2" inch lift 78,79 series 99-12 RV 2" lift
  Standard height 60 series 81-90
  Standard height 73-75 series 85-99
  Standard height 78,79 series 2012 on GLX rear)
  Standard height 78,79 series 99-12
  Standard height 78,79 series 99-12 RV

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Airbag Suspension Myths Busted

Michael Hayes tells you what you need to know about airbag springs for your fourby.

We’ve all heard the rumours and hype surrounding airbag springs used in the back of 4WDs.

There’s no shortage of myths and misinformation flying around. Hands up if you’ve heard these – airbags will change the amount of suspension travel off-road; airbags will often tear under flex; they’ll make the ride hard and bouncy; they’re prone to punctures; vehicles fitted with airbags routinely bend their chassis. Sounding familiar?

Close-up view of a well designed airbag which allow for similar amount of suspension travel
Figure 1 : Well-designed airbags allow for a similar amount of suspension travel.

Let’s deal with them in order. In most applications, wheel travel is NOT reduced. Well-designed airbags allow for a similar amount of suspension travel regardless of load conditions. In many circumstances due to the lower linear rate of the airbag fitment, it may provide more suspension travel compared to that of fitting traditional heavy-duty load carrying springs.

As for toughness – kits are available to suit lifted vehicles and some are also available with protective abrasion sleeves or covers so that the bags will not get damaged when off-road.

What about the ride? A correctly inflated airbag is only really providing support for the extra loaded mass. For the times when that added load capacity is not required, you simply deflate or reduce the pressure. It is then that an airbag system is superior to having HD springs, which affect the ride in all situations. If you’re noticing bounciness, check your shocks haven’t had it.

Puncture resistance is also good these days. A quality airbag is very durable and resilient (they’ve been used in trucking for years) and will only lose pressure for reasons similar to that of your vehicle’s tyres. So when you check your tyre pressures, check the pressure and condition of the airbags as well.

The bent chassis problem is also vastly overblown. Overloading and / or poorly positioned loads combined with driver error are the common themes here. Always adhere to the vehicle manufacturer’s load and axle ratings, and consult the vehicle manufacturer’s handbook for load positioning and driving recommendations. In some vehicles it is actually far better to spread the load back into the chassis at more points.

With that said, with GU Nissan Patrols and Navaras, running airbags can increase the risk of chassis damage and a suitable brace kit will need to be added before tackling big trips.

But what about off-road performance? In some situations the use of an articulation kit for 4WDs may be required by owners who want increased upward wheel travel and increased droop (downward wheel travel). This is achieved by a top that opens airlines between the two air bellows to allow the passage of air to move from one to the other. This is ideal for rocky 4WD conditions and some outback areas. Air bellows are also great in aiding a loaded 4WD in the bush. When used correctly they can increase both ramp over and departure angles.

chassis brace kit may need to be installed to prevent any issues
Figure 2 : On some vehicles, a chassis brace kit may need to be installed to prevent any issues.

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Firestone Coil Rite Airbags

Take a look at these images of the Firestone Coil Rite Airbags components that make up the air spring suspension kit.

Includes (but not limited to) the following parts:

  • Firestone Air Hose
  • Firestone Airbag End Plates
  • Firestone Ruber Bellows
  • The air valve

Firestone Air Hose

Red air hose for airbag suspension kits
Close-up view of some Red Firestone air hose that comes with the air suspension kit

Firestone Airbag End Cap Plates

End cap plates for the coil rite airbag kit
Firestone Coil Rite End Plate
End caps for the coil rite kit
Firestone Coil Rite End Plate

Firestone Rubber Bellow Airbags

Firestone Coil Rite Airbags rubber bellows
Firestone Coil Rite Airbags placed on its side end

Firestone Airbag Valve

Firestone airbags valve for air spring
Top View of the Firestone Coil Rite Airbags Valve System
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Air Suspension For Toyota Prado 120

Coil Sprung Airbags and breather being fitted to Prado

Check out what’s on the hoist! We are fitting new air suspension for Toyota Prado 120 with some Coil Rite airbags.

If you’re looking for a smoother ride then these air bags are what you need!

Close up of left hand side airbag fitted to Toyota Prado 120
Toyota Prado 120 Fitted With Airbag Suspension System

Fitting some airbags to Toyota Prado 120
Coil Sprung Airbags and breather being fitted to Prado

Fitting some airbags to Toyota Prado 120 with coil sprung suspension
Toyota Prado 120 Fitted With Coil Rite Airbags


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