FAQs—Dodge Air Spring
- I’m thinking of switching to air spring. How will this affect my ride performance? Will this be a good idea?
Vehicle performance can be adjusted or customized easily with air suspension since this doesn’t take a lot of modifications. In fact, changing a component may not always be needed. The air pressure and shock valving can be adjusted, for instance, to make the vehicle go firm or soft, depending on the preference of the driver. With these adjustments, performance can be easily modified.
- What’s the difference of the double-convoluted spring from other basic types?
The double-convoluted design has a higher load capacity. It also features a shorter stroke and a more progressive spring rate. The double-convoluted type is recommended mostly for front suspension use, where the spring sits inboard of the suspension’s load point. While the travel requirements are divided, load capacity requirements are multiplied.
- Where are tapered-sleeve and rolling-sleeve air springs usually used?
The tapered-sleeve and rolling-sleeve air springs have a smaller diameter. They also have a longer stroke and a more linear spring rate. As such, they are best used on most rear-end suspensions. With this spring design, they’re best suited for rear-end applications, with less load capacity requirements and more travel requirements.
- What’s the big fuss about shifting to air suspension? What are the benefits of a Dodge air spring?
Considering the load capacity and spring rate, air suspension makes way for a wider tuning range, compared to coil springs. Its main benefit would have to be its tunability. The ride height, rate, and load can be modified with better precision. The vehicle’s stance can be altered quite easily—it can be lowered or raised. With its progressive spring rate and in-car adjustability, vehicle handling can be enhanced. The load capacity of the vehicle can be improved along with driver comfort.
- What’s the typical lifespan of air springs and other air suspension components?
The air spring can last around 80,000 and 100,000 miles. By this time, you may find a dried-out rubber bladder or cracks on the bottom piston. If the spring unfortunately leaks, that’s when you also have to check the compressors since that leads to deterioration. The air suspension dryer may need to be replaced to extend the life of the compressor and air spring solenoids.
- Is the switch to air suspension or air springs easy? Is it worth it?
When switching to air suspension, conventional springs are replaced with air springs. This doesn’t really take a lot to do. The process involves the airbag being slipped in to take the place of the coil springs. They may be attached to the bolt-in brackets. There are bolt-in kits that you may use when switching to air suspension or using the air spring design--these are available from various manufacturers. You may even find kits for leaf spring and torsion bar suspensions. You can find one not only for trucks but also for cars.
- Can aftermarket air suspension parts like air springs alter the ride quality of my vehicle?
Not necessarily. Some aftermarket air springs/air suspension packages offer the same design and function as the parts originally installed in the vehicle. They feature or provide the same spring and load capacity. Ride quality won’t be different or altered if the suspension parts follow the design of OEM parts and match the vehicle’s specs. In this case, difference in ride quality won’t be too noticeable, unless certain adjustments are made.