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Good day to all! Was searching the net for mods for suspension and bumped with air suspension/bags. Recently, been checking out air suspension system. For those who actually owned a 3 which was bagged, just got some questions here: How much does it cost(US based cost)? Labor plus the equipment itself. What's a good brand between accu-air vs air lift performance (if it is ok to ask it here)? Maintenance-wise? Do you have to get along with leaks or anything? Long term maintenance? Short term maintenance? How long have you had it installed? Was it worthy? How's the ride? If you can include pictures too. Would appreciate that! Thanks i n advance.
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Expect to pay between $3000 and $4000, depending on what air management you go with, and how you choose to proceed with installation.

AccuAir has a lifetime warranty on all products, but AirLift has been around forever and knows their stuff. I've run both and have gone back to AirLift.

A proper install won't leak or cause any issues. I've had mine for 2 years or so, and have had other cars/trucks on air suspension prior. Cold weather maintenance is to make sure that you have watertraps installed and you drain them to prevent your lines freezing. Valves will occasionally stick, as well. Since I'm in the warmer neck of the woods, I basically just have to make sure everything is set up from the get-go.
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That is one great looking car @Loud3 . The de-badged rear of your car is super clean looking, and I totally like your car's very dark window tint, though that would get me so busted where I live in the Pacific Northwest -- but so needed where you live.

My wife was a little concerned about its stance driving down the road -- until I explained your air ride system to her, how it works (LOL).
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Expect to pay between $3000 and $4000, depending on what air management you go with, and how you choose to proceed with installation.

AccuAir has a lifetime warranty on all products, but AirLift has been around forever and knows their stuff. I've run both and have gone back to AirLift.

A proper install won't leak or cause any issues. I've had mine for 2 years or so, and have had other cars/trucks on air suspension prior. Cold weather maintenance is to make sure that you have watertraps installed and you drain them to prevent your lines freezing. Valves will occasionally stick, as well. Since I'm in the warmer neck of the woods, I basically just have to make sure everything is set up from the get-go.
Nice set-up for your 3! appreciate that. Ya was looking at the air lift performance kit. Right around the cost you said. What air management do you got?Was looking at their site and theres quite a few different air management system. How/where did they put the compressor/tank?

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Nice set-up for your 3! appreciate that. Ya was looking at the air lift performance kit. Right around the cost you said. What air management do you got?Was looking at their site and theres quite a few different air management system. How/where did they put the compressor/tank?

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I use the 3P setup, but have installed the 3H and used the V2 in other vehicles. The V2 is budget friendly and has all the toys, minus presets. 3P has 3 preset pressures that you can hit one button to lift to, drop to. 3H has height sensors that are required, and runs on variable heights instead of pressure within the air bellows.

My tank and compressor are mounted in the rear hatch tucked away. I can still go grab a full hatch full of groceries.

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I use the 3P setup, but have installed the 3H and used the V2 in other vehicles. The V2 is budget friendly and has all the toys, minus presets. 3P has 3 preset pressures that you can hit one button to lift to, drop to. 3H has height sensors that are required, and runs on variable heights instead of pressure within the air bellows.

My tank and compressor are mounted in the rear hatch tucked away. I can still go grab a full hatch full of groceries.
Is there an exact kit for the 3's? Or is it separately sold? Like should you get the V2 system Plus 3H or 3P system? Please excuse my questions.. I see that the 3H has more of the bells and whistles compared to the 3P.. is that right?

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I use the 3P setup, but have installed the 3H and used the V2 in other vehicles. The V2 is budget friendly and has all the toys, minus presets. 3P has 3 preset pressures that you can hit one button to lift to, drop to. 3H has height sensors that are required, and runs on variable heights instead of pressure within the air bellows.

My tank and compressor are mounted in the rear hatch tucked away. I can still go grab a full hatch full of groceries.
Was also wondering about the space of the trunk, good thing you mentioned it too..
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The management is going to consist of : Air tank. Compressor. Wiring for Compressor. Valve block/controls. Wiring for Valve setup.
Then you pair that with the actual air sleeves/bags/struts via airline.

So, you'll need EITHER the V2 or 3H or 3P, not a combo of any of these.

Example - My setup is...
AirForce Suspension front suspension and AirForce Suspension rear suspension
Airlift 3P paired with a 4 gallon air tank, and an Air Zenith compressor.

There are "Bolt in" complete kits offered by AirForce Suspension and BecauseBags. BecauseBags is a modified and reinforced kit built from AirLift parts. Air Force uses similar parts to overseas providers, like Airrex.

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The management is going to consist of : Air tank. Compressor. Wiring for Compressor. Valve block/controls. Wiring for Valve setup.
Then you pair that with the actual air sleeves/bags/struts via airline.

So, you'll need EITHER the V2 or 3H or 3P, not a combo of any of these.

Example - My setup is...
AirForce Suspension front suspension and AirForce Suspension rear suspension
Airlift 3P paired with a 4 gallon air tank, and an Air Zenith compressor.

There are "Bolt in" complete kits offered by AirForce Suspension and BecauseBags. BecauseBags is a modified and reinforced kit built from AirLift parts. Air Force uses similar parts to overseas providers, like Airrex.
Thank you for the response. So your system is comprise not only of air lift performance parts but rather parts from different brands per se?...

So if am planning an air ride system probably I can buy different parts from different brands..

How's the ride? Does it compare to the stock? or better?

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