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My #1 Aftermarket Upgrade - Air Lift

My 250 handled it's full load and towed my 25' boat just fine but I only had an inch clearance at the bump stops. I could feel them hit on occasion and it was a pretty hard jounce.

The first thing I did after my first outing was to order and install the AirLift 5000 Ultimate with the AirLift 72000 wireless remote.

Now that my second build is done I'm happy to say that this investment is proving out nicely. I can keep the rear within an inch of stock (empty) height and when I drop to 5lbs I'm now level.

What I didn't expect was the softer ride yet more stable vehicle. I still feel a passing big rig or high winds but it's not anyway near pushing me around like it did before. It is also very stable in turns now. There's no longer a feeling of top heaviness like there was before.

The kits are now available for all Transits (including the T350) except those with the DRW option. I've heard that you can modify the kit to make it work with the DRW.

As a first major investment (1,000.00) I would highly recommend it to all conversion builders.
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This looks like a nice setup. I figured I may need/want something like this with the 250 that I have on order. Does this give you the same capacity that the 350 offers? Seems like a better deal when you consider the cost difference between the 250 and 350.

Did you install it yourself?
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This looks like a nice setup. I figured I may need/want something like this with the 250 that I have on order. Does this give you the same capacity that the 350 offers? Seems like a better deal when you consider the cost difference between the 250 and 350.

Did you install it yourself?
It does not change the GVWR of the vehicle overall. Each lb of air supports 40 lbs of weight. It took about 2 hours to install. I took the wheels off and lifted the body with my HiLift jack which gave me lots of room. I supported the axle with my 10 ton bottle jack and Jack stands for safety.
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Just drove 60 miles to San Francisco in driving rain and high winds. The van handled it extremely well. I have to think that the stability added by the bags was key.

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Cool.... definitely in my list as I will be near the tow limit on a regular basis. Nice to hear it improves the ride too.


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How much will the air bags lift the van if no trailer is attached? 4 inches?
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How much will the air bags lift the van if no trailer is attached? 4 inches?
A lot of folks ask me this. The answer is that they will go about an inch above stock empty height. If you lift 4 inches you'll have to change your shock length and then what do you do if you want to lower it back. There's a correct way to lift a vehicle and this kit is not it.
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Yesterday, I filled my 20 gal water tank. This is the last of the large loads that I'll carry. With the air bags at 5lbs my van sits dead level fore and aft, side to side. Yeah, I balanced the load correctly! The van is on the overloads at that point and 2" down from stock empty height. I now need 30lbs of air to get it back to my preferred 1" below stock empty height. The van handles great with no under/over steer and greatly reduced wind sway and corner lean. The ride on a crappy road is still pretty good,(much better than stock), and I still have no rattles or squeaks.

At 1" below stock the external appearance is as if it were nearly empty. I like that.
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Any pictures of the finished product? Set-up on front/back?
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Approximate cost of this air bag upgrade?
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