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Air Ride Suspension???

I need some information on air ride suspension setup on a 05-06 Eseries benz..Anyone have this set up done or seen it?..And anyone know any websites that have the air ride setup for a benz??? Also price range on around how much the instal can run and also the price of orderin it..thanks

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RE: Air Ride Suspension???

I have yet to see an after-market air suspensions, i am not saying that its impossible but it would be cheaper just to buy the car with air-suspension as a option. But word to the wise so far all i have heard about air-suspension is its rough and expensive to fix.
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RE: Air Ride Suspension???

Well, airmatic has been standard on the S-class (although they don't use exactly the same components) for quite some time and has been standard on some E-class models. Better knock on wood but I haven't had problems with either of the two cars with Airmatic suspension. And my car has seen harsh conditions. I would assume first problems having been ironed out.

Ride is not like on typical American cars, at slow speeds one may expect something like for trucks with air suspension (comparing the smoothness to trucks without air suspension) but that is not the case. At higher speed you feel the difference, unless you want to use the "sports" mode. The option to raise or lower the car is also handy (odd that they removed the option to lower the car on a W221, I've understood that it only does it at reasonably high speeds, automatically).

If you look at all the components that are different, it should be obvious that retrofit is not reasonable.
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So by saying this...I should go for the air-matic option that comes straight from the benz dealer? But like i said i want to raise and lower the car anytime i want..and im not sure if the "factory" air-matic does that..Im sure you guy's know what iam talkin about by air-ride..hmm mines well say like "CIVICS" have lol..But my point of view is im doin up a SHOW car benz..and i would just like to raise and lower it anytime i feel the need..feel me? Im sure im goin to have to spend anywhere between $6-$8,000 for this setup..which is no problem..i just need to find it.

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RE: Air Ride Suspension???

On an E-class, you can select a 25 mm raised position or a 15 mm lowered position for the suspension. The car also automatically selects the lower position at high speeds, and if lower mode was not manually selected, also automatically rises back to normal at low speed.
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So by saying this...I should go for the air-matic option that comes straight from the benz dealer? But like i said i want to raise and lower the car anytime i want..and im not sure if the "factory" air-matic does that..Im sure you guy's know what iam talkin about by air-ride..hmm mines well say like "CIVICS" have lol..But my point of view is im doin up a SHOW car benz..and i would just like to raise and lower it anytime i feel the need..feel me? Im sure im goin to have to spend anywhere between $6-$8,000 for this setup..which is no problem..i just need to find it.
A mercedes isnt rice do what you want with it but that will look stupid. If that is what you want then you would have to go after market.
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RE: Air Ride Suspension???

Well maybe i will..but here are a few pics of a guy around my way with air-ride on his TL..i love it!


http://www.newimagemotorsports.com/forum/showthread.php?p=7560#post7560post7560

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If you do that to a mercedes good luck trying to resell it no one will want it. I personally think that TL looks like crap now. Do what you want to do with your money and your car. Good luck.
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RE: Air Ride Suspension???

DieselBenz is right. The new E-Class comes standard equipment from the factory. I just got the new brochure and it's a standard feature. My neighbour has a 2005 E500 Atvangarde with the Airmatic. When reach high speed, the car lowered itself. And at slow speed it will rise again.

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RE: Air Ride Suspension???

Here is what you are looking for.

http://airrunner.co.jp/

I would like to air bag my W140 someday.
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