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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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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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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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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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BenzoN732 - 4/6/2006 1:55 PM

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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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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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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LOL, I love to read what people have to say about air suspension who have never owned or ridden in a car with aftermarket air suspension DONE CORRECTLY BY A PRO. I have been doing air suspension full time for over 10 years and by messing stuff up I now know exactly what NOT to do and what to do to make the car extremely reliable and comfortable to drive. I currently have 2 pending patents relating to aftermarket air suspension. I have done an eclass in the past and depending on the shock setting it would ride softer than stock or stiffer.

I work for Car Nutz in Bellevue WA. I would love to help you with your project. I regularly have cars shipped to me from out of state and have a great relationship with a car hauler (who we use to ship 40-50 cars a year to the Barret Jackson auction).
Check out the Car Nutz web site at http://Carnutzcustoms.com
Here is a link to our page on our photographers site
http://www.mkippen.com/Gallery.aspx?Name=gallery_carnutz_Page_0

Here is a pic of my Bagged C320
http://www.streetsource.com/issues2/viewPhoto.aspx?Type=Magazine+Show+Coverage&Photo=/uploads/Ownerprofiles/Car%20Nutz/11232005114636PM94901.jpg&Thumbnail=/uploads/Ownerprofiles/Car%20Nutz/11232005114636PM94901_tn.jpg

If you have any questions feel free to give me a call at 253-332-8290
Thanks, Jay
 

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Kevin and Carnutz...thanks for all the help..you guys answered my question like i wanted correctly..otha guys keep talkin about air-matic..and raise and lower on high speeds or low etc etc..I DO NOT WANT THAT..i want to hit switch and do it on my own..The benz will be in carshows, so that is the POINT..I do not care about what i will get for sellin the car with the air-ride..i can care less..Plus im sure some kid would like to buy it by the time im thinkin of selling..But i mean why come at me sayin thats rice and this and that..when it is MY money and MY benz..Im sure i will get people that like it and im sure othas will hate it..but hey it comes down to ME liking it..and if the work is done correctly and everything then it is smooth and should have no problems like carnutz explained..But please dont get on me cuz i wanna make ONE of my benz's into a show car.
 

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BTW...CarNutz...your Cseries benz is hott!! that is EXACTLY how i want to do mine!..i do not see anything wrong with his car ANDREW..do u think that looks stupid and like rice???
 

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Thanks man, Oh yeah the airrunner stuff is an awesome product but they are WAY overpriced. There are other products that are just as good that offer more adjustabality for alot cheaper.
 

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Carnutz...can u tell me around how much it will cost to do all dis..just like a price range for buyin it and instal...also how much did u pay for yours..and did u have any problems so far?
 

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For an e class you are prob going to be in the 4-6k range depending on what you want to do. The airbags themselves you have very few options (I only sell the best) but for the tank(s) and compressors there are a ton of options. In my car I did not want to use any trunk space so i built a tank that sits inside the spare where the plastic thing that holds down the tire and holds the toolkit. That tank would cost somewhere around 750 dollars to build where a regular tank is 100 bucks, so I'm sure you can see how changing a few things can drasticly change the price. Switch placement is also somthing that can change the price quite a bit, if i have to do any fiberglass work or just mount them somewhere.
 

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Ok that is not bad at all...and yes like me im gonna have a custom audio system in the trunk too soo hmm..maybe somehow the tanks can be built in with the custom system im guessin and all the fiberglass work and what not..i mean as long as im not payin like over $7,000 for all that..iam fine with it! How long does a good setup air-ride suspension last for anywayz?
 

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A properly installed and taken care of system will last the life of the car. And a air system with custom tanks should be able to be done for well under 7k, shipping from NJ to WA and back might put you over that though.
 
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