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Old 05-12-2012, 01:16 AM   #1
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Just installed: Air Lift Performance Suspension System

Hey, all. I've got a lot to say about this new system. I'm hopeful that my experience might help others understand that with this suspension you can have your cake and eat it too.

A few days ago I had an Air Lift Performance suspension system installed on my 2010 SS. I never really considered air before; my plan was to go with coil-overs. Not that I would really need coil-overs. I wanted to lower the car, and coil-overs seemed like the trick way to go. Ajustable, race-inspired, etc...

I checked out all of my options like I'm sure many of my fellow Camaro owners do. After hearing what the guys at Air Lift Performance had to offer, I felt like this system - if it did what was promised - would be give me everything I wanted: great performance, a killer stance that didn't lock me into a static, driveway-scraping drop, and ride quality at least as good as OEM.

Being that I've only run with the system a couple of days, my experience can be considered first impressions.

The Look
First of all, if I'm being honest, looks are at least as important to me as performance. Yes, my close racer/hot-rodder friends will probably disown me for saying that. They're motto is "if it doesn't make the car faster, it doesn't belong". That being said, I was amazed to hear the extremely positive comments from them about the looks. It can't be denied: A dropped Camaro is a sight to behold.

How low do you like it? The system accommodates what you want. Up to 4" lower than stock. Ok, you're not going to DRIVE it that low. There is something very cool about dropping it on the ground at the local cruise night. Passers-by agree. (BTW -- putting it on the floor can be very addictive.) When I'm ready to leave I start the car, it AUTOMATICALLY goes to my preset "sweet-spot" right height, and I'm off and away.

The Performance
Impressed so far. It appears that air systems have come a long way - especially this one from Air Lift. I think it's billed as being the latest and greatest; I'm certainly not an expert on the evolution of these systems, but I can tell you that my preconceptions about their performance were way off.

I can't give you a definitive answer because I need more seat time, and I want to give it a good workout at the track before I'm comfortable reporting in more detail. I can say that it feels every bit as controlled as OEM - I would go so far as to say it feels more controlled than stock. I had it at the track before the system, so I'll do a follow-up with the "after" to see what it's capable of. Stay tuned on this topic...

The Ride Quality
Not "mushy" (another preconception), equal or better than stock (again, I need more seat time), seems to handle bumps in the road better AND stay under control. I remember seeing old-school kits that had the car and driver bouncing oddly as they went down the road. Not with THIS system. Another evolution I suppose.

I share all of this because I know there are others like me that want the same things I do. There's not a lot out there about this system. It's kind of a well-hidden secret in my opinion. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have, and I will definitely post updates to let you know about the performance at the track.
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:32 AM   #2
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That is LOOOOWWWWW.

How long does it take to go from slammed to full height?
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:37 AM   #3
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Changes the whole look of the car. Looks killer slammed like that.
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:16 AM   #4
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That is LOOOOWWWWW.

How long does it take to go from slammed to full height?
Good question... I went out to the garage and timed it; it's about 3 seconds to get from slammed to my desired ride height, and another couple of seconds to get to full lift. I haven't measured what "my desired ride height is", but it's about as low as you can go without plowing gravel.
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:17 AM   #5
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Changes the whole look of the car. Looks killer slammed like that.
Thanks, cterry. I'm hoping there's as much "go" as there is "show". Track day will help answer that.
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:37 AM   #6
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Ah man that looks so good! Ive been debating the airride for the camaro since its my daily. but the more and more i read about this kit, i think i may just get it. I have air suspension on my s10 project, so i am pretty familiar with setting it up. Did you buy it directly from Air Lift?
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Old 05-12-2012, 04:18 AM   #7
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I'm looking for more mods for mine.

did you install your self?
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:44 PM   #8
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Ah man that looks so good! Ive been debating the airride for the camaro since its my daily. but the more and more i read about this kit, i think i may just get it. I have air suspension on my s10 project, so i am pretty familiar with setting it up. Did you buy it directly from Air Lift?
No, the company I work for wanted to evaluate the system, they knew I had a Camaro, so I was kind of a test case. I wanted to lower the car anyway, so it worked out ok. And if I don't like it, the car can go back to stock (or my initial plan of coil-overs).
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:50 PM   #9
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I'm looking for more mods for mine.

did you install your self?
I assisted, but a technical guy handled most of it. After going through the install, I can safely say that the only real pain is having to get it re-aligned. I guess that would have to happen for any type of lowering though.

I have some skills - not like a full-on mechanic, but i could do this install again if I had to. Most of it is unbolt and replace. There's a bit of trimming of the rear shock pocket(?) and some drilling, so but nothing that someone with basic competence can't handle.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:05 PM   #10
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Thats friggin sick !!!!! Slammed
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:25 AM   #11
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:03 PM   #12
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Looks amazing! I wanted this for mine but was out of my budget. How much did you spend?
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:57 PM   #13
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:19 PM   #14
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AirLift makes a really nice system. Wish I'd thought about it when I was getting lowering springs. Looks SWEET, enjoy!
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:55 AM   #15
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Patrick-

Was great meeting you and the guys! Glad to hear you like the kit. Please update us as you get more seat time and, more importantly, get to the track!

Any pictures of that "clean" install in the trunk?
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:26 PM   #16
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Trunk view: Air Lift Performance System, 2010+ Camaro

The install in the trunk came out really clean. I thought I was going to loose a lot of space. The compressor and the manifold control unit are mounted down with the battery, so they will be covered up by the spare tire cover. The only things visible are the tank and the braided steel line. There's still plenty of room for groceries.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:51 PM   #17
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Baaaaangin!

Glad that we offer these as well. Nobody really knows about em much except for the serious "Stance" folks.

Agreed, there is something to behold once you see one in person laid out!

Great pics and thoughts. Thank you!
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:56 AM   #18
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Looks so ridiculously good. Any pics of it all the way up?
I've always wanted this for bumps etc. It would be neat if it went higher than stock by a bit at full height.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:53 AM   #19
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Looks so ridiculously good. Any pics of it all the way up?
I've always wanted this for bumps etc. It would be neat if it went higher than stock by a bit at full height.
Sure, I'll take some pics with it full up as soon as I can. It's supposed to go an inch above stock. I've really only been messing with going lower, so I'll have to test it out. I have 8 presets available on the controller, the AutoPilot V2. I've been told it's the latest generation of air system controllers.

I have it set for low-level cruising, and I just hit a different (higher) preset when I come across driveways and stuff. The car raises in a couple of seconds, and I really don't miss a beat. That's the addictive part for me; adjusting the ride height to suit the situation.

(Full-up pics on the way...)
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:00 AM   #20
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:09 AM   #21
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Patrick-

Was great meeting you and the guys! Glad to hear you like the kit. Please update us as you get more seat time and, more importantly, get to the track!

Any pictures of that "clean" install in the trunk?
Just curious if you guys ever considered using dual compressors or if that's an option?

Also we too offer these kits as well!!!

Great job on the install and the stance looks killer!
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:34 AM   #22
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Just curious if you guys ever considered using dual compressors or if that's an option?

Also we too offer these kits as well!!!

Great job on the install and the stance looks killer!
Dual compressors are offered as an option in all of our kits!

The car looks amazing Patrick!!
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:41 AM   #23
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Dang...I'm jealous. Ur ride looks creaking awesome. I want that too. Haha. How much? PM me if you'd like.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:25 AM   #24
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Car looks great man!!

Welcome to the AirLift Team!!!

I have had my setup for a couple of months now and have really enjoyed it. I drive the car daily.

Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions, i would like to do the same as well.

Airlift has a great product for the Camaro and their customer service is excellent!!
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:31 PM   #25
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Wow, i cant wait to install mine!! It will probably be sometime next month but seeing this has me even more anxious!!
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