About Air Lift Performance
With roots back to 1949, Air Lift Performance brings dedication and expertise to a passionate fan base. We are proud of our uniquely storied past, and excited about the road ahead.
WHAT DO I NEED?
Air Lift Performance makes it simple: with front kits, rear kits, height sensors (where available), and industry leading air management, you get everything you need for a basic installation. If you want to customize your install–like adding a second compressor or choosing a different size air tank–we have lots of options available with our custom air ride builder.
To get started:
- Go to the “Air Lift Performance Customized Air Ride Builder” page and choose your vehicle.
- Select your suspension and air management from the available options.
- Wait a day for tracking and your kit to show up to your door.
- Install and lay frame in style!
Are you curious about Performance Air Suspension™, but you’re not really sure what it’s all about? Keep reading to learn the need-to-know basics of air suspension and how this upgrade can take your ride to the next level.
SO, WHAT IS PERFORMANCE AIR SUSPENSION?
Your vehicle’s suspension is the system of parts that connects the frame to the wheels, thus isolating it from the road, allowing for relative motion. In addition to supporting the full weight of your vehicle, suspension systems affect stance, ride height, handling, and ride quality.
In vehicles with a factory coilover suspension, part of this system is a steel coil spring that goes over the shock or strut. In an air suspension system, the coil is upgraded to an enclosed flexible rubber membrane, known as an air spring. These air springs can then be inflated and deflated at the touch of a button, allowing for instant adjustability to tune in the qualities mentioned above.
WHY CHOOSE AIR?
When it comes to achieving the perfect stance for your vehicle, you have three options: lowering springs, coilovers or air suspension. For years, coilovers were the preferred solution because of their adjustable damping and, in some cases, ride height. Today, performance air suspension provides all the same benefits as coilovers, but is unmatched in its versatility and adjustability.
Air suspension is the only suspension choice that allows you to easily adjust ride height on-the-fly with the touch of a button. When your car is equipped with air suspension, you can…
- Slam it down for an aggressive show stance that is lower than any coilover.
- Raise it up to clear road obstacles like speed bumps or steep angle transitions.
- Enhance your ride quality for comfort using damping and air pressure adjustments.
- Create a track-ready set-up with stiff damping, progressive-rate air springs and, in many cases, adjustable camber.
WHY AIR LIFT PERFORMANCE?
You can trust that Air Lift Performance is the best choice for your suspension upgrade because we have a history of delivering high quality products and amazing customer service. In fact, we’ve been at this since 1949 and have some impressive NASCAR roots.
We’re leading the way in defining Performance Air Suspension across the globe. From rigorous testing in our engineering lab to high-caliber performance validation on the track, we go out of our way to make sure Air Lift Performance is the brand you can rely on to get your vehicle looking and performing exactly how you want it.
Slam Series VS. Performance Series
When looking for an Air Lift Performance air suspension kit for your vehicle, you may have seen the designation Slam Series or Performance Series. What does this mean? What’s the difference between the two? Which one is right for you? Each product line has its benefits and we’ll detail those below, so you can make an educated choice.
One thing to note: some VW/Audi applications have both options while other applications have one or the other. Using our custom air ride builder will tell you exactly what is available for your ride.
Slam Series air suspension kits are designed to give you a slammed stance without the harsh ride quality of lowered coils. A Slam Series strut or shock features fixed damping, tuned for that specific vehicle, or our 9-level adjustable damping. In most cases, the struts bolt directly in place of the OEM equipment and come complete with our patented, noise-reducing upper mount for a quiet ride.
Depending on the application, you will see either a double-bellows or a sleeve-style air spring to support the load of your vehicle. These kits are focused on providing an earth-scraping drop while maintaining a great daily ride quality. If you’re looking for the most affordable way to get on air, a Slam Series kit is for you.
Performance Series air suspension kits are the ultimate suspension choice for your ride. All applications feature lightweight monotube shocks/struts with 30-level adjustable damping. Adjustable camber plates are integrated into most struts for perfect alignment or wheel fitment and are engineered with high quality spherical bearing upper mounts**, providing instant damper response and precise steering feel.
Another great feature is that the Performance Series shocks/struts have threaded bodies with adjustable mounts; this allows you to alter the factory set heights to better suit your situation without sacrificing suspension travel. As with the Slam Series kits, Air Lift Performance provides everything needed for easy installation. And while everyone loves the way their car looks laid out on the ground, these Performance Series kits are best enjoyed while in motion! The huge range of damping, mated with our progressive rate air springs, allows you to have a comfortable ride on the highway. And with the twist of the damping knob, you have a track-ready suspension poised to cut a fast lap.
Everything about the Performance Series kits is geared towards maximizing your vehicle’s suspension: lowest drop, best ride, lowest weight, most adjustability, and incredible handling. All proven on racetracks and back roads around the world.
**All struts feature spherical bearing upper mounts while shocks may or may not, depending on application.
WHICH KIT SHOULD I CHOOSE?
If a Performance Series kit and a Slam Series kit are both available for your application, which should you choose? Well, that depends a lot on your priorities. If you’re budget-minded and are looking for daily-driven versatility and maximum drop, then go with our Slam Series kit! However, if your plans include high-performance driving, or you want all of the added features and adjustability, then a Performance Series kit should be on your list of ride upgrades.
Shock/Strut Damping Adjustment
None or 9-level
Spherical bearing on all struts and some shocks
Camber plates on most struts, castor adjustment on some struts
Air Spring Style
Sleeve or bellows
Sleeve or bellows
Powder coated black with anodized red accents
Black chrome damper bodies, black anodized or powder coated mounts and bright red anodized accents
1 year limited
1 year limited