At ride height.
I wasn't trying to pull the ECU out of the way for the pictures. When I cut it again I'll take some better ones. I cut it like a V on both sides. Passenger side could be cut a little more towards the battery and driver's side could be cut a lot more everywhere hahaha. I put little make shift tarps with 3M tape over the holes so water and mud didn't get in there.
Hey, so I'm having my first couple problems with my air ride. I ordered Autopilot v2 and it's fine in manual mode, but when I try to set presets in Preset Mode it refuses to hit them. I'm wondering if for some reason my pressures are set too high for it to hit. I was wondering if you could do me a favor and let me know what your typical pressures are for all the way up and at ride height? I realize my rear pressures may be a bit different being that I'm in an avant... Just trying to figure out if I'm way off and that's why it won't work or if I have a different problem.
Full pressure in the front and rear would be around 85, 90 in the front and 75, 80 in the rear. I drive at 70 in the front and 65 in the rear.
Sounds like a problem with a pressure switch maybe? I don't have auto pilot so I can't help you to much. My tank pressure switch went bad and it made the gauge off. Your's is fairly new though so I don't think you should be having issues like that.
24" - Front
23.75" - Rear
If I go lower than this I rub pretty bad. I need smaller tires and need to roll my fenders more.
At 55psi front and 82psi in the rear I am at:
22.85" up front
22.4" in rear.
By 40-45psi in the front I am sitting on tire I think. The rear can go a LOT lower.
I just can't figure out why it refuses to hit the presets... I will just call airlift on Monday and see if they know. I also still need to wire in my second compressor. We only set it up with one just to get it all running.
Last edited by wRek; 04-29-2012 at 10:50 AM.
102psi? What's the bags rated for? I know my fronts can hold 100psi but its pretty dangerous riding with them that full. The rears on my car is a sleeve style bag and I've already popped the couplers off twice from over filling, both times at 100 plus psi. Its not really the bag that will blow but the couplers that hold the bag to the strut. Which is what happened both times in my case.
thats why the airlift setup is made the way it is.
its made so you get the height of the bags compressed.. jack up suspension, measure bag when the tires hit, spin the collars up till the bag is fully compressed when laid out.
not only does this give you worlds better of ride.. but also a lot more adjustability.
if its setup right, you can have a ride height psi of lets just say.. 50psi instead of 80.. bc you're wasting air trying to fill the bag.
sucks not all setups are like this front and rear..
You'd use less air going from 0? If I was at 30 and needed to be at 70 I'd only be using 40 psi as oppose to using 70. Being stopped at 30 it takes one flick of the switch to get to ride height. At 0 I have to hit it a couple times to get it to where I like it.
well if you could drop/raise the bags like you do with springs on coilovers, the same ride height would be at a lower psi. I would think you wouldn't want it to bottom out at 0psi though just because they might feel too soft at a low riding psi.. I wish mine were threaded
I'm going to keep a going list of things I purchase for this…so I can either cry or shout for joy when it's all done. Trying to keep it on a budget. I'm gonna purchase the clutch and axles brand new so thats probably going to be my biggest purchases.
Parts/price list for transmission swap:
B5 Passat transmission: $225
01.5 A4 Shifterbox: $50
Pilot bearing: $25
Shift boot: $15
S4 pedal assembly: $70
2.8 MT mounts: $30
Clutch kit: $85
Shift knob: $25
Doing pretty good so far
You cant adjust yours.. so this is all hypothetical.
but yes.. if your tires hit the inner fenders around 0psi and you airred up to drive.. youd use significantly less air then you do now.. right now, that 30psi in the bag when the tires hit, is just filling dead space.. WASTED lift, WASTED bag and WASTED ride quality.
the more the air the stiffer the ride yes... but you want it to ride good and the SMALLER the bag the WORSE it rides and the MORE air it takes..
because everyone is using small bags in their kits, you'd want to do what you can, to get them to ride the best.. this also has to do with how good of a strut they give you to work with.
but a properly setup system.. would be setup the way i'm talking, as long as the strut given is good. unlike a truck where you can change the shocks, with the car you're stuck (well, our cars anyways)
Just purchased a clutch kit for the swap, 4 new rotors (gold zinc and slotted ), yellow high beam bulbs, and LED license plate bulbs.
Parts for the swap I still need:
5 speed steering wheel
rear main seal
bell housing bolts (may use the ones from the auto)
Kind of want a short shifter. Any input on this? How many of you guys have the short shifter and do you like it?