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      01-08-2017 09:56 PM #1
      I was testing my airlift 3p kit for leaks by manually filling it and all the air was escaping from the water trap drain. Everything is connected as the instructions said so i just dont get it. Its the standard water trap not SMC. Thanks

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      01-08-2017 10:35 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by Willb6a4 View Post
      I was testing my airlift 3p kit for leaks by manually filling it and all the air was escaping from the water trap drain. Everything is connected as the instructions said so i just dont get it. Its the standard water trap not SMC. Thanks
      The water trap that came in your 3P kit? What orientation is the water installed in? Which way is the arrow on the water facing (from the air tank to the manifold)?
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      01-08-2017 11:37 PM #3
      the arrow is facing the manifold like the instructions say. I just disconnected the hose from the tank to manifold and the air wasn't seeping through the trap. So does the manifold need to be wired and have power for me to completely test the system

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      01-09-2017 05:36 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Willb6a4 View Post
      the arrow is facing the manifold like the instructions say. I just disconnected the hose from the tank to manifold and the air wasn't seeping through the trap. So does the manifold need to be wired and have power for me to completely test the system
      With the air tank pressurized, air should flow thru the water trap, check it for blockage. If you want to leak test lines from the manifold to the bags then yes it needs to be power up. Can you post pictures of your setup?
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      01-09-2017 09:40 AM #5
      My setup is not installed in my car yet. I just want to test the tank for leaks, and even putting the littlest amount of air into it, it comes out the water trap when the tank to manifold hose is connected. When i disconnected that hose from the manifold the air was being released at that end like it should be and the water trap seemed to be holding pressure. That is why i assumed maybe the manifold needs to be on to open the valve so the pressure can build up. I have a 2nd trap i purchased, and it does the exact same thing so it must be some simple mistake i'm making.

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      01-09-2017 10:56 AM #6
      Is it a PTC (Push-to-connect) fitting? If so how far are you really pushing it in? It should "click" twice, once when the tubing passes the retention teeth, the second time when it passes through the o-ring and actually seals. Give it a good hard push in there
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      01-09-2017 01:38 PM #7
      Yes they are PTC and
      are fully seated in the connection. Im so stumped on what the actual problem is


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      01-09-2017 04:58 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Willb6a4 View Post
      I all the air was escaping from the water trap drain.
      So your issue is that it's leaking thru the water trap drain? So is this the stock water trap supplied in the Airlift kit? Like the one below?



      This water trap is self opening/closing can't remember at was pressure that happens. If it's not closing then unscrew the bowl and check if there isn't a piece of teflon tape from the installation preventing it from closing.

      FYI the Viair check valve can be removed and the S.S. leader hose screwed directly into your SMC check valve.


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      01-09-2017 11:22 PM #10
      Yes that is the water trap i have. I played with the nozzle below and seemed to have it fixed. I guess ill see how it holds up. Probably going to get the smc trap.


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      01-10-2017 12:48 AM #11
      Seems like when ur just starting to fill it is when it leaks but once the pressure builds up enough it stops leaking..


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      01-10-2017 12:36 PM #12
      That how it's suppose to work, when pressure is bled from the air tank the water trap drain open and drains the bowl. The water trap drain will close when a certain pressure is reached, as you describe.
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      01-10-2017 12:49 PM #13
      Ok thanks, that problem seems to be solved. Now few other questions. When first installing the system, the first time the compressor powers on it will shut off right when the tank is full correct? Or do i need to set the settings first?. And when i install the bags and want to put the car back on the ground how much air should i put in the bags at first before i do calibration. Thanks


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      01-10-2017 01:56 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Willb6a4 View Post
      Ok thanks, that problem seems to be solved. Now few other questions. When first installing the system, the first time the compressor powers on it will shut off right when the tank is full correct? Or do i need to set the settings first?. And when i install the bags and want to put the car back on the ground how much air should i put in the bags at first before i do calibration. Thanks


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      Yes it will shut off but I've set my tank pressure for 150 psi no need to run it high then that. To put that car back on the ground 55 psi at the front, 35 psi at the rear, then run calibration. You installing the slam or performance series?
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      01-10-2017 02:46 PM #15
      Im installing the air ride in my mk6 gli btw and the slam series.


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      01-10-2017 03:21 PM #16
      You installing the bags yourself? Post if you need further help.
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      01-10-2017 03:23 PM #17
      Yes i am and thanks i will do


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      01-11-2017 12:13 PM #18
      Ok so im running the wires through my car and i want to know which fuse box i hook up the ignition to. The one under the steering wheel or under the hood? I know it has to be a 12v power source but does it matter which fuse box i wire it into thank. Car is a 2013 Gli Gen1 6speed non autobahn


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      01-11-2017 12:24 PM #19
      It doesn't matter which one as long as it powers up with ignition switch. I wired mine to fuse box inside the car.


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      01-11-2017 02:20 PM #20

      Any idea which one is good? Or do i have to test them all. Thanks


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      01-11-2017 05:52 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Willb6a4 View Post

      Any idea which one is good? Or do i have to test them all. Thanks


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      Don't know which ones so you'll have to test them with meter or test light.
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      01-12-2017 01:20 AM #22
      Okay ill have to get one and so im going to be using shocks that i had from my coilovers, does that mean i have to trim the brackets on the rear bags since these shocks are shorter than stock? Thanks again for all the help!


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      01-12-2017 06:34 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Willb6a4 View Post
      Okay ill have to get one and so im going to be using shocks that i had from my coilovers, does that mean i have to trim the brackets on the rear bags since these shocks are shorter than stock? Thanks again for all the help!


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      Yes if the shocks are shorter you need to trim the bracket and make sure you use the shorter bolts to mount the rear bag assembly to the control arm.
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      01-12-2017 08:45 PM #24
      So every fuse I tested under the dash with the meter came up 12V so I don't know if I'm doing something wrong. If the fuse is the wrong can it hurt the manifold?


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      01-12-2017 09:08 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Willb6a4 View Post
      So every fuse I tested under the dash with the meter came up 12V so I don't know if I'm doing something wrong. If the fuse is the wrong can it hurt the manifold?


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      With the ignition off? Leave the ignition off test and find one that has no power, turn ignition switch on and if it has power that the one your looking for. Constant power won't hurt the manifold but it will drain your battery and maybe short a cell. Happen to me on my Passat had to put a new battery in it with less then 20,000km.
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