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Old December 27th, 2013, 12:49 PM
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Air suspension to fit a 110 in garage

This forum has been a great resource in helping me decide to take the plunge. My last hurdle is fitting a 110 in my garage. I don't have access to outdoor parking currently. My garage is 81.5" to the bottom of the door. I don't know the exact height of the vehicle yet. I was thinking I could install air suspension and lower the vehicle to get in the garage as long as it doesn't take away from the performance of the vehicle. For all I know it could improve the ride.

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Old December 27th, 2013, 12:54 PM
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81.5" is 6' 9 1/2"

A stock 110 should fit. An NAS 110 would likely not fit (or it would be really really close, but a ROW should.
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Old December 27th, 2013, 01:47 PM
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fitting air suspension seems a lot of complication and expense ...

are you looking for a 110 ROW or NAS?

you could source slightly lower springs from somewhere like twisted ... http://www.twistedperformance.co.uk/
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Old December 27th, 2013, 01:56 PM
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This forum has been a great resource in helping me decide to take the plunge. My last hurdle is fitting a 110 in my garage. I don't have access to outdoor parking currently. My garage is 81.5" to the bottom of the door. I don't know the exact height of the vehicle yet. I was thinking I could install air suspension and lower the vehicle to get in the garage as long as it doesn't take away from the performance of the vehicle. For all I know it could improve the ride.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Jeff

Too much hassle -- may improve the ride but will take an otherwise painless part of these vehicles and make it as finicky as the rest of the truck.

If you only have to get it in for maintenance then you can always let air out of the tires. Or do as Wolf did and set up some wheels with small tires on it just for pulling the truck into the garage.

Anyone have pics of that? Pretty funny
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Old December 27th, 2013, 02:29 PM
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Thanks for the quick replies.


I'm interested in an ROW 110. Outside parking is nonexistent where I live so I have to make sure before I can commit to anything. If I only need to lower it an inch or so the springs look like a good option. The air suspension would be a last resort. If it is not a reliable solution, I'll skip it.
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Thanks for the quick replies. I'm interested in an ROW 110. Outside parking is nonexistent where I live so I have to make sure before I can commit to anything. If I only need to lower it an inch or so the springs look like a good option. The air suspension would be a last resort. If it is not a reliable solution, I'll skip it.
You can always torch the springs to Lower it a little, I have seen it but never done it
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Old December 27th, 2013, 02:38 PM
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You shouldn't have issues as long as you don't go with a lifted truck.
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Old December 27th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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I imagine air suspension from a Range Rover Classic would be the easiest to fit. Not a great option in my opinion.
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Take a look at Himalaya ... He can probably source lowered springs.
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Old December 27th, 2013, 04:38 PM
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There are no off the shelf air suspension kits available. It requires custom work and the expertise to do it. It is not expensive to do, but custom parts are needed.
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There are no off the shelf air suspension kits available. It requires custom work and the expertise to do it. It is not expensive to do, but custom parts are needed.

Correct, I happen to have a set of air bags & mounting hardware for a 90 I put together quite a while ago. Could be made to fit a 100 with a new rear top mount/slider. Similar to the 'Ogden Air' system, all new parts & never fitted, built them & then changed direction.


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You would need to put together the rest of the 'air kit' but it's all easily sourced from the on-line 'low rider' suppliers. I have the drawings to make a pair of front external shock mounts too as you'd need them.

Pm me if your interested in them.... there doing nothing here apart from taking up space.
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I store my stock ROW 110 in a garage that is 6'8".

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Correct, I happen to have a set of air bags & mounting hardware for a 90 I put together quite a while ago. Could be made to fit a 100 with a new rear top mount/slider. Similar to the 'Ogden Air' system, all new parts & never fitted, built them & then changed direction.

You would need to put together the rest of the 'air kit' but it's all easily sourced from the on-line 'low rider' suppliers. I have the drawings to make a pair of front external shock mounts too as you'd need them.

Pm me if your interested in them.... there doing nothing here apart from taking up space.
Thanks for the info. I'll keep it in mind. Hopefully it doesn't come to this.


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You can always torch the springs to Lower it a little, I have seen it but never done it
I don't trust myself doing that. I'd be the guy with the lopsided LR.


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I store my stock ROW 110 in a garage that is 6'8".

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Seems like I should be fine then. At least I know what my options are and aren't if I pull the trigger.
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Check with the guys at airbagman.com They were developing kits for defenders awhile back. FWIW, I think the airbag systems will only give you a few, maybe 4ish, inches of adjustability so not sure it will truly fix your problem depending on the truck you choose
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Old December 29th, 2013, 01:33 AM
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Am I the only one thinking it would be less hassle and cost to replace the door and raise the height a few inches rather than building a custom air suspension? Not that the EAS isn't a cool idea, it just seems like it is probably equal cost and a lot more hassle and potential for problems than modifying the garage it is going in.

Most importantly...It should fit as is, so as long as you don't have your heart set on a raised vehicle, you should be all set.
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Old December 29th, 2013, 11:27 AM
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Am I the only one thinking it would be less hassle and cost to replace the door and raise the height a few inches rather than building a custom air suspension? Not that the EAS isn't a cool idea, it just seems like it is probably equal cost and a lot more hassle and potential for problems than modifying the garage it is going in.

Most importantly...It should fit as is, so as long as you don't have your heart set on a raised vehicle, you should be all set.
If I raise the opening I can't take it with me when I leave. I'll only be in this place a couple more years at the most.
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If I raise the opening I can't take it with me when I leave. I'll only be in this place a couple more years at the most.
Garage door openings are pretty standard, they usually 7' or 8', 7' being the norm. If you adjust your current door all the way up you should be able to do the same at your next place.
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I have your standard run of the mill garage door opening on our condo.

My 110 has brand new stock springs TF AT shocks and 265/75/16 tires and I make it with just a touch of room to spare. It looks really close but there is room.

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Tight but they fit in the standard garage config.

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