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Air Lift for rear coils of Model 3?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by EVnut, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. EVnut

    EVnut Darell, the EVnut

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    I'm the guy who was waiting for Smart Air Suspension. Was hoping to see the promised "tied to AWD" bit that Elon mentioned.... but I'm done waiting. So AWD with coil springs for me, I guess. So now I need a way to adjust the rear of the suspension to carry more crap.

    Here's the thing: when I use a car, I use the hell out of a car. Meaning that I load it to and often beyond capacity. I often hang stuff off the back (don't make me show you camping pics of my Prius!). And in stock, static suspension form, this makes the rear of any car sag... and I hate that. Yes, I realize that adding bags inside of the coil springs doesn't magically increase the GVW of the car, and I fully grasp the realities of carrying more gear than the car was designed for. This post is not seeking advice on that. I'm just trying to make safer and more comfortable all the bad things that I'm going to do regardless.

    I'd like (need?) a way to adjust the height of the rear suspense of the car. Has anybody done this with a Model 3 yet? I've done it with three cars in the past, and it's the BOMB. I'm almost positive I'll need this for the Model 3.

    For those who are not familiar, here is my page from doing it for my 2002 Rav4EV.
    Rav Air Lift
     
  2. Fusion

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    I think they sell aftermarket air suspension kits don't they?
     
  3. EVnut

    EVnut Darell, the EVnut

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    Yes, that's exactly what I've installed in three other cars in the past... as shown on my Rav4EV page. But the aftermarket kit needs to fit the application. And let's just say that Airlift doesn't yet list "Tesla Model 3" in their list.

    Note that the kit I used was NOT spec'ed for my car. It was for the gasoline version of my car, and ended up working perfectly in the EV.
     
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    I'm planning on getting their Slam Series 3H system as soon as i get confirmation on fitment on the P3D:cool:
     
  5. EVnut

    EVnut Darell, the EVnut

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    And you'll post here any information that they fling your way, yes??
     
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    Sure thing! assuming they get back to me...
     
  7. EVnut

    EVnut Darell, the EVnut

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    In the meantime, I've gone ahead and asked my own specific questions.

    Whoever gets an answer first wins!

    Here's hoping for good news. This product has worked so well for me, for so many years in the past... I think it'll be great. If they make something that fits.
     
  8. EVnut

    EVnut Darell, the EVnut

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    Well... Airlift got back to me. Says they haven't measured yet, but they're sure they can fit it. Just need the measurement of diameter inside of the coils, and height (when parked level and empty) from top to bottom inside of the spring. So basically, they need to know how big the bag needs to be.

    And I'll get right on that, when my AWD arrives any day now...

    In the meantime, anybody else have this measurement?

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  9. DNAPoPo

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    Any news on this? I have a LR RWD, but will probably go aftermarket air suspension soon.
     
  10. EVnut

    EVnut Darell, the EVnut

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    I'm awaiting two things.

    1. The measurements for the rear springs as shown above
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    2. My damn car, so I can take my own measurements.
     
  11. Graffi

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    I have a Nov 2016 Model S75D without Air Suspension. We are all too often scraping the front bumper on parking curbs. I would LOVE to be able to raise the suspension 1/2 to 1 inch so that we are able to park without scraping the underside, as well as going over the toooooo many speed bumps that are so popular around here.

    As a side note, our Tesla is in a body shop right now having the underside parts replaced due to driving over a curb (don't ask how - that is a sore point with the wife). Anyway, I think that having the car raised an inch could save a lot of undercarriage damage. Not sure how much efficiency we loose on freeway driving, but it would improve city driving.
     
  12. EVnut

    EVnut Darell, the EVnut

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    Airlift makes an inflator kit too. You put a small compressor in the system, and install the switch in the dash. You can adjust the height while under way. So basically doing manually what the "smart" air suspension does somewhat automatically.
     

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