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Air suspension

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Lobstakilla, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. Lobstakilla

    Lobstakilla Member

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    I ordered my car this morning. I got a Pearl white 60 with pano, ap 2.0, black alcantara headliner and matte obeche wood. I did not opt for the air suspension but have second thoughts. Any other things that are must haves? Is air ride worth it?
     
  2. davidc18

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    I prefer the coils to the air. 27,000 miles on coils and 1,500 on air. The coils just feel more connected to the road.

    That said, you will love the car either way. Enjoy!
     
  3. Lobstakilla

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    That is reassuring to hear. The gentleman that helped me said I wouldn't need it either unless I went with he 21" wheels. This will be the longest 6 weeks in my life waiting for it. I do love the very low stance air offers.
     
  4. HebrHmr

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    I presume being able to lower at speed would help aerodynamics?

    I put an adjustable air suspension on my Harley and changing ride height is very useful.
     
  5. Lobstakilla

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    That and being able to raise it when approaching steel driveways or rough roads.
     
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    So it's not a matter of do you NEED it...but do you WANT it?

    I just caution you towards the Tesla version of scope creep. I call it build creep and if you are into aftermarket modifications like myself it can become a costly endeavor.
     
  7. Nick B

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    I enjoy my air suspension and find it useful in winter or while going over speed bumps as well as the added comfort but I wouldn't consider the option an absolute "must have".
     
  8. Foren63

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    Active suspension works only with the air option. I don't know the plans by Tesla are but others are doing active dynamic suspension i.e. the outer suspension are harder in bends. I think there is room for enhancements by software. If you are going for full pressure on the tires (max. load / pressure which lowers the Wh/mi) I think it's worth thinking about the option.
     
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    Not recommended. The change in camber will eat your tires. Use it for curbs, easier to get out, doors not hitting curbs when opened, speed bumps, and steep driveways like mine where it will scrape if not elevated..
     
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    Would using lowering links and then running the suspension one mode higher than normal save your tires but give you benefits of a lower stance?
     
  11. Nick B

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    No, the car is designed to automatically lower as soon as you reach a certain speed.
     

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